"How Low Can You Go?" – Tackling the Civic Participation Challenge in California

September 25, 2015

By Efrain Escobedo Over the past decade, California has been doing the Limbo when it comes to civic participation. With the exception of the presidential election of 2008, we have continued to see the voter participation bar get lower and lower. A comparison of midterm elections in 2002 and 2014 shows a decline of almost […]

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Permanent Supportive Housing Can Be the Ticket to Ending Homelessness

September 2, 2015

By Corrin Buchanan and Chris Hubbard The number of individuals experiencing homelessness across Los Angeles County jumped 12 percent in the last two years, and our neighbors become homeless for a variety of reasons every day. This makes clear the need for increased investment in the interventions proven to end homelessness. The issue isn’t one […]

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50 Years Later, the Embers of the Watts Riots Still Glow

August 18, 2015

By LaWayne Williams On August 11, 1965 in Watts, an ember erupted into flames. The routine traffic stop of 21 year old Marquette Frye sparked a series of events that would forever change Los Angeles. 34 people died during the Watts Riots and the community absorbed $40 million in damages. The ember sparked by Frye’s […]

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Saying “Yes, and” to Fair Housing

July 2, 2015

By Ann Sewill For low-income individuals and families seeking housing, the process has only become more difficult. Funding cuts and rising rents have reduced the availability of affordable housing. And, when it comes to finding apartments in a new neighborhood, the answer is often a resounding “No.” Last week, U.S. Supreme Court issued landmark decisions […]

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Time to End Unlawful and Discriminatory Citizenship Practices

June 30, 2015

By Katie Traverso Neda Behmanesh lived peacefully in Los Angeles for 21 years before applying for U.S. citizenship in 2010. She married a U.S. citizen, had a U.S. citizen child and for all intents and purposes was an American. Even though she satisfied all the criteria for naturalization, immigration officials denied her application under a […]

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Upholding Accessible and Affordable Health Care

June 25, 2015

By Rose Veniegas This morning, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that will ensure that millions of Americans continue to have access to affordable healthcare. The ruling in King v. Burwell upholds the federal Affordable Care Act subsidies that allow low-income residents in states that have not set up health insurance exchanges […]

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Ending the Education Drought in California

May 25, 2015

By John E. Kobara ‘Tis the season when tassels are turned, mortarboards fly and newly minted graduates receive their hard-earned diplomas. About 3.7 million students will graduate with college degrees in this country. More people are engaged in higher education than ever before. The educational pipeline is brimming with students who seek to learn more […]

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Nonprofit Governance: Directors Held Personally Liable for Mismanagement

April 27, 2015

By Ofer Lion, Douglas M. Mancino and Christian G. Canas A recent court ruling highlights the need for robust governance practices for nonprofits. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an award of $2.25 million in compensatory damages against former directors and officers of a bankrupt nonprofit corporation – personal liability for breach of fiduciary […]

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Ten Things We Don’t Know About Nonprofit Systems

March 30, 2015

By Denise Tom The nonprofit system in Los Angeles County has an identity problem. If you Google it, you won’t find much there. In today’s digital world, if Google can’t find you, you’re not “trending” and therefore not worth people’s attention. So here is a list, a la BuzzFeed, of the 10 things we don’t […]

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What's Your Nonprofit Start-Up IQ?

March 11, 2015

By John E. Kobara For good reason, people today are seeing the status quo as unacceptable. Regardless of where you sit, there are tremendous challenges all around. Things that have to change if we want a more just and humane world. But when we have impulses to change something, we often fire first, then aim. […]

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