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More Money, But More Or Fewer Problems? The State Of The Golden State’s Public Schools

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

By this month’s end, an annual California migration will have occurred—a mass movement that, in sheer numbers, puts the swallows of San Juan Capistrano to shame.

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After A Year As Los Angeles’s School Superintendent, Learning To Separate Facts From Myths

by Austin Beutnervia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A first-generation American, son of a factory worker and a schoolteacher, attends public schools. which provide him with a great education.

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California Can Reform K–12 And Medi-Cal, Or Face A Future Of Perpetual Tax Hikes

by David Cranevia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Here’s another way to look at the complicated question of California’s commitment to public education in these flush economic times, with some compelling illustration of the state’s finances. And an unsettling conclusion: more and more tax increases will be the Golden State’s fate unless lawmakers get serious about reforming two large portions of California’s budget—K–12 schools and Medi-Cal, which account for more than one-half of California’s General Fund spending.

Teachers picket in La Habra last December
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Teacher Strikes Are Not Going To Help California’s Students

by Eric Hanushekvia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

When teachers in Los Angeles and Oakland went on strike earlier this year, they got a considerable amount of public support. This support is not too surprising, because there is widespread belief that teachers are underpaid. Now that the strikes have been settled, how should we view these actions?

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For California’s GOP, Image Rebranding is a Must

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The California Republican Party is facing a serious “come to Jesus” moment.  After multiple unsuccessful election cycles, the Golden State GOP has been searching for answers: electing a new chairman – former state Sen.

CALIFORNIA VOTES: TUESDAY TAKEAWAYS

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

To the many annoyances of life in Los Angeles – traffic, traffic and, well, traffic – toss in this gem: on Tuesday night, Angelenos headed to the polls for the third time in less than seven months.

Sacramento Spotlight

Sacramento Spotlight: AB 158/SB 405 – Statewide Plastic Bag Bans

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, May 2, 2013

“Paper or plastic?”

Or, if you are shopping in California in the near future: “E. Coli cloth or E. Coli compostable?”

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Sacramento Spotlight: A Cornucopia of Fracking Legislation

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, April 4, 2013

California currently has about 50,000 producing oil and gas wells scattered throughout the state, of which about 750 (or 1.5%) use hydraulic fracturing – “fracki

Sacramento Spotlight

Sacramento Spotlight: AB 1203/SB209 – Retroactive Capital Gains Tax Increase Repeal

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Following the passage of Proposition 30, California has the highest capital gains tax rate in the nation (13.3% for California; 33% state and federal combined) – second only to D

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Sacramento Spotlight: AB 10 – Minimum Wage Increase

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This marks the first in a regular series examining legislation introduced by California lawmakers.

 

This LA Story Wasn't A Political Thriller

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

On Tuesday, California’s largest city went to the polls to narrow choices for its next mayor. What did that vote tell us about the state of campaigns in the Golden State?

It’s not good.

Here are three takeaways from the Los Angeles mayoral primary:

The Little Governor Who Could?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, January 24, 2013

“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can . . .”

Live with Kelly...Er, Jerry!

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Though he’s long in the tooth (a 75th birthday coming in April) and long on the job (overall, 10 years and counting as California’s governor), Jerry Brown isn’t long on tradition.

A Reform Agenda, a Path Forward for California Republicans

by Devin Nunesvia Eureka
Thursday, December 6, 2012

Californians will soon face a Democratic super-majority in Sacramento determined to further increase spending, raise more taxes, and make the state even more hostile to business and entrepreneurship.

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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.