Friday, March 22, 2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Thursday, March 21, 2019

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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

Monday, March 18, 2019

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

Friday, March 15, 2019

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

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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

Monday, March 11, 2019

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

Friday, March 8, 2019

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

Thursday, March 7, 2019

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

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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

Monday, March 4, 2019

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

Friday, March 1, 2019

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

Thursday, February 28, 2019

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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

Monday, February 25, 2019

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

Friday, February 22, 2019

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

Thursday, February 21, 2019

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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

Friday, February 15, 2019

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

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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

Monday, February 11, 2019

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

Friday, February 8, 2019

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

Thursday, February 7, 2019

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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

Monday, February 4, 2019

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

Friday, February 1, 2019

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

Thursday, January 31, 2019

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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

Monday, January 28, 2019

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

Saturday, January 26, 2019

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

Friday, January 25, 2019

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

Thursday, January 24, 2019

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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

Monday, January 21, 2019

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

Friday, January 18, 2019

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

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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

Monday, January 14, 2019

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

Friday, January 11, 2019

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

Thursday, January 10, 2019

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

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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

Monday, January 7, 2019

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

Friday, January 4, 2019

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

Thursday, January 3, 2019

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

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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

Monday, December 31, 2018

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

Friday, December 28, 2018

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

Thursday, December 27, 2018

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

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

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

Monday, December 24, 2018

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

Friday, December 21, 2018

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

Thursday, December 20, 2018

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

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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

Monday, December 17, 2018

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

Sunday, December 16, 2018

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

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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

Friday, December 14, 2018

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

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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

Monday, December 10, 2018

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

Sunday, December 9, 2018

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

Saturday, December 8, 2018

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

Friday, December 7, 2018

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

Thursday, December 6, 2018

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

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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

Monday, December 3, 2018

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

Friday, November 30, 2018

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

Thursday, November 29, 2018

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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

Monday, November 26, 2018

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

Saturday, November 24, 2018

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

Friday, November 23, 2018

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

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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

Monday, November 19, 2018

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

Friday, November 16, 2018

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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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

Monday, November 12, 2018

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

Friday, November 9, 2018

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

Thursday, November 8, 2018

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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

Monday, November 5, 2018

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

Saturday, November 3, 2018

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

Friday, November 2, 2018

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

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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

Monday, October 29, 2018

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

Friday, October 26, 2018

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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

Monday, October 22, 2018

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

Sunday, October 21, 2018

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

Saturday, October 20, 2018

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

Friday, October 19, 2018

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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

Monday, October 15, 2018

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

Saturday, October 13, 2018

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

Friday, October 12, 2018

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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

Monday, October 8, 2018

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

Friday, October 5, 2018

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

Thursday, October 4, 2018

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

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

Monday, October 1, 2018

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

Saturday, September 29, 2018

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

Friday, September 28, 2018

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

Thursday, September 27, 2018

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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

Monday, September 24, 2018

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

Friday, September 21, 2018

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

Thursday, September 20, 2018

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

Several bills would expand the scope of who can be liable for harassment claims and makes it easier for employees to bring these claims. By David E. Amaya & Megan E. Walker
Making it easier for adolescents to learn and making it easier for those who seek four-year degrees to get them should be embraced by everyone. By Dan Walters
California is facing the greatest affordable housing crisis the state has ever experienced. Our largest cities are dominated by renters. By Alison Regan

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The 3rd District Court of Appeal recently ruled that the public trust doctrine can apply to groundwater extraction, but the court left some questions unanswered. By Jeremy Talcott
Public pensions are an important tool for recruiting public servants including teachers, police, firefighters, scientists and park rangers. By Dave Low
A new NAFTA that marginalizes Canada would be a major missed opportunity to modernize the nearly 25-year-old trade deal. By Paola Avila

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

If you want to really move your company from A to Z, you have to shift your culture. By Anne Benge
While Feinstein was characteristically polite in her questioning of Kavanaugh, Harris was contemptuously adversarial, hectoring Kavanaugh on every conceivable hot-button issue. By Dan Walters
If you are one of the many Americans supplementing your paycheck by running a small business, here are some tips to help you profitably manage your side gig. By Ryan Onishi

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Caltrans contract workers were seen along Highway 78 stopping traffic and handing out flyers opposing Proposition 6. By Kerry Jackson
The nearly $8.9 billion bond was crafted behind-the-scenes, contains critical elements that could directly harm the environment and turns important water policies on their head. By Eric Parfrey
California needs a clean, safe and reliable water supply to meet its needs as the population grows and the climate changes. By Jerry Meral

Monday, September 10, 2018

While they didn't get everything they wanted from the Legislature, unions -- particularly those representing state and local government workers -- won far more skirmishes than they lost. By Dan Walters
Uncertainty can arise on residential and commercial projects where public assistance has arguably been received through direct or indirect subsidies. By Garret Murai
Prop. 10, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, does not create one unit of affordable housing. Or any housing for that matter. By Christian Davis

Sunday, September 9, 2018

The California Supreme Court heldthat a referendum challenging a zoning ordinance amendment seeking to make the ordinance consistent with the general plan is valid, even when the referendum would result in the zoning being inconsistent with the general plan. By Stephen P. Graham

Saturday, September 8, 2018

While Capitol politicians have eagerly granted special CEQA treatment to wealthy sports team owners, they've been unwilling to undertake a broader CEQA reform for more vital projects. Dan Walters

Friday, September 7, 2018

California's record-breaking wildfires in 2018 raise not only climate change and forest management issues, but also spotlight yet another demand on the state's limited water resources. By Meredith E. Nikkel
Assume you're always being recorded, or you'll learn you are your own worst enemy - which isn't funny at all. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
The state superintendent of public instruction oversees a system that spends about $90 billion in local, state and federal funds each year to educate 6 million children and adolescents. By Dan Walters

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The new 20 percent tax break for pass-through entities was one of the most significant changes introduced in the tax overhaul enacted at the end of last year. By Phil Jelsma
If Proposition 6 passes, our roads will continue to deteriorate and the safety of our bridges and roads will only get worse. By Skip Carter

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The same measures that wiped out "affordable" home building are having the same impact on our most important market segment. By Mick Pattinson
California has a cost-of-living problem and the recently imposed gas and car tax hikes will only make it worse. By Carl DeMaio

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Last year, the state Supreme Court implied in a Southern California marijuana case that if special purpose tax measures are placed on the ballot by initiative petition, rather than by the local governments themselves, the two-thirds vote threshold might not apply. By Dan Walters
Central to being a smart city is widespread availability of next generation gigabit speeds. By Sam Attishi

Monday, September 3, 2018

We must refocus on building a future that includes access to good jobs, affordable health care, retirement security for all, racial and gender equality and living wages. By Art Pulaski

Saturday, September 1, 2018

A clean-energy policy has a different set of concerns than the issue of safety from wildfires. By Michael Picker

Friday, August 31, 2018

If there's an American holiday, it's Labor Day. Is there any other nation where being rewarded for your hard work is held in higher esteem? By Walter Fritz
California's Democrat-dominated state government and the Republican-dominated federal government are engaged in so many conflicts that one needs a scorecard to keep track. By Dan Walters

Thursday, August 30, 2018

What's particularly frustrating is that while we have been talking about gender inequity in the workplace for many years now, progress has been slow, and much work remains to be done. By Kellie McElhaney
The new gubernatorial administration should prioritize water and build on progress made by the current administration. By Wade Crowfoot

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Getting something done in San Diego is becoming impossible. By Mick Pattinson
It's possible that what happens to Hunter and the 50th CD could be decisive in determining which party controls the House. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Our aim is to move forward on new initiatives and to help our public housing residents have a vision of themselves living a life full of many possibilities outside of public housing and realizing their God-given potential. By Ben Carson
Mainstream economists are discussing questions like whether "monopsony" — the outsize power of a few consolidated employers — is part of the problem of low wage growth. By Neil Irwin

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Borrowers of the Future have many qualities, but patience is not one of them in a tap-to-order world. By Christina Boyle
For decades, state lawmakers had dodged the public by secretly drafting important bills and then quickly jamming them through both legislative houses. By Dan Walters

Saturday, August 25, 2018

As personal banking goes digital, safe-deposit boxes may seem a relic from the analog age. Yet some people still want the security of storage away from home for valuables. By Ann Carrns

Friday, August 24, 2018

They include a warning that chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive toxicity, most notably Acrylamide, are present in coffee, baked goods and other foods and beverages. By Collin Waring
The scope of criminal law changes during Brown's second governorship is stunning but it may be years before we know whether they were the right thing to do, or made Californians more vulnerable to crime. By Dan Walters

Thursday, August 23, 2018

A sustained increase in California highway, street, bridge and transit investment will reduce costs for users of the transportation system, provide broad economic benefits to communities across the state and improve the quality of infrastructure. By Alison Premo Black & Lital Shair Nada

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A light-touch approach to regulation allowed the internet to develop so quickly and so successfully. By Ajit Pai
Despite its political dominance of California -- or perhaps because of it -- the Democratic party is fragmenting into sub-factions and additional evidence that money is, indeed, the mother's milk of political power. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Last week, the San Diego Union Tribune published a column arguing that San Diego could no longer provide housing for everyone who wants to live here. By Mick Pattinson

Monday, August 20, 2018

aggregate wage growth continues to be held down by the entry of new and returning workers to full-time employment, who generally earn less than workers who are leaving full-time employment. By Mary C. Daly
Pieces of the pending trailer bills have nothing to do with the budget and continue a distortion that becomes more egregious every year. Dan Walters

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The scope of the decision seems broad with respect to surrendering property and a debtor continuing to live in the home. By Jeff Curl

Friday, August 17, 2018

Being surprised by a crisis most often happens due to the failure to conduct a candid situational analysis to determine your threat potential, and planning your responses accordingly. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
Information on how well millions of mostly young Californians are being educated is at best scattered among several non-integrated data systems and at worst not available anywhere. By Dan Walters

Thursday, August 16, 2018

As a relationship grows, working toward goals together may become more of a financial priority. By Ryan Onishi
Ultimately, any U.S. person owning 10 percent or more of the stock in any foreign corporation, which meets the definition of a controlled foreign corporation, needs to consider the impact of the new transition tax. By Phil Jelsma

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Done right, MaaS has the potential to disrupt inequity and help us move away from the one-car-per-adult paradigm that is the basis of our transportation problems. By Clarrissa Cabansagan
The Sacramento Bee revived an old story about the DMV's maintaining a "secret office" near the Capitol that allows politicians and their staffers to avoid long waits for service. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

How do we ensure big data and artificial intelligence improves our internal operational processes? By Loretta Ibanez
Space X is yet another reminder that if you are performing construction work in California (with a value of $500 or more) you are required to hold valid contractor's license. By Garret Murai

Monday, August 13, 2018

The question is no longer "can we afford to build this project?" but, "can we afford not to build this project?" By Brian P. Kelly
President Donald Trump’s legal problems grow on a daily basis, and the federal district court in Maryland just added to the list in late July. By John Minan

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Trump and others in his presidential administration delight in doing and saying things that elicit Pavlovian expressions of outrage on the left coast of the continent. By Dan Walters

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Even at companies run by prominent women - where you would think that the glass ceiling had been shattered - why is their replacement hardly ever another woman? By Andrew Ross Sorkin

Friday, August 10, 2018

It's very likely that the long delay is a tricky bit of political business by Brown, whose second governorship will end in January. By Dan Walters
Creating a welcoming, beautiful space that connects to the surrounding neighborhood is more likely to position a project for success than including every amenity imaginable. By Bree Wong

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Once a solution to filling vacancies, pop-ups are now a part of some malls' strategy to attract new and returning shoppers. By Laura Shidlovitsky
Available inventory is extremely limited, home prices are steadily rising and, mortgage rates have jumped over half a percentage point since the beginning of the year. By Sam Khater

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Whatever the reasons, while "The Browns of California" may be an okay read for its on-the-record chronology, it falls very short of the serious, nuanced analysis the subjects deserve. By Dan Walters
Job growth in the U.S. is in record territory with an active streak of 93 consecutive monthly gains. By Sylvia A. Allegretto

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

When we evaluate changes in privacy law internationally, or consider the whether and how of privacy legislation here in the United States, competition must be part of that discussion. By Noah Joshua Phillips

Monday, August 6, 2018

It would be unfair and undemocratic were officials to use taxpayers' money for self-serving political campaigns. Increasingly, however, California officials are doing exactly that. By Dan Walters
Bumbling in the same way they did months later, Homeland Security and HHS failed to implement effective systems for the eventual reunification of the children with their parents. By Martin W.G. King

Friday, August 3, 2018

The contortions of the Democratic majority on the San Diego City Council and Democratic City Attorney Mara Elliott to disenfranchise the citizens of San Diego are extraordinary. By Mick Pattinson
CEQA has expanded over the decades to become a powerful tool for waging political and legal war, often with motives that have nothing to do with protecting the natural environment. By Dan Walters

Thursday, August 2, 2018

There are times when, to bring a story to the public, sources must be protected even though in many cases the source’s identity is known to the reporter. By Rick Blum

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

But among everyone caught up in the #MeToo movement, only Les Moonves was so bold — or so reckless — as to start a civil war against his company's controlling shareholder knowing, as he must have, about multiple media investigations into his behavior. By James B. Stewart
Stricter accountability from Sacramento is needed to crack down on failing districts and compel them to replicate California's small district successes. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A critical component to providing hope and solving homelessness involves employment. By Peter Callstrom

Monday, July 30, 2018

California has a looming shortage of college-educated workers and if the gap is to be closed, community colleges must be full partners and not merely academic stepchildren. By Dan Walters
Public employee unions took a deserved beating when the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Janus vs. AFSCME ruling, and their pain will eventually trickle down to the Democratic Party. By Kerry Jackson

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Main Street Investors Coalition purports to represent the little guy and yet it is actually funded by big business interests that want to diminish the ability of pension funds to influence certain corporate governance issues. By Andrew Ross Sorkin

Friday, July 27, 2018

The industry would like to see an increase in the visa period and in the overall cap to help fill current labor gaps and stimulate employment sufficient to meet our current needs. By Walter Fritz
AB 1810 is something of a political dodge that would let Newsom and other advocates of a single-payer system sidestep the rapid action on the issue they have said could be taken. By Dan Walters

Thursday, July 26, 2018

California has the highest poverty rate in the nation, with a 20.4 percent poverty rate, more than twice that of No. 50 Vermont. By Dan Walters
As a multi-modal transportation company, Uber believes solving this problem is core to our mission of making transportation safe, reliable, and affordable to everyone, everywhere. By Eric Allison

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Treatment providers and government officials should work together not just to stop bad actors, but to let potential patients and their loved ones know who to trust. By Michael Cartwright

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The goal of a plan is to lay out what success looks like to you, and how you can position your finances to help you get there. By Ryan Onishi
There is growing international consensus that technologies are needed to reduce the carbon footprint from the use of fossil fuels. By Shannon Angielski

Monday, July 23, 2018

Splitting California into three new states would be a logistical nightmare and makes no sense except in Draper's mind. By Dan Walters
Overall, 2018 should register growth of about 2.8 percent, followed by gradual slowing towards our estimated sustainable pace of just under 2 percent by 2020. By Mark Spiegel

Friday, July 20, 2018

Achieving California's clean energy goals will require moving off of gas to cleaner resources such as energy storage that can absorb surplus solar output during the middle of the day and put it back on the grid later when it is needed. By Keith Casey
There's much more at stake than this one man's tax liability, because of fears among state officials that other high-income Californians might emulate him and change their residences to escape state taxes. By Dan Walters

Thursday, July 19, 2018

We at Twitter must make it so that everyone feels safe participating in the conversation, whether they are speaking or simply listening. By Nick Pickles

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Any efforts in rulemaking or legislation to scale back the 340B Drug Pricing Program would be detrimental to our patients. By Dr. Charles Daniels
The party's political junkie activists are so obsessed with "resistance" to Donald Trump that they are willing to discard one of the Senate's most senior and influential members. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The pending release of regulations has culminated in a collective sigh of relief, peppered with a fair bit of trepidation, as the underpinnings of both statutory and regulatory rules evolve into a tangible foundation. By Christopher Coggan
This does not include the potential impact of taxes on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that the Trump administration enumerated last week; the earliest those could go into effect would be September. By Quoctrung Bui & Neil Irwin

Monday, July 16, 2018

There can be no work-life balance in any meaningful sense if you are unable to mentally detach from work, even when you are not at the office or checking email remotely. By Aaron B. Sokoloff
The total vote for Democratic and Republican 12th district candidates in June was a virtual tie, indicating a tight race in November to determine whether the Democratic supermajority in the Senate returns. By Dan Walters

Friday, July 13, 2018

The project to join the northern and southern halves of the state with a high-speed train system has all the earmarks of a boondoggle. By Dan Walters
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club General Manager Kevin Hwang put the blame for the facility’s recent closure squarely where it belongs – a more than 100 percent increase in water costs over the past 10 years. By Mick Pattinson

Thursday, July 12, 2018

It's time to do what's right for patients and get drug prices down, even though every incentive in the system is toward higher list prices. By Alex M. Azar II
Though the bid failed, it helped catalyze dramatic development throughout New York - including along Brooklyn's East River waterfront and midtown Manhattan's far west side. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

While cooperation among brokers generally benefits home buyers and sellers, a 1983 FTC report identified two side effects of that cooperation: a lack of price competition and a mechanism for withholding cooperation from "maverick" brokers who had a different way of doing business. By Joseph J. Simons
California's economy may be booming, but throughout the state, local governments — including school districts — are feeling the financial pinch and asking their voters to approve new taxes of one kind or another. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Lies were used to fool voters in states where marijuana "medicalization" or legalization was on the ballot and the lies continue to be foisted on the public for political power and money. By Scott Chipman
The reality is that the newly-born industry of cloud communications should argue with all its might against any effort to capture its businesses within the clutches of the FCC. By Michael O'Rielly

Monday, July 9, 2018

Any legislation that purports to protect us should be subjected to a rigorous stress test to reveal potential downsides. By Dan Walters
Today’s housing market is creating more and more hurdles for homebuyers. By Ryan Onishi

Friday, July 6, 2018

We're in the midst of the third great inflection point since the dawn of manned flight, and the beginning of the jet age. By Elaine L. Chao
Brown has raised overall spending by 50 percent in seven years for benefits that will be very difficult to reduce if recession strikes. By Dan Walters

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Unions of lower-paid clerical and support workers, to whom union dues represent substantial financial burdens, could see serious membership erosion. By Dan Walters
When allowed to operate, offshore wind development has the ability to create jobs, provide energy for U.S. consumers and advance technological innovation. By Randall Luthi

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Security companies are hoping to harness the potential of artificial intelligence to better safeguard homes. By Paul Sullivan

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The state's shift to Democratic domination is underscored by its record on presidential contests. By Dan Walters
Despite overwhelming evidence that our government is out of control we have seen no cost reductions. On the contrary, fees and regulations continue to rise. By Mick Pattinson

Monday, July 2, 2018

Neutrality is about the refusal to deny people access to a shared resource, just because we don't like the way they think.By James LaRue
This season the California Legislature is considering several bills that tackle issues related to increased variable energy resources on the California grid. By Brian Nese & Sarah Kozal

Sunday, July 1, 2018

However, three of the four Soros candidates in California, all of whom were challenging incumbent prosecutors, lost badly, failing even to gain enough votes to get into general election runoffs. By Dan Walters

Friday, June 29, 2018

Artificial intelligence is inspired by people, it's created by people, and — most importantly — it impacts people. By Fei-Fei Li

Thursday, June 28, 2018

It probably signals the current court does not favor an expansive view of antitrust jurisprudence. By Jeremy K. Robinson

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Politicians in California particularly disliked a new $10,000 limit on deductibility of state and local taxes because it would make their taxpayers, particularly the most affluent, feel the full financial effects of high state taxes. By Dan Walters
The major issue confronting policy makers is: How do we get more Americans who could and should be working, into the labor force? By Stephen Moore

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Local builders, developers and property owners have faced the fight over water for years as the opponents of growth have manipulated public policy to guarantee our water shortage. By Mick Pattinson
Researchers determined that referees were adding more than twice as much time to the game when the home team was behind by one goal compared to when it was ahead by one goal. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt

Monday, June 25, 2018

Biodiesel is diversifying our fuel supplies so that we are less dependent on global oil markets that are influenced by unstable regions of the world and global events beyond our control. By Randy Howard
Other government agencies provide notice to attorneys—why can't the VA? By Kara Mahoney & Amanda Powell

Sunday, June 24, 2018

While Democrats hold an overall 36.5 percent to 29 percent voter registration edge, in real terms San Diego County is something of a partisan tossup. By Dan Walters

Friday, June 22, 2018

R-star is a result of longer-term economic factors beyond the influence of central banks and monetary policy. By John C. Williams
State politicians are misusing trailer bills, meant to implement the state budget, to enact far-reaching policies that have virtually nothing to do with the budget, and without any of the traditional safeguards, such as waiting periods and public hearings. By Dan Walters

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Project Labor Agreements require merit shop companies to hire apprentices exclusively from union apprenticeship programs. By Dru Wells
What would happen if the biggest pension funds and university endowments were to insist that they would only invest in private equity, venture capital or hedge funds that have certain hiring practices to address the diversity gap? By Andrew Ross Sorkin

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

U.S. consumers need stronger privacy laws to give users greater rights and protections in a world of universal surveillance and connectivity. By Justin Brookman
The current crop of Capitol politicians, including Gov. Jerry Brown, is pushing another big reconfiguration of California's electric power system. By Dan Walters, CALmatters

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Even assuming that California avoids a long-overdue economic downturn, where would Newsom get the immense sums of money that he'd need to deliver his agenda? By Dan Walters
The network of trade and investment agreements the U.S. enjoys with partners in the Western Hemisphere creates frameworks for commercial relationships, provides clear rules for investors, and encourages the adherence to market-oriented policies in partner countries. By Neil Herrington

Monday, June 18, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court recently revisited the “American Pipe tolling” rule and, resolving a split among the federal circuits, said the tolling did not extend to a later filed class action. By Jeremy K. Robinson
According to Gallup, only about a third of Americans hold a positive view of the pharma industry, which makes it nearly as unpopular as the federal government. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt

Friday, June 15, 2018

Millennials' interest in wellness is dramatically impacting the building industry and rapidly growing the $3.7 trillion dollar health and wellness market. By Steven Shinn

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Helping uber-poor families cope with California's very high cost of living is one thing. Bribing Hollywood producers with taxpayer money to remain in the state is quite another. By Dan Walters
Any builder or developer who has navigated years of entitlement wars can give you examples of councils succumbing to the NIMBY "screamers" at the city council hearing. By Mick Pattinson

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The leaders of both parties openly despise top-two for the simple reason that, as this month's primary demonstrated, it reduces their ability to shape outcomes. By Dan Walters
The gig economy is powered by independent contractors, but this classification has proven troublesome as businesses attempt to properly classify these individuals. By Audrey Wood

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ABC’s response to the Roseanne crisis will be written up in crisis communications textbooks for the next decade as a shining example of the best possible way to handle a crisis. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
There is no more powerful synergy than an attorney and doctor assisting a low-income U.S. military veteran patient, save for when a social worker is involved. By Antoinette Balta

Monday, June 11, 2018

Designed to aid areas that have not recovered from the Great Recession, the program provides a powerful incentive for developers to invest in -- and ideally bolster -- economically distressed communities. By Phil Jelsma

Friday, June 8, 2018

For decades, business and professional trade organizations and their insurers battled incessantly with personal injury lawyers over rules governing who could sue whom and collect damages with untold billions of dollars at stake. By Dan Walters
Millennials stand to both benefit and shoulder the burden from this economy more than other generation. By Steven Olikara

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The motorists emptying their wallets to pay these taxes deserve to know where lawmakers are funneling their money. But that's not clear. By Kerry Jackson
He is frequently mentioned as a potential candidate for the Democratic Party and has become increasingly vocal on political issues. By Andrew Ross Sorkin

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Californians quickly learned that Jerry Brown 2.0 had changed his mind about public works – even lamenting publicly about the state’s inability to think and act big. By Dan Walters
Automated vehicle technology will significantly impact how insurers protect policyholders from financial loss and risk. By Ryan Gammelgard

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

California is vulnerable to a catastrophic disaster within the lifetimes of most residents. No community is fully immune. By Ryan Arba
While the tariffs raise many issues, one that will assuredly be on the mind of most contractors is who is ultimately responsible to pay for the increased costs and absorb the resulting impacts on existing projects. By Nathan Cohen & Alex Baghdassarian

Monday, June 4, 2018

Particularly for oil, our energy security depends on a global market with prices set based on global market conditions. By Samantha Gross

Friday, June 1, 2018

Taxpayers have a right to know how many of their tax dollars are used to finance official time and what union activities federal employees undertake instead of the job they were hired to do. By Trey Kovaks
SB 1 is not only an important issue unto itself but is intertwined with larger conflicts, including the nationwide jousting over control of Congress. By Dan Walters

Thursday, May 31, 2018

If wholesale opposition to President Donald Trump is one litmus test for progressive Democrats, another — as the governor's race in California is proving — is health care. By Patricia Cohen & Reed Abelson
Black people are policed both literally and figuratively when they transgress white spaces, spaces that white people feel are reserved for them. By Angela Hattery and Earl Smith

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Now that the Supreme Court has shored up the 10th amendment and states' rights, the question is whether the administration, even with the support of Congress, could prevent California from adopting its own emission standards. By Dan Walters
We haven't seen this before because political wisdom holds that housing is not a vote catcher; that the NIMBY opponents of housing outweigh those of us who vote for housing opportunities and look for solutions to this crisis. By Mick Pattinson

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Apprenticeship programs are getting a fresh look as a cost-effective way to provide job training and prepare workers for a skilled career. By Dru Wells
Thanks to California's "top two" primary system, the June 5 election could effectively decide who will be the state's next governor. By Dan Walters

Monday, May 28, 2018

If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung. By James Garfield

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The failure to effectively communicate is often at the center of malpractice or disciplinary complaints. By David M. Majchrzak & Heather L. Rosin

Friday, May 25, 2018

By its own numbers, the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is scarcely two-thirds "funded." By Dan Walters
Earlier this month the California Energy Commission adopted new building standards that will require new construction projects to include smart residential solar photovoltaic systems. By Brian J. Nese & Sarah E. Kozal

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The state high court found that the good faith withholding exception only applies if there is a "good faith" dispute as to a specific pay application. By Garret Murai
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Epic Systems is a clear grand slam for large employers and a tough loss for employees. By Jeremy Robinson

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The state's prison population has declined sharply to a current 129,000, thanks to federal court orders attacking prison overcrowding, more lenient attitudes on parole and probation, diversion of some low-level felons into county jails, and ballot measures that reduced penalties. By Dan Walters
As part of its commitment to improving city services, the city is incorporating emerging technologies into its infrastructure to better manage its operations. By Harjott Atrii and Jonathan Behnke

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The new way to make it in business is to spend big, grow fast and use Kilimanjaro-size piles of investor cash to subsidize your losses, with a plan to become profitable somewhere down the road. By Kevin Roose
According to our political masters in Sacramento the answer to that question is yes. By Mick Pattinson

Monday, May 21, 2018

President Trump's tweet two Sundays ago that China's leading telecommunications manufacturer ZTE may indeed not be shut off from U.S. exports portends well for an eventual end to the looming trade war between the two biggest economies in the world. By James Cooper
As Californians open their June 5 voting packets this month, they may be a little shocked by the sheer number of candidates for the state's highest offices -- 32 for U.S. senator and 27 for governor. By Dan Walters

Friday, May 18, 2018

Independent songwriters are small business people who rely on the clear and effective enforcement of U.S. law in order to succeed. By Rick Carnes
Gov. Brown is strangely unwilling to even try to save the state budget from the existential threat posed by an insanely unbalanced tax system, even though he acknowledges the fiscal peril. By Dan Walters

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Don't speculate about implications or veer into passing judgment on management. By Rob Walker
Researchers from UC Davis revealed that mold, bacterial and other toxic contaminants were discovered in 20 out of 20 samples of "licensed" dispensaries in Northern California. By Scott Chipman

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Employers benefit significantly by including a neuro-diverse workforce that contributes to overall productivity and an enriched social climate. By Angela Timashenka Geiger
Gov. Jerry Brown has been a cautious steward of the state's finances, but his unwillingness to seek reform of a very unbalanced tax system could become a stain on his fiscal legacy. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Gawande recently found time to chat with us about how we can improve health care and how he gets it all done each day. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt
With guidance from Doug Levy's principles and checklists, you can take steps now to prepare in advance for your crisis communication response. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

Monday, May 14, 2018

With a goal of fueling long-term private sector investment in low-income urban and rural communities, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a provision creating "Opportunity Zones." By Phil Jelsma
Nearly 300 high school seniors around the world who answered our open call this year with college application essays that touched on money, work and social class. By Ron Lieber

Friday, May 11, 2018

The population numbers are a new indication that for the first time ever, California's congressional delegation may shrink after the 2020 census. By Dan Walters
Employers spend some $590 billion a year on formal and informal training -- considerably more than two- and four-year colleges, which together spend some $407 billion a year. By Tamar Jacoby

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The bill would have encouraged the construction of homes and apartments up to five stories tall within a half- mile of transportation hubs, while also eliminating parking minimums next to bus stops. By Mick Pattinson
Aside from the legislative activity (or inactivity), there remains a heightened sensitivity to the use of eminent domain by public agencies. Is reform on the horizon? By Bradford B. Kuhn

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

McKesson Corp. supports public policy changes to discourage opioid abuse and to help those battling opioid use disorder. By John Hammergren
Consumer trends are changing, radically affecting how many billions of sales tax dollars are allocated, and the Legislature is just beginning to deal with it. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Space weather is primarily driven by solar storm phenomena that include solar flares, solar particle events, and coronal mass ejections. By Neil Jacobs

Monday, May 7, 2018

Voters often make snap judgments based on ideological predispositions and unpredictable events that unfold during campaigns, what those in politics call "x-factors." By Dan Walters
Immigration that is legal, diverse, moderate, and meritocratic leads to rapid assimilation and enhances the vitality of the host. By Victor Davis Hanson

Friday, May 4, 2018

Initiatives to raise taxes, or make them easier to raise, will appear in one election cycle, but just two years later, voters may be asked to cut taxes, or at least make increases more difficult. By Dan Walters
Civil society depends upon the availability of real, accurate news. By David Chavern

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Empowering and equipping rental assistance customers to increase their income without the negative repercussion of immediate increases in their rent payment amount fosters financial self-reliance. By Richard C. Gentry
Research suggests that economic activity isn't as uniquely human as we might imagine. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

While financial institutions represent the largest gatekeeper to the U.S. financial system, they are not the only gatekeepers. By Gary Kalman
It's highly unlikely that California can deal with its housing crisis unless it somehow overrides local authority over land use to blunt NIMBYism. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

One of the most prominent ways labor unions have sought new ways to effectuate change in the workplace has been the development of organizations known as worker centers. By Stefan Marculewicz

Monday, April 30, 2018

Unless it's resolved, California's UIF will be clobbered in the next economic downturn, once again forcing California to go begging to Uncle Sam for another bailout. By Dan Walters
Setting up a cooperative -- mistakenly perceived to be the domain of farmers and workers' collectives -- may provide a viable option for some business owners. By Phil Jelsma

Friday, April 27, 2018

Nobody appears to recognize one of the main reasons for our current under supply of new homes -- a severe shortage of builders and the billions of dollars of builder equity that has been wiped out. By Mick Pattinson
The California Legislature has a shameful history of exempting itself from the countless laws it imposes on everyone else. By Dan Walters

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Many challenges remain for women-owned businesses, but we have only begun to tap the potential of this economic powerhouse. By Stephanie Carter

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Regulators have struggled to keep up with the transformation of electronic communications from the telephone network to the internet. By Richard Bennett
CalPERS and the other systems are trying to avoid insolvency without driving their members over the fiscal cliff. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

When we look back, we will see this period as a turning point in cyber history. By Kirstjen M. Nielsen

Monday, April 23, 2018

A George Mason University economist recommends rethinking whether high school graduates and their families should be saddling themselves with enormous amounts of debt for college degrees that do not yield the perceived benefits. By Walter Fritz
Gov. Jerry Brown and a few other state politicians have been upfront in their concern about a potential exodus of the taxpaying rich to other states. By Dan Walters

Friday, April 20, 2018

Its loyalty program moves are also notable for what did not happen, namely tying the program much more closely to revenue. By Ron Lieber
Nations recognize that whoever leads in AI will have a major advantage economically, militarily and societally. By Gary Shapiro

Thursday, April 19, 2018

In my view, the IRS needs to continue working on a number of areas, including improving taxpayer service; becoming more effective and efficient in its operations; and increasing accountability throughout the agency. By David J. Kautter

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

It is incumbent upon the Department of Justice to develop a plan to enforce the federal Controlled Substance Act regarding marijuana. By Scott Chipman
The conflict between Trump and California's Democrats is especially heated over the fate of several million undocumented immigrants, many of whom have lived and worked in California for decades. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Last summer, we had the opportunity to chat with arguably the most heavily scrutinized chief executive in the United States. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt
It is clear that orderly migration, trade, and other activity at the border relies on a positive working relationship with Mexico. By Michael Breen

Monday, April 16, 2018

While parties generally understand the intent behind indemnity provisions, few understand how they are actually applied. By Garret Murai
Absent significant influence from an external factor (such as government policy) it will likely take decades before major shifts in the composition of the vehicles on the road or the fuels that power them will be achieved. By John Eichberger

Sunday, April 15, 2018

California is experiencing what educators call an “achievement gap.” By Dan Walters

Friday, April 13, 2018

Organizations and their leaders who invest time and attention in ongoing reputation management give themselves the best possible chance of surviving a crisis. By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
Democrat Newsom is so confident of placing first in June's primary -- a confidence bolstered by recent polling -- that he's decided to skip any remaining debates or joint appearances with his rivals. By Dan Walters

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Why ask donors to give money to elect Republicans to our city council and then attempt to take critical decisions away from them? By Mick Pattinson
An untold number of borrowers can fall into any number of bureaucratic traps that make them ineligible for the fix-it fund. By Ron Lieber

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

But it's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. By Mark Zuckerberg
The first thing to remember about precipitation in California is that it's unpredictable, as the past several winters have once again shown us. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

We chat with the 82-year-old Welch to chat about the early challenges he faced at GE, the firm's big bet on financial services and Donald Trump's leadership skills. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt
The state is now dominated by nags and nannies who relish forbidding pleasure, especially those of a gastronomic nature. By Kerry Jackson

Monday, April 9, 2018

Each of our initiatives is being guided by its real-world effect, not simply the blueprints and spreadsheets in a boardroom. By Ben Carson

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sacramento is no stranger to protest marches and other forms of political expression. However, the city has never experienced anything as emotionally powerful as the almost daily marches and rallies to condemn the city police shooting death of 22-year-old Stephon Clark. By Dan Walters

Friday, April 6, 2018

One of the most difficult and unexpected provisions of the newly enacted Tax Cut and Jobs Act is the three-year holding period on "carried interests," which has especially significant implications for those in the real estate industry. By Phil Jelsma

Thursday, April 5, 2018

If we remember that residential segregation results primarily from forceful and unconstitutional government policy, we can begin to consider equally forceful public action to reverse it. By Richard Rothstein

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Lawyers have done a lot of good things for baseball down the years. But, like everything else lawyers touch, there is some ill to go along with the good they have wrought. By Dan Lawton
The state averages one economic boom and one bust per decade and California's recovery from the Great Recession now has lasted well beyond historic expectations. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

when we solve problems and try to overcome obstacles, it teaches us ways of responding to stress and challenges that makes us more creative problem solvers, more collaborative problem solvers, more resilient managers in everyday life. By Jane McGonigal
If you think you're repaying your debt correctly under the many terms of the public service loan forgiveness plan, there's a decent chance you're not. By Ron Lieber

Monday, April 2, 2018

One reason why the public benefits when small businesses succeed is that they drive competition. By Ajit Pai
Increasingly, California's Democratic politicians exhibit intolerance of those who disagree with their party's orthodoxy, even to the point of infringing on their constitutional rights. By Dan Walters

Friday, March 30, 2018

After all the hearings, public input and government scrutiny, shouldn't property owners have the right to move forward with their development plans once approved by our duly elected representatives? By Mick Pattinson
Contemporary American politics have become so polarized and stalemated that anyone who tries to occupy the middle ground is targeted by one side, or both. By Dan Walters

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The original dream of social media — producing healthy discussions, unlocking new forms of creativity, connecting people to others with similar interests — shouldn't be discarded because of the failures of the current market leaders. By Kevin Roose
ABC San Diego's nine-year national winning streak is undeniable proof of the skills our apprentices develop through high quality instruction and hands-on application of what they learn. By Walter Fritz

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Programs that target specific areas of technology -- such as the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents (CBM Program) -- are detrimental to the patent system in general, and the software industry in particular. By Aaron Cooper
Over the past few years, voters in hundreds of California cities and other local governments were asked to pass tax increases, and indications are that another big batch of local tax measures will be on this year's ballots. By Dan Walters

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The response to these events was a massive undertaking and incorporated assets from local, state, federal, private sector, and even international agencies. By Mark Ghilarducci
A Q&A with Branson about leadership, his space travel obsession and (gasp!) what Virgin might look like without Branson in charge. By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt

Monday, March 26, 2018

Every bit of data tells us that California faces a potential crisis because it is failing to generate enough college-educated workers to replace retiring baby boomers and fill the demands of an increasingly sophisticated economy. By Dan Walters
Evolution doesn't mean that we throw out the past and start over with only new ideas and methodologies. By Bev Oster

Friday, March 23, 2018

The sexual harassment scandal that's enveloped the Capitol exposes an unsavory aspect of the building's culture that had been hidden for decades. By Dan Walters
Visitors to OH! San Diego will be given the opportunity for a rare, behind-the-scenes look at some of San Diego's most iconic buildings. By Susanne Friestedt

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