Issue Briefs

Issue Briefs, the Commission’s newest resource for state policymakers, provide in-depth overviews of key challenges facing California. While only Commission reports contain policy recommendations, the data and background information included in Issue Briefs provide critical context for navigating California’s most pressing issues.

California’s Aging Population

Data on California’s aging population as part of the Commission’s review of early implementation of the state’s Master Plan for Aging, a 10-year effort that aims to promote healthy aging and prepare California for coming demographic changes.

View the California’s Aging Population Issue Brief

Assessing the California Rebuilding Fund

The California Rebuilding Fund has issued almost 1,200 loans in 39 California counties to help small businesses recover and grow from the COVID-19 pandemic, yet implementation challenges remain for this innovative program. 

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California Law Enforcement Survey

Findings from the Commission’s anonymous survey of active-duty California peace officers provide critical insight into the strengths and shortcomings of law enforcement training in the state.

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Comparing Law Enforcement Basic Training Academies

Law enforcement basic training academies models vary across the nation and within California, from training hours and formats to attendance, passing and hiring rates, and more.

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California’s Use of Federal Pandemic Aid

Critical differences between the CARES Act and American Rescue Plan warrant consideration as the state determines how to allocate its anticipated $26 billion in federal pandemic-related relief.

View the California’s Use of Federal Pandemic Aid Issue Brief

COVID’s Impact on California Housing

Thousands of renters, landlords, and homeowners across California – particularly those of color – are struggling to make their housing payments amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

View COVID’s Impact on California Housing Issue Brief

California’s Digital Divide

As many as 2.3 million Californians lack access to broadband, hindering their ability to, among other things, access education, contribute to a productive economy, and obtain crucial government services.  

View California’s Digital Divide Issue Brief