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California’s Economic Future

California is a powerhouse of innovation and wealth-building—yet our state has the highest poverty rate in the nation. What policies can best support California’s economic leadership and also ensure that more of its residents benefit from the state’s success? Join Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal and a panel of experts for a wide-ranging conversation on California’s economic future.


A Conversation with Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas

Join PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye for a discussion with California Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas about his priorities as a legislative leader and his vision for California’s future.


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 and White House chief of staff Leon Panetta will join PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye for a wide-ranging discussion about leading through the critical challenges facing the state and nation.


Priorities for California’s Water

By Jeffrey Mount, Letitia Grenier, Ellen Hanak, Caitlin Peterson ...

California has made great strides in preparing for a drier, hotter future, but it remains a challenge to harness the bounty of wet years while also reducing flood risk. How did California’s water sector manage the unusually wet 2023 water year—and what lessons can we glean for the future?

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Is Agrivoltaics Right for California?

By Sarah Bardeen

Agrivoltaics—the practice of using the same piece of land simultaneously for agriculture and solar power generation—has enjoyed a lot of positive press lately. But is it right for California? We spoke with two experts with very different views on the subject.

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Video: Managing Water and Farmland Transitions in the San Joaquin Valley

By Sarah Bardeen

For the past seven years, the PPIC Water Policy Center has been researching how the San Joaquin Valley can adapt to a future with less water. On September 20, we held a special half-day event that drew together an array of growers, water managers, agency staff, and others to discuss how to best manage the changes ahead. Read our writeup—and watch the videos!

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Commentary: Water-use Challenges Affecting Farmers Means Reinventing the San Joaquin Valley

By Ellen Hanak, Caitlin Peterson

To ensure the San Joaquin Valley’s future, groundwater overpumping has to end—and some 500,000 acres of farmland will likely need to come out of intensively irrigated production. But unplanned, haphazard fallowing would harm the valley. In our Fresno Bee commentary, we share insights on how to protect the valley’s residents, agriculture, and environment, drawing on over seven years of research.

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