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

By Laura Muraida on

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 …

Giving Community Resilience Real-Life Meaning in South LA

By SCOPE on

What do you think of when you hear the word resiliency? I think of a rubber band being twisted and stretched in all directions. The resilient ones stay in tact, becoming a little looser, adapting to the movement. The not so resilient bands become brittle, breaking with the slightest addition of stress. I think of …

Community Meeting with Marqueece Harris-Dawson

By Erick Huerta on

8th District Council Member Marqueece Harris-Dawson visited the SCOPE offices to meet with community members and share his plans for the neighborhood. Residents touched on issues of empty lots, blight, violence, and housing. The councilman shared many of the concerns brought up during the meeting and is actively working on changing things for the better, …

Realizing the Promise of Solar for South Los Angeles

By Gloria Walton on

I recently wrote a piece for Capital and Main about how the Department of Water and Power’s residential rooftop solar initiative has left South L.A., along with Wilmington, Boyle Heights, Pacoima and other communities behind! Read on! Find out where LADWP’s solar incentives actually went and how SCOPE wants to see LADWP’s newest renewable energy …

CA Legislative Session Closes With Wins & Loses

By Erick Huerta on

California’s legislative session came to a close on September 11th and with it, news and updates on various bills that will have impacts on our work to ensure that communities like South Los Angeles aren’t left behind when it comes to support, resources, and our on-going work to build a climate conscious community. The work …

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

By Laura Muraida on

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 …

Ten Years After Katrina, Low-Income Communities Are Still Vulnerable to Disaster: Here’s Why

By Gloria Walton on

Hurricane Katrina survivors wade through water on the street on Aug. 31, 2005, two days after the storm made land fall. Photo Credit: News Muse, flickr It’s been 10 years since my mother lost the only house she’s ever owned. A warehouse worker in Jackson, Mississippi, one of the poorest American cities, my mother lost …

A Vision for Ferguson, Baltimore, L.A. and Everywhere

By Gloria Walton on

This month, the nation will acknowledge two political milestones. On Aug. 9, we mark the one-year anniversary of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Two days later, we mark the 50th anniversary of the uprising in Watts. A third civil disturbance, located in time between these two, offers lessons learned from the failures of 1965. It …

Why LA is the Country’s Fulcrum for Change

By Gloria Walton on

July kicked off to a great start when my colleague and fellow-organizer Marqueece Harris-Dawson was sworn in as 8th District City Councilman. It reminded me of the incredible political opportunity in Los Angeles. Here in L.A., we are at a pivotal moment and that could mean big things for California and the country. We all …

Investing in South Los Angeles

By Erick Huerta on

South Los Angeles has endured drastic changes over the decades, from its pre-World War II prominence as one of the most desirable neighborhoods to live in to the violent segregation residents faced through illegal housing practices. Continued disinvestment in public resources over the years coupled with rampant institutional racism that denied people of color access …