Friday, December 06, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


Friday, December 6, 2019

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

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

Thursday, December 5, 2019

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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

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

Monday, December 2, 2019

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

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

Friday, November 29, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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

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

Monday, November 25, 2019

One wonders why she's continuing a campaign that is in freefall and, if not ended soon, could damage her political future. By Dan Walters

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

Wildfires and blackouts show how wildly unprepared California is for the impacts of climate change. By Kathryn Phillips & Evan Gillespie

Friday, November 22, 2019

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

Thursday, November 21, 2019

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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

Monday, November 18, 2019

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

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

Friday, November 15, 2019

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

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

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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

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

Monday, November 11, 2019

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

Friday, November 8, 2019

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

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

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

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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

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

Monday, November 4, 2019

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

Friday, November 1, 2019

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

The state's power blackouts are not due to strong winds, but a lack of focus and leadership from California's Democratic leadership. By Jeff Stone
The "gig worker" model has been growing fast, and the state's unions are eager to have more payroll workers that they could potentially organize. By Dan Walters
Charles M. Kupperman, acting national security advisor to President Trump, argues he should not be forced to adjudicate the dispute between Congress and the executive branch. By John H. Minan

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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

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

Monday, October 28, 2019

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

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

Friday, October 25, 2019

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

Thursday, October 24, 2019

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

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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

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

Monday, October 21, 2019

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

Friday, October 18, 2019

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

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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

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

Monday, October 14, 2019

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

Friday, October 11, 2019

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

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

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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

Monday, October 7, 2019

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

To slow the spread of forest fires, drought, and rising sea levels, we need to accelerate every one of our clean energy strategies. By Dan Jacobson
It’s a bill that will grant official recognition to the importance of our close proximity and shared values, which have resulted in one of the strongest economic, cultural, and social regions in the world. By Jerry Sanders & Alfredo Pedroza

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

Friday, October 4, 2019

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

Thursday, October 3, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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

Monday, September 30, 2019

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

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

Friday, September 27, 2019

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

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

Thursday, September 26, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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

Monday, September 23, 2019

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

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

Friday, September 20, 2019

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

Thursday, September 19, 2019

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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

Monday, September 16, 2019

We must confront the root causes while increasing housing construction and moderating other costs of living. By Dan Walters

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

Poverty is a challenge our next President must not ignore. By Joseph Sanberg

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

Friday, September 13, 2019

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

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

Thursday, September 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 8, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

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

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

Monday, July 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

Friday, July 26, 2019

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

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

Thursday, July 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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

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

The bondholder plan may not be perfect, but it is the only plan that is currently publicly available and politically feasible. By Tom Dalzell

Monday, July 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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

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

Monday, July 1, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 31, 2019

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

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

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 23, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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

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

Monday, April 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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

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

Monday, April 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 12, 2019

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
Start saving for future school expenses as soon as possible. By Ryan Onishi
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

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
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 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
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
Fewer taxpayers than last year had filed by late March. That may be because of the new tax law. By Ann Carrns

Friday, April 5, 2019

E-cigarettes and flavored smokeless tobacco are far less harmful than cigarettes and play an important role in smoking cessation. By Naomi Lopez Bauman
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
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
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
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

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

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
When people change residency, advisers say, the first few years are the most important from an auditing perspective. By Paul Sullivan
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
Is a college education really worth so much people are willing to become criminals to make it happen? By Les DenHerder
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

Thursday, March 28, 2019

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
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

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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
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
"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

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
Cities can and should approach both policymaking and litigation with the best interests of their communities in mind. By Jill Habig

Friday, March 22, 2019

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
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

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Moving California’s buildings beyond fossil fuels is a lofty goal, but one worthy of our collective ambitions. By Sam Liccardo
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
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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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
Having achieved total domination of the Capitol, Democratic politicians clearly resent sharing lawmaking authority with voters. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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
If Californians wants to hit their greenhouse gas goals, we're going to have to create clean mass transit options. By Robbie Hunter

Monday, March 18, 2019

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
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

Friday, March 15, 2019

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
Policies could be improved by educating customers about the environmental benefits of reusing disposable products. By Becca Taylor

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
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
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

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

When it comes to fraud and risk, San Diego is an emerging hot spot for innovation and technology. By Frank McKenna
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

Monday, March 11, 2019

California politicians pay lip service to open government, but fundamentally prefer secrecy. By Dan Walters, CALmatters
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
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

Friday, March 8, 2019

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
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

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Xavier Becerra is all for a wall when it comes to keeping the public in the dark. By John Temple
Rather than over-generalize and exaggerate, we need to share the truth, focus on facts and collaborate on solutions. By Patrick Welch
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

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

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
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

Monday, March 4, 2019

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
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

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
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
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

Thursday, February 28, 2019

What will happen to the roads as fewer and fewer cars run on gasoline? Who will pay to fix the streets? By Jay Zagorsky
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

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
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
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

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
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
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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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
Starry-eyed predictions aside, critical issues are missing from the discussion about how self-driving cars will revolutionize transportation. By Alvaro Sanchez & Susan Shaheen
The difference between yesterday's marijuana and today's is like the difference between near beer and a martini. By Scott Chipman

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

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
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
The result is a market where debt traps ensnare hundreds of thousands of borrowers. By Tom Dresslar
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
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
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

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
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
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

Thursday, February 7, 2019

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
I’m also concerned that it could exacerbate problems with California’s housing market. By Garth Heutel

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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
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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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
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

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

Over a political career that's well into a sixth decade, Willie Brown has had several incarnations. By Dan Walters
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
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
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

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

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
The U.S. may have ceded regulatory powers to the EU – despite being the headquarters for most major internet service providers. By Thomas Holt

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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
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
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

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
It's okay to take your time and ask for help with choices along the way. By Ryan Onishi
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

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
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

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
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
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

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
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
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

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

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
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
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

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
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

Monday, January 14, 2019

Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds create a bright new world of investment opportunity. By Phil Jelsma
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
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
Having made extravagant promises to gain support from partisan bases, they now must deliver or somehow wriggle out of them. By Dan Walters
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

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

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
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

Monday, December 31, 2018

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
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
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

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
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

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

Retirement requires careful planning in addition to avoiding financial missteps along the way. By Ryan Onishi
We in the media have enjoyed having him to cover for all these decades. It's never been a dull moment. By Dan Walters
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

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
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

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

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
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

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

California won’t get out of its very severe housing crisis with more social housing units and some granny flats. By Mick Pattinson
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

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

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
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