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By managing growth, planners make cities less livable

While Euclidean zoning has been credited with segregating developments that have incompatible uses – a chemical plant next to a school or a landfill right up against a residential district, for a couple of examples – it has a record of going too far. In some cases, planners “decided that
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The Fentanyl Resurgimiento— A Drug Like No Other

On January 11, 2023, Dr. Rahul Gupta, the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) declared a small victory. He reported new figures from the Center for Disease Control estimating that nationally there was a 2.57 percent decrease in the number of fatal drug overdoses for
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Wayne Winegarden – Sapping California’s Energy Future

In September 2020, Gov. Newsom signed an executive order requiring all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in California to be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. Wayne Winegarden, PhD and co-author of PRI’s new study “Sapping California’s Energy Future” discusses why this and other policies from Sacramento are jeopardizing California’s
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Soaking rich homeowners fails in Los Angeles

Soaking rich homeowners fails in Los Angeles By Randal O’Toole  |  June 9, 2023 To help fund the $1.3 billion that Los Angeles’ City Council believes it needs to house the homeless, the city decided to impose a “mansion tax” of 4 percent on the sales of any homes or
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NEW PRI REPORT FINDS

State Will Fall 21.1 Percent Short of Power Needed to Meet 2045 EV Mandate

California will fall 21.1 percent short of the electricity required to meet the state’s 100 percent electric vehicle mandates, finds a new report from the nonpartisan California free-market think tank, the Pacific Research Institute.   Download the study here “California’s green energy mandates will require families and businesses to consume
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READ THE LATEST ON CA'S BULLET TRAIN

Iowa senator looks to throw the emergency brake on far overbudget spending on out-of-control train projects

California is in dire need of federal funds to keep its high-speed rail dream alive. But a Midwestern senator is standing athwart the “gravy train” yelling stop. Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst recently introduced the Put the Brakes on Boondoggles Act, a to-the-point bill to withhold federal aid from transit construction
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Juvenile Justice – A Crisis in the Making

On July 1,  California will close its three remaining juvenile justice facilities.  Located in Stockton and Ventura, the three facilities house just 300 juvenile offenders – down from a system high of 8000 ten years ago.   Once closed, the 300 inmates will be returned to the county from which they
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City services will get slammed as public pay goes up

Consider these recent increases: University of California Health. In February, unionized medical residents at UC’s six urban medical centers (in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and Orange) were prescribed 16-percent raises over two years. Los Angeles. In April, teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School district went
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Lee Ohanian – Why Californians Are Fleeing the State

Our guest this week is Hoover Institution senior fellow and UCLA professor Dr. Lee Ohanian.
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Read latest from Free Cities Center

Coercion-free planning can lead to glorious results

Central planning, no matter if the target is an economy or a community, has generally had historically disastrous results. When the government plots and schemes the future, people are ultimately doomed to lower living standards at best, and misery, all too often. Yet central planning can work – but only
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Read latest about government overregulation

By managing growth, planners make cities less livable

While Euclidean zoning has been credited with segregating developments that have incompatible uses – a chemical plant next to a school or a landfill right up against a residential district, for a couple of examples – it has a record of going too far. In some cases, planners “decided that
Blog

The Fentanyl Resurgimiento— A Drug Like No Other

On January 11, 2023, Dr. Rahul Gupta, the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) declared a small victory. He reported new figures from the Center for Disease Control estimating that nationally there was a 2.57 percent decrease in the number of fatal drug overdoses for
California

Wayne Winegarden – Sapping California’s Energy Future

In September 2020, Gov. Newsom signed an executive order requiring all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in California to be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. Wayne Winegarden, PhD and co-author of PRI’s new study “Sapping California’s Energy Future” discusses why this and other policies from Sacramento are jeopardizing California’s
Blog

Soaking rich homeowners fails in Los Angeles

Soaking rich homeowners fails in Los Angeles By Randal O’Toole  |  June 9, 2023 To help fund the $1.3 billion that Los Angeles’ City Council believes it needs to house the homeless, the city decided to impose a “mansion tax” of 4 percent on the sales of any homes or
California

NEW PRI REPORT FINDS

State Will Fall 21.1 Percent Short of Power Needed to Meet 2045 EV Mandate

California will fall 21.1 percent short of the electricity required to meet the state’s 100 percent electric vehicle mandates, finds a new report from the nonpartisan California free-market think tank, the Pacific Research Institute.   Download the study here “California’s green energy mandates will require families and businesses to consume
California

READ THE LATEST ON CA'S BULLET TRAIN

Iowa senator looks to throw the emergency brake on far overbudget spending on out-of-control train projects

California is in dire need of federal funds to keep its high-speed rail dream alive. But a Midwestern senator is standing athwart the “gravy train” yelling stop. Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst recently introduced the Put the Brakes on Boondoggles Act, a to-the-point bill to withhold federal aid from transit construction
Blog

Juvenile Justice – A Crisis in the Making

On July 1,  California will close its three remaining juvenile justice facilities.  Located in Stockton and Ventura, the three facilities house just 300 juvenile offenders – down from a system high of 8000 ten years ago.   Once closed, the 300 inmates will be returned to the county from which they
Blog

City services will get slammed as public pay goes up

Consider these recent increases: University of California Health. In February, unionized medical residents at UC’s six urban medical centers (in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and Orange) were prescribed 16-percent raises over two years. Los Angeles. In April, teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School district went
California

Lee Ohanian – Why Californians Are Fleeing the State

Our guest this week is Hoover Institution senior fellow and UCLA professor Dr. Lee Ohanian.
Blog

Read latest from Free Cities Center

Coercion-free planning can lead to glorious results

Central planning, no matter if the target is an economy or a community, has generally had historically disastrous results. When the government plots and schemes the future, people are ultimately doomed to lower living standards at best, and misery, all too often. Yet central planning can work – but only
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