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March Public Policy Round Up

Publication date: 
03/15/2018

Good morning from Washington, DC! Our Public Policy Roundup is coming from Capitol Hill, where as Philanthropy California, an alliance of Northern California, Southern California and San Diego Grantmakers, we spent two days meeting with more than thirty members of Congress on a variety of issues. We urged Congressional members to reject efforts to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which has long preserved the nonpartisan role of foundations and nonprofits in civil society. We also educated lawmakers on the importance of the 2020 Census and of fully funding Census preparation efforts for a full, fair and accurate count. We will have more updates on our Hill visits when we return from Washington.

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Highlights of the Federal Spending Agreement

Publication date: 
02/21/2018

Last week, Congress reached an agreement on a federal spending plan that would lift spending caps on defense and non-defense spending, put off a raising of the debt ceiling to March 2019 (after this year’s November elections), put the annual deficit over $1.2 trillion and push the nation’s debt over $20 trillion. The following chart summarizes some of the major spending provisions in the agreement.
 

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February Public Policy Roundup

Publication date: 
02/15/2018

This month’s Public Policy Roundup highlights three bills moving through the State Legislature: one that seeks to address the effects of capping the state and local tax deduction for federal taxes; one dealing with homelessness; and one expanding pay-for-success in an effort to reduce recidivism. As uncertainty looms over the future of immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the federal level, we summarize the California Budget and Policy Center’s analysis of the economic impact tied to DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers. We also take a look a recent report by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office recommending to modify food and income benefits for some of California’s more vulnerable, and we examine the California Poverty Measure, which correlates the high costs of housing with higher poverty levels.

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Landscape Analysis of Recruitment of Resource Families for Children Ages 0-5 in Los Angeles County

Publication date: 
02/07/2018

As has been documented by the County, external stakeholders and others, there is a crisis in the foster care system in Los Angeles County. There are simply not enough suitable placements - generally called foster homes - for children who are temporarily removed from their birth-parents for their safety. 

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Analysis on California Senate Bill 5 (De Leon) / Proposition 68

Publication date: 
02/06/2018

On June 5, 2018, California voters will decide on Proposition 68, a $4 billion bond measure focused on providing adequate and clean water, parks and recreation improvements, capital investments for flooding control and addressing climate change. Senate Bill 5 (De León) placed this bond measure on the ballot. The bond measure aims to promote equitable access to clean water and parks and recreation for underserved low-income communities.

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Opposition to the Department of Justice’s Request to Add Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

Publication date: 
01/26/2018

In the last two weeks, SCG has taken action to support an accurate and fair count in the 2020 Census.

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Santa Barbara County’s Participation in the U.S. Census Bureau’s “Local Update of Census Addresses” Program

Publication date: 
01/26/2018

In the last two weeks, SCG has taken action to support an accurate and fair count in the 2020 Census.

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Strategies for Supporting AAPI, Black, and LGBTQ Immigrants

Publication date: 
12/05/2017

On November 28, 2017, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) hosted a webinar, “United for All Dreamers: Strategies for Supporting AAPI, Black and LGBTQ immigrants”. The presentation focused on how funders can support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients after the White House announced the DACA program phase-out and the removal of TPS designation for certain countries. The presentation speakers were:

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Resources from Webinar: 2018 Political Forecast

Publication date: 
08/30/2017

The California Policy Forum explored the state’s current political landscape as the 2018 elections commence, and what trends philanthropy should be alert to during this time.

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