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Can California Actually Get 'Greener'?

California may be the greenest state in the nation. The Golden State’s renewable portfolio standard is among the nation’s most aggressive, the state’s cap-and-trade program is likely the most developed, and each legislative session lawmakers grapple over dozens of new environmental-based bills. 748 more words

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California Traffic Is a Symptom of Housing Unaffordability

Two weeksago I explored how California’s housing unaffordability crisis is impacting the Golden State’s business climate. Due to restrictive government zoning ordinances and regulations, California’s rental and for sale housing stock isn’t keeping up with demand. 723 more words

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California's Affordable Housing Crisis Is a Crisis for Business

Proposition 30, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), not reforming education post-Vergara v. California, and AB 32 – are all easily identifiable policies contributing to California’s struggling business climate. 753 more words

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Digging Beneath California's Surface Economic Recovery

At the beginning of January, Governor Jerry Brown stated in his 2015 State of the State/Inaugural address that “California has seen more than 1.3 million new jobs created in just four years and the unemployment rate has dropped to 7.2%.” This statement perfectly encapsulates the elation so many in Sacramento have when talking about the Golden State’s economy. 621 more words

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A Rising Tide Doesn't Lift All Boats In California

As President John F Kennedy once quipped, the rising tide lifts all boats; but one only needs to compare San Francisco and Stockton – cities just 80 miles apart – to question whether the rising tide lifts all boats equally. 610 more words

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Golden State Poll: Where Brown Should Lead and Where He Should Follow

In the public policy arena, elected officials don’t want to be too far ahead nor too far behind public opinion. The trick is finding that balance of leading versus following. 821 more words

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Brown has political capital to pursue big reforms on budget, taxes and pensions

Since President Richard Nixon met with Mao Zedong, the term “go to China” has been synonymous with a political leader who has an indisputable record on an issue moving against that issue without losing political standing. 536 more words

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