Speakers at Mar 17 Assembly hearing

Will Democrats Deliver for Tenants?

Posted March 21, 2017 by

State Must Address Housing Crisis As California activists mobilize against Trump’s planned elimination of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Veteran’s Homeless programs (the USICH), these efforts must not obscure a critical question: when will California’s Democratic-controlled legislature start helping
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Why Is Transit Ridership Falling?

Posted March 21, 2017 by Angie Schmitt

Transit ridership took a turn for the worse in 2016. In all but a handful of cities, fewer people rode trains and buses, even in some places, like Los Angeles, that have invested significantly in expanding capacity. It’s not just
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SF’s Housing Program Fails Teachers and Students

Posted March 21, 2017 by

New Proposal Expands Benefits The United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) opposes changes proposed by Supervisors Safai, Breed and Tang to the city’s inclusionary housing law. According to its op-ed in the SF Chronicle, UESF believes the proposal “pits low-income
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Wrap-up Reviews From CAAMFest 35

Posted March 21, 2017 by

Tanuj Chopra’s Palo Alto-set comedy/drama “Chee and T” is a funny slacker buddy film with Southeast Asian American leads.  Viewers will laugh at hilarious drug abuse, sexy women, and cringeworthy sexual innuendo.  Homophobia is fortunately treated seriously. Spectacular 20-ish underachievers
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Protest against Laquan McDonald killing

A Spotlight on Police Killings

Posted March 16, 2017 by

Since Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson in 2014, police killings in the United States have been recognized as a national crisis. But as Franklin Zimring shows in his new book, When Police Kill, the steps necessary to reduce the number
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Philadelphia’s soda tax: a round up

Posted March 16, 2017 by Marion Nestle

(This piece previously appeared in Food Politics) If you are having trouble keeping up with articles about soda taxes, you are not the only one.  I’m trying to do this by dealing with one city at a time.  Here’s what’s
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Sentencing Reform in California

Posted March 16, 2017 by Daniel Macallair

// On February 27th, I had the opportunity to present to the California Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 5: Public Safety on the crucial topic of California sentencing policy. I have been involved in this issue for the past 31 years
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