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Audit the Federal Reserve

President Trump’s frustration with the Federal Reserve’s (minuscule) interest rate increases that he blames for the downturn in the stock market has reportedly led him to inquire if he has the authority to remove Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. Chairman Powell has stated that he would not comply with a presidential request for his resignation, meaning President Trump would have to fire Powell if Trump was serious about removing him. The law creating the Federal Reserve gives the president power to r...
Tags: Congress, Opinion, Senate, US, Sport, Soccer, House Of Representatives, Treasury, Ron Paul, Federal Reserve, Trump, Fed, Carter, PAUL R KY, Powell, Lyndon Johnson

The fight for free speech on college campuses

Last month, California Rep. Ted Lieu said, “I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech; the First Amendment prevents me from doing so.” This remarkable statement is just the latest in a string of attacks against free speech by California policymakers. Last year, the state legislature introduced a bill to regulate “fake news” on social media and ban books that counseled against gender reassignment surgery. In addition, its law requiring pregnancy centers to advertise abortion servi...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, University, Soccer, University Of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Pepperdine University, U S Supreme Court, Harvard Law, Mill, John Stuart Mill, Ted Lieu, Newsom, Alan Dershowitz, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

‘Free’ community college plan will harm serious students

SACRAMENTO – It took nearly a dozen years after graduating from college to pay off the student debt I accumulated to get my degree – and that was in the days when tuition to a private university was around $5,000 a year including room and board. I’ve been through the college-shopping process with three daughters and have looked at asking prices of nearly $50,000 a year at some universities, so I understand the importance of affordability. It’s depressing thinking of kids getting their start in l...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, University Of California, Gavin Newsom, Nra, Legislature, California State University, Newsom, Steven Greenhut, Cal State, R Street Institute, Cal Grant

The good, the bad and the ugly of Gov. Newsom’s budget proposal

Gov. Gavin Newsom released his 2019-20 budget earlier this month that, at first glance, has something for everyone to love and dislike. His budget can be classified into three parts — the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Good There is a lot to applaud in the budget that reflects Republican values. These include expanded efforts to pay off past debt and tackle some of the unfunded pension liabilities for retired state employees. The proposal also increases the Earned Income Tax Credit for working...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Gavin Newsom, Nra, Legislature, Newsom, Senate District, Guest Commentary, Patricia Bates R Laguna Niguel

New tax proposals are unnecessary and hurt the middle-class

No one disputes that California has a big budget surplus. According to the Office of the Legislative Analyst, California has budget reserves in excess of $18 billion. Our budget reserves exceed the entire state budget of eighteen other states. One would think that the funds available for discretionary spending would chill any appetite for higher taxes. But this is California. Despite the highest income tax rate, the highest state sales tax rate and the second highest gas tax, both our newly elec...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Central Valley, Nra, Los Angeles San Francisco, Newsom, Jon Coupal, Opinion columns, Office of the Legislative Analyst California

The unions’ war on kids

Disturbingly, union activists are placing kids on picket lines. One little girl parroting union talking points said, “Stand by my teachers. I don’t cross the picket line.” Union activist-in-training. Innocent families delivering children to school are surrounded by angry mobs. My friend is terrified to take her kids to school in Los Angeles Unified. She’s angry at the unions, but as a parent and taxpayer, she’s voiceless. Teachers like me are appalled. We’re hired to serve children and families ...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Kim, Nancy, Donald, Democratic, Nicole, San Bernardino County, Rebecca Friedrichs, Deanna, National Education Association

Technological progress and the global sex recession

We may live amidst what seems a libidinous culture, but oddly also an increasingly sexless time. Of course, the drop in early teen sex, and even more so teen pregnancies represents positive developments, but when lack of social interaction leads to celibacy in the twenties, thirties and beyond, the implications are less than wholesome. The Atlantic recently described a “sex recession” in the United States and most western countries, with fewer people dating and even those in relationship getting...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, Australia, Opinion, China, Germany, Singapore, India, San Francisco, Sport, European Union, Atlantic, Soccer

A wall of counterintelligence secrecy could stand for decades

Lately, all our political controversies seem to involve a wall. The government is shut down by the fight over funding for a wall on the southern border, with President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dug in for trench warfare. She pulled the plug on his State of the Union address. He canceled her flight to Afghanistan. You can almost hear the 2020 election galloping toward us and the prospects for peace running off into the distance. But the other wall, which may turn out to be even ...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Barack Obama, Sport, Fbi, Afghanistan, Soccer, United States, House, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Nancy

With Newsom’s call for universal pre-K, consider preschool’s dubious record

Gov. Gavin Newsom told EdSource in September: “Our role begins when babies are still in the womb and it doesn’t end until we’ve done all we can to prepare them for a quality job and successful career.” If Newsom’s grand scheme is realized, higher taxes are in store for our state, already accurately dubbed Taxifornia. Particularly pernicious is his idea for universal preschool for 4-year-olds. The policy is already in motion, as Sacramento Assemblyman Kevin McCarty introduced three bills in Decem...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, New Orleans, Lincoln, Brookings Institution, Gavin Newsom, Rahm Emanuel, McDonald, Darrell Steinberg, Children 's Hospital, Whitehurst, Newsom

LAUSD School Board member Schmerelson goes his own way on Beutner’s handling of strike: ‘I couldn’t keep quiet anymore’

A Los Angeles Unified School District board member representing the West San Fernando Valley criticized Superintendent Austin Beutner’s handling of this week’s massive strike, arguing there is more money to fulfill some of the teachers’ contract demands in what has become the first walkout in the giant school system in 30 years. Board member Scott Schmerelson issued a statement this week pledging his support to teachers on the picket lines. It highlighted the rift on the school board among those...
Tags: School, News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, City Hall, McKenna, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, School Board, Scott Schmerelson

At Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike, a Rallying Cry: More Funding, Fewer Charters

The teachers’ union is highlighting what it sees as the growing problem of charter schools, saying that they siphon off students and money from traditional public schools.
Tags: News, California, Poverty, Property Taxes, Strikes, Gavin, Garcetti, Newsom, Organized Labor, Charter Schools, Education (K-12, Los Angeles (Calif, Eric M, Los Angeles Teachers

Lawmakers here today, gone to Maui

As November and its slight autumnal chill — along with whipping Santa Ana winds, and  huge wildfires in the north and the south — descends upon California every year, a state legislator’s mind turns to … well, naturally, to the Hawaiian island of Maui. That’s where 10 members of the California Assembly and two state senators gathered this past November along with some of the state’s top power company officials at the Fairmont Kea Lani resort. It was four days of mai tais, long walks on the beach...
Tags: California, Opinion, La, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Editorials, New York Times, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Republican National Committee, Malibu, Consumer Watchdog, Gavin Newsom, Maui

The LA teachers strike is actually a win for charter schools and students

Since January 14, Los Angeles teachers have been on strike—calling for higher salaries, smaller class sizes, increased support staff, and caps on charter schools. They could very well get what they’re demanding, but it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, LA’s students and charter schools will come out ahead. The United Teachers of Los Angeles union (UTLA) demands would cost $880 million, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). This is funding that Superintendent Austin B...
Tags: California, Opinion, La, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, New Orleans, Lausd, Louisiana, Stanford University, Gavin Newsom, Tulsi Gabbard, Austin Beutner, California California, Newsom

Like Dr. King and Cesar Chavez, striking LAUSD teachers are fighting for justice

We stand with the striking teachers. The 33,000 teachers of Los Angeles are fighting for the 500,000 students they serve. And the Los Angeles community should stand with them, too. This weekend, we commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who sacrificed his life for the sake of “we the people of the United States.” 50 years ago, in 1968, we stood with Memphis Sanitation Workers who launched a strike for justice and dignity. In 1965, we stood with the Delano farm workers wh...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Lausd, Martin Luther King Jr, Gavin Newsom, Cesar Chavez, Delano, Mahatma Gandhi, Tulsi Gabbard, Newsom, Dolores Huerta, United Farm Workers of America

California’s proposed water tax: Gavin Newsom’s trickle down economics

Less than a month into newly minted California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s term, the Golden State has been inundated with a series of rain storms. Most people peeked up at the droplets and thought of impending mudslides, road closures and traffic jams. Not Gavin Newsom. Nope. California’s new governor looked at the rainfall and saw millions of dollars in uncollected water taxes going right down the drain. In one of his first moves as chief executive, Newsom declared that he wants to tax the state’s drin...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom, John Phillips, Legislature, KABC, Golden State, Association of California Water Agencies, State Water Resources Control Board, Newsom, Opinion columns, Jillian Barberie

Hawkish establishment goes after Tulsi Gabbard

This year it seems every Democrat with a minimum of name recognition is considering running for president. For the party, the surge of enthusiasm comes with a few risks. The biggest is a messy intra-party fight. And so far, the worst sign of the consequences of that conflict is the early effort to torpedo the nascent campaign of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. Gabbard isn’t like the Democrats’ typical candidates. But she’s not one of the restive moderates or the activist socialists, either. On clo...
Tags: California, Opinion, Iraq, Barack Obama, Sport, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, Editorials, West Bank, Lausd, Donald Trump, Bashar Al Assad, Democratic Party, Obama Clinton, National Guard, Tulsi Gabbard

Governor Newsom’s troubling first act on medications

In one of his first acts, Governor Newsom signed an executive order that will change how medicines are purchased in California. With visions of big-box store discounts dancing in his head, Governor Newsom has established a bulk program that will now purchase drugs for the state’s Medicaid program (Medi-Cal). The Governor believes that his executive order will create significant health care savings for the state, but he will be sorely disappointed. Imposing more government mandates and increasing...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, United Kingdom, Lausd, Medicaid, CBO, Newsom, Medicare Part D, Guest Commentary, Wayne Winegarden, Capone Jeff Bezos Donald Trump

LAUSD teachers strike, Day 2: Beutner urges teachers to get back to classroom, says district lost $25 million on first day of walkout

As thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers headed back to the picket lines Tuesday, the district’s chief urged teachers and their union to come back to the classroom, and made a plea for a renewed effort to seek funding from Sacramento to meet teachers’ demands. “Our students are best served with an educator in every classroom,” said LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner in a morning news conference. “We need our educators back in our classrooms, helping to inspire our students.”...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Wilmington, South Los Angeles, San Pedro High School, Gipson

This independent LA charter school is going on strike today

LOS ANGELES — Teachers at The Accelerated Schools charter network in Los Angeles are set to carry out the first-ever strike by charter teachers in California today, Tuesday, Jan. 15, calling for increased pay and health benefits to reduce the high teacher turnover rate at the school. The teachers are represented by United Teachers Los Angeles, the same union that represents striking Los Angeles Unified School District educators. Negotiations between teachers and The Accelerated Schools began 20 ...
Tags: Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, American Federation Of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, Highland Ave, United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl

LAUSD teachers strike, Day 2: Here’s what’s happening today

Thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers were headed to the picket lines Tuesday for a second day of striking over demands for smaller class size, a pay hike and more resources in local classrooms. After two years of negotiations that found little common ground between the teachers union and district, thousands of teachers made good on a threat to strike on Monday — the first district walkout since 1989. They formed picket lines outside schools across the vast district and conve...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Wilmington, South Los Angeles, San Pedro High School, Gipson, SAG AFTRA

CA Gov. Newsom proposes tax on drinking water

falling to a new level of absurdity... Quote: Gov. Newsom proposes tax on drinking water Tackling what promises to be a controversial issue, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a tax on drinking water Thursday to help disadvantaged communities clean up contaminated water systems. Newsom’s plan for a “safe and affordable drinking water fund,” included in the new governor’s first budget proposal, attempts to revi...
Tags: Weapon, Political News and Discussion, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Newsom, Jon Coupal, Jonathan Nelson, Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association

This is what class was like at El Sereno Middle School during the LAUSD strike

The LAUSD’s chief academic officer, Dr. Frances Gipson organizes students in the hallway between classes at El Sereno Middle School in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Gipson is a former principal at the school and helped out Monday as the teachers were out on strike. Only about 25% of the students at El Sereno came to school Monday. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) The LAUSD’s chief academic officer, Dr. Frances Gipson distributes paperwork to a group of students she was teach...
Tags: Education, La, India, Time, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Harry Potter, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Anderson, Gilstrap, Applebee, Gipson

Gov. Newsom hopes LAUSD teachers’ strike ends soon, but won’t take sides

California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for a quick end to the Los Angeles teachers’ strike that began Monday. But Newsom’s statement Monday didn’t take sides in the dispute, and it wasn’t clear how it might influence negotiations between the 35,000-member United Teachers Los Angeles and officials of the 640,000-student L.A. Unified School District over issues that include pay and class sizes. UTLA endorsed Newsom for governor before the June 2018 primary. “This impasse is disrupting the lives of to...
Tags: California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Gavin Newsom, Trump, United Teachers Los Angeles, Sen Graham, Newsom, Unified School District, UTLA

What’s Really at Stake in the Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike

Can California provide sufficient resources to support an effective public education system? Or will charter schools cripple it?
Tags: News, California, Los Angeles, Strikes, Taxation, Broad, Democratic Party, Gavin, Eli, Newsom, Silver Lake Partners, Organized Labor, Charter Schools, Budgets and Budgeting, Education (K-12, Los Angeles (Calif

A lot of big-money promises: Newsom’s housing budget explained

No wonder Gov. Gavin Newsom dropped those hints last week about an upcoming “Marshall Plan” for affordable housing. Sure, he’d made ambitious campaign promises to combat California’s housing crisis: leading the effort to build 3.5 million units over the next seven years (an unprecedented rate), jacking up state subsidies for housing reserved for lower-income Californians, and easing regulations so it would be easier to build all types of new housing. But what would he deliver? We got the first g...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Politics, News, California, Housing, California News, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Bay Area News Group

The Latest: Newsom pledges safe power to customers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on utility PG&E seeking bankruptcy protection (all times local):8:10 a.m.California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he'll work to make sure consumers have access to safe and affordable power and that fire... [Author: [email protected]]
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In the LAUSD teacher strike, the union chooses greed over students

If teachers unions have their way, the federal government won’t be the only thing shut down. Some California classrooms will close too—at least in Los Angeles, where progressive outrage is never in short supply. On January 14, the United Teachers Los Angeles teacher’s union went on strike, leaving 500,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District—the second largest school district in the country—without nearly 30,000 teachers. By striking for higher wages, amid other demands regarding ...
Tags: California, Opinion, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, Newsom, UTLA, Opinion columns, Young Voices, Brad Polumbo, Lois Weiner

How some local funding quirks are blocking school choice

As California continues to search for ways to boost student achievement across the board, the state’s sweeping changes to the school finance system are receiving high marks. But more is needed. In 2013, California enacted the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which has streamlined funding allotments and given educators more say over how education dollars are spent at schools. In a survey of school district superintendents, 82 percent agreed that LCFF has led to greater alignment between the ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Research, Sport, Soccer, Santa Barbara, Georgetown University, Santa Barbara Unified School District, Newsom, Local Control Funding Formula LCFF, UTLA, Guest Commentary, Riverside Unified, LCFF, Aaron Garth Smith, Edunomics Lab

Could Gov. Newsom’s ambitious housing goals be sidelined by a worker shortage?

Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he wants to build as many as 3.5 million new houses by 2025 to solve California’s housing crisis. But those ambitious goals could be derailed without hundreds of thousands of new construction workers needed to dramatically accelerate the pace of California home building, even assuming that cities agree to zone for more housing and there’s money available to build it all. And it’s hard to imagine, given recent trends, where that many additional workers in the low-wage, ...
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We pay through the nose to live in California

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s inaugural address was a bit too long and somewhat disjointed, but he did make some cogent points, including this one: “Even in a booming economy, there is a disquieting sense that things are not as predictable as they once were, that we must now run faster just to stay in place. Stagnant wages. Costs that keep rising – rent, utilities, visiting the doctor – the basics are increasingly out of reach.  We face a gulf between the rich and everyone else – and it’s not just inequal...
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