Voter-mobilization groups are utilizing the pandemic and the protests following the death of George Floyd to encourage voter registration, and it’s working. In June, one nonprofit registered nearly 15,000 new voters.
By Megan Botel and Isaiah Muraugh, Los Angeles Times | July 29, 2020
In New Mexico’s deaf schools, e-learning loses the immersive environment that helps students learn American Sign Language. But even for in-person lessons, masks hide many of the facial expressions that ASL relies on.
SEPTA has required face coverings since June, but many riders aren’t adhering to the rule. Many are discouraged by the lack of masks and are opting for other forms of transportation. “I’m not jumping back on there for a while.”
By Patricia Madej, The Philadelphia Inquirer | July 27, 2020
San Diego officials are using the coronavirus pandemic to accelerate its plans of becoming a ‘city of the future’ by having more people work from home, utilizing more technology and streamlining how the city serves its public.
By David Garrick, The San Diego Union-Tribune | July 24, 2020
Public transit has severely suffered during this period of social distancing, but experts believe that riders will return because rides are cheap and not everyone who needs transportation can afford a car.
By Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press | July 20, 2020
Last year, San Diego pushed back against the streetlight cameras the city had installed with concerns about privacy. Now, the city has proposed ordinances for governing current and future surveillance technology.
By Teri Figueroa, The San Diego Union-Tribune | July 16, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has emphasized how much of Pennsylvania still lacks access to high-speed Internet. Lawmakers are making broadband access a priority and view it as an investment in the state’s well-being.
By J.D. Prose, Beaver County Times | July 15, 2020
Even with the coronavirus still at large across the nation, workers continue to encourage participation in the Census. Mask-wearing, social-distance-practicing enumerators will begin surveying in Tacoma by July 23.