Tag: California
California Coronavirus Measures Impact the Justice System

As we noted, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 12 Executive Order N-25-20 “readies state to commandeer hotels and medical facilities to isolate and treat COVID-19 patients” and “readies the state to commandeer property for temporary residences and medical facilities for quarantining, isolating or treating individuals.” As Milton Friedman observed, temporary government measures often become permanent,...
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No $1,000 Handouts, End Payroll Taxes!

As a small business owner, I don’t need a $1,000 handout. This is a gimmick—let’s instead focus on solutions tailored to the problem. I need the tax relief of suspending the payroll taxes I and my workers pay. Some math—my workers are all being paid their normal salaries for the foreseeable future, despite trials,...
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Forgive Me if I Don’t Fall Right into Line with the New Fascism

As a San Francisco resident and business owner, I’m wondering—can I trust the health judgments of leaders who let thousands live on the streets in their own filth? And if we are now getting the homeless into shelter, why couldn’t that have happened earlier? Doesn’t their health count? All of a sudden, we are...
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California’s Awful AB 5 Demos Pillage People Pedagogy

California Assembly Bill 5, by San Diego Democrat Lorena Gonzalez, is a frontal assault on freelance writers and independent workers in dozens of professions, which Gonzalez has proclaimed were “never good jobs.” The attorney and former AFL-CIO organizer advances a measure with no merit whatsoever, except as a government power and money grab. Some...
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California Goes Easy on Corrupt Highway Patrol Chief

As we noted, Sheldon Kyle Scarber, a former California Highway Patrol assistant chief in the Fresno area, recently petitioned the California Public Employees Retirement System to augment his annual pension of $125,000. The agency has now upheld a slight reduction in Sarber’s pension but granted his appeal “in part,” a decision of great interest...
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California’s Regulations Against Affordable Housing

California has more homeless people than any other state, with large homeless tent camps occupying the sidewalks of many of its streets. California also has the second most expensive housing of all states, lagging only behind Hawaii. Writing at the Washington Examiner, Timothy P. Carney wonders to what extent the state government’s regulatory environment...
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California’s Anti-Gig-Worker Law Is Also a State Money Grab

California Assembly Bill 5, written by San Diego Democrat Lorena Gonzalez, limits freelance writers to 35 submissions per publication, per year, a direct attack on the writers’ ability to make a living and an infringement of their right to free association and free speech. The measure also restricts the independence of those who drive...
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Musicians Want an Out-Chorus for California’s Law Attacking the Gig Economy

Freelance writers, photographers and videographers have gathered at the state capitol to protest Assembly Bill 5, which limits them to 35 submissions per publication, per year. San Diego Democrat Lorena Gonzalez, author of the bill, is not saying where she came up with 35 submissions, less than one a week. Gonzalez rails against the...
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SF Official Arrested for Graft Should Have Been Axed Years Ago

Last month, when the FBI arrested San Francisco Department of Public Works boss Mohammed Nuru, many Bay Area residents breathed a sigh of relief. As Susan Dyer Reynolds noted in Marina Times, Nuru’s ascent started in 1991 when he became second in command at the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG), a nonprofit...
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A Proposed California Constitutional Amendment to Resolve the Housing Affordability Crisis

A Proposed California Constitutional Amendment to Resolve the Housing Affordability Crisis The People of the State of California hereby find and declare the following: (a) Whereas, Californians are suffering from an unprecedented housing affordability crisis caused by state and local government regulations, fees, mandates, and prohibitions that have overly restricted housing supplies and increased...
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