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The Night Westwood Died and Crime in Cities

On January 31, 1988, 27 year-old Karen Toshima was enjoying an evening with her boyfriend in Westwood Village.   She had just gotten a promotion at work and like thousands of other Angelenos did almost every weekend decided that Westwood was the place to be.   After dinner, Karen and …

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Is lefty San Francisco moving in a rightward direction?

Apparently, everyone has a breaking point and for San Franciscans things broke around COVID-19. While public schools shut down amid the pandemic and parents were openly frustrated, the school board took several actions that landed it on the wrong side of voters. That led to the recall of three members …

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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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A To-Do List for the California Legislature

When Californians go to the polls in November, they will be choosing from many new faces seeking to represent them in the state legislature. Thanks to redistricting and a wide swath of retirements, there will be at least 22 new State Assembly Members elected this fall and 10 new State …

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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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NEW BOOK RELEASE – Back from Dystopia: A New Vision for Western Cities

NEW BOOK RELEASE Back from Dystopia: A New Vision for Western Cities Steven Greenhut Cities throughout the West face rising crime, soaring housing costs, a sprawling homelessness crisis and devastated downtown areas following two years of COVID restrictions and the aftermath of destructive protests. Policymakers typically address these and other …

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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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A Crime Like No Other

Elderly parole is intended to further reduce California’s prison population by releasing older inmates no longer deemed to be a threat to public safety. On the face of it, elderly parole seems reasonable. Many inmates do age out of their criminality and the idea that an elderly inmate using a …

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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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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.

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The Night Westwood Died and Crime in Cities

On January 31, 1988, 27 year-old Karen Toshima was enjoying an evening with her boyfriend in Westwood Village.   She had just gotten a promotion at work and like thousands of other Angelenos did almost every weekend decided that Westwood was the place to be.   After dinner, Karen and …

Blog

Is lefty San Francisco moving in a rightward direction?

Apparently, everyone has a breaking point and for San Franciscans things broke around COVID-19. While public schools shut down amid the pandemic and parents were openly frustrated, the school board took several actions that landed it on the wrong side of voters. That led to the recall of three members …

Blog

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

A To-Do List for the California Legislature

When Californians go to the polls in November, they will be choosing from many new faces seeking to represent them in the state legislature. Thanks to redistricting and a wide swath of retirements, there will be at least 22 new State Assembly Members elected this fall and 10 new State …

Blog

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 …

Book

NEW BOOK RELEASE – Back from Dystopia: A New Vision for Western Cities

NEW BOOK RELEASE Back from Dystopia: A New Vision for Western Cities Steven Greenhut Cities throughout the West face rising crime, soaring housing costs, a sprawling homelessness crisis and devastated downtown areas following two years of COVID restrictions and the aftermath of destructive protests. Policymakers typically address these and other …

Blog

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 …

California

A Crime Like No Other

Elderly parole is intended to further reduce California’s prison population by releasing older inmates no longer deemed to be a threat to public safety. On the face of it, elderly parole seems reasonable. Many inmates do age out of their criminality and the idea that an elderly inmate using a …

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 …

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.

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