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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. 

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.