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Take Action: Private Foundations Advocating for Census 2020

Publication date: 
08/13/2018

By Gustavo Medrano, Public Policy Intern

The Bauman Foundation recently sought legal opinion from Harmon, Curran, Spielberg + Eisenberg, LLP on how private foundations, in general, can play a role in promoting a fair and accurate census. This post outlines the legal opinion obtained by the Bauman Foundation. The opinion provides that:

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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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Comments on Proposed Information Collection on 2020 Census

Publication date: 
08/07/2018

Philanthropy California joined the League of California Community Foundations to urge the Department of Commerce to withdraw the citizenship question from the 2020 Census questionnaire as it will significantly undermine efforts to achieve a fair and accurate census.

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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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California Philanthropy and the New Reality of Legal Weed

Publication date: 
11/10/2017

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, launching a new era in the consumption, marketing, taxation and regulation of for what decades has been California’s largest cash crop, marijuana. In this paper, I will explore how the policy issues emerging from the legalization of recreational marijuana intersect with racial justice, education, youth wellbeing, the built environment and economic development.

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