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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 Eureka Podcast: “Tax Reform in California”

interview with Carson Bruno, Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, July 20, 2015

How a volatile, progressive tax regime is impairing California’s economy.

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Californians See The Housing Affordability Crisis As A Threat To The California Dream

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

California’s housing prices are the 2nd highest in the country (second only to Hawaii); according to Zillow, Californian home values and rental prices are roughly 2½ times and 1½ times, respectively, the national averages.  Homeownership is a signifier of upward economic mobility, but many Californians cannot afford these daunting prices.

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Hot Market, Exorbitant Prices, And A Debate Over Policy Remedies

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Not that housing in California defies logic but consider this tale of a home that went on the market in San Francisco back in February 2015. Located in the city’s Outer Sunset District, the four-bedroom home was listed at $799,000 – a bargain by local standards (in April, the median asking price for a San Francisco property was a shade under $1.01 million).  Why the discount?

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Housing in California: A Profound Public Policy Failure

by Wendell Coxvia Eureka
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

For more than a quarter century after World War II, the "California Dream" was real. California was the Promised Land to millions of middle-income households who moved here from all over the country. They were attracted by unmatched weather.

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What’s Preventing New Housing In California? The Usual Suspects – Plus CEQA

by Loren Kayevia Eureka
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The California political establishment has passed the Fitzgerald Intelligence Test – that’s the author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who in 1936 had this observation: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."

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Addressing California’s Housing Woes: “A Strategy For State Action” That Can’t Wait Another 30 Years

by Carol Galantevia Eureka
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Serious students of California’s housing woes may recognize the middle part of this column’s headline. It’s also the subtitle of 101 Steps to Better Housing, The California Housing Plan 1982, a document now over three decades old. Produced by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the publication proposes solutions for many issues the Golden State still struggles with today.

The Eureka Podcast: “California’s Affordable Housing Crisis”

interview with Carson Bruno, Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Friday, May 15, 2015

Why is property so expensive in the Golden State?

California's Climate Change Conundrum

via Eureka
Monday, March 23, 2015

In this edition of Eureka, we’ll look at Brown’s three energy proposals – their feasibility, and what they mean both for California and for the Governor’s legacy. 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.

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Governor Brown’s Gasoline Consumption Reduction Plan Offers Less than Meets The Eye

by Jeremy Carlvia Eureka
Monday, March 23, 2015

In one of the more memorable statements in his fourth inaugural address, Governor Brown pledged to ensure that California would cut the usage of petroleum in the state’s vehicles by up to 50 percent by 2030. While the Governor’s proposal got a lot of publicity, on closer examination, it figures to be far more sizzle than steak.

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Explaining Jerry Brown’s Newfound Energy (Policy)

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, March 23, 2015

By tradition, a California governor’s second-term inaugural address is a good indicator of how the term-limited chief executive of America’s nation-state plans to ride off into the sunset. Pete Wilson’s second-term inaugural, delivered 20 years ago, included talk of shrinking government (lower taxes and less regulation) to spur economic growth.

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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.