Author: David Crane

CALSTRS BITES APPLE!

But who has hurt California kids more? Apparently the board of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) worries that Apple’s smartphones negatively impact child development. Presumably there will now be a lot of research on that subject. But no research…

California’s OPEB Crisis

Jerry Brown and Betty Yee aren’t telling you the whole story. Everyone has heard about pension costs but few have heard about the other retirement cost that’s burdening California governments and schools. “OPEB” — “Other Post-Employment Benefits” — are a form of deferred compensation, just…

Jerry Brown’s Timid Education Agenda

In his final State of the State address, this is all Jerry Brown had to stay about K-12 education: “In education, after seeing 30,000 teachers laid off [as a result of the collapse in state revenues after the Great Financial…

California Should Address Licensing Reform – And Stop Adding Violins To The String Section

In 1850 California passed its first professional licensing law requiring foreigners to buy a monthly license to mine gold. During  the next hundred years the state so dramatically expanded its licensing regime that by 1950 one in every twenty workers…

California’s Own Shutdown

Schools are open but shelves are barren. Everyone can see the federal shutdown is reducing some public services but California legislators are turning a blind eye to their state’s own shutdown. Public schools in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego,…

Governor Brown Is 100 Percent Correct

But California needs 500 percent. Governor Jerry Brown’s 2018–19 budget proposal prudently calls for filling the state’s Rainy Day Fund to its constitutional capacity of $13.5 billion. Doing so will “soften the magnitude and length” of budget cuts occasioned by the…

CA Legislators Must Walk MLK Day Talk

Actions speak louder than tweets. Today California legislators are tweeting quotations from Martin Luther King. They should compare the objectives expressed in their tweets with the state of affairs for their constituents, starting with the six million children in California public…

Shades of Political Deception

LBJ, Trump and Nancy Skinner. Viewers of Steven Spielberg’s new film The Post are being reminded of the murderous lies told by the Johnson Administration as it ramped up the war in Viet Nam. While today’s media is more capable of…

A Pro-Citizen 2018 Agenda For California

Five pro-citizen issues should be on the agenda when the California Legislature reconvenes tomorrow: Reducing OPEB (retiree health care) spending by school districts, cities, special districts and the state that’s crowding out services for students, teachers and other citizens; Improving…

Tithing To California’s Democracy

Our Political Giving Pledge My wife and I donate at least 10 percent of our income to the support of pro-citizen members of the California Legislature. Our objective is to free state legislators to govern in the general interest. We think…