California’s working landscape makes $333-billion impact on state economy

Correspondent, California Forward

California’s “working landscape” represents the sixth largest economic sector in the state, outpacing the healthcare, real estate and construction industries. That’s according to a recent report issued by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR). “That’s going surprise an awful lot of people, because too many folks here in California just […]

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Regions Rise Together series kicks off in the Inland Empire

Correspondent, California Forward

Often referred to as the “IE” or the “909,” the Inland Empire is a large geographic location with a growing population where incomes are declining relative to the entire state. While the region, which includes Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, has experienced job and business growth in recent years, it still faces challenges both distinct […]

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Tech Industry and Mental Health Advocates Seek Solutions at First-Ever Summit

Correspondent, California Forward

When Smitha Gundavajhala was diagnosed with depression as a college sophomore, services for students were limited to five free counseling sessions. “It made it really challenging for students to have a continuity of care,” she said. “It was a short term solution, but it wasn’t a long term one.” Gundavajhala was one of 300 participants […]

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L.A.‘s Worsening Housing Affordability Leading To Overcrowding

Correspondent, California Forward

Closing the affordability gap in housing has become a huge economic issue for many Californians just trying to live in certain communities, let alone being able to join the workforce there. Just ask Brent Smith. “You’ve got to get housing first in order to do anything,” said Smith, who works as an advocate at Skid Row […]

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Low Voter Turnout Seen Among Fast Growing California Demographic Groups

Correspondent, California Forward

Only one in three eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2016 general election to elect all the statewide offices, congressional representatives and approve initiatives last November, a record low. But, for two of California’s fastest growing groups, the numbers are even more troubling. “Everyone was quite shocked about that and, of course, very concerned, […]

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