Prop 47 Savings Undermined by Miscalculations

By SCOPE on

As state budget negotiations approach the June 15 deadline, community groups across California are mobilizing to make their voices heard. On Thursday, April 7, SCOPE members Taqwa Bowie, Carolyn Riley, Deborah Holt Bell, and I accompanied Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) to Sacramento to participate in a lobby day and hearing for Budget …

SCOPE Member Taqwa Bowie Giving Public Comment at BSCC Meeting on Prop 47 Investments

By Erick Huerta on

One year after the passage of Proposition 47, communities across the state are beginning to see the positive impact the new law will have on thousands of families. In changing certain low-level nonviolent crimes from potential felonies to misdemeanors, Prop 47 has redirected millions of public dollars from prison spending to drug and mental health …

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‚Äôs 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 …