Previously Published in the Orange County Register on May 20. The headline read, “USC steals 2 star brain researchers from UCLA.” But there is much more to the story than what was in the article, which presented the event as a coup in a simple cross-town rivalry between two great universities. The real story is… Read more

One of the lessons that many people have taken from the financial crisis is that there was too much debt and leverage and too little equity capital.  Capital serves as a buffer against loss.  If this buffer is inadequate, the probability of financial failure is high.  During an economic boom, borrowers are eager to take… Read more

Previously published in the Orange County Register Over the past few months I’ve been privileged to hear two members of California’s Black Caucus speak, and I’ve been mightily impressed. Last fall, Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) gave two presentations to a Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) economic summit. He painted a portrait of California’s industrial… Read more