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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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How Now Brown Gov?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Sunday, November 11, 2012

I have an op-ed in today’s Sacramento Bee, the subject being lessons learns from Governor Jerry Brown’s surprising win on 

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Hoover Institution California Poll Released

by Tammy Frisbyvia Eureka
Monday, November 5, 2012

Between October 15-30th, 2012, a team of survey researchers affiliated with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University polled 600 Californians about their views of state government, policy choices facing the state, and life in the Golden State.

Jerry Brown Meets the Voter of the Future

by Pete Petersonvia Eureka
Friday, November 2, 2012

As his Proposition 30 hangs in the balance, California Gov. Jerry Brown continues an old-fashioned barnstorming campaign in its support.

California's House Isn't In Order, But Its House Races Are In Play

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, November 1, 2012

If you plan to vote by mail in California in this election or have already done so, welcome to the party.

Prop 37: An Initiative in Need of Its Own Warning Label

by Henry I. Millervia Eureka
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Like much that transpires in politics, most of the anti-genetic engineering campaigns we’ve seen over the past 30 years are not what they seem; they are more propaganda than populism.

Prop 32 and California’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the Political World”

by Jon Coupalvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Proposition 32 is the most important political reform measure to be placed before California voters in decades.

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Proposition 30 Fails the Test of Honest Education Reform

by Williamson M. Eversvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Here are four reasons to be concerned about Proposition 30:

The Great 30/38 Debate: Spinning K-12 Achievement and Spending Numbers

by Autumn Cartervia Eureka
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The debate about California’s Propositions 30 and 38 has zeroed in on what has become the crux of a much larger (and unsettled) debate – the state of education in the Golden State.  Beginning with discussion of Californians’ existing tax burden, the debate transitioned quickly

Californians Take Initiative...Or Is It The Other Way Around?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

With its 11 p.m. closing time on the East Coast, West Coast powerhouse California is the last of America’s largest states to have a say in this year’s election.

Some would add: last and least.

California and Pension Reform: The Problem...The Solution

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, August 23, 2012

To understand California’s experience with pension reform, think of the Golden State’s legislature as a child – a child with a tricycle.


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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.