Photo courtesy of Bill Hoban, Sonoma Index-Tribune. By Molly Curley O’Brien, MPP/MBA Candidate 2019 It’s 3 a.m., early Friday, in the library at Sonoma Valley High School, five days after the fires broke out on October 9th. I notice an evacuee trying, more like struggling, to sit up on her cot, and … Continue reading Susan’s Story: How Our Disaster Response Fails Seniors
By Noah Gaiser, MPP Candidate 2019 Editor’s Note: This article contains a discussion of police violence and judicial indifference against an intersectional person of color. Reader discretion is advised. Two weeks ago I found myself standing in silence outside Berkeley City Hall, head bowed, listening to Kayla Moore’s life story as told by her sister … Continue reading Say Her Name: How You Can Support Justice for Kayla Moore
By Professor Robert Girling, Adjunct Professor of Socially Responsible Business at Mills College Over half a million Americans are currently being kept alive by dialysis machines that make them virtual captives for hours at a time each day. Meanwhile over 120,000 patients are waiting for a transplant but only about 17,000 kidneys are available … Continue reading iRAD: A Life-Saving Innovation in the Fight Against Kidney Disease
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?
By Shanalee Gallagher, MPP candidate 2018 Brittany Maynard was a 29-year-old woman who took social media by storm in 2014 when she publicly shared her choice to die on her own terms. She did this in the hope that others could have the same option. In the months before her death, she strongly advocated for … Continue reading Roadblocks, Red Tape, and Dignity: Policies for Ending a Life
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?
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?”
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)
By Rebecca Wegley, MPP Candidate 2017 Originally published by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ), June 2016 Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act, passed by California voters in November 2014, effectively reduced the status of several low-level property and drug offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. While Prop 47 mandates that state … Continue reading Harnessing County Level Prop 47 Savings
By Mia Satya, BA Public Policy expected 2016 One of the most hotly debated ballot propositions of 2015 pitted Airbnb hosts and lobbyists against affordable housing groups and displaced residents. San Francisco’s Proposition F would have capped private short-term rentals 75 nights a year and strengthened enforcement mechanisms. What got considerable flack from the opposition … Continue reading The Case For An Equitable Sharing Economy