Solutions in Plain Sight

By Edward Ring
California could make a major dent in its homelessness problem merely by reversing some of its most destructive policies. Half of America’s so-called unsheltered homeless live in California. It’s not hard to understand why. Along with having the most hospitable weather on earth, California is a welcoming place for drug addicts, petty thieves, and anyone else attracted...

TAGS: homelessness, Housing, Housing First, Newsom

Questions About Water for Governor Newsom

By Edward Ring
  Borrowing a page from the More Water Now campaign, which unsuccessfully attempted earlier this year to qualify a water funding initiative for the November 2022 ballot, Governor Newsom announced a new water supply strategy on August 11. Perhaps with the presidency in mind, or perhaps because he really means it, Newsom’s remarks were surprisingly accommodating towards those of us who...

TAGS: California water policy, environmentalism, Gavin Newsom, Newsom, water rationing, water reuse, water storage

Newsom Brings Home the Gold in High-Powered Hypocrisy

By California Policy Center
Governor Newsom made headlines this week when he announced he would allow California’s indoor mask mandate to expire – but only for the vaccinated – on February 15. The move follows the governor’s massive publicity disaster at the NFL playoff game at Inglewood’s Sofi Stadium where he posed for a photo – maskless – with Magic Johnson...

TAGS: masks, Newsom, vaccine

National Review’s Radio Free California Podcast Episode 206: California Lawmakers Propose State Takeover of Health Care

By Will Swaim
Assembly Bill 1400 would double California taxes and transform doctors into virtual state employees. Gavin Newsom’s new budget aims to signal his “global leadership” on global-climate issues but reveals instead his documented failures to achieve more modest goals at home. The remarkable, 21-year run of California’s standout auditor ends with a crucial fight over her...

TAGS: budget, Newsom, single-payer

Defund the fun police

By Chantal Lovell
Mayor London Breed wants to defund the fun police, but she’s chief of this department San Francisco Mayor London Breed is getting a lot of heat this week as she solidified her position among other political elites like Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, and Marc Levine, who’ve all infamously ignored the COVID rules they’ve imposed on...

TAGS: Breed, Covid, Francisco, Masking, Mayor, Newsom, San

Newsom’s Education Spending Binge

By Edward Ring
“It is our hope that all schools will be able to physically open for five days per week in the fall but local conditions will determine whether that is possible.” – Cecily Myart-Cruz, President, United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA Update 5/14/2021) It’s impossible to know what “local conditions” are going to look like when...

TAGS: budget, education, Newsom

Reopening Update: Newsom’s Not-So-Full California Reopening

By Brandon Ristoff
After suggestions that Newsom is planning to add a less-restrictive green tier to California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that, assuming the current COVID trajectory in California remains, the tiered system that has been in place since August will be eliminated entirely. According to Governor Newsom, it will be “business as...

TAGS: Newsom, reopening, schools, Texas

Fighting, and Winning, School Choice in California

By Edward Ring
There is going to be a school choice initiative on the state ballot in November 2022. While this is not an absolute certainty, the grassroots support for school choice is strong, and the infrastructure necessary to nurture a grassroots effort is now in place. The RecallGavin2020 campaign has proven the model, and fed up parents from Chula...

TAGS: classrooms, education, Newsom, school

Newsom Can’t Hide Behind Pandemic

By Edward Ring
In his 2021 State of the State Address, Governor Newsom’s focus, to the exclusion of nearly everything else, was to defend his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A quick review of the 3,634 word transcript indicates only 20 percent of his remarks had to do with anything else. It’s understandable that Newsom would focus on the pandemic....

TAGS: infrastructure, Minimum Wage, Newsom, Pandemic