Creating Neighborhood Leaders

Creating Neighborhood Leaders SCOPE began 20 years ago by trying things a little differently: rather than offering the community solutions to its problems, we’ve asked community members to speak for themselves through a leadership program that guides them to develop their voices and creates forums where those voices can be heard. SCOPE’s leaders take action

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RePower LA

RePower LA Three years ago, the city vowed to end its dependency on coal —a major air and water pollutant that results in severe asthma and even cancer—but cleaner energy sources are expensive to sustain. SCOPE and long-time ally LAANE, saw the potential for a three-fold solution: By harnessing the energy of environmental groups, organized

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Mapping Mondays: African American Voters in Los Angeles

African Americans in LA supported last November’s Proposition 30 by a huge majority. Four out of five Black voters voted Yes on Prop 30 according to exit polls. This map, produced by SCOPE’s Research department, illustrates where LA African American voters live by council district. Please check it out and ‘Like’ this on Facebook. LA

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Inspiring and Educating Voters

In 2008, a historic number of LA’s residents participated in the presidential election, yet only 15 percent of registered voters turned out at local polls five months later. Across the country, this is not uncommon—national campaigns are a lot better at making sure we see candidates as people, not platforms. But the most influential names

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Does a Sales Tax Increase in LA Stand a Chance?

On October 31st, the LA City Council discussed options for raising new revenue to address the city’s ongoing budget deficit.  Despite years of budget cuts to city services, next year’s deficit is estimated at $216 million.  The City Council finally realized that revenue solutions must be on the table and is planning to place one

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November Elections: What's at Stake for Local Revenue?

With so much collective attention on the Presidential race and the long list of 11 statewide propositions on next month’s ballot, it’s easy to overlook the many local measures also in front of voters. According to a report produced for the League of California Cities, there are over 350 local measures on the November 6th

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How Do LA Voters Feel About Taxes?

On August 21st, the Los Angeles City Council convened a Revenue Day to discuss ways to generate, enhance or improve collection of city revenue. The city’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Miguel Santana stressed that after years of deep budget cuts, the city is left with few options to address ongoing budget deficits.  Without a new

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Why Do Cities Go Bankrupt?

In recent months, there have been many stories in the news about California cities facing the threat of bankruptcy.  What’s going on?  Is Los Angeles in any danger of joining the ranks of Stockton, Mammoth Lakes, and San Bernardino? Cities go bankrupt for a variety of reasons.  Budget deficits are increasingly common at all levels

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LA’s Budget Falls Short

July 1st marks the beginning of a new fiscal year in the City of LA.  With next year’s budget approved and the threat of layoffs averted, at least for now, the City Council and Mayor may feel like they can breathe easy for the moment.  But it’s time for more hard work to begin. The City

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Twenty Years Later: Reflections on the Civil Unrest

The twentieth anniversary of the civil unrest has prompted thought and reflection on our city, our neighborhoods and our home. There’s been a lot written about what’s changed since April 1992 and what’s the same. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about what this anniversary means for SCOPE’s vision for change

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