Daniel Kolkey

Agriculture

Read About CA’s New Pork Production Law: Regulation Without Representation

On Friday, the Supreme Court will consider cases to hear in the coming term, among them National Pork Producers Council v. Ross. Arising out of the Ninth Circuit, Ross asks a question central to our constitutional system: Leveraging its immense market power, may a single state (California) usurp Congress’s authority …

Agriculture

California must change course to avoid water shortages

Californians have recently endured increasingly aggressive wildfires, rolling power outages, and smoke-filled air for days.  Unless the state government changes course, we can add water shortages to this list. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, California has already suffered three droughts during this century – 2001-2002, 2007-2009, and 2012-2016.  To …

Agriculture

California’s Failed Climate Change Policy

As California burns, Governor Gavin Newsom fiddles – with California’s climate change goals. In response to record-breaking wildfires, the Governor announced that California must accelerate its goal of reaching 100 percent green electricity by 2045. And on September 23, as dark smoke infiltrated our lungs and millions of acres burned, …

California

Xavier Becerra should stop undermining California’s democracy

A threat to California’s democracy is coming from an unlikely source – the unit within the California Department of Justice responsible for writing the ballot labels for initiative measures. By law, the California Attorney General is charged with preparing a ballot label for each initiative measure – a short description …

California

How Newsom could use his powers to revive California’s economy

With Californians facing double-digit unemployment in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, California’s governor should be using his emergency powers to mitigate the pandemic’s effects on our economy. Unfortunately, he has interpreted his emergency powers to authorize him to legislate additional costs on employing Californians. Perhaps in good …

Business & Economics

Newsom already has the power to remedy the power outages

Amid an unprecedented – and excruciating – recent number of intentional power outages to mitigate the risk of fires during California’s dry, windy conditions, Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a number of policy measures, ranging from demands for $100 rebates to PG&E customers to threatened fines to appointing an energy …

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CAPITAL IDEAS – CEQA: How To Mend It Since You Can’t End It

It is no coincidence that California’s housing prices began to diverge from the rest of the country in 1970 – the very year that the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) was enacted. According to California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst, “Between 1970 and 1980, California home prices went from 30 percent above …

Agriculture

Read About CA’s New Pork Production Law: Regulation Without Representation

On Friday, the Supreme Court will consider cases to hear in the coming term, among them National Pork Producers Council v. Ross. Arising out of the Ninth Circuit, Ross asks a question central to our constitutional system: Leveraging its immense market power, may a single state (California) usurp Congress’s authority …

Agriculture

California must change course to avoid water shortages

Californians have recently endured increasingly aggressive wildfires, rolling power outages, and smoke-filled air for days.  Unless the state government changes course, we can add water shortages to this list. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, California has already suffered three droughts during this century – 2001-2002, 2007-2009, and 2012-2016.  To …

Agriculture

California’s Failed Climate Change Policy

As California burns, Governor Gavin Newsom fiddles – with California’s climate change goals. In response to record-breaking wildfires, the Governor announced that California must accelerate its goal of reaching 100 percent green electricity by 2045. And on September 23, as dark smoke infiltrated our lungs and millions of acres burned, …

California

Xavier Becerra should stop undermining California’s democracy

A threat to California’s democracy is coming from an unlikely source – the unit within the California Department of Justice responsible for writing the ballot labels for initiative measures. By law, the California Attorney General is charged with preparing a ballot label for each initiative measure – a short description …

California

How Newsom could use his powers to revive California’s economy

With Californians facing double-digit unemployment in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, California’s governor should be using his emergency powers to mitigate the pandemic’s effects on our economy. Unfortunately, he has interpreted his emergency powers to authorize him to legislate additional costs on employing Californians. Perhaps in good …

Business & Economics

Newsom already has the power to remedy the power outages

Amid an unprecedented – and excruciating – recent number of intentional power outages to mitigate the risk of fires during California’s dry, windy conditions, Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a number of policy measures, ranging from demands for $100 rebates to PG&E customers to threatened fines to appointing an energy …

Blog

CAPITAL IDEAS – CEQA: How To Mend It Since You Can’t End It

It is no coincidence that California’s housing prices began to diverge from the rest of the country in 1970 – the very year that the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) was enacted. According to California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst, “Between 1970 and 1980, California home prices went from 30 percent above …

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