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September 23, 2021

The Malibu Times: Malibu is violating homeowners’ rights by rejecting ADU permits

"California faces a severe housing crisis." That's what the state legislature said in 2016. As part of a slew of legislative reforms intended to address the crisis, the state passed new laws designed to simplify and expedite the process for building a particular type of housing, one that is an "essential component of California's housing ...

September 23, 2021

Redding, California, must allow tattoo studios to open downtown

Delia Fields lost everything in the Camp Fire in 2018. After fleeing the fire in her old pickup truck with nothing but her two dogs and the clothes on her back, she sought temporary shelter in a Walmart parking lot in Chico, California. From there, she located some friends she could stay with until she ...

September 21, 2021

A Primer on Critical Race Theory: An Interview with Dr. James Lindsay

Critical race theory has woven itself into almost every facet of our society, prioritizing "equity" over "equality." While equal opportunity and equality before the law are foundational tenets of our country, critical race theory undermines those by prioritizing equity between racial groups, which forces us to separate individuals into arbitrary cl ...

September 20, 2021

The Hill: Here’s why Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers is a horrible idea

Last week, President Biden announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) soon will require all private employers with more than 100 employees to require workers to become vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 tests. Whatever you think of vaccines or vaccine mandates, if you care about constitutional government, you shoul ...

September 20, 2021

The Dispatch: Want affordable housing? Build more homes.

There is agreement today across the ideological spectrum that the cost of housing is too high. The share of all Americans paying more than 30, 40, or even 50 percent of their monthly income on housing has been growing for a very long time, and the cost of housing nearly everywhere has outpaced income growth ...

September 20, 2021

Why is it so hard to be a California farmer?

In August, California's State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously to drastically reduce farmers' rights to draw water from the state's two largest rivers. The decision was just the latest in a series of blows to thousands of California farmers who are struggling to keep their farms alive, thanks to shrinking water allocations and hostil ...

September 17, 2021

Daily Journal: California law gives people the right to build ADUs. Cities need to let them. 

Decades of underbuilding, largely due to red tape imposed by prohibitive land use laws, has pushed California into a housing crisis. Apartments and homes have never been more expensive. That's why state lawmakers passed laws giving Californians the right to build accessory dwelling units — also known as in-law suites or granny flats. ADUs often ...

September 17, 2021

The Orange County Register: Housing delayed is housing denied

This summer the Biden administration released a report that came to the same conclusion every administration since President Reagan's has reached: restrictive land-use regulation is one of the primary causes of the housing crisis. Across the country, too few homes are being built, and those that are built are often too expensive for the average ...

September 17, 2021

The crisis exception to the Constitution?

When a great crisis visits the nation, the niceties of constitutionally protected rights must take a holiday. Only later, once the crisis has resolved, can we go about deciding which rights should be fully restored, and which rights should be modified to meet the new circumstances of a post-crisis world. Rights, after all, must give ...

September 15, 2021

The Oregonian: Oregon gives a cold shoulder to love letters

Don't even think about sending a love letter. If you are buying a home in Oregon, that is. In today's very competitive real estate market, buyers' love letters are a common practice to try to get a little more attention and sympathy from a seller. Buyers can tell sellers what they really love about the ...