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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Issue 1902: Can You Dig It?

Introduction
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The Road (And Rail And Reservoirs) Ahead: Can California Be Innovative—And Sensible?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A quick look around the nation shows states making clever, necessary transportation improvements—even if the progress doesn’t occur overnight.

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A Better Use For California High-Speed Rail Funds: Repurposing Federal Money To Water Storage

by Kevin McCarthy via Eureka
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

California has a long history of expanding access to water, Earth’s most precious resource.

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It’s Time For California To Create A Safer, More Reliable, And More Resilient Surface Transportation System

by Karen Philbrickvia Eureka
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

With California’s population expected to reach 50 million by 2050, incremental improvements will not be enough to sufficiently expand mobility. Smart solutions are needed—innovative approaches to mobility that combine new technologies with nontraditional tools to address transportation challenges that are becoming increasingly complex.

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California’s Grapevine to Sacramento in Three Hours . . . in Your Car?

by John Moorlachvia Eureka
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

One of the great things about California is that we build the future. From Bill Hewlett and David Packard at the tail end of the 1930s, through Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the 1970s, to all our great tech companies today, the Golden State has blazed a path of innovation. All of that was built first on imagination.

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Ending The California Coastal Commission Lolly Scramble

by Terry Andersonvia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Coming from the “big sky country” of Montana where beautiful views are common around every bend in the road, I am still impressed by the green hills overlooking Point Reyes, the coastal cliffs plunging into the Pacific at Big Sur, and the vistas at San Simeon once enjoyed by Randolph Hearst.

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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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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.