• LIVE WEBCAST: The New Reality: Addressing California’s Water Challenge

    LIVE WEBCAST: The New Reality: Addressing California’s Water Challenge

    Live webcast of USC Schwarzenegger Institute/PPIC Forum on Calif. Emergency Drought Measures Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Water Policy Center to host “The New Reality: Addressing California’s Water Challenge,” an informative forum that will explore how California leaders, agencies and residents are coping with the [...]

    April 27, 2015
  • The Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy: Forum on Public Safety

    The Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy: Forum on Public Safety

    Tuesday, April 21st • 10:30am – 12:00pm WATCH THE PUBLIC HEARING WITH SILVERLIGHT  The Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy was formed in light of the likelihood that a marijuana legalization initiative will be placed on the 2016 California ballot, and that serious and thoughtful analysis must be conducted in order to identify significant policy challenges [...]

    April 21, 2015
  • PPIC Presents “Civic Engagement and Voter Turnout”

    PPIC Presents “Civic Engagement and Voter Turnout”

    2015 Speakers Series on California’s Future Civic Engagement and Voter Turnout Over the past 20 years, voter turnout in California has been slipping. The state is struggling with a gap between those who vote and the rest of the population. Join us as we focus on the reforms that are under way—and others California should [...]

    April 15, 2015
  • PPIC Briefing Series: Are California’s Schools Ready for Online Testing and Learning?

    PPIC Briefing Series: Are California’s Schools Ready for Online Testing and Learning?

    April 8, 2015 California is rolling out online tests that are aligned with the Common Core standards. How prepared are school districts around the state? In the longer term, will California schools be ready to benefit fully from digital learning? PPIC researcher Niu Gao will outline her findings on district readiness for online testing and learning. This [...]

    April 14, 2015
  • 2015 Drought: Four Years and Counting

    2015 Drought: Four Years and Counting

    California is drawing national attention as it enters into a fourth year of devastating drought. The state’s record low snowpack and diminishing reservoir levels have pushed the state into uncharted territory, with worsening impacts on water quality, agriculture, fire response, habitat, and fish and wildlife. As the state braces for a hot and dry summer, [...]

    April 9, 2015

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education

April 27, 2015

April 23, 2015 PPIC’s latest survey looks at Californians’ perceptions of major reforms being implemented in the state’s public K–12 schools: the Local Control Funding Formula, the Common Core State Standards, and the Smarter Balanced assessments. It also examines concerns about educational inequities and views on school funding and revenues. PPIC researcher Lunna Lopes will outline these [...]

State Archives Speakers Series: Arabian Nights in the American Desert

State Archives Speakers Series: Arabian Nights in the American Desert

April 14, 2015

California State Archives Speakers Series: Coachella Valley native Sarah Seekatz (University of California, Riverside) will bring to light the surprising and intriguing flavor of her home region with her presentation entitled “Arabian Nights in the American Desert: The Cultivation of Middle Eastern Fantasies in California’s Coachella Valley.” In the deserts just east of Palm Springs, [...]

Press Conference: President pro Tem De León and Speaker Atkins Unveil Immigration Legislation

Press Conference: President pro Tem De León and Speaker Atkins Unveil Immigration Legislation

April 7, 2015

Immigrants Shape California Legislative Package Legislative leaders announced a 10-bill package to protect undocumented immigrants from fraud, discrimination, lack of health care, and the unintended consequences of our criminal justice system. FACT SHEET LINK Immigrants Shape California Legislative Bill Package: SB 10 (Lara) Office of New Americans SB 4 (Lara) Health Care for All AB 622 [...]

Briefing: Medi-Cal: Expansion, Managed Care and the Impact of Reform

Briefing: Medi-Cal: Expansion, Managed Care and the Impact of Reform

April 6, 2015

Welcome Moderator: Gil Ojeda, Director, CA Program on Access to Care, UC Berkeley School of Public Health Panel 1: The Expansion: Projections, Hard-to-Reach Populations, and Immigrants Panel Moderator: Gil Ojeda, Director, CPAC Miranda Dietz, Policy Analyst, Center for Labor Research and Education, UC Berkeley Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access California Legislative Perspective: Medi-Cal Budgetary [...]

What is Recycling Good For? The Case of American Paper Today

What is Recycling Good For? The Case of American Paper Today

April 6, 2015

UC Center Sacramento Speaker Series Presents Daniel Press, Professor of Environmental Studies, Executive Director, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz In many American communities, paper recycling is considered good environmental practice and sound environmental policy. However, our country treats recycling as waste management, not industrial feedstock. The resulting paper recovery practices [...]

Press Conference: End of Life Options Act

Press Conference: End of Life Options Act

March 25, 2015

Video Courtesy of California Senate Majority Caucus The End of Life Option Act will establish criteria for a patient who has been diagnosed as terminally ill that must be met prior to being prescribed the medication. SB 128 is modeled on legislation in Oregon and other states where aid-in-dying has been proven to be effective and [...]

Women’s Caucus Announces Legislation and Budget Action To Strengthen Women’s Economic Future

Women’s Caucus Announces Legislation and Budget Action To Strengthen Women’s Economic Future

March 25, 2015

Video Courtesy of California Senate Majority Caucus Women’s Caucus priority legislation and budget action: Equal Pay and Job Opportunities · California Fair Pay Act – SB 358 (Senator Jackson) California women working full time make an average of only 84 cents to every dollar earned by men, and women of color, especially Latinas, face an [...]

UCGHI Policy Briefing on California’s Farm Workers

UCGHI Policy Briefing on California’s Farm Workers

March 25, 2015

Agriculture is a major driver of California’s economy, worth tens of billions of dollars. Yet, most farm workers are immigrants with low levels of education and socioeconomic status, live in poor housing conditions, and have less access to health care, fewer legal protections, and higher rates of occupational injuries and chronic diseases than workers in [...]