Archive: Jul 2014

  1. Equity, Access, and Summertime

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    Equity and access are powerful themes running through the debates and discussions of policymakers across the country in this post-recession, post-financial collapse economy.  Even a stalemated Congress has had to at least rhetorically address the challenges of working people.  While statehouses, City Halls and Congress begin their long summer recesses, we thought it might be a good idea to explore the equity and access implications of some fond emblems of the new economy (EVs and cellphones).  And speaking of summer, we dare to posit that meaningful access to quality, beautiful open space really ought to be the birthright of everyone living in the country that invented the National Park. So let’s go celebrate our birthright and hug a tree, climb a rock or catch a wave!

    Sincerely yours,

    Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine A. Perez-Estolano

  2. The Road to Environmental Equity

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    In less than six months, California’s cap-and-trade program will expand to include suppliers of natural gas and motor fuels, requiring the producers of these greenhouse gas-emitting fuels to pay for the privilege of polluting our atmosphere. This will likely result in a modest uptick in gasoline prices across the state, which has major oil companies  (and some lawmakers) crying foul about the equity implications of higher costs that will be passed on to consumers. But is there any merit to the argument that cap-and-trade is bad for low-income drivers? (more…)

  3. Democratizing Green Space

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    With 26 national parks and 208 state parks, California has been rated by travel sites as the most scenic state in the nation. Despite its reputation for having an abundance of open space, California’s most disadvantaged areas lack equitable access to these natural resources. In a state that prides itself on preserving our natural resources for everyone’s enjoyment, what efforts are underway to ensure that our open spaces are widely accessible to all communities? (more…)

  4. Connecting Low-Income Californians Wirelessly

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    There is no question that more and more Americans are ditching their traditional landlines for cell phones. According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, nearly 41 percent of American households have scrapped their landlines and rely solely on wireless cell phone service. The same report found that 34 percent of American households receive most of their calls on a cell phone even if they have a landline. In spite of the high cost of wireless and data services, about 56 percent of the adults living in poverty in the United States rely only on a cell phone for their telecommunication needs.

    As the cell phone becomes a necessity in modern society, it is becoming increasingly difficult for low-income residents in rural communities to access social services and economic opportunities without a mobile device. Officials at the state level are working to make sure that these vulnerable communities are able to participate in our increasingly wireless world. (more…)

  5. Union Station Master Plan Update

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    Metro recently unveiled the latest iteration of the Union Station Master Plan (USMP), which includes recommendations to enhance the overall walkability of the station. New renderings show a passenger concourse that extends from the station’s existing underground passageway, a multimodal civic plaza, open green space, and potential mixed use development surrounding the station.  (more…)

  6. New Ciclavia Routes Announced

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    CicLAvia recently announced two new events for the months of October and December.  On October 5, residents and visitors are welcome to ride through the “Heart of LA” route from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, which includes access through DTLA via Broadway, to Boyle Heights via 4th Street, and will head towards East Los Angeles via Cesar Chavez Avenue.  (more…)