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Posts from 2015

Mother-in-law units, the Swiss Army knife of housing policy

By Michael O'Hare

One of California’s great strengths is the repertoire of ideas and practices that our diverse immigrant population brings from all over. However, some really good ideas from elsewhere have trouble taking root here and, as an East Coast import, I have been especially puzzled that owner-occupied rental housing… More

Facing the storm after the storm in Vanuatu

By Solomon Hsiang and Amir Jina

Workers repair the roof of a holiday resort days after Cyclone Pam in Port Vila, capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su With the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam, progress in developing the small island state of Vanuatu has been wiped out. Focus is now… More

Foster Youth Show Extreme Optimism in Face of Seemingly Great Challenge

by Anna Maier

New research shows that California teenagers in foster care display a surprising optimism about their future, despite the many challenges they face. “In general young people [aging out of foster care] tend to be pretty optimistic, in that sense I don’t think they differ much from their peers,&rdq… More

Kamala Harris’ Bureau of Children’s Justice Takes Shape

by Daniel Heimpel

On Feb. 12, California Attorney General Kamala Harris held a press conference in Los Angeles to announce the creation of a "Bureau of Children's Justice" with goals ranging from reducing truancy and combatting "childhood trauma" to improving the foster care and juvenile justice systems. While the mandate Harr… More