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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
L.A.’s New Budget: Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?
L.A.’s New Budget: Who’s in the Driver’s Seat? At the beginning of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s first of three presentations on the future of city budgeting last Thursday, Rick Cole, Deputy…Continue Reading
Creating a Level Playing Field for the Past 20 Years.
Creating a Level Playing Field for the Past 20 Years. April 29, 1992. On this day, four Los Angeles police officers were acquitted of brutally beating Rodney King, leading to…Continue Reading
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.…Continue Reading
Jerry Brown Wants To Save For a Rainy Day? Well, It's Here.
Jerry Brown Wants To Save For a Rainy Day? Well, It’s Here. In some ways, Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget for the new fiscal year sounds … well, sound. After all,…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
Increasing Tax Revenue
Increasing Tax Revenue For the past 20 years, SCOPE has fought for new job creation models in Los Angeles. But there’s now a critical need to require everyone to pay…Continue Reading
Green Retrofit Since it was first built in 1926, the Los Angeles Central Public Library has posed challenges for the city. The massive expanse of concrete and steel didn’t include…Continue Reading