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More Money, But More Or Fewer Problems? The State Of The Golden State’s Public Schools

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

By this month’s end, an annual California migration will have occurred—a mass movement that, in sheer numbers, puts the swallows of San Juan Capistrano to shame.

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After A Year As Los Angeles’s School Superintendent, Learning To Separate Facts From Myths

by Austin Beutnervia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A first-generation American, son of a factory worker and a schoolteacher, attends public schools. which provide him with a great education.

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California Can Reform K–12 And Medi-Cal, Or Face A Future Of Perpetual Tax Hikes

by David Cranevia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Here’s another way to look at the complicated question of California’s commitment to public education in these flush economic times, with some compelling illustration of the state’s finances. And an unsettling conclusion: more and more tax increases will be the Golden State’s fate unless lawmakers get serious about reforming two large portions of California’s budget—K–12 schools and Medi-Cal, which account for more than one-half of California’s General Fund spending.

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Teacher Strikes Are Not Going To Help California’s Students

by Eric Hanushekvia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

When teachers in Los Angeles and Oakland went on strike earlier this year, they got a considerable amount of public support. This support is not too surprising, because there is widespread belief that teachers are underpaid. Now that the strikes have been settled, how should we view these actions?

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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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The Big Gamble That Helped Drought-Proof Orange County

by Cathy Greenvia Eureka
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

In 1997, the Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) started a very risky venture. It managed a large groundwater basin in Southern California, but, due to a growing population, cyclical droughts, and the need for additional freshwater barriers to push back seawater intrusion from the Pacific Ocean, OCWD needed another reliable source of water. 

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California’s Water Sector Moves Into The 21st Century

by Newsha Ajamivia Eureka
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

California’s water sector is going through a paradigm shift.

Four years into a historic drought, the state has taken multiple steps to ease its impacts on our water resource availability through a series of legislative and regulatory efforts including the passage of Proposition 1 – California’s $7.5 billion water bond – the first ever comprehensive statewide groundwater law...

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The Underbelly Of The California Drought

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Eureka
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It is September in California, year four of a scorching drought. Forest fires are blackening the arid state, from Napa Valley to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Fly over the High Sierra and about every tenth evergreen below appears dead.

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The Eureka Podcast: “California’s Water Crisis”

interview with Carson Bruno, Bill Whalen, Bruce Cainvia Eureka
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

How California’s devastating drought is reshaping the state’s physical and policy landscape.

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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.