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LA’s Skid Row Community Celebrates Opening of Center’s New Home

LA’s Skid Row Community Celebrates Opening of Center’s New Home

In the heart of Los Angeles, there is a new home for low-income families and community members who are organizing to stop gentrification that is reshaping their city, a place that’s designed to serve as an anchor in their neighborhood. On June 24, the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) celebrates the grand opening […]

Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Has Not Cost Jobs, Report Finds

Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Has Not Cost Jobs, Report Finds

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage law has boosted pay for restaurant workers without costing jobs, according to a study released June 20.  The report, from the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, is certain to add to the debate as activists around the country push for increases […]

Limiting What Landlords Say About Immigrants Is Focus of Calif. Bill

Limiting What Landlords Say About Immigrants Is Focus of Calif. Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats are expanding their efforts to resist President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigrants in the country illegally with bills aimed at limiting how much private businesses can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Democrats control all levels of state government, and leaders have vowed to resist Trump administration policies at every […]

San Francisco Nonprofit Is Raising $100M to Fight Homelessness

San Francisco Nonprofit Is Raising $100M to Fight Homelessness

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco-based nonprofit has pledged to raise $100 million to reduce chronic homelessness in a city widely known for sidewalk tent encampments amid multi-million dollar homes. Tipping Point Community said the money will come from private donations and go toward affordable housing and homeless services provided by other nonprofit groups […]

A Rebuke to Trump? Calif. Sanctuary Bill Moves to Assembly

A Rebuke to Trump? Calif. Sanctuary Bill Moves to Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers gave initial approval Monday to a measure that prevents law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials, a measure that proponents said rebukes President Donald Trump for his immigration crackdown. It makes California a statewide sanctuary for many people who are in the country illegally. The state Senate passed […]

Portland Experiment Will House the Homeless in People’s Yards

Portland Experiment Will House the Homeless in People’s Yards

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Faced with an intractable homeless problem, officials in Portland are thinking inside the box. A handful of homeless families will soon move into tiny, government-constructed modular units in the backyards of willing homeowners. Under the pilot program taking effect this summer, the homeowners will take over the heated, fully plumbed tiny […]

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