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Why Dallas permits more housing than all of California

In April, the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area permitted more housing than all of California, meaning that on a per-capita basis, DFW permitted five times as much housing as the Golden State. Given that interest rates are the same nationwide, how is one metro area permitting more new housing than the largest state in the ...
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Learn about the high costs of California's green mandates

Los Angeles’ Costly Path to an All “Clean Power” Future

California’s energy transition is moving along about as smoothly as Joe Biden’s reelection campaign. Both are incoherent, have encountered hurdles they can’t scale and have made promises that can’t be kept. California’s race to produce greenhouse-gas emission-free power by 2045, for instance, has hit a snag in Los Angeles, where ...
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Read the latest on California's homeless crisis

Newsom’s Veto a Strange Way to Show Support for “Transparency and Accountability”

Assembly Bill 2570, by Asm. Joe Patterson, R-Rocklin, would have required state officials to prepare an annual audit  evaluating the effectiveness of the state’s primary homeless grant program – the Homeless, Housing, Assistance and Prevention program. The bill would require the audit to be included in an annual report department ...
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Patronage or problem solving? San Fran debates its proliferation of iffy commissions

Patronage or problem solving? San Fran debates its proliferation of iffy commissions Matthew Fleming  |  July 18, 2024 History of SF’s myriad commissions The first 21 commissions were founded in 1898 with the city and county charter, but the list has ballooned to 115 today for the city of around ...
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Transit agencies put lofty EV goals above riders’ needs

Perhaps few professional environmentalists read reports issued by the King County Auditor’s Office, but they ought to pay attention to one released last month. Called “Zero Emissions: Metro Transit Working to Mitigate Risks to County’s Ambitious 2035 Goal,” the report documented a phenomenon that climate warriors can no longer ignore: the “many ...
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Read about rising juvenile crime rates

California’s Lost Boys – On California’s Juvenile Crime Problem

On May 18, Monterey couple Curt and Shelley Chaffee were visiting San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  Shelley is an artist and was taking photographs of the park’s bison when they were robbed at gunpoint of their Nikon camera and cell phones by two male suspects.  They were able to locate ...
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Green Vs. Green

Some might recall the “Redwood Summer” of 1990, when “thousands of environmentalists” gathered on California’s North Coast to protest a timber harvest. “They blocked roads, sat in trees and chained themselves to logging equipment to halt old-growth cutting,” recalls High Country News. There were also “​​shoving matches, screaming confrontations and ...
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Big victory in U.S. Supreme Court:

Big victory in U.S. Supreme Court: Grants Pass ruling gives cities tools to clean up homeless camps   By Kerry Jackson | July 12, 2024 The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 28 Grants Pass v. Johnson ruling set off a round of celebrations and grumbling that typically occur when any court ...
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Get the scoop on the latest CA crime data

What the New California Crime Stats Show

Among the key findings: Violent Crime: Violent crime increased by 3.3% compared to 2022 levels. Property Crime: Property crime decreased by 1.3%, but thefts and property crimes have actually increased according to victimization surveys and industry reports. Underreported Crime: 28 law enforcement agencies did not report their statistics, potentially leading ...
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Read latest about Seattle's housing woes

Seattle’s revised housing plan is still too restrictive

Harrell describes the plan as “bold” and says it takes a “deliberate and tailored approach – bringing a greater diversity of housing types to every neighborhood, uplifting the voices of neighbors and vulnerable communities, and building a city where teachers, baristas and working families can afford to live.” To its ...
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Why Dallas permits more housing than all of California

In April, the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area permitted more housing than all of California, meaning that on a per-capita basis, DFW permitted five times as much housing as the Golden State. Given that interest rates are the same nationwide, how is one metro area permitting more new housing than the largest state in the ...
Blog

Learn about the high costs of California's green mandates

Los Angeles’ Costly Path to an All “Clean Power” Future

California’s energy transition is moving along about as smoothly as Joe Biden’s reelection campaign. Both are incoherent, have encountered hurdles they can’t scale and have made promises that can’t be kept. California’s race to produce greenhouse-gas emission-free power by 2045, for instance, has hit a snag in Los Angeles, where ...
Blog

Read the latest on California's homeless crisis

Newsom’s Veto a Strange Way to Show Support for “Transparency and Accountability”

Assembly Bill 2570, by Asm. Joe Patterson, R-Rocklin, would have required state officials to prepare an annual audit  evaluating the effectiveness of the state’s primary homeless grant program – the Homeless, Housing, Assistance and Prevention program. The bill would require the audit to be included in an annual report department ...
Blog

Patronage or problem solving? San Fran debates its proliferation of iffy commissions

Patronage or problem solving? San Fran debates its proliferation of iffy commissions Matthew Fleming  |  July 18, 2024 History of SF’s myriad commissions The first 21 commissions were founded in 1898 with the city and county charter, but the list has ballooned to 115 today for the city of around ...
Blog

Transit agencies put lofty EV goals above riders’ needs

Perhaps few professional environmentalists read reports issued by the King County Auditor’s Office, but they ought to pay attention to one released last month. Called “Zero Emissions: Metro Transit Working to Mitigate Risks to County’s Ambitious 2035 Goal,” the report documented a phenomenon that climate warriors can no longer ignore: the “many ...
Blog

Read about rising juvenile crime rates

California’s Lost Boys – On California’s Juvenile Crime Problem

On May 18, Monterey couple Curt and Shelley Chaffee were visiting San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  Shelley is an artist and was taking photographs of the park’s bison when they were robbed at gunpoint of their Nikon camera and cell phones by two male suspects.  They were able to locate ...
Blog

Green Vs. Green

Some might recall the “Redwood Summer” of 1990, when “thousands of environmentalists” gathered on California’s North Coast to protest a timber harvest. “They blocked roads, sat in trees and chained themselves to logging equipment to halt old-growth cutting,” recalls High Country News. There were also “​​shoving matches, screaming confrontations and ...
Blog

Big victory in U.S. Supreme Court:

Big victory in U.S. Supreme Court: Grants Pass ruling gives cities tools to clean up homeless camps   By Kerry Jackson | July 12, 2024 The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 28 Grants Pass v. Johnson ruling set off a round of celebrations and grumbling that typically occur when any court ...
Blog

Get the scoop on the latest CA crime data

What the New California Crime Stats Show

Among the key findings: Violent Crime: Violent crime increased by 3.3% compared to 2022 levels. Property Crime: Property crime decreased by 1.3%, but thefts and property crimes have actually increased according to victimization surveys and industry reports. Underreported Crime: 28 law enforcement agencies did not report their statistics, potentially leading ...
Blog

Read latest about Seattle's housing woes

Seattle’s revised housing plan is still too restrictive

Harrell describes the plan as “bold” and says it takes a “deliberate and tailored approach – bringing a greater diversity of housing types to every neighborhood, uplifting the voices of neighbors and vulnerable communities, and building a city where teachers, baristas and working families can afford to live.” To its ...
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