Construction

California’s Regulatory Hostility Prevents More New Homes

California’s Regulatory Hostility Prevents More New Homes

The median home price in Los Angeles County is $618,000. In Santa Clara County it’s $1.2 million. In the entire state of California, including the somewhat more “affordable” inland counties, the median home price is $548,000. The national median home price? $227,000. There’s a reason for this. For decades, California’s state and local governments have made it harder and more expensive for any...

By Edward Ring

California’s Unaffordable “Affordable” Housing

California’s Unaffordable “Affordable” Housing

When discussing the seemingly intractable and growing problem of homeless people living in California, journalists reporting on the issue don’t spend enough time questioning the numbers, much less the policies driving the insane numbers. A recent article in the San Jose Mercury provides a perfect example. The article gets off to a good start with a provocative, and very...

By Edward Ring

The perilous state of Santa Ana schools

The perilous state of Santa Ana schools

Class conflict: Santa Ana schools are spending more and more on fewer students. (U.S. Air Force file photo) School officials in California’s sixth-largest school district are working overtime to promote a massive $1.2 billion bond tentatively scheduled for a districtwide vote in November. Yet behind their chatter about improving Santa Ana Unified facilities is a...

By Kelly McGee

How Can Local Officials Prepare for the Upcoming Janus vs AFSCME Ruling?

How Can Local Officials Prepare for the Upcoming Janus vs AFSCME Ruling?

“A public employer shall provide all public employees an orientation and shall permit the exclusive representative, if applicable, to participate.” – Excerpt from California State Assembly Bill AB 52, December 2016 In plain English, AB 52 requires every local government agency in California to bring union representatives into contact with every new hire, to “allow...

By Edward Ring

How school districts and their cronies evade competitive bidding

How school districts and their cronies evade competitive bidding

Deep inside, many California school district officials detest awarding construction contracts through competitive bidding to the “lowest responsible bidder.” Some of their reasons are valid, some are corrupt. But give school district officials a legal opportunity to circumvent competitive bidding, and many will take it. San Diego attorney Kevin Carlin of Carlin Law Group has become...

By Editorial Staff

Applying for New CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority: My Cover Letter

Applying for New CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority: My Cover Letter

Editor’s Note: Kevin Dayton asked if he could leave the California Policy Center to apply for an opening at the California High-Speed Rail Authority. We told him to give it a shot… April 28, 2017 California High-Speed Rail Authority Attn: Human Resources 770 L Street, Suite 620 MS 4 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Application for...

By Kevin Dayton

Is the California High-Speed Rail Authority Paying for Legendary Leadership?

Is the California High-Speed Rail Authority Paying for Legendary Leadership?

Editor’s Note, 4/21/2017 – High-Speed Rail Authority Executive Director Jeff Morales announced his resignation today.  Kevin Dayton’s analysis, published by CPC ten days earlier, leads us to believe that Morales’ departure is good news for California taxpayers. Robert Moses was the legendary “Master Builder” of 20th Century New York City. William Mulholland was the legendary engineer...

By Kevin Dayton

Analysis of 2001 Bush Executive Order Allowing Federal Funds for Project Labor Agreements

Analysis of 2001 Bush Executive Order Allowing Federal Funds for Project Labor Agreements

In early 2001, President George W. Bush issued two executive orders related to a prohibition on federal funding for construction contracts that included a requirement for contractors to sign a Project Labor Agreement with trade unions. The first executive order – Presidential Executive Order 13202, signed on February 17, 2001 – received national news coverage and Congressional attention....

By Kevin Dayton

California Politicians Keep Raising the Cost-of-Living

California Politicians Keep Raising the Cost-of-Living

Ever since the surprise victory of Donald Trump on November 8th, California’s Democratic leadership have asserted their determination to thwart the Trump agenda. Expect unity and resolve from California’s legislature, where democrats now hold a super-majority in both chambers. Even before Nov. 8th, California’s legislature was a trend-setting force, enacting laws intended to set an...

By Edward Ring

Will Mandated Project Labor Agreements Again Trigger Ineligibility for Federal Funds?

Will Mandated Project Labor Agreements Again Trigger Ineligibility for Federal Funds?

Political observers are now speculating about which executive actions Donald Trump will take after becoming President. One of his actions may reverse federal policy toward government-mandated union Project Labor Agreements on federally-funded projects. President Trump can rescind President Obama’s 2009 executive order encouraging Project Labor Agreements on federally-funded projects. In addition, he can issue his...

By Kevin Dayton

Another California Local Government Gives Unions a Contract Monopoly to Get State Funding

Another California Local Government Gives Unions a Contract Monopoly to Get State Funding

Numerous California elected officials are condemning President-Elect Donald Trump’s proposal of immigration-related conditions for local governments to obtain federal grants. But at the same time, California elected officials are imposing their own union-related conditions for local governments to obtain state grants. Local control is obviously not the principle at issue. There is now a second case in 2016 of a California local government voting to give unions monopoly...

By Kevin Dayton