About the Authors

Kerry Jackson

Kerry Jackson is an independent journalist and opinion writer with extensive experience covering politics and public policy. Currently a fellow with the Center for California Reform at the Pacific Research Institute (PRI), he writes weekly op-eds and blog posts on statewide issues, and occasional books and policy papers. Jackson is a leading commentator on California’s growing homeless crisis. In 2019, he co-authored with Dr. Wayne Winegarden a brief on San Francisco’s homeless crisis, which was presented to Mayor London Breed’s administration.

Wayne Winegarden

Wayne Winegarden, Ph.D., is a Sr. Fellow in Business & Economics, Pacific Research Institute, as well as the Director of PRI’s Center for Medical Economics and Innovation. Dr. Winegarden’s columns have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes.com, and USA Today. He was previously on the economics faculty at Marymount University, has testified before the U.S. Congress, has been interviewed and quoted in such media as CNN and Bloomberg Radio, and is asked to present his research findings at policy conferences and meetings. Dr. Winegarden is also the Principal of an economic advisory firm that advises clients on the economic, business, and investment implications from changes in broader macroeconomic trends and government policies. Clients have included Fortune 500 companies, financial organizations, small businesses, and trade associations. Previously, Dr. Winegarden worked as a business economist in Hong Kong and New York City, and as a policy economist for policy and trade associations in Washington D.C. Dr. Winegarden received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University.

Christopher F. Rufo

Christopher F. Rufo is an Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Research Institute (PRI). He is a filmmaker, writer, and policy researcher. He has directed four films for PBS, Netflix, and international television, including his latest film, America Lost, that tells the story of three “forgotten American cities.” He is the director of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty, and a contributing editor at City Journal, where he covers poverty, homelessness, addiction, crime, and other afflictions. Rufo graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University, was a Claremont Institute Lincoln fellow, and has appeared on NPR, CNN, ABC, CBS, HLN, and FOX News.

Joseph Tartakovsky

Joseph Tartakovsky is the former Deputy Solicitor General of Nevada, an attorney specializing in constitutional and appellate law in California, and the author of The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds that Shaped America’s Supreme Law.  He was also a Pacific Research Institute Fellow in Legal Studies. His writing has appeared in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, among other publications.