Both Sides Are Right on Transportation. Let’s Find a Deal

To the outside, a deal may appear elusive on transportation funding this session. Republicans are intent on using existing funding and demand accountability reforms. Democrats want new funding while also agreeing that accountability reforms are necessary.Both sides are right. It’s time to make a deal.Before...

Fixing our roads requires both reforms and revenue

The California Legislature returned to Sacramento last week with a “to do list” that includes a special session called by Gov. Jerry Brown to address the growing road repair and maintenance backlog – ranked second worse in the country, according to some. The Register’s Aug....

Be careful on sweeping climate change bill

Before leaving Sacramento, lawmakers may enact a bill that could determine the fate of California’s efforts to reduce poverty, build sustainable communities and slow climate change for the next 35 years.Senate Bill 32 would require the state Air Resources Board to regulate a reduction in greenhouse...

It’s time to pivot the discussion on I-405 toll lanes

There's no doubt that I-405 is one of the most congested freeways in the nation.  If you totaled the populations of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and Westminster, it would not equal the number of travelers on average using that corridorevery day from all over...

Don’t mess with Ex-Im success!

Question:  What 80-year old government entity helps U.S. businesses create jobs, compete globally, and make a profit for taxpayers? Answer:  "Ex-Im"-the biggest little competitive advantage you may have never heard of. "Ex-Im" stands for The Export-Import Bank of the United States.  It is the official export credit agency...

Gender wage gap issues are multi-faceted, but real

The OC Register editorial “Solution in search of a problem” April 8, 2014 is way off the mark and not worthy of this board’s usual good work.California women are responsible for the economic security of their families. In the U.S., mothers are primary or sole...

Is California doing all it can to address the drought?

In recent weeks, Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Diane Feinstein, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have called on Californians to do all they can do to address the current severe drought. It’s a critically important call, as water is the mainstay of California’s...

No more government delays

Like Miley Cyrus' infamous dance, this economy continues to have ups and downs, fits and starts, and not be pretty. However, “twerking” isn't limited to the economy, but with the bumpy decision-making – or lack thereof – by elected officials at every level of government....