Public Safety Compensation and Public Safety

By Edward Ring
Public sector unions are by far the most powerful special interest in California. And they are united in their goal to pay themselves as much or more than public agencies can afford, which shields unionized public servants from the worst effects of the laws (which they almost always support) that have made California’s cost-of-living the...

TAGS: Edward Ring, Gavin Newsom, Prop 47, public safety, Transparent California, Vergara lawsuit

City of Richmond faces pension stress

By Edward Ring
here Pick a city in California. Pick a county in California. Odds are, they could be the topic of this analysis instead of Richmond. But Richmond is the focus of a recent analysis published in Reason entitled “Richmond, California’s Finances Remain Shaky,” and that work provides solid data from which to take a deeper look at what’s truly driving...

TAGS: CalPERS, Edward Ring, firefighters, public safety

Why are Public Safety Unions supporting Teachers Unions?

By Edward Ring
During the Los Angeles teachers strike earlier this year, an article in the far-left publication The Nation offered an excellent glimpse into the mentality of strikers and their supporters. The article begins by describing a scene in front of an LAUSD middle school on day three of the strike. A truck driver has arrived to make a delivery to...

TAGS: LAUSD, Measure EE, public safety, UTLA