Looking Ahead to California’s 2021 Labor Market Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune January 22 2021 With a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent months, employment in California has taken a hit. Given the continued challenges posed by the pandemic, what can we expect from the state’s labor market this year?
Creating a Safety Net for Immigrant Communities Shannon McConville January 21 2021 Through Disaster Relief Aid for Immigrants, California has dedicated $75 million to assist undocumented immigrants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We talked with Joseph Villela, director of Policy and Advocacy at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, about his organization’s experience in helping create this emergency program.
Commentary: Water Partnerships between Cities and Farms Would Help Prepare for a Changing Climate Alvar Escriva-Bou January 20 2021 San Joaquin Valley farms and Southern California cities face different but equally daunting water challenges. Both regions’ water futures could be more secure if they jointly developed and managed some water supplies.
Testimony: A New Era of Student Access at California’s Community Colleges Olga Rodriguez January 19 2021 In testimony for the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, PPIC’s Olga Rodriguez presents research showing that expanded access to transfer-level English and math courses improves student outcomes and narrows—but does not erase—racial inequities.
Improving College Readiness through Dual Enrollment Olga Rodriguez, Niu Gao, Bonnie Brooks, Gabriel Gutierrez-Aragon January 15 2021 Dual enrollment--allowing high school students to take college courses--is an important strategy for expanding educational opportunities. It’s especially important for helping students from underserved communities.