California’s Impossible War on Oil and Gas

California’s Impossible War on Oil and Gas

State leaders are setting an example that the world—and Golden State residents—can’t afford to follow. Determined to save the world from climate change, California has nearly shut down its oil and gas industry, though the Golden State currently gets 50 percent of its total energy from oil and another 34 percent from gas. The state’s most recent...

By Edward Ring

Legal Update: Visalia Unified School District v. Public Employment Relations Board

Legal Update: Visalia Unified School District v. Public Employment Relations Board

Last month, the California Court of Appeal issued a decision in Visalia Unified School District v. Public Employees Relations Board, impacting personnel disputes in school districts throughout California. This is a must-read for all California school district HR directors. Overview: Despite finding that a school district’s decision to fire the union chapter president was retaliatory,...

By Julie Hamill

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 and PERK cordially invite you to our Third Annual Parents, Not Partisans Summit brought to you by California Policy Center. Our theme this year: Who Controls...

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