California Institute for Federal Policy Research - "The Institute's mission is to identify issues critical to the economic health of California, to coordinate the development of research data pertaining to these issues, and to communicate this policy research information to the California Congressional delegation."
California Institute for Water Resources(University of California) - "Facilitating collaborative research and outreach on water issues across California's academic institutions and with international, federal, state, regional, nonprofit, and campus communities."
California Policy Research Center(University of California) - "A systemwide research and public service program charged with applying the extensive research expertise of the UC system to the analysis, development and implementation of state policy and federal policy issues of statewide importance."
California Research Bureau(California State Library) - "Provides nonpartisan, confidential research to the Governor's Office, members of both houses of the Legislature, and other state constitutional officers."
California Studies Association - An independent, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the study and exchange of ideas about California, past and present, its people, politics, economy, environment, arts, history, and literature.
Center for California Studies(California State University, Sacramento) - "A public service, educational support, and applied research institute. dedicated to promoting a better understanding of California's government, politics, peoples, cultures and history."
Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy (CCSCE) - Independent, private economic research organization specializing in the analysis and study of California. CCSCE activities include research projects on the California economy; CCSCE's annual series of projection reports; customized long-term economic and demographic projections; database products; and senior management briefings, presentations, and speeches. CCSCE also participates as a research partner in public policy projects related to economic and demographic trends in California.
Institute of Urban & Regional Development(University of California, Berkeley) - Conducts "research into processes of urban and regional growth and decline, and effects of governing policies on the patterns and processes of development."
Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics(University of Southern California) - "Conducts a variety of programs that permit students to interact with public officials to learn about the issues that affect them and their community."
Pacific Institute - Interdisciplinary research and partner with stakeholders to produce solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity-in California, nationally, and internationally.
Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs(California State University, Los Angeles) - "Dedicated to continuing the progressive urban legacy of former California Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown (1959-1967), and serving as the primary vehicle through which Cal State L.A. carries out its urban mission."
Tomas Rivera Policy Institute(Claremont Graduate School) - "Conducts and disseminates objective, policy-relevant research and its implications to decision makers on key issues affecting Latino communities."
Southern California Studies Center(University of Southern California) - "Goal is to monitor and guide the transformations in environment, politics, economics, culture and society of Southern California."
University of California Agricultural Issues Center(University of California, Davis) - "A forum where crucial trends and policy issues affecting agriculture and natural resources in California and the West are analyzed and the results made available to both policymakers and to those affected by policies."
California Ballot Initiatives Database (1911 onward) (Hastings College of the Law Library) - Includes "the full text of the initiatives, accompanying material relating to their filing & qualification, related legal and legislative history, and digital images of pertinent documents."
California Ballot Propositions Database (1911 onward) (Hastings College of the Law Library) - Includes "the full text of the propositions, accompanying material contained in the voters' pamphlets, related legal and legislative history, and digital images of the voters' pamphlets."
California Ballot Measures (1944 onward) (Barbara Friedrich, Santa Clara University) - A list of the propositions by election, with identifying catchwords. Notes whether the proposition passed or failed.
Voter Registration Statistics - The California Secretary of State is required by law to produce a Report of Registration detailing voter registration levels throughout California at specific times prior to each statewide election and once during odd numbered years.
California Elections Data Archives(Center for California Studies, and Institute for Social Research, California State University, Sacramento) - A repository of California local election data from 1995 onward. Includes candidate and ballot measure results for county, city, community college and school district elections. Data for 1999 onward is available online. Data for 1995-1998 is available in printed reports.
County, City, School District & Ballot Measure Election Results(Secretary of State) - A joint project of the Center for California Studies and Institute for Social Research of California State University, Sacramento, and the Secretary of State. Collects and compiles results from city, county, school district, and local ballot measure elections from 2000-Current.
California Voter Foundation - "A clearinghouse of nonpartisan political information providing the public with convenient, 24-hour access to the "raw materials" of democratic life. CVF's web site and voter guides are easy to navigate, free to users and free of advertisements."
Smart Voter(League of Women Voters of California) -Offers extensive background information on candidates in participating counties as well as information on state and local ballot measures." Was the first site to offer personalized election information based on a voter's address.
Field Poll(Field Institute) - Prominent nonpartisan statewide poll. Press releases from the poll are online, 1993- . Called the California Poll until July 1992. The Social Sciences Data Collection at U.C. San Diego maintains a database of questions from the Field Poll, 1979- present.
PPIC Statewide Surveys(Public Policy Institute of California) - Launched in 1998 with the purpose of "providing independent, objective information on the social, economic, and political forces affecting California elections and public policy preferences."
Survey and Policy Research Institute(San Jose State University) - Produces the California Consumer Confidence Survey, the Silicon Valley Consumer Confidence Survey, and polls on various other topics.
California Common Cause - "A 35,000-member, non-profit, non-partisan organization that lobbies for campaign finance and ethics reform at both the state and local level in California."
California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC) - A private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping government and nonprofit housing agencies preserve and expand the supply of affordable homes for lower-income households throughout California.
Center for Governmental Studies - "Designs and helps implement innovative approaches to improve the processes of media and governance. The Center also works in substantive areas of campaign finance, ballot initiatives, digital divide, higher education, health care and state and local finance."
Claremont Institute - "The mission of the Claremont Institute is to restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life."
Courage Campaign - Online community fighting for a for a more progressive California and country.
InterEnvironment Institute - Main focus is on the natural environment, both internationally and in the United States, particularly in California.
Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy - "Promotes the principles of individual freedom and personal responsibility. The Institute believes these principles are best encouraged through policies that emphasize a free economy, private initiative, and limited government."
California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) - Advocates for the right of low-income communities and communities of color to have fair and equal access to banking and other financial services. CRC has a membership of more than 240 nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the State.
Acterra - "Action for a sustainable earth." Formerly Bay Area Action & Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation.
Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) - The BDCP is being prepared by a group of local water agencies, environmental and conservation organizations, state and federal agencies, and other interest groups. The plan would be implemented over the next 50 years. The heart of the BDCP is a long-term conservation strategy that sets forth actions needed for a healthy Delta.
California Environmental Dialogue - "A collaborative effort of leaders from California corporations, environmental organizations and governments" addressing "today's challenging environmental issues-solutions supported by a broad spectrum of interests."
California Natural Resources Agency / Map Server(California Legacy Project) - The purpose of this site is to provide map services for departments, boards and commissions within the Natural Resources Agency, and also to make some of these services available to the public.
California WaterFix - A controversial $15 billion plan proposed by Governor Jerry Brown and the California Department of Water Resources to build two large, four-story tall tunnels to carry fresh water from the Sacramento River under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta toward the intake stations for the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. Each tunnel would be 150 feet (46 m) below ground,40 feet (12 m) in diameter and 30 miles (48 km) in length. The tunnel project is as big or bigger than the English Channel Tunnel and Boston's Big Dig. The project would also include three new intakes with a capacity of 9000 cubic feet per second each, and a total annual yield of 4.9 million acre-feet. Also see:
California Wildlife Foundation (CWF) - Supports programs of the California Department of Fish and Game and its agency and resources partners. Manages funds designated to strengthen the stewardship efforts and long-term management of publicly-held wildlife areas and reserves.
Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) - The mission of CBE is to build people's power in California's communities of color and low income communities to achieve environmental health and justice by preventing and reducing pollution and building green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments.
Great Valley Center - Mission is to "support activities and organizations that promote the economic, social, and environmental well-being of California's Great Central Valley."
Greenbelt Alliance - "Our mission is to make the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area a better place to live by protecting the region's Greenbelt and improving the livability of its cities and towns."
Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California Coast - This Pacific Institute report concludes that sea-level rise will inevitably change the character of the California coast, and that adaptation strategies must be evaluated, tested, and implemented if the risks identified in the report are to be reduced or avoided. Populations and critical infrastructure at risk are shown in detailed maps prepared by the Pacific Institute available online here. The report also explores how vulnerability to sea-level rise will be heightened among Californians who do not have a vehicle, do not speak English, or who live near hazardous waste facilities. Low-income households and communities of color are over-represented in these more vulnerable groups.
Pacific Institute - Works to create a healthier planet and sustainable communities. We conduct interdisciplinary research and partner with stakeholders to produce solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity-in California, nationally, and internationally.
California Drought - A project of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California, one of the world's leading independent nonprofits researching and finding solutions to freshwater issues. The website compiles tools, research, and information on the California drought to facilitate the work at every level to understand, plan for, and find sustainable water management solutions in the face of a drier future for the western United States with changing conditions from climate change.
California Water Commission - Provides a public forum for discussing water issues, advises the Department of Water Resources (DWR), and takes appropriate statutory actions to further the development of policies that support integrated and sustainable water resource management and a healthy environment. Statutory duties include advising the Director of DWR, approving rules and regulations, and monitoring and reporting on the construction and operation of the State Water Project.
California Water Systems - California water districts and water resources provided by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy - Purpose of the commission is to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of various policy questions related to the possibility of legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults in California. The Blue Ribbon Commission's work includes closely monitoring the implementation of the new tax and regulatory schemes in Colorado and Washington and examining the results of different policy decisions made in each state for the most relevant lessons.
California Expose - Privatization of public schools and attacks on unionized workplaces and middle-class wages are only some of the trends threatening the Golden State. In this Frying Pan News investigative series, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Cohn examines the stories and personalities behind events shaping - and distorting- its communities.
California Health Advocates - Dedicated to Medicare advocacy and education for Californians. Provides accurate, unbiased, user-friendly information about Medicare benefits for people who live in California. Also see:
California Healthcare Information Division: Annual Financial Data Hospital Chargemasters - A hospital charge description master, also known as a chargemaster or CDM, contains the prices of all services, goods, and procedures for which a separate charge exists. It is used to generate a patient's bill. As required by the Payers' Bill of Rights, each hospital is required to submit a copy of its chargemaster, a list of average charges for 25 common outpatient procedures.
Calpensions - A project of Ed Mendel, a reporter who covered the Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades. The main focus of Calpensions.com is the pair of big pension funds based in Sacramento, the California Public Employees Retirement System and the California State Teachers Retirement System, which have two of the world's largest investment portfolios. There also are more than 80 smaller public employee pensions funds in California. Among them are 22 pension funds operated by counties, 32 by cities and 25 by special districts.
Children Now - "We examine social and governmental structures to see how well they support children and families, particularly those with fewer financial resources."
Covered California - Millions of Californians will be able to choose affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage offered through Covered California that will take effect January 2014. Covered California is a new, easy-to-use marketplace where you and your family may get financial assistance to make coverage more affordable and where you will be able to compare and choose health coverage that best fits your needs and budget. Also see Calculating Potential Insurance Cost in 2014.
Curb Prison Spending - A broad-based coalition of over 65 organizations seeking to curb prison spending by reducing the number of people in prison and the number of prisons in the state.
EdSource - "Dedicated to providing impartial, clearly presented information about California's emerging public education issues, including school finance, to wide and diverse audiences."
Friends Committee on Legislation - "A non-profit lobbying organization (established in 1952) whose mission is to educate state lawmakers and the public about peace and justice and the worth of every individual."
State Water Resources Control Board - California water quality and rights regulation, board meetings, laws, funding, watershed management, enforcement, citizen involvement, news and education.
California Roster(Secretary of State) Directory of state officeholders and agencies, and city and county governments.
Governor's Gallery(California State Library) - Each entry includes a brief bibliography, official portrait, inaugural addresses, and a timeline of major events which occurred during the governor's tenure.
Ed-Data(Education Data Partnership) -Fiscal, demographic and performance data on California's K-12 schools."
Immunization Levels in Callifornia Child Care and Schools(California Department of Public Health) - California Health and Safety Code Section 120375 and California Code of Regulation Section 6075 require all schools and child care facilities to assess and report annually the immunization status of their enrollees. This webpage provides the most recent summary reports and data files measuring compliance with this school immunization law, conducted in licensed child care facilities and all schools with kindergartens and/or 7th grades. Individual facility/school data is only presented for facilities/schools with 10 or more students.
State Health Facts Online - California(Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation) - "Contains the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation."
Transparent California - Dedicated to providing accurate, comprehensive and easily searchable information on the compensation of public employees in California.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 150,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search within individual pages.