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December 17, 1998 | From Associated Press
Former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and his wife, Sylvia, are forming a new public policy institute at Cal State Monterey Bay. The Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit educational organization with the goal of inspiring young people to lives of public service.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Are California voters ready yet to change Proposition 13 so that all corporations pay their fair share of property taxes? A new nonpartisan poll indicates they might be. But a better, more relevant question is whether any state political leader - namely a governor - is courageous enough to lead the charge. Answer: Of course not. Gov. Jerry Brown told me five years ago, before he was elected to a third term as governor, that "messing with 13 is a big fat loser. " Clearly he hasn't changed his mind.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Californians are more optimistic about the direction of their state and the condition of its economy than they have been in years, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. The upbeat outlook comes weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown announced that the state's deficit had been wiped out with help from tax hikes approved by voters in November. In the poll, the governor received his highest approval rating since being elected in 2010. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed said they approved of Brown's job performance, up from 41% in September.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- A policy group says it has found "robust evidence" that increased property crimes in California, and auto thefts in particular, are tied to the state's shifted prison population. The conclusion is contained in a report published Tuesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, attempting to measure the effects of a 2011 law that made parole violators and nonviolent felons wards of counties instead of state prisons. Designed to reduce crowding and costs in the state's prison system, it also exacerbated overcrowding in county jails, and led to increases in the number of jail inmates released early or sentenced to community programs.
NEWS
June 10, 1994 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Billionaire William R. Hewlett, one of the wealthiest men in America, will donate $70 million to create a public policy institute to study California issues, it was announced Thursday. The nonpartisan foundation will be known as the Public Policy Institute of California and will be immediately propelled by Hewlett's endowment into the front line of think tanks studying the state and its policies.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2005 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Maybe it's time for Arnold to park the moving van. The migration of companies and jobs out of California during most of the 1990s -- which corporations said highlighted the state's anti-business environment -- prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to drive a moving van down the Las Vegas Strip last year, offering to help California employers "come back home." A new study by a nonpartisan group to be released today suggests that the effect of the exodus on the state's economy was overblown.
OPINION
June 8, 2005
Re "Study Sees Lack of Educated Workers to Meet State Needs," June 2: The study by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that our future economy needs more college-educated workers by 2025 or we face a weaker economy. In light of this projected shortfall and the growth in the 18- to 24-year-old population, California needs to ensure that community colleges and universities have the capacity to serve all of these students. According to the California Postsecondary Education Commission, as many as 1.8 million qualified students could be turned away from California's community colleges and universities in the next 10 years unless we take action now. In order to close this education gap, the state will need to invest more in higher education, the institutions will need to be more efficient, and we need a long-term tuition and financial aid policy.
OPINION
June 14, 2004
"Age Before Duty" (June 8) provided a thoughtful and balanced look at the retirement of four veteran state legislators due to term limits. However, it reflected one piece of conventional wisdom -- that term limits have caused California's Legislature to "look more like California." This deserves a closer look. Although it is undeniably true that today's Legislature includes more women, Latinos and Asian Americans (though fewer African Americans) than the body did in 1990 when our term limits initiative passed, these changes may also be the result of demographic shifts, two rounds of redistricting and the increasing electoral viability of female candidates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - As Gov. Jerry Brown enters spending negotiations with lawmakers, new polls say he enjoys steady support from Californians on his handling of the state budget. A poll released Wednesday evening by the Public Policy Institute of California said 61% of adult residents think Brown has proposed a good budget plan. Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the institute, said voters appreciate the governor's more cautious approach. “People are not feeling fully confident that we're in a robust recovery," he said.
NEWS
October 4, 1993 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The private foundation that built the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library near here is abandoning its plans to develop a public policy think tank in favor of sponsoring more event-oriented programs with popular appeal. Officials said the recent appointment of historian and biographer Richard Norton Smith as the new director of the Reagan Center for Public Affairs represents a shift from the initial goals of the center to tackle tough public policy issues. "It's a change of focus," said John J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
President Obama's popularity is falling even in California, a deep-blue state he has won twice by landslides. It means Democratic politicians should worry about suffering fatal falls in the polling booths next November. That's not necessarily because voters turned off by the president will take it out on Democratic congressional and legislative candidates, although some of that could happen. More important, Democratic voters may be so disenchanted with Washington and politics generally that they don't turn out to cast ballots at all. And there's little on the horizon in California to excite them about voting.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | By Robert Greene
Spend enough time with cyclists and cycling and it's easy to believe that the world has changed: that the bike has taken over, that pollution is in retreat, that the obesity epidemic has met its match, that the post-World War II thinking about mobility - move fast, in single-occupancy cars - is ancient history. That's especially true at the California by Bike summit, underway in Oakland, where a couple hundred or so cycling advocates have gathered to confer about their movement. So for the advocates, it was sobering to hear California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly, at the opening session Thursday evening, cite some statistics from a pair of Public Policy Institute of California polls, one in 1995 and one in 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - As Gov. Jerry Brown enters spending negotiations with lawmakers, new polls say he enjoys steady support from Californians on his handling of the state budget. A poll released Wednesday evening by the Public Policy Institute of California said 61% of adult residents think Brown has proposed a good budget plan. Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the institute, said voters appreciate the governor's more cautious approach. “People are not feeling fully confident that we're in a robust recovery," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Californians are more optimistic about the direction of their state and the condition of its economy than they have been in years, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. The upbeat outlook comes weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown announced that the state's deficit had been wiped out with help from tax hikes approved by voters in November. In the poll, the governor received his highest approval rating since being elected in 2010. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed said they approved of Brown's job performance, up from 41% in September.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2011 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
Public support for Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to solve the budget crisis with a June election is eroding as other officials warn that delaying such a move until late fall, as the governor is considering, could trigger a cash crisis and a fresh round of state-issued IOUs. A new survey from the independent Public Policy Institute of California shows that 46% of likely California voters back Brown's call for a five-year extension on some sales, income and vehicle taxes to help balance the state's books.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor who promoted himself as a reformer, made a mockery of reform on his way out the Capitol door. The Republican governor who flamboyantly vowed to "blow up the boxes" and couldn't figure out how to do it, wound up filling boxes with political cronies ? and, even more outrageously, some of their spouses. The movie star who repeatedly said he ran for office to "give back" to the public for his life of fantastic success ? in keeping with the teachings of his Kennedy family in-laws ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- A policy group says it has found "robust evidence" that increased property crimes in California, and auto thefts in particular, are tied to the state's shifted prison population. The conclusion is contained in a report published Tuesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, attempting to measure the effects of a 2011 law that made parole violators and nonviolent felons wards of counties instead of state prisons. Designed to reduce crowding and costs in the state's prison system, it also exacerbated overcrowding in county jails, and led to increases in the number of jail inmates released early or sentenced to community programs.
OPINION
May 28, 2006 | Lou Cannon, LOU CANNON is the author of five books on Ronald Reagan, most recently "Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power."
BY TRADITIONAL political standards, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger should be on the ropes. His job approval ratings hover in the low 40s, historically a harbinger of defeat for incumbents seeking reelection. He has retreated from his advocacy of state government reforms since voters rejected four of them in a 2005 special election. He is seeking reelection in a dismal year for Republicans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2009 | Cathleen Decker
In a bleak assessment of their tarnished state, Californians say their government is untrustworthy, wastes money and performs for the benefit of the few and not for the bulk of the state's residents, a new poll has found. The survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan think tank, found that negative assessments of state government and its officials contrasted with far more positive views of the federal government and its leaders. Overall, it suggested a populace beaten down by an endless cycle of budget disasters, now further complicated by a national recession, an implosion of housing prices and persistent unemployment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2009 | Evan Halper
California voters are enthusiastic about President Obama's plans for steering the country out of recession, but their faith in state government's ability to manage its finances and fix California's problems has tumbled, according to a new poll. The survey by the Public Policy Institute of California found that three in four Californians think the state is going in the wrong direction, a record high number. The budget problems have dragged the approval rating for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to 40% -- the level it reached after his politically disastrous special election in 2005.
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