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California’s Homelessness Crisis: The Beginning Of The End, The End Of The Beginning—Or No End In Sight?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

By most measures, Gavin Newsom has had a productive 2019.

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A New Approach: Adult Foster Care For The Homeless

by Michael S. Bernstamvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

On his visit to California in September 2019, President Donald J. Trump underscored the urgency of the homeless crisis in America’s largest state. On the eve of his visit, the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers issued a special report, “The State of Homelessness in America.” It attributes the problem, correctly, “to decades of misguided and faulty policies” and proposes deregulation of the housing markets, among other solutions.

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How San Diego Cleaned Up Its Act—And Got Real On Homelessness

by Kevin Faulconervia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

As the mayor of San Diego, I recently visited a new housing complex for veterans to meet a man named Brian. I had heard he was thankful that city crews cleaned up tents that homeless individuals had set up underneath a freeway overpass.

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Why Los Angeles’ Homelessness Approach Is Working—With The Right Ingredients

by Colleen Murphyvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Homelessness is on the rise across California. From Kern County to Alameda County, the housing crisis and economic disparities are pushing more and more people into homelessness.

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Five Things The President Can Do To Confront And Prevent A Homelessness Tsunami

by Lance T. Izumi, Michele Steebvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that over 75 percent of those living on the streets in California’s largest city are struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, or a physical disability.

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For Swearengin and Peterson, the Controller Recount Presents Opportunities

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Monday, July 7, 2014

Over the weekend, former Assembly Speaker and Democratic candidate for State Controller, John Perez, officially called for a selective recount of 15 counties in the ever-so-close race for 2nd place in the State Controller primary.

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A First Look at California’s Statewide Contests

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

With Lake County finished tallying its remaining votes, the last of California’s June primary votes have been counted and the Secretary of State will soon certify the results.  

Should the Recent Field Poll Concern California Republicans?

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Three consecutive polls show Republican gubernatorial nominee, Neel Kashkari, in the low-to-mid 30’s against incumbent Governor Jerry Brown.  On the bright side, Kashkari isn’t really losing ground; on the down side, the Republican hasn’t seen a post-primary bounce.

The Week’s Other Political Earthquake – In California, Naturally

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tuesday brought two major political earthquakes, one on either side of the country. While Majority Leader Eric Cantor will forever be known as the first House Majority Leader to fall to a primary challenge, on the West Coast, the all-powerful California teachers’ unions were defeated by judicial review.

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Top Takeaways from California’s Primary

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Last night was primary night in California kicking off the 2014 election season.   For some, races are too still close to call. For others, last night featured little drama. Here are some of the top takeaways.

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California Dreaming and Scheming: What To Look For On Primary Day

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, June 2, 2014

From coast to coast, Americans will go to the polls on Tuesday. There’s an intriguing U.S. Senate race in Mississippi that may have turned on an alleged conspiracy to break into a nursing home and photograph the incumbent’s ailing wife. In Iowa, five Republicans competing in that’s Senate primary could so dilute the vote that no candidate will garner at least 35% of the sum – leaving the choice to a June 14 party convention to settle matters.

The Latest Hoover Golden State Poll: Open Primary, Wide-Open Field; Policy Differences Between Voters and Sacramento

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, May 29, 2014

On Tuesday, Californians go to the polls in the first of the year’s two statewide votes. The “open primary” – so-called because voters can choose any candidate they prefer, with the top-two finishers in state and congressional races advancing to the general election regardless of party affiliation – is a test of political reform in the Golden State. Are Californians more or less interested in their choices given this new latitude, or is it business as usual?

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The Meteoric Rise of California’s Special Fund Spending

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, May 15, 2014

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The May Budget Revise: Little Change from January

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In early January, California Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Earlier today, Gov. Brown took the second step in the process by releasing his May Revise of the spending plan.

The California Primary Voter Gap

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

While Los Angeles County accounts for roughly 30% of total registered Democrats in California, only 20% of actual Democrat primary voters come from that part of the Golden State.


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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.