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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.

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New Housing Permits Decline Statewide

By Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Mary Severance

Despite a great need for more housing, the number of new home construction permits declined significantly during the first half of 2019.

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California’s Prison Population

By Joseph Hayes, Justin Goss, Heather Harris, Alexandria Gumbs

Many of California’s inmates live in overcrowded conditions, despite successful efforts to stabilize the prison population systemwide. This fact sheet provides a snapshot of the state’s prisons, highlighting the most current information on racial disparities, health costs, and other key issues.

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Public Pensions in California

By Radhika Mehlotra, Patrick Murphy

State and local governments face large and growing pension obligations. This fact sheet provides a snapshot of California’s public pensions and liabilities, their impact on local budgets, and policy changes that aim to tackle rising costs.


The 2020 Census and Political Representation in California

By Eric McGhee, Sarah Bohn, Tess Thorman

If the 2020 Census does a poor job of counting traditionally undercounted populations and immigrant communities, the state could easily lose one of its 53 seats in the House of Representatives.


Managing Drought in a Changing Climate: Four Essential Reforms

By Jeffrey Mount, Ellen Hanak, Jay Lund, Paul Ullrich ...

This report reviews climate pressures that are stressing the state’s water system, and describes reforms to help California prepare for greater extremes and growing water scarcity.

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The PPIC Statewide Survey: Reflections at the 20th Anniversary

By Mark Baldassare, Abby Cook

Attitudes of Californians have evolved on key issues over the years. PPIC’s polling has also changed, but its high standards and commitment to delivering accurate, independent, nonpartisan information has not.

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