SHRINKING INVESTMENTS FOR CALIFORNIA'S YOUNGEST CHILDREN
During the Great Recession of 2008–2011, California cut funding for early care and education programs by $1.2 billion and eliminated these services for over 100,000 children, as revealed by an analysis from our Healthy City and Educational Equity programs.
These cuts profoundly impact a family’s ability to survive economically – particularly low-income families. In an era of scarce public resources, we must spend wisely and prioritize investments that pay off. This report provides a concrete view of where and how our state chose to invest—and divest—in its children, its working families and its workforce, and how to re-deploy those resources in the future.
Read highlights from “Shrinking Investments”
Get the full report: “Shrinking Investments Yield Smaller Returns” (PDF).
Learn more about Healthy City and Educational Equity.
On June 23, proud graduates marched to the podium and received certificates from dignitaries including L.A. City Mayor Villaraigosa and L.A. Police Chief Beck. The Academy has trained nearly 1,200 people to help keep peace in gang hot zones, most of them former gang members who have committed to making their communities safe. The graduates complete 140 hours of course work, focusing on post-traumatic stress disorder, mental health, public health, cease-fire tactics and law enforcement dynamics.
Read more media coverage on the graduation.
Learn more about the Urban Peace Academy.
HOW HAS REDISTRICTING CHANGED
California’s districts get redrawn every 10 years. This year, instead of decisions made in smoky back rooms, average people were in charge of redistricting. This, in combination with shifting demographics means that many Assembly, State Senate and Congressional districts have changed and could affect who represents you.
To find out how your district used to look and what it includes now, simply type your ZIP code into Healthy City’s District Finder.
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Our analysis of crime statistics from 2006-2010 shows that while crime decreased on average across LA City and County, only areas adjacent to parks with the Summer Night Lights (SNL) programs had significantly fewer homicides and less violent crime over several years.
Over two years, parks that implemented the SNL programs achieved 57% fewer homicides and, over four years, resulted in 18% less violent crime. Only in and near SNL parks did gang-related crimes over four years plummet 33%, a drop that’s eleven times greater than the 3% reduction achieved by the County’s summer parks program, Parks After Dark (PAD). Even though the City and County programs look similar at first glance, a closer examination reveals some possible reasons for the difference in their level of impact.
The SNL program was one of the top recommendations in our 2007 Call to Action report, which sparked a transformation in the way Los Angeles deals with gang violence.
Read our analysis of the Summer Night Lights (SNL) program.
Learn more about Summer Night Lights.
Co-Director John Kim is a busy guy. He is the managing co-director of our California office which means he oversees our organizational development, fundraising, and administration for a staff of 40 people and annual budget of $7 million. He is also the founder and Director of Healthy City.
But when he was offered a prestigious and intensive fellowship to the year-long Rockwood Leadership Institute’s “Leading from the Inside Out” program for senior executive leaders, he had to say yes. “This has been one of the most important things I have done in my career,” John said upon finishing the fellowship. “Rockwood re-connected me to the core of why I do this work and has provided me tools... to transform how I show up as a leader within my organization, with our partners, and within the movement overall.”
The invitation-only program is designed to create a dramatic shift in participants' capacity to both lead their organizations and networks effectively and to collaborate across the boundaries of issue area, political and organizing orientation, geography and background.
See John’s fellow Rockwood Fellows.
Learn more about the Rockwood Leadership Institute.