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California’s Election: Registered Excitement And The Traditional “Airing Of Grievances”

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

If you were anticipating a calm election in California, there’s still time to move to another state—maybe not neighboring Arizona, a pivotal battleground state, but some other state with less baggage.

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Proposition 16 – Whether To Restore Racial Quotas In California

by Thomas Campbellvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Proposition 16, on the ballot this November, aims to repeal Proposition 209, passed by California voters in 1996 (it received 54.5 percent support at the time). 

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Proposition 18—Should Seventeen-Year-Olds Be Allowed To Vote?

by David Davenportvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

California’s Proposition 18 on this year’s ballot is like those television commercials that may be clever but where, in the end, you fail to see the point or even remember the product being advertised. It would amend the California constitution to allow seventeen-year-olds who would turn eighteen by the time of the next general election to vote in primaries or special elections.

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Proposition 22—The Future Of California’s Gig Economy

by Mira Farkavia Eureka
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

In just a few days, Californians will cast a hugely consequential vote. It won’t be for president of the United States—if the polls are to believed, and based in part on the last presidential election, California has all but made up its mind as to which septuagenarian should lead the Free World.

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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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California’s Up-and-Down Revenue Stream: Is State Tax Reform, Up, Down…or Out?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

California may be parched and arid, thanks to a historic drought.  Meanwhile, Sacramento is awash with money – about $6.7 billion more than government bean counters were counting on as recently as January.

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“Taxifornia” And “Left Coast” – Public Opinion Or Just Politics?

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The “Left Coast” and “Taxifornia” are two common nicknames for the Golden State.  And it isn’t surprising why. California hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential or U.S. Senate nominee since 1988 and hasn’t elected a Republican to a statewide office since 2006. 

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The Uncertain Futures Of Propositions 13 And 30

by Joel Foxvia Eureka
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Two of California’s historical ballot initiatives – one brought by government outsiders to limit government revenue, the other brought by government insiders to expand government revenue – face an uncertain future if changes to these laws appear on the 2016 ballot.

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Capital Gains Taxes: More Than A “Rich Person’s Problem”

by Autumn Cartervia Eureka
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It may seem easy to dismiss capital gains taxes as just a “rich person’s problem.” Popular wisdom holds the wealthiest among us generate essentially excess wealth largely through well-timed investment trades, making capital gains nothing more than icing on their income cakes.

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Fixing California – The Need For Tax Reform

by Gerald Parskyvia Eureka
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

From 2008 to 2009, California experienced its worse economic recession (dubbed by some as the Golden State’s “Great Recession”) since the tax system was first created in the 1930’s.

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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.