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Telluride, CO Ranked Choice Voting Ballot Measure
This report details the impact on workers of the hotel industry in LA refusing to comply with the City's Living Wage Ordinance
The Clean Truck Program at the Port of Los Angeles was designed to make the trucks at the city's ports more environmentally friendly. The Program reduced emmisions at the port drastically. Importantly, the project was designed such that it do not allow port companies to shift the costs of the truck upgrades on to the drivers.
This report outlines the issues with Long Beach's Clean Trucks Program which made truck drivers not the companies bare the costs of the reforms. This further contributes to their independent contractor status.
America’s dependence on oil has become increasingly painful. Two thirds of oil in the United States goes to transportation, with the largest share consumed by cars and trucks. As the rising price of gasoline makes driving more expensive, Americans have sought alternatives by driving a little less and riding public transportation more. Unfortunately, government policy does too little to help Americans drive less. Energy experts generally agree that the era of cheap gas is over. Scientists likewise agree that road-based global warming pollution must be reduced. But lawmakers have not taken enough steps to help Americans consume less at the pump. On the contrary, overall government policies continue to encourage more driving at the expense of alternatives, leaving Americans poorer, stuck in worsening traffic, and emitting dangerous levels of global-warming pollution.
This report focuses on the problems of school bias and pushout, how vulnerable youth populations intersect with one another, and the need to address these complex and overlapping issues in a manner that is respectful of all students served by our education system. The report suggests that a focus on youth leadership and restorative justice can support healthy student interactions and conflict resolution, while improved professional development can better equip teachers and staff to address school environment and culture issues that negatively affect students.
The built environment, climate change, and public health are closely connected; human-generated greenhouse gases derive from aspects of the built environment such as transportation systems and infrastructure, building construction and operation, and land-use planning. Transportation affects human health directly through air pollution and subsequent respiratory effects, as well as indirectly through physical activity behavior. Buildings contribute to climate change, influence transportation, and affect health through the materials utilized, decisions about sites, electricity and water usage, and landscape surroundings. Land use, forestry, and agriculture also contribute to climate change and affect health by increasing atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, shaping the infrastructures for both transportation and buildings, and affecting access to green spaces. Working across sectors to incorporate a health promotion approach in the design and development of built environment components may mitigate climate change, promote adaptation, and improve public health.
This report examines methods for cities to improve job quality in their communities by using city regulatory power to establish wage floors and other employment standards, regulating domestic-employee placing agencies, using city resources to enforce existing government employment regulations, implementing equal opportunity employment policies, using city proprietary interests, and curbing employers' practices that take advantage of immigrant workers. The policy recommendations in the report are based on the experience of cities around the country.
Michigan’s economy is transforming to one that demands new skills, knowledge, and credentials, especially post-secondary education. However, there are fewer adults able to meet this growing need; in fact, one out of three working-age Michigan adults lacks the basic skills or credentials to attain a family-sustaining job and contribute to the state’s economy. This report recommends that Michigan transforms its adult learning infrastructure to create a unified strategic approach to increasing basic skills and post-secondary credential attainment. It also outlines a variety of programs that improve the skills and abilities of workers to help them prepare to access this emerging market.
King County Superior Court Policy on No Courtroom Arrests Based on Immigration Status