Alzheimer’s – Impacting Families, Business And Government

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor

Are you 65 years old?  If so, your risk of getting Alzheimer’s is 1 in 20.  70 years old – 1 in 10.  At 75 years, it narrows to 1 in 5.  Frightening – you bet! The extent of this devastating disease is monumental. Alzheimer’s is the 6thleading cause of death in the nation and […]

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Closing California’s Gender Wage Gap – Update On New Law

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor

Holding great promise for women who historically have been paid less than their male counterparts and whose families depend upon this income, the California Fair Pay Act, implemented in January, provides the opportunity to get it right.  So, here we are — three months later. Are employers and employees working together to close the gender […]

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No Joe, It Should be Jennifer Lawrence for Governor

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor

In a recent column here Joe Mathews, observer of all things political and an excellent journalist with a quirky sense of humor, launched the Kobe for Governor “campaign”. But I have another candidate in mind. Move over Kobe and make way for Jennifer Lawrence. Joe offers up Kobe because he hasn’t hesitated to shoot the […]

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Transportation Funding Bill Signed – Good News Or Slightly Less Good News?

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor

“There’s good news and slightly less good news.” – Joanne Harris, The Gospel of Loki After years of  angst and relying on patch-work, short term extensions instead of coming up with the long range funding desperately needed for infrastructure improvements to our highways and transportation systems, Congress recently passed and President Obama just signed the Fixing […]

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Bringing Film And Television Production Home – Tax Credits Kick In!

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor

California is on its way to reclaiming its position as the film and television capital of the world, thanks in large part to the enhanced tax credit program approved by the legislature last year to curb runaway production. Although the stepped-up program was launched just a few months ago, the results are already impressive.  A […]

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Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid And Congress – Act II

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor

Butch Cassidy : Alright. I’ll jump first. Sundance Kid : No. Butch Cassidy : Then you jump first. Sundance Kid : No, I said. Butch Cassidy : What’s the matter with you? Sundance Kid : I can’t swim. Butch Cassidy: Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you. So went the dialogue as Paul Newman and Robert Redford jumped over the […]

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Improving the Movement of Freight. Why Should We Care? Part II

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor

My commentary, posted nearly a year ago, spoke to the critical need to fund the repair and upgrade of the system that moves goods through California and the nation, given that international trade is one of the most important drivers of the state’s economy and that competitors, both in the U.S. and abroad, are flexing […]

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Water…Unfinished Business

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor

“When I get on a roll with something, it’s really hard for me to put it down unfinished.” ~Taylor Swift Facing a fourth year of drought, many Californians reacted to voter approval of the water bond measure on the November ballot with a sigh of relief. It felt good and it is good — an […]

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High Tech Edge Tilts To Los Angeles

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor

The Silicon Valley is considered the high tech ‘‘capitol” of California, but it looks like Los Angeles is holding its own as a serious contender. For years the Silicon Valley has been attracting some of the smartest whiz kids on the planet, who work for large, innovative companies chaired by whiz adults, or form their […]

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The Water Bond…Letting Go Of The North South Divide

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor

In the nick of time, the legislature and the Governor have produced a $7.5 billion water bond proposal for voter consideration in November.  There is a lot to love in this proposal.  Capturing and storing water during wet years, knowing that droughts are a given.  Cleaning up our water supplies to ensure safe drinking water, […]

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