Author: David Crane

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…

Immorality in California Politics

It goes well beyond sexual harassment. Sexual harassment by elected officials in California is all over the news but less visible forms of political immorality are just as prevalent. One example is that of state legislators who sell students, families…

CA’s Next Budget Will Not Tell The Truth

On January 10 Governor Jerry Brown will present his proposed budget for the 2018–19 fiscal year. That budget will not reflect financial reality. That’s because state and local governments operate under accounting rules that enable untruthful financial reporting. For example,…

More Pension Math

The real reason CalPERS hasn’t recovered. Many legislators don’t understand why massive gains in the stock market have barely improved the Funded Ratio of California’s principal pension fund, CalPERS. The answer is simple: massive growth in liabilities. See for yourself.…

Misunderstanding Citizens United in CA

California already had Citizens United rules. Recently an acquaintance complained about the Citizens United (CU) decision in 2010 by the US Supreme Court that held governments may not prevent corporations or unions from engaging in political spending. When I pointed out…