Immigrants Make Californians Healthier

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

What makes California the very picture of healthy living? It’s neither sunshine nor silicone implants.

Our health secret is actually immigration.

While the President and others falsely blame immigrants for being sources of disease (including smallpox, which was eradicated in 1980), Californians have long known that immigrants make us healthier.

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Newsom Supports Charter Cap: Kids Will Suffer

Lance Izumi
Koret Senior Fellow in Education Studies and Senior Director of the Center for Education at the Pacific Research Institute

An ominous aspect of the recent Los Angeles teachers strike settlement is the provision pushing for a halt on the number of charter schools.

Although the 2017 L.A. school board elections resulted in a board majority favoring charter schools, in the strike settlement agreement The New York Times noted, “it was immediately clear that the fate of charter schools was part of the bargain: The union extracted a promise that the pro-charter school Board of Education would vote on a call for the state to cap the number of charters.”

Dutifully, the L.A. board subsequently voted for a resolution calling on the state to place a moratorium on the establishment of new charter schools.

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Kamala Shouldn’t Apologize for Being a Prosecutor

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

Let the defense attorneys handle the defense, Senator Harris.

You were a prosecutor, so stop being defensive about it.

Kamala Harris has made a strong entry into the presidential race, with one exception: how she has handled her record as prosecutor.

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Analyzing Health Care Financing–Part 2

David Kersten
David Kersten is an independent political consultant who lives in the Bay Area. Kersten is also an adjunct professor of public budgeting at the University of San Francisco.

In short, I believe there are a few red flags regarding the State of California in particular that lead me to question whether the State of California could in fact afford to move to a fiscally sustainable health care system.

First, the political system in the State of California (i.e. State Legislature, Administration) has not demonstrated that it has the ability and proven track record to both create and sustain a new government program of this cost and magnitude. 

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Ban the Pledge of Allegiance? You Decide.

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Admittedly, this subject doesn’t fall within my normal routine or domain. Usually, my Fox and Hound verbiage tracks a housing theme. So, what am I doing writing about the Pledge of Allegiance, you ask. Well, it just so happens that this day, while exhaustingly attempting to resolve a F&H dispute involving the use of gender-neutral language at the state Capitol, I stumbled on a news story about a community-college district in California which recently banned reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance at all its proceedings.

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Changing Prop. 13 Could Worsen Housing Crisis.

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

For four decades, Proposition 13, the property tax reform that passed in 1978, has been blamed for many of the ills that have befallen California.

Working with Howard Jarvis, a Proposition 13 co-author, and later running his taxpayers association, I have followed the multiple attacks on the measure, many silly and outrageous. Now the attacks are amped up along with a supposed, but flawed remedy.

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Can the State of California Afford to Provide Universal Health Care Coverage?

David Kersten
David Kersten is an independent political consultant who lives in the Bay Area. Kersten is also an adjunct professor of public budgeting at the University of San Francisco.

Perhaps no issue looms larger on both the state and national political stage than the question of universal health care coverage.

U.S. Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris (D) sent a shockwave through the national health care debate on Monday Jan. 28th by nonchalantly stating that she would eliminate private insurers as a necessary part of implementing “Medicare-for-all,” according to a CNN report.

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Studies Undercut Gov. Newsom’s Claims on Benefits of Full-Time Kindergarten

Chris Reed
San Diego Union Tribune editorial writer and former host of KOGO Radio’s “Top Story” weeknight news talk show

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2019-20 budget includes $750 million in new funding to help school districts shift from part-time to full-day kindergarten. Presently, 30 percent of districts only offer part-time kindergarten, as is allowed under state law, which provides such districts the same per-pupil funding as districts with full-day kindergarten.

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Super Bowl Time: When the Rams Go Marching In

John Mirisch
Vice-Mayor, City of Beverly Hills

The great Stephen A. Smith called the Rams NFC Championship Game victory over the Saints “a heist.” Others – not the least Saints fans themselves – have called it a lot worse. More than a week later and less than a week before the Super Bowl, the controversy hasn’t died down. In fact, several lawsuits are still pending.

And while the muffed pass interference call is not in dispute, the notion that the Saints should be going to Super Bowl LIII and that the Rams are interlopers is simply wrong on any number of levels.

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Cost and Taxes in the Green Economy

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The 12th annual Verdexchange Conference kicked off in Los Angeles this week with a discussion on how the recent election results will boost environmental politics and the green economy in California. But in the tradition of the old Rodney Dangerfield joke that, “I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out,” the panel discussion on elections and climate change took a wayward turn and targeted Proposition 13. Taxes seem to be on the mind of panelists to move the green agenda ahead.

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