College Chief: A Changing Role?

College presidents and chancellors are in a unique position. They are the chief executive of organizations employing as many as tens of thousands of people, but unlike a corporation of similar size, their stated goals traditionally transcend profit maximization. Several presidents’ webpages boast visions to “boldly go,” driving “student-centered,” “service-oriented” missions. Hiring statements often emphasize

Outmigration in California

Most of us are familiar with the pains of moving – the sofa that’s an inch too wide to fit through the doorway, or the elevator that breaks before you’ve packed your first box. Roughly 40 million Americans experience these pains each year, but we rarely stop to think about the far-reaching consequences of a

1-Year Anniversary of California’s Pet Store Law

January 1st, 2020 will not only mark a new decade, but for animal rights enthusiasts it will mark the one-year anniversary of the enactment of California’s Assembly Bill No. 485, which requires all dogs, cats, and rabbits sold in California pet stores to be sourced from animal shelters or rescue groups. Although California is not

The Rise of “Healthcare Deserts” in Rural America

Many Americans depend on services from their local hospitals, which function as their safety net in case of an emergency and for some, a routine care facility. Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) are relied on by thousands of rural communities nationwide, yet 38% of these hospitals currently face severe financial distress or the potential for financial

Inside the Box: Visualizing Southern California’s Logistics Sector

In the wake of the great recession, the Inland Empire’s economy struggled to find its feet as the manufacturing and construction industries faltered. The story of the last ten years’ recovery is one of changes, as the Inland Empire’s economy has shifted towards jobs in healthcare, education, and, increasingly, logistics. In this new economy, Amazon

Predicting Amtrak’s Return to Indio

Indio has earned a national status as the “The City of Festivals”, drawing nearly 1.4 million annually to events such as Coachella and Stagecoach. Moreover, Indio’s City Council unanimously passed a measure in 2016 to raise the attendance cap on both of these festivals by nearly 62,000. These festivals have brought money and business to

The Great Shakeout or The Great Shakedown?

As California hospitals scramble to meet state deadlines for seismic compliance, a bigger problem is looming: can they afford it?  In the wake of the 1994 Northridge earthquake that struck the San Fernando Valley, causing structural damage to eleven hospitals, California lawmakers looked for ways to improve seismic resilience across the state. One of the

Food Stamp Distribution Among CA Counties

At 6.7 million, the number of food-insecure Californians in 2019 tops the population of 86 different countries. A person is defined as food insecure if they lack consistent access to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle. Almost all California counties have food insecurity rates between 10 and 18 percent. The problem is not