Author: David Crane

Future Firefighters Beware!

Local government budgets need protection too. California’s recent fires reminded citizens that robust fire and police staffing levels are critical for public safety, including the safety of the brave Californians willing to serve in those roles. Fortunately for our society,…

Hickenlooper Channels Raimondo

More governors need to show similar courage. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has proposed a budget calling on existing government employees and retirees to bear the costs of proposed pension reforms because citizens and taxpayers have already contributed enough to the retirement…

You Have More Power Than Facebook

Stop howling at the moon. Start spending on good politicians. Do you believe everything you read? Of course not. While it’s true that corporations, unions, Russians and plutocrats spend money on elections and employ misleading posts on Facebook and other…

A Tale Of Two Public Pension Plans

Same recession, same stock market, different outcomes. Two public pension plans started off in the same spot before the Global Financial Crisis and went through the same investment markets since then but ended up in very different spots. The plans — let’s…

Dark Money Didn’t Cause This CA Problem

We have no one to blame but ourselves. Little about political contributions in California is hidden. Information is easily accessible at Cal-Access, a website run by California’s Secretary of State. For example, look here to see contributions to a special…

Ugly Political Hypocrisy In California

Something is rotten in Sacramento. The recent release of Ken Burns’s Vietnam documentary transported me back to the politics of my youth and the ugly hypocrisy of Lyndon Johnson, whose story contains a critical lesson for California today. It’s no…

California Gubernatorial Debate Left Big Stone Unturned

Earlier this week the San Francisco Chronicle hosted a debate among the four announced Democrats for governor. Based upon the paper’s post-debate editorial, they left a big stone unturned. A health care provider (the California Nurses Association) has sponsored a…

While LA Sleeps

Ignoring its gathering storm. California’s wine country fires delivered a vivid demonstration of the critical importance of governments being able to assemble armies of public safety workers when needed. Citizens expect their governments to provide public safety — but they also expect…

CA Can’t Blame Trump For This Problem

Donors and voters should hold governor and legislature accountable. One of the consequences of Donald Trump as president is that he distracts attention from California’s own failures to govern successfully. Nowhere is that distraction more costly than in public education.…

Now That Drug Cost Increases Must Be Explained in California . . .

Could the same approach help schools and other public services? Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill requiring pharmaceutical companies in California to issue notifications at least 60 days in advance of a price increase that would be at least…