| Jan 7, 2009
LOS ANGELES, January 7, 2009 Bringing together business, labor, civic, cultural and thought leaders, the Los Angeles Times (latimes.com) has assembled an eclectic and provocative panel for their exclusive "Translating the Transition: An Inaugural...
| May 7, 2008
Taxes as a tool to fix economy
Re "Gov.'s staff exploring new taxes," May 2
The only proven solution to California's budget deficit is a sustained economic recovery. A sales tax on services would impede that recovery.
Increasing the price of services...
| May 21, 2009
| 12:57 PM
Today's topic: What do Tuesday's results mean for the California GOP? Does the voters' rejection of the budget deal empower Republicans to be even less compromising, or does it encourage Democrats in Sacramento to marginalize and ignore the GOP by any...
| May 22, 2009
Today's topic: The failure of the propositions didn't eliminate the need for budget reform. What are the right steps for California to take to prevent the next fiscal meltdown? Daniel J.B. Mitchell and Tom Campbell finish their discussion on the state...
| Jul 21, 2009
The Times' June 12 expose about the California Board of Registered Nursing oversimplifies the issue. The so-called problem with nurses is really just another aspect of the shortcomings in the overall healthcare system.
I have been a nurse for more than...
| May 10, 2009
As he stood before the cameras in Santa Barbara last week, the freewheeling showman that Arnold Schwarzenegger used to be was evident only in his attire.
He was clad in a shirt that was blindingly white, as if daring the ruinous soot from the Jesusita...
| Apr 19, 2009
Yes, this is far too outlandish for real life, but work with us for a moment:
Suppose a public official rules like a petty tyrant, makes reckless financial moves, bungles the people's business and sows divisiveness. Suppose, too, he's so distracted by...
| Jul 2, 2009
The art of setting automobile insurance rates is incomprehensible to most of us civilians. Liability coverage, comprehensive insurance, assigned risk pools, discounts, surcharges . . . the list goes on. Just try to figure out how your carrier arrived at...
| Jul 20, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been chanting this mantra since he first landed in Sacramento: Sacramento must learn to live within its means.
The volume rose in late June when budget talks heated up.
The governor lambasted "Sacramento's failure to...
| Jul 30, 2009
Who are the winners of the California budget battle? Yes, there are some, even though there are many more losers.
Set aside individuals for a moment and assess victory and defeat by political ideology. Distinguish between short term and long term.
| Aug 3, 2009
The fact that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's poll numbers have plummeted to where Gray Davis' were when Schwarzenegger booted him from office might humble an ordinary politician. He'd probably lower his sights. But not Schwarzenegger.
The lame duck...