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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

As California recovers from the economic downturn, officials should be careful to avoid making the cost-of-living and affordability problem worse for residents. By Danielle Blacet-Hyden & Patrick Welch
A coalition of mayors are advocating for a guaranteed income that would improve the livelihood of many California children and families. By Shimica Gaskins
Whatever its other virtues may be, the budget is far from "balanced," at least as most folks outside the Capitol would define it. By Dan Walters
Someday California’s high-speed rail system will be regarded like the Golden Gate Bridge, as an icon, and BART, which has helped reduce Bay Area traffic. By Jim Beall & Scott Weiner

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Although owning a pet likely won't derail your financial future, it's important to consider how the expenses can add up now and down the line. By Ryan Onishi

For nine years, I ran over to the local Veterans Treatment Court, VTC, on Tuesday afternoons to act as a mentor, primarily to women veterans who ended up sideways with the law. The experience provided me a unique insight into what a veteran mentor can do. By Eileen C. Moore

Its infection rate is six times as high as California’s as a whole and victims are overwhelming its two hospitals. By Dan Walters

Monday, July 13, 2020

Our international students have paid tuition, signed housing leases and registered for classes; and now they have to get on the next plane home. By Jayathi Y. Murthy
The clock is ticking and parents need to know, ASAP, what to expect. By Dan Walters

Friday, July 10, 2020

The outpouring of cross-racial support for Black Lives Matter demonstrations has surprised some who feel there is a new awakening in American society. By María G. Rendón
With emergency preparedness a priority and people with disabilities moving out of institutions, our story shows gaps in protecting vulnerable Californians. By Diana Pastora Carson
Companies with resources and connections benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program, but we must prioritize our Latino small-business owners. By Christian Arana

Thursday, July 9, 2020

EDD has struggled to keep up with the deluge of claims for benefits, both those financed by the state through payroll taxes and extra payments hastily authorized by Congress and President Donald Trump. By Dan Walters

The new regulations effectively break the definition of real property down into three separate components. By Phil Jelsma

California should enact an “Automatic Application and Admission” plan for the UC system to increase diversity across race and class lines at all UC campuses. By Prasad Krishnamurthy
There is an implicit privilege that most Caucasians take for granted; so try to imagine living daily without the presumption of peace and of acceptance. By Greg Sazima

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Whether they're lifeguard shifts at a (now-dry) pool or counselor spots at a (shuttered) summer camp, jobs often held by young people are scarce. By Ann Carrns

As our country wrestles with serious issues, it has never been more urgent for business and economic leaders to move beyond platitudes on mental health. By Lenny Mendonca
Thanks to how the Electoral College is structured, Californians have much less power in electing the next president than voters in less populous states. By Jessica Levinson,
All but two of the measures would re-fight old battles, including the proposals most likely to grab the spotlight, Propositions 15 and 16. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

California Gov.Gavin now owns the state’s version of the COVID-19 pandemic. How he handles it will define his governorship. By Dan Walters
Policymakers could put Californians to work on improving the health of the state’s forests, which would aid in economic recovery and reduce wildfire risk. By Henry McCann & Van Butsic
Public health leaders must be free to follow the science where it leads, and speak uncomfortable truths. By Manal J. Aboelata
In the November election, California will have to meet the bipartisan demand from voters for mail ballots and redesign sites for safe, in-person voting. By Mindy Romero & Thad Kousser

Monday, July 6, 2020

Attorney General Becerra wants police reform, but in spite of #defundthepolice protests, that could mean more money for California police. By Tifanei Ressl-Moyer
How do we create incentives for police officers and departments to improve recruiting, training and compliance, as well as change the culture of policing? By James M. Anderson & Bob Harrison

Friday, July 3, 2020

Assembly Bill 2167 and Senate Bill 292 face significant opposition from the California insurance commissioner and insurance consumer organizations. By Norris Clark

The decision, if allowed to stand, effectively deprives Judge Emmet Sullivan from independently evaluating and ruling on the motion to dismiss the charges against Flynn. By John H Minan

Thursday, July 2, 2020

California officials need to come up with new water quality objectives and protections to help restore San Francisco Bay-Delta’s fisheries. By Jon Rosenfield & Jeanette Howard
Parks serve as sacred spaces to connect, hold vigils and launch peaceful calls for justice; however, the reality is that not all of us have equal access to parks. By Eduardo Garcia & José González
California needs an educational data system that follows students from preschool through college and puts the highest priority on equity of student opportunity. By Samantha Tran
Assembly Bill 1835 would close a ridiculous loophole that encourages local educators to avoid helping the kids who need help the most. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

No president should have the unchecked power to ignore the PRA, which was enacted to ensure the creation and preservation of presidential records. By John H Minan

Truly understanding your risk tolerance and your threshold for loss can go a long way in helping you maintain a level head during times of market stress. By Ryan Onishi
If we condemn the unhealthy relationship between police unions and politicians, we should subject other public employee unions to the same critical scrutiny. By Dan Walters
California can continue to lead in the transportation energy markets of the future by making investments that stimulate green transportation. By John Boesel

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The governor’s proposal to temporarily raise funds from some businesses would generate $4.4 billion, but it remains woefully inadequate. More can be done. By Ron Hayduk & Anthony Pahnke
A year and a half ago, PG&E declared bankruptcy due to almost countless billions of dollars in potential liability for killer wildfires caused by failures of its rural transmission lines during high winds. By Dan Walters

Monday, June 29, 2020

With outbreaks of COVID-19 among migrant farmworkers across the country, California needs to better protect these essential workers. Here are some recommendations. By Noe Paramo & Joel Diringer
COVID-19 has produced a seismic shift in thinking about working from home and healthier lifestyles, while seeing a stunning impact on our air quality. By Dean Florez
A stimulus plan to retrofit homes and replace gas appliances for low-income Californians and small businesses will help fight climate change and create jobs. By Srinidhi Sampath Kumar & Panama Bartholomy
Californians are rightfully confused by the rapid, even erratic, changes of course that Gov. Gavin Newsom has steered in recent weeks after drawing praise for his early and straightforward actions in the first days of the public health crisis. By Dan Walters

Friday, June 26, 2020

It is time to recognize that ethnic studies is not just my history, it is California's history. By Theresa Montaño
A vote for electric trucks is a common sense move that can help us emerge more prosperous from the current public health crisis with cleaner air and better jobs, for all. By Sam Appel & Patricio Portillo
Now that courts are up and running remotely, lawyers are challenged to ensure they tackle the backlog of cases effectively — and ethically. By Wendy L. Patrick

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Opponents of the Delta tunnel project never say their position will lead to higher food prices and can even lead to class-based disparities in health outcomes. By Gary Kremen
We don't know whether the reopening is sustainable, or whether Newsom will clamp back down in response to increases in infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths. By Dan Walters
If we truly want to build a California for all centered on the spirit of innovation, we need to keep listening to all Californians and meet them on the road to recovery. By Kathleen Kelly Janus
There are signs that budgets and K-12 school reopening plans being shaped now may fail to recognize science as part of the academic core. By Teresa Barnett

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Gov. Newsom threw out his January budget and ever since he and legislators have jousted over how to handle a deficit projected at $54 billion over several years. By Dan Walters
As state budget decisions are made in the coming days, Newsom must commit to the $112.2 million in child nutrition funding the Legislature has approved. By Tia Shimada & Jared Call
Businesses and organizations have turned to their professional communication advisors for help in crafting messages in response to the social upheaval underway across the U.S. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
When we are accused of being silent because they say we must have learned our opposition to the wall was wrong, we raise our voices with renewed commitment. By Lupe Renteria Salome & Minerva G. Carcaño

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

CalPERS desperately needs an escape route and has chosen the perilous path of debt. By Dan Walters
While a lower interest rate may yield a more affordable monthly payment, there are other factors to consider. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, June 22, 2020

The issue of endemic corruption in southeastern LA County remains unresolved. By Dan Walters
It is our aim that, with eyes wide open, all CSU graduates in every major will be equipped to see, question and dismantle the racial and social injustices that stain our nation. By Timothy P. White
No other legal community in California has put together a program designed to provide civil litigants an alternative and free venue for dispute resolution during this crisis. By Amy Rose Martel

Friday, June 19, 2020

The more we emphasize the crisis, the more people disengage. By Nat Kendall-Taylor & Bill Pitkin
Investing in higher education will keep public higher education accessible to Californians looking to improve their economic well-being. By Dick Ackerman & Mel Levine
Until Congress acts to grant access to permanent legal status, the wellbeing of DACA recipients, their U.S.-citizen children and our communities more broadly remain under threat. By Caitlin Patler & Erin Hamilton

Offering significant relief from the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, the IRS released Notice 2020-39, providing generous benefits for qualified opportunity funds and their investors. By Phil Jelsma

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Our budget choices may be grim now, but our future will be even grimmer if we fail in this moment to meet the needs of our state's seniors and people with disabilities. By Lorena Gonzalez
When people talk about defunding the police, they are suggesting that not every domestic disturbance, traffic mishap or truant youth needs to be confronted by someone resembling RoboCop. By Michael Tanner
We've worked with cities throughout the country that have developed comprehensive community safety plans in partnership with residents, nonprofit organizations and city agencies to prevent violence before it ever gets to the point of police intervention. By Lisa Fujie Parks
Clearly, Newsom's approach is aimed at putting maximum pressure on Congress by making recipients of state support — schools particularly — immediately feel the recession's impact on revenues. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The May revise budget adds to patient challenges with the removal of payment for telephonic visits. By Stacy Ferreira

A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion on the use of excessive force by the police against a homeless black man that included the exhortation, "[t]his has to stop." By Jeremy K. Robinson

We need good cops to deal with those who prey on the public, and we need alternatives to police for purely social problems such as public intoxication. By Dan Walters
Today's immigrants' rights movement is primed to learn from Black Lives Matters' steadfast commitment to long-term movement planning. By Sophia Carrillo

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Here is information on three programs that may be available to small business owners, depending on their circumstances. By Ryan Onishi
Is this the end of the line for California's misbegotten bullet train project? By Dan Walters

Easing the restrictions of the Payment Protection Program, on June 3, the Senate passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, which had passed the House in late May. By Phil Jelsma

The Legislature and governor should retain vital navigation services, for the health and safety of us all. By Lynn Kersey & Veronica Flores

Monday, June 15, 2020

This is the time to act to create a fully digital state capable of educating our children, delivering health care and providing a pathway to economic recovery for all. By Martha M. Escutia
Here in California, we have a critical window to ensure fair and equal opportunity for our young people -- and we must seize this moment to make real change. By Chet P. Hewitt & Shane Murphy Goldsmith
What no one is talking about, at least publicly, is that both Newsom and the Legislature want to run up many billions of dollars in new debt. By Dan Walters

Friday, June 12, 2020

We must ensure that, moving forward, no Californian in need is ever deterred from or unable to access food assistance due to unnecessary administrative barriers. By Nancy McPherson
Congress is looking at increasing the eight-week covered period and potentially reducing the requirement that at least 75% of the PPP loan proceeds be used for eligible payroll costs. By Phil Jelsma
The $0 bail policy is hampering the ability of those in public safety to honor their sacred commitment to victims and to the security of the communities they serve. By Melinda Aiello
It's time to consider telehealth as a solution to improve medical and behavioral health access for low-income communities that have been hard hit by the pandemic. By Arturo Vargas Bustamante & Carmela Castellano-Garcia

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The road to recovery will be long and hard but it will be even longer if we let our cities falter instead of harnessing their vital economic and social strengths. By Carolyn Coleman & Alma Hernández
Advocates of governmental transparency have scored two recent wins in their perpetual battles with California's political officials. By Dan Walters
The administration's proposed cuts threaten the stability of Medicaid-funded provider services that keep people with intellectual and developmental disabilities safe and healthy during normal times, made all the more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. By Jim Frazier

The president has considerable latitude to use the military for lawful domestic purposes, but forcefully clearing the square of protesters for Trump's photo opportunity isn't one. By John H Minan

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Closing the "achievement gap," as it's called, may be the most important step California could take toward lasting racial justice. By Dan Walters
The real reason is not voter fraud, there is none, but because Republicans have lost the ability to turn out their own voters and to expand their electoral base. By Tony Quinn
Our decision was part of an effort to reexamine and refine the Self-Generation Incentive Program so the benefits of a clean energy economy can accrue to all -- particularly those most impacted by wildfires and Public Safety Power ShutOffs. By Clifford Rechtschaffen & Edward Randolph
We can begin by fixing zoning, curbing the worst abuses of legacy environmental laws and lowering the mandatory fees that stifle homebuilding at the permit counter. By Maureen Sedonaen

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

If police unions should not give to District Attorney candidates, then teachers unions should not endorse and donate to school board candidates. By Joel Fox
In the right circumstances, generating a tax loss by selling specific securities may be advantageous. By Ryan Onishi
We Californians could view the troika of crises as a warning of the state's malaise and an opportunity to get real about fixing what needs to be fixed. By Dan Walters
Design specifications are a bit like following a recipe in a cookbook. If you follow the recipe and it turns out to be a disaster, you can blame the author. By Garret D. Murai

Monday, June 8, 2020

We call these folks "Dreamers" because they are both part of a holistic American dream and individuals trying to live their own American dream. By Joseph I. Castro
Retired state employees, like all Californians, are already entitled to large federal and state insurance subsidies. By David Crane
Now is the time for big ideas such as establishing a statewide Office of Racial Equity. By Sonrisa Cooper & Sylvia Chi
A breakdown of the numbers of voters who turned out for the primary remind us of the entrenched barriers to voting that historically underrepresented groups continue to experience. By Mindy Romero

It’s essentially a conflict over how much direct relief, if any, California can expect from President Donald Trump and Congress. By Dan Walters

Friday, June 5, 2020

These cases convincingly illustrate how the doctrine may be used to insulate government officials from civil accountability. By John H. Minan
The longer we wait, the more room for error and confusion. By Kammi Foote & Kim Alexander
We hope the children will prevail to safeguard their own health and the health of generations to come. By Lisa Patel & Hannah Perrin
A newly drafted constitutional amendment would not only undermine major portions of Proposition 54, but give legislators new authority to act secretly. By Dan Walters

Thursday, June 4, 2020

After two months of remote instruction with students, I am certain that distance learning is exacerbating already-pressing inequities. By Jessie Welcomer
Adopting a "best defense is a good offense" strategy means employers must quickly navigate their legal challenges and put policies and procedures in place before reopening the workplace. By Rebecca Bodemann
New and returning students are better off moving their education forward and should take advantage of these new and creative approaches. By Vincent J. Del Casino Jr.
Translators, who work with written words, and interpreters, who transfer meaning from one language to another verbally or visually in real time, hold our body politic together. By José García & Lorena Ortiz Schneider
Prisons, and especially their staff, are as critical to containing COVID-19 and protecting our communities as our hospitals. By Naomi Sugie, Keramet Reiter & Kristin Turney

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Our communities benefit when the fact that we are Asian American can be seen, recognized and considered. By Sally Chen

It’s irresponsible and detrimental to deny unrestricted access to the high-quality care that certified nurse-midwives provide. By Biftu Mengesha

Both men were forced to set aside their ambitious agendas as crises erupted, one after the other. By Dan Walters
This is a federally permitted project, and we'd like to have a say in making sure it lives up to the terms of its licenses and permits. By Steve Hernandez

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The various interests are fighting over real trade-offs between water supply for farms and cities, and Delta outflow to protect the ecosystem. By Jeffrey Mount & Greg Gartrell
What constitutes an emergency fund and why is it so important to have one, particularly in times like this? Here's a primer. By Ryan Onishi
Rather than deflect blame or pretend everything is fine, the Air Resources Board should commit to reform its program to deliver more stable outcomes. By Danny Cullenward
The most important aspect of the situation, however, is that the severe recession, which has erased several million jobs, is likely to continue beyond 2020-21. By Dan Walters

Monday, June 1, 2020

While purporting to increase diversity and representation, ACA-5 fails to meaningfully address structural issues behind achievement gaps and racial discrepancies for both political and philosophical reasons. By Wenyuan Wu
The purpose of AB 732 is to safeguard the least among us, to guarantee incarcerated people a minimum standard of pregnancy and reproductive care. By Kate Karpilow
The Legislature's budget analyst, Gabe Petek, issued a report in March alleging that auditors in five counties have been violating state rules on how local property tax revenues are divided, shifting additional funds into local government coffers by shorting schools. By Dan Walters
As COVID-19 grips our state, internet connections provide the one and only lifeline to the outside world. By Lisa Gonzales & Steve Glazer

Friday, May 29, 2020

Several ideas have been floated to reduce plastic waste, but one idea makes little sense – to have grocery stores serve as recycling centers. By Ronald Fong
Reaching California’s ambitious 75% recycling targets requires embracing new technologies to complement existing systems. By Tim Shestek
We propose to protect renters from being evicted because they cannot afford their rent. Likewise, we propose to protect landlords from foreclosure because their tenants cannot afford their rent. By Steven Bradford
San Luis Obispo received a dangerous threat, if the city council voted on an ordinance to encourage construction of all-electric buildings. By Heidi Harmon

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Making important decisions for purely political purposes serves no one's interest. By Dan Walters

The Paycheck Protection Program left many business owners confused due to lack of guidance from the Small Business Association related to loan forgiveness and how to utilize the funds. By Phil Jelsma

With the COVID-19 pandemic devastating the economy, the rationale for significant additional federal funding for state governments is needed. By Maurice Obstfeld & Laura D’Andrea Tyson
While the intention of AB 2501 is respectable in this financial crisis, the bill’s requirements would compromise the ability of credit unions to work individually with members. By Diana Dykstra

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

By every measure, the pandemic is far more pronounced in the Los Angeles metropolitan region than in the Bay Area. By Dan Walters
This tiny coronavirus prompts a big question about California's economy: Will business as usual buoy caregivers or simply protect the wealthy and America’s embrace of private gain? By Bruce Fuller & Scott Moore
The COVID-19 pandemic is magnifying decades of inequities in communities of color that have less access to health care. By Kiran Savage Sangwan
Teachers need top-notch professional development to continue moving California’s students forward with distance learning. Here’s why. By Therapi Zaw-Kaplan

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Zervos v. Trump raises a constitutional issue of first impression: Whether the U.S. Constitution requires a state court to defer or suspend private civil litigation against President Donald Trump until his term as president ends. By John H. Minan

Many of California’s 1.4 million family businesses are struggling, but here are four things the governor could do to jumpstart the economy. By Ken Monroe
California’s 85 nonprofit colleges and universities award 20% of all undergraduate degrees and more than 50% of graduate degrees statewide. By Kristen Soares, Devorah Lieberman & Ann McElaney-Johnson
Yurok Tribe and other organizations in California and Oregon are fighting to remove four Klamath River dams and restore the salmon runs. By Frankie Myers

Monday, May 25, 2020

With Californians already bearing one of the nation's highest tax burdens, adding more levies could slow economic recovery. By Dan Walters
With schools closed, there’s the real possibility of a significant rise in stress-related mental health challenges among young people and parents. By Shawn Ginwright

Friday, May 22, 2020

Given the power debt collectors have, Californians need a law to hold the industry accountable and punish the bad actors. By Bob Wieckowski
We need to plan for a virtual future, where tele-health, tele-education, and more are equally available to anyone anywhere in California. By Anna Caballero
California should use this time to upgrade the redemption process for bottles and cans, and improve this important and popular collection system for recycling. By Heidi Sanborn & Susan Collins
Newsom's executive order waives penalties for property taxes paid after April 10 for some homeowners and small businesses until May 2021. By Phil Jelsma

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Perhaps the greatest changes will be to air circulation and sanitation practices within high-rise apartment buildings. By Bill Kennedy
California needs to continue to invest in community colleges as classes and student services are transitioned online. By Eloy Ortiz Oakley
If the pandemic recession persists, we can expect another drop in births, plus an even stronger outflow of people to other states and weaker migration from other countries. By Dan Walters
Drastic austerity measures could endanger the public health response to COVID-19 and increase the intensity of the economic downturn. By Chris Hoene

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

There is a better approach to dealing with California’s fiscal problems from COVID19: It’s a temporary fix to a temporary problem. By Jim Wunderman

The law is designed to allow the public to be informed about those persons engaged in the political activities on behalf of foreign entities so that their actions can be properly assessed. By John H. Minan

Were Mike Garcia to win re-election in November, it would indeed be a significant gain for Republicans. By Dan Walters
California’s private sector cannot be the safety net for the COVID-19 crisis, that is the role of government, which can alleviate financial pressures on businesses. By Loren Kaye

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequalities across California for one-third of the residents who don’t have access to safe outdoor places. By Guillermo Rodriguez
California’s Insurance Commissioner wants to expand the state’s FAIR Plan by offering comprehensive homeowners coverage; this is a bad idea. By Ron Cassesso
The decision to reopen schools must be based on what makes sense for students academically and from a health perspective. By Vernon M. Billy
California legislators need to understand the ramifications of the Eagle Mountain hydroelectric project near Joshua Tree National Park. By Barry Moline, Neal Desai & Michael Boccadoro

Monday, May 18, 2020

Californians simply can’t afford corporate tax loopholes at the expense of our critical local services, frontline workers and schools. By Libby Schaaf
There is much uncertainty about the dimensions of the budget crisis, and therefore what might be required to "meet the moment." By Dan Walters
Strengthening the Latino community for the long run must be a core part of efforts by Gov. Newsom’s business and jobs task force and those of the Legislature. By Mindy Romero & Juan Novello
The cut in funding for public schools in California due to COVID-19 will cause irreparable harm to our children and our state. By Austin Beutner & Cindy Marten

Friday, May 15, 2020

As California communities return to work amidst the ongoing pandemic, landlords must consider how and when to reopen traditional workspaces. By Michael C. Cato

Does California have the chutzpah to pass needed legislation to open the doors wide to recovery? Here are 6 issues the Legislature needs to deal with. By John M.W. Moorlach
As the world grapples with how to provide remote learning, now is the time to embrace new ways of reaching students. By Lark Park
Unfortunately, the public isn't likely to be any better informed about Trump's taxes and financial conflicts of interest when the election rolls around in November than it is today. By John H. Minan

Thursday, May 14, 2020

This year, in response to the pandemic, legislative leaders have tightly limited the number of bills they will consider, but one of them, if enacted, would expand a state law dealing with "false claims" regarding state taxes. By Dan Walters
Gov. Newsom has proposed to overhaul the Department of Business Oversight and refocus the state’s approach to protecting consumers against deceptive financial offerings. By Monique Limòn & Richard Cordray
In combating COVID-9, elected officials should consider policies that promote the good use of data along with appropriate considerations for personal privacy. By Gary Mangiofico
The prospect of their success is likely. The Trump administration has a dismal record of success in defending its rulemaking. By John H Minan

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Assembly Bill 1835 would simply require LCFF funds to be used solely for the education of students they are supposed to help and not be diverted into general purposes. By Dan Walters
Media coverage of rallies against stay-at-home orders is important and should provide context; a study of anti-vaccine activism offers lessons. By Richard M. Carpiano & Dorit Rubinstein-Reiss

What Congress and the Small Business Association giveth, the IRS taketh away. By Phil Jelsma

Millions of older Californians are making their mark every day during the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to the state’s vitality and sense of community. By Kim McCoy Wade

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Our wartime presidents have had the courage to take personal responsibility for their actions – and, equally courageous, for their inaction. By Robin Umberg & Thomas J. Umberg, Special to CalMatters
The California Legislature should reintroduce legislation to reinvest in the mobile field hospital program and emergency preparedness. By Young Kim
Were California to become a nation, it would occupy a position roughly analogous to Canada. By Dan Walters

Monday, May 11, 2020

California should provide grant money from the Domestic Violence Assistance Program as an up-front payment available for immediate use. By Pedro Nava & Janna Sidley
Even though Latinos are California’s largest ethnic group at 40%, they represent only 17% of the candidate pool for the redistricting commission. By Sonja Diaz
Newsom declared that at least temporarily, workers deemed to be doing critical work during the COVID-19 pandemic and becoming infected would be presumptively eligible for workers' compensation without having to prove that it occurred on the job. By Dan Walters

Friday, May 8, 2020

If California had used ranked-choice voting on Super Tuesday, the votes would have been counted a lot sooner and we would have a different winner. By L. Sandy Maisel & David W. Brady
When your home also becomes your office while your friends and your partner are all on the outside, knowing how to survive the lack of human contact becomes confusing. By Dana McNeil
Health care lobbying organizations are seeking an executive order in California granting broad immunity due to the COVID-19 pandemic -- and that could be dangerous. By Tony Chicotel
The health and financial crises occurring outside the court's San Francisco chambers permeated inside, both visually and, perhaps, legally. By Dan Walters

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The only challenge more daunting than closing down your business or organization will be preparing to open it up again. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
Heading into the second month of staying home to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, here's how I’m coping and what I’m learning. By Maggie Shandera Linden
Public transit in California may be hit with a “double whammy” that could result in catastrophic revenue losses threatening the viability and availability of services. By Joshua W. Shaw
Latinas are at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and California must do more to map out what recovery for Latinos could look like. By Helen Torres

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Considering the number of residents without income, we need comprehensive protections for renters and homeowners that far exceed what local jurisdictions can offer. By Mitch O'Farrell

The April 30 second anniversary of the state Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision and the Assembly Bill 5 it unleashed should be reviewed as soon as possible. By John Kabateck
California has the most reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the nation, which is why we need to expand access to STD prevention and treatment to everyone in the state. By Julie Rabinovitz & Aaron Fox

Jay Obernolte of Big Bear Lake, has carved out an effective role in bolstering transparency in and accountability for countless billions of dollars in tax and bond measures that local governments either place on the ballot or issue themselves. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

For most of us, the reality of growing older means that medical issues will likely become a more common concern. By Ryan Onishi
On May 1, I joined thousands of tenants across the country in the rent strike movement, turning our economic reality into a political act. By Patricia Mendoza
A not-for-profit hospital in Berkeley is scheduled to be closed because it would not be cost effective to retrofit the facility to meet required seismic standards. By Sophie Hahn

State officials estimate that fighting the pandemic will cost about $7 billion, most of which will likely be reimbursed by the federal government, albeit with borrowed money. By Dan Walters

Monday, May 4, 2020

For more than a decade, the State Water Contractors have heavily invested in scientific research to learn more about the Bay-Delta ecosystem and the endangered species that call it home.
Eight years ago, former President Barack Obama issued an executive order, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA, that gave more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, like myself, a chance to pursue the American dream.
The shutdown of the American economy from COVID-19 has resulted in crushing losses to business owners across the nation. Insureds are now looking to business interruption insurance as a potential source of economic relief. 
When California legislators, decades ago, gave governors the power to declare emergencies and quickly deal with them, they probably had in mind sudden events such as earthquakes, wildfires or perhaps riots.

Friday, May 1, 2020

There is little doubt that the COVID-19 restrictions in place now have caused major disruptions in our daily life and have had negative economic impacts on California families, especially the working poor. But consider how much worse it would be if we in California hadn't moved quickly to "flatten the curve."
Multifamily investments have always seemed like — and have been — a safe haven for investment dollars. Is this changing?

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Angelenos are collectively amazed with our new coastal vistas — Catalina Island to the south and Point Dume to the north. My friends in Northern California report that they can even see the Point Reyes Peninsula from San Francisco's coastline.
Pay disparities are more than a numbers game. Equitable wages help parents feed their children and pay the rent. Or, what a timely notion: build a reserve for emergencies.
The semi-shutdown of California's social, economic and institutional life, that was ordered to arrest the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, seems to be working — albeit at immense cost.
Wells Fargo is no stranger to scandals, both old and new. It has been accused of numerous instances of misconduct, including setting up millions of bogus accounts and imposing unnecessary collateral protection insurance on unsuspecting car loan applicants.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the White House is reportedly working behind the scenes to reduce wages for farmworkers. According to a recent National Public Radio report, the Trump administration claims that cutting wages for farmworkers will help agricultural businesses struggling during the current crisis.
The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been devastating, and California must continue to act decisively to help mitigate the damage.
If there is anything worse than an emergency room crowded with sick COVID-19 patients, it's an emergency room crowded with doctors, nurses and essential hospital staff too sick to care for them.
Public support for marijuana legalization and regulation has been increasing steadily nationwide for years. But the recent decision of elected officials in California and elsewhere to embrace cannabis during the COVID-19 pandemic has solidified its status as part of the mainstream fabric of America.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

There's an adage among civil rights activists that solutions come from those closest to the problem. That's especially true now.
California's nearly 500 cities had been hurting financially even before the COVID-19 pandemic clobbered the state's economy and triggered a downward spiral of tax revenues.
Retirement is an important milestone that often comes after years (or decades) of careful planning. But even the most seasoned planners couldn't have foreseen the severe market selloff that happened in March in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. The abrupt end to the 10-year bull market surprised investors of all ages who are now wondering how long it will take for their portfolios to recover.

Monday, April 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and the severe economic recession it induced are disasters unparalleled in recent generations and it will take years to fully recover from their human and financial tolls.

Friday, April 24, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is sending shockwaves through the global and national economy, and, without a doubt, reverberations from the pandemic will have a huge impact on state budgets across the country.
Fifty years ago, Americans celebrated the first Earth Day with hopes of "fixing" our broken Earth.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

As our leaders in Washington look to create a jobs program focused on national infrastructure investments to sustain the U.S. economy, their decisions will significantly impact our economic future, including the industries that will — and will not — receive a lifeline through federal stimulus dollars.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a horrible human tragedy whose global toll is continuing to rise, but it's also an exercise in collecting and examining data for clues to how it is spreading.
For many Asian Americans, the COVID-19 pandemic has become very personal, due to feelings of anger and fear. They have experienced verbal and physical attacks, and harassment because the coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China, and has been characterized as a "Chinese virus."

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared the obvious fact that "we are now in a pandemic-induced recession," and appointed an 80-member "Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery" to guide our way back to prosperity.
At Immigrants Rising, the Bay-Area nonprofit where I'm director of Research and Entrepreneurship, the early-stage entrepreneurs we support resemble a lot of other ambitious, millennial CEOs.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last month that he would commit $150 million to addressing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Project RoomKey, in collaboration with local efforts, aims to shelter 50,000 of the state's more than 150,000 homeless people in hotels.
In mid-March, a fear-induced global sell-off triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic ended the longest bull market in U.S. history -- leading us into our first bear market in 11 years. Bear markets are commonly defined as a decline of at least 20% from the market's high point to the low during the sell-off.
Every day that Californians heed official exhortations to remain in semi-isolation reduces the spread of coronavirus infections and, therefore, deaths from COVID-19, and will hasten the day that social and economic restrictions can be eased.
A core component of the $2.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package allows the Small Business Administration to create a Paycheck Protection Program from Feb. 15, 2020, to June 30, 2020, that provides for 100% federally backed forgivable loans for certain eligible businesses and nonprofits hurt by the coronavirus fallout.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Over the past several weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has created images Americans never expected to see in this country: Empty supermarket shelves and people lined up outside of markets waiting to enter to purchase food.
The COVID-19 pandemic, we have been told, is transforming how we live, but one aspect of life in California appears immune to change: the state's perennial war over water.
The battle to expand vote-by-mail erupted last Tuesday in Wisconsin's primary when state Republican lawmakers denied Gov. Tony Evers' call to mail a ballot to every registered voter in hopes of reducing the threat of COVID-19. The reason cited: voter fraud.

Friday, April 17, 2020

I am all in for former Vice President Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States. But let's explore an alternative reality in which Biden, generously and selflessly, throws his support behind another politician to be the Democratic nominee.
The California Legislature's decision to suspend work until May 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic was a wise move. Some want to take it a step further, urging that all non-essential legislation be postponed until 30 days after the statewide "shelter in place" order has been lifted.
Commercial leasing has been around since antiquity and over the centuries has evolved into a relatively predictable set of knowns and unknowns, risk allocations, and established market terms. Nothing in recent history has shaken commercial leasing on a national scale like COVID-19. 
Gov. Gavin Newsom says he sees light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel, when Californians regain "a semblance of normalcy," emerge from their homes, converse verbally rather than electronically and return to their jobsites.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

All of us are afraid of what the coronavirus pandemic means for our health and job security. My neighbors have said they've either been laid off, or live in fear of being laid off.
When the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close this spring, it exposed the California Legislature's lack of wisdom in approving a two-year moratorium on the expansion of distance learning in charter public schools.
Litigation against President Donald Trump for violating the emoluments clauses of the Constitution is likely to land on the doorstep of the U.S. Supreme Court in the future. Members of Congress, states and private parties have all sued Trump. 
I pulled on my surgical gloves, readjusted my face shield and took a deep breath. Waiting in a line facing me were unmasked seniors and young people. Their primary worry is not the coronavirus pandemic. Nor is it toilet paper. It's food.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed California and the nation into uncharted waters, especially with the impact on our schools.
The first few days of the coronavirus crisis revealed that the veneer of civilization may be thinner than we assumed.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The promise of freedom and prosperity enticed my parents to leave their homes in China and come to the United States. Along with their hopes for a brighter future, they brought a distrust of government forged from living under a repressive regime. Initially, they did not even approve of my career as an elected government official.
In response to the severe economic fallout stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, a record $2 trillion fiscal stimulus package was enacted at the end of March. The wide-ranging CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act is designed to help ease the financial hardships many Americans are facing. You may be wondering what, if any, economic relief is available to you. Here are some possible ways you may qualify for support.

Monday, April 13, 2020

It may seem that the coronavirus crisis has been with us forever, but it's been less than a month since California's officialdom began imposing a quasi-quarantine to reduce the toll on human life.
The coronavirus pandemic has been a time of heroism: medical professionals saving lives, workers checking people out at the grocery, public officials preparing their communities. Many of these heroic actions, though, are happening in spite of the economic and government systems that we had in place before the crisis.
Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff for former President Barak Obama, famously said, "Don't let a good crisis go to waste."

Friday, April 10, 2020

For California's seniors, the coronavirus pandemic is an especially terrifying crisis. For the state, it is also a powerful signal that gaping loopholes in protections for this vulnerable and growing population must change.
As cities and states now in lockdown struggle to determine if construction in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is an essential service, commercial real estate stakeholders and their attorneys are examining contractual obligations to assess risk and introduce clauses to limit exposure.
In my early twenties, I started a modest sandwich shop where I learned that even on good days, the margins are tight. The risk, sweat and stress that goes into starting, owning and operating a small business are so constant that one wonders what compels anyone to do it.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

April is "World Landscape Architecture" month — a time to celebrate and appreciate all that landscape architects do to improve their communities and quality of life.
For many of us working in restaurants, it's about community, the whole community. We are woven into a city's social fabric as places for people to celebrate, negotiate, argue or fall in love. That is what hospitality does best — bring people together.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A few short weeks ago, CREW San Diego members gathered for our diversity in leadership event, discussing how women can leverage their own abilities to advance gender equity and lead in commercial real estate and beyond.
In 2006, California's pledge to build 1 million solar energy systems on homes, schools, farms and businesses was visionary and audacious, but achievable.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Historic market volatility has washed over the globe in recent weeks. The spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has precipitated a record drop in the stock market and a sharp plunge in bond yields, sending the U.S. into its first bear market in over a decade.
The unprecedented $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, aka the CARES Act, is the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history, providing crucial funds for individuals, nonprofits and small businesses.

Monday, April 6, 2020

We've all seen slow motion video clips of horrific damage from head-on automobile collisions staged in auto safety testing facilities. Something like that is happening to California's economy.
"Let's call it what it is — a disgrace — that the richest state in the richest nation, succeeding across so many sectors, is failing to properly house, heal and humanely treat so many of its own people."

Friday, April 3, 2020

First with a tweet, then a news conference and interviews, President Donald Trump showed that he is considering trading American lives in the coronavirus pandemic for a healthier economy: "We can't have the cure be worse than the problem."
Almost every city or county has abandoned, fire damaged, or otherwise dilapidated properties. The majority of the time these properties sit abandoned and dilapidated for years with no solution in sight.
As the coronavirus social isolation net tightens, college professors and students face an unprecedented challenge. How do they continue teaching and learning when school buildings have closed?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Across California, local leaders are making decisions about how to manage the parks, beaches and trails that many of us flocked to at the beginning of the state's sweeping stay-at-home order to contain the coronavirus.
The coronavirus pandemic obviously overshadows this year's political contests, but we presumably will still have an election seven months hence, so we cannot completely ignore its potential outcomes.
Health care workers and first-responders are our new superheroes. And let's add to the list: super-market checkers processing long lines, InstaCart employees delivering groceries, staff at food banks and homeless shelters.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Congress has approved the far-reaching $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act — the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history — which has also been signed into effect by President Donald Trump.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

When the warm weather finally hits, most of us get bit by the spring-cleaning bug. Our to-do lists often include cleaning out our garages, basements and closets. But this year, it might be time to add another section to the list: finances.
In any other week, major actions affecting Pacific Gas and Electric's chances of emerging from bankruptcy as an intact and operational utility would have been big news.

Monday, March 30, 2020

As states and the federal government wage a battle against the spread of the coronavirus, we also face a real threat to our democratic institutions.
The rapidly expanding COVID-19 pandemic threatens the lives and livelihoods of Californians, but it also lays bare some multi-billion-dollar shortcomings in state government finances that have been ignored for decades, despite many warnings.

Friday, March 27, 2020

One of the most important decisions facing Californians this November is whether to make any changes to Proposition 13.

he coronavirus pandemic is a public health crisis that's spawned a global economic crisis. Schools and businesses are closed. Jobs are being lost. Retirement savings have been decimated. Citizens are being told to shelter in place. Our health care system is being stressed and providers are sounding alarms about equipment and facilities shortages. Dysfunction in Washington only makes things worse.

In an unprecedented move, both the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board recently took sweeping steps to delay tax filing and payment deadlines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

In his State of the State address, Gov. Gavin Newsom called homelessness "the most pernicious crisis in our midst, the ultimate manifestation of poverty, screaming for our attention."
California has set ambitious goals to fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector. But, as the old saying goes, a goal without a plan is just a wish.
As the coronavirus pandemic was clobbering California — and the rest of the known world — this month, local government officials in Sacramento County enthusiastically decided to ask voters to approve a hefty sales tax increase for transportation improvements.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

During his first couple weeks of managing California's COVID-19 crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom's words and actions were impressively cool-headed and measured.
When Venice Family Clinic opened its doors 50 years ago, two volunteer physicians provided free medical care after hours in a dental clinic.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The abrupt and apparently prolonged closure of California's public schools due to coronavirus fears is — or should be — a reminder of their vital societal role.
Owning a home is an important life goal for many Americans. Yet buying a home is not always the best financial decision for everyone. In some life situations, renting is a more prudent choice. If you or your loved ones are contemplating the buy-or-rent decision, consider these questions to inform your next move.

Monday, March 23, 2020

As fate would have it, California's coronavirus battle flag was hoisted just as CalMatters was vacating its temporary offices and moving into permanent new quarters near the Capitol.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that people distance themselves from others if COVID-19 has spread in their community. As a result, the surging number of cases in this country will most certainly impact the retail industry, especially shopping malls, which attract large crowds.

Friday, March 20, 2020

The postponement will delay the oral arguments in three cases involving subpoenas to gain access to President Donald Trump's taxes slated for argument on March 31. By John H. Minan

Notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic, we must all focus on how we can heal our state and nation in new and creative ways after too many years of social disharmony and disunity. By Drew Liebert
Newsom must accept that the state's economy will decline, cutting into the revenues he needs to expand health care and early childhood education, attack homelessness and thus address the state's yawning income disparities. By Dan Walters
State and local leaders and solid waste companies should join the Bye Bye Mattress program to expand free mattress recycling to businesses and residents. By Mike O'Donnell

Thursday, March 19, 2020

It is essential in this aging state that California structures its funding for skilled nursing care in a way that promotes high-quality care. By Erika Castile
While several legal challenges have been mounted against it, the law appears to be having a beneficial impact on a wider movement toward gender and other diversity on corporate boards. By Jen Rubin
Last week provided Californians with four cogent examples of why independent journalism is a vital bulwark against shenanigans and coverups. By Dan Walters
The promise of Ethnic Studies is that it helps us appreciate one another's distinct histories and trajectories in this country. By Janelle Wong

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The sacrifices that families, schools, businesses and communities are making to slow down the spread of the coronavirus protect the health of the people who may need advanced treatment. By Sandra R. Hernández

The Electronic Privacy Foundation Center has sued the U.S. Department of Justice to gain access to an unredacted copy of the Mueller report. By John H. Minan

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Money misconceptions can be so dangerous. By Ryan Onishi

In enacting the Local Control Funding Formula seven years ago, Brown also insisted that the money flow with very few strings attached. By Dan Walters

Monday, March 16, 2020

We recommended that the state encourage replication of successful programs by sharing model systems and ideas beyond county borders. By Pedro Nava
California Private Attorneys General Act helps workers by allowing them to sue over wage theft and unsafe working conditions. The state benefits too. By Cynthia Rice, Special to CalMatters
Some special tax measures failing to receive two-thirds votes have been validated by local judges, citing an opinion by the state Supreme Court, but most have not. By Dan Walters
As opportunity zone investments become more commonplace, many opportunity zone sponsors and developers are interested in understanding the difference between "original property" and "substantial improvement" property. By Phil Jelsma

Friday, March 13, 2020

Let's put policies in place to elevate student voices on local issues and inspire new approaches to civic engagement. By Nancy Deutsch

A veteran reviews several important developments in veterans' law at both the state and federal level. By Eileen C. Moore

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Lawmakers need to focus on the factors that have led to a virtual halt on the production of affordable housing. By David Flanagan & Michele Steeb

Harris' late-blooming endorsement of Joe Biden was widely seen as an application to become Biden's running mate, the conventional political wisdom being that he would want either a woman or someone of color on his ticket. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Were a recession to occur, California would likely feel its impacts more than any other state because of its high level of involvement in international trade and travel. By Dan Walters

What was once a "no man's land" has become "everyman's land." By Alan Nevin

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

It could reflect rising resistance to new borrowing and new taxes. By Dan Walters

it's important to understand your options when determining whether and how to move company stock out of your 401(k). By Ryan Onishi

Monday, March 9, 2020

Now that election year hoopla has abated in California, it’s time to discuss an issue of real world importance — whether the state faces a serious shortage of registered nurses. By Dan Walters

The question for the economy in 2020 and beyond is whether the coronavirus's economic effect can really be walled off from the rest of the economy and financial system, resulting in a painful but short interlude. By Neil Irwin

Friday, March 6, 2020

When bringing a subrogation action on behalf of an insured, an insurer "stands in the shoes" of its insured for all purposes. By Garret D. Murai

Solving society's biggest issues require more than what one sector can provide. By Beth Sirull

Thursday, March 5, 2020

It embraces "whole person care," including non-medical services such as housing, and would "move Medi-Cal to a more consistent and seamless system by reducing complexity and increasing flexibility" with "delivery system transformation." By Dan Walters

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Education plays a critical role in our democracy but debt can undermine it, raising students' costs and discouraging some from pursuing opportunities that can benefit us all. By Dalié Jiménez & Jonathan D. Glater

Collecting more data about student outcomes would — and should — be a precursor to more accountability for everyone involved in education. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Sales of zero-emission vehicles are weak and transit ridership is actually declining despite big and very expensive expansions of service. By Dan Walters
At this stage of the coronavirus situation in the U.S., get prepared, become informed, and communicate clearly and often. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

If you have a pet, you know the costs of keeping them healthy can add up quickly. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, March 2, 2020

AB 5 author Lorena Gonzalez, speaking for herself and the sponsoring unions, says she's open to fine-tuning the measure. By Dan Walters

If I were really put to the test, my best sense is that Sanders will "win" the California primary with a plurality somewhere in the 30s. By Garry South
Federal rules allow colleges to automatically bill students for course materials if the colleges meet certain requirements. By Ann Carrns

Friday, February 28, 2020

With Elizabeth Warren in the White House, California's ability for bold and progressive action will be amplified in ways that will make a real and meaningful difference for Californians and the rest of the country. By Lorena Gonzalez & Phil Ting

Policymakers must allow businesses and residents to have choices for reliable energy today, while legislators work to pass a long-term solution that strengthens our grid to be reliable, safe and affordable for all. By Lance Hastings & Jot Condie

Most presidents avoid boasting about a rising stock market because they know how fragile it is. By Neil Irwin

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Whatever happens this year, the abrupt end to what appeared initially to be a wet season is another reminder that California can never take its water supply for granted. By Dan Walters
Executed well, Bloomberg’s fire and forestry proposal will reduce loss of life and property over the next four years, saving the U.S. economy billions of dollars each year. By Ken Pimlott

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is about to emerge from bankruptcy, but the biggest energy issue facing California isn’t PG&E’s finances, its corporate structure, or its ownership. It’s the power lines. By Lloyd Levine

While Californians still want the homeless to be helped, two-thirds of poll respondents also want their encampments removed from public areas and high-risk fire zones. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Newsom is staking his governorship, and perhaps his hopes of climbing further up the political pecking order, on jump-starting housing construction and moving tens of thousands of men, women and children off the streets. By Dan Walters
If we leave unanswered questions about how to handle our affairs after we pass, life for our loved ones could become much more difficult. By Ryan Onishi
Though we hear little about autism data from our public health leaders or media, California’s autism rates continue to surge, with no plateau in sight. By Jill Escher
California policymakers must strive to ensure that members of the early childhood workforce earn a worthy wage, have incentives to expand infant and toddler care, and receive the necessary support for quality improvement and training to meet the needs of each and every child, from the start. By Andrea Golloher

Monday, February 24, 2020

Trump's Bureau of Reclamation finalized a new operating policy that would provide more water to farmers, whose supplies had already been squeezed by a series of court orders. By Dan Walters
Many Californians can no longer afford California. Here’s what legislators can do to reduce the cost of living. By Loren Kaye

Friday, February 21, 2020

The net impact of moving California's primary from June to March may not be how it affects presidential politics but how an eight-month gap between primary and general elections affects choices for legislative, congressional and local government offices. By Dan Walters

There are two important ballot measures that will either help or hurt the region's production of housing. By Alan Nevin

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The state can’t arrest its way out of the housing crisis. By Jen Flory

While SB 10 drew heavy opposition from bail bond agents, its final version was also opposed by civil rights and criminal justice reform groups. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

This is an opportunity — the kind that comes along rarely — to shift from fighting about the Delta’s future to actually shaping it. By Ellen Hanak & Jeffrey Mount

California's housing shortage is an opportunity for state politicians to pare away the nonessential, cumbersome processes we impose on housing projects and to encourage the tens of billions of dollars in investment capital that the crisis demands. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A moderate recession could cut revenues by about $25 billion a year for three years, but the state, under Newsom's proposed budget, would have scarcely $20 billion in reserves to cushion its impact. By Dan Walters

Two of the most important changes create the potential to build more savings in a traditional IRA and let you keep your money longer in a tax-advantaged account. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, February 17, 2020

They know that if park visitors are able to explore Hetch Hetchy's spectacular terrain, many will want to see the reservoir emptied and water storage moved downstream. By Spreck Rosekrans

The regulation -- through legislation or antitrust enforcement and merger control -- of platforms and of data-rich tech companies has become the foremost preoccupation of competition authorities globally, including in the United Kingdom. By Matthew Levitt & Neil Coulson

Friday, February 14, 2020

Pretty much everyone seems to agree that it is critical for the government — in a variety of branches — to adopt policies that promote competition and encourage innovation. By Brian Scarpelli & Alexandra McLeod

There are vacant properties in every urban county that could be quickly repurposed to provide shelter and services for thousands. By Michael Rushford

Students who have the desire and aptitude to obtain four-year degrees should be prepared for it. But those with other interests and aptitudes should be equally supported and encouraged. By Dan Walters

Thursday, February 13, 2020

We need to get off the 3.5 million housing figure that Newsom trumpeted during his campaign and that Wiener continued to cite, and establish a more reasonable and reachable goal. By Dan Walters
We are excited to see regions step forward with their own visions for this high road approach to regional economic development. By Kate Gordon & Lenny Mendonca

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Approximately 20% of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are associated with the electricity and fuels used in our commercial and residential buildings. Bloomberg is offering solutions. By Adam Freed & Panama Bartholomy
The alternative to the voluntary agreements is a contentious regulatory process that will take many years and require adjudicating a thicket of litigation in every direction before restoring river flows. By Gov. Gavin Newsom

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Credibility is built over time with the long-term trust your organization develops and nurtures among clients. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

California is leading the nation in creating a health care model that recognizes mental wellness cannot be separated from physical health, a model every state in the nation must adopt. By Chuck Ingoglia

Starting your tax work now can also make the process less stressful. By Ryan Onishi

Many details remain to be nailed down, and it also would need the approval of various state and federal agencies. But it’s progress. By Dan Walters

Monday, February 10, 2020

California’s future can be powered by both renewable and reliable energy, but we must have the foresight to make the right investments in storage capacity now. By Alex Morris
San Diego's industries, places of higher learning and military bases attract people and revenue, but the city is losing its battle to house those people, which could constrict the region's ability to grow. By Rebecca Bodemann
A good place to start in doing your part to resist our slouch toward banal tribalism is in defending Romney for his act of conscience, even if you disagree. By Rob Stutzman
Fraud in California's $20 billion a year system of supporting disabled workers is rampant, but the vast majority of it occurs in Southern California. By Dan Walters

Friday, February 7, 2020

Let us collaborate to provide the next generation of students, job seekers and employers with the learning resources, assessments, research and credentials needed to succeed. By Marten Roorda

The Legislature's budget analyst noted that despite $20-plus billion in state and federal funds per year directed to high needs students, demonstrable successes are scant. By Dan Walters

Thursday, February 6, 2020

We need to utilize all existing supply strategies including increased conservation, reuse, and both brackish water and seawater desalination into the mix. By Wendy Ridderbusch
Allowing high school students to take college-level courses while still in high school is good for students, good for high schools, and good for community colleges, which are the primary vehicle for dual enrollment. By Susana Cooper & Michal Kurlaender
Moving to zero-emission transportation will create jobs and grow California's economy. By Bill Magavern

Many investors who thought funds they received from Section 1031 exchanges last year are taxable and believe nothing could be done about it were surprised. By Phil Jelsma

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The more likely outcome is a deal under which PG&E makes a few more concessions to Newsom — particularly ones that are cosmetic, such as shaking up the corporate board — and he claims a victory. By Dan Walters

If the proposals lack specificity, result in overcapacity, or lead to excessive district debt, a “no” vote would be the judicious choice. By Marc Joffe

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Every step we can take to put more EVs on the roads offers potential benefits to all Californians. We can cut emissions, combat climate change, and clean up our air. By F. Noel Perry & David Roland-Holst
Last week, Newsom referred to California as "the richest and poorest state," and the gap is widening. By Dan Walters

Many mistakenly assume the absence of heirs removes the weight of retirement and legacy planning from their shoulders. By Ryan Onishi

Cows can play a crucial role in resurrecting waning grasslands, regenerating degraded landscapes, and yes, helping end climate change. By Eric Firpo

Monday, February 3, 2020

It's evident from the opposition that the crisis will continue unless the tribal not-in-my-backyard attitudes that stall much-needed construction are overcome. By Dan Walters
Given that more stringent local rent restrictions preempt the Tenant Protection Act in the most affordability-constricted markets, it seems unlikely that the act will significantly improve California's affordable housing crisis. By Grace Winters & Jordan Tessier

Friday, January 31, 2020

As the PG&E crisis runs its course, some big governmental entities are also testing whether they are too big to fail. By Dan Walters
The plaintiffs, who are 21 young activists and an environmental organization, allege that the federal government has knowingly failed to protect them from the consequences of climate change. By John H Minan
Mike Bloomberg is the only candidate who has developed, advocated and implemented a successful program to cut greenhouse gases. By Mary D. Nichols
Young people deserve a lot better than yet another recycling of so-called “reforms” pushed by interest groups casting about for more clients to rescue a failed juvenile system California should be reforming out of existence. By Mike Males

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Legislators should declare a moratorium on housing legislation until the impact of the 40-plus housing bills passed in the last four years take effect, address underlying causes of income inequity, and collaborate with cities and citizens, not corporate seeking to expand their real estate empires. By Susan Kirsch
If we each do our part to increase the supply of well-planned housing, then our entire state will be better for it. By Jeanne Radsick

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

If you're retired and have IRA assets, the qualified charitable donation (QCD) tax rule might work in your favor. By Ryan Onishi
We should embrace allowing community colleges to offer as many baccalaureate programs as they are financially and institutionally capable of doing. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

California’s largest, most important — and perhaps most troubled — governmental program is the education of nearly 6 million elementary, middle and high school students. By Dan Walters

Populism is problematic precisely because it despises compromise under the guise of standing on principle, suggesting that those who collaborate for the greater good lack morality. By Mike Madrid

Monday, January 27, 2020

The FCC — the federal agency that is supposed to regulate them — is being run by a chairman bent on eliminating every consumer protection he can get his hands on. By Debra Gore-Mann & Paul Goodman
Newsom has an opportunity to write a new chapter in the history of pardons. By Dan Walters

Friday, January 24, 2020

The California Taxpayers Association has counted 231 local sales and parcel tax increases and bond issues on the March 3 primary ballot alone. By Dan Walters
California champions opportunity for women. The nation looks to us as a trendsetter, so let’s make 2020 California’s year of women who lead boldly and pave the way for future generations. By Jennifer Haley

Thursday, January 23, 2020

What’s needed now is decisive action by Gov. Newsom to stand with California against the Trump administration attack on California’s salmon fishing families and our state’s largest aquatic ecosystem. By John McManus

Nearly a third of what California spends on K-12 schools, public colleges, prisons, welfare grants and health care is supplied by fewer Californians than it would take to fill a professional basketball arena. By Dan Walters

The new rules are much more beneficial and flexible than the two prior sets of proposed regulations released since the opportunity zone program became law two years ago. By Phil Jelsma

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Getting in on the "ground floor" is what interests many investors in companies that have just made their stock available to the public. By Ryan Onishi

The likelihood of a close finish among the three frontrunners, the complexity of the delegate allocation system and the inevitable delay in counting votes could essentially make our primary a non-factor in choosing the Democratic candidate to challenge President Donald Trump. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

With sex-trafficked children constantly kept on the move, law enforcement agencies in multiple jurisdictions and non-profit service providers must work together. By Ling Ling Chang

A pioneer in direct mail fundraising and using technology in political campaigns, "Wild Bill" Richardson employed those skills to unseat three Democratic senators in three successive elections, beginning in 1976. By Dan Walters

Friday, January 17, 2020

Why don’t candidates talk about a program with wide appeal — Medicaid. By Raphael J. Sonenshein

I choose to look forward in making a positive change, and not look back at what should have happened in her case. By Jody Hudson

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Be sure you have a "Plan B" and not make any single influencer central to your communication and your image. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

A commission studying homelessness delivered its preliminary report, recommending that local governments be required by a new provision in the state constitution to provide enough shelters to house everyone. By Dan Walters
We must stop painting all Asian Americans with a broad brush. By Karthick Ramakrishnan & Robert P. Jones

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom's nearly three-hour-long presentation of his second budget last week was peppered with scornful references to President Donald Trump. By Dan Walters
Lawmakers should make teaching practices based on the science of reading a budgetary and policy priority. By Bill Lucia

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The start of the new year is a great time to focus on your finances and put them into perspective. By Ryan Onishi
Legislators and the California Public Utilities Commission need to help make way for better energy policies and better solutions than just turning off power for millions of people. By KR Sridhar

Monday, January 13, 2020

Newsom's budget projects that the good times will continue not only during the upcoming fiscal year but through the "forecast period" — basically the remaining three years of his first term. By Dan Walters
California has overreached in its effort to address the challenges in today’s tech platform gig-work economy. By Brendan Rawson
Gov. Gavin Newsom has spent much of his first year grabbing headlines with unnecessary fights with the federal government and ignoring the Californians he was elected to protect. By Jessica Millan Patterson

Friday, January 10, 2020

While the congressional mandate led to an evolving set of federal regulations governing certain aspects of drone operations, it did not translate into a consistent set of laws governing liability. By Paul Fraidenburgh

Whether one likes or dislikes Wiener’s bill, SB 50, it’s certainly a serious approach to a very serious problem. By Dan Walters

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Shortchanging our public lands is shameful and shortsighted given their value. By Liz Bergeron
All public bond issues deserve scrutiny, but those for essentially private purposes, such as a baseball park, are especially prone to insider dealing. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The big action in this year’s elections will be found in three key contests in Los Angeles County and in an array of high-octane statewide ballot measures. By Dan Walters
Like the California Public Utilities Commission before it, the California Coastal Commission should approve this project unanimously. By Jeff Davi

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Governors and legislators routinely make what they describe as transformative policy decrees and then either neglect to follow through. By Dan Walters
Here's the advice I offer parents who want to give their adult children a financial head start without harming their own financial future. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, January 6, 2020

Senate Bill 330 is a lengthy and complicated piece of housing legislation that will significantly affect land development in California. By Susan K. Hori & Jennifer Lynch

While hundreds of new measures will be dropped into the legislative mill, there are a few issues that should top the Capitol’s agenda, to wit: housing, homeless, PG&E, water and AB5. By Dan Walters

Friday, January 3, 2020

Research shows we can’t afford not to invest in research and programs to do the difficult work to stop the cycle of harm so that we can create a new generation of Californians who are safer and stronger than ever before. By Richard Thomason
California has always been a basket of contradictions, and as we begin a new year and a new decade, they seem destined to become even more confounding. By Dan Walters

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Whoever is elected in November must commit himself or herself to fulfilling a pledge to provide housing for all. By Joe Buscaino
Before you toss off an “Ok Boomer” or a head-shaking, “Kids these days,” first consider our linked lives and destinies. By Stacy Torres

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Every Narcan prescription represents another chance to improve someone's health, prevent an unnecessary death and ultimately provide hope. By Gilmore Chung
Reuse reduces the need to divert water from streams already stressed by rising temperatures and shrinking snowpack and can curb ocean pollution associated with sewage outfalls. By Heather Cooley

We on the Governor's Task Force on Alzheimer's Prevention and Preparedness hope to grab the attention of all Californians and focus it on Alzheimer's prevention and preparedness efforts in our state. By María P. Aranda

Monday, December 30, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates need to tell Californians where they stand on political reforms including gerrymandering, HR1, and vote by mail. By Kathay Feng

Some will now fault the California Legislature for not making ID mandatory. Others may applaud the Legislature for taking the optional stipulation approach. By Bill Slomanson

Since 1990, the people of San Jerardo have drilled one well after another, only to see each closed as a result of agricultural contamination including nitrates and pesticides. By Horacio Amezquita

Friday, December 27, 2019

A Californian by choice is packing up and leaving for Tennessee, where taxes are low, gasoline is cheap and there aren't so many people. By Andrew Malcolm
California has its problems and goofy politics. But the Golden State remains a draw for many. Here's one man's reason for moving West. By Dane Strother

Thursday, December 26, 2019

CalPERS is using its voice, shareowner votes, and investment dollars to minimize climate risk to our portfolio and investments while teaming up with others to ensure we see action, not just words. By Marcie Frost

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Gov. Newsom should have known that building 3.5 million units by 2025 was an economic and physical impossibility. By Dan Walters
Aside from parents giving money, there are steps they can encourage their child to take to help manage those debts. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, December 23, 2019

Everyone must take steps to prepare for fire, flood, other disaster. By Robert Lempert
California’s Assembly Fellowship Program can prepare people for meaningful careers in a highly charged partisan atmosphere, regardless of their party affiliation. By Erica Costa

Those in California's state government have an unfortunate habit of starting programs and projects that are never fully implemented. By Dan Walters

Discrimination in housing reinforces our country’s patterns of segregation, which separates too many people of color from access to resources. By Nadia Aziz & Matthew Warren

Friday, December 20, 2019

Imposing fees on electric vehicles in California could reduce their sales by 10–24%. By Austin Brown & Dan Sperling

Although they are generally distinct sections with their own provisions, there is one possibility in which Section 1031 exchanges and opportunity zones can intersect. By Phil Jelsma

This week, the state auditor laid out FI$Cal's shortcomings and had harsh words for the decision to officially end the project on June 30, 2020, without fixing its problems. By Dan Walters

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Unless aggressive reforms are implemented now, the state's underfunded pension problem will get far worse, forcing counties and cities to severely reduce services and lay off employees to meet pension obligations. By Che I. Johnson & Lars T. Reed

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Simply imposing more political micromanagement on an investor-owned corporation would make accountability to ratepayers, shareholders and lenders even cloudier. By Dan Walters

A recent court case clarifies that, with one very narrow exception, class actions cannot be brought under the Right to Repair Act. By Garret D. Murai

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

There are a lot of complexities with Social Security, so if this feels overwhelming, know you are not alone. By Ryan Onishi
With climate change contributing to worsening wildfires, we must stay the course and continue to support a clean energy sector as part of the solution. By Jan Smutny-Jones

[Terry Goggin] was an enigmatic figure, known both for creative lawmaking and intertwining his personal financial interests with official duties. By Dan Walters

Establishing a budget and sticking to it will prevent you from having a financial holiday hangover that can persist well into the New Year. By Isai Amaya

Monday, December 16, 2019

We voters and those we place in office say we're going to do something bold and sweeping, but then make only a token effort. By Dan Walters
Partnering with the advanced energy industry will provide Gov. Newsom and his team expertise and resources to help solve California’s wildfire and blackout crisis. By Nat Kreamer & Mark Ferron

The California Supreme Court recently decided not to depublish a 2nd District opinion that misstates the law in a manner harmful to lead agencies and the regulated community. By Arthur F. Coon

Friday, December 13, 2019

The California School Boards Association dropped its measure that would have hiked personal and corporate income taxes in an effort to raise about $15 billion a year for schools. By Dan Walters

Figuring out which plan will work for you may depend on how you will use the money, a new analysis finds. By Ann Carrns

Should investors use Internal Revenue Code Section 1031, which allows deferral of capital gains taxes on the sale of certain investment properties, or defer gains by investing in opportunity zones? By Phil Jelsma

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The barriers to clinical trial access are numerous and include socioeconomic and structural factors. By Laura Holmes Haddad
An entire generation of youth has been exposed to the dangers of a lifetime of nicotine addiction by Juul’s actions. As California is home to Juul, we have a special obligation to take the lead in ending this epidemic. By John Maa

The president is locked in two important legal battles on petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. Both cases involve the validity of subpoenas for his tax returns and related financial information. By John H. Minan

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The scandal fueled a 1990 ballot measure imposing term limits on legislators, leading to a rapid turnover of membership that allowed an influx of women and non-white lawmakers. By Dan Walters
Most brand reputation stumbles become a full-blown crisis when left unaddressed for too long. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

A veteran's access to a lawyer can mean the difference between living under a roof or under a bridge. By Eileen C. Moore

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A new focus on collaboration among everyone involved in water-related issues built on improved scientific understanding will assuredly lead us to a better way of doing business. By Jason Peltier
California's local officials are largely unwilling to directly ask their voters for more taxes to pay pension bills. By Dan Walters

Monday, December 9, 2019

California the federal endangered species act protection is often used as a proxy for protecting the environment, something the act are not intended to do. By Jeffrey Mount
Officials rarely mention the real reasons they need more money, which are the fast-rising costs of employee pensions and health care. By Dan Walters

Friday, December 6, 2019

Though artificial intelligence is hardly new, it has gone mainstream recently as businesses increasingly exploit their massive data collections for profit-seeking. By Nick Transier

A referendum seeking to overturn California's landmark ban on cash bail in criminal cases will once again test voters' sentiments about the treatment of accused lawbreakers. By Dan Walters
California leaders need to ensure that the November 2020 ballot includes a single revenue measure that is solely focused on education including quality child care, preschool, K-12, and higher education. By Ted Lempert
California can combat wildfire by enlisting grazing animals to keep grass and shrubs trimmed, and help preserve rangeland. By Mark Nelson

Thursday, December 5, 2019

We all have a role to play, and we all can take steps now to be informed about Alzheimer's and to debunk the stigma. By María P. Aranda
As the state continues to improve higher education access and success, we must support Proposition 13 to provide the funding needed to revitalize aging facilities so that they will be safe places to learn. By Dick Ackerman & Mel Levine

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

What happened to sometimes tedious, inclusive proceedings among the people involved as a means to find truth? By Kristian Whitten

Although the New York challenge could yield a landmark decision, it could also leave big questions under-resolved. The court could even end up firing blanks. By Glenn C. Smith

Sooner or later, the state Supreme Court must clear up a legal ambiguity it created over how many votes are needed to enact local tax increases. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Several large urban districts are flirting with insolvency and politically powerful education groups, especially unions, are looking to Sacramento for relief. By Dan Walters

Do you feel like you have a clear handle on how to manage your insurance needs effectively? By Ryan Onishi

Monday, December 2, 2019

California has a historic opportunity to help the nation further spur the transformation of juvenile justice that will make a difference in millions of lives. By Stephanie James

PG&E's mismanagement is the primary culprit in multiple wildfires that have claimed lives and destroyed homes and businesses in Northern California. By James Gallagher

Friday, November 29, 2019

With a bold upgrade of its political advertising standards, Google is delivering a powerful public good. By Eric Jaye

Bribery for impeachment purposes does not depend on the federal statutory law of bribery. By John H. Minan

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

After careful review of the federal biological opinions released late last month, our best experts concluded they are insufficient to protect endangered fish. As a result, the state needs to protect California’s interests and values. By Wade Crowfoot & Jared Blumenfeld
Shop, compare — and beware, when shopping for health insurance outside official government marketplaces. By Ann Carrns
California attorneys general skew descriptions of ballot measures. Voters rely on the descriptions. The Legislative Analyst should take over the job. By Kevin Kiley

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Women small business owners are poised to end 2019 on a high note, with 84 percent anticipating year-over-year revenue growth, according to Bank of America's 2019 Women Business Owner Spotlight. By Karen Harrison

One priority if you are still working and contributing to a workplace retirement plan is to maximize your contributions to that plan. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, November 25, 2019

Many families wait too long to open 529 college savings accounts, which means they miss out on the maximum benefits from the accounts, a new analysis found. By Ann Carrns

One wonders why she's continuing a campaign that is in freefall and, if not ended soon, could damage her political future. By Dan Walters
Wildfires and blackouts show how wildly unprepared California is for the impacts of climate change. By Kathryn Phillips & Evan Gillespie

Friday, November 22, 2019

Pacific Gas & Electric should be run like other customer-owned businesses—such as credit unions, or mutual insurance corporations—with management responsive to markets, and responsible to customers. By Sam Liccardo
With all the discussion and proposals circulating, and more likely on the way, there must be a comprehensive approach — call it an action plan — that encompasses all the moving parts involved in preventing fires and providing reliable energy. By Toni Atkins

Thursday, November 21, 2019

In a historic victory for renters and tenants, California will soon become the third state in the country to implement statewide rent cap. By R.J. Taggueg & Katherine Nasol
The problem of mass shootings is not simple. An actual solution will not be simple either, but we can mitigate the threat by analyzing the commonality in mass shooters. By Vern Pierson

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

San Diego is definitely one of the leading global cities that are embracing the new economy based on renewable energy technology. By Mary Lydon
Newsom's punishing of GM for disagreeing with him on emission rules is fundamentally no different from what Democratic members of Congress accuse Trump of doing in their impeachment drive. By Dan Walters

The Founders created the impeachment power as the method to remove presidents for "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." By John Minan

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

For those disillusioned with giving gifts that are quickly used up or forgotten the moment the wrapping paper comes off, consider a financial gift designed to make an impact. By Ryan Onishi
The federal government is poised to give California's huge Westlands Water District a long-sought permanent supply contract, and it's shaking up the state's water picture. By Dan Walters

Monday, November 18, 2019

In the latest volley, Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed into law two bills, Assembly Bill 51 and Senate Bill 707, that take aim at forced arbitration. By Jeremy K. Robinson

Sacramento is by no means the only California school district in financial and political meltdown. By Dan Walters 

Friday, November 15, 2019

If there is one singular issue that defines the intersection of business and policy at this moment, it is a deepening trust deficit. By Andrew Ross Sorkin

It's no secret that California has a serious housing crisis -- in fact, the state has declared a statewide housing emergency to be in effect until Jan. 1, 2025. By Joseph von Meier

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Californians deserve a sensible justice system that protects victims and holds violent felons accountable. Instead, Sacramento sells us baloney about pizza thieves. By Andrew Do 

A project by journalists reveals the shocking fact that dozens of California cops who committed serious crimes are still on the job. That's because state laws protect them. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Schools, however, are not the only local governmental agencies in fiscal distress. By Dan Walters

The long term reaction to the Trump immigration approach that the elimination of DACA exemplifies may ultimately lead to larger political changes across the nation similar to those that occurred in California after voters passed Proposition 187. By Kevin R. Johnson

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

California leaders fail to speak up as students here lag behind students in other states. They deserve far more from policymakers. By Dean Drescher
Out on their own for the first time, your child has an opportunity to sharpen their financial skills for the future, but they are vulnerable to mistakes. By Ryan Onishi

Any investor who puts capital gain dollars into a qualified opportunity zone fund before Dec. 31, 2019, and maintains that investment until Dec. 31, 2026, will enjoy substantial tax advantages. By Phil Jelsma

Democrats take young people and our votes for granted. That has to stop. By Naava Ellenberg

Monday, November 11, 2019

Whether it's as a few hours at a local soup kitchen, committing to serve with AmeriCorps for a year after college or during retirement, or through a career in local or state government, California needs you. By Josh Fryday
November is not only the start of the holiday season, it's also the time when many recent college graduates must start paying down their student loans. By Ann Carrns
Today, when we honor the brave women and men who have served in our armed forces, all candidates seeking to become Commander in Chief should remember their duty to look after those who have looked after us. By Eloy Ortiz Oakley
Housing production in California is running at least 80,000 units a year below what the state says is necessary to keep up with population growth and make a dent in a very large backlog that has sent housing costs skyrocketing. By Dan Walters

Friday, November 8, 2019

A comprehensive solution to homelessness would address people who are homeless for reasons that diminish logical behavior, like addiction or mental illness. By Mike Gatto
Those in the education establishment don't want the accountability that State Auditor Elaine Howle recommends. By Dan Walters

Gov. Newsom, the Trump Administration’s water plan is an extinction plan and does not reflect California's values. By Kim Delfino

The justices heard oral arguments Wednesday in a closely-watched case could carve a gaping loophole in the Clean Water Act's regulatory regime. By Amanda D. Barrow

Thursday, November 7, 2019

To truly keep our communities healthy, we must go beyond clinical care and address the social needs that will make clinical care more effective. By Hector De La Torre & John Baackes

The case is not about whether climate change is real or caused by human activity. Those issues are conceded by Exxon. Rather, the lawsuit is about "proxy costs." By John H Minan

Any reasonable person appreciates the critical need for fire safety even if it comes at personal costs that go far beyond mere inconvenience. By Darby Patterson

It should be the right kind of overhaul, not something that's politically expedient. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

As brightly as the sun shines on San Diego's beaches, so should it shine on its surveillance technologies. By Dave Maass

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

If the Fed is lowering or raising interest rates, a similar trend is likely to follow for other types of borrowing. By Ryan Onishi

Cities and fire districts throughout the state are being hammered particularly hard by CalPERS' extra levies for "unfunded actuarial liability." By Dan Walters

Monday, November 4, 2019

Americans' lack of emergency savings has been a concern for years. By Ann Carrns
We need to break the cycle of perpetually underfunding student health and counseling by changing how we think about providing and funding care. By Emily Estus
An adequate amount of money is obviously needed for education, but it's not the only factor, and shouldn't be oversold. By Dan Walters

Friday, November 1, 2019

Charles M. Kupperman, acting national security advisor to President Trump, argues he should not be forced to adjudicate the dispute between Congress and the executive branch. By John H. Minan

Every year, thousands of people in prison struggle to pay healthcare costs while typically earning 8 to 37 cents an hour at their prison jobs. By Juan Haines

The "gig worker" model has been growing fast, and the state's unions are eager to have more payroll workers that they could potentially organize. By Dan Walters
The state's power blackouts are not due to strong winds, but a lack of focus and leadership from California's Democratic leadership. By Jeff Stone

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Newsom, having claimed ownership of the wildfire/PG&E crisis, now must deliver or become another political executive who flinched. By Dan Walters

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is responsible for interpreting and enforcing the act, and published draft regulations on Oct. 10. The regulations clarify the act in five key areas. By Lindsey Tonsager & Jadzia Pierce

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Given Trump's willingness to block any attempt to access his financial records and business dealings, the only thing certain is that the final chapter this dispute has not been written. By John H. Minan

Ballot measure proponents should be allowed to summarize their measures themselves. By Dan Walters
Schools should have the necessary resources to plan and provide support for students, not push them out. By Christina Kim

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

With the looming implementation of AB 5 many people in various trades and professions are asking, "Are we now employees?"쳌 One such profession is the golf industry. By Colin Walshok

When an inverted yield curve occurs, it's generally regarded as a warning sign for the economy and markets. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, October 28, 2019

Our political leaders should map out a vision for how we prepare for our future, fight climate change, and right so many historic injustices. By Mary Creasman

As the tax bites of wealthy taxpayers increase, some react by voting with their feet and moving from high-tax California to a state with low or no income taxes, such as neighboring Nevada. By Dan Walters

Friday, October 25, 2019

The business community has had to put up with a lot from this administration. But there is a difference between intemperate and erratic policy behavior, and the use of investigative power as a form of payback. By Mark A. Lemley & David McGowan
The perennial CWA conundrum is whether it applies to wetlands that indirectly connect, via non-navigable streams or creeks, to navigable waters often located miles away. By Michael F. Wright

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The state must ban pile burning and demand that logging companies help develop a sustainable, clean biomass utilization plan. By Daniel Barad
Why were the UCLA administration and Feuer bent on charging and jailing four young protesters for briefly interrupting a 2018 campus speaking appearance by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin? By Joel Bellman

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Newsom seems to misunderstand the importance that Californians attach to transporting themselves and their families and how muddled policy pronouncements can backfire. By Dan Walters

Unfortunately, exactly when this massive regulatory regime becomes fully enforceable is unclear, leaving the business community in a quandary over how to plan. By Grant Davis-Denny, John Berry, Robyn Bacon & Nefi Acosta

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

It takes a plan with realistic timelines, budgets and expectations to stay on track and keep your sanity through what can feel like an overwhelming process. By Ryan Onishi

There are a number of major ambiguities in AB 5 that suggest litigation will be complex and may require, at least in early days, extensive writ and appellate practice. By Sharon Baumgold

Monday, October 21, 2019

Banning is the name of a small city in Southern California, but also applies to a pervasive theme of the Legislature this year. By Dan Walters
Given the growing presence of rent controls in California, this is something opportunity zone investors may need to keep in mind in analyzing the substantial improvement test. By Phil Jelsma

Friday, October 18, 2019

Some predatory lenders may launch a scheme that could, for their companies, effectively overturn that sovereign decision. By Tom Dresslar
Importantly, we must develop a comprehensive strategy to empower low-income communities to access electrification options while supporting a just transition for workers. By Carmelita Miller & Matthew Tisdale

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The bigger challenge is helping officers not to presume people with mental illness are a threat or problem. By Stacy Torres
AB 5 will rob workers of the freedom and flexibility they want and sometimes need from freelance work. By Kerry Jackson

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

State wildlife officials need to give cougar populations the endangered species protections they desperately need. By J.P. Rose & Tiffany Yap
Gov. Newsom's moratorium on executions is a great first step, and the journey toward justice must continue. By Kirk Bloodsworth

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

States as a matter of state law may "require" electors to cast their vote according to the popular vote in the state. By John Minan

Inflation is a fact of life, and it can result in meaningfully higher expenses over time. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, October 14, 2019

He made some progress on some of his campaign promises, but what he called "big hairy, audacious goals" remain elusive and probably impossible to achieve. By Dan Walters
Four in five parents who give an allowance said they expected their offspring to work for the money — about five hours a week of household chores, on average. By Ann Carrns

Friday, October 11, 2019

I joined the fight to gain union recognition to bring more support to working parents and empower more than 40,000 family child care providers in California. By Tonia McMillian

A potentially high-octane measure would repeal or change Assembly Bill 5, the highly contentious legislation that implements a state Supreme Court decision and would convert hundreds of thousands of contract workers into payroll employees. By Dan Walters

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Savvy in the ways of publicity, the women of Stamp Out Smog held colorful marches and publicity stunts to garner public attention and support. By Steve Swatt & Susie Swatt
The vast majority of Californians who have a problem that could be resolved or mitigated with a legal solution instead struggle alone with their problems. By Alan Steinbrecher & Sean SeLegue

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

So will California get serious about holding public schools accountable for how well students learn? By Dan Walters

What was unusual about the legislation is that historically prevailing wages have only applied to on-site labor performed on public works projects, not the delivery of construction materials. By Garret Murai

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

It is possible to retire early -- it all comes down to what your dreams are for today, tomorrow and in retirement. By Ryan Onishi
Not only would mandating a later start time across the board not have the desired effect, it would impose a hardship on too many working families. By Al Mijares

Monday, October 7, 2019

To slow the spread of forest fires, drought, and rising sea levels, we need to accelerate every one of our clean energy strategies. By Dan Jacobson

By happenstance, events in the final week of September perfectly framed what one might call the California Paradox — a thriving, world-class economy with stubbornly high levels of poverty and a widening divide between the haves and have-nots. By Dan Walters

Gov. Newsom should veto legislation that would lead to more litigation over Hollister Ranch beach access, and let a collaborative process to be completed. By Monte Ward

It’s a bill that will grant official recognition to the importance of our close proximity and shared values, which have resulted in one of the strongest economic, cultural, and social regions in the world. By Jerry Sanders & Alfredo Pedroza

Friday, October 4, 2019

So what does unionizing workers accomplish other than increasing union membership and dues, some of which would be diverted into the campaign treasuries of politicians such as Newsom? By Dan Walters
Whether run by a government or a corporation, whether targeting immigrants or citizens, mass incarceration inflicts pain on communities of color. By Grisel Ruiz
Gov. Newsom's veto has put those people who are fighting to save California's collapsing Bay Delta ecosystem on high alert. By Kim Delfino
With the implementation of the Complete Streets for Active Living Bill, bike and pedestrian safety will become a priority when Caltrans is repaving or repairing a street. By Becky Boblak

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Our program has been helping Californians avoid financial destitution and survive kidney failure for 22 years. That will end if Gov. Newsom signs this bill. By LaVarne Burton

Now that the state’s largest health care providers and reform advocates are backing affordable housing initiatives, it brings new momentum and ideas to debates in Sacramento. By Leslie Teicholz & Leif Wellington Haase

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

California's longest-running single-issue political battle, over limits on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, is about to heat up again. By Dan Walters

The statute is demanding. Not only may an official not contract with her agency, no board on which she sits may either. By Michael Colantuono

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In many circumstances, private facilities can be more effective than government owned and operated ones. By Gary E. Mead
Families want to save responsibly, anticipating future expenses including retirement, but need to be careful not to save more than the limits required for government assistance. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, September 30, 2019

Having acted twice to protect children, Newsom now has the opportunity for a trifecta by signing Senate Bill 328, which would mandate later starting times for middle- and high-school classes. By Dan Walters
America’s student debt is growing more slowly, but borrowing remains a fact of life for most students. By Ann Carrns

Unfortunately, these special interests are so intent on destroying Proposition 13 that they'll leave the first poorly written measure on the ballot as a backup just in case they can't qualify the new measure. By Rob Lapsley & Allan Zaremberg

Friday, September 27, 2019

Eager students may want to see every college they hear about, but travel to far-flung campuses is expensive, so some planning can help manage costs, counselors say. By Ann Carrns

There may be an effort next year to draft one big tax overhaul in the Legislature to replace the pending ballot measures. By Dan Walters

Thursday, September 26, 2019

One thing is certain: Ignoring this problem won't make it go away. Public pension debt will continue to grow. By Joe Nation

Senate Bill 24 is not about health care. It is an example of partisan posturing, consolidating the state's aversion to any restrictions of abortion. By Jaime Soto & Jessica Manzo

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

California’s biomass market is ripe for expansion and offers an environmentally responsible way to reduce forest fuel loads, fight climate change, and produce renewable energy. By Rich Gordon

Our investments in Del Mar Heights reinforces our belief that San Diego will remain a world-class destination offering unparalleled lifestyle attributes that attract top talent across all high-growth industries. By Doug Holte

While it may be legal for public officials to mislead the public in seeking approval of bond and tax measures — which they often do — it's illegal to mislead bankers when those measures are implemented. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

it's important to remember that whether the monthly charge is $0.99 for an app or hundreds of dollars for membership to a golf club, the amounts can add up. By Ryan Onishi
Despite there being designated opportunity zones in Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii — including beachfront areas — there is minimal buzz there about opportunity zones. By Phil Jelsma
Until we know more, users of vapes and e-cigarettes should take the advice issued by the Centers for Disease Control and refrain from using these products further. By Adam Gray
It's not just about fighting poverty and underrepresentation. It's about finding actionable solutions to expand the Latino middle class. By Juan Novello & Micah Weinberg

Monday, September 23, 2019

An acute awareness and a widespread recognition of a housing affordability crisis has resulted in something that was unimaginable in years past — an agreement on statewide renter protections in the form of Assembly Bill 1482. By CJ Higley and Katy Tang

The Democrat-controlled Legislature has passed a measure clearly aimed at kneecapping the one remaining political process they don't dominate — the power to place issues on the ballot via voter signatures on petitions. By Dan Walters

Friday, September 20, 2019

Two of the bills demonstrated the Legislature's tendency to make decrees with little thought to potentially adverse consequences. By Dan Walters
We need to demonstrate unwavering protection of the California environment as just as fundamental a goal as providing water to sustain our society. By Jeffrey Kightlinger

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The California Air Resources Board and Gov. Gavin Newsom should take California's status and responsibility as a global leader seriously and reject the Tropical Forest Standard. By Katie Valenzuela & Leila Salazar-Lopez
Climate change acts as a threat multiplier that magnifies differences in income, race, health, zip codes, immigration status, housing, and other factors that determine whether a community can access the resources needed to cope and recover from climate disasters. By Amee Raval & Sona Mohnot

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

SB 1 would preserve California's sovereignty over the rivers, streams and lakes of California, a position the Trump administration is actively seeking to undermine. By John McManus

SB 1 would, if enacted, lodge in state law dozens of federal regulations that Trump's administration had rolled back. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

While the impacts on individuals unprepared for a power outage are unknown, other weather events indicate that health risks for the elderly are significant. By Joie Acosta & Regina Shih
It's important to approach the joint venture with the same care a person would apply to any other business dealings. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, September 16, 2019

Your credibility and your entire future could rest on your spokesperson's shoulders. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

We must confront the root causes while increasing housing construction and moderating other costs of living. By Dan Walters
Poverty is a challenge our next President must not ignore. By Joseph Sanberg

California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is taking effect. Central Valley farmers and cities will feel its impact. By Maurice Hall

Friday, September 13, 2019

Our state's housing affordability and availability crisis deserves a comprehensive approach that prioritizes building more homes for rent and ownership. By Jared Martin

Conflicting Superior Court rulings will force the state Supreme Court to make a specific declaration on the issue. By Dan Walters

The data shows that voters overwhelmingly support tax and bond measures when local governments are honest and transparent about their intentions. By Dustin Weatherby

The 4th District Court of Appeal examined whether a losing bidder on a public works projects can recover its bid preparation costs under a promissory estoppel theory if it successfully challenges the award of a public works contract. By Garret Murai

Thursday, September 12, 2019

President Donald Trump has shown a special antipathy to the press when it criticizes him or his administration. By John Minan

Legal experts warned, the law's overly broad definition of personal information could hurt Californians' privacy, rather than protecting it. By Dan Jaffe

During medical emergencies, or even standard care, we cannot expect patients to keep track of every doctor who treats them to ensure they are staying "in network." By Liz Helms

The implications of Senate Bill 1 are profoundly disturbing, forcing the state to ignore evolving science. By Adam Gray

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Leadership happens one conversation at a time, according to an international award-winning keynote speaker. By Rebecca Bodemann

As it happens, San Diego is in the midst of a political evolution. By Dan Walters

Instead of requiring detailed financial information in the 75-word ballot question, our bill would require that information be included in detailed form in the voter guide. By Scott Wiener & Mark Stone

The new options are also a response to the rise of financial technology startups, like Affirm and Afterpay. By Ann Carrns

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

In a state with a $213 billion budget, the cost of processing these kits will be minor, especially when compared with the potential justice for survivors of sexual assault. By Connie Leyva & Nancy E. O'Malley

Most people recognize the important role of insurance, but many are unsure about how it works. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, September 9, 2019

During his first months as the state's elected insurance commissioner, Ricardo Lara was rocked by disclosures that he had accepted more than $50,000 in campaign contributions from insurance industry sources after pledging to shun such dealings during his campaign. By Dan Walters

There are many compelling reasons the rest of the investment world should jump on the bandwagon and start their business in or relocate to an Opportunity Zone. By Phil Jelsma

Friday, September 6, 2019

Newsom is building his short run record, but whether it will benefit California in the longer run is an open question. By Dan Walters

The vast majority of people who suffer from infertility have few options simply because insurance will not cover the expenses, and are forced to abandon their dreams of conceiving. By Ryan Haight

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The proposal before the Legislature, Assembly Bill 824, is ostensibly designed to prevent delays in bringing generic medicines to market, but it would have the opposite effect. By Eve Bukowski

At the moment, Harris' candidacy appears to be, as a lengthy Sacramento Bee analysis puts it, "stuck in neutral." By Dan Walters

Count me among those advocating free California State University tuition for California residents. By Gerald Haslam

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Local control means exclusionary zoning and housing obstructionism. By Bruce Maiman

Under the new legislation, Assembly Bill 1505, local school boards will have more power to approve new charter schools. By Dan Walters

When tourism is done the right way — the sustainable way — it becomes a powerful force for protecting biodiversity, improving livelihoods, and preserving cultural heritage both now and for future generations. By Costas Christ & Caroline Beteta

As sales of multimilliondollar condos and apartments cool, developers are adding more luxuries to lure buyers. By Paul Sullivan

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A reorganized and refocused Public Utilities Commission will allow the commission to return to its stated mission of empowering California through access to safe, clean, and affordable utility services and infrastructure. By Kish Rajan

If you are considering upgrades and remodels, read on for several considerations on how to prioritize your housing projects. By Ryan Onishi

The Business Roundtable now says that corporations "share a fundamental commitment to all of our stakeholders," including employees, communities and suppliers. By Erik Gordon

Friday, August 30, 2019

The public's ability to hold the Insurance Commissioner accountable at the ballot box remains their best protection against a wayward regulator. By Harvey Rosenfield

AB 5 would place in law, with some exceptions, a landmark state Supreme Court decision that sharply tightened the legal parameters governing whether workers can be independent contractors or must become payroll employees. By Dan Walters

We cannot win our collective fight against wildfires if we do not empower family forest owners with the resources needed to take action. By Tom Martin

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The work quality, efficiency, and productivity of neurodiverse professionals were similar to those of their neurotypical counterparts, but the neurodiverse professionals excelled at innovation. By Ibi Krukrubo

Ours is a simple plea that the public policy of California clearly state that sleeping safely indoors is an essential first step to helping people and alleviating this ever growing crisis.

The system is rigged to the advantage of the wealthy few and corporate interests at the expense of everyday working people. By Art Pulaski

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wordsmithing has now become anathema. It has been replaced by raw and incendiary language; the stronger the better. By James Gallagher

Everything old is new again, at least when it comes to punching loopholes in state tax laws to benefit corporate interests. By Dan Walters

A Pepperdine University study that found that a split-roll regime would cause lost economic output and decreased employment and further undermine the attractiveness of the business climate in California. By Kerry Jackson

Assembly Constitutional Amendment 14 is a costly and crippling constitutional amendment that would prohibit UC from entering into contracts for contingency workers who provide a wide array of support and clinical services. By Dr. J. Douglas Kirk & Mel Levine

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Even if replacing miniature toiletries does reduce waste somewhat, the move to bulk products will barely put a dent in the plastic waste that now clogs the planet’s rivers and oceans. By Yossi Sheffi

Recognizing the powerful effects of negative feelings, and recognizing that some elections are between two widely unpopular candidates, what can we do to harness those emotions and translate them into more public participation? By William L. Rukeyser

The years leading up to retirement are an important time to compare ideas and see if there are any obvious conflicts. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Golden State’s appellate and Supreme Court judges have contributed a great deal to California’s lack of affordable housing and high cost of living. By Richard Schulman

This year, a new effort was mounted, that would recreate redevelopment with a new name, the Affordable Housing and Community Development Program. By Dan Walters

Friday, August 23, 2019

The more powerful a technology is, the more care it requires to operate safely. By Kentaro Toyama

Public input and critical state oversight would ensure that reduction goals and recycling requirements are met. By Genevieve Abedon

We want to get tough on bad actors who profit off selling tobacco and e-cigarette products to children. By Jordan Cunningham

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center, the FBI, and others know that we can save lives by identifying and managing threats in a coordinated, behavior centered, multi-disciplinary approach. By Vern Pierson

At the heady intersection of a lingering housing bubble hangover, rising rent-to-income ratios, and reality TV shows about the joys of downsizing, a movement has formed around tiny houses. By Nolan Gray

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

If not for public subsidies, as well as various recycling mandates, would the plastic and glass recycling business return profits over the long term? By Kerry Jackson

The California Air Resources Board and legislators can fight climate change by acting to help safe tropical rainforests in Brazil, Indonesia and elsewhere. By Jonah Busch

As large utilities agree to shut down power during fire-prone weather conditions, California must adapt by creating microgrids for electricity generation. By Tim Edwards

The record of the 2019 legislative session -- Gov. Gavin Newsom's first -- is still a work in progress, but his signature on Assembly Bill 392 this week makes it a success, no matter what else happens. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

While the choice to delay retirement to pay tuition is understandable and even admirable, the reality is doing so may not be the wisest financial decision. By Ryan Onishi

The average vehicle in California is 11.2 years old. High-ethanol fuels can damage these older-model cars and trucks. By Drew Johnson

Our policies and resources should focus on the right to housing, not a right to shelter. By Chris Martin & Sharon Rapport

Monday, August 19, 2019

We should welcome — not discourage — qualified individuals with criminal records to join the legal profession. By Debbie A. Mukamal & Robert Weisberg

Recent state legislation has reduced local control over ADUs in a variety of ways with more to come. By Jacob Madden & Elizabeth Martyn

Congress didn’t increase California’s tax burden – Sacramento politicians did. By Wayne Winegarden

Friday, August 16, 2019

The motive for the expensive reset is that the "split roll" proposal was facing a tough battle. By Dan Walters

The law is riddled with unclear definitions, overly broad mandates, and small errors that will lead to unnecessary costs and widespread confusion about compliance. By John Kabateck

Now is the time for an agreement that aligns our trade policies with the economic realities of the 21st century. By Peter Leroe-Muñoz

Thursday, August 15, 2019

To miss a beat in the race for greater innovation will have dramatic consequences. By Bartlett Cleland

Not only has Donald Trump broken with more than 40 years of precedent in refusing to release his taxes voluntarily, he is also going to unprecedented efforts to keep his taxes from public view in every other way. By Garry South

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

There are nearly 1,200 bills still awaiting final action and while most are fairly mundane, there's no shortage of high-profile, high-dollar issues. By Dan Walters

A legislative gimmick that attempts to change the rules of a contest while it is underway serves only to cheapen the democratic process. By Dan Schnur

When we think about how we should be ranking our spending priorities, let's remember to count women, and remember that women and children count. By Liz Simons

Both engagement through allyship and advocacy continue to be important to keep issues in the spotlight in order to create significant social change. By Kim Sheehan

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Newsom's apology to Native Americans for California's genocidal treatment of them can start a healing process. It should be seen as a landmark. By James C. Ramos

Brown specifically rejected more direct accountability for Local Control Funding Formula spending, saying he trusted local educators to do the right thing. By Dan Walters

The California Legislature is pushing legislation that gives Wall Street a greater hold on housing and makes it less affordable. Homes are not a commodity. By Susan Kirsch

If you have access to a crisis communications expert, listen to their counsel and, absent a sound reason, follow their instructions. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

Monday, August 12, 2019

Beware of old, form and "off-the-shelf" agreements that you can find online. Severance agreements are not a one-size-fits-all tool. By David B. Monks


Friday, August 9, 2019

We need to start thinking outside the electricity sector box to find a better way to negotiate climate change adaptation *and* mitigation in California. By Meredith Fowlie

When the DMV is fixed, if it ever is, maybe the waste reduction program should merit some political attention. By Dan Walters

Even with a strong economy, a growing number of people are having trouble paying their credit card bills. By Ann Carrns

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Research found that getting additional money from the Earned Income Tax Credit reduced mothers’ housing cost burdens, or the share of their earnings that was spent on rent. By Natasha Pilkauskas

It is clear the Supreme Court wants to discourage denial of class certification premised on concerns of how the class members can be individually identified. By Jeremy K. Robinson

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The biggest impediment to housng investment is the hostility of many local governments, especially cities, to large-scale housing construction. By Dan Walters

As aptly stated by the California Supreme Court, "[i]t is doubtful the average homeowner realizes tree trimming can require a contractor's license," but it might, and if required you can be found liable as an employer. By Garret Murai

People no longer think twice when they encounter a woman working as a police officer, scientist, or entrepreneur. But they are still surprised to cross paths with women in construction. By Les DenHerder

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The California Legislature should get serious about protecting cannabis consumers from potentially serious public safety and public health risks of the underground cannabis market. By Ruben Honig

In California, the Department of Motor Vehicles' wait times have moved from the butt of bad jokes to a pressing policy issue. By Evan Harris

Monday, August 5, 2019

Conventional wisdom about local control notwithstanding, the acute need to increase housing production in California appears finally to have pushed many of our state elected officials to view housing as an area of statewide concern. By CJ Higley & Katy Tang

Latinos can work with their neighbors to weatherize common areas, plan for optimal energy usage by sharing work and school schedules, and applying for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), if eligible. By Luis H. Sanchez

Destinations vary, but people are virtually lining up to get out because they’ve had it with the high cost of housing. By Kerry Jackson

California may be an economic powerhouse with global impact, but it also has the nation's highest poverty rate. By Dan Walters

Friday, August 2, 2019

Scooters solve last-mile congestion problems by allowing people to move from point to point without needing to drive themselves or change modes to buses or trains. By Nick Zaiac

The growing number of older Californians require ever larger numbers of qualified caregivers and providers of long-term services and support. By Jeannee Parker Martin

College sports is big business and deserves to be treated that way. By William L. Rukeyser

It made me a better journalist, helping me to understand the plight of the farm workers I would later cover. By Jim Boren

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Far from intensifying inequality, gentrification helps to integrate low- and high-income populations and promote upward mobility, goals that anti-gentrification critics presumably support. By Kay S. Hymowitz

Whereas a private equity fund can have scores of analysts who cover a wide swath of industries, small private investors cannot afford to take a scattershot approach. By Paul Sullivan

LinkedIn Learning forces library patrons to share personal information to access a library resource. That violates privacy and California libraries' values. By Greg Lucas & Erin Berman, Special to CalMatters

The California insurance commissioner has been hammered by a series of journalistic revelations. By Dan Walters 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Newsom's national image as a leader of the anti-Trump "resistance" is bolstered and it also appears to help him at home. By Dan Walters

Though generally welcomed by consumers, tax holidays are disparaged by some tax experts, who see them as gimmicks that distract from a broader debate about how to make state tax policies more equitable. By Ann Carrns

Helping to provide safe, decent, affordable housing is critical for building and sustaining strong families and communities. By David Brickman

According to UCLA Professor Jon Stewart, the three main water systems that bring water to Southern California each cross the San Andreas Fault at least once. By Charles Wilson

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Understanding your Social Security award starts with the concept of full retirement age. By Ryan Onishi

Bank of America announced a $5 billion Community Homeownership Commitment to help more than 20,000 homebuyers nationwide by addressing this biggest obstacle to homeownership. By Kevin Reskey

Monday, July 29, 2019

It is our hope that the Legislature and the Attorney General will work to update the California Credit Services Act and bring more transparency to this industry before more California consumers fall victim to these scams. By Courtney Reynaud

The recently released report from the State Bar Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services provides a window into what may lie ahead in the very near future for California practitioners. By David M. Majchrzak & Heather L. Rosing

Although UC's Board of Regents officially declares that "No political test shall ever be considered in the appointment and promotion of any faculty member or employee," a new UC policy seems to be doing exactly that. By Dan Walters

It’s important that investors are aware of the Section 1231 rule and the potential distortion it could cause in making investments in 2019. By Phil Jelsma

Friday, July 26, 2019

As beneficial as the Affordable Care Act has been to California's small firms and solo entrepreneurs, we cannot ignore the fact that millions of Californians still do not have insurance. By Mark Herbert

Gov. Newsom’s homeless task force should include representatives of private charities and nonprofits that are making a difference every day in getting people off the street. By Tim Anaya

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The library's commissioned study found that a flip from a subscription to a pay-to-publish model would result in a significant funding gap for research-intensive institutions such as UC. By Daniel Marti

California can and should lead to make independent work a viable and beneficial option for those who choose it. By Jim Wunderman

Will this effort to make DMV a lean, mean paper-shuffling team succeed where others have failed? By Dan Walters

Performance evaluations could be adapted to sanction mansplaining and to reward listening and building on the ideas of other team members. By Sarah Kaplan

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

California state and local coffers are bulging with additional revenue, thanks largely to a still-vibrant economy. By Dan Walters

You will be hard pressed to find a job in the coming decades that won’t work with a robot or AI. By Scott Latham

Clean energy is winning because it's a safer and more affordable option. By Gladys Limón & V. John White

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

People increasingly feel a loss of stability, security and safety in the workforce, which is generating a deep feeling of psychological distress. By David L. Blustein

The current U.S. economic expansion recently enjoyed its ten-year anniversary. This means that for the past decade the economy, as measured by the nation's gross domestic product has been consistently growing without a measurable pull-back, or recession. By Ryan Onishi
The bondholder plan may not be perfect, but it is the only plan that is currently publicly available and politically feasible. By Tom Dalzell

Monday, July 22, 2019

There's nothing more joyless than the steep housing costs, a bleeding wound that leaves millions without enough money left over to enjoy what the state has to offer. By Kerry Jackson

Passing a sunshine law is one thing, while applying it may be entirely different. By Dan Walters

Friday, July 19, 2019

What the space sector needs to improve space exploration is to equalize the gender imbalance in NASA and STEM fields. By Sara Langston

California should continue to lead by example and continue to implement and promote environmentally conscious policies that keeps the Golden State golden. By Jan Smutny-Jones

Unless we can come up with some creative ways to cut into the restrictions imposed by single family zoning, we will have no chance of making a dent in the housing challenges facing us. By Cary Jones & Jenna Le

Thursday, July 18, 2019

American Airlines has suffered repeated hits to its reputation for failing to get biased episodes under control and erased for good. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

Hydropower is just as clean as solar but costs half as much to produce. By Adam Gray

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

At Advance Peace, we seek to prevent shootings by offering social services and mentorship to the small number of individuals most often at the center of the bloodshed in communities that experience high levels of gun violence. By Maurice Goens

The best strategy is to start making your plans in advance of retirement. By Ryan Onishi

The measure would force up prices on products that communities like Paradise need, literally, to survive. By Chris Ising

Amazon doesn't just want to dominate the market. It wants to be the market. By Adonis Hoffman

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Will people be willing to sell their privacy by accepting a data dividend for allowing companies to barter their information? By Joel Fox

The saga of the housing development Newhall Ranch makes one wonder how anything gets built in California. By Kerry Jackson

There's no one project, no single action, that will save California from a dry and unreliable water future. By Fritz Durst and Douglas Headrick

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