Our Take: We need a spending plan that reflects the values of voters

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Our Take: We need a spending plan that reflects the values of voters As most working families know, California’s economic recovery has been uneven. For the millions of families still struggling to make ends meet, stagnant wages, budget cuts and a dwindling safety net have not translated into growing prosperity. However in recent years California …

South L.A. has its sights set on the Air Resources Board

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As the legislature session wound down last week, finalizing which bills would pass this year, we saw that California is at a pivotal moment. Our state legislators are forging a climate-conscious path that will shape our economy, health and environment in the decades ahead. While much work is still needed to extend and increase our …

1 in 4 Million: Telling the real story of LA

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Once upon a time… We all know what follows this phrase. It’s a jumping off point from which we hear a story. But how do you start off a story that’s complex, with a laundry list of characters and countless plot twists and turns? Dr. Pop (aka organizer, planner, and professor Gilda Haas), along with …

Breaking Down Political Jargon

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    Breaking Down Political Jargon Earlier this month, SCOPE spent a week with students enrolled in Antioch University’s urban sustainability program to explore the history of taxes, the L.A. City budget, economic justice issues in South L.A., and the important work of making the political process accessible to members of our communities. I interviewed …

The Corrections Budget: Where’s the Empathy for Those Who Need it Most?

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The Corrections Budget: Where’s the Empathy? At the recent California Budget Project’s Raising the Bar Conference, an annual meeting of progressive leaders held in Sacramento, attendees worked to shape a policy agenda that creates shared prosperity in California. With an eye on the recent hard-won revenue increases and growing inequality across the state, the conference …