The Manger vs The Monster – Housing California’s Homeless

By Edward Ring
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” – Luke 2:7 Advocates for the homeless frequently invoke biblical passages in order to appeal to the Christian compassion that still guides the hearts of most Americans, whether...

TAGS: City of Los Angeles, Edward Ring, Homeless Industrial Complex, homelessness, Housing, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Prop 47, San Francisco, Venice Beach

New Report Confirms LA Dept. Water and Power Compensation Highest in Nation

By Robert Fellner
Phase I of a comprehensive benchmarking report on the LADWP was just released by the City of Los Angeles. The report itself confirmed a few things most ratepayers already know – that the LADWP’s payroll costs are dramatically higher than that of their peers and their customer service is quite poor. Previously, in my study, Examining Public...

TAGS: City of Los Angeles, ladwp, Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power

Oakland City Council Staff Reports Reveal True Impact of Minimum Wage Increases

By Kevin Dayton
Controversy continues at the Los Angeles City Council about the selection of the University of California Institute for Labor and Employment (part of the University of California Miguel Contreras Labor Program) to produce a second taxpayer-funded study to prove again that adopting a city minimum wage ordinance would be a wonderful exercise in Progressive compassion....

TAGS: City of Los Angeles, Minimum Wage