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Natalie previously covered immigrant communities and environmental justice as a bilingual reporter at CityLab and CityLab Latino. She hails from the Los Angeles area and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English literature. 

December 8, 2017

Days Before Net Neutrality Vote, Mayors Join the Fight

They say their economies could suffer if the FCC repeals net neutrality regulations on Dec. 14.
December 1, 2017

Central Florida Already Struggled to Provide Health Care and Affordable Housing. Then Hurricane Refugees Poured In.

The region is coping with one of the biggest influxes of Puerto Ricans fleeing the hurricane-ravaged island.
November 17, 2017

This May Be the Key to Graduating At-Risk Students

It turns out that how long a mentor sticks around can have a huge impact. One organization is working with schools to follow kids from kindergarten to graduation, and it's expanding to more cities.
November 15, 2017

Is Trump's Presidency Actually Inspiring More Millennials to Run?

Many have predicted it would. But when younger candidates do launch campaigns, it's typically for state or local positions.
November 6, 2017

In Texas and Beyond, Loopholes Let Domestic Abusers Own Guns

Federal law prohibits convicted domestic abusers like the Sutherland Springs shooter from owning firearms. But enforcing the law requires proper reporting and the help of states, say gun control advocates.
November 3, 2017

Will Global Warming Make Air Conditioning a Legal Right?

Across the country, prisoners or their families are suing states for heat conditions they argue amount to cruel and unusual punishment.
October 6, 2017

Should Public Schools Teach Kids How to Interact With Police?

States are starting to require it. Ironically, police advocates and groups like Black Lives Matter agree that the new laws are problematic.
September 28, 2017

How Cities Can Protect Poor People and Minorities From Climate Change

They're the most vulnerable to disasters, but they don't have to be.
September 25, 2017

Why Trump's 'Sanctuary Cities' Policy Is Likely to Lose in Court

But even if courts block the Trump administration from defunding cities sympathetic to immigrants, Congress could still carry out the White House's wishes.
September 18, 2017

California Is Now an Official 'Sanctuary State.' Will Others Follow?

A couple of other states are considering similar bills. It was an uphill battle -- even in one of the most pro-immigrant states.
September 18, 2017

(In)Justice From the Inside: Tales From a Woman Embedded in America's Largest Court

"It clearly shows that something is going wrong in that system when a grandmother is raising her hands like she might be shot," says author and professor Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve.
September 15, 2017

Food Deserts and the Policy Power of Maps

It's hard to fix a problem you can't see. So Maryland made its lack of healthy food options very visible.
September 14, 2017

Drinking Water Isn't Safe for Millions of Americans. It's Up to States to Fix.

A new report documents what environmental advocates say has been happening for decades: The federal government fails to protect Americans from potentially cancer-causing chemicals. And they have little hope that will change anytime soon.
September 6, 2017

Harvey Has Made Houston More Immigrant-Friendly, But for How Long?

Although the disaster spurred federal, state and local authorities to put immigration enforcement on pause, many undocumented people are still fearful and likely to be left behind in the recovery.
August 28, 2017

Trump Reverses Obama's Ban on Military Gear Going to Police

President Trump signed an executive order on Monday, marking the administration's latest departure from its predecessor's policing policies.
August 25, 2017

Can States and Cities Stop ICE From Impersonating Police?

California recently outlawed the practice, but it's unlikely to change immigration officers' behavior. The legislation highlights the tactic's murky legality.
August 23, 2017

How Much Climate Change Will Cost Each U.S. County

It's not just an environmental issue, and for the first time, researchers have calculated global warming's potential economic impact on each county.
August 11, 2017

The Rise of the 'Night Mayor' in America

The concept caught fire in Europe and is gaining relevance in large and small cities across the Atlantic.
August 9, 2017

Is California's Housing Plan Missing the Mark?

The state's lawmakers are working on ways to address its affordable housing crisis, but advocates and academics say they're not going about it in the best way.
August 7, 2017

California Sterilized More People Than Any U.S. State But Has Yet to Compensate Victims

What's taking the progressive state so long to right its historical wrongs?
August 1, 2017

Black Lives Matter Activist-Turned-Politician Wants You to Rethink the South

khalid kamau wants to prove that you don't have to be wealthy, white or in California for progressive policies to work.
July 25, 2017

Why Are Local Governments Using a Russian Software the Feds Won't?

The reasons spotlight cities' funding and workforce struggles that cybersecurity experts have warned about for years.
July 21, 2017

Advocating for the Environment When Your Rural Town Won't

Environmental advocacy is difficult in the Trump era. In rural areas, it's even harder. “To be personally attacked for speaking up, to be silenced, it was devastating to me," says one resident who tried to fight fracking in her rural Pennsylvania county.
July 19, 2017

Sessions' New Order Lets Police Circumvent State Laws on Civil Asset Forfeiture

State politicians on both sides of the aisle have increasingly worked to curb the practice. Now, the attorney general may have made their efforts pointless.
July 17, 2017

How a Cashless Society Would Harm the Poor

Businesses and governments are going cashless. Anti-poverty advocates say the change is problematic for low-income people, but they disagree on how to solve it.
July 14, 2017

Meet the Mayor Who Used Millennials to Revive Her Small Town

Erwin, Tenn., was struggling. Then its mayor did something many public officials usually don't: She listened to young people.
June 29, 2017

With FCC Blocked, Will States Make Prison Calls Affordable?

They're too expensive for many low-income families, but courts recently ruled that the federal government can’t regulate their cost. States still can.
June 21, 2017

Can States and Cities Really Uphold the Paris Climate Deal?

They have pledged to carry out the landmark accord on behalf of America. We asked environmental experts for the most effective and politically practical ways they can help do that.
June 7, 2017

How an Eco-Friendly Rideshare Is Changing Life in a Tiny Rural Town

Residents of a California farm community have come up with a model solution for an all-too-common transportation problem.
June 6, 2017

Why Kids Should Be Part of Adult Education

A group of grad students has won national recognition for their solution to a problem that plagues lower-income people across America.
May 31, 2017

Don't Mess With Raul Reyes, Mayor of the Tiny Town That's Suing Texas

He was first elected as a 21-year-old. More than a decade later, he has put himself and his border community at the center of the national immigration debate over "sanctuary cities."
May 25, 2017

Civilian Oversight Appeals to Many, But Is It Always Effective?

The controversial passage of a new voter-approved law in Los Angeles illustrates the complexities of civilian review boards. Experts say there are better ways for civilians to keep cops accountable.
May 17, 2017

Tips for States and Cities Trying to Raise Workers' Wages

It's all about collective bargaining, according to a new report.
May 16, 2017

Can Rewards for Not Texting and Driving Break the Habit?

We'll soon find out as high school students in Georgia test a new award-winning app to reduce distracted driving.
May 12, 2017

Text Alert: St. Louis' Post-Ferguson Approach to Court Fines

The county's court system is still a confusing tangle of fees and court dates. The creators of a new online tool hope to change that.