Chris Bray on the AB 1955 Floor Debate

Chris Bray on the AB 1955 Floor Debate

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean.” What’s happening in California isn’t politics in any conventional sense. No debate is underway, and no policy choices are being hashed out. We’re in the land beyond. In Our Democracy™, declarations are made, and...

By Chris Bray

Business Unfriendly: The Regulatory Burden Crushing California Enterprises

Business Unfriendly: The Regulatory Burden Crushing California Enterprises

Last month, Rubio’s Coastal grill announced the permanent shutdown of 48 of their California locations. Ralph Rubio opened his first restaurant in 1983 in San Diego with a loan from his dad. After years of effort, Rubio’s expanded to approximately 200 locations throughout several states. Traditionally, this anecdote would  serve as an example of the...

By Timothy Belev, Sheridan Swanson

California’s Water Economy: An Overview

California’s Water Economy: An Overview

If energy powers civilization, water gives it life. One of the biggest challenges of our time is to develop the means to deliver both of these essentials in abundance, while also keeping them affordable and ecologically sustainable. We believe this is possible with common sense solutions that balance the needs of people with the needs...

By Edward Ring

Most OC Cities Financially Stable, While One Seeks Sales Tax Increase

Most OC Cities Financially Stable, While One Seeks Sales Tax Increase

Of Orange County’s 34 cities in Southern California, the six with the strongest balance sheets maintained their positions in the annual fiscal rankings for the year ending June 30, 2023. However, the other 28 cities were a little more interesting. Overall, it was still a good year, with only one out of five seeing their...

By John Moorlach

California employers pay the price for state negligence

California employers pay the price for state negligence

As a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner, one consistent piece of advice I would give to my clients was never to cosign on a loan. When doing so, you agree to be responsible for the debt should the original borrower miss a payment or stop paying altogether. It’s awkward. And I’ve seen sincere...

By John Moorlach

California’s Energy Economy: Challenges and Opportunities

California’s Energy Economy: Challenges and Opportunities

Last week’s Energy Overview (WC #48) provided links to a few of the most useful and authoritative references available on energy use globally and in California: the Statistical Review of World Energy, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory’s Energy Flow Charts, fuel inputs to California from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and reports on California energy use with...

By Edward Ring

The Day Democracy Died in California

The Day Democracy Died in California

On June 20, the California Supreme Court ruled that the Taxpayer Protection Act, a ballot initiative that would have given voters veto power over new taxes, was a violation of the state constitution. The initiative, for which proponents had already gathered nearly 1.5 million signatures to qualify it for the ballot, was a desperate attempt by taxpayers...

By Edward Ring

Gavin Newsom’s Misstatement of the State

Gavin Newsom’s Misstatement of the State

The governor’s State of the State address — or rather, his pre-recorded speech spliced throughout with a campaign-style video montage — was filled with fact-spitting errors. Let’s consider just a few: HOMELESSNESS: “No state has done as much as California in addressing the pernicious problem of homelessness that too many politicians have ignored for too long.” During his...

By Will Swaim

Newsom: Conservatives are just like Hitler

Newsom: Conservatives are just like Hitler

Everyone knows the ancient joke about the two exhausted kids walking through a sun-blasted and waterless land. Sunburned and still miles from their destination, they come upon an immense pile of animal manure blocking their path. The boys stop for a moment to consider the obstacle mounded before them – feculent, still (in my telling)...

By Will Swaim

California’s Energy Economy: An Overview

California’s Energy Economy: An Overview

As we complete our first full year of offering information on California’s energy and water policies, it seems appropriate to accept the following challenge: Identify just 20 links to sources that contain the most useful and revealing quantitative facts about energy and water in California, with a brief explanation accompanying each link. To accomplish this, over the...

By Edward Ring

California Supreme Court removes taxpayer-protection measure from November ballot

California Supreme Court removes taxpayer-protection measure from November ballot

There’s much to be ticked off about following the state Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to remove a taxpayer-protection measure from the November ballot. There’s also a solution, one that’s available to every Californian over the age of 17 years and 364 days: Think like the Apple ad campaign and Vote Different. That opportunity will come in November....

By Will Swaim

Salmon Restoration Must Address Bass Predators

Salmon Restoration Must Address Bass Predators

As reported in the Fresno Bee earlier this week, “More than 20,000 San Joaquin Valley residents could be left high and dry, literally, by Sacramento politicians intent on using $17.5 million that had paid for water trucked to their homes to help fill California’s gaping two-year $56 billion deficit.” To begin with, there shouldn’t be a...

By Edward Ring

Judge orders union to halt UC campus strikes

Judge orders union to halt UC campus strikes

As the sun set last Friday, sanity returned briefly to California when a judge told University of California employees to end a strike aimed at disrupting the last few weeks of the school year. In ordering members of United Auto Workers Local 4811 back to work, Orange County Superior Court Judge Randall Sherman sided with...

By Will Swaim

HOAs Set Aside Funds for Major Repairs—School Districts Should, Too

HOAs Set Aside Funds for Major Repairs—School Districts Should, Too

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) in Orange County, Calif., is considering issuing another voter-approved bond to pursue building improvements. The title of “Classroom Safety/Repair Measure” is being used in the initial phase of this exercise. And the Facilities Master Plan (FMP) is on the district’s website and invites visitors to take a prioritization survey. But...

By John Moorlach