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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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Real Pension Reform: A California Design

by Joshua D. Rauhvia Eureka
Thursday, August 23, 2012

California could be the leader of real pension reform by rejecting the flawed national accounting standards for public pensions, measuring pension liabilities using government bond yields, and linking part of the benefit to investment performance for all workers.

Rising Pension Costs Threaten Cities’ Ability to Provide Services

by Chuck Reedvia Eureka
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The skyrocketing cost of public employee retirement benefits is one of the greatest threats facing cities across California.

Making Sense of the Mathematics Of California’s Pension Liability

by Autumn Cartervia Eureka
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

When it comes to pension funding, Californians should be able to get a straight answer to the following question: How much have the state and municipal governments promised to pay California public employees upon their retirements?

With Retirement Costs Consuming One-Fifth of Discretionary Spending, California Must Reduce Un-Accrued Pension Benefits

by David Cranevia Eureka
Monday, August 20, 2012

Pensions and other retirement costs will consume more than 23% of discretionary state spending in fiscal year 2012-13, according to the budget recently passed by the California State Legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown – nearly three times the share taken up by reti

California State Parks and “Unbuilding” the Golden State

by Pete Petersonvia Eureka
Friday, August 3, 2012

In a popular appearance on CNN’s “GPS” program last fall, arch-Keynesian economist Paul Krugman wondered whether a possible route

You know you've hit rock bottom when you've offended France

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, July 9, 2012

Summertime in America brings television re-runs and cinematic comedies.

Give California’s Legislature credit, then, for handing its constituency a dose of both: more of the same bad practices, plus choices that would be funny if they weren’t so misguided.

The California Reform Industry: A Prognosis

by Joe Rodotavia Eureka
Friday, June 29, 2012

In the current recession, the ranks of the unemployed in California have swelled by nearly 1.2 million.

Still, one industry seems to be thriving in America’s nation-state: the California “reform industry.”

Eureka - California's Policy, Economics and Politics

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, June 28, 2012

The closing days of June are busy ones in Sacramento, with lawmakers in a mad dash to complete a state budget by July 1 and the beginning of California’s new fiscal year.

Facing Up To California's Transportation Infrastructure Crisis

by Dale Bonnervia Eureka
Thursday, June 28, 2012

With the federal transportation program set to expire this week, California and other states are anxiously waiting to see if Congress will pass another short-term extension or enact a new multi-year spending program befitting the world’s largest economy.

California's Health Budget, In The "Pretzel Palace of Incredible Complexity"

by Kim Belshevia Eureka
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

There are few agencies in state government whose responsibilities touch the lives of vulnerable Californians as personally and directly as the Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency.


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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.