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Does Managed Retreat Make Sense in Wildfire-Prone Lands?

By Sarah Bardeen

The concept of “managed retreat” originated in coastal areas that are dealing with sea level rise. Now, the term is increasingly used in discussions around wildfire—but does that make sense? We asked two researchers to tell us more.

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How Has Remote Work Affected Migration around the State?

By Eric McGhee, Sarah Bohn, Hans Johnson

The substantial growth of remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how Californians do their jobs as well as where they live. Many Californians​ have left the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles for other parts of the state.

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How Has Poverty in California Changed over Time?

By Caroline Danielson

As part of an ongoing series commemorating PPIC's 30th anniversary, senior fellow Caroline Danielson reflects on key poverty trends and how the California Poverty Measure has shed light on prospects for addressing economic hardship.

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Video: Californians and Their Government

By Mary Severance

Researchers Dean Bonner and Lauren Mora discuss key findings from the latest PPIC Statewide Survey, including likely voters’ preferences in key races on the November ballot, Californians’ views on the state budget, and other topics.

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The Holy Grail of a Zero-Carbon Home

By Sarah Bardeen

California’s buildings account for one quarter of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions—second only to transportation. So how can California reduce their carbon footprint? We sat down with our advisory council member Dan Dunmoyer of the California Building Industry Association to find out.

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An Update on Homelessness in California

By Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Cesar Alesi Perez

California's homeless population may have increased as much as 7.5% between 2022 and 2023. We look at what the latest data say about people experiencing homelessness in our state, including the wide variation across regions.

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Learning Recovery for Homeless Students Lags behind Other High-Need Groups

By Brett Guinan, Julien Lafortune

In the last in a series on K–12 students who have experienced homelessness, we look at how these youth are faring academically. While learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic affected all student groups, students experiencing homeless are falling behind other high-need learners as California emerges from the pandemic.

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Student Homelessness Reaches 10% or Higher in Some Counties

By Brett Guinan, Julien Lafortune

Student homelessness is most concentrated on the central and north coasts and in the Sierra region, while living arrangements for homeless students differ widely across counties. This is the second in a series on homelessness among California K–12 students.

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