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English as a Second Language at California’s Community Colleges

By Olga Rodriguez, Laura Hill, Daniel Payares-Montoya

Colleges began implementing reforms aimed at improving English as a Second Language pathways in fall 2021—during a historic pandemic. We cannot yet disentangle the impact of reforms from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, but an analysis of early implementation finds that colleges have made significant progress.

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Video: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

By Vicki Hsieh

Researchers Dean Bonner and Rachel Lawler discuss key findings from the latest PPIC Statewide Survey, which examines views on the California economy, rising consumer prices, the availability of well-paying jobs, and other issues.

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Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

PPIC’s latest survey examines Californians’ views on their finances, inflation, and income inequality. It also looks at job satisfaction and opinions on policies related to housing affordability, college costs, and job training. PPIC associate survey director Dean Bonner will present key findings and discuss takeaways with survey analyst Rachel Lawler.

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Video: Solar Development in the San Joaquin Valley

By Sarah Bardeen

Last week, we gathered a panel of experts to debate the potential benefits and challenges of solar development in the San Joaquin Valley. Watch the event video to learn more about our new research—and to see a lively discussion about how solar might deliver lasting benefits to the region and the state.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Rachel Lawler, Deja Thomas

Amid rising prices and economic uncertainty, more than two in three Californians are pessimistic about how the state’s economy will do over the next year. An overwhelming majority of employed Californians are at least somewhat satisfied with their jobs, but satisfaction declines among lower-income residents.

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Solar Energy and Groundwater in the San Joaquin Valley

By Andrew Ayres, Annabelle Rosser, Ellen Hanak, Alvar Escriva-Bou ...

Hundreds of thousands of acres of irrigated farmland may come out of production in the San Joaquin Valley in coming decades. At the same time, the state needs to ramp up renewable energy generation to meet climate goals. Could solar development on fallowed land help the valley’s residents? Our new report examines the challenges and opportunities.

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Video: Racial Disparities in Traffic Stops

By Vicki Hsieh

PPIC policy director Magnus Lofstrom presents new research on racial inequities in traffic stops by police, and an expert panel discusses potential ways to reduce disparities without jeopardizing public safety.

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Racial Disparities in Traffic Stops

By Magnus Lofstrom, Joseph Hayes, Brandon Martin, Deepak Premkumar

Traffic stops have emerged as a key driver of racial disparities in law enforcement and an area of potential reform. Our new report examines whether certain types of traffic stops could be enforced in alternative ways that reduce racial disparities and risks to officers and civilians without jeopardizing public safety.

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