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Two ballot proposals hold great promise for CA students

Two ballot proposals hold great promise for CA students

Political observers speculated there was just one reason many schools re-opened this fall: teachers union leaders wanted to help Gov. Gavin Newsom, then fighting off a campaign to remove him from office. Were Newsom to win, they argued, California’s teachers unions would have a loyalist in office, allowing teachers unions to work from home, and...

By Chantal Lovell

Listen: Radio Free California Ep. 191

Listen: Radio Free California Ep. 191

Latest episode of the Radio Free California podcast is out! San Francisco mayor London Breed says she had to dance maskless in a nightclub, and blames the “fun police” for documenting the moment. How Newsom explains his recall win. L.A. County kills oil drilling (to kill working-class jobs). California liquor licenses remain a prerogative of...

By Will Swaim

Student Centered Funding, School Choice and Racism

Student Centered Funding, School Choice and Racism

The plan to veer away from educational central planning in Los Angeles is on hold, and a professor of educational history farcically links school choice to racism. When the Los Angeles school board met last week, one of the items on its agenda was voting on the new Student Centered Funding (SCF) plan. As California...

By Larry Sand

The proverbial rain comes down

The proverbial rain comes down

Yes, we’re in a serious drought, but in terms of policy and politics, California is stuck in a figurative torrent of biblical proportions. As the old Southern folk song put it, “The rains came down, and the floods came up,” and for many, it’s not clear whether California was built on a foundation of sand...

By Lance Christensen

Listen: Triumph of the Swill

Listen: Triumph of the Swill

Latest episode of the Radio Free California podcast is out! In this week’s episode of National Review’s Radio Free California Podcast, CPC’s Will Swaim and David Bahnsen discuss why there are reasons to remain hopeful following Governor Gavin Newsom’s win in the September 14 recall election, as well as some lessons learned. In other news, they...

By Will Swaim

Newsom recall a win for accountability

Newsom recall a win for accountability

Recently, Brandeis University updated its list of no-longer-politically correct idioms we should eliminate from our vocabulary. Among them is the one that’s always disturbed me a little, but seems perfectly apropos this week: There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Perhaps more relatable to Californians living in 2021 (who hopefully will never need...

By Chantal Lovell

Most lucrative firefighting jobs in California

Most lucrative firefighting jobs in California

When you think about the best-paid gigs in the San Francisco Bay Area, you might be thinking of the tech industry. But check out firefighting in San Ramon, just east of the Silicon Valley.   In 2020, the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District —  which covers 155 square-miles in Contra Costa County and serves a...

By Brandon Ristoff

UTLA president confirms the union’s Marxist mission

UTLA president confirms the union’s Marxist mission

The bulk of L.A. students are not proficient in math or English, but they reportedly know the difference between a riot and a protest. In a stunningly revealing exposé in Los Angeles Magazine, United Teachers of Los Angeles president Cecily Myart-Cruz told the world what many of us already knew – that her primary concern...

By Larry Sand

California roaring back?

California roaring back?

For months now, Governor Gavin Newsom has been proudly proclaiming California — thanks to his leadership — is “roaring back.” Unfortunately, a look at the data shows California’s comeback resembles more of a meow than a roar. In a new article published this week, California Policy Center’s Brandon Ristoff finds that California’s return to pre-COVID...

By Chantal Lovell

California is Four Months Behind on Reopening

California is Four Months Behind on Reopening

Over the past few months, Governor Gavin Newsom has insisted California’s economy is “roaring back.” But, is it? First, let’s consider the unemployment rate. “Roaring back” might suggest Californians are finally back to work, but California’s unemployment rate is second-to-last, standing at 7.6% for July 2021. To put this into perspective, the United States has...

By Brandon Ristoff

The real reasons Newsom has failed all Californians

The real reasons Newsom has failed all Californians

While acknowledging that the outcome of the ongoing Newsom recall voting is anybody’s guess, it is worthwhile to imagine life in California if Newsom survives the recall and goes on to win reelection next year. Because the nonpartisan and growing opposition to Newsom and what he represents is not founded in “Trumpism,” nor is it...

By Edward Ring