Joaquin Valley: Land, People, and Economy (November 2005). requested by Assembly Member Juan Arambula,
this report summarizes statistics for the eight
counties of the San Joaquin Valley. Topics include the use of the land,
population and its characteristics, employment, and industry. Statistics are
drawn from public sources, primarily federal and state, and displayed in charts
for the region as a whole and for each of the counties in the region. Updated
statistics, revised scope, and redesigned presentation. (Three megabyte
Joaquin Valley: Selected Statistics on Population, Economy, and Environment
(May 2002). This paper, prepared at the request of the Senate Select
Committee on Central Valley Economic Development, encompases many topics,
mostly through charts and tables, with some narrative. It is similar in
scope and content to earlier report on the Great Central Valley, but this
one looks only at the eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley.
Honeybees in California (April 1999). "Killer bees" are now
established throughout southern California, and moving north up the Central
Valley and the coast. This brief paper reviews background and the limited
options for dealing with them. PDF version available via the California
Research Bureau's site (search on the title).
Outcomes of Computer Technology in K-12 Education (July 1998).
"This paper summarizes ways in which computer technology and communications
have been found to enhance learning in K-12 classrooms. The paper was prepared
at the request of Assembly Member Kerry Mazzoni, Chair of the Assembly
Education Committee, to support the work of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
in developing computer technology training standards for teachers. Those
standards will respond to requirements of Assembly Bill 1023 (Chapter 404,
statutes of 1997)."
is 'Push Technology'?" (October 1997). A look at the technology
of PointCast and similar "Internet broadcast" systems and their potential
for government. In Word 6.0 format. This is far out of date, but
perhaps still of interest to some.
Internet: A California Policy Perspective. March 1997.
The paper is of course very much out of date, but it may still be useful
for background and history purposes. Many of the topics it addressed subsequently
became the subject of legislative attention. The document (in PDF format)
is available via the California Research Bureau's list of papers (search
on the title).
Brown's Building Boom -- originally prepared in a somewhat different
form for the California Research Bureau, but not published. This is a statistics-heavy look at public works projects and
spending during the Edmund G. Brown administration, including background
and detailed source documentation. This monograph is also available
for purchase, at printing cost, as a paperback book, in two formats
(b/w perfect bound and color spiral bound, both 6 x 9") via http://stores.lulu.com/kenumbach.
of California's Short-Term Funds: The Pooled Money Investment Account
-- written with economist Rosa Moller. This is my own revision/condensation
of the paper as it stood at the end of 2001. The published version,
which finally appeared in January or February 2004 with a cover date of
November 2003, differs substantially from the original. It lacks
my byline, by my request, although I did agree to a mention in the acknowledgements.
Grazing Reforms: Potential Impact in California (January 1996).
This may still be of interest for its look at a way to compare the economic
impact of and interest in grazing as an issue from state to state, as well
as for background on the issue of grazing on federal lands.
Research in a High-Tech World. An antique guide to research that
has some useful principles and techniques; it is long overdue for an update to focus on PC-based methods
but still worthwhile for its overall approach.