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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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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.

Looking For New Ways To Lead, Under A Bolder GOP Banner

by Duf Sundheimvia Eureka
Tuesday, December 4, 2012

After last month’s Republican setbacks at the polls, I was asked if I was going to continue in politics.

It was a fair question.

Prescriptions for California Republicans

by Chuck Bellvia Eureka
Monday, December 3, 2012

Mitt Romney’s loss of the Presidential election, which confounded expectations of many Republicans and the conservative news media, has set in motion a tidal wave of commentary both from inside and outside the Beltway on what ails the Republican Party.

The Elephant in the Room: California's Embattled GOP

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Sunday, December 2, 2012

Two years ago, California stuck out like a sore blue thumb on America’s political landscape.


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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.