CALIFORNIA MATTERS - “The Big Short” was a 2015 film about how some financial whizzes, realizing that the nation’s overheated housing market was on the verge of collapse, made billions of dollars by betting on failure.
THE STATE OF OUR STATE - Has the California proposition changed fundamentally? And does it matter for real estate?
PANDEMIC ANALYSIS - Recessions in California tend to widen the gap between rich and poor.
SILICON VALLEY - The record meltdown of Meta stock earlier this month suggests turbulence in the tech world and a difficult period ahead for the company formerly known as Facebook.
WHAT'S UP WITH CALIFORNIA - Democratic politicians frequently and vehemently express their admiration for and support of what they call “working families,” while contending that rival Republicans lack such empathy.
HOUSING CRISIS - I work and live in California, the poster child of the national housing crisis.
WHAT’S UP IN SACRAMENTO - Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration is very gingerly lifting the restrictions on personal behavior that were imposed to counter the omicron surge of COVID-19 — particularly the requirement to wear masks inside public places.
CALIFORNIA POLITICS - Governor Newsom made a self-imposed pledge to dismantle San Quentin's California's Death Row for good and transfer all of the death row inmates to one of 7 other California state prison facilities and place them in their general prison population.
CONNECTING CALIFORNIA - On February 13, the most watched event in America visits its birthplace, California.
LABOR VIEW - The question was deceptively simple, California State Controller Betty Yee remembers, yet it arose again and again as she and other leaders pondered the future of the state’s workforce.
BEING OF SERVICE - If you want to serve the people of California, is public office the best place for you?
CALIFORNIA MATTERS - The single biggest challenge facing California small businesses: Labor shortages.
COMMENTARY - This newly released report examines how the California dream can be restored for California's middle- and working-class families. An excerpt follows:
CAL MATTERS - While it deals with the stubborn COVID-19 pandemic, California is also contending with a smorgasbord of equally resilient social pathologies, including chronic illness, homelessness, poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness and street crime.
CALIFORNIA MATTERS - Splashy headlines, viral videos and fear of lawlessness have spurred the beginnings of a proverbial pendulum swing in California.
CALIFORNIA MATTERS - The first Europeans to visit California were Spanish explorers who assumed it was an island and named it for a fictional island in a 16th century Spanish novel, occupied by a band of woman warriors led by a queen named Calafia.
CALIFORNIA HIGHWAYS - Don’t ever complain about freeway traffic, especially around my mother.
STATE OF THE STATE - Yet California is not doomed, at least in the near term, nor is it anything like a model of social democracy.