Author: David Crane

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…

A Message To California Republicans

Learn to appeal to 21st century Californians. California has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last fifty years but not so the California Republican Party. Today, only 25.9% of Californians are registered as Republicans, down more than eight points of…

Next Steps On Healthcare In California

Robert Pearl’s provocative prescription. California Speaker of the State Assembly Anthony Rendon established a Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage charged with determining (1) the method by which universal coverage in California could be financed and…

For Whom CalPERS’s Funded Status Tolls

Some pension beneficiaries are safer than others. A recent news article incorrectly describes the funded status of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) as follows: “Today, CalPERS . . . has about 68 percent of the assets it would need to pay all…

CA Should Raise Teacher Pay By Reducing Unfunded Retirement Liabilities

Fast-rising spending on pensions and other retirement costs is crushing teacher staffing and pay in California. As an example, retirement spending at San Francisco Unified School District grew 3x faster than district revenues over the last five years, absorbing $35…