It’s the dog days of summer, when the heat drives you indoors and the superhero movies drive you to tedium. But lots of good work is still being done even in the triple digits. While Los Angeles hopes for Olympic Gold in the Summer of 2024, we draw your attention to thoughtful education and support programs that are giving the formerly incarcerated a real chance to remake their lives and break out of the recidivism trap. Likewise, we highlight the fine work of our friends at USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and their roadmap on how to link high tech growth to high need areas in San Diego. Many of their recommendations touch on the need to invest in quality education and career pipelines. In much the same way, the California Community Colleges Strong Work Force Task Force just released its recommendations on how the nation’s largest college system can better prepare students for high-value jobs in regions throughout the state. Hollywood box office notwithstanding, all this great policy stuff makes us think we don’t need more superheroes — just hard work, thoughtful leadership, and the courage to take risks and do the right thing.
Cecilia V. Estolano, Jennifer LeSar, Katherine A. Perez-Estolano