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Redistricting Commission to Include Three Bay Area Residents

Contra Costa Times By Lisa Vorderbrueggen SACRAMENTO — Three Bay Area residents are among the eight people randomly selected Thursday for California’s new Redistricting Commission, a voter-created panel responsible for drawing the political boundaries of congressional, board of equalization and…
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The Film You Must See — or, We Told You So

huffingtonpost.com By Preeti Vissa A few days ago I joined a group of my colleagues from The Greenlining Institute to see the new documentary, Inside Job. I don’t normally go around telling people what to do, but seriously: Step away…
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2011: The Main Action Won’t Be in Congress

huffingtonpost.com By Preeti Vissa The punditocracy is anxiously war-gaming the expected battles between the Obama Administration and Congress. But while there will be plenty of strong rhetoric and political theatrics on Capitol Hill, much of the real action will occur…
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Voters Defeat Prop 23

mercurynews.com By Dana Hull Voters defeated Proposition 23 Tuesday, and by a wide enough margin that the No on 23 campaign declared victory early in the evening.
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Voters Reject Prop 23

penipress.com By Daniel Bohm California voters soundly rejected a ballot initiative that would have suspended a state climate-change law.  Proposition 23 would have put the Global Warming Act of 2006 on hold until the state’s unemployment rate dropped below 5.5…
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The Other California Ballot Horror

huffingtonpost.com By Preeti Vissa Since my home state has a way of starting trends — some good, some terrible — California ballot propositions have been attracting national attention for decades. One of the terrible ones hasn’t gotten the attention it…
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We Don’t Have to Throw Homeowners Overboard

huffingtonpost.com By Preeti Vissa A funny thing has happened since I wrote last week about the need for both a broad foreclosure moratorium and for longer-term reforms, including principal reduction, to help homeowners who now owe vastly more than their…
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The Real Face of Proposition 23

www.triplepundit.com By C.C. Song, The Greenlining Institute In the backyard of the Tesoro and Valero refineries in Wilmington, California lives a thriving community that has been fighting back against the oil giants for years. Because of Proposition 23, attention has…
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Diversity Rules for Foundations Stir Debate

philanthropy.com By Caroline Preston Preserving philanthropy’s independence is a key theme at this year’s meeting of the Philanthropy Roundtable, a Washington group that represents donors. Adam Meyerson, the organization’s president, kicked off the meeting Thursday in Amelia Island, Fla., by…
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A Foreclosure Moratorium Should Be Just the Start

huffingtonpost.com By Preeti Vissa The good news is that recent revelations about foreclosures being finalized based on improper documentation — legal filings often not even read by the bank officials who signed hundreds or thousands of them at a time…
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