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A Conversation with Governor Gavin Newsom

Governor Gavin Newsom will join PPIC President and CEO Mark Baldassare for an in-depth conversation about climate change, energy, wildfires, and California’s future followed by a wide-ranging audience Q&A.


A Conversation with Leon Panetta

As we move into a consequential election year, the importance of leadership is top of mind for Californians. Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will join PPIC President and CEO Mark Baldassare for a wide-ranging discussion about leading through the critical challenges facing the state and nation.


Improving Educational Opportunity in California

How can the state’s K-12 public schools and community colleges work together to prepare students to meet the challenges of the future? Please join us for a wide-ranging conversation about how California can improve opportunities and enhance outcomes for all of its tudents.

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Climate Change and California’s Water

By Jeffrey Mount, Daniel Swain, Paul Ullrich

Managing water is at the forefront of climate change adaptation in California. Changes are needed to prepare the water system for a more volatile climate.

Fact Sheet

Dams in California

By Alvar Escriva-Bou, Jeffrey Mount, Jelena Jezdimirovic

Dams are central to California’s water system, providing storage, flood control, electricity, and recreation. Climate change is complicating how they are managed.

Fact Sheet

California’s Water Grid

By Alvar Escriva-Bou, Ellen Hanak, Jeffrey Mount

The statewide network of storage and conveyance facilities provides multiple services, which are sometimes in conflict. Climate change brings new challenges.


A Conversation with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

Join us as Anthony Rendon, speaker of the California State Assembly, talks with PPIC’s Mark Baldassare about some of the key challenges and opportunities facing California and how state policymakers can work to address them.

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Learning the Language of Groundwater

By Lori Pottinger

Managing groundwater sustainably is a complex topic. Knowing the language is key to engaging in the conversation. This glossary can get you started.


Preparing California for Census 2020

The 2020 Census is fast approaching. With political representation and billions in federal funds on the line, the importance of an accurate count cannot be overstated. Is California prepared? This event will feature distinguished leaders and experts from the state and local levels, assessing readiness and discussing the actions needed to ensure an accurate census next year.

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