Homeless Anarchy in Los Angeles

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

Anyone thinking about blaming the police for the anarchy that grips America’s liberal cities is not paying attention. The police know how to do their jobs, but the politicians, elected by progressive liberals, do not let them. And often enough, even when there are laws left on the books that might permit prosecution, activist prosecutors, […]

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Prop. 15 Empowers Big Business, Destroys Small Business

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

California’s state and local governments, and the public sector unions that exercise nearly absolute control over the politicians who supposedly oversee them, have always had an insatiable desire for higher taxes. The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has added even more urgency to their insatiable quest for more money from taxpayers, but through the […]

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Environmentalists Destroyed California’s Forests

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

Millions of acres of California forest have been blackened by wildfires this summer, leading to the usual angry denunciations from the usual quarters about climate change. But in 1999, the Associated Press reported that forestry experts had long agreed that “clearing undergrowth would save trees,” and that “years of aggressive firefighting have allowed brush to […]

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‘Public Information’ to Promote New Taxes, Paid for by Taxpayers

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

Did you know your taxes are being used to advocate for more taxes? Well, not exactly. It’s against the law for public agencies to engage in “advocacy.” The people running these agencies who want to raise your taxes may only spend public funds in order to “communicate” with you about their proposals. And so they […]

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When Approving a $7 Billion Bond Proposal, Did the LAUSD Board Violate the Brown Act?

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

As reported in the Beverly Press and elsewhere, the “the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to place a $7 billion school construction bond issue on the November ballot which would allow the LAUSD to continue its multi-year effort to upgrade school facilities.” Writing for CityWatch on August 6, Jack Humphreville […]

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Life on the American River

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

…the colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces, of people going by, I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do, they’re really saying, I love you… – What a Wonderful World, sang by Louis Armstrong in 1967 The American River runs through the heart of Sacramento, […]

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The Orange County Classical Academy Will Transform Education in California

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

In barely one month, 360 elementary school students will begin attending a new charter school that offers a dramatic departure from the failed public education model in California. The Orange County Classical Academy (OCCA) will open its doors to kindergarten through 5th grade students, and apart from the student demographics, nothing about this school fits […]

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Did Ballot Harvesting Impact March 3 Bond and Tax Proposals?

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

According to the current elections code, mailed in ballots are counted as long as they are postmarked by election day, and arrive up to three days later. In practice, this translates into final results in close elections being delayed for several weeks. California’s election code also permits so-called “ballot harvesting,” which is alleged to swing […]

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Separating Good Bailouts From Bad Bailouts

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

The pandemic shutdown is about to enter its third month, and economic repercussions have just begun. Too much has been shut down for too long. In California, the initial reopen is not going to include huge business sectors – theaters, concerts, conventions, sports, travel, hotels – and other sectors such as restaurants and retail establishments […]

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Rethinking College Education in America

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

In an interview posted last month by the Hoover Institution, the estimable Victor Davis Hanson, speaking in character, made a typically provocative comment, saying “for what we are paying for every provost of diversity and inclusion we could probably hire three professors of electrical engineering.” That can be fact checked. And the results are illuminating. […]

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