Category Archives: Steve Greenhut

California can’t fix its housing problems

Once again, unions become the main obstacle to statewide reform. By Steven Greenhut | Even California’s liberal Democrats are starting to understand that the state’s housing crisis is fundamentally a supply-and-demand problem. Home prices have soared to astronomical levels, with … Continue reading

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Public employee union bill (AB 1250) will drive up California counties’ costs of providing services

EDITOR’S NOTE: Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva voted for this bill on June 1. By Steven Greenhut| Municipal governments exist to provide essential services, such as law enforcement, firefighting, parks and recreation, street repairs and programs for the poor and homeless. But … Continue reading

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GOP legislators unlikely to pay price for cap-and-trade vote

EDITOR’S NOTE: AB 398 passed yesterday in both the Senate and the Assembly. Fullerton’s Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva voted NO, but our Senator Josh Newman voted YES — once again voting for more taxes. By Steven Greenhut | As the … Continue reading

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Gutting of oversight bill puts kibosh on needed police reform

By Steven Greenhut | There are two rules of thumb to keep in mind when following the California Legislature. First, lawmakers love to prattle about pie-in-the-sky issues, such as halting global warming, but steadfastly avoid tackling nuts-and-bolts issues (pension liabilities, … Continue reading

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The state shouldn’t meddle in the West Coyote Hills project

By Steven Greenhut | California’s latest budget has been the source of outrage for a lot of big reasons. The $125 billion general fund busts spending records. It’s built upon the backs of taxpayers, who will pay higher gas taxes … Continue reading

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Gutting California’s state tax board is bad news for taxpayers

By Steven Greenhut | When I first learned about the existence of something called the California Board of Equalization, it sounded like something that might have existed in the novel, “Animal Farm.” All animals are equal, but some are more … Continue reading

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Unable to fend off Newman recall, Democrats embrace banana republic tactics

By Steven Greenhut| California’s Democrats control just about everything in the state. They own every statewide constitutional office and have supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature. Heck, a news report this week revealed that Republicans have a majority of … Continue reading

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Prison unions punish California taxpayers

By Steven Greenhut | If you ever wondered what’s wrong with California’s state government, then mull over this simple example: While California cuts its prison population and staff, it’s increasing the amount of money it spends to operate its massive … Continue reading

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Police misconduct undermines justice and costs taxpayers plenty

By Steven Greenhut | News reports last week suggest the city of Oakland may be ready to settle a civil lawsuit filed by the teenage woman at the heart of a sex-abuse scandal that rocked Oakland’s and other nearby police … Continue reading

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Report: Single-payer health care in California would cost double state budget

By Steven Greenhut | During the California Democratic Party convention in Sacramento last weekend, the spiciest news was outgoing chairman John Burton dropping an f-bomb on a group of activists demanding that the party embrace a single-payer health system. It’s … Continue reading

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