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The Bureaucratic Erasure of Culture, Identity, and Freedom

The Bureaucratic Erasure of Culture, Identity, and Freedom

Exploring the roadways of California yields scenery evoking two distinct worlds. On the big freeways, surrounding every major interchange, the 21st century asserts itself in an agglomeration of concrete and glass boxes surrounded by lakes of asphalt, each festooned with a recognizable corporate logo. Food. Fuel. Lodging. The corporate power they represent is reflected in...

By Edward Ring

Forgotten Local Elections, Unforgettable Consequences

Forgotten Local Elections, Unforgettable Consequences

Thanks to California’s ridiculous policy of mailing ballots to voters a full month prior to election day, and allowing “early voting,” I had already completed and submitted my ballot when I realized that was a mistake. After voting for a local school board candidate who I had some familiarity with and thought might be a safe choice,...

By Edward Ring

U.S. Schools Get Bad Marx

U.S. Schools Get Bad Marx

This article previously appeared on frontpagemag.com. My father was a liberal Democrat. He worshipped FDR and didn’t care much for the GOP. His parents were staunch Republicans, and the political discussions I remember from the 1950s were always entertaining – if not a bit confusing – to this eight-year-old. Importantly, while my dad was a liberal,...

By Larry Sand

Will California Voters Approve More Taxes and Borrowing?

Will California Voters Approve More Taxes and Borrowing?

If your city council puts a tax increase on the ballot, or your local school district puts a construction bond on the ballot, chances are very good it will get approved. Data from the past four November general elections is unambiguous. In November of 2020, for example, 80 percent of school bonds were approved by...

By Edward Ring

The Unraveling of Education in America

The Unraveling of Education in America

It’s no secret that education in America has been in bad shape for some time, and now, low student proficiency has been exacerbated by the hysterical response to the Covid outbreak. Most recently, the results of a Harvard University study, which investigated the role of remote and hybrid instruction in widening gaps in achievement by...

By Larry Sand

Use federal aid on students, not unions

Use federal aid on students, not unions

Editor’s note: This column is an expansion of a piece the author previously published in CalMatters on July 22, 2021. You can read that piece here. A massive battle is about to hit California school districts, and parents must prepare to fight for their students. Through a series of federal relief packages passed in Washington,...

By Chantal Lovell

Fixing California: The complete series

Fixing California: The complete series

In this nine-part series, Edward Ring, a contributing editor for the California Policy Center, tackles California’s greatest challenges and opportunities, laying out solutions that will ensure its residents have the resources they need to prosper for generations to come. “Consider California in 2050, with the people fulfilling every bit of their potential and realizing their...

By Editorial Staff

Fixing California – Part three: Achieving water abundance

Fixing California – Part three: Achieving water abundance

Editor’s note: This is the third article in a nine-part series on how to fix California. Read the first article in the series here, and the second here. As Californians face another drought, the official consensus response is more rationing. Buy washers that don’t work very well. Install more flow restrictors. Move down from a 50 gallon per...

By Edward Ring

Fixing California – Part One: The Themes That Make Anything Possible

Fixing California – Part One: The Themes That Make Anything Possible

Editor’s note: This is the first article in a nine-part series on how to fix California For conservatives across America, California has become the cautionary tale for the rest of the country. Anyone who actually lives in the Golden State, and enjoys the best weather and the most beautiful, diverse scenery on earth, knows there...

By Edward Ring

How Many People Have Left California Unions?

How Many People Have Left California Unions?

Some 300,000 Californians have stopped paying membership dues or fees to California’s government unions since 2018, the year the Supreme Court of the United States, in Janus v. AFSCME, ended mandatory union membership requirements for state and local government workers.  The 20 percent drop in membership has allowed California workers to keep approximately $240 million...

By Will Swaim

California Lockdown Exodus Video

California Lockdown Exodus Video

As California finally reopens after a long year of lockdowns, we look back on the people and businesses that have left our state. While the exodus is not a recent phenomenon, this previous year of lockdowns have shown many more Californians the glaring problems this state has. Please read our California Book of Exoduses HERE....

By Editorial Staff

UTLA’s racist, anti-Semitic history

UTLA’s racist, anti-Semitic history

Parent watchdogs share damning evidence: anti-Israel stance is nothing new The United Teachers Los Angeles made international headlines recently for its vote calling on the United States government to immediately cease all aid to Israel, joining the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. While the vote by several chapters (the full union will consider...

By Chantal Lovell