In Santa Monica a group of residents – frustrated by traffic and angry at developers – has placed a no-growth measure on the local ballot. It would force nearly all new projects higher than 32 feet to a citywide vote. The backers of Measure LV say that it’s buildings of all kinds – whether they house people or create jobs – that bring choking traffic.
Last Wednesday was a big day for In the Public Interest. We released one of our longest and most wide-ranging reports, How Privatization Is Increasing Inequality. The report describes how the privatization of public goods and services disproportionately impacts poor individuals and families, and people of color.
In 2011, Antonio Ramirez* was working in an Inland Empire warehouse, where he’d spent several hours emptying and sweeping out a metal freight container. With the indoor heat level passing 100 degrees, Ramirez showed symptoms of heat stroke – but his employers failed to take any action to help him and Ramirez was forced to call his son to take him to the hospital. He was hospitalized for three days due to heat stroke.
Here at the end of President Obama’s final term in office, we seem to be having the national conversation about race that he called for at the beginning of his candidacy in 2008.
Debate about parental leave has long focused on the benefits for working families and the supposed costs to employers. But more fundamentally, ensuring that new parents have the support and time they need to bond with their children is essential to public health and to infant development.