Bay Area / California

A scene from NYC's march

Bay Area Joins Fight for Climate Action

Posted September 23, 2014 by

OAKLAND: As hundreds of thousands of people gathered in New York City for arguably the largest demonstration for action on climate change, the Bay Area also showed its support, with smaller rallies in Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa, but the
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Ward Cleaver’s Job World (Los Angeles 1957)

Posted September 19, 2014 by Michael Bernick

Over the past few months, I have been researching the job world in 1950s California for an essay in our California State Library journal. As part of the research, I set out to track the employment of adults on the
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Mayor Jean Quan's $120 million Raiders giveaway

Oakland Should Fund Schools, Not Raiders

Posted September 18, 2014 by

Is Oakland really going to give the failed Raiders franchise free land and another $120 million in taxpayer funds? That’s what Mayor Jean Quan pledges to do. Yet when asked where the city would find the money her press spokesperson
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Wendell Jones was facing eviction from his West Hollywood apartment, but fought the eviction and won under a rent control statue. He has lived in this one-bedroom apartment for 20 years. Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC

Has LA’s Rent Control Been Successful?

Posted September 17, 2014 by Ben Bergman

“There is a shortage of decent, safe and sanitary housing in the City of Los Angeles resulting in a critically low vacancy factor,” begins Los Angeles’ Rent Stabilization Ordinance, which was enacted in 1978. “This situation has had a detrimental
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The Picture of Dorian Schwarzenegger

Posted September 11, 2014 by Steven Mikulan

Among the puffier news stories making the rounds today has been Monday’s unveiling of a portrait of former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger by painter/photographer Gottfried Helnwein. (The artist’s other subjects have included singer Marilyn Manson and Schwarzenegger’s fellow Austrian, Adolf Hitler.)
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BART Board incumbent James Fang and challenger Nicholas Josefowitz

Will Republican James Fang Win Again?

Posted September 8, 2014 by

This November should be the worst of all times for an incumbent BART Board member to face voters. It’s voters’ first chance to punish BART management for the 2013 strike. Recent reports have highlighted “smelly and filthy” San Francisco BART
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New report examines immigrants’ participation in CA economy, workforce, and electoral potential; Finds undocumented Californians contribute $130 billion to state GDP

New Data Underscores CA Immigrant Contributions

Posted September 4, 2014 by Jon Rodney

As pressure mounts for President Obama to quickly take action to provide relief from deportation for all undocumented immigrants, the California Immigrant Policy Center has released a new report detailing the contributions of immigrants to the state. The report, the latest edition of “Looking
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