May 28, 2006 |
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.
October 26, 2005 |
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.
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October 20, 2005 |
Don't expect to see happy photos of President Bush with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger when the president visits Los Angeles tonight for a Republican fundraiser. The governor doesn't plan to go near the president. He's upset. Schwarzenegger is miffed because Bush is dipping into the California money pot less than three weeks before the governor's special election.
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.
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.
October 9, 2003 |
Arnold Schwarzenegger's decisive win in the gubernatorial recall election may encourage the White House to more seriously contest California in next year's presidential election, but the state likely will remain a difficult challenge for President Bush to win, senior Republican political operatives say. The victory "improves the calculus on California," said one top GOP strategist familiar with thinking in the White House.
December 17, 1998 |
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.
June 10, 1994 |
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.
October 4, 1993 |
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.