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California’s Homelessness Crisis: The Beginning Of The End, The End Of The Beginning—Or No End In Sight?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

By most measures, Gavin Newsom has had a productive 2019.

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A New Approach: Adult Foster Care For The Homeless

by Michael S. Bernstamvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

On his visit to California in September 2019, President Donald J. Trump underscored the urgency of the homeless crisis in America’s largest state. On the eve of his visit, the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers issued a special report, “The State of Homelessness in America.” It attributes the problem, correctly, “to decades of misguided and faulty policies” and proposes deregulation of the housing markets, among other solutions.

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How San Diego Cleaned Up Its Act—And Got Real On Homelessness

by Kevin Faulconervia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

As the mayor of San Diego, I recently visited a new housing complex for veterans to meet a man named Brian. I had heard he was thankful that city crews cleaned up tents that homeless individuals had set up underneath a freeway overpass.

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Why Los Angeles’ Homelessness Approach Is Working—With The Right Ingredients

by Colleen Murphyvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Homelessness is on the rise across California. From Kern County to Alameda County, the housing crisis and economic disparities are pushing more and more people into homelessness.

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Five Things The President Can Do To Confront And Prevent A Homelessness Tsunami

by Lance T. Izumi, Michele Steebvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that over 75 percent of those living on the streets in California’s largest city are struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, or a physical disability.

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Who Are the New Legislators Heading to Sacramento

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Monday, November 24, 2014

On November 4th, 37 new Assembly and Senate legislators were elected (11 fewer than in 2012).  This represents 31% of the combined 120-member state legislature.  But who are these “newcomers”?

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Initial Reflections from the 2014 California Mid-Terms

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, November 6, 2014

There are still a number of uncounted ballots left to tally in California, but preliminary results allow for plenty of reflection.

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Mid-Term Elections in the Golden State: Predictions for November 4

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Monday, November 3, 2014

Tomorrow is Election Day. The following examines this year’s top races across California making predictions of the outcomes using Political Data, Inc’s valuable vote-by-mail (VBM) data and information from the Secretary of State. 

The Latest Hoover Golden State Poll: Brown’s Well Ahead, But Questions Linger

via Eureka
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A week from today, Californians go to the polls in the second of the year’s two statewide votes. The general election includes choices for governor and seven other state constitutional offices, 155 congressional and legislative seats, as well as six ballot initiatives (for California, that’s actually a moderate load).

The Golden State Election Podcast–with Carson Bruno, Tammy Frisby, and Bill Whalen

interview with Carson Bruno, Tammy Frisby, Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A look at what the polls are saying about the 2014 election in California.

What California’s Top-Two Primary Predicts for November (Senate)

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Monday, October 20, 2014

California’s top-two election system is still new and that means analysis of it is seriously lacking in comprehensive data, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start digging into possible trends.

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What California’s Top-Two Primary Predicts for November (Assembly)

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Friday, October 17, 2014

California’s top-two election system is still new and that means analysis of it is seriously lacking in comprehensive data, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start digging into possible trends.

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The Policies the President Pro Tem Tenure of Kevin De León Could Yield

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today, in a reported $50,000 self-styled inauguration, Los Angeles-area State Senator Kevin De León becomes the new State Senate President Pro Tempore.  He’ll be the first Latino Pro Tem in 130 years and as the Senate’s leader, will guide policy for the upper legislative chamber.

What California’s Top-Two Primary Predicts for November (Congress)

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

California’s top-two election system is still new and that means analysis of it is seriously lacking in comprehensive data, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start digging into possible trends.

Kamala Harris Goes to Washington?

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, September 25, 2014

News broke Thursday morning that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has handed in his resignation.  Holder has been a loyal member of Obama’s cabinet from day one, but now Obama must find someone just as loyal to replace him; let the speculation abound.

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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.