Category: Research

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

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

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California's Prisons: Are They Fighting Crime, or Causing It?

California’s Prisons: Fighting Crime, or Causing It? In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California’s prisons were so overcrowded that the state was actually violating the 8th Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling was based on the prison system subjecting inmates to the physical and psychological harm that arises when people

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What Police Should Be Doing For Us—Not to Us

What Police Should Be Doing For Us—Not to Us Last week Vincent Warren, executive director of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, put the practice of Stop and Frisk in perspective: Speaking to Los Angeles residents gathered at Community Coalition’s headquarters on South Vermont Avenue, he invoked the memory of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed

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Poverty Is Rising… So Should Our Taxes.

Poverty is Rising… So Should Our Taxes. Here’s a staggering statistic: According to a report released last fall by the Southern Education Foundation, nearly half of students in the U.S. public school system can now be described as low income, based on data collected in 2010-2011. And it’s only getting worse. The ranks of America’s

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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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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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