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A “Wartime” California As It Was Eighty Years Ago? Yes And No

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

California’s been through its fair share of challenges in recent times, but nothing quite like the present pandemic crisis, the containment of which entered a critical stage in mid- to late-July as state and local officials turned to new restrictions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the Golden State.

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California’s Choice: New And Enriched Public Programs Or Freer Private Enterprise?

by Joel Foxvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Change is coming to California following the double whammy of a pandemic eruption and police reform protests. Responses to the extraordinary dual events will initially flow into California’s current cultural and political liberal tide—a move toward more government involvement in our lives and more spending.

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California’s Search For Equitable, Sustainable, And Safe Transportation Choices

by Karen Philbrickvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

COVID-19 has changed everything—when, where, and how we work, spend our leisure time, and live our lives.

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Time To Turn To California’s Community Colleges For Common-Sense Solutions?

by John Pimentelvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Do you believe that our capitalist democracy and open markets perfectly enable equality of opportunity and self-agency?

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What Will Happen To The “California Rule?

by Shirley Svornyvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

The year 2020 will be recorded in California history books as the year a pandemic arrived in America’s most populous state, but the impact of a California Supreme Court ruling likely will have a more lasting impact on state and local budgets and the economy.

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Will There Be A “Reopening” Of The Governor’s First Term?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

What the future might hold for California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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Future Expectations For Funding Transportation Programs In California

by Mark Wattsvia Eureka
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Even while policymakers in California debate the need and appropriate approach to address the state’s long deferred roadway maintenance repair and reconstruction needs, we are also embarking on a real-time examination of a new way to fund highway and roadway needs – the so-called mileage fee or as some refer to it as, Mileage Based User Fee (MBUF).

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Sacramento: Like Washington, A Company Town – With Little In Common With D.C.

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, January 14, 2016

“East is east and west is west, and never the twain shall meet.” Rudyard Kipling was referencing the British Empire. He might as well have been talking the divide between Washington, D.C., America’s capital, and Sacramento, the capital city of America’s nation-state.

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Addressing Whether The State Of The State Address Matching Public Sentiment

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, January 14, 2016

On Thursday, January 21, Governor Jerry Brown will give his 2016 State of the State Address in front of a joint session of the State Assembly and State Senate.

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California in 2016: A Time For Breakthroughs On Transportation, Energy, And Tax Policies?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, January 14, 2016

A new year in California brings new promise – and plenty of promises from its elected leaders as to what will transpire in 2016.

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Water, Water, Everywhere – Except For California; How The Golden State Is Coping With Its Drought

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Russian by birth and a New Yorker by trade, the great songwriter Irving Berlin is now a Californian in spirit. For it’s his 1919 tune, “How Dry I Am,” that best sums up the Golden State’s parched status.

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The Big Gamble That Helped Drought-Proof Orange County

by Cathy Greenvia Eureka
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

In 1997, the Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) started a very risky venture. It managed a large groundwater basin in Southern California, but, due to a growing population, cyclical droughts, and the need for additional freshwater barriers to push back seawater intrusion from the Pacific Ocean, OCWD needed another reliable source of water. 

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California’s Water Sector Moves Into The 21st Century

by Newsha Ajamivia Eureka
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

California’s water sector is going through a paradigm shift.

Four years into a historic drought, the state has taken multiple steps to ease its impacts on our water resource availability through a series of legislative and regulatory efforts including the passage of Proposition 1 – California’s $7.5 billion water bond – the first ever comprehensive statewide groundwater law...

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The Underbelly Of The California Drought

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Eureka
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It is September in California, year four of a scorching drought. Forest fires are blackening the arid state, from Napa Valley to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Fly over the High Sierra and about every tenth evergreen below appears dead.

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The Eureka Podcast: “California’s Water Crisis”

interview with Carson Bruno, Bill Whalen, Bruce Cainvia Eureka
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

How California’s devastating drought is reshaping the state’s physical and policy landscape.

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Sacramento Shouldn’t Waste This Opportunity To Enact Serious Water System Reforms

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Winston Churchill once quipped, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” For California, nothing is less apt a statement than how to deal with the four-year (and counting) drought and what to do to prevent or lesson future ones.

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Eureka was created to serve as an occasional discussion of the policy, political and economic issues confronting California. Like the Golden State motto from which this forum’s title was borrowed, the goal here is one of discovery – identifying underlying problems and offering reasonable and common-sense 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 these pages. Hoover research fellow Bill Whalen, who has nearly two decades of experience in California politics and public policy, serves as this forum’s editor.