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Briefings

Independent Briefings examine specific economic and social problems and are written by Independent fellows. Each Briefing provides an easy-to-read, in-depth overview of a key and timely, public-policy issue and provides clear solutions, and are free to download.

The Pitfalls of Law Enforcement License Plate Readers in California and Safeguards to Protect the Public
Crime, Grime, and Greed at BART
Key Recommendations to Improve the Bay Area Rapid Transit System
Health Care Components of the $3.5 Trillion (Or, Is It $5.5 Trillion?) Spending Plan
COVID in California
How Government Regulations Created Critical Healthcare Shortages — Permanent Patient-Centered Reforms Needed
Bugs in the System
California Government Technology Failures and Recommended Solutions
Better than Common Core
Florida’s New K-12 Standards Raise the Bar
Precaution Can Kill
Chemical Benefits and Regulatory Risks
How to Restore the California Dream
Removing Obstacles to Fast and Affordable Housing Development
California Wildfires
Key Recommendations to Prevent Future Disasters
Driving Californians Crazy: The Department of Motor Vehicles Wins Dishonor of California Golden Fleece® Award for Its Incompetence and Poor Customer Service
#TimesUp: California Government Officials Shielded from Sexual Misconduct Accountability at Taxpayers’ Expense
California Property Crime Surge Is Unintended Consequence of Proposition 47
Voter-Approved Initiative Wins Dishonor of California Golden Fleece® Award
Plastic Pollution
Bans vs. Recycling Solutions
The California Department of Water Resources Wins Dishonor of California Golden Fleece® Award for Its “Patch and Pray” Approach to Dam Safety
California Burning: CAL FIRE Wins Dishonor of the California Golden Fleece® Award
Education Savings Accounts for Texas
How Educational Choice through ESAs Creates Greater Innovation and Quality
The Sessions-Cassidy Health Plan
Caltrans Wins California Golden Fleece® Award for Its $10 Billion Highway Robbery
Cross-Currents in California Water
A Case Study of Bureaucracy Versus Tradable, Private Water Rights
California’s High-Speed Rail Authority Wins Dishonor of the California Golden Fleece® Award


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