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Only in California: Falling Oil Production, Gas Plant Closures Are Reasons to Party

We recently documented California’s sharp fall in oil production, noting that even though only two states have more proved reserves of crude, five are producing more oil. This is not due to an accident or bad luck. Or even poor management. It is by design. The state’s dominant political party ...
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What Happened to the “Grown-Up in the Room”?

During his second tenure as governor, Jerry Brown has often been called the “grown-up” in the room when forging consensus on major policy issues like spending and public pensions. This has especially been the case comparing Gov. Brown to the extreme progressive left that make up a good chunk of ...
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What We’re Watching – October 5

Rowena Itchon – Wine Harvests One Year After Devastating Fires It was a year ago when northern California wine growers suffered from devastating wildfires.  But by all accounts, as harvest season nears its end, wine growers are expecting 2018 to be an excellent year.  Here’s a video of a families ...
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Free Markets 101: My Story Shows You Can Get Ahead by Adding New Skills

This essay is meant to be a simple and straight forward look at how adding specific skill sets allowed me to have socioeconomic mobility and earn wages that allow me to send my daughter to private school, own a home, and enjoy a better present and future for my family. ...
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Back to the Future: #MenOnly

When I was in the investment industry in the 1990s, my friend Jeannette and I observed that after meetings and conferences, the top executives – mostly men but a few women — often played a round of golf.  We knew a lot of bonding took place on the greens, and ...
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Government Botches Another Big California Transportation Project

About once a month, I travel by Amtrak to Emeryville, and then by shuttle bus across the bay, for events or meetings at PRI’s San Francisco headquarters. Usually, I take the shuttle bus that stops in front of the Hyatt Regency at the Embarcadero Center, which is about a 10-minute ...
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Las Vegas High Speed Rail Project Shows Private Sector Can Get Job Done on High Speed Rail

As California’s bullet train continues to get hung up by cost projections gone wild, construction delays, postponed opening dates, and legal troubles, a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and Las Vegas could be carrying passengers just four years from now. The difference? One is a government project, the other ...
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What We’re Watching – September 28

Tim Anaya – Check out the new “California Nation” Podcast Very excited to announce The Bee is getting into the podcast arena. Starting Thursday, I'll be hosting "California Nation." You can subscribe now on Apple, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and Google Play. https://t.co/OrTISEuZ3I — Bryan Anderson (@BryanRAnderson) September 25, 2018 Our ...
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Who Gets The Real Credit for the Economy?

This summer, I had the opportunity to interview Andy Puzder on PRI’s “Next Round” podcast.  In chatting with him about his new book Capitalist Comeback, the former Trump nominee for Secretary of Labor and I were both astounded at the speed of the economic turnaround after Donald Trump was elected. ...
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Union Push for Anaheim “Living Wage” Already Hurting Workers at Happiest Place on Earth

Last week, I celebrated my 42nd birthday in style – taking a few days off following our Baroness Thatcher Gala to enjoy some of the sites of Southern California. I spent a lovely afternoon at Downtown Disney, which is an entertainment district right in between Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.  ...
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Only in California: Falling Oil Production, Gas Plant Closures Are Reasons to Party

We recently documented California’s sharp fall in oil production, noting that even though only two states have more proved reserves of crude, five are producing more oil. This is not due to an accident or bad luck. Or even poor management. It is by design. The state’s dominant political party ...
Blog

What Happened to the “Grown-Up in the Room”?

During his second tenure as governor, Jerry Brown has often been called the “grown-up” in the room when forging consensus on major policy issues like spending and public pensions. This has especially been the case comparing Gov. Brown to the extreme progressive left that make up a good chunk of ...
Blog

What We’re Watching – October 5

Rowena Itchon – Wine Harvests One Year After Devastating Fires It was a year ago when northern California wine growers suffered from devastating wildfires.  But by all accounts, as harvest season nears its end, wine growers are expecting 2018 to be an excellent year.  Here’s a video of a families ...
Blog

Free Markets 101: My Story Shows You Can Get Ahead by Adding New Skills

This essay is meant to be a simple and straight forward look at how adding specific skill sets allowed me to have socioeconomic mobility and earn wages that allow me to send my daughter to private school, own a home, and enjoy a better present and future for my family. ...
Blog

Back to the Future: #MenOnly

When I was in the investment industry in the 1990s, my friend Jeannette and I observed that after meetings and conferences, the top executives – mostly men but a few women — often played a round of golf.  We knew a lot of bonding took place on the greens, and ...
Blog

Government Botches Another Big California Transportation Project

About once a month, I travel by Amtrak to Emeryville, and then by shuttle bus across the bay, for events or meetings at PRI’s San Francisco headquarters. Usually, I take the shuttle bus that stops in front of the Hyatt Regency at the Embarcadero Center, which is about a 10-minute ...
Blog

Las Vegas High Speed Rail Project Shows Private Sector Can Get Job Done on High Speed Rail

As California’s bullet train continues to get hung up by cost projections gone wild, construction delays, postponed opening dates, and legal troubles, a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and Las Vegas could be carrying passengers just four years from now. The difference? One is a government project, the other ...
Blog

What We’re Watching – September 28

Tim Anaya – Check out the new “California Nation” Podcast Very excited to announce The Bee is getting into the podcast arena. Starting Thursday, I'll be hosting "California Nation." You can subscribe now on Apple, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and Google Play. https://t.co/OrTISEuZ3I — Bryan Anderson (@BryanRAnderson) September 25, 2018 Our ...
Blog

Who Gets The Real Credit for the Economy?

This summer, I had the opportunity to interview Andy Puzder on PRI’s “Next Round” podcast.  In chatting with him about his new book Capitalist Comeback, the former Trump nominee for Secretary of Labor and I were both astounded at the speed of the economic turnaround after Donald Trump was elected. ...
Blog

Union Push for Anaheim “Living Wage” Already Hurting Workers at Happiest Place on Earth

Last week, I celebrated my 42nd birthday in style – taking a few days off following our Baroness Thatcher Gala to enjoy some of the sites of Southern California. I spent a lovely afternoon at Downtown Disney, which is an entertainment district right in between Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.  ...
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