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This is a time of opportunity and challenge—a critical election year in which we Californians weigh in on the direction of our communities, our state, and our nation. Yet we do so amid deep partisan divisions and contentious debates likely to linger long after November.

In this challenging climate, PPIC is more committed than ever to our nonpartisan, fact-based approach to public policy and to constructive dialogue.

Our work points in one direction: a brighter future for California. To get there, we have strengthened our research focus on opportunity. We are working to identify practical, sustainable answers to this question: How can the most diverse state in the nation expand opportunity across all populations and regions? It is in this context that we are approaching our work, particularly in education, the safety net, criminal justice, and water, land, and air.

To anticipate the challenges ahead for California, we are analyzing key demographic, economic, environmental, and political trends. And we continue to provide critical information to help ensure full participation in the 2020 decennial census.

In addition, we regularly give Californians a voice on critical issues through the PPIC Statewide Survey.

Finally, our Speaker Series on California’s Future promotes civil and productive dialogue with key public officials. You can join the live webcast of these events or watch the video at a time convenient to you.

PPIC was founded 25 years ago to provide high-quality, nonpartisan, independent research to California’s leaders. We hold fast to that mission, but the state’s challenges have grown. Fortunately, PPIC has grown, as well, and we are committed to work toward a better future.

We invite you to stay up to date with our research and activities—including publications, events, and videos—by signing up for our monthly e-bulletin and subscribing to our blog.

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.


Mark Baldassare
President and CEO

2019: Year in Review

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