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Laguna puts hold on developer’s proposal of $250,000 to aid Community Development Department 24.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The Laguna Beach City Council pulled a developer’s proposal to provide $250,000 to the city off its meeting agenda Tuesday night, disappointing residents who had come to have their say.

Local hotel and real estate investor Mo Honarkar has proposed funding a new city employee or an outside contractor...

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Rural hospitals retreat from delivering babies; small towns pay the price 22.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
For medical and financial reasons, a growing number of rural hospitals have stopped delivering babies. That's adding risks to rural birth, and making it that much harder to keep people in small town Minnesota. Grand Marais sees that first-hand.
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After a casino boom, a Mississippi county deals with a reversal of fortune 19.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Growing up in Tunica at the height of its casino boom, Roosevelt Hall felt his community had been dealt a winning hand.

Lavish monuments to gaming — a gleaming high-rise tower, an Irish medieval castle, an art deco movie house — rose up amid the cotton and rice fields, flooding the impoverished...

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The Autism Community Focuses on Jobs, Not Grievances 5.1.2019 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The members of our group don’t think of themselves as victims. They’re Tocqueville’s heirs.
An illness pushed a Westminster family into poverty. The Growing Home program helped them climb out. 25.12.2018 Denver Post: Local
One woman's vision of tackling the unrecognized problem of homeless families in the suburbs has grown into a 20-year program that provides housing and a wide range of services.
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Johannesburg Fights Inequality with Transit-Oriented Development 20.12.2018 THE CITY FIX
While most cities around the world struggle with inequality, in Johannesburg, South Africa, the challenge is compounded by the legacy of apartheid. In the apartheid era, black populations were relocated to the poorly serviced areas far away from job opportunities. ...
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Johannesburg Fights Inequality with Transit-Oriented Development 19.12.2018 WRI Stories
Johannesburg Fights Inequality with Transit-Oriented Development Comments|Add Comment|PrintContrasting high and low income housing juxtaposed in Bloubosrand, Johannesburg, June 2016. Photo: Christina Culwick While most cities around the world struggle with inequality, in Johannesburg, South Africa, the challenge is compounded by the legacy of apartheid. In the apartheid era, black populations were relocated to the poorly serviced areas far away from job opportunities. Though apartheid... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Guaranteeing More Equitable Incomes 7.12.2018 American Prospect
A man and his daughter walk past a mural in Harvey, Illinois, outside Chicago.  It’s no revelation that Americans are living in a time of extreme divisiveness in our national politics. One party controls most of the government, and yet action out of Washington is slow to be seen, much less felt, by the American people. At these times of intense polarization among federal leaders the adage “all politics is local” comes into sharp relief.  While what’s happening in Congress or the White House can feel a million miles away, voters are concerned with what’s going on in their states, their cities, their communities, their neighborhoods. A wide swath of the American public sees the same thing: The costs of living and housing rise, yet their incomes don’t. This imbalance is felt even more acutely in communities of color, where there is a higher likelihood that residents work lower-paying jobs while already struggling with a wide income and  wealth gap .  That’s why we were inspired to develop pilot programs in ...
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How America’s Bluest State Can Be a Model for the Other 49 3.12.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom shakes hands with an election night crowd after he defeated Republican John Cox to become 40th governor of California in Los Angeles.  In the 2018 “blue wave” that flipped the House of Representatives, California flipped the most. Of the  seven target  congressional races in the state, all seven were won by Democrats. Orange County—a key launching pad for the anti-government ideologies of the modern Republican Party—will now be represented in Congress entirely by Democrats. Democrats also won every statewide office and will enjoy super-majorities—sufficient to pass tax legislation—in both state houses. (They’ll hold at least 60 of the 80 Assembly seats and 29 of the 40 in the Senate.) Golden State progressives may be permitted a brief moment – well, maybe a long weekend – of celebration. After all, the state that gave the nation Ronald Reagan, tax-cutting frenzy, and anti-immigrant hysteria now seems to have a Democratic advantage locked-in; even ...
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What Banks Owe America 16.11.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Richard Drew The logo for Wells Fargo appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The last time the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was in the news, conservative critics of financial regulation blamed the law for the 2008 financial crisis, complaining that Wall Street’s reckless behavior didn’t cause the crash; it was  all that mandated lending to poor people .  So ten years later it is scarcely surprisingly that the law is under attack again. Activists in the low- and moderate-income communities that the law is supposed to benefit seek to hold banks to a higher standard that includes investments by financial institutions that build wealth and power for marginalized residents, rather than simply extracting profits from them.  The new goal for Wall Street lobbyists and anti-regulation ideologues remains essentially unchanged from what it has been since the law was passed 41 years ago: eliminate the mandate that banks commit to recycling depositors’ money back into ...
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Class Consciousness Comes to America 29.10.2018 American Prospect
Rosedale Avenue is a quiet street in Columbus, Ohio, with compact houses that are showing some wear. I recently spent an evening talking with some of the residents on their doorsteps about their jobs, the economy and the future. Tom, a friendly 23-year old covered in tattoos, was just pulling up to his home with his wife Megan, 22, and their two toddlers. They’d been middle-school sweethearts and have been working hard to build a life. Tom makes $14 an hour working with a landscape company, but because it rained that day, he didn’t work and didn’t get paid. Megan works part-time for $11.50 an hour at a candy store at a seasonal job. “My generation is screwed,” Tom tells me. “They all live with their parents, playing video games. I’ve got 20 cousins like that. There are plenty of jobs—but not enough good jobs,” he continues. “Our parents had good jobs. We can’t pay the bills.” What would help? “I’d love to be in a union,” he says. “I’m fine paying dues—I’d be making more money. Unions would make the ...
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Private Equity Pillage: Grocery Stores and Workers At Risk 26.10.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Since 2015 seven major grocery chains, employing more than 125,000 workers, have filed for bankruptcy. The media has blamed “disruptors”—low-cost competitors like Walmart and high-end markets like Whole Foods, now owned by Amazon. But the real disruptors in this industry are the private equity owners who were behind all seven bankruptcies. They have extracted millions from grocery stores in the last five years—funds that could have been used to upgrade stores, enhance products and services, and invest in employee training and higher wages. As with the bankruptcies of common household names like Toys “R” Us, private equity owners throw companies they own into unsustainable debt in order to capture high returns for themselves and their investors. If the company they have starved of resources goes broke, they’ve already made their bundle. This is all perfectly legal. It should not be. The bankrupted private ...
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Opportunity Zones: a $100 billion investment for the clean economy? 23.10.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
A new provision of last year's tax law could be a boon to bringing renewable energy to economically distressed communities — but only if we act.
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Jim Kenney 1,000 days in: The fine print of the Philly mayor's promises 10.10.2018 Philly.com News
End stop-and-frisk. Implement universal pre-K. Send tens of millions of dollars more to Philadelphia's schools. Create family-sustaining jobs. On his 1,000th day in office, Mayor Jim Kenney released a progress report. We ran a fine-tooth comb through it to determine what he's really gotten done.
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The business of clean energy equity for all 9.10.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Here are three ways to advance a inclusive, green economy.
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Two-thirds of Philly kids can't read at grade level. Can a library in a barbershop change that? 4.10.2018 Philly.com News
Two-thirds of all Philadelphia third graders cannot read at grade level, a marker that researchers say can be a make-or-break for whether students succeed in school make it to 12th-grade graduation. A group of organizations and philanthropists is taking a public-health approach to fix it.
Where kids live determines whether they realize American Dream 3.10.2018 Philly.com News
Although they both started at the same level of poverty, the child who comes of age in the less-poor community will make more money in life than the child who spends her life in the low-income area.
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In the city's poorest neighborhoods, libraries close earlier and more often 20.9.2018 Philly.com News
Branches in areas that are more financially distressed are more likely to be closed by 6 p.m. on weekdays and completely on weekends. Libraries in communities with low poverty rates are more likely to stay open until 8 p.m., and be open on weekends. In addition, across the city, branches experience unanticipated closures due to staffing shortages, with the poorest neighborhoods - North, Northeast, Southwest and North Central - accounting for more than half of the 372 closures so far this year.
What sub-Saharan Africa shows us about serving communities that are 'under the grid' 19.9.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Entrepreneurs are increasingly investing in clean minigrids to cover unreliable utility services.
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Your friendly neighborhood crossing guards could make your corners even safer - if only the city would let them | Opinion 14.9.2018 Philly.com News
Expand their job duties (and pay to align with these new duties) by allowing them to ticket low-level traffic and parking violations.
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