SCOPE uses visionary research and analysis to inform our power-building and campaign strategies. Our research team helps us understand how social and economic trends impact low-income communities of color in the LA region so we can be more proactive in our policy fights. We build partnerships with key academic institutions, labor allies, and policy strategists to ensure that the voice of the community is woven into the overall progressive research and policy agenda.

We believe in a community-centered approach to research─this means we see community members as experts. Ground-truthed research that is integrated into a leadership development strategy results in lasting social change.

Climate Equity from the Grassroots: Aligning State and Local Priorities with a Community Vision

April 04th, 2017
California’s changing climate poses an urgent threat to our environment, health, and safety. In South Los Angeles, like in similar low-income communities of color throughout the state, residents are already experiencing the disproportionate impact of climate change on their health and economic well being.

Local Revenue Campaign

July 28th, 2015
As many cities across the country are recouping the job and revenue losses from the great recession, Los Angeles residents are still facing the reality of a slow recovery, a precarious budget, and limited city services. The economic downturn has been hard on everyone, but low-income families and communities have been hit the hardest.

Building Power at the Ballot Box

December 14th, 2011
Since 2009, SCOPE has worked to inspire and motivate South LA residents to make their voice heard by voting. This report describes how we're building a base of 50,000 voters who support progressive tax policies at the local and statewide levels and, in the process, transforming our city and state politics.

Voices from Los Angeles: Barriers to Good Jobs and the Role of the Public Sector

November 14th, 2011
We surveyed over 1,000 working-age adults throughout LA about challenges to finding and securing a good quality job. This report summarizes what we learned and recommends strategies to address barriers to good jobs.

Keep Jobs in LA, Create Green Opportunities

April 1st, 2010
We asked thousands of Los Angeles area residents how government should respond to the economic and environmental crisis. Overwhelmingly, community members said they want our local economy to grow through green investment. This factsheet summarizes the results of this survey done by SCOPE community leaders & organizers.

Growing A Grassroots, Green Jobs Movement in South Los Angeles

February 20th, 2009
South Los Angeles is at the center of the city's grassroots green jobs movement. This paper provides new data gathered by SCOPE's community organizers and members showing that inner city residents want quality jobs in the new green economy and that these residents are a vital part of the movement to ensure that the promise of good jobs and cleaner neighborhoods becomes a reality for all.

A Greener Future for Los Angeles: Principles to Ensure an Equitable Green Economy

February 1st, 2009
The concept of “green jobs” has created dialogue between groups promoting environmental sustainability and others interested in shared economic prosperity. Diverse groups are coming together to talk about how to create both economically and environmentally sustainable communities. The question that many are grappling with is: “How can we merge these shared values and create tangible results that ensure an equitable green economy?” This briefing paper articulates our principles for how we envision a sustainable economy in Los Angeles.

The Green Career Ladder Initiative: A Concept Paper and Proposal

April 30th, 2008
This report was prepared to provide a vision for a Green Career Ladder initiative and to provide recommendations for the first year of implementation to ensure that low-income communities can access jobs that will be created in green construction and operations/maintenance through the city's municipal green retrofit program.

Green Cities, Green Jobs

May 1st, 2007
SCOPE's research component, CIPHER has developed a discussion paper series to support the Los Angeles Apollo Alliance as they explore the potential for developing a vibrant green industry in Los Angeles. This series is intended to encourage discussion among stakeholders, policy-makers and civic leaders and convey the preliminary research results compiled through interviews, case studies and data on green building.

Green Building Manufacturing in Los Angeles County

December 1st, 2006
Despite increasing public awareness and political support for public green building projects, there is little to no dialogue or research about the manufacturing industry used to support what seems to be the beginning of a larger, ubiquitous green building movement. Commissioned by and completed with SCOPE's guidance, this report conducted by a team of UCLA Urban Planning graduate students provides a profile of the green building materials manufacturing industry in Los Angeles County.

Job Implications in Los Angeles' Green Building Sector

May 1st, 2006
This report provides an analysis of workforce development opportunities in the green building sector and recommendations for integrating low-income communities of color with green building sector jobs. Case studies on three select green buildings were conducted along with interviews with key green building industry representatives. The analysis of the green building sector revealed that promising opportunities for job creation and local economic development exist.

The Role of Race and Class in Determining the Geographic Distribution of Healthcare Facilities and Healthcare Employees in Los Angeles County

April 1st, 2006
The purpose of this paper is to study the extent to which race and class influences a community's access to healthcare services by examining the location of healthcare facilities and the number of employees in a community. The empirical model presented in this report reveals that over time race has become increasingly significant in determining access to healthcare, revealing that South Los Angeles is the only area with average or above average population density in Los Angeles County that does not have basic emergency services within a three-mile radius.

Under the Line: An Assessment of Los Angeles' Employment and Training Needs Based on a Survey of Over 1,000 Residents

April 1st, 2005
Over 1,000 residents participated in a survey designed to identify barriers to quality employment in Los Angeles' low-income communities of color. This report is intended to guide the decisions of policymakers, workforce and economic development practitioners, foundations, and other community-based organizations as they develop and fund programs that help lift the city's underserved communities out of poverty.

Los Angeles City Jobs Program: Lessons from a Career-First Program that Works

December 1st, 2002
The Los Angeles City Jobs program is a job training and placement program that transitions people living in poverty and those hardest to employ into city jobs that offer livable wages and clear career paths. This paper highlights the components of the program that contribute to its success. After outlining current threats to the program, it concludes with recommendations to address these threats in order for the city to maintain and expand this highly successful program.