The hubris of the teachers’ unions could backfire

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 definition of “hubris” is foolish excessive pride, arrogant overconfidence. In a related story, California teachers’ unions won a victory when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a budget trailer bill that bases school funding levels for the new school year on the attendance in the previous school year. This cheats growing charter schools, often non-union, of […]

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Keep John Wayne

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 Democratic Party of Orange County passed a resolution calling John Wayne a “racist symbol,” which is preposterous. John Wayne is a symbol of many things, but racism isn’t one of them. That’s not to deny that the actor held views or made comments that today are rightly regarded as racist. It’s only to point […]

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California’s Restaurant Industry Slowly Being Suffocated by Overregulation

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 was the fourth week of the shelter-in-place order that finished off a Sonoma County restaurant called Bistro 29. “I’m just officially done,” said owner Brian Anderson, who along with his wife had spent years building the business. Anderson had battled the local government’s parking policies and problems caused by the city’s homeless population. More […]

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Big Tech Surveillance and Our Privacy

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

Everyone seems anxious to help out during the coronavirus pandemic. Google, for example, has created online reports in 131 countries to help governments find out where people have been. The company says the published information will not include any personally identifiable information, such as the location, contacts and movements of any single person. Google will […]

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Intrusions on Our Liberties Cannot End Soon Enough

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

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had a message for people who gathered in groups over the weekend at beaches and parks. “We know who you are,” he said. What? What does that mean? Is the city conducting surveillance of residents by capturing the location data from cell phones? Is the mayor demanding records from phone […]

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Jerry Brown’s quixotic quest to save the world

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

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown was in Washington a couple of weeks ago to testify to the House Oversight Committee that Republicans are “flat Earth” science deniers who don’t understand the “life-and-death” stakes of California’s effort to require automakers to increase the average mileage of the vehicles they sell from 37 miles per gallon in […]

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No wonder good people don’t run for office 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."

At the very beginning, I said I was going to make them do this in full view of the public. They’re doing it, and I am making it fully public. The California Fair Political Practices Commission is proposing to fine me $12,500 for late filing of campaign finance reports during a 90-day period in 2013, […]

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More Than Just Another Piece of Nonsense Legislation

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

Nobody in the United States Patent Office ever actually said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” The faux-quotation was a joke that became famous sometime around 1900, when there was a general feeling of being overwhelmed by the fast-paced development of new technology and gadgetry. Similarly, nobody in California ever said, “Everything that […]

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The Bullet Train Fiasco

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

In 1962, the Mona Lisa was assessed at an insurance value of $100 million. That would be about $837 million today, and not even close to the most expensive painting in the world. The priciest creation ever made with paint is not in the Louvre Museum but in a government office in California, where the […]

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Expect More Surcharges as Businesses Cope with Cost of Doing Business 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."

“Stopped by a Pizza Hut to bring some food in last night and was met with this beauty,” an L.A. Daily News reader emailed under the subject line, “Soon to be all over California?” Two photos were attached. One showed a bright red sign displayed prominently on the restaurant counter. Printed in bold type was […]

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