2018 saw many California laws passed intended to curb sexual and other types of workplace harassment. Lawmakers showed national leadership by passing measures to address these issues. But there’s more to be done.
Allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men rocked the social, cultural and political landscape in 2017. California Influencers look at the MeToo movement, asking how do we ensure victims are heard?
While 2018 was a banner year for new California laws that curb sexual and other workplace harassment, the state must practice what it preaches on these issues and set the example in policies and enforcement.
Improving health outcomes in California, including care disparities for those in poverty, will take better access to nutritional education and food for providers, writes Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend.
Obesity has become a deadly epidemic in the US, killing about ten times more people than synthetic opioid overdoses in 2018. California Influencers weigh on on how to lower healthcare costs and solve the issue.
California Influencers weigh in on child obesity as growing numbers of California kids and teens and Americans struggle with being oveweight. What type of legislation or other steps can help address this crisis?
In the coming year, advocates will be watching to see if early childhood issues are elevated on the national stage. And we must stand ready to protect early childhood programs from cuts if the economy slows.
Regardless if you are a parent or not, all of our futures will be defined by California’s kids and it’s time that we invest in their future because we all have a stake in helping them reach full potential.
A high-speed train would completely transform the experience of traveling between San Francisco and Los Angeles, presenting a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address California’s sustainability goals.
Californians have told us loud and clear: They want to invest in environmentally friendly and socially responsible transportation options that will let them go places quickly and safely, and are not roads-only.
Gavin Newsom, like the two governors before him, believes a high-speed train that whisks passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just a few hours is a vital part of California’s transportation future.
When there are 1 million Californians without access to clean drinking water, doing the right thing shouldn’t be complicated. Here’s what our California Influencers said about using greenhouse gas funds to fix it.
California should absolutely prioritize clean drinking water as a basic human right. Just as the availability of drinking water affects our ability to thrive and survive in this state, so do impacts of climate change.
It’s no secret California is facing an affordability crisis. Even with the longest economic expansion in U.S. history powering our economy, more than 40 percent of voters say they can’t afford to live in the state.
California’s middle class often gets squeezed into an economy with no room for errors. As the gap between the rich and poor continues to grow, our Influencers weighed in on how to help those caught in between.
The middle 20 percent of income distribution in California pays a lower share of their income in total state taxes – income, property and sales taxes combined – than does either the top or bottom 20 percent.
The over-65 population will nearly double in the next decade. Policymakers must make major changes to services and healthcare to allow them to live and age with dignity, while also supporting their caregivers.
A gray wave is coming. Unless California faces reality and makes significant changes to the way it provide services and addresses the needs of a growing senior population, generational poverty will make a come back.