National University System Institute for Policy Research




Landscape shifted for small businesses in U.S.
December 28, 2010 - At the local level, San Diego City Hall sent "mixed messages" to small-business owners, said Vince Vasquez, senior policy analyst for the National University System Institute for Policy Research. Vasquez said that on the positive side Mayor Jerry Sanders touted new programs to direct more government contracts to small businesses. But then, he said, small-business owners said they felt betrayed when he and other leaders pushed a sales-tax increase that ultimately failed at the polls. Continue reading »
At a Private Xconomy Dinner, Luminaries Debate the Future of Innovation in San Diego
December 22, 2010 - In attendance at the dinner—which was hosted by National University and sponsored by Ernst & Young, Latham & Watkins, and Silicon Valley Bank—were Linden Blue, vice-chairman at General Atomics; Hui Cai, vice president of business development at WuXi AppTec; C.J. Warner, chief operating officer at Sapphire Energy; Erik Bruvold, president of the National University System Institute for Policy Research... Continue reading »
Half SD Households Can Afford Homes,
December 22, 2010 - As the housing bubble inflated amazingly earlier in the decade, only 7% of San Diego households could afford to buy a median priced home, says Kelly Cunningham, economist for the National University System Institute for Policy Research. Now that the bubble has burst, 51% of households can buy a median-priced home. Continue reading »
Report: Home Prices Set to Rise Over Next 12 Months
December 22, 2010 - In a related story, a report out of the National University System Institute for Policy Research said that San Diego's housing prices aren't likely to return to pre-recession levels for at least eight to 10 years. Continue reading »
DeMaio: It's Legal, Trust Me
December 21, 2010 - While everyone agrees the city can cut salaries all it wants, it was the second part of the idea — that it remove from the pension formula extra pay that some workers get — that provoked the backlash. "That would be illegal and it is settled law" was the brunt of many notes to me, including one from Erik Bruvold, the CEO at the National University System Institute for Policy Research, who pointed to this California Supreme Court decision. Continue reading »

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