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GUEST COLUMNS

Monday, March 30, 2020

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

Friday, March 27, 2020

In an unprecedented move, both the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board recently took sweeping steps to delay tax filing and payment deadlines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the most important decisions facing Californians this November is whether to make any changes to Proposition 13.

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

Thursday, March 26, 2020

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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

Monday, March 23, 2020

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

Friday, March 20, 2020

Notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic, we must all focus on how we can heal our state and nation in new and creative ways after too many years of social disharmony and disunity. By Drew Liebert
Newsom must accept that the state's economy will decline, cutting into the revenues he needs to expand health care and early childhood education, attack homelessness and thus address the state's yawning income disparities. By Dan Walters

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

State and local leaders and solid waste companies should join the Bye Bye Mattress program to expand free mattress recycling to businesses and residents. By Mike O'Donnell

Thursday, March 19, 2020

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Money misconceptions can be so dangerous. By Ryan Onishi

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

Monday, March 16, 2020

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

Friday, March 13, 2020

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

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

Thursday, March 12, 2020

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

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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

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

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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

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

Monday, March 9, 2020

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

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

Friday, March 6, 2020

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

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

Thursday, March 5, 2020

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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

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

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Sales of zero-emission vehicles are weak and transit ridership is actually declining despite big and very expensive expansions of service. By Dan Walters

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

At this stage of the coronavirus situation in the U.S., get prepared, become informed, and communicate clearly and often. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

Monday, March 2, 2020

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

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

Friday, February 28, 2020

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

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

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

Thursday, February 27, 2020

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

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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

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

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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

Monday, February 24, 2020

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

Friday, February 21, 2020

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

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

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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

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

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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

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

Monday, February 17, 2020

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

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

Friday, February 14, 2020

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

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

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

Thursday, February 13, 2020

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

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 10, 2020

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

Friday, February 7, 2020

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

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

Thursday, February 6, 2020

We need to utilize all existing supply strategies including increased conservation, reuse, and both brackish water and seawater desalination into the mix. By Wendy Ridderbusch

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

Allowing high school students to take college-level courses while still in high school is good for students, good for high schools, and good for community colleges, which are the primary vehicle for dual enrollment. By Susana Cooper & Michal Kurlaender
Moving to zero-emission transportation will create jobs and grow California's economy. By Bill Magavern

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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

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

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Every step we can take to put more EVs on the roads offers potential benefits to all Californians. We can cut emissions, combat climate change, and clean up our air. By F. Noel Perry & David Roland-Holst

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

Last week, Newsom referred to California as "the richest and poorest state," and the gap is widening. By Dan Walters

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

Monday, February 3, 2020

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

Friday, January 31, 2020

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

Thursday, January 30, 2020

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

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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

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

Monday, January 27, 2020

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

Friday, January 24, 2020

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

Thursday, January 23, 2020

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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

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

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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

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

Friday, January 17, 2020

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

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

Thursday, January 16, 2020

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

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

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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

Monday, January 13, 2020

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

Friday, January 10, 2020

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

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

Thursday, January 9, 2020

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

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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

Monday, January 6, 2020

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

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

Friday, January 3, 2020

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

Thursday, January 2, 2020

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

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Reuse reduces the need to divert water from streams already stressed by rising temperatures and shrinking snowpack and can curb ocean pollution associated with sewage outfalls. By Heather Cooley

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

Every Narcan prescription represents another chance to improve someone's health, prevent an unnecessary death and ultimately provide hope. By Gilmore Chung

Monday, December 30, 2019

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

Democratic presidential candidates need to tell Californians where they stand on political reforms including gerrymandering, HR1, and vote by mail. By Kathay Feng
Since 1990, the people of San Jerardo have drilled one well after another, only to see each closed as a result of agricultural contamination including nitrates and pesticides. By Horacio Amezquita

Friday, December 27, 2019

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

Thursday, December 26, 2019

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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

Monday, December 23, 2019

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

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

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

Friday, December 20, 2019

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

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

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

Thursday, December 19, 2019

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

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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

There are a lot of complexities with Social Security, so if this feels overwhelming, know you are not alone. By Ryan Onishi
With climate change contributing to worsening wildfires, we must stay the course and continue to support a clean energy sector as part of the solution. By Jan Smutny-Jones
Establishing a budget and sticking to it will prevent you from having a financial holiday hangover that can persist well into the New Year. By Isai Amaya

Monday, December 16, 2019

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

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

Friday, December 13, 2019

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

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

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

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The barriers to clinical trial access are numerous and include socioeconomic and structural factors. By Laura Holmes Haddad

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

An entire generation of youth has been exposed to the dangers of a lifetime of nicotine addiction by Juul’s actions. As California is home to Juul, we have a special obligation to take the lead in ending this epidemic. By John Maa

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Most brand reputation stumbles become a full-blown crisis when left unaddressed for too long. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

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

The scandal fueled a 1990 ballot measure imposing term limits on legislators, leading to a rapid turnover of membership that allowed an influx of women and non-white lawmakers. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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

Monday, December 9, 2019

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

Friday, December 6, 2019

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

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

Thursday, December 5, 2019

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
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

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

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
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

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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

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

Monday, November 25, 2019

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

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

Friday, November 22, 2019

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

Thursday, November 21, 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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
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

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
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
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

Friday, November 8, 2019

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

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

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

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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

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

Monday, October 28, 2019

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

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

Friday, October 25, 2019

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

Thursday, October 24, 2019

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

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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

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

Monday, October 21, 2019

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

Friday, October 18, 2019

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

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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

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

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

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 4, 2019

So what does unionizing workers accomplish other than increasing union membership and dues, some of which would be diverted into the campaign treasuries of politicians such as Newsom? By Dan Walters
Whether run by a government or a corporation, whether targeting immigrants or citizens, mass incarceration inflicts pain on communities of color. By Grisel Ruiz
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
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

Thursday, October 3, 2019

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

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

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

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
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
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

Monday, September 23, 2019

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

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

Friday, September 20, 2019

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

Thursday, September 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 12, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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

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

Monday, September 9, 2019

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

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

Friday, September 6, 2019

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

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

Thursday, September 5, 2019

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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

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

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

Monday, August 19, 2019

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

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

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

Friday, August 16, 2019

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

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

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

Thursday, August 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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

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

Monday, August 5, 2019

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 2, 2019

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

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

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

Thursday, August 1, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

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

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

Monday, July 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

Friday, July 26, 2019

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

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

Thursday, July 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The current U.S. economic expansion recently enjoyed its ten-year anniversary. This means that for the past decade the economy, as measured by the nation's gross domestic product has been consistently growing without a measurable pull-back, or recession. By Ryan Onishi

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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

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

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

Monday, July 8, 2019

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

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

Friday, July 5, 2019

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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

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

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

Monday, July 1, 2019

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 28, 2019

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

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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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

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

Monday, June 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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

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

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

Monday, June 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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

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

Monday, June 10, 2019

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

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

Thursday, June 6, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 3, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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

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

Friday, May 24, 2019

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

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

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

Thursday, May 23, 2019

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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

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

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

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 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

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

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

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

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

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

Monday, May 6, 2019

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

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

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

Friday, May 3, 2019

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

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

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

Thursday, May 2, 2019

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Resilient Homes Initiative would authorize the California Earthquake Authority to invest $75 million a year in retrofitting vulnerable homes. By Fiona Ma

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 26, 2019

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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

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

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

Monday, April 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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
California needs a more robust, better-integrated water grid. By Ellen Hanak

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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

Monday, April 8, 2019

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

Friday, April 5, 2019

Even Texas, where homeowners associations are credited with bringing order to cities that lack proper zoning laws, has its share of dustups. By Paul Sullivan
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
E-cigarettes and flavored smokeless tobacco are far less harmful than cigarettes and play an important role in smoking cessation. By Naomi Lopez Bauman

Thursday, April 4, 2019

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

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

if charters lose, so will their kids -- particularly poor kids -- who are just cannon fodder in California's education wars. By Dan Walters
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

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

With tax filing season upon us, now is the time to analyze your tax bill. By Ryan Onishi
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
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

Monday, April 1, 2019

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
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

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