Monthly Archives: November 2015

A Shockingly Bad Report Card for State Governments

By Peg Perl* Many of us know state government is often the better venue for a particular court case or legislative initiative. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brandeis praised states as “laborator[ies]” of democracy. Earlier this year, a poll found that over 60% of Americans thought state and local government were more likely to provide better…

Korematsu Part II? Terror, Panic, and Institutional Failure

By Ana Choi* In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, panic has engulfed the United States. The fact that the attacks occurred in France—rather than in a distant and war-torn country that we can psychologically distance ourselves from—has shattered people’s sense of security and caused the threat of terrorism to loom larger…

25 Years After ADA, Employment Still Lags

By Micaela Connery* Last week the New York Times shared the findings of a disability employment study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.  While conclusions showed improvement since the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the United States still has a long way to go in the realm of employment for people…

A Tale of Two Beaches

By Alex Gazikas* On March 16, 2015, the San Diego Regional Water Control Board voted 6-0 to reject a proposed five-mile extension of California’s 241 toll road. This five-mile extension, known as the “Tesoro Extension Project,” would have been the first part of a proposed extension that would have cut directly through San Clemente State…

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