Local and State Initiatives – The Future of Policy in California?

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

Grassroots activists in California point to the initiative process as a potent and underutilized last resort, capable of ushering in sweeping reforms. They’re right, but the initiative process is equally available to California’s progressives, backed by powerful special interests. And while the activist reformers talk, the progressives act. How else to explain the hundreds of […]

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The Enemies of American Infrastructure

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

Between 2008 and 2019, China opened up 33 high speed rail routes, connecting 39 major cities along four north-south and four east-west main lines. The 18,000 mile network runs trains at an average speed of around 200 miles per hour. By 2030, the Chinese expect to double the mileage of their high speed rail network […]

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California’s Mandatory Ethnic Indoctrination

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

California’s state legislature is on the verge of mandating an “ethnic studies” course in order for a student to graduate from high school. Why not? Today in California, K-12 public school student enrollment is only 23 percent “White not Hispanic.” Based on current immigration and fertility statistics, California’s demographics will eventually become America’s demographics. If […]

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Were Pension Benefits Enhanced Without Due Process?

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

In 1999, at the height of the stock market runup fueled by the internet bubble, California’s state legislature passed SB 400, which increased pension benefits for officers with the California Highway Patrol. Over the next several years, pension benefits were similarly increased for government employees working in nearly every one of California’s cities, counties, state […]

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The Opportunity Cost of Shutting Down Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

For nearly 35 years, Diablo Canyon Power Plant has pumped just over 2.0 gigawatts of electricity onto California’s power grid. Unlike hydroelectric power, which has good years and bad depending on rainfall, or solar and wind power which depends on sunshine and wind, Diablo Canyon’s nuclear reactors generate this electricity 24 hours per day, 365 […]

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California’s Regulatory Hostility Prevents More New Homes

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

The median home price in Los Angeles County is $618,000. In Santa Clara County it’s $1.2 million. In the entire state of California, including the somewhat more “affordable” inland counties, the median home price is $548,000. The national median home price? $227,000. There’s a reason for this. For decades, California’s state and local governments have […]

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How Does a California Family Survive?

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

It’s common enough to discuss the high cost-of-living in California. It’s become a serious topic, at last. But for Californians who are used to paying ridiculous prices for everything, it may be helpful to present a comparison in the form of an annual family budget. How much does it cost to take care of a […]

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New Suburbanism – A Smart Alternative to “Smart Growth”

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

Solutions to California’s housing shortage invariably focus on increasing the density of preexisting cities and suburbs. Legislative solutions include SB 375, passed in 2008, which “incentivizes” cities and counties to approve high density land developments, and the failed (this time) SB 50, which would have forced cities and counties to approve high density development proposals. […]

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The Homeless Industrial Complex

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

Los Angeles could be at risk of a deadly typhus epidemic this summer according to Dr. Drew Pinsky, an outspoken celebrity doctor and specialist in addiction medicine. Pinsky, a Los Angeles native, recently quoted on Fox News, said: “We have tens and tens of thousands of people living in tents. Horrible conditions. Rats have taken […]

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Why Are Public Safety Unions Supporting Teachers Unions?

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

During the Los Angeles teachers strike earlier this year, an article in the ultra-left publication The Nation offered an excellent glimpse into the mentality of strikers and their supporters. The article begins by describing a scene in front of an LAUSD middle school on day three of the strike. A truck driver has arrived to […]

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