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California’s 2018 Election: Tax Repeal—Maybe; Political Reform—Not This Year?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Spoiler alert: there’s not much drama at the top of the California ballot this year.

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The Argument Against Proposition 6: Don’t Jettison Road And Bridge Safety Projects

by Loren Kayevia Eureka
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

California practically invented the modern transportation system. Without our historic highway and road network, connecting farm and city, factories and ports, California would be Albania—a pretty coastline with an underperforming economy.

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The Argument For Proposition 6: Ease Families’ Tax Burden, Start A Political Earthquake

by Carl DeMaiovia Eureka
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

California’s Proposition 6, if approved by voters, will repeal the recently imposed gas and car tax hikes.

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When A Venture Capitalist Enters California’s Political Matrix: Innovation Meets The Status Quo

by Tim Drapervia Eureka
Monday, October 22, 2018

I wonder if we still have a democracy in California.

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Political Reform In California Begins With Convincing The Next Generation Of California Leaders To Vote

by Dan Schnur via Eureka
Friday, October 26, 2018

This November’s election will almost certainly continue a longtime trend in which young people vote in significantly smaller numbers than their parents and grandparents. The millennials and post-millennials did not originate this trend but they have intensified it, as the rate with which they are withdrawing from most forms of traditional political participation are accelerating.

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Be It On The Coast, In The Web, Or In The State Capitol: The Question Of California Rising To The Challenge

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Drive into the Central Valley city of Modesto and, at the intersection of 9th and I Streets, you’ll pass underneath the fabled centennial arch that dates back to the early years of the 20th Century. 

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California’s Crumbling Condition – The Past, Present, and Future of Infrastructure in California

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The modern California was built on an expansive and well-thought-out infrastructure plan.  Today, however, that system is crumbling beneath our feet and the bill just repair it – let alone modernize it for the next generation of Californians – is steadily growing: some estimate it to be around $500 billion or roughly 3 times the proposed 2016-2017 total state expenditure budget.  

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Financing Medi-Cal: Navigating Scylla and Charybdis While Blindfolded with Both Hands Tied Behind Your Back

by Lucien Wulsinvia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

California Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2016-17 state budget projects that Medi-Cal enrollment – free or low-cost health coverage for children and adults with limited income and resources – will increase from 12.5 million to 13.5 million subscribers over the coming year at a total cost of $86 billion. 

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The Imperative of an Open, Transparent, and Accountable Government

by Sam Blakesleevia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Few people are aware that the motto of the California State University system is Vox Veritas Vita: “Speak truth as a way of life.” It is an imperative, calling upon all students, professors, and indeed all of us, to seek out truth, and to proclaim it loudly. It is a call to action, and not merely contemplation.

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The Democratic Split Over Electric Vehicles And A Petroleum Reduction Goal

by Bruce Cain, Esteban Antonio Guerrero Jaimesvia Eureka
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Governor Brown’s biggest achievement at the end of the recent legislative session was securing the passage of SB 350, raising the renewable portfolio standard to 50% and doubling the energy efficiency of existing buildings.

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Future Expectations For Funding Transportation Programs In California

by Mark Wattsvia Eureka
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Even while policymakers in California debate the need and appropriate approach to address the state’s long deferred roadway maintenance repair and reconstruction needs, we are also embarking on a real-time examination of a new way to fund highway and roadway needs – the so-called mileage fee or as some refer to it as, Mileage Based User Fee (MBUF).

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Sacramento: Like Washington, A Company Town – With Little In Common With D.C.

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, January 14, 2016

“East is east and west is west, and never the twain shall meet.” Rudyard Kipling was referencing the British Empire. He might as well have been talking the divide between Washington, D.C., America’s capital, and Sacramento, the capital city of America’s nation-state.

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Addressing Whether The State Of The State Address Matching Public Sentiment

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, January 14, 2016

On Thursday, January 21, Governor Jerry Brown will give his 2016 State of the State Address in front of a joint session of the State Assembly and State Senate.

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California in 2016: A Time For Breakthroughs On Transportation, Energy, And Tax Policies?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, January 14, 2016

A new year in California brings new promise – and plenty of promises from its elected leaders as to what will transpire in 2016.

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Water, Water, Everywhere – Except For California; How The Golden State Is Coping With Its Drought

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Russian by birth and a New Yorker by trade, the great songwriter Irving Berlin is now a Californian in spirit. For it’s his 1919 tune, “How Dry I Am,” that best sums up the Golden State’s parched status.

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