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Via Sacramentality on March 29, 2021 

Sacramento’s Police Review Commission Has Spoken, But Are We Listening?

Sacramento has found itself in the spotlight in recent years after multiple incidents of citizen deaths by law enforcement. 

While the increased prevalence of cell phone camera footage has sparked a national conversation about police brutality and the use of force, names like Stephon Clark and Joseph Mann remind us that these events don’t always happen far from home. Since 2016, there have been 18 officer-involved shootings in Sacramento, all of which were deemed justified.

Via Sacramentality on July 27, 2018

Rent Is Too Damn High in Sacramento

I don’t think there are many who would argue that Sacramento has not been hit hard by a statewide housing crisis. Indeed, the city had the third-highest overall rental increase in the nation in 2017 – and that has not gone unnoticed by its citizens. Unaffordable rents, compounded with stagnant and eroding wages and overwhelming student loan debt, among other factors, have left people of all ages (particularly young people) screwed…for lack of a better term...

Via Medium November 17, 2020

Rebuilding Sacramento, for All

Donald Trump is more than just a divisive leader, his behavior is a symptom of a larger societal woe. His actions are the result of years of simmering distrust in government fueled by corporate candidates from both parties that do more to represent companies than people. The irony, of course, being that he has done more to represent his own interests than anything else.
 

Many Americans voted for Donald Trump because he was a “political outsider”. He didn’t embody the establishment, much in the same way that Bernie Sanders represented that for the left. In a lot of ways, they were two sides of the same coin: disillusionment with the political system...

Via Sacramentality December 11, 2017

Sacramento’s Special Districts: Everything You Didn’t Want To Know

So, what even is a special district? According to the California Special Districts Association (yes, there truly is an association for everything), “Special districts are a form of local government created by a local community to meet a specific need…nearly 85% of California’s special districts perform a single function such as sewage, water, fire protection, pest abatement or cemetery management.” Some exist to provide services consolidated over multiple jurisdictions. Most provide services in unincorporated areas that are typically provided by cities...

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Posted on February 3, 2017

Increasing Voter Turnout Means Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

Did you know that every 30 seconds a Latino becomes eligible to vote in the United States?

This was just one of the compelling statistics discussed this Wednesday at the very first forum hosted by the newly-founded California Latino Economic Institute (CLEI), which is a collaboration between the California Legislative Latino Caucus and the California Business Roundtable...

Posted on December 8, 2015

Upgrading California’s Elections For The 21st Century

A new era of voting in California is fast approaching. Why, you might ask, in a world where information and services are accessible at the tips of our fingers almost any time of day, is voting so ”old fashioned”?

As comedian Chris Rock famously observed, “They don’t want you to vote. If they did, we wouldn’t vote on a Tuesday. In November. You ever throw a party on a Tuesday? No. Because nobody would come.”

There’s even an election reform organization called Why Tuesday? which is dedicated to confronting policymakers throughout the nation on this topic...

Posted on October 19, 2015

Unheard Voices: Why Aren’t More Californians Voting?

The Governor has recently signed a collection of election reform laws in California, including the “New Motor Voter” Act which automates voter registration through the Department of Motor Vehicles, and a measure that makes rejecting ballots for technical errors more difficult.

With a significant amount of focus aimed at breaking down the barriers associated with the voter experience, many are wondering about the next step in the process — getting people to the polls...

Posted on June 27, 2016

Blowing The Whistle: It’s Harder Than You Think

In 1999, an important measure for the safety and security of state employees as well as accountability to the public was signed into law called the California Whistleblower Protection Act. The law allowed for the seemingly obvious: California state employees should be able to report unlawful or unethical acts without fear of retaliation, and now they are.

But there is a provision that made a very notable exception to the rule, just one line that exempted Legislators and their employees from the law...

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