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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Defund Your Local Sheriff? Police Reform on Ballots Nationwide

Numerous measures curbing police power or pursuing criminal justice reform ideas are on state and local ballots this year. They predate the George Floyd protests but reflect current concerns.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 29, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Money Matters: Voters to Decide Major Tax Initiatives

Arizona, California and Illinois are just some of the states that have significant tax measures on the ballot that could impact billions in state revenue for years to come.

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  October 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Will Voters Give Public Transit a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Transit officials are monitoring voter enthusiasm for a host of ballot measures they see as essential to economic recovery, supporting essential workers, social equity, climate goals and preventing traffic nightmares.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 22, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Most of California’s Gig Workers Don’t Have Enough Work

Many rideshare drivers were relying on their gig work as their primary source of income, and then the pandemic forced many to stop working. As COVID continues, many worry how much longer they can survive.

By Jeong Park, The Sacramento Bee  |  October 20, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

California to Vote on What’s Next for Criminal Justice Reform

The state’s Proposition 20 would expand felonies which are ineligible for parole and collect DNA samples of misdemeanor offenders. Californians must decide if it assures public safety or is backward progress.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times  |  October 16, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

California Hopes to Further Refine Online Privacy

Proposition 24 would expand on the state’s existing consumer privacy law, and it would create a dedicated state agency to enforce those online protections. But not all user privacy advocates support the ballot measure.

By Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times  |  October 15, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Black, Latino Advocacy Groups In Favor of Ride-Hailing Apps

Many minority communities have grown to rely on the independent contract work flexibility of ride-sharing and delivery apps, so classifying workers as full-time would actually be detrimental. “It’s not good for folks of color.”

By Kim Bojorquez, The Sacramento Bee  |  August 24, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Uber, Lyft Face Uphill Struggle for Gig-Worker Votes

A recent poll showed that only 39 percent of likely voters would approve California’s Proposition 22, which aims to keep gig workers as independent contractors instead of full-time employees.

By Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times  |  September 23, 2020
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