Bay Area / California

Step Up Time for California’s Billionaires

Posted June 16, 2020 by

With the Movement for Black Lives raising the call to defund the police and redirect funding to programs more likely to enhance public safety like public education, housing, and mental health services, we should consider how these municipal issues play
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Will Berkeley Slash Affordable Housing Funds?

Posted April 14, 2020 by

City Council Votes Tonight The Berkeley City Council has a critical vote tonight, notwithstanding the pandemic. The council is considering legislation to prevent builders within opportunity zones (OZ) from meeting inclusionary housing requirements by paying into the city’s Affordable Housing
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Government Must Rescue Small Businesses

Posted March 17, 2020 by

Cities, States Must Cover Small Business Rents Even before states and cities urged or required the closure of bars and restaurants, the coronavirus was decimating revenue. In California, State Senators Scott Wiener and Lena Gonzalez introduced legislation last week preventing
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UC Fires Grad Students Unable to Afford Rent

Posted March 10, 2020 by

Why Aren’t CA Political Leaders Protecting Workers? On February 28, while California activists were focused on the March 3 elections, the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) fired 85 graduate students striking for higher wages. It was the first student
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A Just Recovery for Sonoma County Farmworkers?

Posted March 10, 2020 by

Last year the trade publication Wine Enthusiast recognized Sonoma County as the ‘Wine Region of the Year,’ and the Sonoma County Winegrowers Association announced that 99 percent of the county vineyards achieved their ‘sustainability’ certification. But the county’s farmworkers­­­­­–who produce
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