The California Research Bureau (CRB), the California
State Library’s own think tank, provides its clients
– the Governor’s Office, the Governor’s cabinet,
California legislators, other elected officials and
their staff – with information and analysis on a
broad range of issues. CRB publications range from
confidential memos to
public reports that customers can access on the
California State Library website. CRB also consults
on legislation and educates through policy seminars,
and provides policymakers “up close
and personal” learning experiences through
environmental field trips.
Speakers at the PPIC presentation on
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta policy options.
Left to right: Joe Grindstaff, Director, California
Bay-Delta Authority; Alf Brandt, Assembly Committee
on Water, Parks & Wildlife; Dr. Jeff Mount, Geology
Dept., UC Davis, and Chair, CALFED Independent
Science Board; Dr. Jay Lund, Civil and Environmental
Engineering Department, UC Davis; Dr. Peter Moyle,
Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation
Biology and Geology Departments, UC Davis, and
Associate Director, UC Davis Center for Watershed
Sciences; Dr. Richard Howitt, Dept. Chair,
Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis; Dr.
Ellen Hanak, Director, PPIC Economy Program; and Dr.
William Fleenor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department, UC Davis.
In addition to CRB, several other research
organizations are publishing important work that
impacts state policy about which California
decision-makers should hear. The research
organizations though, don’t enjoy CRB’s access to an
audience that includes Governor’s Office staff,
agency and department staff, legislative consultants
and advisors, legislative counsel members,
Legislative Analyst’s Office staff,
Little Hoover Commission members, and other
members of oversight agencies. As a result, CRB
Director Dean Misczynski has entered into an
“inter-policy” relationship with other research
organizations or thinks tanks. CRB provides an
entrée to the CRB audience and, in return, CRB’s
clients receive additional opportunities to become
How the think tank partnership works
Today, organizations such as the
Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)
turn to the CRB to get the word out about their
policy seminars and to provide space (magnificent
Room 500 in the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts
Building is a favorite among speakers) for those
events. The think tanks also borrow CRB’s
successful seminar formula for busy staff: a
noontime program with a free lunch (I have to
eat so I might as well learn something while I do…).
To PPIC, one of CRB’s long time partners, presenting
research results “live” to influential audiences is
key to its work. After PPIC
public opinion surveys
on the social, economic, and political attitudes of
Californians throughout the state, PPIC researchers
regularly report on these survey results and
election issues. PPIC’s recent policy luncheons
with CRB have included in-depth looks at the state’s
business climate, policy options on the
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and California’s
community college students.
Another CRB think tank partner, the
Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea
presents a noontime series with CRB that features
California’s leading marine scientists sharing
information and new findings. In the past year,
COMPASS has presented seminars on the projected
impact of climate change on coastal communities and
marine ecosystems, the impact and use of oilrigs,
and the impact of bacteria on beaches.
PPIC speakers discuss Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
policy at CRB luncheon.
Left to right: Joe Grindstaff, California Bay-Delta
Authority; Alf Brandt, Assembly Committee on Water,
Parks & Wildlife; Dr. Jay Lund, Civil and
Environmental Engineering Department, UC Davis; and
Dr. Ellen Hanak, Director, PPIC Economy Program.
More policy seminars on the horizon
Dean Misczynski continues to forge new relationships
with research organizations. New America in
California, part of the
New America Foundation, recently joined CRB’s
noontime policy seminar circuit. They have
presented seminars on a citizen’s assembly for
political reform, prescriptions for health care
reform, and the dangers of globalization. The
University of California, Sacramento Center has
offered policy seminars on global competitiveness,
California’s information technology policies, and on
the changing characteristics of immigration.
Stanford University has shared findings on global
warming, and Hastings Law School faculty has
discussed flood control policy.
These policy events are getting increasingly
popular…and crowded. The regulars are beginning to
come early to make sure they get a seat and the
caterers’ famous beer bread.
For more information, or to be notified about CRB
lunchtime policy seminars, please contact Dean