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Read about Sacramento's growing homeless problem

On Homelessness, Sacramento is “City of Problems”

When you drive into the City of Sacramento on I-5 going north, you are greeted by a massive water tower at the city limits bearing two designations.  Sacramento, the city proudly boasts, is the “City of Trees” and “America’s Farm to Fork Capital.” Read a newspaper or walk around downtown ...
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Read latest homelessness op-ed in CalMatters

Something is clearly off with California’s homelessness spending

California put aside $7.2 billion to address homelessness in the 2021-22 state budget. Last year, there were an estimated 172,000 homeless statewide, which equates to spending nearly $42,000 per homeless person. Spending of this magnitude – which only accounts for state money – is sufficient if it were applied effectively. The worsening ...
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Read about new study on minimum wage and homelessness

At The Intersection Of Homelessness And Minimum-Wage Hikes

It’s widely though not universally acknowledged that minimum-wage increases are job killers. When statutes require employers to pay wages above market value, they will take avoidance measures. In the 2020s, automation becomes an appealing alternative for many. But not all businesses can replace their workers with robots. They are left ...
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Lee Ohanian – Why Californians Are Fleeing the State

Our guest this week is Hoover Institution senior fellow and UCLA professor Dr. Lee Ohanian.
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Read latest on CARE Courts

AB 1708 and Care Courts – A Step in the Right Direction

In the mid 1980s, I lived in Traverse City, Michigan, where I was a student at Great Lakes Maritime Academy.  In the downtown, there was a diner eponymously named for its proprietor, head waitress, hostess, and friend to everyone, Stacy.   Like a thousand diners in a thousand small towns, ...
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Read about latest Sacramento overspending

State Budget Update: Lawmakers Propose ‘Old Fashioned Tax and Spend Budget’

With the turning of the page on the calendar to May comes the anticipated arrival of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “May Revise” budget plan, which should be released around May 10. The May Revise is the governor’s updated budget plan taking into account the state’s latest economic forecasts and cash receipts.  ...
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Newsom’s housing bonds: Another failed-policy redux

According to the governor’s announcement, among other things the initiative would, “Amend the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), leading to at least $1 billion every year in local assistance for housing and residential services for people experiencing mental illness and substance use disorders, and allowing MHSA funds to serve people with ...
California

Based on Past Results, Newsom’s Latest Homeless Plan Likely Won’t Work

By Kerry Jackson & Wayne Winegarden Gov. Gavin Newsom kicked off his latest State of the State tour with a focus on homelessness. We wish his upbeat attitude inspired us, but it’s hard to have faith. In 2004, as mayor of San Francisco, he promised that he would end the ...
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Anti-camping ordinances or Housing First programs?

It’s no surprise to any resident that, for more than a decade, a disproportionate share of the homeless population has been living in California, and that number continues to grow. We see it every day: on the way to work, dropping our kids off at school, enjoying a nice dinner ...
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Previewing Gov. Newsom’s Political Roadshow State of the State

The Associated Press reports that “Newsom plans to fulfill his constitutional requirement by sending a letter to the State Legislature” instead of delivering the usual speech at the State Capitol. Part of me felt a little nostalgic by the news.  I’ve had the chance to work on both sides of ...
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Read about Sacramento's growing homeless problem

On Homelessness, Sacramento is “City of Problems”

When you drive into the City of Sacramento on I-5 going north, you are greeted by a massive water tower at the city limits bearing two designations.  Sacramento, the city proudly boasts, is the “City of Trees” and “America’s Farm to Fork Capital.” Read a newspaper or walk around downtown ...
California

Read latest homelessness op-ed in CalMatters

Something is clearly off with California’s homelessness spending

California put aside $7.2 billion to address homelessness in the 2021-22 state budget. Last year, there were an estimated 172,000 homeless statewide, which equates to spending nearly $42,000 per homeless person. Spending of this magnitude – which only accounts for state money – is sufficient if it were applied effectively. The worsening ...
Blog

Read about new study on minimum wage and homelessness

At The Intersection Of Homelessness And Minimum-Wage Hikes

It’s widely though not universally acknowledged that minimum-wage increases are job killers. When statutes require employers to pay wages above market value, they will take avoidance measures. In the 2020s, automation becomes an appealing alternative for many. But not all businesses can replace their workers with robots. They are left ...
California

Lee Ohanian – Why Californians Are Fleeing the State

Our guest this week is Hoover Institution senior fellow and UCLA professor Dr. Lee Ohanian.
Blog

Read latest on CARE Courts

AB 1708 and Care Courts – A Step in the Right Direction

In the mid 1980s, I lived in Traverse City, Michigan, where I was a student at Great Lakes Maritime Academy.  In the downtown, there was a diner eponymously named for its proprietor, head waitress, hostess, and friend to everyone, Stacy.   Like a thousand diners in a thousand small towns, ...
Blog

Read about latest Sacramento overspending

State Budget Update: Lawmakers Propose ‘Old Fashioned Tax and Spend Budget’

With the turning of the page on the calendar to May comes the anticipated arrival of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “May Revise” budget plan, which should be released around May 10. The May Revise is the governor’s updated budget plan taking into account the state’s latest economic forecasts and cash receipts.  ...
Blog

Newsom’s housing bonds: Another failed-policy redux

According to the governor’s announcement, among other things the initiative would, “Amend the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), leading to at least $1 billion every year in local assistance for housing and residential services for people experiencing mental illness and substance use disorders, and allowing MHSA funds to serve people with ...
California

Based on Past Results, Newsom’s Latest Homeless Plan Likely Won’t Work

By Kerry Jackson & Wayne Winegarden Gov. Gavin Newsom kicked off his latest State of the State tour with a focus on homelessness. We wish his upbeat attitude inspired us, but it’s hard to have faith. In 2004, as mayor of San Francisco, he promised that he would end the ...
Blog

Anti-camping ordinances or Housing First programs?

It’s no surprise to any resident that, for more than a decade, a disproportionate share of the homeless population has been living in California, and that number continues to grow. We see it every day: on the way to work, dropping our kids off at school, enjoying a nice dinner ...
Blog

Previewing Gov. Newsom’s Political Roadshow State of the State

The Associated Press reports that “Newsom plans to fulfill his constitutional requirement by sending a letter to the State Legislature” instead of delivering the usual speech at the State Capitol. Part of me felt a little nostalgic by the news.  I’ve had the chance to work on both sides of ...
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