Category Archives: Steve Greenhut

Deadly California wildfires raise needed debate about current spending

By Steven Greenhut | In the days before Facebook and other social media, it was a matter of course to wait a few days after tragedies strike before making political and policy points about the latest event. We always need … Continue reading

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Cities facing fiscal mess plead with CalPERS as pensions consume budgets

By Steven Greenhut | If you ask the union-controlled California Public Employees’ Retirement System about the state’s looming pension crisis, you’re likely to get this answer: What pension crisis? But the story was much different at CalPERS’ own Finance and … Continue reading

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California legislative session ends with higher taxes

By Steven Greenhut | California’s legislative session, which completed its work in the wee hours Saturday morning, was one of the more controversial ones in years, given the degree to which the Democratic majority was able to secure various tax … Continue reading

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Bill would revive California’s redevelopment agencies

By Steven Greenhut | California’s redevelopment agencies were a fixture on the local political landscape for six decades, as they guided development policies and grabbed “tax increment financing” that localities used to pay for infrastructure improvements, downtown renovations and affordable-housing … Continue reading

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Here come more tax increases!

Supreme Court ruling lets unions collude with cities to raise local taxes. By Steven Greenhut| The California Supreme Court this week issued a stunning blow to California’s taxpayers with a convoluted ruling that lets local governments collude with public-employee unions … Continue reading

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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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