California doesn’t own AI policy

California doesn’t own AI policy

In recent years, Californians have seen government intrusion on overdrive. From water rationing to cracking down on the “gig economy,” Sacramento has been telling us how to live our lives and run our businesses. Now, the state government has its eyes set on one of our most fundamental rights: the freedom of contract. Contracting is...

By Lance Christensen

CLEO to Partner with School Boards for Academic Excellence

CLEO to Partner with School Boards for Academic Excellence

Academic achievement is no longer a priority in many school districts around the country. Unfortunately, many school boards veer from their main mission of academic excellence and have become preoccupied with pursuing cultural issues such as gender, social justice and equity. In many districts, there is more focus on critical race theory than critical thinking. ...

By Mari Barke

Statesmen Over Politicians

Statesmen Over Politicians

A very contentious election season is upon us. To better navigate the deluge of political propaganda, here are a few thoughts about choosing the best candidates who can stand as bulwarks of freedom from those who want to selfishly rule and reign over Californians. A campaign speech can reveal much about the timber of someone...

By Lance Christensen

Don’t Miss CPC’s Upcoming Parents, Not Partisans Summit

Don’t Miss CPC’s Upcoming Parents, Not Partisans Summit

Calling all parent leaders and education reform advocates for CPC Parent Union’s 3rd Annual Parents, Not Partisans Summit in Sacramento March 12th and 13th, 2024 California Policy Center Parent Union cordially invites you to our 3rd Annual Parents, Not Partisans Summit in Sacramento. Our theme this year: Who Controls the Classroom? Teachers unions, the education...

By California Policy Center

Attorney and Child Advocate Julie Hamill Joins California Policy Center

Attorney and Child Advocate Julie Hamill Joins California Policy Center

California Policy Center (CPC) is thrilled to announce that Los Angeles attorney and child advocate Julie Hamill has joined CPC as the organization’s first full-time attorney. Hamill has come on board to build CPC’s justice center focused on dismantling government barriers to freedom and prosperity in California. “Julie is a top-notch attorney who has been...

By California Policy Center

Legal Update on Cayla J. v. State of California

Legal Update on Cayla J. v. State of California

On February 1, Public Counsel announced settlement of Cayla J. v. State of California, Alameda County Superior Court Case No. RG20084386. The LA Times explains the settlement in further detail. Nutshell California’s pandemic policies harmed children, especially minority students in low-income areas. The settlement includes a promise by State government defendants to propose legislation reallocating resources toward helping students most...

By Julie Hamill

Newsom’s education budget lacks tangible targets

Newsom’s education budget lacks tangible targets

This month, Governor Newsom released his proposed state budget for 2024-25. The $291.5 billion budget proposal sets aside $76.5 billion in state funds for K-12 education. This amount exceeds the proposed budgeted costs for transportation ($19.55 billion); corrections and rehabilitation ($18.12 billion); general government ($10.68 billion); legislative, judicial, and executive agencies ($10.72 billion); natural resources...

By Sheridan Swanson

Bonta Pushes for Parental Consent on Social Media but Not in Schools

Bonta Pushes for Parental Consent on Social Media but Not in Schools

State Senator Nancy Skinner and Assembly Member Buffy Wicks (who both represent Oakland, fyi) stood alongside Attorney General Rob Bonta on Monday to talk about the ways social media companies exploit the developing adolescent mind. Which is true. A study from a decade ago published by the German Medical Association noted that adolescent brains have...

By Will O’Neill

Several Inland Empire Cities Make Big Moves in 2020 Financial Rankings

Several Inland Empire Cities Make Big Moves in 2020 Financial Rankings

Using a simple metric, only six Inland Empire cities in California saw much movement in the fiscal rankings of its 52 cities for the year ending June 30, 2020 compared to the previous year (see “Every City in the Inland Empire Ranked According to Financial Health,” June 30, 2023). The majority stayed pretty much in...

Biden Takes a Destructive California Idea National

Biden Takes a Destructive California Idea National

The state’s laboratory of policy chaos has produced another misbegotten experiment for progressives to replicate elsewhere. Gavin Newsom doesn’t need to run for president in order to shape national policy. The Biden administration has made clear it’ll follow California off a cliff, taking Newsom’s campaign against independent contractors national with a March 2024 Department of Labor...

By Will Swaim

Despite Spending Billions on Climate-Change Initiatives, 84 Percent of California’s Energy Still Comes from Fossil Fuels

Despite Spending Billions on Climate-Change Initiatives, 84 Percent of California’s Energy Still Comes from Fossil Fuels

Here’s a reality check that ought to keep politicians up at night in California. Despite being a sunny, solar-friendly state, with ample areas blessed with high wind, California still derives 50 percent of its total energy from crude oil. Another 34 percent comes from natural gas. This fossil fuel total for California energy, 84 percent, actually...

By Edward Ring

Newsom’s Missed Opportunity on California’s Annual Budgets

Newsom’s Missed Opportunity on California’s Annual Budgets

During my business career as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner, I also served on a credit counseling nonprofit board and advised those who were deep in debt on a plan toward becoming fiscally sound again. During a good financial year, these individuals needed to dramatically reduce their existing debts. The unexpected bonus...

By John Moorlach

Want to Rule the World? Run for Local Office

Want to Rule the World? Run for Local Office

When interviewing for a legislative fellowship in Sacramento, California over two decades ago, the panel asked about my career plans. I worked through a progression I thought was essential for any aspiring politico, concluding confidently that I was eventually going to run for Congress. In my mind, that’s where all the important political action was....

By Lance Christensen