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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.

Teachers picket in La Habra last December
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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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Issue 1606 California’s Policy and Political Year in Review

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by Bill Whalen Monday, December 19, 2016
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by Tammy Frisby Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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by Bill Whalen Thursday, January 14, 2016
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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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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 Changed Face Of California’s Electorate And Policy Choices

by Dan Morainvia Eureka
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Think way back to August 2008. California voters were preparing to ban same-sex marriage, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was changing his “sanctuary” city’s policy so that Eric Antonio Uc-Cahun and criminals like him would not be shielded from deportation.

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To Be An American In The 21st Century

by Ro Khannavia Eureka
Thursday, August 23, 2018

The question of what it means to be American has been debated since the founding of our republic, and we are at another moment when the question has taken on a new urgency.

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Immigration Policy Gets Ugly In 2018

by Timothy Kanevia Eureka
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fiasco. Disaster. Meltdown. Take your pick. Any one of those descriptions accurately sum up the Republican Party’s handling of immigration policy in 2018—especially the warring caucuses in the House of the Representatives.

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The Diversity Of Illegal Immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Eureka
Thursday, August 23, 2018

I live on a farm beside a rural avenue in central California, the fifth generation to reside in the same house. And after years of thefts, home break-ins, and dangerous encounters, I have concluded that it is no longer safe to live where I was born. I stay because I am sixty-five years old and either too old to move or too worried about selling the final family parcel of what was homesteaded in the 1870s.

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After Nearly Twenty-Five Years In California’s Spotlight, Some Perspective On Immigration And The Golden State

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, August 23, 2018

An East Coaster in my upbringing and early career, I first arrived in California in 1994—an unremarkable occurrence in a year that otherwise was chock-full of news in the Golden State.

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Did the Trump Tax Cut Leave Middle-Class Californians Better Or Worse Off?

by Tom Churchvia Eureka
Friday, May 25, 2018

Nearly half a year after the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was signed into law, California residents are still trying to figure out what it means for them.

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How The Next Governor Can Be the Housing Czar California Needs

by Andrew Poatvia Eureka
Thursday, May 24, 2018

The 2017 California Legislative session and 2018 Governor’s campaign are both sending hopeful signs that housing supply is on the minds of policy makers and voters, and not a minute too soon.

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Life In The Central Valley— I.E., The Invisible California

by Bruce Thorntonvia Eureka
Thursday, May 24, 2018

In 1973, as I was going through customs in New York, the customs agent rifling my bag looked at my passport and said, with a Bronx sneer, "Bruce Thornton, huh. Must be one of them Hollywood names."

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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.