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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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Some Economic News for Both Gubernatorial Candidates to Tout

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Elections are, in a sense, a public relations battle.  Candidates often need to take the same news and spin it in the direction that best benefits their narrative and vision.  

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The State of California’s 2014 Electoral Environment

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In just three weeks, vote-by-mail ballots will begin hitting California voters’ doorsteps and just a few weeks after that November 4th will be upon us.  Nationally, the battle for the US Senate rages on and across the country, stories on competitive gubernatorial races fill local and state newspapers, but here in California, the 2014 electoral environment is quite quiet. 

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Does California Need a Debate Commission?

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Earlier this week, too much fanfare, it was announced that Governor Jerry Brown and his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, will meet for this election season’s only gubernatorial debate on September 4, which also happens to be the same evening as the 2014 NFL season kick-off. 

Sacramento Spotlight: AB 1559 – Adding ALD to the Newborn Screening List

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One could argue that a government’s core responsibility is to efficiently and effectively provide public goods to its citizens.  

A Bridge over Water: A Win-Win-Win for the 2014 Water Bond?

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, August 14, 2014

At the last possible minute, the state legislature passed and Governor Brown signed into law a new water bond that will appear on the November ballot.  

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The California Electoral Landscape – Congressional Races

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Unlike either the Assembly or Senate, for Republicans there isn’t much at stake in the California Congressional elections.  Even if Democrats won all of the competitive California seats, the national House Republican majority would hold. 

The California Electoral Landscape – Senate Races

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Only half of California’s State Senate is up for election each cycle (Senate terms are for 4 years) with the even-numbered districts up this year.  Due to the 2010 redistricting, it is also the first time these districts are up for election under the new boundaries.  

The California Electoral Landscape – Assembly Races

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In California’s June primary, a total of 3.9 million votes were cast for the 80 State Assembly races, representing a 22.3% turnout. 

California’s Primary Dilemma

California’s June Primary by the Numbers

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On June 3rd, Californians went to the polls to vote in the 2014 primary election.  While it yielded some surprising results (like Republican David Evans’ strong State Controller results), the evening was relatively a dull affair. 

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Why Making Policy from Polls Can Be Troublesome

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Friday, July 25, 2014

It is a constant criticism of politicians; they poll test or focus group everything before making a decision. 

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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.