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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Why Raise Taxes For Mass Transit When Driverless Cars Are The Future?

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 news from Florida of the first-ever fatal accident in a driverless car, a 2015 Tesla Model S, was quite a surprise. They’re here. Ready or not, autonomous driving technology has arrived, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned about technological change, it’s that there’s no going back again. The National Transportation Safety Board is […]

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Local Voices Unwelcome As State Promotes Affordable Housing

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


From 2011 through the first quarter of 2014, more building permits for single-family homes were issued in the city of Houston than in the entire state of California. That might be one reason that in April, the median selling price of a single-family home in Houston was $217,000 while in California it was $509,100. There […]

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For California Businesses, Even Tax Breaks Are Torture

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


California has a terrible reputation of being unfriendly to business, but that’s just because some people don’t have a sense of humor. If you love comedy, check out the website of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) at www.business.ca.gov. There you’ll find all the incentives, programs and helpful information that the state of […]

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Fossil Fuels Witchhunt is a Quest for Cash

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 oil and gas industry was born in Pennsylvania on Aug. 27, 1859, when Edwin L. Drake drilled the world’s first commercial oil well. A critic said Drake should leave the oil underground because it was needed to fuel the fires of hell, and to pump it out would protect the wicked from their eternal […]

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Raising Property Taxes for Parks Raises Questions about Spending

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 L.A. County Board of Supervisors would like voters to approve higher property taxes to pay for parks. It’s the latest tax hike proposal to loom over the county of Los Angeles, joining a government wish-list that includes a half-cent increase in the sales tax for transit and an extra half-percent income tax on millionaires […]

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Is the Great Recession Over? In CA Signals are Mixed

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


On one hand, a recent study of U.S. Census data by the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Innovation Group found that Los Angeles County led the nation with the largest number of jobs added, a total of 352,840 between 2010 and 2014. The good news extended statewide. Twenty counties in the U.S. accounted for half of net […]

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Bullet Train’s Latest Plan Sends Your Money Far Afield

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


California, meet the future. In Zaraza, Venezuela, a factory that was supposed to be building the country’s first bullet train stands hollowed out and abandoned. Cattle roam the site and chew on the grass that grows through the rubble. A decade ago, the government said the high-speed rail line would extend 290 miles, carry 5 […]

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