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California’s Call for Inclusion: Why Philanthropy Should Engage in Census 2020

Release Date: 
02/08/2018

California has long been home to a special kind of American Dream. People from all walks of life come to our state to find opportunity and prosperity. Since we were granted statehood in 1850 after the Mexican-American War, when the population was just less than 100,000, we have grown to the most populous state in the nation, with nearly 39 million residents.

The California of today is heralded by many as a shining star of our times. We are the 6th largest economy in the world. We are home to 10 million immigrants, the largest immigrant community of any state. While experts predict that the US will become a “majority-minority” country in 2044, California already is.

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Resources from LA Arts Funders Meeting 5/9/2019

Publication date: 
05/14/2019

This meeting featured a conversation with Anne Bown-Crawford, Executive Director of the California Arts Council (CAC). The CAC builds public will and resources for the arts; fosters accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serves as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and provides relevant programs and services.

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First Look: Governor’s Revised Budget Emphasizes Bold Proposals and Fiscal Resilience, Leaves Room for Other Investments

Publication date: 
05/13/2019

Governor Newsom's May Revision to his proposed 2019-20 state budget continues to call for bold investments in creating economic security and opportunities for Californians, while also fostering the state’s fiscal health. The Governor forecasts revenues that are $3.2 billion higher (over a three-year “budget window” from 2017-18 to 2019-20) than projected in January, driven largely by continued economic growth.

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Criminal Justice Reform: Changes to the Pretrial System

Publication date: 
01/07/2019

In 2017-8 California State Legislative Session, SCG developed an analysis on the background and implications of Senate Bill (SB) 10 (Hertzberg), which proposed to restrict the practice of setting “monetary bail” by establishing a risk assessment tool conducted by judges. Monetary bail is a sum of money that an accused person awaiting trial can deposit to receive a temporary release from jail. The deposit conceptually acts as an incentive for accused persons to return to court. SB 10 proposed an alternative to monetary bail system with a statewide “risk assessment tool”. The tool determines whether defendants can be safely released from jail while awaiting trial. SB 10 proposed this change because the bail system unfairly affects individuals who cannot afford to pay for bail.

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November 2018 Ballot Measures

Publication date: 
08/09/2018

On November 6, Californians will head to the polls to decide on various initiatives.  These ballot measure cover the gamut of public policy issues, including affordable housing bonds and rent control to transportation funding and daylight savings time. Many of these initiatives would have direct consequences for the Southern California region. This includes funding for the Lower Los Angeles Rivers, Santa Monica Bay and Ventura County, funding for children's hospitals, and modified homeowner property tax regulations that would significantly impact local tax revenues.

 

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