Supreme Court’s role in public safety is a judgment call

Susan Shelley
Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, "How Trump Won."

U.S. Supreme Court justices don’t patrol the streets of Los Angeles, but you might be surprised at how much the justices are responsible for what goes on in your neighborhood. As one example, judge for yourself the long-term consequences of the court’s decision in 1972 to throw out a law in Jacksonville, Florida, that allowed […]

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In transportation tax rush, did Sacramento break the law?

Susan Shelley
Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, "How Trump Won."

Did lawmakers break the law when they passed Senate Bill 1, the transportation tax increase? There’s a quaint provision in the California Constitution that reads, “A person who seeks to influence the vote or action of a member of the Legislature in the member’s legislative capacity by bribery, promise of reward, intimidation, or other dishonest […]

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Too Many White Students Means Funding Cuts for ‘Desegregated’ LA School 

Susan Shelley
Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, "How Trump Won."

This fall, Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood is set to lose some of its funding because it has too many white students. Parents were told at an informational meeting on March 15 that the cuts could mean the layoff of some teachers because class size was going to increase. Later, the district found […]

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Put the Brakes on Mandate that’s Unfair to California Truckers

Susan Shelley
Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, "How Trump Won."

Senate Democrats gave U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch a hard time over what’s become known as “The Case of the Frozen Trucker.” One cold night on a highway in Illinois, the brakes on trucker Alphonse Maddin’s trailer froze, and he nearly froze while waiting for help to arrive. After three hours, Maddin unhitched the […]

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LA’s Measure H Campaign Relied on Public Funds, Charity Funds, and Clout

Susan Shelley
Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, "How Trump Won."

It’s official. L.A. County voters have passed another increase in the sales tax, making it 9.5 percent starting on July 1. On election night, the sales tax increase was barely ahead of the two-thirds vote needed for passage, but then it carried 73 percent of the 283,029 late-absentee and provisional ballots counted later, one-third of […]

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Gov. Brown won’t give up on the future — of his 1970s youth

Susan Shelley
Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, "How Trump Won."

Gov. Jerry Brown will not take no for an answer. His administration is pushing ahead to issue $2.6 billion in bonds to keep up work on the bullet train, even though the funding for the $64 billion project is drying up everywhere else. The federal government’s initial $3.3 billion, part of the 2009 stimulus bill, […]

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Reckless Bill to Repeal Limits on Rent-Control will make Housing Crisis Worse

Susan Shelley
Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, "How Trump Won."

One of the more depressing tricks employed by people who favor more government control of everything is this: Put government controls on a business, which causes problems, and then use the problems as a justification for more government controls. It’s like trying to reverse a case of alcohol poisoning with a jug of moonshine. Nowhere […]

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Protest Tactics are the Real Outrage

Susan Shelley
Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, "How Trump Won."

When does a protest go so far over the line that reasonable people should start protesting the protest? Possibly now. Wells Fargo has been targeted for destruction by people who are angry that the bank made some of the loans to finance the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. New York City Mayor Bill de […]

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In Air Quality Talks, Haziest Thing may be the Facts

Susan Shelley
Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, "How Trump Won."

Suppose it was 1650 and you were accused of being a witch. Would you prefer trial by water or hanging? If you choose trial by water, the people in charge of things will throw you into the nearest lake, river or ocean and wait to see if you sink or float. If you sink, you’re […]

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Equality of poverty spreads in California

Susan Shelley
Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, "How Trump Won."

Tucked away in Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 budget was some very disturbing news about jobs in California. Although new jobs have been created, they don’t pay much. The governor’s budget proposal says the tax revenue coming into the state treasury isn’t growing fast enough to keep up with spending because over the last four years, […]

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