Analysis

Where Did Your Pay Raise Go?

News Analysis By Drew Phelps Last week, the Fresno Bee reported some good news: Average income in Fresno County rose 2.5% from 2015 to 2016, making the average just above $40,000 for 2016. While th...

U.S. Industries Continue to Lose Jobs. Here’s Why

If you listen to protectionists, you may assume that our economy’s production jobs are either being taken by immigrants or shipped overseas to keep costs down. According to productivity data, that does not seem to be the case. Manufacturing employment ha...

Hate Crimes Up in California, But Not in Valley

Reported hate crimes may be increasing in California, but in the bigger Valley cities, things remain relatively unchanged. The city of Fresno saw three more hate crimes in 2016 than the previous year. That is b...
North Korea Nuclear Threat Graphic

With Nuclear Threat, Can California Learn from Korea?

Can Californians learn to be as cool as Koreans in the face of nuclear annihilation? Visiting Seoul last week, I asked people how they stay sane while living within range of North Korea’s weapons. Kim Jong Un’s capital, Pyongyang, is 120 miles from Seoul—th...