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Anaheim’s freedom experiment still offers lessons to cities

It’s a distant and largely forgotten memory, but in the mid-2000s the city of Anaheim pursued a novel idea for bigger cities. Instead of pursuing development policies based on the usual array of central planning tools, the city decided to “pursue a market-oriented, freedom-friendly agenda that would create an atmosphere …

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How a freedom-friendly city descended into chaos

“How Far a ‘Freedom Friendly’ City Has Strayed” was an appropriate observation about Anaheim in 2016 – and it still works today.   Back then, The Orange County Register was condemning the city’s war on short-term rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO. That issue seems so quaint now in the …

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Hot Nights In The City

California’s failure to control wildfires isn’t just a rural problem Facing longer dry seasons and hotter weather, California has experienced 18 of its 20 largest wildfires since 2000.[1] And while most urban dwellers have escaped the fires’ immediate wrath, they cannot escape its consequences. For one thing, wildfires have a significant …

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Steve Greenhut – End of Legislation Wrap-Up

Our guest this week is Steve Greenhut, a fellow at PRI and director of PRI’s upcoming Free Cities Center. Steve is back to discuss the just ended legislative session and the new laws that Californians could see in the books.

California

Deroy Murdock – All Things Politics

Our guest this week is Deroy Murdock, National Review and FOX News contributor.  We have a free-wheeling discussion on all things politics – from President Biden’s recent wins, to the upcoming mid-term elections, to Gov. Newsom’s prospects for higher office.  He also gives his perspective on the state of the Golden State from his vantage point as a former Californian now living in New York City.

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Heather Mac Donald – On Crime and Homelessness in California

On this week’s podcast, enjoy a special presentation of PRI’s recent Newport Beach luncheon featuring Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute in conversation with PRI senior fellow in urban studies Steve Smith. Heather and Steve discuss crime and homelessness in the Golden State.

California

Wayne Winegarden and Kerry Jackson – Project Homekey

This podcast features a new analysis of Gov. Newsom’s Project Homekey – his plan to alleviate homelessness in the state. Project Homekey, which evolved from the original Project Roomkey, provides taxpayer funds to renovate old buildings or build new ones to house the homeless. PRI senior fellow Wayne Winegarden and PRI fellow Kerry Jackson join forces to evaluate Project Homekey’s effectiveness in permanently helping the homeless off the streets and into safe housing.

Business & Economics

NEW STUDY: Despite Billions Spent, Project Homekey Providing No Way Home for State’s Homeless

BY KERRY JACKSON and WAYNE WINEGARDEN   SACRAMENTO – Contrary to claims that Project Homekey is successfully addressing California’s homeless crisis, a new study released today by the nonpartisan Pacific Research Institute finds that the program is costly, inefficient, and not helping to reduce homelessness. Click here to download the …

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CAPITAL IDEAS: New Lithium Tax Latest Battle in California’s War on Cars

DOWNLOAD THE PDF California’s 2022 budget includes a tax on lithium, which is necessary for building electric vehicle batteries. It’s almost as if policymakers aren’t as interested in forcing people into electric vehicles as they are pushing them out of cars altogether. The flat-rate tax, which goes into effect in …

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Michael Pack – Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words

Our guest this week is Michael Pack, director of the documentary “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.” His new book of the same name includes comments by Justice Thomas that did not make it into the 2-hour film. We discuss with Michael highlights of Justice Thomas’s early life, the people who influenced his views, his confirmation hearing, and his legacy at the Supreme Court.

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Anaheim’s freedom experiment still offers lessons to cities

It’s a distant and largely forgotten memory, but in the mid-2000s the city of Anaheim pursued a novel idea for bigger cities. Instead of pursuing development policies based on the usual array of central planning tools, the city decided to “pursue a market-oriented, freedom-friendly agenda that would create an atmosphere …

Blog

How a freedom-friendly city descended into chaos

“How Far a ‘Freedom Friendly’ City Has Strayed” was an appropriate observation about Anaheim in 2016 – and it still works today.   Back then, The Orange County Register was condemning the city’s war on short-term rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO. That issue seems so quaint now in the …

Blog

Hot Nights In The City

California’s failure to control wildfires isn’t just a rural problem Facing longer dry seasons and hotter weather, California has experienced 18 of its 20 largest wildfires since 2000.[1] And while most urban dwellers have escaped the fires’ immediate wrath, they cannot escape its consequences. For one thing, wildfires have a significant …

California

Steve Greenhut – End of Legislation Wrap-Up

Our guest this week is Steve Greenhut, a fellow at PRI and director of PRI’s upcoming Free Cities Center. Steve is back to discuss the just ended legislative session and the new laws that Californians could see in the books.

California

Deroy Murdock – All Things Politics

Our guest this week is Deroy Murdock, National Review and FOX News contributor.  We have a free-wheeling discussion on all things politics – from President Biden’s recent wins, to the upcoming mid-term elections, to Gov. Newsom’s prospects for higher office.  He also gives his perspective on the state of the Golden State from his vantage point as a former Californian now living in New York City.

California

Heather Mac Donald – On Crime and Homelessness in California

On this week’s podcast, enjoy a special presentation of PRI’s recent Newport Beach luncheon featuring Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute in conversation with PRI senior fellow in urban studies Steve Smith. Heather and Steve discuss crime and homelessness in the Golden State.

California

Wayne Winegarden and Kerry Jackson – Project Homekey

This podcast features a new analysis of Gov. Newsom’s Project Homekey – his plan to alleviate homelessness in the state. Project Homekey, which evolved from the original Project Roomkey, provides taxpayer funds to renovate old buildings or build new ones to house the homeless. PRI senior fellow Wayne Winegarden and PRI fellow Kerry Jackson join forces to evaluate Project Homekey’s effectiveness in permanently helping the homeless off the streets and into safe housing.

Business & Economics

NEW STUDY: Despite Billions Spent, Project Homekey Providing No Way Home for State’s Homeless

BY KERRY JACKSON and WAYNE WINEGARDEN   SACRAMENTO – Contrary to claims that Project Homekey is successfully addressing California’s homeless crisis, a new study released today by the nonpartisan Pacific Research Institute finds that the program is costly, inefficient, and not helping to reduce homelessness. Click here to download the …

Blog

CAPITAL IDEAS: New Lithium Tax Latest Battle in California’s War on Cars

DOWNLOAD THE PDF California’s 2022 budget includes a tax on lithium, which is necessary for building electric vehicle batteries. It’s almost as if policymakers aren’t as interested in forcing people into electric vehicles as they are pushing them out of cars altogether. The flat-rate tax, which goes into effect in …

Free Cities

Michael Pack – Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words

Our guest this week is Michael Pack, director of the documentary “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.” His new book of the same name includes comments by Justice Thomas that did not make it into the 2-hour film. We discuss with Michael highlights of Justice Thomas’s early life, the people who influenced his views, his confirmation hearing, and his legacy at the Supreme Court.

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