Public Policy Still Matters – Where Can We Go From Here?

By Rick Riviera, MBA/MPP Candidate 2018 The closest I’ve come to crying since November 8th was watching Last Week Tonight’s five-minute montage of people describing all the ways 2016 has been horrible (besides the election), followed by John Oliver dynamiting a giant 2016 sign in an empty stadium . It was a catharsis that I … Continue reading Public Policy Still Matters – Where Can We Go From Here?

“When Police Kill, Should They Judge Themselves?”

By Zoe Harris, MPP Candidate 2017 For nearly a decade, Wisconsin drivers faced billboards with the nozzle of a gun and the text, “When police kill, should they judge themselves?” The campaign was headed by Michael Bell, whose unarmed son was killed by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. After the shooting, the Kenosha Police Department’s detective … Continue reading “When Police Kill, Should They Judge Themselves?”

Keeping Up with the Joneses: Oakland’s Fight Against Big Soda

By Meghan Hunt, MPP Candidate 2017 This November, Oakland will ask voters to pass Measure HH, a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. With this legislation, I am happy to see Oakland tackle this important public health issue. In communities across the Bay Area, we experience higher rates of obesity compared to the … Continue reading Keeping Up with the Joneses: Oakland’s Fight Against Big Soda

California’s Bail System: Reform or Abolish? (Part 2)

By Rebecca Wegley, MPP Candidate 2017 Originally published by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, August 2016 The U.S. Department of Justice recently stated that holding people in jail simply because they cannot afford to post bail violates their Fourteenth Amendment rights under the US Constitution. In an amicus brief, Justice Department attorneys called for … Continue reading California’s Bail System: Reform or Abolish? (Part 2)