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Jobs and Labor

Katheryn at the Ontario airport | Still from "Nightshift"
Caridad - Los Angeles Street Vending Campaign - City Hall
City Rising

The Informal Economy

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Earth Focus

Slow Violence of the Supply Chain: A History of Logistics in Mira Loma

From California’s citrus heyday in the 1800s to Cold War military expansion, the Inland Empire has been a center of shipping and distribution. Today’s warehouses boom, linked to ongoing environmental degradation and job insecurity, has its roots in the science of war and in long histories of land and labor exploitation.
Protestors hold signs during a Black Lives Matter protest near The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors building on the first anniversary of George Floyd's murder.

Commentary: Manuel Pastor on a World That Lives Up to Our Highest Hopes

Reflecting on the changes that have occurred during the pandemic, Dr. Manuel Pastor discusses how society can reverse the bad and build on the good. The future is forged through our every day actions.
A large drilling rig stands on the south side of the Salton Sea.

As Lithium Drilling Advances at the Salton Sea, Researchers Work Out the Details

Companies progress towards commercial lithium drilling at the Salton Sea, while teams of researchers explore questions about effective extraction methods and environmental impacts.
 Amanda Arellano and her mother Maria hug at a park near their home in Los Angeles

When Children Suffer: California to Funnel Billions Into Mental Health Overhaul

The Newsom administration plans to spend $4.4 billion addressing mental health needs among young people. But will it come soon enough?
Protesters overtake the 101 freeway near downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Excavating the Future: A Pandemic Remembrance

In the personal essay below, Rubén Martínez, host of Excavating the Future, reflects on individual and collective experiences over the past two years since the World Health Organization declared COVID a global pandemic on March 11, 2020.
Valero Gas Station stands in Sacramento. Gas prices per gallon read $5.59 for unleaded, $5.74 for unleaded plus, $5.89 for unleaded super, and $5.99 for diesel.

Here’s How State Lawmakers Want to Help Californians Facing High Gas Prices

Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed pausing tax increase on gas sellers and Republican state lawmakers have pushed for suspending the tax entirely in the short term. Those plans would likely reduce the price of gas, but it’s not clear by how much. This week Newsom teased a possible rebate to deal with gas prices.
A sea of warehouses extend across Redlands
Earth Focus

Can Banning New Warehouses Improve Air Quality in the Inland Empire?

Warehouse moratoriums have come up for vote at numerous city council meetings across the Inland Empire, the region with the worst air pollution in the country. Advocates argue for temporary pauses in development to analyze health impacts of facilities and implement regulations.
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during his State of the State speech in Sacramento on March 8, 2022. He stands in front of a row of California and U.S. Flags.Photo by

A Defiant Pep Talk, a Gas Rebate: What Governor Newsom Offered in State of the State

Gov. Gavin Newsom gave a pep talk to Californians tired of COVID and worried about crime, homelessness and inflation. In his State of the State address, he pledged some relief from high gas prices, but mostly promoted the "California Way" of finding new solutions to big problems.
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