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CALMATTERS: As Californians’ stance on crime hardens, Republicans try to regain relevance | Columns

Over the last dozen years, Democrats have gained, lost and finally nailed down supermajorities in the California Legislature. Now they hold more than 75% of its 120 seats. Having achieved total control, Democratic leaders could — and did — completely ignore the dwindling numbers of… Read More »CALMATTERS: As Californians’ stance on crime hardens, Republicans try to regain relevance | Columns

CALMATTERS: Why California regulators have to protect both consumers and company profits | Columns

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Southern Pacific Railroad wielded almost total control over California’s politics, angering farmers who believed they were being gouged by high freight rates and fueling a powerful populist movement. Farmers’ complaints spawned several efforts to regulate them… Read More »CALMATTERS: Why California regulators have to protect both consumers and company profits | Columns

CALMATTERS: California wants to be carbon-neutral by 2045. What does that mean for its big economic drivers? | Columns

California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, flew more 6,000 miles to Rome this month to deliver a brief speech on climate change at a Vatican-sponsored conference. Media reports of Newsom’s appearance centered on his verbal potshot at former President Donald Trump and his conversation with Pope Francis… Read More »CALMATTERS: California wants to be carbon-neutral by 2045. What does that mean for its big economic drivers? | Columns

CALMATTERS: California Supreme Court weighs two cases that could limit the ballot initiative process | Columns

Seven years ago, California’s Supreme Court declared broad support for the historic right of voters to make law through the initiative process. Ruling in a case dubbed “Upland,” the court said that while governments are subject to voter-approved constitutional restraints on raising taxes, tax increases… Read More »CALMATTERS: California Supreme Court weighs two cases that could limit the ballot initiative process | Columns

CALMATTERS: California restaurants shouldn’t be shocked law banning ‘junk fees’ applies to them | Columns

Last Friday, a friend and I met at a chain restaurant in Sacramento for our customary weekly lunch. Both of us ordered $16 plates of Mexican food. When the bill came, it totaled a bit over $36, including taxes and a $1.28 “surcharge.” We gave… Read More »CALMATTERS: California restaurants shouldn’t be shocked law banning ‘junk fees’ applies to them | Columns

CALMATTERS: Lagging revenue continues to drive California budget deficit as deadline nears | Columns

As the June 15 constitutional deadline for enacting a 2024-25 state budget approaches, the good news for Gov. Gavin Newsom is that all-important income tax revenues in April slightly exceeded the administration’s $16.3 billion assumption. Even so, the bad news is that overall revenues from… Read More »CALMATTERS: Lagging revenue continues to drive California budget deficit as deadline nears | Columns