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Growing Damages from Wildfires Burn the Insurance Industry

By Lori Pottinger

Devastating fires in recent years have roiled the insurance industry. We talked to Rex Frazier of the Personal Insurance Federation of California about how the industry is addressing growing wildfire risk.

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California’s Political Geography 2020

By Eric McGhee

California still leans Democratic overall, but independents are leaning Republican in many areas of the state. A closer look suggests that registering all eligible residents to vote could moderate more partisan places. Views on specific issues also follow their own geographic patterns.

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Californians and the Housing Crisis

Home values and rents in California are among the most expensive in the nation, and the state has one of the highest rates of homelessness. Californians are increasingly concerned about these issues, with more than a third saying they've considered leaving the state due to housing costs.

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A New Reality for Federal Flood Insurance

By Lori Pottinger

Flood damages have been rising, pushing the federal flood insurance program into unsustainable debt. We talked to expert Carolyn Kousky about changes coming to the program.

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California’s Water: Paying for Water

By Ellen Hanak, Dean Misczynski, Jay Lund, Brian Gray ...

Sustainable solutions by state and local leaders are needed to close serious funding gaps in a number of critical areas of water management—including floods, water quality, and aquatic ecosystems. This brief describes the state’s major water funding gaps and proposes ways to fill them.

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What Motivates People to Use Less Water?

By Lori Pottinger

During droughts, households can be inundated by messages to use less water. We talked to Katrina Jessoe about what motivates people to conserve.

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Building Drought Resilience in California’s Cities and Suburbs

By David Mitchell, Ellen Hanak, Ken Baerenklau, Alvar Escriva-Bou ...

California’s urban water suppliers have become increasingly adept at drought management thanks to investments in diverse supplies, cooperative efforts with neighbors, and programs to manage water demand. But in the face of extreme hot and dry conditions, questions arose over preparedness for ongoing drought, and the state took the unprecedented step of ordering mandatory water conservation in 2015. This report looks at evolving state and local roles in managing urban water supply during drought, and lessons to help us better prepare for droughts of the future.

This research was supported with funding from California Water Service, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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Brian Gray Joins PPIC Water Team

By Ellen Hanak

Brian Gray joined the PPIC Water Policy Center today as a senior fellow. He brings extensive experience in water and environmental law.

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