Tonight, the Oxnard City Council will discuss the critical problem of housing affordability. Thanks to our high housing costs, Stanford and PPIC estimate that one in four residents of Oxnard and Port Hueneme are in poverty, one of the highest rates in California.

The meeting will focus in particular on…


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It’s crunch time on climate. Meeting President Biden’s goal of halving carbon emissions by 2030 would help us avert extreme global warming and demonstrate American leadership heading into the UN Climate Change Conference in two weeks, but we need legislative action to make it happen. …


Today we’re (re)launching PolicyEngine to give the public unprecedented insight into the tax and benefit system.

Do you know how much money you make? No, not the amount in your employment contract — how much you get to take home. What about how that would change if you took some time off, or if you got a raise? How about if your favorite (or least favorite)…


Last November, we endorsed nine pro-housing candidates for local office across Ventura County. Four of those won, including Carmen Ramirez in her race for County Supervisor. When Ramirez left her seat on the Oxnard City Council vacant to move to the Board of Supervisors, 15 applicants filed to be appointed…


Ventura County has one special election on November 2 of this year: Oxnard City Council District 2. Carmen Ramirez held the seat until she was elected to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors last November, at which point the Oxnard City Council appointed then-Parks Commissioner Gabe Teran in February. …


A public comment I delivered to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors today

Thank you Supervisors,

My name is Max Ghenis and I live in Oxnard. I’d like to tell you about my friend, Jim Pagels. Jim is 29, and after college, he worked as a writer before discovering a passion for economics, a passion we share. As a PhD student at the…


After asking each applicant about the housing crisis, most councilmembers voted for those least committed to solving it

On Saturday, the Ventura City Council held a special meeting to appoint someone to the seat of former District 4 Councilmember, now District Attorney, Erik Nasarenko, until the election in November 2022. …


Our new paper shows how the budget-neutral policy would reduce poverty and inequality, and simplify the tax and benefit system

Last Friday, Senator Mitt Romney introduced the Family Security Act, a comprehensive, budget-neutral reform to the tax and benefit system that would, for the first time, send monthly payments to every parent in America. The heart of the program is a child allowance of $350 per month for children under…


Tonight I gave the below general public comment regarding Councilmember Ed Jones’s remarks about renters at their last meeting two weeks ago. You can read about that meeting in the Acorn and watch video of Jones’s comments in this Twitter thread.

Thank you, Mayor and Councilmembers.

I wanted to comment…


Last night, the Oxnard City Council voted to appoint Gabe Teran to fill now-Supervisor Carmen Ramirez’s District 2 Council seat. We applaud the Council’s excellent choice in appointing our endorsed candidate.

Teran’s response to a particular question re-asserted that we made the right call. …

Max Ghenis

Economist. Founder and president of the UBI Center. Studied at MIT and UC Berkeley. YIMBY. Former Google data scientist.

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