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Posts from 2018

Talking Universal Basic Income with Professor Hilary Hoynes

There's a lot of buzz around Universal Basic Income (UBI). What is it and can it really create a more inclusive society? 

Goldman School student Sarah Edwards speaks with Professor Hilary Hoynes about the strengths and limitations of UBI.

Hilary Hoynes is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics and holds the Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities at the University of California Berkeley where she also co-directs the Berkeley Opportunity Lab. She is a member of the American Academy of Art and Sciences and a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. She has served as Co-Editor of the American Economic Review and the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and is on the editorial board of the American Economic Review: Insights.

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Episode 2-6: Talking dockless scooters


Are dockless scooters a bane on urban areas or the next smart transportation innovation?

Goldman School student Reem Rayef sits down with Brianne Eby, Policy Analyst with the Eno Center for Transportation in DC, and Joe Rodriguez, a reporter covering transportation for the San Francisco Examiner, to talk about a new policy issue born from the intersection of tech and transit policy - dockless scooters in San Francisco and beyond.

Brianne Eby is a policy analyst for Eno, where she conducts research on various topics related to the transportation industry. She has written at length about what dockless scooters mean in the context of reduced carbon emissions, disruption of car culture, equity in public transit, and increased investment in public transportation infrastructure. Prior to joining Eno, Brianne conducted research on transportation behaviors as a graduate student, and on helping cities and metropolitan regions achieve inclusive and sustainable growth as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution. Brianne earned her B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University and her M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Follow her on Twitter: @brianne_eby.

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez covers transportation for the San Francisco Examiner. Joe is a long time San Francisco resident and pretty obsessed with transit, so he has followed (and written about) the scooter issue closely. He also writes the weekly political On Guard column. Reach him at joe@sfexaminer.com. Follow him on Twitter: @FitzTheReporter.  

Episode 2-5: Talking housing policy

Housing prices are re-segregating the San Francisco Bay Area -- how and why?


Goldman School student Spencer Bowen speaks with Philip Verma, graduate student researcher at UC Berkeley's Urban Displacement Project, about documenting “the mobility patterns for low-income people of color at the neighborhood level in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties.”

Philip is a Master of City Planning student interested in the intersection of housing policy and environmental health, especially for low-income renters. He has worked as a housing advocate in New York and Oakland, helping tenants fight evictions, harassment, illegal rent increases, and substandard conditions. He also spent two years as outreach director for a sustainable transportation NGO in Bogotá. Philip graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in History.

Episode 2-4: Talking about young voters



Young voters (ages 18-29) are notorious for not turning out to vote. As the midterm elections approach, and in this extreme political climate, will that change? Goldman School student Sarah Edwards speaks with researchers, an organizer, and a candidate seeking office to get their take on what's a stake for young voters.

The deadline to register to vote in California is Oct 22*. REGISTER NOW.

You can check the deadline for other states and also check to see if you are registered.

* In CA, “If the voter registration deadline has passed, you can still conditionally register to vote and cast a provisional ballot in person at your County Elections Office at any time up to and including Election Day. Your provisional ballot will be counted when your County Elections Official verifies your voter registration. Conditional registration may also be available in County Elections satellite offices and vote centers.” from Vote.org.

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Episode 2-3: Talking food policy with Nina Ichikawa


Nina F. Ichikawa is the policy director of the Berkeley Food Institute. She is a fourth-generation Californian and policy professional dedicated to making good food accessible, sustainable, and culturally appropriate. Prior to joining BFI, she served in the office of Senator Daniel K. Inouye and with the US Department of Agriculture’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Initiative. In 2011, she was named a Food and Community Fellow by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. In 2009 she launched the Food and Agriculture section for Hyphen magazine, and she has also written for Civil Eats, Grist, Al-Jazeera America, NBCNews.com, and Rafu Shimpo. Her writings on Asian American food and farming have been published in Amerasia Journal and Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader. Following research on sustainable food systems in rural Japan and Mexico, Nina received an MA in International Relations/Food Policy from Meiji Gakuin University and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Food Policy from UC Berkeley.

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