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Improving COVID Vaccine Equity in California

By Shannon McConville

While California has made good progress on vaccination rates overall, there are large differences across communities. Rates are lower among Medi-Cal enrollees, residents in predominantly Latino neighborhoods, and residents in high-poverty neighborhoods.

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Who Do California’s Police Officers Stop – and Why?

By Amalia Mejia, Brandon Martin, Magnus Lofstrom

An analysis of “stop data” shows that Latinos are less likely to be stopped for reasonable suspicion than Black or white individuals, but more likely than others to be stopped for a traffic violation.

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Geography of College Enrollment in California

By Cesar Alesi Perez, Hans Johnson, Vicki Hsieh

While increases in state funding and initiatives to improve access have helped increase enrollment at the University of California and California State University, disparities in college access remain.

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Applications for Dream Act Financial Aid Have Fallen

By Kevin Cook, Jacob Jackson

A sharp decline in California Dream Act applications during the COVID-19 pandemic may mean that college is less affordable for some undocumented students—or even lead to a decline in enrollment.

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New Census Data Sheds Light on California’s Changes

By Eric McGhee, Jennifer Paluch, Vicki Hsieh

The 2020 Census shows that California’s population—while increasing only a little—has become both more diverse and less rural in the past decade.

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California’s High Housing Costs Increase Poverty

By Patricia Malagon, Caroline Danielson

Many families across the state struggle to afford housing, and periods of rising home prices—such as the pandemic recession—can pose a particularly large challenge.

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California’s Politically Invisible

By Eric McGhee

California voters are older, better educated, wealthier, and more likely to be white than Californians who don’t vote. This gap between the voting public and Californians as a whole can make election results unrepresentative.

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Video: Immigrants in California

By Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Ashlyn Perri

A new PPIC video provides an overview of immigration in California: it covers key facts, highlights important trends, and looks at Californians’ views on immigration reform.

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