Public Policy Institute of California

PPIC is dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research on major economic, social, and political issues. The institute was established in 1994 with an endowment from William R. Hewlett. PPIC does not take or support positions on any ballot measure or on any local, state, or federal legislation, nor does it endorse, support, or oppose any political parties or candidates for public office.

Local Government

Originally posted at the Public Policy Institute of CA. By Jelena Jezdimirovic and Ellen Hanak. California has many unmet needs in its water system—most notably in the areas of flood protection, safe drinking water, stormwater treatment, and ecosystem support. While ...

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Local Government

Originally posted at the Public Policy Institute of CA. By Brandon Martin and Magnus Lofstrom. Proposition 57 creates opportunities for the release of thousands of state prisoners through the expansion of parole eligibility and good conduct and programming credits. When ...

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Local Government

Originally posted at the Public Policy Institute of CA. By Lori Pottinger. The Salton Sea—California’s largest lake—faces an environmental crisis. The already-shrinking desert lake will receive less water starting next year, which will accelerate the exposure of toxic dust along ...

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Local Government

Originally posted at the Public Policy Institute of CA. By Lori Pottinger. California’s groundwater basins can store much more water than surface reservoirs. After years of unchecked depletion of many groundwater basins, communities are now coming together to figure out ...

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