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☆ SJ D10 Candidates stake out their positions on Measure E Reallocation question

We asked District 10 Council finalists Arjun Batra and George Casey for their perspectives on...
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☆ Expert: San Jose City Manager deflects blame, misses point of critical state homeless audit

The CA state audit that blistered San Jose and statewide homelessness programs for ineffectiveness called...
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☆ Water district rates about to double

Image by WaterArchives.org Hold onto your (wet) wallets. Opp Now contributor and local City Planning...
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☆ Oliverio: Big lesson from State audit re: CA and SJ homelessness programs: Clear-eyed realism more important than rosy intentions

Former SJ CM and current Planning Commissioner Pierluigi Oliverio takes a look back at how...
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On that Labor/Business divide: the statewide edition

Image by Wikimedia Commons California labor groups have their list of priority bills and the...
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The Last Days of Housing First?

Albert Goodwin: Apocalypse. Image by Wikimedia Commons Regular readers of Opp Now have noticed that...
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☆ Bay Area profs nominate smart, instructive, playful economics books you can bank on (part 2)

Image in Public Domain For this installment, Opp Now visited the office hours of three...
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“Police are powerless”: Prop 47 revisited, critiqued by CA law enforcement analyst

Image by DPP Law Mark Powell posits in Times of San Diego that Prop 47,...
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How modern economic debate completely misses the role of surprise and creativity

Image from Moneyball (2011) Modern progressives misunderstand what makes capitalism work, entrapped as they are in...
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L.A./Austin case study: Clearing street encampments reduces violent crimes, homeless deaths

Critics like SJ's Assemblymember Ash Kalra claim Newsom's CARE Court initiative and local encampment restrictions...