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Making the Grade: A Scorecard for State Health Insurance Exchanges

October 18, 2011

Assesses states' progress in creating exchanges and grades established exchanges on policies regarding governance and structure, negotiating power and ability to drive value, consumer experience, and stability, including protection from adverse selection.

Prospects for Foundation Philanthropy in Los Angeles During Uncertain Times: 2010 Update

November 30, 2010

Based on a 2010 survey of the largest foundations in Los Angeles County, updates an analysis of trends in foundations' fiscal outlook, expected changes in giving, factors behind grantmaking decisions, priorities and strategies, and future prospects.

Half a Million Older Californians Living Alone Unable to Make Ends Meet

February 24, 2009

Presents findings on the economic security of Californians age 65 and older, using the 2007 Elder Index, with a focus on those living alone. Analyzes data by race/ethnicity, gender, age, and county and compares income levels with the federal poverty line.

The Elder Economic Security Standard(TM) Index for California, 2007: County Amounts, Comparisons and Components

February 1, 2008

Provides county-by-county data on how much income retirees need to make ends meet, how it compares with the Federal Poverty Line, and by how much the maximum Supplemental Security Income payment and average Social Security payment each fall short.

Down the Drain: Sources of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals in San Francisco Bay

July 12, 2007

Presents findings from an analysis of wastewater samples from residential, commercial, and industrial sites in the San Francisco Bay Area, and identifies potential sources of chemical contamination.

California Dreamers: A Public Opinion Portrait of the Most Diverse Generation the Nation Has Known

April 25, 2007

Presents findings from a public opinion poll of California youth aged 16 to 22 about their personal values, experiences, and attitudes on current affairs and social issues.