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California’s (Political) Year In Review

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, December 16, 2021

We’re doing something different here at the Hoover Institution as we prepare to bid adieu to 2021: merging our biweekly column California on Your Mind and our periodical Eureka into one year-end product.

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2021 In California Revealed The Failures Of Progressive Elites And Their Policies

by Lee Ohanianvia Eureka
Thursday, December 16, 2021

California’s 2021 started off with Governor Newsom reeling from his infamous dinner at the French Laundry in Napa Valley that took place in late 2020. After scolding nearly 40 million Californians to wear masks, maintain six feet of social distancing, and restrict Thanksgiving gatherings to no more than three households—and with no singing or chanting—the governor was photographed dining at the famous restaurant at a political fundraiser, sans mask, sans six feet of social distancing, flouting just about every COVID convention that he had established.

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California's Failed Response To COVID

by Jay Bhattacharya, Martin Kulldorffvia Eureka
Friday, March 12, 2021

Now that we’ve "celebrated" the first anniversary of COVID in California, it’s a good time to take stock of the state's response.

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Teacher Union Power In California: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

by Michael T. Hartneyvia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Charles Chapel, a California state assemblyman in the 1950s and 1960s, once said that he feared just three things: God, his redheaded wife, and the California Teachers Association (CTA).

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In This Recall Election, Why 2021 Is Not 2003

by Matt Rexroad via Eureka
Friday, September 10, 2021

I’ll never forget the moment back in 2003 when I heard about the pending recall of then California governor Gray Davis.

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Eureka Issue 1902: Can You Dig It?

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

In this edition of Eureka, we look at the future of California infrastructure from three perspectives: what do with funds earmarked for high-speed rail; how to develop more sensible, integrated surface-transportation systems; and how one state lawmaker has proposed improvements to the dreaded drive up and down California’s Interstate 5, from the “Grapevine” to Sacramento.

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The Road (And Rail And Reservoirs) Ahead: Can California Be Innovative—And Sensible?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A quick look around the nation shows states making clever, necessary transportation improvements—even if the progress doesn’t occur overnight.

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A Better Use For California High-Speed Rail Funds: Repurposing Federal Money To Water Storage

by Kevin McCarthy via Eureka
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

California has a long history of expanding access to water, Earth’s most precious resource.

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It’s Time For California To Create A Safer, More Reliable, And More Resilient Surface Transportation System

by Karen Philbrickvia Eureka
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

With California’s population expected to reach 50 million by 2050, incremental improvements will not be enough to sufficiently expand mobility. Smart solutions are needed—innovative approaches to mobility that combine new technologies with nontraditional tools to address transportation challenges that are becoming increasingly complex.

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California’s Grapevine to Sacramento in Three Hours . . . in Your Car?

by John Moorlachvia Eureka
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

One of the great things about California is that we build the future. From Bill Hewlett and David Packard at the tail end of the 1930s, through Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the 1970s, to all our great tech companies today, the Golden State has blazed a path of innovation. All of that was built first on imagination.

Eureka Issue 1901: Advice For Governor Newsom

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

In this edition of Eureka, we focus on advice for Governor Gavin Newsom. 

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The Curtain Rises On The Newsom Administration

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The new year in Sacramento didn’t start with a bang, but it definitely produced more than a whimper of change.

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Land Mines, Friendly Fire, and Self-Inflicted Wounds: How a California Governor Can Avoid Combat Injuries

by Steven Mavigliovia Eureka
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

After garnering an impressive 62 percent of the vote last November, Gavin Newsom takes over, as California’s fortieth governor, with strong tailwinds to implement his bold agenda of progressive change.

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Dear Governor Newsom, Make Communications Great Again

by Rob Stutzmanvia Eureka
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Physique isn’t the only dramatic difference between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown, the last two California governors before Gavin Newsom.

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What The New Governor Can Do To Honor California’s “Practical Majority”

by John Pimentelvia Eureka
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Governor Newsom: With comfortable Democratic supermajorities in the Legislature and a healthy budget surplus, you are in a great position to improve the lives of all Californians.

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California On Your Mind

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.