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California’s Clean Energy Boom: Will this Rising Tide Raise All Boats?

California’s Clean Energy Boom: Will this Rising Tide Raise All Boats?

The clean energy economy is taking off in California.  In the last decade California’s clean energy economy grew by 20 percent while the total economy grew only two percent.  This means that our state is increasingly getting our energy from renewable sources and more Californians than ever receive their energy from the sun.   California’s commitment to renewable energy is improving our environment and making our state more resilient by cutting our dependence on dirty fuels.  These actions have turned California into a worldwide leader in renewable energy and a model for fighting climate change. While all these signs point in a positive direction, we could be achieving so much more. …
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Charles Benton 1931-2015

Charles Benton 1931-2015

We lost a huge advocate for consumers’ telecommunications rights this week.  Charles Benton ran the Benton Foundation, a foundation established to do “good works in communication.”  During his time at the Foundation, Mr. Benton created an organization that works tirelessly to ensure that media and telecommunications services enhance democracy and serve the public interest.  It’s safe to say that Mr. Benton served a critical role in advancing the deployment of broadband to unserved and underserved communities. There’s no way I can do Charles Benton’s work justice in something as short as a blog post.  You can read all about him here at the Benton Foundation’s website.


Deja Vu in Baltimore

Deja Vu in Baltimore

Did you hear ’em talkin’ ’bout it on the radio? Did you try to read the writing on the wall? Did that voice inside you say, “I’ve heard it all before”? It’s like deja vu all over again –John Fogerty Nearly a quarter century ago, as a freelance writer in L.A., I wrote an anguished and bitter piece for the Los Angeles Reader about official reactions to the Rodney King riots. I marveled at the cluelessness of politicians, editorial writers and TV talking heads who tut-tutted the rioters, scolding them as not being “real” protesters – because, after all, real protesters shut up and behave politely. Last night, watching the…
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Come Learn How Clean Energy Helps Working Families

Come Learn How Clean Energy Helps Working Families

Something amazing is happening in California. We are taking bold steps towards building an inclusive clean energy economy that benefits our neighborhoods, our working families and our planet.  California’s growing clean energy economy not only fights climate change, it’s already putting Californians to work in good jobs, helping California employment to grow faster than the rest of the U.S.  Today over 430,000 Californians work in energy efficiency, solar power and related fields.  More Californians now work in these fields than in aerospace or movies, TV, and radio combined.  Much more is coming and we want you to know how to join the Good Economy. Businesses owned by people of color…
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Creating #OneHealthyFresno with Fresno Building Healthy Communities

Creating #OneHealthyFresno with Fresno Building Healthy Communities

Since September 2014 I have attended meeting after meeting to understand the health impact of the city’s general plan, convince our elected officials that providing health care access to all Californians, regardless of immigration status via Health4All is both economically and morally responsible, and advocate for necessary resources to maintain and create new parks in central, southeast, and southwest Fresno. Through all the meetings I have witnessed that mentorship plays an essential, universal role in the success of Fresno Building Healthy Communities. I learned the value of mentorship first-hand as an undocumented student trying to overcome multiple challenges. Looking back, I always had mentors and a safe space created by…
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Questions for the Presidential Candidates

Questions for the Presidential Candidates

Suddenly we’re up to our eyeballs in presidential candidates — yeah, I’m looking at you, Rand, Hillary, Marco, Jeb and all the rest. I have some questions for you. I must note here that Greenlining is nonpartisan. We don’t endorse candidates for president or any other office – even when one of our staff members or Leadership Academy graduates is on the ballot – so nothing here should be regarded as an endorsement of anyone. But presidential elections matter, and for those on the wrong end of the racial wealth gap, they matter most of all. I’ve found myself conducting a sort of informal poll of late by virtue of…
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Apple Fails on Equity, Opportunity, Fairness

Apple Fails on Equity, Opportunity, Fairness

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been in the news a lot lately for publicly opposing Indiana legislation (since amended) that could have fostered discrimination against LGBT Indianans. As applause-worthy as that stand is, Apple continues to fail fundamental tests of equity and fairness here in its home state. As the San Francisco Chronicle reported this morning, former felons are barred from working at the construction site for the spectacular new Apple headquarters now under construction. As the Chronicle notes, “The ban is unusual for construction work, a field in which employers typically do not perform criminal background checks.” Apple is famously hyper-vigilant about security, but seriously, are the guys pouring…
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Try Diversity! Think “Out of the Box” to Expand CRA

Try Diversity! Think “Out of the Box” to Expand CRA

Same moves, same faces, same old ideas ─that about sums up the debates around the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) over the last 20 years. Yet last week, at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition Annual Conference, I had the pleasure of bringing something new and “out of the box” to the discussion: Try diversity! CRA is a vitally important law that needs improvements. But first, a little background: The CRA is critical to the story of how people of color gained economic mobility in the US. Sad to believe, but ten years before the act passed, it was actually legal for banks and other companies to refuse to extend credit based on…
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Investing in Communities of Color Means Investing in ME

Investing in Communities of Color Means Investing in ME

A few weeks ago one of our Health Equity Fellows, Jessica Fuentes, blogged about how her experiences growing up shaped her definition of leadership. I want to continue this series of introductory blogs by talking about one of the projects I am currently working on and how my experiences as a youth informed the decision-making process. Recently I hopped on board a project at The California Endowment (TCE) that enabled me to see my work come full circle: helping to manage a small grant from the Endowment’s communications team to build capacity for youth media. The grant will provide support for an existing youth program in south Sacramento to develop and…
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