Political Cartoons To “Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer”: Past, Present, and Future of Political Satire

By Alysa Cisneros, Senior Editor, MPP Candidate 2017 Political satire has had a substantial effect on politics. Most importantly, satire has the power to direct how the public cognizes political news and shift policy agendas and focus. Satirical mediums change along with prevalent forms of media. From lithographs, newspapers, and broadcast journalism to the Internet, … Continue reading Political Cartoons To “Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer”: Past, Present, and Future of Political Satire

An Assessment of Oakland City Council’s Mandate to Reorganize Human and Recreation Services

By Ana Reidy, BA Public Policy,  2012 In January 2012, City of Oakland employees were in a state of uncertainty and anxiety after learning that the California Redevelopment Agencies were to be dissolved, costing Oakland nearly $29 million. Up to that point, the City of Oakland used Redevelopment Agency funding to help support eleven city … Continue reading An Assessment of Oakland City Council’s Mandate to Reorganize Human and Recreation Services

A “Nickel a Drink” Tax Increase: How Would California’s Alcohol Industry Be Affected?

By Katherine Puliafico, MPP, 2009 In recent years California lawmakers have pushed for increases in alcohol taxes as a way to help close the budget gap.  But these proposed measures continue to be defeated in the legislature.  This is due, in large part, to resistance from the state’s alcohol industry.  Currently, California is the biggest … Continue reading A “Nickel a Drink” Tax Increase: How Would California’s Alcohol Industry Be Affected?