• LIVE WEBCAST: Blue Ribbon Commission Public Forum on Youth Education and Prevention

    LIVE WEBCAST: Blue Ribbon Commission Public Forum on Youth Education and Prevention

    Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy 10:30 am Welcome Remarks Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom 10:40 am Forum Overview Abdi Soltani, Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California 10:43 am Panel # 1 – Policy Brief Overview & Limiting Youth Access to Marijuana Dr. Tim Cermak, M.D., Co-Chair Youth Education & Prevention Working GroupBryan Zaragoza, Youth Advocate, [...]

    May 19, 2015
  • Multitasking in the Digital Age: A New Perspective on Information Overload

    Multitasking in the Digital Age: A New Perspective on Information Overload

    UC Center Sacramento Speaker Series Presents Gloria Mark Professor in Department of Informatics University of California, Irvine Professor Mark’s goal is to understand digital technology use in real world contexts and how it affects human mood, stress and behavior. She will present empirical data collected over ten years that describe the nature of multitasking, interruptions, and attention focus [...]

    May 18, 2015
  • What Does Research Tell Us About Minimum Wage?

    What Does Research Tell Us About Minimum Wage?

    UC Center Sacramento Speaker Series Presents David Neumark Professor of Economics Director, Center for Economics & Public Policy University of California, Irvine Professor David Neumark will discuss the research evidence on the minimum wage: How does it affect employment? Do minimum wages help poor families? He will also discuss alternative policies to increase income from work, [...]

    May 7, 2015
  • PPIC Briefing: Alternatives to Incarceration in California

    PPIC Briefing: Alternatives to Incarceration in California

    As part of an ongoing effort to lower its prison and jail populations, California is expanding the use of alternatives to custody-based punishment. PPIC researcher Brandon Martin will outline a new PPIC report about the potential impact of this expansion, and a panel of experts will provide state and local perspectives Welcome  Ryken Grattet, research fellow, PPIC [...]

    May 7, 2015
  • 2015 Drought: Four Years and Counting

    2015 Drought: Four Years and Counting

    April 9th, 2015 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 [...]

    May 6, 2015

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Ellen Hanak Water Policy Center Director Addresses The Sacramento Press Club

Ellen Hanak Water Policy Center Director Addresses The Sacramento Press Club

May 5, 2015

April 30th, 2015 California officials are grappling with how to respond to California’s epic drought, and so are researchers. PPIC senior fellow Ellen Hanak has been tasked with heading up the public policy think tank’s new Water Policy Center. Hanak started PPIC’s research program on water policy in 2001 and has published numerous reports and [...]

Road Vehicle Automation: Opportunities and Challenges for California

Road Vehicle Automation: Opportunities and Challenges for California

April 29, 2015

UC Center Sacramento Speaker Series Presents Steve Shladover Program Manager California PATH Program, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Berkeley Road vehicle automation has become a popular topic in recent years, but much of that popularity is based on uninformed speculation and hype that have raised public expectations to unrealistic levels. This presentation reviews the long history of [...]

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 [...]

The New Reality: Addressing California’s Water Challenge

The New Reality: Addressing California’s Water Challenge

April 27, 2015

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 [...]

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

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

April 21, 2015

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 [...]

PPIC Presents “Civic Engagement and Voter Turnout”

PPIC Presents “Civic Engagement and Voter Turnout”

April 15, 2015

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 14, 2015

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 [...]