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The Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic – Our laws make it worse

The State of California has released its 2021 annual crime report and crime is up across the board.   Of particular concern are the sexual assault statistics. According to California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office, “the rape rate increased 8.6 percent in 2021 (from 33.8 in 2020 to 36.7 in …

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How a ‘perfect storm’ killed an LA philanthropist

How a ‘perfect storm’ killed an LA philanthropist BY STEVE SMITH The murder of philanthropist Jaqueline Avant, the wife of famed music producer (“The Godfather of Black Music”) Clarence Avant, sent shock waves throughout Los Angeles society. Her death, during a home-invasion robbery on Dec. 1, 2021, not only shattered …

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Crime in California and the Left/Right Divide

Writing for the LA Times recently, columnist Anita Chabria calls Kern, Merced, and Tulare counties “Trump’s California” and describes Kern as first amongst the “the locales where your chance of being murdered is greatest.”  Merced and Tulare round out the top three.  She then contrasts them and their conservative district …

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Union power makes urban reform nearly impossible

It’s well known that private-sector unions imposed higher costs and competitive disadvantages on companies that remained in cities. In a 2010 Cato Journal article, Stephen J. K. Walters explained that unions sparked their transformation “from engines of prosperity into areas afflicted by economic stagnation, chronic poverty, and all the social …

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When Right Thinking Californians Learn About Tennessee’s Policy Agenda, They Might Be Ready to Call a Realtor

I recently traveled to Nashville to attend the annual Heritage Foundation Resource Bank conference, and annual gathering of conservative policy leaders from around the country. While at the conference, I had the opportunity to hear great speakers including Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares and attend …

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Gun Violence Increases in California

The May 15th shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Hills, where six people were shot and one tragically died, is yet another reminder that California is experiencing an increase in homicides not seen since 1960. Statewide, homicides were up 30 percent in 2020 and, while 2021 crime statistics …

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Violent Repercussions from Prop. 57 and Persisting Prison Overcrowding

Why CA Should Rethink the Closure of Two State Prisons California voters recently voiced in a UC Berkeley poll released April 14, 2022, that crime is one of the top three issues needed to be addressed in the state. From organized looting to early release of violent criminals, the problem …

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National Crime Victims Week 2022

For over 40 years America has recognized the last week of April as National Crime Victims Week.   California honors Crime Victims Week in a variety of ways at the State and Local level. This year, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation adopted a theme of “Rights, Access and Equity” …

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Sally Pipes Debates Single Payer Health Care in U of Iowa Virtual Debate

On April 4, PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy Sally C. Pipes debated Professor Gerald Friedman from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a major proponent of single payer on the question: “Is a Single-Payer National Insurance System the Best Option for the U.S. …

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How Public Safety Policy Mistakes Are Contributing to California’s Unsafe Streets

Last Sunday was a bloody one in Northern California.   In the early morning hours on Sunday April 3rd, as people were leaving a night club in downtown Sacramento, automatic weapons fire rang out sending people fleeing.   When the victims were counted, 18 people were shot and six were dead. Later …

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The Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic – Our laws make it worse

The State of California has released its 2021 annual crime report and crime is up across the board.   Of particular concern are the sexual assault statistics. According to California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office, “the rape rate increased 8.6 percent in 2021 (from 33.8 in 2020 to 36.7 in …

Blog

How a ‘perfect storm’ killed an LA philanthropist

How a ‘perfect storm’ killed an LA philanthropist BY STEVE SMITH The murder of philanthropist Jaqueline Avant, the wife of famed music producer (“The Godfather of Black Music”) Clarence Avant, sent shock waves throughout Los Angeles society. Her death, during a home-invasion robbery on Dec. 1, 2021, not only shattered …

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Crime in California and the Left/Right Divide

Writing for the LA Times recently, columnist Anita Chabria calls Kern, Merced, and Tulare counties “Trump’s California” and describes Kern as first amongst the “the locales where your chance of being murdered is greatest.”  Merced and Tulare round out the top three.  She then contrasts them and their conservative district …

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Union power makes urban reform nearly impossible

It’s well known that private-sector unions imposed higher costs and competitive disadvantages on companies that remained in cities. In a 2010 Cato Journal article, Stephen J. K. Walters explained that unions sparked their transformation “from engines of prosperity into areas afflicted by economic stagnation, chronic poverty, and all the social …

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When Right Thinking Californians Learn About Tennessee’s Policy Agenda, They Might Be Ready to Call a Realtor

I recently traveled to Nashville to attend the annual Heritage Foundation Resource Bank conference, and annual gathering of conservative policy leaders from around the country. While at the conference, I had the opportunity to hear great speakers including Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares and attend …

Blog

Gun Violence Increases in California

The May 15th shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Hills, where six people were shot and one tragically died, is yet another reminder that California is experiencing an increase in homicides not seen since 1960. Statewide, homicides were up 30 percent in 2020 and, while 2021 crime statistics …

Blog

Violent Repercussions from Prop. 57 and Persisting Prison Overcrowding

Why CA Should Rethink the Closure of Two State Prisons California voters recently voiced in a UC Berkeley poll released April 14, 2022, that crime is one of the top three issues needed to be addressed in the state. From organized looting to early release of violent criminals, the problem …

Blog

National Crime Victims Week 2022

For over 40 years America has recognized the last week of April as National Crime Victims Week.   California honors Crime Victims Week in a variety of ways at the State and Local level. This year, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation adopted a theme of “Rights, Access and Equity” …

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Sally Pipes Debates Single Payer Health Care in U of Iowa Virtual Debate

On April 4, PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy Sally C. Pipes debated Professor Gerald Friedman from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a major proponent of single payer on the question: “Is a Single-Payer National Insurance System the Best Option for the U.S. …

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How Public Safety Policy Mistakes Are Contributing to California’s Unsafe Streets

Last Sunday was a bloody one in Northern California.   In the early morning hours on Sunday April 3rd, as people were leaving a night club in downtown Sacramento, automatic weapons fire rang out sending people fleeing.   When the victims were counted, 18 people were shot and six were dead. Later …

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