Money in the Water: Global Subsidy Reform & the Fishing Industry

By Cora Sorenson Due to overexploitation marine fish populations are in decline around the world. This has both severe global environmental as well as social impacts: weakened ocean ecosystems, depleted fish stocks, and the decline of artisanal coastal fishing communities. Furthermore, it puts large-scale fishing economies at risk by threatening the long-term viability of a … Continue reading Money in the Water: Global Subsidy Reform & the Fishing Industry

Fracking Impacts California Water

Kacey Bills, MPP 2014 #Whatthefrack? This catchy hash tag is circulating social media sites in support of Californians Against Fracking, a coalition of environmental organizations across California. The campaign seeks to have Governor Brown ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” as an oil and gas extraction method by November 2014.[1] Currently, fracking is … Continue reading Fracking Impacts California Water

The Dumping/Donating Divide: Waste Management in West Oakland

Elizabeth Welsh, MPP 2014 Dumping is the illegal or improper disposal of any item including household waste, hazardous waste, and municipal waste like construction and demolition debris. In Oakland, dumping is a problem of serious scope with public health ramifications and environmental toxicology risks. It restricts properly values, contributes to a state of blight, and … Continue reading The Dumping/Donating Divide: Waste Management in West Oakland

A Comparative Policy Analysis of Basic Skills Education in Peralta Community College District

Lillian Mano. MPP 2012 The Status of California Community Colleges Today: Critical to California’s Future Community colleges have long served as a beacon of democratized educational opportunity. Since 1901, community colleges have sought to provide accessible and quality education to anyone desiring upward mobility and personal educational achievement through post-secondary education. California community colleges (CCCs) … Continue reading A Comparative Policy Analysis of Basic Skills Education in Peralta Community College District

Affordable Housing in San Francisco: Analyzing the Supply of Affordable Units

By Sarah Garmisa, MPP/MBA 2015 In this paper, I analyze current San Francisco housing policies in addition to two general alternatives. The first alternative is to increase the supply of affordable units and the second is to decrease the reduction in supply. I conclude that policies to incentivize affordable housing development have more long-term impact … Continue reading Affordable Housing in San Francisco: Analyzing the Supply of Affordable Units

Addressing “Anti-Indian” Historical Bias in California Public Schools Through Best Practices

Sabine Nicole Talaugon, MPP 2013 In California, K-12 public school curriculum often distorts and underrepresents American Indian history, culture, and governance. This historical bias is inherited from materials in the past that sought to justify the genocide, indentured servitude, forced relocation and forced educational assimilation of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) people. Historical bias … Continue reading Addressing “Anti-Indian” Historical Bias in California Public Schools Through Best Practices