Dan Walters

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Dan Walters: How’s the March 3 primary working out?

欧洲杯竞猜The more or less official rationale offered by the state’s Democratic politicians for moving our presidential primary election to March 3 was that the nation’s most populous and diverse state should play a major role in choosing a challenger to President Donald Trump and compel candidates to pay attention to our issues. They implied that […]

Dan Walters: Has Newsom settled water wars?

The beating heart of California’s massive system of capturing, storing and distributing water is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Water flows into the West’s largest estuary from the Sacramento, San Joaquin and several lesser rivers that drain the state’s mountain chains on its northern and eastern edges. While most of the water continues into the Pacific […]

Dan Walters: ‘California for All’ vs. daunting reality

欧洲杯竞猜Gov. Gavin Newsom’s website is topped by his official slogan, “California for All.” “The California Dream — the idea that every person can achieve a better life, regardless of where they start out — is central to who we are as Californians,” it declares. “Even in a time of economic growth and record employment, too many […]

Dan Walters: An uber-complex presidential primary

A new poll of California voters finds a virtual tie among Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden just a couple of weeks before mail voting begins for the March 3 Democratic presidential primary. Sanders crept ahead of long-time leader Biden among Democratic voters in the Public Policy Institute of California […]

Dan Walters: The politics of slow population growth

During the first decade of the 21st century, demographers in California’s Department of Finance and those in the U.S. Census Bureau found themselves in a genteel conflict. Year by year, the two agencies’ estimates of California’s population diverged, finally reaching a gap of about 1 million human beings. It was officially resolved by the 2010 […]

Dan Walters: Where political action is — and isn’t — in 2020

It’s a presidential election year, so what can California voters anticipate between now and Nov. 3? For one thing, not much presidential politicking, even though we’ve advanced our presidential primary from June to March in hopes of making California more than an ATM machine to finance campaigns in other states. Yes, we’ve seen a little […]

Dan Walters: Bullet-train follies

As oft-noted in this space, those in California’s state government — governors, legislators and agency directors — have an unfortunate habit of starting programs and projects that are never fully implemented. These governmental orphans fall roughly into two categories, those that have some valid rationale and those that don’t. For instance, applying technology to public […]

Dan Walters: Housing crisis and reality

As he was running for governor, Gavin Newsom repeatedly and emphatically promised to attack California’s housing shortage head-on, pledging in an online article to “lead the effort to develop the 3.5 million new housing units we need by 2025 because our solutions must be as bold as the problem is big.” During his inaugural address in January, Newsom […]

Dan Walters: California’s half-a-loaf syndrome

Joe Mathews, another guy who makes his living by scribbling about California, penned a very perceptive article recently about the state’s proclivity for not following through on policy pronouncements. “California is stuck in the gray zone,” Mathews wrote, referring to “a military term for the space between peace and war… “In California today,” he continued, “I think […]

December 15, 2019 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

Dan Walters: Bait and switch on pensions

欧洲杯竞猜Local officials, particularly those in California’s 400-plus cities, have been complaining loudly in recent years about pension costs, raising the specter of insolvency if they continue their rapid increase. Last year, the League of California Cities issued a report declaring that “pension costs will dramatically increase to unsustainable levels.” The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) confirms […]

Dan Walters: Newsom fumbles on transportation

欧洲杯竞猜Gavin Newsom has a transportation problem — not personally, but politically. As governor, Newsom travels in an entourage with a personal driver and lots of security. However, he shares the road with millions of Californians who must cope with ever-increasing congestion, poorly maintained pavement and sky-high fuel prices. A couple of years ago, when Jerry […]

Dan Walters: Westlands contract shakes the waterscape

California’s perpetual, uber-complex conflict over water progresses much like the tectonic plates that grind against one another beneath its surface. Periodically, as subterranean friction increases, there’s a sudden movement that we call an earthquake — sometimes imperceptibly small, but occasionally large enough to disrupt and endanger life at the surface. In much the same way, […]

November 17, 2019 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Dan Walters: Housing crisis — fits and starts

欧洲杯竞猜The latest developments in California’s housing crisis are, as usual, mixed. In September, according to the Legislature’s budget analyst, permits for 10,580 new housing units were issued, a 13% increase from August and a 40% boost from September 2018. However, overall housing starts are still running below 2018’s level, meaning the net gain for the year, […]

Dan Walters: A titanic battle over work looms

It would be difficult to name an issue of more fundamental, far-reaching importance than how we earn our livings — and a titanic political battle is about to erupt. This week, a coalition of companies that use on-call drivers with their own vehicles to transport passengers and goods — Uber and Lyft most famously — […]

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