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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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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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“A New Normal”: California’s Increasing Wildfire Risk And What To Do About It

by Alice Hill, William Kakenmastervia Eureka
Thursday, May 24, 2018

As soon as it hit in October 2017, officials knew the Tubbs Fire was serious. “It’s real bad,” said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Marshall Tuberville. “This is an example of nature in control.”

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Forget About The Weather: In California, Everybody Talks About Livability— But Nobody Does Anything About It

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, May 24, 2018

A funny thing about California: in the 1950s, it was a nice place to visit, but you didn’t necessarily want to live there

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California’s Green Governor: A Climate Hero With A Wrinkled Cape

by Dan Jacobsonvia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

When Californians look back a generation from now on the environmental legacy of Governor Jerry Brown, what will they see?

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Absent For Too Long: Urgently Addressing California School Truancy

by Austin Beutner, LaPhonza Butlervia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

A quality public education is the right of every child and the foundation of every community. A good education is the best path out of poverty and will provide every child with a chance to succeed in life. Yet in Los Angeles less than 30 percent of students meet state standards in math; less than 40 percent of students meet state standards in English. Only one-third of LA Unified School District’s 2015/16 graduating cohort met the standards to apply to California’s public universities. Another 25 percent did not graduate.

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California Should Address Licensing Reform – And Stop Adding Violins To The String Section

by David Cranevia Eureka
Thursday, January 25, 2018

In 1850 California passed its first professional licensing law requiring foreigners to buy a monthly license to mine gold. During the next hundred years the state so dramatically expanded its licensing regime that by 1950 one in every twenty workers required a license. Today one in five working Californians requires a license from the state government; a recent study found that California is the most broadly licensed state in the nation.

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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.