Tag: California

Shocker: Common Core Is about Politics, Not Academic Standards »

In what should be a surprise to no one, once we let Washington determine what schoolchildren should study in school, the curriculum is going to be politicized. It is already well publicized that the latest federal push, Common Core, has resulted in standards that are mediocre, costly, unconstitutional, and yes—highly politicized. Controversy erupted in...
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Just Say No to Jobs for the Young and Unskilled »

As pictured here, Governor Jerry Brown has signed new minimum wage legislation that ups the minimum productivity to be employed in California to $9 per hour starting next year, and $10 per hour in 2016. Supervisors will also have to increase their productivity if they want to stay employed. The San Francisco Chronicle offers...
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California Energy Officials Repeat Lies to Expand Their Power »

California is ranked second in a nationwide scorecard on energy efficiency released yesterday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a D.C.-based group that works to advance efficiency efforts. Massachusetts retains the top spot for the third year in a row. Andrew McAllister, a member of the California Energy Commission, attributed California’s second-place...
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Schooling for Profit: Doing Good for Students while Creating Wealth for Staff »

Making money is anathema to members of the government schooling establishment (of course, begging for public subsidies then complaining it doesn’t have enough certainly isn’t). So what if a schooling outsider decided to design and sell schools on a grand scale? Well that’s exactly what entrepreneur Max Ventilla is doing. A founder of Aardvark...
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Generous Contract Offer Still Not Enough for BART Hostage Takers »

On Friday, about 2,400 union workers with the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system went on strike for the second time in four months. The unions—the Service Employees International Union and Amalgamated Transit Union—represent BART station agents, train operators, mechanics, maintenance workers, and professional staff. The striking workers are unhappy with BART’s...
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Victory! The Independent Institute’s Longtime Opposition to Inclusionary Housing Policies Lays Groundwork for Governor’s Veto »

On Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 1229, a measure that would have authorized California cities and counties to establish inclusionary housing requirements as a condition of development, allowing them to force housing developers to set aside units for low-income residents. The Independent Institute, and especially its Senior Fellow Benjamin W. Powell, provided...
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The Ugly Beginning of Dodger Stadium Provides Important Property Rights Lesson »

Game three of the National League Championship Series will be played tonight at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. TBS play-by-play announcer Ernie Johnson and others often interchangeably refer to Dodger Stadium as Chavez Ravine. But they don’t explain the stadium’s ugly beginnings. Two miles from downtown Los Angeles, Chavez Ravine had been used in...
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Good News! SB 1 Dies (For Now) »

Just days ago, the “Sustainable Communities Investment Authority” bill (SB 1) died in the California state legislature, for now. It was ordered to the inactive file at the request of its author State Senator Darrell Steinberg. The Independent Institute tracked this bill closely and I worked to educate the public on its dangers with...
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New California Regulation on Political Bloggers Will Chill Free Speech »

Yesterday the California Fair Political Practices Commission approved a dangerous regulation that will subject political bloggers to disclosure rules. The regulation forces campaign committees to report on their campaign finance statements the names of people they pay to post “favorable or unfavorable” political messages about “a candidate or ballot measure” on a website, blog,...
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Nancy Pelosi Flunks the Preschool Test: More Government Is Not the Answer »

When releasing the “Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed that America has an early child care and education “crisis” that threatens our economy. Her solution is to adopt President Obama’s Preschool and Early Head Start/Child Care Initiative, and create universal government-run child care for all three- and four-year-olds. A...
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