California’s Homeless Housing Scam

California’s Homeless Housing Scam

Progressive politicians have created the homeless crisis. Their policies have made housing unaffordable, driven away decent job opportunities, and encouraged vagrancy and drug addiction. Their solution – to build taxpayer subsidized housing, provided free and with no conditions to any homeless person – is a special interest scam, guaranteed to never solve the problem. Nowhere...

By Edward Ring

OC Board of Education Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction to End Governor Newsom’s State of Emergency

OC Board of Education Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction to End Governor Newsom’s State of Emergency

Yesterday, the Orange County Board of Education, along with Children’s Health Defense, filed a motion for preliminary injunction against Governor Newsom, requesting that the court “order the Governor to terminate the COVID-19 state of emergency.” The document noted Gavin Newsom’s attendance at the NFC Championship game at Sofi Stadium, where during some parts of the...

By California Policy Center

California’s Excessive Occupational Licensing Requirements Hurt Workers and the Economy

California’s Excessive Occupational Licensing Requirements Hurt Workers and the Economy

Amid a mass shortage of teachers across California, Governor Newsom accomplished something long overdue. He made it easier for qualified teaching staff to be hired. In January, Newsom signed an executive order to relax regulations that would have delayed the hiring of new substitute teachers. Executive Order N-3-22 also removes barriers to the reinstatement of...

By Edison Lee

National Review’s Radio Free California Podcast Episode 209: High-Powered Hypocrisy

National Review’s Radio Free California Podcast Episode 209: High-Powered Hypocrisy

Governor Gavin Newsom unmasked at the NFL Championship. Former California AG Xavier Becerra will take the fall for Biden’s ham-fisted Covid response. Why the state takeover of California health care died a quiet death in the Assembly. Sacramento moves ahead on a plan to manage the fast-food biz. The relationship between postmodern philosophy, identity politics,...

By Will Swaim

A Tale of Two Bad Bills

A Tale of Two Bad Bills

California’s powerful unions had the state Assembly in its usual vise grip Monday as a legislative deadline loomed that made it do-or-die for some bills. All eyes were on AB1400, the bill that would put the state government in charge of healthcare for every Californian. But Monday afternoon, the legislation’s sponsor, Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose),...

By California Policy Center

How California’s Unions Can Help ALL Workers

How California’s Unions Can Help ALL Workers

This article was originally featured in the California Globe. Last month on January 5, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez resigned from the legislature to join the California Labor Federation. Gonzalez is likely to succeed the current Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski when he retires this summer. What will this mean for the labor movement in California? Gonzalez has earned a controversial reputation...

By Edward Ring

Homeschooling: What the Research Shows

Homeschooling: What the Research Shows

There are a lot of reasons for public school parents to be disappointed in their schools. The lack of an in-person option last school year, strict COVID mandates, and more have caused a growing number of parents to consider alternatives to public school education. Whatever the reason, more and more parents are considering homeschooling their...

By Brandon Ristoff

National Review’s Radio Free California Podcast Episode 208: Intel Outside

National Review’s Radio Free California Podcast Episode 208: Intel Outside

California-based Intel’s back-and-forth on China’s human-rights issues is largely overshadowed by its decision to build in Ohio what may be the world’s largest chip manufacturing facility. Kamala Harris gets the all-important lead-pipe portfolio, even as Joe Biden assures America that she’ll be his 2024 running mate. Never mind the parents, state senator Scott Wiener wants...

By Will Swaim

Newsletter January 21- Newsom Takes on DeSantis and Buttigieg

Newsletter January 21- Newsom Takes on DeSantis and Buttigieg

Governor Gavin Newsom took on Florida governor Ron DeSantis last week, boasting that two-years into the pandemic, California is better off than Florida. If he’s testing the waters for a head-to-head against DeSantis in the 2024 presidential race, his strategy of comparing the two states is a bust. For starters, the American people have already begun...

By California Policy Center

National Review’s Radio Free California Podcast Episode 207: The Great Train Robberies

National Review’s Radio Free California Podcast Episode 207: The Great Train Robberies

Biden transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg visits SoCal ports, decries infrastructure “disinvestment,” and leaves town as news breaks that gangs are ransacking rail shipments in Los Angeles. Gavin Newsom and Ron DeSantis fire cross-continent warning shots in the runup to 2024. The California Exodus is so intense that it broke U-Haul. California columnist Joe Mathews’s modest...

By Will Swaim

California’s public school establishment to parents: We know best, so step aside

California’s public school establishment to parents: We know best, so step aside

California parents are at last in on the joke. They’re seeing (perhaps for the first time) that our public schools are failing our children – practicing invasive therapy as if that’s teaching, carrying out political indoctrination as if that’s education, insisting on vaccine mandates and masking for a population that’s hardly at risk (see the California...

By California Policy Center

California is Rolling in Education Money

California is Rolling in Education Money

The governor of CA is about to go on a taxpayer-funded spending spree. Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his education spending plan, which comes to $119 billion including local, state and federal sources. This would raise per-pupil spending to $20,855, and make California one of the highest spending states in the country. (That...

By Larry Sand

Analysis: Data Shows LA and SF Are Hurting Their Restaurants Through COVID Restrictions

Analysis: Data Shows LA and SF Are Hurting Their Restaurants Through COVID Restrictions

Over the past few months, Los Angeles and San Francisco have continued to make it hard for restaurants to return back to normal in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Both cities brought back mask mandates only a couple of months after California “reopened” last June. They also instituted rules requiring certain businesses, including...

By Brandon Ristoff

National Review’s Radio Free California Podcast Episode 206: California Lawmakers Propose State Takeover of Health Care

National Review’s Radio Free California Podcast Episode 206: California Lawmakers Propose State Takeover of Health Care

Assembly Bill 1400 would double California taxes and transform doctors into virtual state employees. Gavin Newsom’s new budget aims to signal his “global leadership” on global-climate issues but reveals instead his documented failures to achieve more modest goals at home. The remarkable, 21-year run of California’s standout auditor ends with a crucial fight over her...

By Will Swaim