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The Night Westwood Died and Crime in Cities

On January 31, 1988, 27 year-old Karen Toshima was enjoying an evening with her boyfriend in Westwood Village.   She had just gotten a promotion at work and like thousands of other Angelenos did almost every weekend decided that Westwood was the place to be.   After dinner, Karen and …

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Another San Francisco Treat

The network is in such straits that local transit agencies are looking at a grim scenario in which BART cancels weekend service and closes “nine stations just to keep the lights on elsewhere,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports. When they do run, trains won’t arrive in 15-minute intervals – instead …

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US should avoid Gov. Newsom’s ‘California model’

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is touted as the Democrat of the future, the man who could step up if Joe Biden decided not to run again. He has the hair, the teeth, the Hollywood aura, the raspy voice that shows he means business. But if his pitch is that he …

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Reclaiming Liberty on Giving Tuesday

Standing together, we are spreading the message of limited government, free enterprise, and personal responsibility far and wide throughout our state and nation. Our supporters powered our successes in 2022— from blocking single-payer health care in California to exposing the failures of disastrous initiatives on homelessness and climate change. Today …

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And So It Came To Bass …

“I ran for mayor to urgently confront the crises our hometown faces,” Bass tweeted. “To the people of Los Angeles, my message is this: We are going to solve homelessness.” Earlier this year Bass said “the bottom line is people will not be allowed to live on the streets. There …

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President Newsom? God Help The United States Of America

Not a week had gone by after the midterm elections before California governor Gavin Newsom’s presidential possibilities were being talked up. A Republican consultant even suggested Joe Biden ask for Kamala Harris’ resignation and appoint Newsom as his vice-president. Biden could then either resign himself, leaving Newsom president, or position …

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PRI’s Holiday Gift Book Guide

  Right by the Bay blog readers know that around this time of the year, we’ve traditionally put together a holiday gift book recommendation list for our supporters.  This year we’re providing the list via podcast from our staffers themselves.  As an added treat, we also provide our holiday drink …

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Watch Tour: Increasing Housing Density Can Build Thriving Neighborhoods

Watch as Steven Greenhut of PRI’s Free Cities Center and California YIMBY director of communications Matthew Lewis go on a tour of Berkeley to see first hand how denser, multi-family housing units and exist in harmony with single-family homes and create thriving neighborhoods.

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‘Parasitic’ architecture offers a way to boost housing density

The concept is attractive. Taking advantage of an existing superstructure and utility conduits, developers can simply add new units on the sides and top of a residential building. In theory, this can save money, preserve the original building and create new housing in areas where housing tends to be in …

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State Budget Update: California Faces $25 Billion Budget Shortfall

When I last wrote about California’s state budget picture, Gov. Newsom was warning in his September veto messages about the state facing lower-than-expected tax revenues in the first months of the new fiscal year, and urging lawmakers to “remain discipline when it comes to spending.” With ongoing inflation and economic …

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The Night Westwood Died and Crime in Cities

On January 31, 1988, 27 year-old Karen Toshima was enjoying an evening with her boyfriend in Westwood Village.   She had just gotten a promotion at work and like thousands of other Angelenos did almost every weekend decided that Westwood was the place to be.   After dinner, Karen and …

Blog

Another San Francisco Treat

The network is in such straits that local transit agencies are looking at a grim scenario in which BART cancels weekend service and closes “nine stations just to keep the lights on elsewhere,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports. When they do run, trains won’t arrive in 15-minute intervals – instead …

California

US should avoid Gov. Newsom’s ‘California model’

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is touted as the Democrat of the future, the man who could step up if Joe Biden decided not to run again. He has the hair, the teeth, the Hollywood aura, the raspy voice that shows he means business. But if his pitch is that he …

Blog

Reclaiming Liberty on Giving Tuesday

Standing together, we are spreading the message of limited government, free enterprise, and personal responsibility far and wide throughout our state and nation. Our supporters powered our successes in 2022— from blocking single-payer health care in California to exposing the failures of disastrous initiatives on homelessness and climate change. Today …

Blog

And So It Came To Bass …

“I ran for mayor to urgently confront the crises our hometown faces,” Bass tweeted. “To the people of Los Angeles, my message is this: We are going to solve homelessness.” Earlier this year Bass said “the bottom line is people will not be allowed to live on the streets. There …

California

President Newsom? God Help The United States Of America

Not a week had gone by after the midterm elections before California governor Gavin Newsom’s presidential possibilities were being talked up. A Republican consultant even suggested Joe Biden ask for Kamala Harris’ resignation and appoint Newsom as his vice-president. Biden could then either resign himself, leaving Newsom president, or position …

California

PRI’s Holiday Gift Book Guide

  Right by the Bay blog readers know that around this time of the year, we’ve traditionally put together a holiday gift book recommendation list for our supporters.  This year we’re providing the list via podcast from our staffers themselves.  As an added treat, we also provide our holiday drink …

Featured

Watch Tour: Increasing Housing Density Can Build Thriving Neighborhoods

Watch as Steven Greenhut of PRI’s Free Cities Center and California YIMBY director of communications Matthew Lewis go on a tour of Berkeley to see first hand how denser, multi-family housing units and exist in harmony with single-family homes and create thriving neighborhoods.

Blog

‘Parasitic’ architecture offers a way to boost housing density

The concept is attractive. Taking advantage of an existing superstructure and utility conduits, developers can simply add new units on the sides and top of a residential building. In theory, this can save money, preserve the original building and create new housing in areas where housing tends to be in …

Blog

State Budget Update: California Faces $25 Billion Budget Shortfall

When I last wrote about California’s state budget picture, Gov. Newsom was warning in his September veto messages about the state facing lower-than-expected tax revenues in the first months of the new fiscal year, and urging lawmakers to “remain discipline when it comes to spending.” With ongoing inflation and economic …

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