Bay Area / California

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New Study: Resisting Bay Area Gentrification Works

Posted April 6, 2016 by

Study Shows That Laws, Policies Can Preserve Diverse Neighborhoods The community group Causa Justa-Just Cause has just released a report, “Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area.” Its main thesis is that, as Richard Walker puts it, “there
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Richmond activists pushing for rent control and just cause eviction law

Extending Rent Control in 2016

Posted April 4, 2016 by

California’s enactment of a $15 minimum wage benefits millions of working people.  But many continue to suffer from high housing costs and threats of eviction without cause. That’s why activists in Richmond, Alameda and Oakland are gathering signatures for initiatives
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Retirement: A California Mirage?

Posted March 28, 2016 by Marc Haefele

More than seven million people—over one-fifth of California’s population—work without a path to retirement. They have neither a 401(k) — the so-called “roller-coaster plan” tied to the stock market — nor a traditional pension that was once considered a worker’s
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Analysis Disputes Argument that CA’s Proposition 47 Led To Crime Rise

Posted March 22, 2016 by Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Critics of California’s 2014 Proposition 47, which reduced penalties for many nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, said it would lead to crime increases by releasing dangerous offenders. Mike Males of the nonprofit Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice says
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LA Workers Urge City To Pass Paid Sick Days Law

Posted March 17, 2016 by Liz Ben-Ishai and Jenya Cassidy

This week LA City Council’s Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee will make a budget recommendation that could ensure meaningful enforcement of the city’s minimum wage and wage theft ordinances. To make certain workers are protected from unscrupulous employers that steal
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(The following talk was given last night by Robert Gottlieb at Pasadena’s ArtCenter College of Design.)

Imagining Los Angeles With Fewer Cars

Posted March 14, 2016 by Robert Gottlieb

This is an interesting venue for my talk. If, historically, the school has been engaged in making the automobile a more attractive object for consumers and industry alike, then my talk seeks to do the opposite. Can we envision eliminating
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What Dems Talked about in San Jose

Posted March 7, 2016 by Rosemary Jenkins

Attending the 2016 Democratic Convention in San Jose was another exhilarating experience. Of particular excitement for me was the speech that the electrifying Vice President Joe Biden made on Saturday. He fired up the crowd and made many of us
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