Bay Area / California

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Enhanced Drug Sentences: Repealing an Injustice

Posted May 24, 2016 by Judith Lewis Mernit

On April 25 state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) presented her case in Sacramento for the Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancement (RISE) Act, a bill to roll back a 1985 law extending jail terms for certain repeat drug offenders. The new
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Gov. Brown Rejects New Housing Funds

Posted May 16, 2016 by

California’s affordable housing crisis is hurting millions but Governor Jerry Brown still refuses to do his part to  help. Brown released his May budget revise last Friday  and allocated $0 in new housing funds. The Governor offered a complete rebuff
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The Presidential Race Comes to Richmond

Posted May 10, 2016 by Steve Early

Residents of Richmond and other California refinery towns have learned, over time, to be wary of state and local officials too closely tied to companies like Chevron. Politicians who benefit from “independent expenditures” on their behalf or direct campaign donations
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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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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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