Tag: San Francisco
Will New District Attorney Chesa Boudin “Transform” San Francisco?

Chesa Boudin has gained election as district attorney of San Francisco, beating out Suzy Loftus, favorite of the city’s establishment Democrats and backed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The victory is not surprising, given the victor’s profile.

Thoughts on Housing Affordability and Homelessness in California

Improving housing affordability will significantly reduce homelessness, but it will not in itself solve the problem.

San Francisco’s Vaping Ban Is Doomed To Go Up in Smoke

Will the ban work? Unfortunately, governmental efforts to reduce or eliminate vices are often spectacular failures.

The Adachi Papers: SF Police Raid Attacks Free Press and Reveals Hypocrisy

With police and public officials alike, California taxpayers should watch what they do, not what they say.

Shampoo, the Sequel

The ban on tiny shampoo will likely provide little if any benefit for the environment.

Do California’s Homeless Need a New Cabinet-Level Position?

More bureaucracy won’t get people off of the streets.

Is the Largest Cost of Federal Regulation Not Measured? Insights from the (Growing) Wells Fargo Bank Scandal

A widely-cited study by W. Mark Crain and Nicole V. Crain estimates the cost of complying with U.S. government regulations at a staggering $2 trillion per year, an amount equal to 12 percent of gross domestic product. Annual compliance costs average about $10,000 per employee. Businesses in the service sector shoulder the biggest burden...
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Why Pro-Soda-Tax Ad in Bay Area Is Misleading, Part II

The November ballot in Oakland and San Francisco will feature proposals for a soda tax in each city, known as Measure HH and Proposition V, respectively, which would charge soda distributors an additional one cent per ounce of soda they sell in each city (or $2.88 per case). The tax would also apply to...
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Why Michael Bloomberg’s Pro-Soda-Tax Ad Is Misleading

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is helping to bankroll a television-commercial campaign in favor of proposed soda taxes in Oakland and San Francisco, known as Measure HH and Proposition V, respectively, which will appear on each city’s November ballot. You can’t miss the commercial if you live in the Bay Area, as...
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Shining Spotlight on Bogus U.C. Berkeley “Think Tank” During National Sunshine Week

This week is National Sunshine Week, a time when many journalists across America publish stories on government spending and transparency. One organization that needs more sunshine is the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at the University of California at Berkeley, a union propaganda mill disguised as an academic think tank and...
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