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

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

May 19, 2015

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, [...]

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

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

May 18, 2015

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 [...]

What Does Research Tell Us About Minimum Wage?

What Does Research Tell Us About Minimum Wage?

May 7, 2015

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, [...]

PPIC Briefing: Alternatives to Incarceration in California

PPIC Briefing: Alternatives to Incarceration in California

May 7, 2015

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 [...]

2015 Drought: Four Years and Counting

2015 Drought: Four Years and Counting

May 6, 2015

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 [...]

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 [...]