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Fast-food Restaurants’ Future Now in the Hands of California Voters

The controversial fast-food labor law, AB 257, was signed into a law just last week by Governor Newsom. AB 257, also known as the Fast Recovery Act, will see a new government-appointed body set industry standards on wages and working hours among other things for fast-food workers in California. However, …

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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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Americans Are Overwhelmingly Satisfied with their Health Coverage, Finds New PRI National Survey

The results of a new national survey commissioned by PRI find that 86 percent of Americans are satisfied with their current health insurance plans, compared to 8 percent who said they were dissatisfied.

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Gascón Abandons Victims

Marsalee Ann Nichols, a UC Santa Barbara undergrad, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.  One week after her murder, the suspect, Kerry Michael Conley made bail and confronted Marsy’s mother while she was shopping in a grocery store.  Their encounter was not a coincidence but was planned by Conley. …

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No Need to ‘Follow These Developments” – California’s Energy Mandates Hurt Working Class

In the latest sign that California is the “de-facto think tank” for the Biden administration, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg made headlines this weekend when, speaking about California’s push to ban gas powered cars by 2035, he told Fox 11 in Los Angeles that “it is interesting to see how the …

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Newsom’s Mental Health Plan for Kids: Way Too Late for Problem He Caused

Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed mental health plan for children reminds me of the arsonist who starts a fire, but then calls the fire department to put out the blaze he started. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Newsom closed California’s public schools for a longer time period than most other states, which …

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California’s Continued War on Plastics is just Political Grandstanding

In a little more than a half century, we have gone from plastics being the future (yes, it was just a movie, but that doesn’t invalidate the point) to, at least in California, plastics being declared a contaminant that must be eliminated. While this state’s war on plastics makes for …

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Get Out Of Jail Free Is Not Just A Monopoly Card

Almost two years ago, California voters rejected Proposition 25 by a large margin, telling lawmakers in unmistakable terms they were not in favor of Senate Bill 10, which replaced cash bail with risk assessments – low, medium and high – for suspects awaiting trial. Ending cash bail was supposed to …

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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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Fast-food Restaurants’ Future Now in the Hands of California Voters

The controversial fast-food labor law, AB 257, was signed into a law just last week by Governor Newsom. AB 257, also known as the Fast Recovery Act, will see a new government-appointed body set industry standards on wages and working hours among other things for fast-food workers in California. However, …

Blog

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

Americans Are Overwhelmingly Satisfied with their Health Coverage, Finds New PRI National Survey

The results of a new national survey commissioned by PRI find that 86 percent of Americans are satisfied with their current health insurance plans, compared to 8 percent who said they were dissatisfied.

Blog

Gascón Abandons Victims

Marsalee Ann Nichols, a UC Santa Barbara undergrad, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.  One week after her murder, the suspect, Kerry Michael Conley made bail and confronted Marsy’s mother while she was shopping in a grocery store.  Their encounter was not a coincidence but was planned by Conley. …

Blog

No Need to ‘Follow These Developments” – California’s Energy Mandates Hurt Working Class

In the latest sign that California is the “de-facto think tank” for the Biden administration, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg made headlines this weekend when, speaking about California’s push to ban gas powered cars by 2035, he told Fox 11 in Los Angeles that “it is interesting to see how the …

Blog

Newsom’s Mental Health Plan for Kids: Way Too Late for Problem He Caused

Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed mental health plan for children reminds me of the arsonist who starts a fire, but then calls the fire department to put out the blaze he started. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Newsom closed California’s public schools for a longer time period than most other states, which …

Blog

California’s Continued War on Plastics is just Political Grandstanding

In a little more than a half century, we have gone from plastics being the future (yes, it was just a movie, but that doesn’t invalidate the point) to, at least in California, plastics being declared a contaminant that must be eliminated. While this state’s war on plastics makes for …

Blog

Get Out Of Jail Free Is Not Just A Monopoly Card

Almost two years ago, California voters rejected Proposition 25 by a large margin, telling lawmakers in unmistakable terms they were not in favor of Senate Bill 10, which replaced cash bail with risk assessments – low, medium and high – for suspects awaiting trial. Ending cash bail was supposed to …

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 …

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