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February 2020: SCG Public Policy Roundup

Thursday, February 20, 2020

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

And we’re off! Over the last month, philanthropy has been a crucial civic player in California. For the first time in modern state history, philanthropy and state government leaders joined together at a summit in the Governor’s Mansion to wrestle with the most challenging problems we face as a state. Locally, we worked with partners to host a candidate forum for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors focusing on child welfare, juvenile justice, homelessness, and affordable housing.
 
SCG’s Public Policy Committee met earlier this month to adopt our 2020 Public Policy Agenda and voted on issues to be discussed before state and federal policymakers. We’ve included below the analysis of these items pertaining to housing, homelessness, and education.
 
Finally, it’s not too late to join us for Foundations on the Hill on March 9-11, 2020. We’ve confirmed meetings with Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Karen Bass, Rep. Jimmy Gomez, Rep. Harley Rouda among many more! These meetings are essential to educating our members about the role of philanthropy and in sharing your knowledge and expertise on issues you invest in. As always, we welcome any feedback on this newsletter.


PHILANTHROPY IN ACTION 

Philanthropy California Attends Historic Philanthropy Summit at Governor’s Mansion

Last month, Governor Gavin Newsom welcomed over 45 philanthropy leaders to the Governor’s Mansion for the first Philanthropy Summit in modern state history. Philanthropy California played an instrumental role in shaping the day which brought together the Governor's senior leadership and philanthropic leaders to have candid conversations about tackling the challenges ahead for California. 

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SCG Co-Hosts Candidate Forum for The Los Angels County Second District

On January 31, in partnership with The Chronicle of Social Change and United Way of Greater Los Angeles, SCG hosted a nonpartisan forum for candidates running for the Los Angeles County Second District’s supervisorial seat. 

Four candidates participated in the forum Koreatown lawyer Jake Jeong, former LA City Councilmember Jan Perry, State Senator Holly Mitchell, and LA City Councilmember Herb Wesson — and shared their visions for building a bolder and more equitable future for the district. Over 200 residents, activists, community organizations, and philanthropic leaders from the district attended the event to hear the candidates tackle issues such as housing & homelessness, child welfare, and youth justice reform. For an in-depth overview of each candidate’s positions on these issues, visit The Chronicle for Social Change’s recap of the forum

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors serves as the county’s executive and legislative governing body, guiding and directing county agencies, services, and departments for the region’s 10 million residents. The next Second District Supervisor will follow the current Supervisor, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and will serve approximately 2 million Angelenos spanning from Culver City, Carson, to Koreatown over the course of a four-year term.  

SCG is proud to have co-hosted this forum that provided an opportunity for residents and community leaders in the Second District to engage in the democratic process and grow as an informed electorate. In 2020, SCG will continue to support efforts to promote voter education and civic engagement in local, statewide, and national elections. The forum was generously sponsored by The Liberty Hill Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, The Weingart Foundation, California Community Foundation, Achieving America Family Foundation, Corporation for Supportive Housing, and Liberate Language Justice.

On March 3, 2020, California voters will vote for the candidate who they believe will serve their communities best. The top two candidates will advance to the general election in November.

 


SCG POLICY POSITION UPDATE

AB 1907 (Santiago): Supportive and Affordable Housing 

SCG supports AB 1907 which streamlines construction of permanent supportive housing and affordable housing developments – projects reserved for individuals and families making 80% or less of the regions’ median income – throughout the entire state by making exceptions to the California Environmental Quality Act’s (CEQA).

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SB 676 & H.R. 4038: Workforce Development Through Post-Graduation Scholarship Act

SCG supports bills SB 676 & H.R. 4038 which seek to amend the IRS Code of 1986 to include post-graduate scholarship grants as a qualified tax-exempt scholarship. Currently, the federal government only views pre-graduation scholarship grants as tax-exempt.

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 UPCOMING POLICY EVENTS

FEB 26 | Protecting Our Democracy: National and Local Voices

Join SCG, Liberty Hill Foundation, and Singer Philanthropy on February 26 for an intimate discussion with three national leaders to learn about how some of the top civic engagement organizations are protecting the voting rights of vulnerable communities. This conversation will focus on actions and lessons learned outside California, as well as efforts in the state to engage voters around vital issues affecting underserved communities.

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FEB 28 | Evaluating Systems Change Efforts: Where to Start (Webinar)

Join FSG and the Collective Impact Forum on February 28 for a free webcast discussion with Hallie Preskill and Joelle Cook who lead FSG’s Strategic Learning and Evaluation practice, as we delve into how evaluating system change is different from evaluating programs, and talk about some of the core evaluation principles needed when advancing systems change work.

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RESOURCES AND REPORTS

THE 2020 CALIFORNIA CHILDREN'S REPORT CARD (CHILDREN NOW) 

This report card grades the state on its ability to support better outcomes for kids based on progress on passing and implementing state-level policies and making investments in the supports and services needed for all kids to reach their full potential.

2020 ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS CENSUS MAPPING TOOL (APIP) 

This new mapping tool aims to help journalists, decision-makers, and community organizations can better understand the diversity and geographic settlement patterns of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the 20 largest metropolitan areas for Asian Americans in the United States. 

INCOME INEQUALITY IN CALIFORNIA FACT SHEET (PCIP) 

This fact sheet discusses the widening income gap trend across California and details how the job market favors educated workers.

THE 2019 LOS ANGELES WOMEN'S NEEDS ASSESSMENT (DOWNTOWN WOMEN'S CENTER) 

This newly released assessment highlights key findings and addresses the critical steps needed to support the thousands of women experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.

HOUSING NOT HANDCUFFS REPORT (NATIONAL LAW CENTER ON HOMELESSNESS & POVERTY) 

This report provides an overview of the criminalization of homelessness in America and reviews laws in effect across the country that punish homelessness. The report also follows and tracks the significant growth of these laws over the past thirteen years. 

 

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