The Eureka Forum was created to discuss the policies and political and economic issues confronting California. Like the Golden State motto from which the forum’s title was borrowed, the goal is one of discovery: identifying underlying problems and offering reasonable and commonsense reforms for America’s great nation-state. Ever since Archimedes (supposedly) first uttered the word, eureka has meant joy, satisfaction, and a sense of accomplishment. Drawing on the combined wisdom of Hoover’s policy experts and leading California thinkers, we hope that you’ll find enlightenment in its pages. Hoover research fellow Bill Whalen, who has nearly two decades of experience in California politics and public policy, serves as the forum’s editor.