Bakersfield Sets Example for Other Cities in Holding Violent Protestor Accountable

Bakersfield Sets Example for Other Cities in Holding Violent Protestor Accountable

Bakersfield’s City Council Meeting took an unexpected turn recently when Bakersfield resident Riddhi Patel threatened the mayor and council members and was subsequently arrested. Patel attended the meeting to support the ratification of the United Liberation Front’s proposed resolution for a ceasefire in Gaza, but her remarks quickly devolved into an expletive-filled diatribe about the...

By Abby Lehnig, Christian Mayer

Higher Education Doesn’t Have to Happen on a College Campus

Higher Education Doesn’t Have to Happen on a College Campus

With my children slowly matriculating through K-12 schools, my wife and I have wrestled with the wisdom of sending them to college. We’re both college graduates, but we are concerned by the inflated costs, diminished value of degrees, and institutions surrendering to radical ideologies. Many jobs no longer require a four-year degree, and online education...

By Lance Christensen

California Lawmakers Sacrifice Education for Politics with AB 1955

California Lawmakers Sacrifice Education for Politics with AB 1955

While California faces a significant decline in educational outcomes, student enrollment, and a fiscal crisis, progressives in the state legislature are more concerned with targeting parents than improving schools. Assembly Bill 1955, introduced by Assemblyman Chris Ward (D-San Diego), aims to ban parental notification policies passed by a growing number of California school districts over...

By Andrew Davenport

CLEO Director Mari Barke Testifies before Congress

CLEO Director Mari Barke Testifies before Congress

On June 4, 2024, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing on “The Consequences of Biden’s Border Chaos for K-12 Schools.” Mari Barke, Director of CPC’s California Local Elected Officials, testified before the Subcommittee on the impact of illegal immigration on California’s K-12...

By California Policy Center

Special Book Signing Event with Author Dr. Corey DeAngelis

Special Book Signing Event with Author Dr. Corey DeAngelis

Join California Policy Center for a special book signing event with author Dr. Corey DeAngelis on Wednesday, June 5th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Orange County. DeAngelis’s new book, The Parent Revolution: Rescuing Your Kids from the Radicals Ruining Our Schools, takes readers inside the parent movement like no one else can. DeAngelis has traveled from state to state, leading one of the most effective...

By California Policy Center

AB 1955’s assault on parental rights and local school boards

AB 1955’s assault on parental rights and local school boards

Just when you think California legislators can’t thumb their noses at parents any harder, Assemblyman Christopher Ward (D-San Diego) introduced a bill this week that aims to strip control from local school boards. Ward’s AB 1955 — the Orwellian-named SAFETY Act — is an attempt to override the parental notification policies passed by a growing number of...

By California Policy Center

Three Wins for Common Sense

Three Wins for Common Sense

In a significant win for parental rights this week, the Jurupa Unified School Board agreed to pay California teacher Jessica Tapia $360,000 to settle her lawsuit for wrongful termination. The case has drawn national attention to the plight of teachers being illegally directed by California education officials to keep secrets from parents when their child...

By California Policy Center

Only Unity Can Challenge Environmentalism, Inc.

Only Unity Can Challenge Environmentalism, Inc.

The California Environmental Quality Act was passed by the state legislature in 1971. At that time, it was the first legislation of its kind in the nation, if not the world. Its original intent was to “inform government decisionmakers and the public about the potential environmental effects of proposed activities and to prevent significant, avoidable environmental damage.”...

By Edward Ring

Julie Su gets grilled in Congress with CPC report

Julie Su gets grilled in Congress with CPC report

Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su testified in front of the House Education and Workforce Committee last week and it’s worth your time to watch the grilling she received from California Congresswoman Michelle Steel. Rep. Steel began her questioning by introducing California Policy Center president Will Swaim’s recent reporting on Su, which she entered into the Congressional Record. “I...

By California Policy Center

Water Czars Ignore Solutions to Scarcity

Water Czars Ignore Solutions to Scarcity

The Delta Tunnel proposal exemplifies California’s political dysfunction. It will probably never get built, but it promises to dominate all discussions of major state and federal spending on water infrastructure for the next decade, preventing any other big ideas from getting the attention they merit. Like the bullet train and offshore wind, it is a...

By Edward Ring

The Case for Oil Drilling in California

The Case for Oil Drilling in California

The regulatory war on oil production in California is well documented. The motivations of California’s state legislature in some cases may be well intentioned, but the regulations coming down right now are designed to destroy the oil industry in the state within a few years. Investment in energy infrastructure, including extracting and refining oil, takes...

By Edward Ring

How California’s College System Lost Its Way: Revisiting the State’s Master Plan for Higher Education

How California’s College System Lost Its Way: Revisiting the State’s Master Plan for Higher Education

Once the envy of the world, California’s public college and university networks have been plagued by mission creep, confusing and diluting their ability to achieve the purpose for which they were originally designed. Incremental state legislation over the years has reduced the once independent and robust tiered system — California Community Colleges (CCC), California State...

By Peter Constant

The Potential of Waste-to-Energy in California

The Potential of Waste-to-Energy in California

When searching for new sources of renewable energy in California, harvesting the waste streams from our cities, farms, and forests is a logical option. But how much waste do these sources produce each year, and how much energy would they provide? Answering this question at a summary level, while retaining some shred of credible and...

By Edward Ring