Sacramento’s New Way to Tax the Water You Drink

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

Another new tax is headed for your water bill, as if it wasn’t high enough already. Gov. Jerry Brown has been trying to push through a statewide tax on drinking water, the first ever in California history, and as you might imagine, it has been a challenge for him. People are fed up with new […]

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The Idiocy of California’s Water Crisis

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 not new that most of the rainfall in California is in the north and most of the people and farms using water are further south. It’s not new that California has wet years and dry years, or that the state is at risk of both flooding and drought, sometimes simultaneously. What’s new is that […]

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What Could go Wrong in Building Tiny Houses for Homeless?

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

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors just voted to go forward with a pilot program to house homeless people in tiny houses in the backyards of single-family homes. And if you pay taxes in L.A. County, you’re going to pay for it. The program will pay $75,000 to homeowners who agree to have a […]

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With Air-Quality Standards, is the Cure Worse Than the Disease?

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

Have we reached the point where air pollution regulations are harming people more than air pollution itself? That’s the question at the heart of the dispute between the Trump administration and California about the Environmental Protection Agency’s air pollution program known as NAAQS, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. President Trump recently issued an executive […]

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When do We Finally Say ‘No’ to Tolerating the Damage and Chaos of Homelessness?

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

What’s the best way for a free country to make decisions about how to spend tax money? One way to do it is to hold elections to choose public officials who will make decisions on behalf of the people who elected them, then hold a fully public process to create budgets and appropriate the money […]

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Let’s ditch these long commutes and start working remotely

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

If you’ve ever wished that someone would wave a magic wand and make traffic disappear, you’ve come to the right place. For my next trick, ladies and gentlemen, I will do something that is not just unlikely, not merely improbable, not only death-defying, but actually believed — up to this moment — to be impossible. […]

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Cap and trade is looking more and more like a tax

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

The veneer that keeps everybody from seeing that the cap-and-trade program is really just a tax is coming unglued. Mayor Eric Garcetti blasted out an email newsletter happily announcing that the Jordan Downs public housing development in Watts will be refurbished with money from the hidden tax you’re paying for gasoline and electricity. Watts will […]

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California’s Infrastructure Boondoggles Continue

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

Every news story about the bullet train seems to be accompanied by a photo of workers building a viaduct in Fresno County. This does nothing to dispel the impression that high-speed rail in California is actually a Marx Brothers movie. Groucho: Over here is a viaduct leading over to the mainland. Chico: Why a duck? […]

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De León’s tax dodge may be legal, but it might not be for long

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

Unless California is trying to break the Guinness World Record for tax evasion, it’s hard to see what will be accomplished by the plan put forward by Senate Leader Kevin de León to get around the new federal tax law’s limitation on the deduction for state and local taxes. “This is legal,” de León insisted, […]

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Making housing more expensive to build won’t make it more affordable

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

Only a politician could believe that making housing more expensive to build will create more affordable housing. But in Los Angeles, that’s what Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council are asserting. In December, they approved a new “linkage fee” on new development aimed at raising $100 million per year toward a goal of building […]

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