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PPIC Commentary
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January 13, 2014
Beyond the Drought: 10 Big Changes Ahead for California Water

January 08, 2014
Are You a Have or a Have-Not? Californians’ Views

December 03, 2013
Californians and the Climate Gap

November 13, 2013
Food Stamps and Poverty in California

November 06, 2013
Measuring Poverty in California

August 25, 2013
Sacramento Bee
State's Water Funding Habit Must Change

July 22, 2013
The Crime Report
Realignment in California: The Story So Far

July 19, 2013
Techwire.net
The Digital Divide: It’s About Quality of Access

June 17, 2013
The Daily Californian
Yes, College Is Worth It

April 30, 2013
Zócalo Public Square
Real Workplace Enforcement, and Realistic Flows of Authorized Immigrants

April 29, 2013
Parents Weigh School Funding—and Goals

March 29, 2013
What Lies in Store for the Water Bond?

March 25, 2013
Californians and Immigration

March 25, 2013
Californians and Gun Controls

November 29, 2012
Sacramento Bee
Water Management Strategies Help State Deal With Dry Times

September 10, 2012
The James Irvine Foundation
Building California’s Future

June 24, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
UC, CSU Enrollments Fall with Budget Cuts

June 24, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
California Electoral Reform a Work in Progress

January 29, 2012
Sacramento Bee
Put Power in Local Hands—Carefully

January 04, 2012
Restoring Elected Officials’ Ability to Raise Revenues Would Increase Transparency, Accountability

December 01, 2011
Anatomy of a Tortured Relationship, Three Decades in the Making

November 15, 2011
California Cities and the Changing State-Local Fiscal Relationship

November 15, 2011
To Ease the Crisis at the Local Level, New Thinking is Necessary

October 26, 2011
Creative Approaches at All Levels of Government Can Cut Costs

October 26, 2011
Look to the State’s Economic Regions for Solutions

October 26, 2011
Local Governments Need Freedom from State to Innovate

October 26, 2011
To Right-Size California Government, Empower the Regions

October 26, 2011
Looking at Realignment Through the Lens of Equity

July 16, 2011
Sacramento Bee
Conserving Ag Water Isn’t a Quick or Easy Fix

June 19, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Redistricting Commission Map Looks More Competitive

February 26, 2011
San Diego Union-Tribune
Keeping Dream Alive for Illegal Immigrant Students

February 06, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Enterprise Zone Program Too Costly To Keep As Is

January 28, 2011
Sacramento Bee
Viewpoints: Don't Take A Meat Ax To Higher Education

May 02, 2010
Sacramento Bee
If Kindergarten Is Delayed, Kids Need Quality Preschool

April 01, 2010
California Counties
Moving Beyond Myth in California Water

March 14, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Electoral Reforms Won’t Fix State Legislature's Gridlock

December 14, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Dispelling California's Water Myths

September 16, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
How Far Will Voters Go To Fix California?

August 23, 2009
Sacramento Bee
Daunting Task, but Delta Issues Manageable

June 19, 2009
San Diego Union-Tribune
Fixing the Delta is Critical

May 24, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Lessons From the Election

May 10, 2009
Riverside Press-Enterprise
Unlock Potential: Don't Let a Shortage of College Graduates Impoverish the State

May 08, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
California Loses Few Jobs to Other States

May 08, 2009
Sacramento Bee
Change Needed for Better Delta Ecosystem

May 04, 2009
San Diego Union-Tribune
Voters' Views on Schools Cloud Ballot

May 02, 2009
Contra Costa Times
The Delta: Managing the Inevitable

April 12, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Replumb the State To Save the Fish -- and Us

March 26, 2009
Sacramento Bee
Budget Ballot Measures Face Uphill Fight

March 15, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Downturn Won't Ease Population Pressure

February 24, 2009
Sacramento Bee
From Crisis Comes Hope for Innovation

February 05, 2009
San Diego Union-Tribune
The Federal Stimulus: A Boost or a Bane?
It Will Help California’s and the Nation’s Economy

January 29, 2009
Sacramento Bee
Support Wanes for Budget Supermajority

January 09, 2009
San Diego Union-Tribune
A Lack of College-Educated Workers

December 29, 2008
Climate Watch
PPIC Analyst: Start Adapting Now to Climate Change

December 18, 2008
San Jose Mercury News
We Need To Prepare for Climate Change That's Inevitable

December 04, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Why the Same-Sex Marriage Ban Passed

November 07, 2008
San Diego Union-Tribune
A Mandate to Fix the Economy

October 12, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Redistricting Isn’t to Blame for Partisanship

October 10, 2008
San Diego Union-Tribune
Success on the High School Exit Exam

October 05, 2008
Sacramento Bee
Partisanship Will Still Thrive after Redistricting

September 07, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Voters in an Unhappy State - California

August 07, 2008
Capitol Weekly
Shared Data: A New System Could Provide Advance Warning on School Dropouts

June 20, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Predicting Success, Preventing Failure

June 06, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
On the 30th Anniversary of Proposition 13: The Buck Stops at the Ballot Box

May 31, 2008
Sacramento Bee
Hands-free Phones in Cars Will Save Lives

May 24, 2008
Riverside Press-Enterprise
Prepare Less-educated Workers for the Shifting Economy

May 24, 2008
Riverside Press-Enterprise
Inland Region Will Suffer If It Doesn't Graduate More Latinos

April 06, 2008
Orange County Register
Immigration on the Back Burner: Polling Shows Californians Now Are More Focused on the Economy

March 30, 2008
San Diego Union-Tribune
Sad State of Affairs: California’s Voters Seek Pragmatic Solutions to Budget Problems

March 07, 2008
San Diego Union-Tribune
Immigration and Crime: Facts Not Fear

February 08, 2008
San Jose Mercury News
Lame Ducks Can Tackle Tough Issues

February 03, 2008
Sacramento Bee
Budget Will Test Post-Partisan Governing in California

January 20, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
California Independents an Election Enigma

December 03, 2007
San Jose Mercury News
Health Care Quality, Not Just Access, Key to Health Reform Debate

October 14, 2007
Los Angeles Times
A ‘Hybrid Democracy’ for California: Californians Are Better Served By Voting Only On Initiatives That Have Bipartisan Support From Lawmakers

October 14, 2007
Riverside Press-Enterprise
Determine What Works: The State Needs Better Ways To Appraise Reforms If California Is To Improve Its Public Schools

October 12, 2007
San Jose Mercury News
Global Warming Goals Call For Fundamental Changes

October 01, 2007
Western City Magazine
Delta Blues: What Troubles In The Delta Mean For California

September 30, 2007
Sacramento Bee
Health Care Tops Voters’ Busy 2008

September 06, 2007
San Diego Union-Tribune
Immigration Still Breathing Fire For GOP

August 19, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Healthcare Reform: Code Blue

August 02, 2007
Sacramento Bee
Wary Environment For State Politicians

August 02, 2007
Fresno Bee
Valley Residents Want A Breath Of Fresh Air

July 09, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
How To Untangle The Wireless Debate

July 05, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Let’s Make A Deal On Health-Care Reform

July 01, 2007
Western City Magazine
The Amazing, Changing California Population

June 14, 2007
San Jose Mercury News
Is A Borrowing Binge Endangering State’s Fiscal Health?

June 05, 2007
Sacramento Bee
Californians Have Trouble Facing Budget Realities

May 30, 2007
San Diego Union-Tribune
Educating the State’s Young Immigrants

May 29, 2007
New American Media
Out Of School And Out Of Luck
Immigrant Youth Face Uncertain Futures

April 15, 2007
Orange County Register
Putting Limits On Day Laborers: Proliferating Local Ordinances Don’t Address The Demand For Workers

March 18, 2007
North County Times
Even In The Immigration Debate, Facts Are Facts

March 04, 2007
San Diego Union-Tribune
Help Wanted: Contrary to Popular Belief, Immigrant Labor Does Not Depress the Wages of American Workers Nor Does It Take Jobs from Them

January 14, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Community Colleges Asked To Do Too Much

December 09, 2006
Riverside Press-Enterprise
Peering Into Prisons: Stem Overcrowding, Rising Health-Care Costs and Recidivism By Better Understanding The Kind Of People We Lock Up

November 03, 2006
San Diego Union-Tribune
Voters To Sacramento: Will Spending Improve Our Lives?

October 29, 2006
Sacramento Bee
More Voters Turned Off By Party Extremes: California Registers Growing Number of Independents

October 01, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
California’s Silent Majority: Exclusive Electorate Calls The Shots

September 17, 2006
Sacramento Bee
Californians May Opt To Skip This Election

September 17, 2006
Orange County Register
Bonds Face A Tough Crowd: Infrastructure Financing Measures Hurt By Lack Of Voter Faith In Sacramento

September 06, 2006
San Diego Union-Tribune
Blue California And The Governor’s Race

August 31, 2006
San Diego Union-Tribune
California’s Prison Population: A Look At Who’s Behind Bars May Offer Clues On How To Fix Problems

June 25, 2006
Riverside Press-Enterprise
Get People Out Of Cars And Into Condos

June 11, 2006
Riverside Press-Enterprise
Focus On Helping Youths From Low-Income Families

April 30, 2006
Sacramento Bee
Is California Ready To Pay To Fix Schools?

April 09, 2006
Riverside Press-Enterprise
Declining To State: Why Are Fewer California Voters Declaring Support For A Major Political Party?

April 05, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Who Is Prepared? Losing Faith In Federal Disaster Response

April 02, 2006
San Diego Union-Tribune
A Way To Common Ground In California

February 19, 2006
Los Angeles Times
California’s Independent Streak

February 16, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
On Immigration: Californians United In Solutions To Illegal Immigration

February 12, 2006
Sacramento Bee
Rebuilding An Image And A State

February 08, 2006
San Diego Union-Tribune
A Bumpy Ride: The Governor’s Infrastructure Plan Faces Many Pitfalls

January 29, 2006
Los Angeles Times
How Do We Add Up?

December 11, 2005
Sacramento Bee
Voters Still Want Change

November 11, 2005
San Diego Union-Tribune
Voters Putting Politicians On Notice

October 30, 2005
San Jose Mercury News
Don't Expect Voters To Stay Home: Californians, Prodded By Ad Blitz, Realize Ballot Issues Are Serious

October 27, 2005
San Diego Union-Tribune
Are Businesses Fleeing California? And Are They Taking Their Jobs With Them?

October 16, 2005
Riverside Press-Enterprise
Poverty Plight: Is Society Doing Enough To Lift The Poor Out Of Economic Despair?

October 14, 2005
San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego City Schools: Evidence Suggests Bersin Reforms Working

October 09, 2005
Sacramento Bee
A Not-So-Special Election: Californians Believe In The Issues Behind Schwarzenegger's Ballot Measures. They Just Aren't Fired Up About The Propositions Themselves – Or The Governor Either

September 16, 2005
San Diego Union-Tribune
A Special Election Day?

September 09, 2005
Sacramento Bee
Brief Bliss For Gays On Marriage Bill

August 07, 2005
Sacramento Bee
Think Globally And Go For The Green, Governor

May 18, 2005
Daily News of Los Angeles
‘No Child Left Behind’ Leaving English-Learners Behind?

May 15, 2005
Sacramento Bee
Take Care Not To Trip On Path To Special Election

May 09, 2005
Conta Costa Times
‘No Child Left Behind’ Leaving English-Learners Behind?

May 09, 2005
San Diego Union-Tribune
Institute No Huge Loss For San Diego

February 19, 2005
Riverside Press-Enterprise
Spending Roadblock: Base School Funding On Costs And Needs, Not Failed Formulas

February 09, 2005
San Diego Union-Tribune
The Governor’s Dilemma: Voters Want Programs But Don’t Want to Pay for Them

February 06, 2005
Sacramento Bee
What’s Next For Governor?

February 01, 2005
San Diego Union-Tribune
Voting In Home Country Elections

December 05, 2004
Los Angeles Times
An O.C. Sequel May Be Coming Soon

December 05, 2004
Orange County Register
The Public Has Forgotten, Forgiven

November 14, 2004
Sacramento Bee
Lessons of 2004 Elections

November 05, 2004
San Diego Union Tribune
GOP Blues In The Golden State

November 02, 2004
Orange County Register
Ignored But Still Enthused: Turnout Here Could Be High Even Though Bush, Kerry Have Bypassed State

November 01, 2004
Western City Magazine
California’s Fiscal Policy Landscape: City Officials Express Concerns, Support Changes

October 06, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Is Love For Initiatives Turning Off Voters?

September 12, 2004
Oakland Tribune
Old Political Habits Stand In The Way Of Public Safety

August 01, 2004
Sacramento Bee
Green Grow The State’s Voters; It’s Not About Money: Eco-Protection Ranks Ahead Of Economic Growth As An Issue

July 15, 2004
San Diego Union-Tribune
The State Budget Gap: Governor Stuck In A Partisan Divide

June 27, 2004
Sacramento Bee
Should The State Minimum Wage Be Increased? This Is A Tax On Using Low-Skilled Employees

June 13, 2004
San Jose Mercury News
When The Going Gets Tougher: Unsolved Budget Problems, Pressure To Aid National GOP, To Test Governor Schwarzenegger

May 23, 2004
Sacramento Bee
Can I Get A Volunteer? State Needs To Tap Into People Power – But There Are Obstacles

May 09, 2004
Sacramento Bee
Growth In The Valley, Retaining Local Quality Of Life: It Takes A Region

March 17, 2004
San Diego Union-Tribune
Illegal Immigration Is Not Just Men's Work

February 29, 2004
Sacramento Bee
Election: The Growing Polarization of California

January 25, 2004
Sacramento Bee
He’s A Hit; His Ideas Aren’t

January 23, 2004
San Diego Union-Tribune
Taxes And The Governor's Budget Plan

December 25, 2003
OC Metro
How Will History Treat This Recall?

December 21, 2003
Los Angeles Times
Today's Tax Choices Will Shape The Future For All

December 07, 2003
Orange County Register
Home Prices, Job Opportunities Add To O.C.’s Sense Of Satisfaction: Despite The Grave Fiscal And Political Circumstances Facing The Nation And The State, Most Orange County Residents Are Upbeat About The Future

November 01, 2003
California Journal
California Voters Take Charge

October 05, 2003
San Diego Union-Tribune
California's Choices: Where Do We Go From Here?

October 05, 2003
Washington Post
Fix California. Fix the Recall. Check One.

October 02, 2003
Sacramento Bee
Learning Lesson Of Ballot-Box Budgeting

September 28, 2003
Sacramento Bee
Can He Pull It Off? Many See Huge Flaws In Recall Process

September 24, 2003
San Diego Union-Tribune
Adjusting The Frame On California's Business Climate

September 01, 2003
California County Magazine
California's Emerging Water Market: Should Counties Play A Role?

June 29, 2003
Sacramento Bee
Two In Three Voters Say Raise Taxes For Schools

June 27, 2003
New York Times
How The West Is Taxed

June 22, 2003
San Jose Mercury News
Boiling Point: Mood that Spawned Prop. 13 Shows Itself Anew in Angry Citizens

May 18, 2003
San Diego Union-Tribune
A State Budget Plan To Deceive Taxpayers

May 18, 2003
Sacramento Bee
Short-Circuiting California: We May Face More Power Woes If We Don’t Come Up With A Coherent Plan, Will It Be Markets Or The PUC?

May 13, 2003
Los Angeles Times
Make ‘Balanced Budget’ Myth A Reality For State

March 30, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Michigan And Admissions: Division on Diversity

March 28, 2003
The Detroit News
Should Supreme Court Strike Down U-M Admissions Policy? No: Compelling Evidence Shows Affirmative Action Helps Blacks; Diversity Claim is Less Persuasive

February 06, 2003
OC Metro
The Faces of Diversity: Melting Pot Or Great Divide?

January 26, 2003
San Diego Union-Tribune
Half Measure: Governor Davis' Budget Shrinks from Reforms that California Needs

January 19, 2003
San Jose Mercury News
Deficits Harm State-County Relationship: Governor Pushes More Responsibility to Local Level

January 12, 2003
Los Angeles Times
We're Happy But Not Optimistic: There Are Two County Issues that Worry Residents the Most Today: Population Growth and Traffic Congestion

January 01, 2003
California Journal
Voters Nostalgic for A Good Old-Fashioned Campaign

December 18, 2002
San Diego Union Tribune
Mexican Trucking: On the Road to Trade Liberalization

December 08, 2002
Orange County Register
Orange County Still High on Its Quality of Life

December 01, 2002
California Journal
When the Sleeping Giant is Awake

November 03, 2002
San Diego Union Tribune
Political Winds Favor Democrats

October 20, 2002
Orange County Register
Independents' Day: The Rise of the "Un-Party State" and the 2002 California Governor's Race

October 13, 2002
San Jose Mercury News
Economy Leaves Campaign Volatile

September 01, 2002
California Journal
The Latino Century Begins

August 21, 2002
Daily News of Los Angeles
Secession Merely One Of Reform Issues

August 14, 2002
Orange County Register
FasTrack to Prosperity: California Economy Stands to Benefit in Jobs, Growth From Trade Legislation

August 01, 2002
Western City Magazine
Creating a "Home" for Good Housing Policy

July 21, 2002
San Jose Mercury News
California's Deficit Defies Partisan Blame: Budget's Pendulum-Like Swings are Hard to Manage

July 05, 2002
Daily News of Los Angeles
Small Class Sizes a Luxury Districts Can't Afford

June 02, 2002
San Diego Union Tribune
California's Budget Mess: Tax Overhaul is the Best Way to End Ride on Roller Coaster

June 01, 2002
California Journal
Leaving California

May 12, 2002
Sacramento Bee
Urban Sprawl: Growing Pains in Valley: An Overwhelming Majority of the Public Wants To See a Regional Approach To Development

March 03, 2002
San Diego Union Tribune
The 9-11 Effect

March 01, 2002
California Journal
Falling Below the Poverty Line

February 28, 2002
Oakland Tribune
Obstacles Bar Way To Marriage

February 24, 2002
San Diego Union Tribune
Voters Choices -- March 5 Primary: Statewide Propositions

February 24, 2002
Sacramento Bee
Public Opinion: Voters See No Changes in Schools

February 24, 2002
San Jose Mercury News
Can California's GOP Grab the Limelight?

February 10, 2002
Orange County Register
The First Post-9-11 Election

January 30, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Ratios Are a Good Start, but Don't Celebrate Yet

January 20, 2002
San Diego Union Tribune
Gov. Davis and His State Budget -- Hoping For the Best

July 04, 2001
San Diego Union Tribune
When It Comes to Sex Education, Remember the Boys

April 15, 2001
Sacramento Bee
FORUM: Fastest Growing Region in State

April 08, 2001
Orange County Register
Quick Change

April 01, 2001
San Jose Mercury News
Room to Grow? Demographic Changes May Foretell Struggle for Political Power

April 01, 2001
Sacramento Bee
'Racial Privacy' Means Less Knowledge

January 19, 2001
San Jose Mercury News
Hewlett Invested in California Spirit

January 14, 2001
Sacramento Bee
Common Ground: Enter the Majority-Minority State

November 22, 2000
San Diego Tribune
Getting and Keeping High-Tech Workers in Labor-Short California

November 19, 2000
Orange County Register
Election 2000: The California Vote: The State's Political Landscape Shifts

November 05, 2000
San Jose Mercury News
California's Car Culture at the Heart of the Struggle

November 05, 2000
Sacramento Bee
Initiatives Will Leave Big Mark -- Pass or Fail

November 01, 2000
Western City Magazine
Local Governance and Finance Reform: Deja Vu All Over Again

October 01, 2000
Sacramento Bee
Issues Used to Help the Republicans Woo Democrats and Independents

September 07, 2000
San Diego Union Tribune
California's Majority-Minority Milestone: What Lies Ahead?

August 27, 2000
Sacramento Bee
State Prez Race Hinges on Voters Outside of Big Parties

July 19, 2000
San Diego Union Tribune
The Secret About Student Testing

June 08, 2000
Los Angeles Times
Politicians Must Plan for Days of No Surplus: Another Federal Health Care Bailout Won’t Solve County’s Long-Term Problems

May 28, 2000
Contra Costa Times
There Is Definitely a Bright Side to Lousy Service

April 13, 2000
Los Angeles Times
Perspectives on Cuba; What Sort of a Culture Will Little Elian Grow Up In? Castro's Legendary Will Notwithstanding, Cuba Is Likely to Become Close to the United States Once Again

March 31, 2000
Los Angeles Times
Colombia Is More Than a War on Drugs

March 19, 2000
Sacramento Bee
Balance of Power Shifting in State

March 12, 2000
Orange County Register
A Golden Glow on Voters' Attitudes

March 12, 2000
Orange County Register
Californians Voters Turned Out in Force Tuesday to Say They Still Don't Trust Government Leaders to Do the Right Thing

March 12, 2000
Sacramento Bee
The Middle-Class Squeeze

January 13, 2000
Los Angeles Times
Perspective on Latin America: Momentum Lags in Nations to the South

January 02, 2000
Sacramento Bee
They See Dark Clouds on the Horizon in Our Sunny State

December 24, 1999
Los Angeles Times
Washington Tries a Better-Neighbor Policy

November 14, 1999
Sacramento Bee
Super Majority Favors a Simple Majority

October 31, 1999
Orange County Register
Will the 'Supermajority' Survive?

October 10, 1999
Orange County Register
California Survey

October 10, 1999
Sacramento Bee
Voters May Be Tightwads

April 08, 1999
San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Has a Weak Case For Extension of Development Revenue

November 08, 1998
Orange County Register
A Do-Nothing Mandate: Californians Changed Parties Tuesday but Not Their Minds

November 01, 1998
Sacramento Bee
Next Election, Give the Public What It Seeks: Real Debates

June 21, 1998
San Jose Mercury News
A Valley Asset: Chinese, Indians Creating Businesses, Jobs, Wealth As Successful Entrepreneurs

April 05, 1998
Orange County Register
Bankruptcy Keys :Ten Steps to Avoid a Repeat of Orange County's Financial Crisis

February 25, 1998
San Diego Union Tribune
Spending More to Save a Little on Prenatal Care

February 15, 1998
San Jose Mercury News
Citizen Leaders Must Chart Future On Regional Basis

January 24, 1998
Sacramento Bee
Beware the 'Era of Higher Expectations'

January 04, 1998
Los Angeles Times
Dark Clouds Amid County's Sunny Outlook: Optimism on Economy and Quality of Life Is Tempered by Dim Views of Public Officials

December 28, 1997
Los Angeles Times
Blame It All on Prop. 13: O.C. Bankruptcy: Another Recession Could Ruin Other Counties with Risky Investments

August 17, 1997
San Jose Mercury News
Romancing the Sales Tax: The System Is Unfair and Irrational - but There Is a Solution

August 01, 1997
San Franicsco Examiner
The Basic Question: What Are Streets for?

May 10, 1997
Sacramento Bee
Outrunning Our Welfare Past

May 07, 1997
Los Angeles Times
This ‘Reform’ Assures a Do-Little Legislature: Extend the Length of Service Just a Few Years to Allow for Development of Effective As Well As Responsive Government