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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Falling incomes turn California into modern-day Dust Bowl

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

Nearly 60 percent of California voters with children living at home agree with the statement, “my children will have a better future if they leave California.” More than 75 percent now think “earning enough income to enjoy a middle-class lifestyle is becoming almost impossible in my part of California.” In Los Angeles County, it’s 87 […]

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With Election Over, Commercial Breaks are Safe Spaces Again

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

Congratulations. If you are reading these words, you have survived the 2016 election. On TV news, peace has returned to the commercial break. Did you ever in your life think you’d be grateful for the return of ads for reverse mortgages? A month of wall-to-wall political advertising is enough to make a person yearn to […]

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California has a New Climate Policy that Won’t Help

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

You wouldn’t expect a document titled “Vibrant Communities and Landscapes” to make so many people this angry. “We are writing to express our concern and dismay over the draft ‘Vibrant Communities’ document,” wrote the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) on behalf of more than 163 business groups, 325,000 employers and 3 million jobs. “Radical […]

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Big Medi-Cal Expansion Not a Success Story

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 Affordable Care Act is collapsing, and President Obama blames Republicans. Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the president accused Republicans of undermining the health care law’s implementation. “It has come at a cost for the country,” Obama wrote, “most notably for the estimated 4 million Americans left uninsured because they live […]

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A Full Plate Of Higher Taxes Awaits LA Voters This Fall

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

Thanksgiving falls on Nov. 24 this year, but for politicians in Los Angeles, turkey day isTuesday, Nov. 8. That’s when they will attempt to carve up taxpayers with at least four proposed tax increases – a sales tax hike and three measures that would increase property taxes. It’s no coincidence that these tax-hike proposals are all on […]

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