November 2008 Proposition Roundup

Posted on October 27th, 2008 — in Ballot Measures :: Crime and Punishment :: Health Care :: Redistricting :: Resources and Environment :: Transportation

Just in time for the November 4 election, the Reason Foundation has released a slew of reports on California ballot measures. The bond measures Prop. 1A High Speed Rail, Prop. 3 Children’s Hospitals, Prop. 10 Alternative Fuel Vehicles, and Prop. 12 Veterans’ Bonds, are treated in a single report. Prop 1A, Prop. 5 on Nonviolent Offenders, and Prop. 11 on Redistricting are covered more thoroughly in separate studies. For another perspective on the redistricting initiative, see the report from the Center for Governmental Studies. If after reading these you’re still undecided, check out the abundant resources on the ballot measures compiled by the Institute of Governmental Studies Library at Election 2008 Hot Topics.


Economic Futures

Posted on October 22nd, 2008 — in Economy and Business :: Employment :: Resources and Environment :: Technology

The Innovation Driven Economic Development Model [Bay Area Council Economic Institute]

Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California [Center for Energy, Resources, and Economic Sustainability; Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics; UC Berkeley]

Building San Francisco’s Cleantech Economy: Analysis and Strategy Options [San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association]

Does the economy look greener on the other side of innovation? Three reports examine the dynamics of policy and resources. The Innovation Driven Economic Development Model is based on the new realities of globalization and the changing nature of the innovation process. Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California looks at the long term impact of energy efficiency on economic growth. And the San Francisco Urban Planning and Research Association zooms in on local economic greening in Building San Francisco’s Cleantech Economy: Analysis and Strategy Options.


Report Card on Education from PACE

Posted on October 22nd, 2008 — in Education

Conditions of Education in California [Policy Analysis for California Education]

In this edition of Conditions of Education in California six of California’s leading policy scholars provide analysis of the urgent educational challenges facing our state. The six authors provide baseline data on the current performance of California’s schools and students, and make specific recommendations for policy changes that will support long-term improvement.