Author Archives: Tim Plummer

Tough Start for the Inland Empire’s Newest Cities

Following the passage of SB 89 in 2011, the four newly incorporated cities of Jurupa Valley, Menifee, Eastvale, and Wildomar in Riverside County faced drastic cuts in state funding. The vehicle license fee (VLF) revenue expected from the state was reallocated elsewhere, leaving considerable gaps in municipal budget plans. For the 2012-2013 fiscal year, these… Continue Reading

Video Voter Series: Proposition 2

Video Voter Series 2014 Prop 2 from Claremont McKenna College on Vimeo. Background and Existing Law For the past several years, California has had a problem of volatile state revenues. The state’s overreliance on personal income tax, which, according to the State Controller, makes up 67% of state revenue – much of it from high… Continue Reading

4 Lessons on Leadership: Tom Leppert ’77 Speaks the Athenaeum

Tom Leppert, currently the CEO of Kaplan, Inc., and formerly the mayor of Dallas, spoke at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum on Wednesday, September 25, 2014. Leppert has a long history of leadership in both the private and public spheres. In the private sphere, he has led companies in several industries, notably construction. His nine… Continue Reading

Rose Fellow Prof. Pitney Speaks at the Athenaeum

On Tuesday, September 23, Rose Institute Faculty Fellow Jack Pitney gave a talk at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum entitled “What’s at Stake in the Midterm Elections?” Pitney, who has been at Claremont McKenna College since 1986, has become one of the most quoted government professors in the entire nation. His quotes and articles can… Continue Reading

Rose Institute Co-Hosts Thomas C. Leppert ‘77

This Wednesday, Claremont McKenna College welcomes Thomas C. Leppert ’77 for his talk “Contrasting Leadership in Public and Private Sectors.” His visit is jointly sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Robert Day School, and the Rose Institute of State and Local Government. Currently serving as the CEO of Kaplan, Inc., an education company known… Continue Reading

BART Union Workers Go on Strike

Following 33 hours of negotiations held by federal negotiators, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers went on strike Friday, October 18, 2013, over pay and work rule changes. Currently, union workers’ average gross pay is $76,500. Although union and management reached agreement on changing worker pension contributions from zero to 4 percent, and increasing monthly… Continue Reading