Dear Ms. Woodley

By Shanalee Gallagher, MPP Candidate 2018     Dear Ms. Woodley, I’m writing today to address what seems to be a pattern on your Instagram feed. While I don’t mean to persecute you personally, your recent activity is an irresistible example of the newest trend of colonization, activist appropriation. Appropriation is when individuals take something … Continue reading Dear Ms. Woodley

AB 109 – Are State Inmates Really Better Off in County Jails?

By Miguel Dwin, MPP Candidate 2018 Prior to 2011, individuals convicted of a felony offense resulting in a sentence of more than one year would serve time in state prison. The state prison term was followed by an additional period on state parole supervision under the state Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO). However, under … Continue reading AB 109 – Are State Inmates Really Better Off in County Jails?

African American Adolescent Males: Living Stressfully in Alameda County

  By Sharon Robinson, MPP 2015 “Being male and black in Oakland means being about as likely to be killed as to graduate from high school ready for college. “ —Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle African American adolescent males are affected by physical and emotional stressors that include “adverse experiences such as racism, poverty, incarceration, … Continue reading African American Adolescent Males: Living Stressfully in Alameda County

Oakland Chinatown – Displacement Vulnerability and the Ethnic Economic Enclave

By Beki McElvain, Founding Editor, BA Public Policy 2014 Low-income immigrant enclaves are particularly susceptible to displacement as a result of transportation-oriented development (TOD) projects in their urban neighborhoods. Too often, economic revival projects have failed to recognize this risk, despite steps taken within the planning process to promote equitable development.  The relationship between redevelopment … Continue reading Oakland Chinatown – Displacement Vulnerability and the Ethnic Economic Enclave

Reducing the Human and Environmental Impact of Improper Drug Disposal

By Angelica Gums MPP Candidate, expected 2016 Everyday people lack the necessary information and access to properly dispose of their unwanted or expired medications, leaving many to resort to harmful practices.  The lack of proper drug disposal practices in the United States has caused both environmental and human harm. While local government disposal programs and … Continue reading Reducing the Human and Environmental Impact of Improper Drug Disposal

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