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Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

PPIC’s statewide survey on Californians and their government examines likely voters’ preferences in the 2020 presidential and congressional elections along with Californians’ views on confirmation of a Supreme Court justice. It also gauges support for the “split roll” property tax (Proposition 15) and for repealing the state’s ban on affirmative action in the public sector (Proposition 16).

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A 2020 Election Preview

With one month to go before a highly consequential election, what does the political landscape look like in California and the nation? A panel of top political journalists will discuss emerging themes and issues, and assess the nation’s readiness for a pandemic election.

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Assessing Proposition 15

On the ballot this November, Proposition 15 would increase funding for public schools, community colleges, and local government services by changing tax assessment of commercial and industrial property. Doing so creates a split roll property tax system, because residential property taxes would not be changed.

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A Conversation with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

California and the nation remain in the grip of a worldwide pandemic while also dealing with tremendous economic upheaval and social unrest. What are the most critical actions that leaders can take at this time? How can the state and federal government work together more effectively to address these generational challenges?

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A Conversation with California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins

California is forging a path through the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic upheaval. These dual crises are exacerbating disparities in the state and adding urgency to a long-overdue reckoning with racial justice. California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins will join PPIC’s Mark Baldassare for a wide-ranging conversation about challenges facing the state and the role of leadership in difficult times.

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A Conversation with Secretary of State Alex Padilla

As California forges a path through the COVID-19 crisis and current civil unrest, trusted leadership is more important than ever. Secretary of State Alex Padilla will join PPIC’s Mark Baldassare for a wide-ranging conversation about the critical challenges facing the state and nation.

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Countdown to Census 2020

Census Day is fast approaching. How will the country’s most diverse and populous state respond? California’s representation in Congress and billions in federal funds are on the line. This event will feature a wide-ranging conversation about the consequences of the census with state and local leaders on the front lines of this critical effort.

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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.

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A Conversation with Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

Join us for a conversation with Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye—chief justice of California and leader of the state's judicial branch—about the challenges and opportunities facing the courts today. Topics include the relationship between California's three branches of government, the federal-state dynamic, and the importance of civic engagement.

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2020 Census: Counting the Central Valley

The decennial census plays an essential role in American democracy. The stakes are huge for California—political representation and federal dollars are on the line—and 2020 is fast approaching. Home to 4.3 million people, the San Joaquin Valley may be one of the state’s hardest-to-count regions.

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