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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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The Eureka Podcast: “Tax Reform in California”

interview with Carson Bruno, Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, July 20, 2015

How a volatile, progressive tax regime is impairing California’s economy.

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Californians See The Housing Affordability Crisis As A Threat To The California Dream

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

California’s housing prices are the 2nd highest in the country (second only to Hawaii); according to Zillow, Californian home values and rental prices are roughly 2½ times and 1½ times, respectively, the national averages.  Homeownership is a signifier of upward economic mobility, but many Californians cannot afford these daunting prices.

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Hot Market, Exorbitant Prices, And A Debate Over Policy Remedies

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Not that housing in California defies logic but consider this tale of a home that went on the market in San Francisco back in February 2015. Located in the city’s Outer Sunset District, the four-bedroom home was listed at $799,000 – a bargain by local standards (in April, the median asking price for a San Francisco property was a shade under $1.01 million).  Why the discount?

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Housing in California: A Profound Public Policy Failure

by Wendell Coxvia Eureka
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

For more than a quarter century after World War II, the "California Dream" was real. California was the Promised Land to millions of middle-income households who moved here from all over the country. They were attracted by unmatched weather.

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What’s Preventing New Housing In California? The Usual Suspects – Plus CEQA

by Loren Kayevia Eureka
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The California political establishment has passed the Fitzgerald Intelligence Test – that’s the author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who in 1936 had this observation: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."

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Addressing California’s Housing Woes: “A Strategy For State Action” That Can’t Wait Another 30 Years

by Carol Galantevia Eureka
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Serious students of California’s housing woes may recognize the middle part of this column’s headline. It’s also the subtitle of 101 Steps to Better Housing, The California Housing Plan 1982, a document now over three decades old. Produced by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the publication proposes solutions for many issues the Golden State still struggles with today.

The Eureka Podcast: “California’s Affordable Housing Crisis”

interview with Carson Bruno, Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Friday, May 15, 2015

Why is property so expensive in the Golden State?

California's Climate Change Conundrum

via Eureka
Monday, March 23, 2015

In this edition of Eureka, we’ll look at Brown’s three energy proposals – their feasibility, and what they mean both for California and for the Governor’s legacy. 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.

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Governor Brown’s Gasoline Consumption Reduction Plan Offers Less than Meets The Eye

by Jeremy Carlvia Eureka
Monday, March 23, 2015

In one of the more memorable statements in his fourth inaugural address, Governor Brown pledged to ensure that California would cut the usage of petroleum in the state’s vehicles by up to 50 percent by 2030. While the Governor’s proposal got a lot of publicity, on closer examination, it figures to be far more sizzle than steak.

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Explaining Jerry Brown’s Newfound Energy (Policy)

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, March 23, 2015

By tradition, a California governor’s second-term inaugural address is a good indicator of how the term-limited chief executive of America’s nation-state plans to ride off into the sunset. Pete Wilson’s second-term inaugural, delivered 20 years ago, included talk of shrinking government (lower taxes and less regulation) to spur economic growth.

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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.