The Inland Empire’s Middle Income Jobs of the Future

Are the educational opportunities in the Inland Empire in line with the future demands of the labor market? According to a report on the future of middle income jobs, the US as a whole faces a significant mismatch between the skills middle education workers possess and skills required by middle income jobs. In California, there

Trump’s Threats Have No Impact on Chinese Import-Exports in L.A Ports

Much media and political attention has been given to the U.S.-China trade war and speculation about its effect on both economies. General economic intuition would predict the tariffs to have a negative effect on exports and imports leaving and entering U.S. However, data from the L.A. ports points to a different narrative. In this article,

No Roof, No Woof?

About a quarter of all homeless people in the United States live in California, nearly 130,000 on any given day. California also has the highest rate of unsheltered homeless individuals in the nation: 70%. Does lack of veterinary services in Los Angeles County homeless shelters provide a barrier to entry in California? While homeless people

U.S. National Parks Lost Millions During Partial Government Shutdown

The absence of an appropriation bill enacted the Antideficiency Act which forces non-essential government operations, including the National Parks Service, to stop during the shutdown. The National Parks Conservation Association reports the Department of the Interior were able to employ just under 3,300 of the 20,000 NPS employees as “essential staff” to keep National Parks

Is the Commuting Price Right?

What could be worse for Inland Empire commuters than the daily, lengthy drive into Los Angles? Having to pay a per-mile tax on that ride. With the LA County Metro Transit Authority considering a congestion tax, we performed an analysis to predict the cost of Inland Empire workers commuting to Los Angeles. No matter how

Timely Tree Trims Save Lines and Lives

When California SB 901 was passed last September instituting a variety of wildfire-related measures, it was met with mixed reactions. The bill’s detractors saw it as a bailout for large utilities such as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), who are able to pass off some their liability in starting wildfires to ratepayers in the form

Are the Midterms Responsible For the Stock Market Decline?

Over the last few months, we seem to have witnessed a strong connection between political actions and the stock market. Perhaps the most important major recent political event was the 2018 federal midterm elections. Following those elections was a major stock market decline. Was the stock market decline caused by the election results? Stock prices

Energy Consumption in California: Why Population Density Matters

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), California ranked 48th in the country in energy consumption per capita in 2016. In fact, the average California households consumed 31% less energy than the national average. Commonly cited reasons for California’s low levels of per capita energy consumption are its raft of of energy efficiency programs as

The Melancholy of Consuming Alone

Each quarter the Lowe Institute partners with Chapman University to produce consumer sentiment indices for three nearby metropolitan areas: Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. The fourth quarter results—based on surveys conducted in mid-December—are in. You may recall it was a rather eventful quarter headlined by a precipitous stock market decline and a

The Rise (and Fall?) of LA’s Startup Scene

When we think about venture capital and private equity, tech, or even just the word “entrepreneur,” many of us immediately picture Silicon Valley — the land of Zuckerberg, Google, and the iPhone. Take one easy flight or embark down the I-5, however, and you’ll find what has quickly become an interesting player in California’s startup