Sunday, September 15, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Monday, August 26, 2019

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

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

Friday, August 23, 2019

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

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

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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

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 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

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 8, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 1, 2019

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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

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

Monday, July 22, 2019

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

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

Friday, July 19, 2019

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

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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 15, 2019

Providers shouldn't market high-interest, third-party credit in high-pressure situations when patients can't research options. By Holly J. Mitchell and Jen Flory

The landmark bill makes California the first state in the country to give consumers more control over the vast data companies collect. By James P. Steyer

A new study demonstrates that sellers of eligible properties are getting a bonus or a premium for Opportunity Zone properties. By Phil Jelsma

California's children still are below average in national reading tests. Hopefully, the flap over SB 614 will generate much-needed attention to that shortcoming. By Dan Walters

Friday, July 12, 2019

Before Oberdorf, every court that had considered the question found Amazon was not a seller for product liability purposes. By Jeremy K. Robinson

Too often, visualizing is focused on the point Z of the process – the end goal – rather than on the alphabet of ACTION steps required to get there. By Gary Collins

Californians should always be skeptical when their politicians overhaul the state's electrical utility system while promising more efficient, less polluting and reasonably priced service. By Dan Walters

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Throughout America’s history, property owners have let people stay in their homes, rather than in hotels, sometimes in exchange for money or doing chores. By Christina Sandefur

Partisan gerrymandering undermines our democracy because it can keep a party out of power even if that party has majority support in the affected area. By Laura W. Brill

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Many of the few schools that took his name as the first governor have changed their names as his policies have become known. By R. Gregory Nokes

Rather than propose special purpose taxes directly, local officials and their political allies could do it via initiative petition and completely bypass the long-standing supermajority vote requirement. By Dan Walters

Senate Bill 210 would direct the California Air Resources Board to create a smog-check program for heavy-duty diesel trucks. By Rocky Rushing

The lack of legal off-street space for urban vehicle residency means that most vehicle residents have no option but to survive in public parking, where they suffer through parking tickets, property seizure and instability. By Graham Pruss

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Businesses are slipping out of state through those boundaries at an alarming rate because of the difficult conditions lawmakers have forced on them. By Kerry Jackson

Assembly Bill 1783, by Assemblyman Robert Rivas of Hollister, would give agricultural employers a streamlined option to dedicate a portion of their land for housing. By Roberto Jimenez

Averting a climate crisis isn't a matter of solving one puzzle piece at a time. It's about looking at the puzzle as a whole and developing new paradigms for decision making. By David Festa

Monday, July 8, 2019

California has many attributes, but unless it can somehow close its yawning socioeconomic gaps, it will, indeed, continue its evolution into a two-tiered society. By Dan Walters

When a famous person wants to do reputational damage control, suing for defamation is rarely the most logical course of action. By Selina MacLaren

Friday, July 5, 2019

One budget trailer bill, Senate Bill 75, provides $36 million to help pay non-teaching school employees during summer vacations -- in effect, extra pay for the unionized workers. By Dan Walters

At the height of the Great Depression nearly a quarter of Americans were unemployed. In response, Congress enacted a series of laws including the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires federal construction contractors to pay their workers no less than the 'prevailing wages'쳌 in the area where work is being performed. By Garret Murai

One downside to going cash-free is that it disenfranchises the poor, elderly and unbanked. By Jay L. Zagorsky

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

If the rollback in CAFE standards goes forward, gas costs will increase by about $2,500 over the life of a car and fuel use will increase by billions of gallons. By Mary Nichols

Employers will not add jobs if they can't find workers and workers either won't come to California, or migrate elsewhere, if they can't find affordable housing. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Lawmakers are bound by the pace of technological advancement. They can no more decree an EV fleet to be so than they can change the color of the sky. By Kerry Jackson

Don't wait to start talking about finances. By Ryan Onishi

While the state's budget helps young undocumented immigrants, it falls far short of Gov. Newsom's "California for all"campaign. By Dani Carrillo

Monday, July 1, 2019

Dozens of IT projects have either failed completely or functioned undependably, costing taxpayers countless millions of dollars. By Dan Walters

The USMCA marks the first time small businesses have a chapter of their own in a U.S. trade agreement. By Paola Avila & Glenn Hamer

By allowing these funds to be used on unrelated projects we will never meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals or truly address the devastating impacts of climate change. By Fabian Núñez

High-speed rail at its core holds fundamental, economic and environmental promise for the hardworking men and women who call California home. By Lenny Mendonca

Friday, June 28, 2019

A lack of diversity on corporate boards of directors is an ongoing and persistent problem across all industries, but, in the banking industry, has an especially deleterious effect on our country. By Luke Visconti

Few if any of the California-Trump disputes surpass in importance their conflict over how much greenhouse gases cars will be allowed to emit in the future. By Dan Walters

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The housing shortage in America’s most productive metros reflects a lack of political will. By Michael Hendrix

In a 7-2 decision, Supreme Court affirmed this separate sovereign principle in Gamble v. United States. By John H. Minan

The best approach is to explore new models that uplift work and extend labor protections where there are the most obvious needs. By Allan Zaremberg

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

In the absence of evidence that Qualcomm’s business practices harmed competition, the judge ignored real-world data to the contrary and ruled instead that Qualcomm’s actions might cause harm. By Diane Katz

Coverage is not care, and for millions of Californians to access the care they need, we are going to need more workers. By Dr. Sandra Hernández & Raymond Baxter

Actually two crises in one. They are the scourge of wildfires that exact a heavy economic and human toll, and their financial impacts on the major electrical utilities that threaten their corporate existence. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

To me, it seems clear that greater accountability is warranted in the United States and everywhere else. By Siri Terjesen

When it comes to finances, the difference between success and failure is often the ability to maintain a positive cash flow. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, June 24, 2019

The dream of saving up a 20 percent down payment while paying ever-increasing rents is become harder with each passing year. By Damon Dunn

History has proven that no political decrees are more arbitrary than those about taxation. By Dan Walters

On June 11, the IRS dealt the final blow to attempts by blue states to circumvent a $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local taxes. By Dan Teitelbaum

It is encouraging that the House Intelligence Committee is currently holding hearings on the problem and has issued a warning that they could have a disastrous effect on the 2020 election. By John Minan

Friday, June 21, 2019

Global capital wants to dispense with such trivialities as livability, diverse neighborhoods, housing choice and dynamic, unique communities. By John Mirisch

Other aspects of the IGS poll reinforced the reality that California's Democratic voters are, in the main, not strongly embracing the progressive agenda. By Dan Walters

Ongoing training in new technology, techniques, materials, and codes is a vital part of being a qualified construction professional. By Les DenHerder

Thursday, June 20, 2019

More people inhabiting the wildland-urban interface means more lives and structures placed at risk. By James B. Meigs

All Californians have a stake in strengthening state law to protect our natural heritage, health and water supplies. By Terry Tamminen

We need to ensure our courts are open and accessible to people from every corner of our state. By Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

As survivors, we are fighting to put the past and our shared secret behind us and move forward with our lives. By Nicole Haynes & Mai Mizuno

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Freddie Mac strongly believes that the vital members of our community—our firefighters, nurses, teachers, line workers, mechanics and others—deserve affordable housing that is reasonably close to their places of work. By Peter Giles

It would allow local officials to remove the required information about tax consequences from the ballot summary that voters read before casting their votes. By Dan Walters

There is no single or easy solution to address homelessness, but building more affordable housing is a major part of the answer. By Carolyn Coleman

We've got some work to do to make sure our economy is working for everyone so that we have an economy that is built to last, for this generation and the next. By Lenny Mendonca

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

No matter how much local governments pour into affordable-housing projects, homeless opioid addicts — nearly all unemployed — will never be able to afford the rent in expensive West Coast cities. By Christopher F. Rufo

Advocates say millions more people with disabilities could be taking advantage of the accounts. By Ann Carrns

There are several simple steps you can do in 10 minutes to feel more confident about your finances. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, June 17, 2019

Education never hurt anyone except for people who have a stake in maintaining ignorance. By Sydney Kamlager-Dove

In reality, legislators who voted for these bills ignored science and disregarded the needs of the professionals they seek to train. By David A. Lehrer

California's political leaders, Democrats all, are touting a new state budget that expands spending on services for the state's poor while building reserves. By Dan Walters

The three things California can do to start turning the homeless crisis around are reducing housing prices through deregulation, ensuring that the mentally ill receive necessary treatment and are taken off the street, and strictly upholding the rule of law. By Jarrett Stepman

Friday, June 14, 2019

Self-organization can work well, especially when the various people and groups involve can communicate effectively. By Scott Shackelford

AT&T needs to explain its broken promises to those of us who've already lost our jobs and workers who worry their jobs will be the next one to go. By Darren Kelly

Many factors go into making political deals -- ideology, self-interest, expediency and emotion to mention just a few. By Dan Walters,

Thursday, June 13, 2019

It is highly unlikely for high-density development alone to ever deliver a supply of homes that meets demand, lowering prices to affordable levels. By Edward Ring

The Senate stands as industry's best hope to preserve a system that harms vulnerable consumers' financial well-being as it transfers wealth to high-cost lenders, and private equity and venture capital firms that own and fund them. By Tom Dresslar

Worrier as I may be, mishaps can happen if you don't read the directions. James Zenovic, for example, didn't read the directions, and here's his story... By Garret Murai

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom's California For All Emergency Preparedness Campaign dedicates $50 million to ready the state's diverse and vulnerable communities for the next emergency. By Karen Baker

if you don’t take care of the small issues when they are small, they’re sure to become the big issues which can affect your organization to a point where it can’t easily recover. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

California's Citizens Redistricting Commission proved that democracy works best when everyone has a voice. By Elaine M. Howle

Midway through the legislative session, there's been no discernable progress on eliminating the structural impediments to the major surge in housing construction that California desperately needs. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Without the backstop of investor discipline, both the publicly-funded California and UK highspeed rail projects have been doomed by flawed management models. By Nick Zaiac

Until our lawmakers join the governor in prioritizing supply, California's housing future will hang in the balance. By Jared Martin

Monday, June 10, 2019

Progressives once cared about clean streets and public health. Today, they value political correctness, protecting the interests of the homeless over pedestrians. By Kerry Jackson

Walmart’s decision to eliminate the “greeter” position in all its stores is a case study of why the Americans with Disabilities Act is falling short of its original vision. By Stacy Hickox

Thursday, June 6, 2019

America is right to honor the heroes who defeated Nazi Germany. America is wrong in its consistent failure to acknowledge the truth, that a majority of those heroes were Russian. By Glenn Sacks

There are too few homes, and most of what’s being built is too expensive for the average Californian. By Katherine Mechling

Many in the media don't define local social repair and community-building as news. It seems too goody-goody, too "worthy," too sincere. By David Brooks

The Legislature can fulfill its commitment to transforming the lives of California families living in poverty by passing a budget that includes full funding to expand evidence-based home visiting programs. By Lois Capps

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Today's young people have improved behaviors dramatically on their own across a variety of fronts. They deserve more freedoms, not repressions. By Mike Males

The invention of California necessitated the invention of the grandest water-moving system in the history of man. By Mark Arax

Downtown San Jose is now so developed that the land occupied by the Alfred Alquist building is too valuable to just house state bureaucrats. By Dan Walters

What is remarkable about return to work programs is the consistent and stellar hiring results they have produced. By Carol Fishman Cohen

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The government should move to expedite the judicial proceedings so as not to leave Qualcomm suffering the consequences of extended legal limbo. By Claude Barfield

Given the current occupant of the White House, Democrats must nominate the strongest candidate for president and one who has allegiance to the party. By Tom Epstein

President Trump has refused to cooperate with the House of Representative’s request to provide it with any information or documents relevant to his finances. By John Minan

Monday, June 3, 2019

The limited scope Newsom proposes for Opportunity Zone credits would effectively preclude many proposed real estate projects from obtaining a state income tax benefit. By Phil Jelsma

One of the most contentious – and potentially far-reaching – bills of the current legislative session is Assembly Bill 5, which would draw a legal line between the definitions of employees and contractors. By Dan Walters

Regardless of a bill's origin, it seems reasonable to expect that each would be heard in a committee, supported or opposed by the public, and voted on by the committee members. By Jay Obernolte & Sharon Quirk-Silva

Friday, May 31, 2019

The scandal fueled a successful 1990 ballot measure to impose term limits on legislators. By Dan Walters

Energy procurement mandates that do not consider need or costs only worsen our affordability crisis. By Michael Webster

Lawmakers still have done very little to address the two biggest problems facing California today. By Tim Anaya

Thursday, May 30, 2019

A sales tax on services would make California's affordability crisis worse. By Loren Kaye

AB 1395 would impose duplicative security provisions that would do nothing to enhance consumer privacy or device security. By Courtney Jensen

The complex concept “Original Use” must be grappled with by the majority of Qualified Opportunity Zone funds and sponsors. By Phil Jelsma

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

So now we have a made-in-secret budget and secretive decisions on important legislation outside the budget, making it virtually impossible to hold anyone accountable for what does and does not happen. By Dan Walters

Taking advantage of alternate paths to success such as apprenticeship training is a viable option for many Americans worthy of greater consideration. By Les DenHerder

The truth is that professional relationships — between men and women — are not only possible, but they are important, even after the #MeToo movement. By Leonid M. Zilberman

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Not a week goes by without some new report, book, or commentary sounding the alarm about technological unemployment and the “future of work.” By J. Bradford DeLong

In politics, the commodity is money and fungibility means that a dollar is a dollar and if it's spent on one thing, it's not available for another thing, no matter how it may be spun to the public. By Dan Walters

Friday, May 24, 2019

We've come to expect harassment and even intimidation of journalists in places like Vladimir Putin's Russia or Nicolas Maduro's Venezuela, but in supposedly enlightened and liberal California? By Dan Walters

In a dry state that relies heavily on conservation, the progress at the Carlsbad facility is a welcomed development. By Kerry Jackson

Focusing on charter schools without creating solutions for district schools does a disservice to all our students who deserve the opportunity to succeed. By Nick Melvoin

The momentum for a Central Valley water agreement is an encouraging sign that California water management may finally be on the verge of entering a new era of greater collaboration and science-based, adaptive decision-making. By Maurice Hall & Steve Rothert

Thursday, May 23, 2019

I believe consumers are better off if Congress doesn’t intrude and lets states keep experimenting on how to best protect Americans’ personal data. By Jeff Sovern

Opportunity zones would be a way to not just invest in land and buildings, but to also invest in our people. By Michael Tubbs

We need news media guidelines for Customs and Border Protection and ICEC to give journalists the protection they need to keep the public informed. By Bruce D. Brown and Simon Kilmurry

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Even if regulatory promises were kept, marijuana would be a public health and safety crisis. By Scott Chipman

The bullet train utterly lacks a rational purpose, has been ill-managed from the onset and is a black financial hole. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

As urban areas continue to attract more new residents, many young people may need to reassess the true value that home ownership offers. By Jimmie Lenz

SB 50 recognizes the most important fact about closing California's housing gap: that direct governmental spending has only a marginal effect. By Dan Walters

If you're like a lot of investors, you may have trouble quantifying the level of risk you are comfortable taking on in your portfolio. By Ryan Onishi

Happiness usually involves a victory for the self. Joy tends to involve the transcendence of self. By David Brooks

Monday, May 20, 2019

The state spent an estimated $25 million to pursue the inventor so probably wound up in the red. By Dan Walters.

Fracking reduces sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, particularly harmful pollutants produced by fossil fuel combustion. By Kerry Jackson

Friday, May 17, 2019

Most homeowners have a garage, a driveway or both. That makes charging extremely convenient for them because they can charge their vehicles at night. By Lucas Davis

A New York Times investigation last week showed the extent of the special treatment the tax code allows for real estate investments. By Paul Sullivan

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The people of California should individually and completely benefit from their data as best they can and in ways they appreciate. By Bartlett Cleland

It is -- or should be -- obvious that a government official should not have a personal financial stake in his or her decisions. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A UCR study concludes that, when the next recession arrives, California’s higher real minimum wage could increase overall job losses within the state economy and lead to a higher unemployment rate. By Jarrett Stepman

California has struggled to cut cigarette butt litter for decades. By Heidi Sanborn

California has nowhere near enough storage to handle the thousands of megawatts of new renewable energy that will be coming down the pike. By S. David Freeman

Can Newsom deliver a state budget that would make measurable progress towards resolving the big problems he's cataloged? By Dan Walters

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Remind yourself that the point of having money set aside is to handle unplanned costs with as minimal impact to your usual spending as possible. By Ryan Onishi

A deeper look into inequality in America shows that our wealth gap is primarily a housing wealth gap. By JoAnne Poole

People struggling with loan payments and credit scores should be wary of so-called credit repair companies that promise to scrub credit files and improve credit scores for a fee, consumer watchdogs say. By Ann Carrns

Monday, May 13, 2019

The price for a superfast highway of roughly 500 miles—the distance between San Diego and Sacramento—would be only about 5 percent of that of high-speed rail. By Kerry Jackson

Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes' bill would expand the statute of limitations in California to allow sexual abuse survivors to bring a lawsuit regardless of how many years ago the abuse occurred. By Vanessa Carlisle

Eventually, a chronic lack of trained and trainable workers will translate into less economic investment. By Dan Walters

Friday, May 10, 2019

California cities have given away billions of dollars in tax revenue over the past decade to some of the world's richest private corporations. By Steven Glazer

Economic data estimates that an average border delay results in losses of nearly $1.3 billion in revenues just for the San Diego region. By Paola Avila

If the goal of shifting California to 100% "renewable" power is legitimate, there's no logical reason to exclude hydropower from existing dams, especially since it can be included in 2045 anyway. By Dan Walters

If you're unsure whether a call is fake, call the agency directly — using a phone number you've checked independently, not one given to you by the caller. By Ann Carrns

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Golden State consumers are living in an age gone by, where the products of progress are outlawed. By Kerry Jackson

If we let the quest for better student outcomes guide our work, we will find the answers everyone is seeking. By Emma Turner

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The proliferation of corporations arbitrarily classifying workers as contractors to cut costs is part of a larger fissuring of the workplace that makes full-time stable employment increasingly hard to find. By Art Pulaski

When Newsom succeeded Brown this year he, too, wanted to set himself apart from his predecessor, even though Brown was a quasi-uncle due to their long-intertwined family relationships. By Dan Walters

Nike has a firm grasp of its brand value and its relationship with its target audience. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

California has had construction-related prompt-payment laws on its books for some time. But until recently there's been confusion over when certain exceptions apply. By Garret Murai

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

As a whole, I found that after downsizing people were more likely to eat less energy-intensive food products and adopt more environmentally conscious eating habits. By Maria Saxton

First, we must invest in accelerated training for primary care doctors, nurse practitioners, and behavioral health providers. By Carmela Coyle & Carmela Castellano-Garcia

Buying a home for the first time in some U.S. markets is becoming increasingly challenging. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, May 6, 2019

The rapid rise of minimum wage captures the dilemma of California's persistent poverty and demonstrates the unintended consequences of trying to reduce it by political decree. By Dan Walters

The fact that the IRS did not require significant improvements on ground up development suggests a great deal of flexibility in planning transactions. By Phil Jelsma

Many organizations offer metrics for measuring an investment’s impact, but they are generally not all measuring the same thing. By Paul Sullivan

Friday, May 3, 2019

Britain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and India have adopted or are considering laws that require stricter content moderation by tech platforms. But none of them need to work around free speech protections like the First Amendment in the United States. By Cecilia Kang

It doesn't make sense to push Californians into vehicles that can't be driven across state lines because the infrastructure isn't there. By Jim Frazier

Defining original use as the first person who depreciates or amortizes a property provides a degree of clarity which should assist Opportunity Zone investors. By Phil Jelsma

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Removing exclusions to health care for undocumented Californians is one step on the road to an equitable and workable healthcare system. By Cynthia Buiza

Drivers are only paid once they pick up a passenger. Every minute they spend waiting for a pickup or even driving to meet a rider they are simply losing money. By Michelle Rodino-Colocino

A Q&A with Gary Cohn, who talks about almost resigning eight months in, how well he feels tax reform is working and nationalism. By Stephen Dubner & Steven Levitt

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Just 17 states require high school students to complete a personal finance course. But more states may soon join them. By Ann Carrns

He recently asked the California Energy Commission for a report on "why prices are higher than in the rest of the country, blaming potential 'inappropriate industry prices'" for the sharp rise. By Tim Anaya

If the United States wants to lead global trade and the development of emerging technologies, it must abandon the "go it alone" approach of imposing tariffs which put strain on California's economy and innovation. By Peter Leroe-Muñoz
The Resilient Homes Initiative would authorize the California Earthquake Authority to invest $75 million a year in retrofitting vulnerable homes. By Fiona Ma

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

It is vital to understand the financial implications and a develop strategy to adjust spending while still prioritizing your savings goals. By Ryan Onishi

It is a more productive use of the California Public Utilities Commission's time to focus on rewards and penalties for safety performance. By Travis Kavulla

Devotion by members of the Legislature's "moderate caucus" to maintaining California's oil dependence is having health-threatening consequences. By Kathryn Phillips

Housing first simply says housing, the most fundamental human need, cannot be made contingent on a clean drug test. By Holly J. Mitchell

Monday, April 29, 2019

Legislators discourage building by insisting on affordable housing mandates, which have been found to depress construction and increase housing costs. By Kerry Jackson

By rejecting the twin tunnels proposal, Gov. Gavin Newsom has sent an important message that new thinking is required to address California's complex water issues. By Don Nottoli & Bill Dodd

We need to ensure Californians have the opportunity to choose the terms on which they work. By Shannon Grove

Many bills reflect the current Legislature's yen to regulate or eliminate every aspect of human behavior that doesn't comport with current progressive dogma. By Dan Walters

Friday, April 26, 2019

Education has an outsized impact on the prospects for people with serious mental disorders. By Thomas Insel & Seth A. Seabury

Humans have always used euphemisms to camouflage harsh realities and to avoid offending an audience. By Kate Suslava

If we, as Californians, don't demand urgent action to stop this crisis in its tracks, we will doom the current generation of young adults to a legacy of ill health they did not deserve. By Dr. Jeffrey Klausner

If, as a recent poll implies, Californians want to sharply increase spending on schools, especially for teacher salaries, they would have to tax themselves. By Dan Walters

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Fostering diversity in the profession is why we offer more entrance routes than any other state. By Leah T. Wilson

While we wholeheartedly support and applaud calling attention to safety issues during Safety Week, it takes more than one week out of the year to keep our construction professionals safe. By Les DenHerder

Experts have recommended best practices which include a central reporting mechanism for suspicious behaviors and ensuring that information is evaluated by a multidisciplinary team. By Vern Pierson

We may finally get some real data on how the Local Control Funding Formula money has been spent and whether it's accomplishing its stated purpose. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The blame resides with the California legislature, the actions of which have made the Golden State unaffordable for many of its residents. By Tim Anaya

We should ensure that the regulated marijuana marketplace operates in a manner that is safe and responsible. By Paul Armentano

The utility must look to the best practices of its peers, and embrace transformative technologies, a commitment to renewable power, and addressing global warming. By Dean Florez

California's public schools often begin their classes so early in the morning that many of them have had much less sleep than their still-growing bodies demand. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Of the major software projects being undertaken by the state of California, more than 61 percent of the money is being mishandled by their own admission. By Edward Ring

Failing to select and update your beneficiaries can result in costly mistakes -- for you and your loved ones. By Ryan Onishi

Industry jargon and arcane terminology can make it challenging for students to figure out just how much money they are being offered by each college. By Ann Carrns

Monday, April 22, 2019

There is considerable evidence that building market-rate housing reduces housing costs for low–income households. By Kerry Jackson

State officials are much more adept at devising catchy names for their big "information technology" projects than actually implementing them. By Dan Walters

The promised benefits of legalization have so far been mostly illusory for California. But the harms are real. By Alex Berenson

The power to tax ultimately lies with the people, as Californians have the constitutional right to vote on local taxes, and the right to elect state officials with taxing power. By Robert Gutierrez

Friday, April 19, 2019

If financial institutions want to thrive in today’s market, they must focus more on helping consumers and less on making money any way the possibly can. By David S. Casey Jr. and Jeremy K. Robinson

Here's a brain-twister: Can you knowingly approve something, which does not include something else, if you never considered the absence of that "something else?" Think about that for a moment... or better yet, just read on. By Garret Murai

While wrangling over taxes heats up in the Capitol, the same dynamics are playing out in dozens of California cities, counties and school districts. By Dan Walters

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Civic crowdfunding is a good way for local governments to choose where relatively low-cost but potentially controversial infrastructure belongs. By Kate Gasparro

Employers who pay women less than their male counterparts are taking money out of the pockets of women and in turn, families and communities. By Julie Su

No bank is allowed to take on a new customer without verifying its existence and vetting its background. By Andrew Ross Sorkin

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Since Siri, Cortana, Alexa and Google Assistant have entered our world, voice searching has become a game-changer for the food industry. By Sylvain Charlebois

A decision by the D.C. Circuit casts a legal shadow on the release of grand jury materials on the inherent authority theory. By John Minan

In practice, "trailer bills" serve another, much different function -- to sneakily do things that might otherwise be difficult to do if they were fully exposed in advance to the public. By Dan Walters

Most economists believe that markets work best when supply and demand are allowed to find a natural equilibrium, with price acting as the referee. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Cities within metropolitan areas with the lowest homeownership rate are being affected the most by affordability issues. By Rowena Itchon

The Constitution requires a census that is an "actual Enumeration" that counts the whole number of persons in each state. That command cannot be met if Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is allowed to include this politically motivated question. By Toni G. Atkins & Anthony Rendon

Recent proposals from water users fall far short of what is needed by salmon and required by the law. By John McManus

An average American wedding costs the newlyweds and their families just under $34,000. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, April 15, 2019

The earned income tax credit is among the most effective anti-poverty measures that exists in the United States. By Laura Capps

I am thrilled that Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to double California's Earned Income Tax Credit. Every little bit helps. By Marlene Hoffman

A reasonable estimate of how much property taxes will be increased to repay the borrowed money and interest is much better than telling voters nothing. By Dan Walters

There is no substitute for the right message. It’s more than the words chosen, or the reassuring tone. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

Friday, April 12, 2019

Start saving for future school expenses as soon as possible. By Ryan Onishi
If administrators need the cooperation of local college officials to make the program to improve student outcomes a success, using untrustworthy data has just the opposite effect. By Dan Walters
Blockchain isn't an industry. It's a technology that will disrupt industries and ultimately make them better. By Rebecca Bodemann

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Empowered with the tools to develop civic virtue, our students will lead the next voting rights revolution. By Michael Latner
The dubious purpose of the Legislature’s joint informational hearing on CEQA last month was to talk about the “mythology” that CEQA stops development. By Kerry Jackson
A landmark decision last year by the state Supreme Court tightened up the legal definition of an employee. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

California needs a more robust, better-integrated water grid. By Ellen Hanak
Until California goes on record that assaulting an unconscious woman, beating up a spouse or sexually abusing a child are in fact unacceptably violent crimes, one wonders how serious the state is about stopping them. By Nina Salarno Besselman

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

It is misguided to presume there is a one-size-fits-all treatment for everyone who becomes homelessness. By Dawn Davison, Scott Kernan & Michele Steeb
A proposed bill would allow private banks or credit unions to apply for a limited purpose state charter so they can provide depository services to licensed cannabis businesses. By Bob Hertzberg
A strong majority of Hispanic business owners anticipate increased revenue and continued growth in 2019. By Jorge E. Ceballos

Monday, April 8, 2019

In many cases, we can use technology to help us become the people we want to be. By Alexis Elder
Fewer taxpayers than last year had filed by late March. That may be because of the new tax law. By Ann Carrns
Perhaps Capitol politicians should work on making state government function better before taking on such pitfall-laden projects as a bullet train, universal early childhood education or single-payer health care. By Dan Walters, CALmatters

Friday, April 5, 2019

Even Texas, where homeowners associations are credited with bringing order to cities that lack proper zoning laws, has its share of dustups. By Paul Sullivan
E-cigarettes and flavored smokeless tobacco are far less harmful than cigarettes and play an important role in smoking cessation. By Naomi Lopez Bauman
Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia has introduced a bill that would give the FPPC the power to bring civil and administrative actions against those who misuse public funds. By Dan Walters

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Another factor affecting the pay gap is simply an employee’s initial salary, which is usually higher for men than women for the same job. By Nancy Modesitt
Commercial property based on ridiculously low assessed values can use loopholes and pass property on to heirs to maintain those low taxes forever. By Lenny Goldberg
Periodically, therefore, federal judges must remind them that Californians are also American citizens who must have their constitutional rights, even unpopular or politically incorrect ones, respected. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Although the cost of education is at an all time high, the cost of not addressing this issue is even higher. By Anna Shoopman
For the students with family income in the lowest third, the UC as a whole are more affordable now than they were then. By Bob Jacobsen
Severe storms and flooding will be more frequent and more dangerous. We must adapt. We must prepare. By Jacob Katz
if charters lose, so will their kids -- particularly poor kids -- who are just cannon fodder in California's education wars. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

When people change residency, advisers say, the first few years are the most important from an auditing perspective. By Paul Sullivan
AB 276 will hold gun owners accountable by requiring all firearms to be securely stored with Department of Justice-approved firearm safety devices, when they leave their residence. By Laura Friedman
In the two days after the Ethiopian Air crash, Boeing made crisis communications missteps that may have a long-term effect on its reputation and credibility. By Kelli Matthews
With tax filing season upon us, now is the time to analyze your tax bill. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, April 1, 2019

Studies reveal that as people become aware of their unconscious biases, and are reminded of them regularly, they can correct themselves. By Sydney Kamlager-Dove
The California Association of Realtors will work with the governor and legislature to ensure that all Californians can realize the American Dream of homeownership. By Jared Martin
Developers build and sell substantially the same house in Texas for $300,000 as they build and sell in California for $800,000. By Kerry Jackson
It's not surprising that Republicans strongly disapprove of Newsom, but it is surprising that his fellow Democrats are less than fully enthusiastic. By Dan Walters

Friday, March 29, 2019

Increasing the proportion of arrested youths who are charged, tried, sentenced, and incarcerated mitigates the impact of reduced youthful arrestees on the system's well-being. By Mike Males
Gov. Newsom should promote legislation to curtail the power of health care mega systems and outlaw all-or-none contracting practices. By Glenn Melnick
Residents of Los Angeles are the most likely Californians thinking about pulling up stakes -- not surprisingly because the mismatch between incomes and housing costs is the most acute in that community. By Dan Walters
Is a college education really worth so much people are willing to become criminals to make it happen? By Les DenHerder

Thursday, March 28, 2019

On Tuesday, a panel of federal appellate judges considered free speech rights in the context of President Donald Trump's well-known use of his Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump. By John H. Minan
The state of California is attempting to collect up to eight years of back taxes from Amazon sellers whose products were temporarily stored in Amazon warehouses throughout the state. By Rowena Itchon
It will take nothing short of a leap of faith from each of us to admit that the current rigid rules fail all of our missions. By Jennifer Pierre

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Technology advances have been moving very fast, while public policy has lagged behind. It is time for public policy to catch up with technology. By Moshe Y. Vardi
If we vote in the next election, we can beat back anti-immigrant policies, including the threat of a citizenship question on the next census. By Christian Arana
"Pettifoggery" refers to engaging in trivial arguments or activities, consuming energy better spent on important matters. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The latest rules will address some of the more technical applications of the Opportunity Zone tax credits including directives related to implications for operating businesses. By Phil Jelsma
When you see the daily headlines about what might be to come, it's natural -- and even prudent -- to step back and ponder what you need to do next. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, March 25, 2019

Cities can and should approach both policymaking and litigation with the best interests of their communities in mind. By Jill Habig
Assuming that Newsom and his fellow Democrats in the Legislature want a bigger tax bite to finance their expansionist ambitions, what form would it take? By Dan Walters
California is plagued with a resurgence in infectious diseases, some of which ravaged populations in the Middle Ages. Hardest hit are the Golden State’s homeless residents. By Kerry Jackson

Friday, March 22, 2019

If it's good policy to hold community colleges and charter schools accountable for how well their students are being educated, why do we continue to shield the state's immense K-12 public school system from such accountability? By Dan Walters
Between 2000 and 2015, San Diego County ranked second in the nation in the number of patents granted, according to data from the U.S. Patent Office. By Christopher Boone
You may want to consider putting your cash in several CDs with different terms — what's known as building a CD ladder. By Ann Carrns

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The hurdles set by local governments unnecessarily restrict homebuilding should be taken down. But is threatening them with the loss of state funds the right way to achieve this? By Kerry Jackson
Failures, in the view of a UC psychologist, are unavoidable deserts that creators must trek through in order to reach the promised land of creation. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt
Moving California’s buildings beyond fossil fuels is a lofty goal, but one worthy of our collective ambitions. By Sam Liccardo

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Having achieved total domination of the Capitol, Democratic politicians clearly resent sharing lawmaking authority with voters. By Dan Walters
This year will be the first homebuying season in more than a decade where those buying a home, rather than those refinancing a home, will dominate the market. By Andy Higginbotham
Californians deserve an end to the days when their government too often gives the benefit of the doubt to secrecy. By Tom Dresslar

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

If Californians wants to hit their greenhouse gas goals, we're going to have to create clean mass transit options. By Robbie Hunter
The Open Financial Statements Act is one law pending in this year's legislative session that could do a world of good. By Edward Ring
If you enjoy the ritual of spring cleaning, why not take time to spruce up your finances as well? By Ryan Onishi

Monday, March 18, 2019

UC's showdown with scientific journal publisher Elsevier was the latest in a succession of cracks in what is widely considered to be a failing system for sharing academic research. By MacKenzie Smith
Computer science standards help children become problem solvers and creative thinkers for the 21st Century. By Susan Bonilla
While unemployment remains at historic low levels, job creation also seems to be slowing, in part because employers are having difficulty finding enough qualified workers. By Dan Walters

Friday, March 15, 2019

Policies could be improved by educating customers about the environmental benefits of reusing disposable products. By Becca Taylor
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan is a bold first stab at reform, and some of her proposals make a lot of sense. But I'd offer a few edits. By Kevin Roose
Digital versions of retail catalogs and of newspaper classifieds are thriving and now taxes must be collected on their sales. By Dan Walters

Thursday, March 14, 2019

OH! San Diego will provide rare, behind-the-scenes access to a wide variety of iconic, cutting edge, and historical buildings that shape our city's DNA. By Susanne Friestedt
It's important to take a step back and remember that more frequent stock moves are actually a return to usual market activity. By Ryan Onishi
Isn't it time to reevaluate our legal perspective that essentially determined that the mind was like a light switch, where a person is either perfectly sane or an immediate threat to him- or herself and others? By Vern Pierson

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The solutions to California’s water issues can’t be “either/or,” they have to be “yes/and.” By Kerry Jackson
FEMA correctly concluded that it — meaning all U.S. taxpayers — shouldn't have to pay for preventable structural problems that existed before the dam's two spillways collapsed. By Dan Walters
A Q & A conversation with Raghuram Rajan, a professor of finance at the University of Chicago whose latest book's theme is the fragility of democracy. By Stephen Dubner & Steven Levitt
Gov. Newsom established a road map to expand the role that California plays globally and advance the innovation and values that have made California the world's fifth largest economy. By Eleni Kounalakis

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Negative impacts of a business tax increase would be felt far and wide, because business taxes get passed on to consumers and shareholders. By Robert Gutierrez
The EPA was created to protect people's health, and therefore needs to increase the protections against pollution from the oil and gas industry. By Tambry Lee
When it comes to fraud and risk, San Diego is an emerging hot spot for innovation and technology. By Frank McKenna

Monday, March 11, 2019

Upcoming changes to Southern California Edison's "time-of-use" rate plans would discourage solar adoption in pursuit of short-term profits. By Brett Bouchy
While there are key differences and commonalities, the most important distinctions between the two are the amount of investment and the timing. By Phil Jelsma
Improving access to 5G-enabled technologies will be essential to creating economic parity in America. By Mignon Clyburn
California politicians pay lip service to open government, but fundamentally prefer secrecy. By Dan Walters, CALmatters

Friday, March 8, 2019

Collecting data means it will be exploited – by companies, by the state, by anyone with the technical chops. By Barbara Fister
Charter schools exist to give choice to families who haven't always had access to good schools. By Erica Valente
A recent FPPC staff report said that since 2015, when local tax measures began proliferating, the agency has received 34 complaints about taxpayer funds being used for campaigns to raise taxes. By Dan Walters

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Taxpayers and accountants are looking into every area of the updated tax rules. By Kevin Dusi
If we want to reduce the carbon footprint of our stoves, water heaters, and heating systems as quickly as possible, the solution must also include renewable natural gas. By Sam Wade
Rather than over-generalize and exaggerate, we need to share the truth, focus on facts and collaborate on solutions. By Patrick Welch
Xavier Becerra is all for a wall when it comes to keeping the public in the dark. By John Temple

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

That rent control is perpetually floated as an answer to California’s housing crunch helps explain why the crisis has become intractable. By Kerry Jackson
Abusing government power to achieve public access will harm all of us by chipping away at private property rights. By Jeremy Talcott
We must act before e-cigarettes hook the next generation to nicotine. By Dr. John Maa
The state Supreme Court could have addressed a fundamental issue in California's public employee pension crisis -- whether the so-called "California rule" makes it impossible to reduce benefits. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Given the realities of longer life expectancies, it's crucial for all retirees to be prepared for a retirement that could last for several decades. By Ryan Onishi
The Consumer Financial Credit Bureau has estimated that 45 million people have no credit history or histories too thin to produce a credit score. By Ann Carrns
Daylight saving time saves lives and energy and prevents crime. By Steve Calandrillo

Monday, March 4, 2019

The line between those legitimately and voluntarily working as contractors and those who are being cheated out of even minimum wages and basic benefits has always been a little fuzzy. By Dan Walters
We aim to leverage inclusive engagements to further challenge the status quo and create the next innovative solutions in service to the nation's communities. By Jacqueline Welch
As the nation's leader in organic farming, California is ready for all communities to have access to organic food and for all of California to benefit from organic agriculture. By Dwayne Cardoza
Libraries are taking a hard look at overdue fines and concluding that they do more harm than good. By Anne Stuhldreher

Friday, March 1, 2019

Gov. Newsom should consider a statewide faster-speed rail system. It is innovative and can be accomplished sooner and cheaper. By Jim Gonzalez
The presumed frontrunner for the appointment is Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who was a Democratic Party loyalist in 2018 in forgoing possible challenges to both Newsom and Feinstein. By Dan Schnur
Generally, each Qualified Opportunity Fund must hold at least 90 percent of its assets in Qualified Opportunity Zone property. By Phil Jelsma
If you talk to enough athletes and coaches, you discover that the mind, not the body, is where most of their energy is going. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Progress happens when parties give up something to get what they really need. By Ellen Hanak and Jeffrey Mount
The answer is not rejecting rehabilitation programs but instead investing in a more effective, holistic and restorative approach that will dramatically reduce recidivism rates. By Adnan Khan
What will happen to the roads as fewer and fewer cars run on gasoline? Who will pay to fix the streets? By Jay Zagorsky

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Anyone who harbors the quaint notion that high-stakes politics are rational, much less ethical, should be disabused by two terms: "gerrymandering" and "ballot harvesting." By Dan Walters
Why not first revisit some of the "teaching moments" of the past and ask if we absorbed the lessons that should have been inherent in what we were witnessing. By Gregory Favre
These values are driving us to hold automakers accountable in the fight to protect the health of our most vulnerable citizens and our economy against attacks on life-saving state and federal clean car standards. By John Coleman & Allis Druffel
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that “fewer than one in 10 independent contractors” would choose traditional work environments over freelancing. By Kerry Jackson

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Our state policies must be designed to ensure that everyone, regardless of income, race, or age, has safe, stable, affordable housing. By Tyrone Buckley
California governors tend to alternate between activists who want to shake things up and more passive governors who are happy with incremental changes. By Dan Walters
A recent study found that construction workers are the happiest employees of any industry – and it all starts through career and technical education programs. By Les DenHerder
It's true that divorce may add a few extra steps and considerations when saving for your child's college tuition. But don't let the complexity stop you. By Ryan Onishi

Monday, February 25, 2019

Given the limited capacity of small systems, the funding must be accessible and the application process user-friendly. By Nathaniel Logar
Putting the brakes on the one-size-fits all approach now opens the opportunity to develop regulations that embrace technology while protecting consumers. By Mary Jackson
With nearly 40 million residents and more than a million medical cannabis patients, California’s market represents about a third of the North American cannabis market. By Fiona Ma

Friday, February 22, 2019

Newsom couldn't bring himself to entirely pull the plug on this hot mess. By Dan Walters
Water public servants are what Californians need to keep us on a path dedicated to the public interest. By Juliet Christian-Smith & Andrew Fahlund
I wanted to know whether drinkers are willing to pay more for beer knowing that it isn't actually independently and locally produced. By Jarrett Hart

Thursday, February 21, 2019

In sacrificing his pride temporarily, Jeff Bezos was able to significantly lessen the eventual damage and rely on the truth in to set him free. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
By continually moving the primary election date, the Legislature is attempting to hit the moving target of relevance based on circumstances that can neither be controlled or known. By Larry Levine
An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled that California voters locked felony murder into law while passing ballot measures in 1978 and 1990, so it would require another action by voters to repeal it. By Dan Walters
The Newsom administration and the California Legislature have an opportunity to expand California’s global leadership in ecosystem recovery and integrated, climate-smart water management. By Julie Rentner

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The difference between yesterday's marijuana and today's is like the difference between near beer and a martini. By Scott Chipman
Starry-eyed predictions aside, critical issues are missing from the discussion about how self-driving cars will revolutionize transportation. By Alvaro Sanchez & Susan Shaheen
As President Trump works to undermine access to health care, we're counting on the Legislature to join Gov. Newsom in making this new investment in reproductive health care a reality. By Crystal Strait

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

While the state can certainly boast at being the leader of the Green New Deal movement, lost in all the excitement is one important fact: California has the highest poverty rate in the nation. By Rowena Itchon
We applaud a decade of hard-won progress, and look forward to expanding this important effort with a stronger Safer Consumer Products Program. By Gina M. Solomon & Martin Mulvihill
Californians deserve real solutions to reduce fire risk while meeting their energy needs. By Audrey Lee

Friday, February 15, 2019

Heading into 2018, a significant majority of small businesses faced financial challenges, experienced funding gaps, and funded their business through retained business earnings and personal finances. By Jiwon Kim
Two legislative conflicts underscore how the alliance between cops and Democrats has eroded. By Dan Walters
In the American dream sweepstakes, Andrew Yang was a pretty big winner. But along the way, he came to see that for every winner, there were thousands upon thousands of losers. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The result is a market where debt traps ensnare hundreds of thousands of borrowers. By Tom Dresslar
Here is an introduction to four new money trends, including what each one is designed to do and some considerations before you decide whether to incorporate them into your life. By Ryan Onishi
Newsom set an ambitious agenda for his governorship, the sort of multi-point plan that former Gov. Jerry Brown had often denigrated. By Dan Walters
The proposed safe harbor for rental real estate, i.e. treating rental real estate as a trade or business eligible for the 20 percent deduction, has a real benefit or value to many real estate investors. By Phil Jelsma

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Until recently, there has been an open question regarding whether homeowners have to comply with the Right to Repair Act's prelitigation procedures if they are only claiming economic damages. By Garret Murai
The Paycheck Fairness Act sounds good, but “equal pay for equal work” is already the law — and has been for over 50 years. By Christina Sandefur
Schools are supposed to be teaching our children how to become productive and responsible adults, but by overspending revenues, blaming others for their fiscal problems and demanding bailouts, they are setting poor examples. By Dan Walters
We must turn our attention to the next big health care challenge: a growing shortage of workers who provide care for Californians. By Janet Napolitano & Lloyd Dean

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Proponents fail to mention that previous highway projects in our state built with the same scheme they seek have not delivered as promised. By Cathrina Barros
Clearly the legislators who passed the California Consumer Privacy Act never intended it to force companies to engage in less privacy-protective practices in the name of increasing user privacy. By Dan Jaffe
When Californians get shut out of our courts because they can't communicate in English, the public ends up paying the price. By Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
Economist anticipates the local industry property sector earning an overall grade of A-minus for this year. By Jennifer Litwak

Monday, February 11, 2019

Newsom -- fulfilling a campaign pledge -- wants $10 million to begin building the statewide education data system that Brown repeatedly and wrongly shunned as being obtrusive. By Dan Walters
It is reasonable to expect cities to do their part by planning, zoning and approving housing projects, and to minimize delays, costs and barriers to construction. By Carolyn Coleman
The drug's growing legalization has raised concerns among small-scale marijuana farmers and retailers that the corporatization of weed may be right around the corner. By Ryan Stoa

Friday, February 8, 2019

It is due to the extreme shortage of affordable housing. By Margot Kushel
As the DMV is revamped, management needs a refreshed view of customer service -- where people are treated as paying customers, not annoyances. By Jim Patterson
If approved, the split roll initiative would come with long-term problems and exacerbate issues that were raised during the teachers' strike that would affect all of California. By Joel Fox
Reality -- a new reality -- is hitting home as Californians work on their 2018 federal income tax returns. By Dan Walters

Thursday, February 7, 2019

I’m also concerned that it could exacerbate problems with California’s housing market. By Garth Heutel
Buying or renting a second property also is an emotional decision that encourages you to think about why having another space is important to you. By Ryan Onishi
Federal law establishes a procedure for the president to declare a national emergency — but it doesn’t saw what an emergency is. By John Minan
We can begin by accepting the recommendation of a 2002 Little Hoover Commission report to establish a state residency program for immigrants who demonstrate a commitment to becoming responsible members of our communities. By Pete Weber

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

We need to not only consider the nature of the past transgression but also how far and how deeply the individual has changed. By Andrew Khoury
We need an affordable and accessible system of long-term care for all Californians, regardless of their income or ZIP code. By Nancy McPherson & April Verrett
If it is possible to significantly reduce recidivism then Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature should insist that they be implemented effectively, rather than allowing prison officials to just go through the motions. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

California needs innovative government to match its youths' revolutionary trends. Let's explore new ideas. By Mike Males
It's time to look at Northern California's educational needs with fresh eyes. By Joe Rodota
Because class and collective actions have the potential to provide large payouts, they remain a favorite for plaintiffs' attorneys. Don't expect that to change this year. By Darcey M. Groden

Monday, February 4, 2019

With very little media notice, the Federal Reserve System late last year doubled its calculation of state and local governments' unfunded pension liabilities to $4.1 trillion, using a new methodology that was devised by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. By Dan Walters
What people actually do in their leisure time often doesn’t match with what they say they’ll do. By Anjana Susarla
The most conservative estimates suggest that California will need upward of 500,000 new residential construction workers to realize Gov. Newsom's goal of 3.5 million new housing units by 2025. By Scott Littlehale

Friday, February 1, 2019

The question we should be asking is, how much is it going to take to get these cars on the road and is it the best use of public funds? By Maximilian Auffhammer
When we restore the Delta, we protect the San Francisco Bay-Delta and ensure that the economic and ecologic heart of California is still beating. By Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla
Over a political career that's well into a sixth decade, Willie Brown has had several incarnations. By Dan Walters
Juliana v. United States presents novel legal theories to compel the federal government to protect present and future generations from climate change impacts. By John Minan

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Housing is a right, and safe, affordable housing should be available to everybody, no matter their income. By Roberto Jimenez
The month-long government shutdown has stalled the current darling of the commercial real estate community. By Phil Jelsma
Having lived through the last bankruptcy, my suggestion to policymakers is to slow down and conduct a thorough analysis to fully understand the nature of the problem. By Fred Keeley

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The U.S. may have ceded regulatory powers to the EU – despite being the headquarters for most major internet service providers. By Thomas Holt
Last week, Newsom underscored his insistence that local governments meet their housing quotas, even if their voters don't like it. By Dan Walters
For the good of our state, we must focus on how we can safely adapt our systems to what Jerry Brown described as "the new abnormal." By Tom Dalzell

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Legislature should review the goals and impacts of cap-and-trade, and how the increased revenue from motorists and ratepayers will be spent. By Allan Zaremberg
It's almost as if lawmakers and bureaucrats are determined to replace our civil society with a political society in which the state manages our affairs. By Kerry Jackson
Jim Hackett, who became Ford Motor Co.'s CEO in 2017, has plans to turn a century-old automaker into the nucleus of a "transportation operating system." By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt

Monday, January 28, 2019

It's okay to take your time and ask for help with choices along the way. By Ryan Onishi
The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis predicted the need for registered nurses to grow by 28 percent by 2030, largely because of an aging population and an aging workforce. By Steven Greenhut
The fact that 130,000 of our fellow Californians don't have a home should keep all of us up at night. By Lisa Hershey
The district says the concessions will cost an additional $403 million over three years -- money the district clearly does not have. By Dan Walters

Saturday, January 26, 2019

We can continue our current course of action, which helps some, or we can take bold action and help every young child in California. By Tony Thurmond & Kevin McCarty
He will presumably argue that the release serves no legitimate purpose and is motivated by the desire to gain a partisan political advantage. By John Minan

Friday, January 25, 2019

Public-private partnerships use private capital to augment and leverage limited public dollars to construct projects that otherwise would have been unaffordable or delayed for many years. By Jim Wunderman & Lucy Dunn
The shuttering of the Burgerim location, which had been open for little over a year, was a warning signal to the business community — and to city hall, too. By Clark Whelton
Investing in California's renewable future could improve safety, save utility costs, and give local jurisdictions control over where to site new renewable energy facilities. By Catherine Brinkley

Thursday, January 24, 2019

multiple studies have shown CEQA, a bedrock of California environmental law, plays a limited role in determining whether and where housing is built. By Ashley Werner
While the state’s doomsday clock rapidly approaches midnight, we haven’t run out of time yet. It is, however, getting late. By Kerry Jackson
At this stage of the game there are no Democratic frontrunners, but Harris is better positioned than most contenders to claim one of the pole positions. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

It’s important to leverage the collective wisdom of our predecessors, but we must also challenge it as new tools emerge in the digital age. By Sean Olcott
the job of launching a search and rescue effort for a lost snowshoer should not have fallen to two snow plow operators who hiked a mile through the darkness without any additional equipment to find my dad. By Lauren Williams
As trade becomes increasingly global, its important for investors to understand the current environment and what may be ahead for the markets. By Ryan Onishi

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New laws respond to big issues facing our state and aim to improve our daily experiences. Only time will tell if they have their intended effects. By Adam B. Levine
Throughout the state, in the name of building housing for low-income families, officials are spending huge amounts of money that's not buying very much. By Dan Walters
There never was and never will be a governor quite like Arnold Schwarzenegger. But as Gavin Newsom takes the reins of power, certain lessons apply, especially related to communications. By Margita Thompson

Monday, January 21, 2019

California's 40,000 child care providers are eager to work with the governor to close the early education opportunity gap that hurts children of color and low-wage families the most. By Anna Rodriguez
Administrative rulemaking is currently underway that will reduce federal jurisdiction over surface waters, and thus shift more responsibility to the states. By John Minan

Friday, January 18, 2019

The majority of construction accidents are preventable with training, but consistent training is a must. By Les DenHerder
As California embarks on a new legislative session, we urge the state government and its leaders to continue working with tribes for the benefit of all Californians. By Sherry Treppa
The same bugaboo that led to redevelopment's demise -- the shift of incremental property taxes -- still looms. By Dan Walters

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tens of millions of investment dollars are waiting to be unleashed into American businesses from China and India, but the U.S. government shut the doors.... until now! By Michael R. Polin
The recently adopted reforms will strengthen the act's provisions, expand its applicability, and increase a local government's liability for violating the act. By Sheri Bonstelle
California's state and local agencies have $187 billion in unfunded retiree health care and other benefit liabilities that threaten to crowd out public services. By Marc Joffe

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

No one will disagree that some grocery store receipts are ridiculously long, but we don’t need the state government to mandate electronic receipts. By Tim Anaya
Inaction is not an option. California must accept the challenge to manage both fire risk and hazards. By Brenda W. Davis
While Newsom says he will try to make tax reform happen, he also may need a net increase in revenues to finance the promises he's made on health care, early childhood education and other expensive entitlements. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Many of the words William Stephens used to set the tone of his governorship 100 years ago echo to this day. By Greg Lucas
Consumers affected by Equifax's huge data breach in 2017 may need to re-establish protections on their credit report if they "locked" their files as part of the company's free credit-monitoring offer. By Ann Carrns
Sears made the mail-order catalog a staple of American households, and in so doing, brought the latest and greatest products of American capitalism to people in every corner of the country. By Steven Horwitz

Monday, January 14, 2019

Jerry Brown is a hard act to follow but his successor as governor, Gavin Newsom, acquitted himself well -- if very lengthily -- in presenting his first state budget on Thursday. By Dan Walters
Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds create a bright new world of investment opportunity. By Phil Jelsma
Since the ACA became embedded as part of the health care system, Americans without health insurance dropped from 16.8 percent to 10.2 percent. By John Minan

Friday, January 11, 2019

California’s proposal to transfer the community college tuition bill to taxpayers will do nothing to address the root causes of both tuition and degree inflation. By Mary Clare Amselem
We've seen an endless litany of technology projects that run up enormous costs but fail to deliver promised efficiencies. By Dan Walters
Higher education is legend and compass when it comes to plotting a route on California's roadmap to a stronger future and the preservation of democratic institutions. By Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Thursday, January 10, 2019

It's just as much a mistake to over-apologize in a faux-crisis as it is to fail to apologize in a real one. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
Incorporate the cost of family outings and increased expenses into your budget to avoid surprises. By Ryan Onishi
Credit freezes are the best tool we have to protect ourselves and our children from many kinds of identity fraud. By Ron Lieber

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The general public is much more educated about retaliation claims than they used to be and social media is largely to blame. By Miranda Watkins
Research shows the work of integrating more diverse perspectives and ideas into boardrooms is more challenging than a simple legislative declaration. By Steven C. Currall
Having made extravagant promises to gain support from partisan bases, they now must deliver or somehow wriggle out of them. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Regardless of who is being sworn in, Inauguration Day is a day to celebrate the Golden State’s democracy. By Tim Anaya
From top officials to popular culture, Americans still refuse to face the worldwide destruction our rampant drug abuse inflicts. By Mike Males
California courts have broadly interpreted the scope of coverage under additional insured endorsements. By Garret Murai

Monday, January 7, 2019

The stock market would have to double every 10 years for the Golden State’s already underfunded public employee pension funds to remain able to pay their guaranteed benefits. By Lanny Ebenstein
Missing in the positive descriptions of Brown's career was any mention of his penchant for shunning responsibility for shortcomings in the state government he managed for 16 years. By Dan Walters
We live in the new abnormal. Managing our land to help support this new reality will benefit all Californians and the lands themselves. By F. Noel Perry & Dick Cameron

Friday, January 4, 2019

Humans need housing. But issuing mandates isn't going to solve the homeless problem, particularly in California, where the housing crisis has forced thousands to go without suitable shelter. By Kerry Jackson
Review your investments and savings, and consider where you have opportunities to improve your situation. By Ryan Onishi
Even if California doesn't lose a congressional seat, the fact of slowing population growth remains -- and it will have myriad effects beyond reapportionment, some good and some not so good. By Dan Walters

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Expanding access is worse than worthless without voting integrity. By John M.W. Moorlach
The Trump administration is trying to change the rules so that victims of domestic and gang violence would no longer qualify. By Andrea Hartsough
A harbinger of California’s business flight occurred in 2005 when Buck Knives, a company founded in 1905 in San Diego, pulled up stakes and moved to Idaho. By Jon Coupal

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The state's politics will likely be dominated by two rolling events: the beginning of Gavin Newsom's governorship and California's bid to become a factor in presidential politics. By Dan Walters
Seeing how Trader Joe's encourages its employees to engage with customers makes you wonder why this theoretically obvious approach is so rare. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt
Much has been said about how California Republicans can become relevant. Their road is a long one, and it cuts through the heart of the Central Valley. By Alma Hernández

Monday, December 31, 2018

losing in 1976 only whetted his appetite for another presidential bid four years later, this time while paddling his political canoe to the right, hoping to capitalize on what appeared to be a nationwide tax revolt. By Dan Walters
Taken together, Senate Bill 100 and Executive Order B-55-18 to Achieve Carbon Neutrality set California — one of the world's largest economies — on a course to achieve some unprecedented goals. By Rosanna Carvacho, Teresa Cooke and Ryan Waterman
California's water management systems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed are complex. Agreements about how to manage them for water users and the environment take years to resolve and must be able to weather changes in state and federal administrations. By Karla Nemeth

Friday, December 28, 2018

Brown sought not only to escalate carbon reductions, but make himself a global figure on the issue ? especially in contrast to President Donald Trump ? and it's likely to be his chief cause after leaving office. By Dan Walters
Financial planning for children with special needs is complicated. The process takes time, and should be started early, experts say. By Paul Sullivan
Giving to charity on behalf of a loved one can be a powerful way to give back while sharing your values with a future generation. By Ryan Onishi

Thursday, December 27, 2018

What's clear is that negotiated solutions to water conflicts are fairer and longer-lasting than top-down regulatory solutions or, worse yet, litigated solutions where judges end up trying to manage water. By Jeffrey Mount & Ellen Hanak
Brown wasn't ready to become a footnote to history. He was still relatively young and still had things to say, if he could find a platform to say it. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Jerry Brown's meteoric rise from community college board member to secretary of state and then to the governorship in just six years would probably have been impossible if he hadn't been carrying his father's name. By Dan Walters
These types of loans may be a good strategy for a wealthy homebuyer, but some say they still carry the taint of overeager and unscrupulous brokers who pushed them on borrowers unable to repay them, creating a bubble in the housing market that burst in 2008. By Paul Sullivan
Befitting a governor who came to office wanting to shake things up, his first two appointments to a court consisting entirely of white men went to a woman and an African American. By Kathleen A. Cairns

Monday, December 24, 2018

Perhaps Gov. Jerry Brown's most important contribution — reflected by the higher approval ratings for the executive and legislative branches — was to restore public confidence in state government. By Mark Baldassare
While the California Supreme Court's Dynamex decision and a potential ban on mandatory employment arbitration agreements will dominate the headlines, we suggest some less dramatic legislative changes to provide additional workplace flexibility or clarify California employment law, while preserving workplace protections. By Michael S. Kalt & Daniel C. Gunning
With free time in short supply these days, focusing your goodwill back into your community by giving your time, talents or treasures is a generous gift. By Nancy Sasaki

Friday, December 21, 2018

We in the media have enjoyed having him to cover for all these decades. It's never been a dull moment. By Dan Walters
Retirement requires careful planning in addition to avoiding financial missteps along the way. By Ryan Onishi
For a party to remain viable, it has to reflect and propound a philosophy and policies that resonate with at least a reasonable share of voters in that party's playing field. By Garry South

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego has several New Year's resolutions for its members, and they apply to other industries as well. By Les DenHerder
The fact that Steve Poizner came so close to victory tells us that the voters of this state are not totally entrenched within the two-party system. By Dan Schnur
In collaboration with the San Diego Police Department, the San Diego City Attorney's office is working to restore that hope by using a tool -- the gun violence restraining order —- that prevents gun violence when red flags appear. By Mara W. Elliott

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

California must transform the compact between government and the state's residents by radically rethinking how government services are provided. By Dean Florez
The state Legislature will soon reconvene and inflict upon California residents the next phase of its Blue State legislative agenda. By Kerry Jackson
California's minimum score on the test is the nation's second highest and as the passage rate has declined year after year, critics have called for lowering the "cut score," as it's known. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The more companies hire certain highly skilled and mostly college-educated foreign workers, the more those businesses create new products. By Gaurav Khanna & Munseob Lee
Absent Supreme Court clarification, uncertainty exists on the proper scope of executive privilege in response to congressional investigatory demands. By John H. Minan
It's hurting the state's overall economy as employers face increasing shortages of skilled workers, especially in coastal areas where the housing squeeze is the tightest and local resistance to housing construction is the most implacable. By Dan Walters

Monday, December 17, 2018

It seems incredible that Harris would have been kept in the dark about an harassment allegation against one of her closest aides, and the secret payoff that made it go away. By Dan Walters
The “giveback” strategy, in which a social cause is an integral part of a corporate mission and brand marketing, has become a necessity for some entrepreneurs. By Paul Sullivan
Union leaders have argued that under the “California Rule,” no pension benefit provided to public employees by statute can ever be withdrawn without replacement with some “comparable” benefit. By Jon Coupal

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Three quarters of the electorate believes that higher education should be a high priority for our new governor. By Dick Ackerman & Mel Levine

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Retiring solo means it's even more important to prioritize having a plan and saving for the lifestyle you want to live in your later years. By Ryan Onishi

Friday, December 14, 2018

It's a long-standing assumption, based on a 1955 state Supreme Court ruling, that pension benefits in place at the moment of a worker's hiring can never be reduced without equivalent compensation. By Dan Walters
Recent research suggests that beliefs about the effects of projected climate change may impact real estate prices decades before the projected damages are expected to occur. By Constantine Yannelis
[Regulators] found that 57 percent of the time, the salespeople used materials that "may have been misleading or exaggerated or included seemingly unwarranted claims." By Ron Lieber

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Families in some parts of California are footing the bill for a multi-million dollar lobbying effort to stop California's clean energy progress. By Matt Vespa
The wildfire liability issue -- which also affects the state's third big investor-owned utility, San Diego Gas and Electric -- is the latest chapter in the tortured relationship of the three with state government. By Dan Walters
A hyperloop system is a fascinating prospect because it would be cheaper, faster, safer, and cleaner than a bullet train. By Kerry Jackson

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Maybe it's worth surrendering a bit of happiness — and privacy, and so on — for the sake of the higher productivity supposedly afforded by open-plan offices. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt
The path to owning property in Opportunity Zones may be a yellow brick road, but it certainly has its share of potholes. By Phil Jelsma
California is a national leader on climate change and health care coverage. But we lag behind 30 other states in providing access to quality, affordable early learning programs. By Kim Belshé

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Online tools have made it easier than ever for job seekers to apply to multiple positions. By Camille Crittenden
Architects seem to hold a special place in our hearts. They're the good guys. And in California, they even get special protections. By Garret Murai
While new laws signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this October may not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2019, or later, they could still impact claims arising from incidents that occur this December. By David B. Monks & Megan E. Walker

Monday, December 10, 2018

Everyone's grandparents who depend on us should be able to retire in dignity. By Marcie Frost
Addressing the urgent needs of our aquatic systems requires a bold vision of water governance in California, along with more funding and investment in our natural systems. By Maurice Hall
California won’t get out of its very severe housing crisis with more social housing units and some granny flats. By Mick Pattinson

Sunday, December 9, 2018

A strike would inflict terrible consequences on the district's 600,000 students and their families. By David Crane

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Whatever his other priorities, Newsom must reckon with the potential for climate change to amplify natural disasters. By Michael Mantell

Friday, December 7, 2018

New tax laws mean you may need to approach your tax strategy differently than you have in the past. By Ryan Onishi
Creating additional investment risks is the last thing California’s public pension funds should be doing given their dire fiscal position. By Wayne Winegarden
One should view somewhat skeptically last week's announcement of a bipartisan, state-federal agreement on one key piece of the water puzzle. By Dan Walters

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Democrats need to identify local supporters in those regions, then train and fund them to do grassroots organizing. By Tom Epstein
The first big issue likely to emerge is early childhood education, part of Newsom's "cradle-to-college promise." By Dan Walters
Voters have approved initiatives trying to protect their money, but each time the initiative was “interpreted” so that most taxes survived under one name or another. By Richard Schulman

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

We believed that the only way we could be successful was if we started running campaigns early and talked to voters face-to-face about the issues that mattered most to them. By Ellen O. Tauscher
California's problematic new privacy law will apply to every website that can be viewed in California regardless of where a business is located. By Bartlett Cleland
The messiest bit of unfinished business Gov. Jerry Brown will bequeath to successor Gavin Newsom is one of the outgoing governor's pet projects, a north-south bullet train project. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

As a young leader, it is imperative that you do plenty of research. Older leaders can sometimes go by their gut feelings, but young leaders don't have that luxury. By Phuong Uyen Tran
In the truest sense of the word, Harvey Milk was a populist and a fighter for disenfranchised people. By Mark Leno
As you begin the somber duty of declaring disasters, issuing statements of reassurance and condolences, and lowering the capitol flag to half-staff, here are some disruptive ideas for keeping the spirit of California up. By Daniel Zingale

Monday, December 3, 2018

The intensified polarization of the two parties essentially isolates millions of Californians, likely a majority, who are somewhere in the political middle. By Dan Walters
The audit didn’t say building a bullet train in California just doesn’t make sense. But it should have. By Kerry Jackson
Many anxiously await to see how Governor-elect Gavin Newsom will achieve the goal stated during his campaign to oversee construction of 3.5 million new units of housing in California by 2025. By Chelsea Maclean

Friday, November 30, 2018

Senate Bill 1250 is a virtual invitation for politicians to claim bogus residences as their official domiciles. By Dan Walters
The construction industry is experiencing an unprecedented need for professionals in nearly every specialty, including electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, sheet metal and HVAC workers, and electronic systems technicians. By Les DenHerder
Prospective jurors with a felony criminal history ought to be allowed to take part in jury selection, to help ensure that our juries reflect our citizenry. By James M. Binnall

Thursday, November 29, 2018

While we are still early in the regulatory process, one thing is clear: Opportunity Zones are a boon for real estate investors. By Phil Jelsma
Democratic gains appear to be sharpening the simmering power struggle among three major factions – the regular establishment, the moderates and the leftist acolytes of Bernie Sanders. By Dan Walters
The reality is that the Republican Party has bigger problems: a lack of message, relevance and credibility. By Chad Mayes

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The steps to organizing such a fund as a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund Sponsor appear simple, but upon closer examination are quite complex. By Phil Jelsma
The outcome underscores the extent to which people across this state recognize homelessness as a crisis that is tearing at the fabric of our communities. By Darrell Steinberg
This unique transition can bring a myriad of emotions, most commonly ones of excitement and apprehension. By Ryan Onishi

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A new report suggests that many wealthy donors struggle to find organizations large enough to accept a sizable donation, and it offers strategies for change. By Paul Sullivan
It is imperative to improve the health of the greater Delta watershed, a major source of water for cities and farms across the state. Jeffrey Mount & Ellen Hanak
California has more than two million homes at high or severe risk of fire, by far the highest number in the nation and 15 percent of the state’s housing stock. By Mick Pattinson

Monday, November 26, 2018

State budget analyst Mac Taylor issued a special report on K-12 schools and community colleges, which are dependent on the state budget, and it contained a not-so-rosy projection of their finances. By Dan Walters
Cities nationwide are cracking down on home-sharing, depriving homeowners of property rights not only through outright bans, but also by imposing astronomical fines, cumbersome procedural requirements, and discriminatory rules. By Christina Sandefur
For judges who choose to use the site, what rules apply when they face litigants in court with whom they are Facebook friends? By Wendy L. Patrick

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Zero Financial will cut you off if your balance gets too low, like a debit card. But it gives you lots of cash back, like a credit card. Will it work? By Ron Lieber

Friday, November 23, 2018

The ability to connect and share data instantly will be the fuel of our state's vibrant economic engine. By Henry A. Waxman
Already builders are feeling the effects of interest rate increases and the higher mortgage rates that come with them. By Mick Pattinson
The "blue tsunami," as it's been dubbed, even flipped all of the GOP-held congressional seats in Orange County, once considered to be party's most impregnable GOP stronghold. By Dan Walters

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Today we give our thanks, most of all, for the ideals of honor and faith we inherit from our forefathers. By John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The average pre-teen today is 96 percent less likely to be arrested than his or her counterpart in past decades. By Mike Males
I put 2,000 miles on the Corolla. I must have knocked on 450 doors. I talked to some 100 people. I registered a half-dozen of them to vote. By Andy Furillo
The State Water Resources Control Board, appointed by the governor, threatens to shift huge amounts of water from farmers into stronger flows through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect wildlife habitat. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Retirees often relocate for emotional reasons, but it's important to consider the financial impacts, too. By Ryan Onishi
However corporate social responsibility is defined, there are multiple business studies demonstrating its benefits to an organization’s bottom line. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
It's because the Republican Party has failed to adapt to changing demographics and to get back to our basic fundamental belief in liberty and responsibility, freedom, economic opportunity, and educational excellence. By Kristin Olsen

Monday, November 19, 2018

The state's professional politicians are already thinking ahead to the next one because it might give them a rare opportunity to play roles in presidential politicking. By Dan Walters
WeWork holds so many leases in so many cities, it might hold more power than its landlords. By Andrew Ross Sorkin
A tunnel burrowed by entrepreneur Elon Musk beneath Los Angeles might be the forerunner to a transportation system that’s faster, cheaper, and safer than a bullet train. By Kerry Jackson

Friday, November 16, 2018

Voters overwhelmingly rejected the politics of pollution, as they returned control of the U.S. House of Representatives to Democrats. By Mary Creasman
This year's electoral successes belie the fact that women will face headwinds in the Legislature well into the next decade. By Steve Swatt & Susie Swatt
San Diego stands at the center of what could be a turning point in national defense spending. By Lynn Reaser

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The appointment of Whitaker has created a legal firestorm because of his controversial and radical views on the role of the federal courts as an "inferior branch" of government. By John H. Minan
It starts by coming together with public, private and civic leaders to discuss the issues and the challenges. By Van Ton-Quinlivan
Voters elected Gavin Newsom, who has an expansive and expensive agenda, as governor, and also solidified Democrats' supermajorities in the Legislature, giving them, at least on paper, unfettered power to raise taxes for that agenda. By Dan Walters

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I think both our industries could be doing better on trust. The oil could be doing a lot better. By Ben van Beurden
Tax incentives intended to draw investors to so-called opportunity zones have pushed some to increase their investments in underserved communities. By Paul Sullivan
The economic boom that Jerry Brown enjoyed during his second governorship has already lasted much longer than normal and, as he continuously warns, California is overdue for a recession. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Because Washington is so unpredictable these days, we see no reason to give up hope that sensible efforts to improve the personal finances of millions of people might somehow bear fruit. By Ron Lieber & Tara Siegel Bernard
Manufacturer discounts wouldn’t be reflected in TV ads. So the price patients would see on their screens would be substantially higher than the true, discounted price. By Sally Pipes
Patient investors have likely been rewarded, but the big question many have now is how long can this growth continue? By Ryan Onishi

Monday, November 12, 2018

With more and more Californians leaving our state in search of a more affordable lifestyle, it is time we got real about the supply and cost of housing. By Mick Pattinson
It’s no surprise given that buildings account for 25 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions — and 70 percent of emissions in Los Angeles and 46 percent in San Francisco. By Jennifer Tung
Gavin Newson will not begin his governorship in January with a budget deficit, but nevertheless, Gov. Jerry Brown will leave him a stack of knotty managerial and policy issues that cannot be ignored. By Dan Walters

Friday, November 9, 2018

An organization that tracks California political trends reported that an eye-popping $1-plus billion had been spent on campaigns this year. By Dan Walters
San Diego's building community is encouraged to integrate sustainable and energy efficient practices into design and construction to help improve the quality of our built environment and achieve our Climate Action Plan goals. By Steven Shinn

Thursday, November 8, 2018

If GM wants to do right by consumers and the planet, it should support the current fuel economy standards and condemn any attack on state authority that threatens the existing ZEV programs. By V. John White
The proposed regulations clarify the application of the new rules and authorize Opportunity Zone Funds to open their doors to investors. By Phil Jelsma
The court acted appropriately in abandoning the physical presence test. But the burden of collecting sales taxes in different states and varied amounts by online sellers poses a complex and legitimate concern, which was brushed aside by the court. By John H. Minan

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

It was a little odd that Jerry Brown, the Democratic governor of one of the nation's highest-taxing states, just received one of the Tax Foundation's annual awards for "outstanding achievement in state tax reform." By Dan Walters
Companies are not all going to be virtuous, and many decisions business leaders will make are hardly black and white, but the idea that executives are starting to consider their impact is at least the beginning of progress. By Andrew Ross Sorkin
Focusing on what you can do versus your obstacles will ultimately put you in the driver's seat and provide you with self-satisfaction and overall happiness. By Anne McClure

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

County and state officials have staged a slow-motion wrestling match over finances ever since Proposition 13 was enacted in 1978. By Dan Walters
Sometimes, it's better not to see them being made. By Garret Murai
Voting is a precious right that for two centuries Americans have fought and died to protect. By Ronald Reagan

Monday, November 5, 2018

If applied to single-family homes, rent control would significantly reduce the existing supply of single family homes available for rent – eliminating housing options for thousands of families across the state. By Kenneth T. Rosen
Traditionally, these down-ballot positions have been potential steppingstones to the governorship or other high offices. By Dan Walters
The California economy has been a juggernaut of growth since 2013, but now is slowing while the national economy is expanding. By John M. W. Moorlach

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Living in the wrong ZIP code — even a short distance from a boundary — may mean a difference of hundreds of dollars in your automobile insurance rates, a new analysis finds. By Ann Carrns

Friday, November 2, 2018

The original cooperative venture between SoccerCity and SDSU West to redevelop the Mission Valley stadium site would have been a win-win for San Diego – particularly sports fans. By Mick Pattinson

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Propositions 1 and 2 have come along at just the right time for California to maximize their value. By Lisa Hershey
Too many Californians are left unprotected from HPV-related cancers. To achieve the same success as Virginia, D.C., and Rhode Island, California should require that the HPV vaccination become a school entry requirement, and it has the power to do so. By Christopher Damico
If you decide additional education is the right option for you, be aware that college costs are on the rise. By Ryan Onishi

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Far from bringing more mayhem, Latinos and Asians, who have the highest proportions of immigrants, are driving large declines in crime. By Mike Males
Beacon Economics, in a new economic survey of the state's regions, sees slowing job growth due to worker shortages and cites the state's housing crisis as a major factor. By Dan Walters
By allocating treats based on the appropriateness of the little (or big!) ghosts and goblins' costumes and age, you create your own de facto rules governing trick-or-treating. By Margot Cleveland

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Effective workforce development strategies require that contractors attract, educate and retain a diverse workforce. By Walter Fritz
Proposition 4 will give Californians the opportunity to ensure that children's hospitals in our state continue to offer that kind of high-quality care to young patients like Max. By Jennifer Page
If Proposition 4 passes, taxpayers will pay an average of $80 million per year for the next 35 years, most of it to assist private hospitals. By Helen Hutchison

Monday, October 29, 2018

Servers, routers, and other bits of the network rarely stop at state lines. Regulatory orders cannot be issued just to California’s part of the web. By James Gattuso
It's likely that the next round of workers compensation politicking will focus on battling fraud and using savings to increase benefits, with employers, insurers and unions perhaps forming another powerful coalition and Newsom forced to referee. By Dan Walters

Friday, October 26, 2018

Impact investing — which considers social good in addition to financial returns — has matured in the past decade, and some investors are turning more attention to the arts. By Paul Sullivan
The only major uncertainty about the Nov. 6 election is how many Republican-held congressional seats Democrats will overturn. By Dan Walters
Proposition 10 would set as many as 539 rent control boards across the state with even more government fees, regulations and control. By Mick Pattinson

Thursday, October 25, 2018

A case pending on the Supreme Court’s docket revisits the “intelligible principles” doctrine under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. By John Minan
Perhaps the most critical question is what your purchase means from a comprehensive financial planning perspective. By Ryan Onishi
Generally both the proposed regulations and the revenue ruling are favorable to taxpayers and should spur real estate development and redevelopment in Opportunity Zones. By Phil Jelsma

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Many local tax proposals facing voters this year are being promoted by "consultants," such as TBWB Strategies, under lucrative contracts supposedly for information but in reality to influence voters. By Dan Walters
It is hard to argue that a gender-diverse board is a bad thing. Instead it seems we are stuck on the best method to get there. By Jen Rubin
Now, we need more people in our community to join the sustainability movement. By Steven Shinn

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

This initiative seeks to allow one private ambulance company to abuse the initiative process and taxpayer dollars to let themselves off the hook for violating the rights of its employees. By Jeff Misner
It would simply grant the same protections for private emergency services that public emergency services already receive to ensure an ambulance will not be delayed when you need help. By Carol Meyer
Employers should take heed to ensure that their policies and practices align with the sexual harassment and other new labor and employment laws going into effect Jan. 1, 2019. David E. Amaya & Megan E. Walker

Monday, October 22, 2018

The fact that one of the largest beverage companies on the planet is considering moving into the hemp marketplace may be a harbinger of anticipated changes in federal policy. By Christopher Coggan
What is the hardest, dirtiest job you've ever had? This is a question that we need to be asking all of our elected and prospective elected leaders, as it is an important lens for how they experience blue-collar Californians. By Robbie Hunter
De León's response on Kavanaugh was typical of his demeanor during the entire event, which did, in fact, turn out to be more of a polite conversation than a political debate. By Dan Walters

Sunday, October 21, 2018

A spokesperson said the forgiveness program and the temporary program were "poorly constructed programs, the rules of which are highly complex and difficult for students to navigate." By Ron Lieber

Saturday, October 20, 2018

It's easy to overlook this opportunity and maintain the status quo, but this could be a costly mistake given the significant role benefits play in your financial life. By Ryan Onishi

Friday, October 19, 2018

If we are to be even remotely prepared for the expected 4 million new seniors that will need services, we need to start today. By Cheryl Brown
Having the ceiling dropped down on women through mandatory gender quotas is hardly the same feat as climbing to new heights on their own ability. By Rachel Greszler
Two would make only tiny dents in the problem, one would have virtually no effect and the fourth would probably make it worse. By Dan Walters

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Even with strong property tax gains, local governments' pension costs are growing faster than revenues, thus putting the squeeze on their budgets. By Dan Walters
Toughening inclusionary housing requirements won’t get you any more new homes; it will almost certainly get us fewer. By Mick Pattinson
For UC lowest paid employees, most of whom are people of color, a raise means nothing if your job gets outsourced the next day to a private contractor that pays much less. By Kathryn Lybarger

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The landmark Women's Business Ownership Act on Oct. 26, 1988, paved the way for more women to pursue entrepreneurship, and ultimately drove significant growth in the U.S. small business sector. By Maria T. Anderson
Broadly based legal challenges are possible. The president’s power to conduct foreign affairs does not give the executive carte blanche authority on the matter. By John Minan
Props 8 and 11 would have voters decide very narrow union-management conflicts in two relatively small medical service sectors. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Underlying the problems faced by cannabis companies is the complete lack of access to banking and the fundamental services traditionally associated with a business bank account. By Christopher Coggan

Monday, October 15, 2018

It may disturb even the most respectful and appreciative among us when a public servant, who made $327,491 last year, asks us to support higher taxes. By Edward Ring
The housing crisis is one of supply and demand, and the solution will only come from an increase in supply or a reduction in demand. By Eric Maman
It was revealed last week that the DMV had mistakenly registered about 1,500 customers to vote "due to a processing error." By Dan Walters

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The massive "Getting Down to Facts" report on the pluses and minuses of public education in California, issued last month, was a sobering reminder of the stakes involved in how well youngsters are educated. By Dan Walters

Friday, October 12, 2018

But Proposition 12 will result in fewer eggs produced in California and fewer egg farmers, and that will lead to higher prices. By Debbie Murdock
While “affordable homes” communities are lifesaving islands of stability in the midst of an economic storm, we should demand bigger, bolder solutions. By Stephen Russell
By joining a coalition of supporters for Prop 12, we'll prevent cruelty, reduce foodborne illness, support responsible farmers, and protect California's environment. By Brenda Forsythe

Thursday, October 11, 2018

As a California Public Utilities Commissioner, I am obligated to ensure that the choices made by one group of electric customers don't have adverse financial impacts on other customers who lack similar available opportunities. By Carla J. Peterman
Are people being told that 83 percent of the Newland Sierra homes will be affordable to local workers? By Mick Pattinson
The California Public Utilities Commission could derail the expansion of local clean energy programs with a proposal that would limit choices and lead to higher prices for ratepayers. By Efren Carrillo

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

We don't know whether the explosively divisive nature of the Ford-Kavanaugh conflict, erupting just weeks before the mid-term elections will affect this year's congressional and senatorial contests. By Dan Walters
For years, law enforcement agencies, social service providers, non-governmental organizations, and faith-based groups have worked tirelessly to educate the public about the scourge of domestic violence. By Yvette Lopez-Cooper

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

In crisis communication, there are certain circumstances when responding quickly turns out to do more harm than good. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
While there are complexities to the rules you should explore, here are some basic guidelines to follow. By Ryan Onishi
Having a concentrated focus is one option. Pooling money with other foundations is another, although ceding control can be complicated. By Paul Sullivan

Monday, October 8, 2018

Proposition 187 contributed to the Republican slide, but another event of the era -- the end of the Cold War and the resulting devastation of Southern California's aerospace/defense industry -- was also a major factor. By Dan Walters
Anticipation is growing about Opportunities Zones -- a new economic development tool consisting of low-income, typically economically distressed communities. By Phil Jelsma
A 2017 study found that 38 percent of California's rural roads are in poor condition—the third highest rate in the nation. By Jennifer Nations

Friday, October 5, 2018

By paddling a little on the left, and then on the right, Brown once told a gathering of high school students in Sacramento, one can remain on a middle course. By Dan Walters
Purpose is rapidly becoming a de facto standard for future looking organizations. By Steven J. Schindler
Prior to the 1970s, material containing asbestos was widely used in construction. From insulation, to plaster, to siding, to the all-familiar "popcorn" ceilings of our youth. By Garret Murai

Thursday, October 4, 2018

As the marijuana industry shakes out, I fear that marginal operators will plant, pollute and harvest, and leave the bill to taxpayers to remediate damage at the grow sites. By Lil Clary
If policymakers don't take a hard look at how to lower building costs, we will never build enough housing to alleviate this crisis. By Dan Dunmoyer
When both federal and state law criminalize the same conduct, the defendant can be independently prosecuted under each. That may soon change. By Craig Countryman

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

It will go a long way toward preventing future wildfires and protect utility ratepayers from unfairly bearing the costs of fires that do ignite and cause serious damage. By Toni Atkins & Bill Dodd.
More money would make a difference only if it reaches the classroom in the form of better instruction. By Dan Walters
Seventy percent of San Diego’s moderate-income households cannot afford home ownership, and more than 30 percent cannot even afford rent. By Bree Wong

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

If you have not yet frozen your files - a recommended step to foil identity theft - now is a good time to take action, consumer advocates say. By Ann Carrns
Instead of helping family businesses grow, Sacramento too often piles on new taxes and regulations that make it more difficult for us to remain in business. By Grant Deary & Carol Burger
Only 20 percent of Newland Sierra's available land will accommodate the project's 2,000 homes. How can we solve our housing crisis when available land is used so sparingly? By Mick Pattinson

Monday, October 1, 2018

Last week, the Public Policy Institute of California released a new poll indicating that despite the previous opposition to the new taxes, the repeal measure is favored by just 39 percent of likely voters, while 52 percent are opposed. By Dan Walters
It is our contention that good schools and good ZIP codes mean strong home prices. By Alan Nevin, Jon Nevin & Justin Cox
Given the requirement to promptly refund unearned advance fees, once the disputed funds are identified and segregated, lawyers should move diligently to resolve the matter. By David M. Majchrzak & Heather L. Rosing

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Since July, Dianne Feinstein has seen her standing decline while Kevin de León's has been rising and a new PPIC poll indicates that it could be a real race after all. By Dan Walters

Friday, September 28, 2018

Proposition 5 would take upward of $1 billion a year away from crucial local services like fire protection. By Sean Burrows
The top three reasons named in a 2015 survey were the people they work with, the projects they get to work on, and the working environment at the construction site. By Walter Fritz
Proposition 5 would protect people 55 years and older by letting them take their property tax protections with them when they move. By Steve White

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Free health care is a potent rallying cry. But eventually, single-payer’s champions will run out of other people’s money. By Sally C. Pipes
The traditional way board searches are handled leaves very little room to include women candidates. By Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Tom Steyer is pushing his clean energy mandate in a state in which a company in which he has a financial interest has invested in a solar company. By Jenna Bentley
This year a major financial regulatory agency, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, opened the door for banks to offer small loans. By Ann Carrns
Under even optimum circumstances, therefore, converting the electrical grid by 2045 would cost California's residential and commercial ratepayers hundreds of billions of dollars in capital investment. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

It is not surprising that the 3rd District extended public trust protections to groundwater through the "tributaries" approach applied in prior cases. By Christian Marsh
Many small business lenders aren't required to disclose all of their terms up front, making it far too easy to get trapped in a bad loan. By Mark Herbert
The rules dramatically change not only how partnership and LLC audits are conducted, but potentially who is responsible for paying for income tax underpayments. By Phil Jelsma

Monday, September 24, 2018

Brown has a penchant for appointing close aides and personal friends to state positions, some prestigious and powerful, and others carrying hefty salaries. By Dan Walters
The rate increases were among the lowest in 15 years – but that’s just part of the story. By Mark Mur

Friday, September 21, 2018

There are consequences when politicians and other officials take the easy way out, rather than confronting reality and making the hard decisions it requires. By Dan Walters
San Diego Maker Faire This year’s Maker Faire includes more than 250 makers – inventors who embrace the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit. By Elisabeth Handley

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sacramento's Bottle & Barlow has lost its entire staff of freelance barbers because seven justices agreed to make it more difficult for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors. By Kerry Jackson
Proposition 8 will protect dialysis patients, reduce corporations' obscene profits, and push them to invest in improving care. By Megallan Handford
Proposition 8 would be as bad for patients as anything we have seen in a long time. By Dr. Theodore M. Mazer

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Deciding when to take Social Security benefits is something that many people struggle with. By Ryan Onishi
it's quite obvious that Brown yearns to match his father by being remembered as the governor who made California — at least in his mind — a global leader in fighting climate change through reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. By Dan Walters
Our poverty rate is a stunning 50 percent higher than the national average, meaning we have roughly 6.5 million people living below the poverty line. By Mick Pattinson

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

If CalPERS expects the public to help root out bogus disability claims by public employees, then why shouldn't it provide the public with information that helps it do so? By Steven Greenhut
The fact that people earning $15 an hour cannot afford an apartment in any major California city makes clear that a solution is needed now, not years down the road. By Peter Dreier
Proposition 10 will result in a housing freeze, as fewer affordable apartments will be built and others will simply exit the rental business. By Ilona Clark

Monday, September 17, 2018

Lisa Brennan-Jobs' memoir makes us wonder if an unwritten prerequisite for achieving greatness is a penchant for displaying an attitude of cold indifference. By Samuel Moore-Sobel
It found that while "California's education system is moving in the right direction..., large achievement gaps persist." By Dan Walters
Congress' ability to turn to the federal courts to vindicate its constitutional authority inevitably raises the question of standing. By John Minan

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