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COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Reasons to invest in California infrastructure jobs today

The depressed construction industry has contributed to our state’s higher unemployment rate of 12.4 percent. From 1993 to 2006, good-paying construction jobs helped fuel our state’s economy. But since 2006, when the housing industry peaked, California lost nearly 400,000 construction jobs. Loss of supplier-related jobs and employment in the real estate, appraisal and loan service […]

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Why the Bush-era tax cuts should not be extended

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell argues that increasing taxes on the nation’s top 2 percent would hurt small businesses. However, legislation enacted by Congress this year encourages job creation and gives tax breaks to small businesses. In March, President Obama signed the HIRE Act to promote job creation. The Act exempts private-sector employers that hire […]

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Congress must ensure Mexico deals with its economic problems

Recently Arizona enacted its own immigration bill, which potentially usurps the federal government’s authority to regulate immigration. California Congressman Brian Bilbray, chair of the Immigration Reform Committee, and former FAIR lobbyist, offers no real solutions to the immigration debate. In response to Arizona’s new radical immigration bill, Bilbray supported its legality and explained that police […]

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Local congressmen not looking into skyrocketing insurance premium increases

Congressmen Brian Bilbray and Darrell Issa recently toured a Carlsbad Toyota car dealership to “investigate” the Toyota faulty gas pedals that have been causing car crashes and deaths. But what about people who get into accidents and need health care or those faced with escalating premium costs? About 2.5 million Californians have individual insurance plans. […]

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Afghanistan — why more U.S. troops?

The Afghanistan “war” began on October 7, 2001, when our military launched “Operation Enduring Freedom.” We were told the military operation was necessary to “neutralize” and “destroy” Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. We have since acknowledged that the terrorism organization is constantly on the move connected by an intricate international web and cell phone links […]

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Finally, a federal hate crimes bill

In 1998, Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming student perceived as gay, was severely beaten, tied to a fence and left in a coma to die by his attackers. That same year, James Byrd, a black-American, was beaten, stripped naked and dragged three miles tied to a truck. Both crimes were motivated by hate, bias and intolerance, […]


The federal prevailing wage law known as the Davis-Bacon Act was passed in 1931 after the great depression. In 1979, nine states repealed laws enforcing prevailing wages as a large-scale “deregulation” and “privatization” movement began in our country across all types of industries. This has not been beneficial to the public because the short-term bottom […]