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  • Cal-Access proved in three hours why it needs immediate upgrades

    Cal-Access proved in three hours why it needs immediate upgrades By Rob Lapsley, The Los Angeles Daily News, May 4, 2017 Californians face a presidential election year with a ballot full of important decisions to make. Timely information and transparency will be essential to making good decisions, but one key tool, the state’s official website

  • Backers of proposed tax on mansions end their ballot campaign

    Backers of proposed tax on mansions end their ballot campaign Sacramento Business Journal, February 25, 2016 A ballot measure campaign to levy new taxes on high-end homes has been suspended, its supporters announced Wednesday. Backers of the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act, which sought to chip away at Proposition 13 by raising

  • State’s economy no longer glistens

    State’s economy no longer glistens By Kirk Clark, The Sacramento Bee, December 15, 2015 Re “State’s economy is doing well” Viewpoints, Dec. 14): The op-ed by F. Noel Perry and Christopher Thornberg paints an overly rosy picture of California’s business climate. If as the authors’ state, California is so business friendly, why are companies like

  • California Setbacks Show Limits of U.S. Environmental Movement

    California Setbacks Show Limits of U.S. Environmental Movement By Bloomberg, September 10, 2015 Even in California, there are limits to the power of the environmental movement. That clout was tested and diminished this week in two bills championed by environmentalists and their allies, including Governor Jerry Brown and the Democratic leaders of the state Legislature.

  • Flaws in climate legislation need to be fixed

    Flaws in climate legislation need to be fixed By Rob Lapsley, The Sacramento Bee, September 5, 2015 California’s leadership role in the global effort to address climate change is unparalleled. But we are now at a critical point. Can next-generation policies achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and also support jobs and economic growth at

  • Economic Tale of Two Regions: Los Angeles vs. Bay Area

    Economic Tale of Two Regions: Los Angeles vs. Bay Area By Rob Lapsley, Fox & Hounds, May 13, 2015 A new study “Economic Tale of Two Regions: Los Angeles vs. Bay Area” uses data compiled by the Center for Jobs & the Economy to show that jobs created in the past 24 years have been

  • Los Angeles job growth flat while San Francisco booms, report says

    Los Angeles job growth flat while San Francisco booms, report says Reuters, May 12, 2015 The number of private sector jobs in the Los Angeles area has remained relatively flat over the past quarter century, while employment in the San Francisco Bay Area has boomed, a report by a business group shows. The report by

  • Prop. 13 overhaul puts California taxpayer protections at risk

    Prop. 13 overhaul puts California taxpayer protections at risk By Rob Lapsley, The LA Daily News, May 4, 2015 The presidential election in 2016 is will be a defining generational election for California’s future. Just as we are coming out of the recession, efforts are now underway by special interest and public employee unions in

  • California’s independent redistricting panel is at risk

    California’s independent redistricting panel is at risk By Rob Lapsley, The Orange County Register, May 1, 2015 Last November, California elected many new legislators due in large part to California’s independent redistricting commission and its creation of competitive districts, resulting in legislators who will be more accountable to their constituents. As a result of Proposition

  • The Numbers Crunch: A ‘two-tier economy’ shadows California’s future

    The Numbers Crunch: A ‘two-tier economy’ shadows California’s future The Sacramento Bee, May 1, 2015 Even without “Six Californias” or other harebrained schemes to divide the Golden State, it’s already happening before our eyes. Nearly six years into the recovery from the Great Recession, it’s becoming painfully clear that California has two economies – the

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