Ashley Clark

Just Asking – 1.5 million job vacancies in the state’s economy?

How many of California’s 4.8 million unemployed and functionally unemployed residents could actually find work filling the estimated 1.5 million job vacancies in the state’s economy? Besides paying out more than $20-billion in fraudulent unemployment claims (equivalent to more than $600 for every Californian) – what is the Employment Development Department doing to make sure …

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Rivas Farm Tours: A Refreshing Approach to Inform Policy Decisions

California lawmakers too often come to Sacramento with preconceived ideas. They arrive with a partisan and black-and-white view of complex issues. They give lip service to learning and fairness when the reality is they already have staked out their positions, which unsurprisingly tend to align with the special interests who put them in office. Their …

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California’s Ever Confusing COVID-19 Rules

The latest round of shutdowns by Governor Gavin Newsom has devastated businesses throughout California. Without some immediate assistance, many of these mostly small businesses will collapse and become extinct.  In trying to address the concerns from small businesses, Governor Newsom has recently allowed some businesses to expand their services into outdoor spaces. However, it remains …

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America Unfiltered

America Unfiltered is a Faultline exclusive report that reflects views from random Americans interviewed during a weeklong road trip across the United States from June 11 to June 17. During this time, Faultline editor and reporter, Stevan Allen, interviewed more than a dozen Americans in eight states and the District of Columbia. The goal was …

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Democrat California Lawmaker Steals Republican Colleague’s Identity to “Catfish” Women on Dating Site

Affairs and sexual scandals have been a part of the political environment for time immemorial. So let’s first start off by saying that Assemblyman Phil Ting’s affair(s) with a woman (or women) he met on the dating app “What’s Your Price” is at its core a personal matter between the assemblyman, his family and other …

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Unemployment Development Department Hiring the Unemployed

The California Employment Development Department is hiring more than 1,800 people to manage the surge in unemployment benefits claims following the state shutdown orders. The Sacramento Bee reports that, “These new workers will assist in call centers, analyze wage documents and handle the over 5.1 million claims that the EDD has already processed since the …

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Black Lives, Co-opted

What not to do in the middle of civil unrest: use the personal pain of marginalized people to blatantly push your agenda. Just yesterday Mary D. Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board, took to Twitter in order to use George Floyd’s death to promote environmental policy issues, saying “ ‘I can’t breathe’ speaks …

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