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Read about latest soft on crime legislation

SB 2 – A Law in Search of a Crime

The 2022 Crime in California report from the state Attorney General’s office tell us, as the reports have shown for the past three years, that crime continues to rise.  Violent crimes are up 6.1 percent and property crimes are up 6.2 percent over the 2021 figures. Yet, progressive lawmakers have continued to ...
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Who are winners and losers of 2023 legislative session?

Progressives Dominate Legislative Session, But Will Newsom Spoil the Party?

Late Thursday evening, the Legislature wrapped up its business for the 2023 legislative session.  As bleary-eyed lawmakers travel home today for the fall recess, what is the biggest story of this year’s legislative session? This year’s legislative session will go down as perhaps the most successful legislative session ever for ...
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Free Market Reforms Can Alleviate the Housing Crisis

Cities: Let developers turn zombie malls into bustling housing

For commercial property owners and businesses, it can be a smart way to make better and more optimal use of antiquated properties. And for city leaders, it can be a way of revitalizing neighborhoods while bringing much needed housing online with less NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) backlash than normal. ...
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Steven Greenhut – End of Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Our guest this week is Steve Greenhut, director of PRI’s Free Cities Center and a veteran California journalist.  Steve recaps the legislative session with the highlights and lowlights (unfortunately for Californians, mostly lowlights). He also weighs in on the new Speaker Robert Rivas, the ever-controversial Public Safety Committee, and Gov. ...
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CAPITAL IDEAS: Here’s Not How to End the Hollywood Strikes: Granting Unemployment to Strikers

With Hollywood’s strikes in the headlines daily and no end in sight, California Democrats are proposing legislation that would allow striking workers to draw unemployment benefits. If enacted, the bill would be a transparent gift to the unions that control California politics. To be eligible for unemployment compensation under current ...
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Read End of Session Preview

Three Bills to Watch in Final Two Weeks of Legislative Session

While new speaker Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) probably lines up along the same lines ideologically as his predecessor Speaker Emeritus Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), their styles could not be more different. As San Francisco Chronicle columnist Emily Hoeven recently put it, “Rendon had given his appointed committee chairs outsized authority, allowing them ...
Business & Economics

Read about latest tax hike push at State Capitol

California’s Already High Taxes Could Increase if Democratic Legislators Prevail

California has been losing businesses and residents to states with lower tax burdens for years, and the response in Sacramento has been puzzling. Rather than trying to compete with those states, the counter has been to instead raise taxes even higher. Following this formula, legislators recently passed ​​Assembly Constitutional Amendment ...
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Read about latest bill to undermine public safety

SB 94 – Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics – Murderers do not “Age Out”

They received those sentences because their crimes are uniquely heinous and include one or more factors known as “special circumstances” that can include, the murder of public safety officers or officials, murders for financial gain, the use of torture, murders of multiple victims, prior convictions for murder, the use of ...
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Read about controversial Sacramento Forward plan

So-Called Sacramento Forward Plan Would Take City Backwards on Housing, Homelessness

In my most recent blog, I documented the city of Sacramento’s worsening homeless problem, and the inaction by city leaders to get the problem under control. Now entering the policy void are a troika of left-wing city councilmembers who have put forward a plan called “Sacramento Forward” that would be ...
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Read latest on California's growing crime problem

Murders are up – We’re just dying less.

Writing for The Atlantic recently, Jeff Asher predicted that, “The United States may be experiencing one of the largest annual percent changes in murder ever recorded, according to my preliminary data.” That’s a bold statement and will undoubtedly be used to evaluate the effectiveness of criminal justice policies around the ...
Blog

Read about latest soft on crime legislation

SB 2 – A Law in Search of a Crime

The 2022 Crime in California report from the state Attorney General’s office tell us, as the reports have shown for the past three years, that crime continues to rise.  Violent crimes are up 6.1 percent and property crimes are up 6.2 percent over the 2021 figures. Yet, progressive lawmakers have continued to ...
Blog

Who are winners and losers of 2023 legislative session?

Progressives Dominate Legislative Session, But Will Newsom Spoil the Party?

Late Thursday evening, the Legislature wrapped up its business for the 2023 legislative session.  As bleary-eyed lawmakers travel home today for the fall recess, what is the biggest story of this year’s legislative session? This year’s legislative session will go down as perhaps the most successful legislative session ever for ...
Blog

Free Market Reforms Can Alleviate the Housing Crisis

Cities: Let developers turn zombie malls into bustling housing

For commercial property owners and businesses, it can be a smart way to make better and more optimal use of antiquated properties. And for city leaders, it can be a way of revitalizing neighborhoods while bringing much needed housing online with less NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) backlash than normal. ...
California

Steven Greenhut – End of Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Our guest this week is Steve Greenhut, director of PRI’s Free Cities Center and a veteran California journalist.  Steve recaps the legislative session with the highlights and lowlights (unfortunately for Californians, mostly lowlights). He also weighs in on the new Speaker Robert Rivas, the ever-controversial Public Safety Committee, and Gov. ...
Blog

CAPITAL IDEAS: Here’s Not How to End the Hollywood Strikes: Granting Unemployment to Strikers

With Hollywood’s strikes in the headlines daily and no end in sight, California Democrats are proposing legislation that would allow striking workers to draw unemployment benefits. If enacted, the bill would be a transparent gift to the unions that control California politics. To be eligible for unemployment compensation under current ...
Blog

Read End of Session Preview

Three Bills to Watch in Final Two Weeks of Legislative Session

While new speaker Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) probably lines up along the same lines ideologically as his predecessor Speaker Emeritus Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), their styles could not be more different. As San Francisco Chronicle columnist Emily Hoeven recently put it, “Rendon had given his appointed committee chairs outsized authority, allowing them ...
Business & Economics

Read about latest tax hike push at State Capitol

California’s Already High Taxes Could Increase if Democratic Legislators Prevail

California has been losing businesses and residents to states with lower tax burdens for years, and the response in Sacramento has been puzzling. Rather than trying to compete with those states, the counter has been to instead raise taxes even higher. Following this formula, legislators recently passed ​​Assembly Constitutional Amendment ...
Blog

Read about latest bill to undermine public safety

SB 94 – Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics – Murderers do not “Age Out”

They received those sentences because their crimes are uniquely heinous and include one or more factors known as “special circumstances” that can include, the murder of public safety officers or officials, murders for financial gain, the use of torture, murders of multiple victims, prior convictions for murder, the use of ...
Blog

Read about controversial Sacramento Forward plan

So-Called Sacramento Forward Plan Would Take City Backwards on Housing, Homelessness

In my most recent blog, I documented the city of Sacramento’s worsening homeless problem, and the inaction by city leaders to get the problem under control. Now entering the policy void are a troika of left-wing city councilmembers who have put forward a plan called “Sacramento Forward” that would be ...
Blog

Read latest on California's growing crime problem

Murders are up – We’re just dying less.

Writing for The Atlantic recently, Jeff Asher predicted that, “The United States may be experiencing one of the largest annual percent changes in murder ever recorded, according to my preliminary data.” That’s a bold statement and will undoubtedly be used to evaluate the effectiveness of criminal justice policies around the ...
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