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A “Wartime” California As It Was Eighty Years Ago? Yes And No

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

California’s been through its fair share of challenges in recent times, but nothing quite like the present pandemic crisis, the containment of which entered a critical stage in mid- to late-July as state and local officials turned to new restrictions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the Golden State.

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California’s Choice: New And Enriched Public Programs Or Freer Private Enterprise?

by Joel Foxvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Change is coming to California following the double whammy of a pandemic eruption and police reform protests. Responses to the extraordinary dual events will initially flow into California’s current cultural and political liberal tide—a move toward more government involvement in our lives and more spending.

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California’s Search For Equitable, Sustainable, And Safe Transportation Choices

by Karen Philbrickvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

COVID-19 has changed everything—when, where, and how we work, spend our leisure time, and live our lives.

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Time To Turn To California’s Community Colleges For Common-Sense Solutions?

by John Pimentelvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Do you believe that our capitalist democracy and open markets perfectly enable equality of opportunity and self-agency?

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What Will Happen To The “California Rule?

by Shirley Svornyvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

The year 2020 will be recorded in California history books as the year a pandemic arrived in America’s most populous state, but the impact of a California Supreme Court ruling likely will have a more lasting impact on state and local budgets and the economy.

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Will There Be A “Reopening” Of The Governor’s First Term?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

What the future might hold for California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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Forget About The Weather: In California, Everybody Talks About Livability— But Nobody Does Anything About It

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, May 24, 2018

A funny thing about California: in the 1950s, it was a nice place to visit, but you didn’t necessarily want to live there

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California’s Green Governor: A Climate Hero With A Wrinkled Cape

by Dan Jacobsonvia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

When Californians look back a generation from now on the environmental legacy of Governor Jerry Brown, what will they see?

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Absent For Too Long: Urgently Addressing California School Truancy

by Austin Beutner, LaPhonza Butlervia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

A quality public education is the right of every child and the foundation of every community. A good education is the best path out of poverty and will provide every child with a chance to succeed in life. Yet in Los Angeles less than 30 percent of students meet state standards in math; less than 40 percent of students meet state standards in English. Only one-third of LA Unified School District’s 2015/16 graduating cohort met the standards to apply to California’s public universities. Another 25 percent did not graduate.

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California Should Address Licensing Reform – And Stop Adding Violins To The String Section

by David Cranevia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

In 1850 California passed its first professional licensing law requiring foreigners to buy a monthly license to mine gold. During the next hundred years the state so dramatically expanded its licensing regime that by 1950 one in every twenty workers required a license. Today one in five working Californians requires a license from the state government; a recent study found that California is the most broadly licensed state in the nation.

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Can California Save Itself From A Pension Disaster?

by Joshua D. Rauhvia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and other pension systems in the Golden State might be celebrating their recent investment returns, but don’t be fooled. Their problems are nowhere close to solved — and those problems are taxpayers’ problems.

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A New Year, A California Governor’s Final Year, A Lot Of Unknowns

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

California governors don’t make New Year’s resolutions – publicly, at least. The closest they come to vows of self-improvement is the annual State of the Address, delivered every January before a joint session of the State Legislature.

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For Sacramento, Will This Be A Year Of Opportunities Taken Or Missed?

by Catharine Bakervia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Now that the 2018 legislative session has begun and Governor Jerry Brown has delivered his last State of the State address, Capitol leaders are faced with a year of opportunities.

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While Other Nations Fear The “Silver Tsunami,” The Golden State Should Learn To Surf The Coming Aging Wave

by Greg Lucasvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

It’s time to finally ditch the “Silver Tsunami” label about longevity.  By 2020 one in five Californians—about 8 million residents of America’s nation-state—will be aged sixty years or older.  That ratio will climb to one in four by 2030. 

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Jerry Brown Meets Doc Brown: Has California Gone “Back To The Future” On Taxes And Crime?

by Joel Foxvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Despite changing demographics and a sharp veer to the ideological left, is it possible that California could take a political trip back to the future as two staples resurface that drove the state’s politics in the more conservative 1980s and 1990s? Look around and you’ll see indications that even in this liberal bastion on the left coast, the issues of taxes and crime are stirring again.

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California, The Rhetoric Of Illegal Immigration, And The Perils Of Ignoring Thucydides’s Warning

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Vocabulary changes always reflect the agendas of a political debate. The fight over illegal immigration plays out by altering words and their meanings. Take the traditional rubric “illegal alien.” The English has been clear and exact for nearly a century: illegal alien (cf. Latin alienus) was a descriptive term for any foreigner who crossed the US border without coming through customs to obtain proper legal sanction.

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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.