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David Baker

12 July 2018

California, United States

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Due in large part to the expanded use of renewable energy and decreased use of natural gas, California was able to cut greenhouse gas emissions significantly and ahead of their scheduled goal.

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Jill Tucker

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16 September 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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US jails are reducing in-person visits to save money. A program in San Francisco is increasing in-person visits between inmates and their children because research shows that maintained contact reduces mental health i...

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Jill Tucker

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16 September 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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No consistent funding is designated to aid children of inmates though they are more prone to behavioral problems, low self-esteem and substance abuse. Project What, in S.F., empowers youth of incarcerated parents by h...

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Spencer Whitney

7 July 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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Suspensions make kids, especially minorities, fall behind in class and drop out, elevating the risk of incarceration. The Restorative Justice Initiative, in Oakland, has been credited with helping to reduce suspensio...

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Kevin Fagan

6 July 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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Homelessness can make an individual feel alienated and disconnected from society. Street Soccer USA is an annual tournament in which homeless and underprivileged people from the street are invited to participate. Som...

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Heather Knight

29 June 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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Many San Francisco shelters have cut their number of beds as well as staff and, while they are not helping enough people, they also have restrictive rules that bar personal comforts. In fifteen months, the city has p...

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Kevin Fagan

28 June 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco’s poorly staffed shelters have led many homeless to choose to stay on the street. The Navigation Center, a homeless shelter with many amenities and staff, enables the homeless to keep their personal belo...

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Kevin Fagan

6 March 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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Removing encampments does not help the San Francisco homeless because there are not enough places for them to live off the streets. The city has had a history of projects that have aided the homeless in the past ten y...

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Jill Tucker

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13 January 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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Stanford University researchers found that at-risk students who enrolled in a ninth-grade ethnic studies class saw significant improvements in performance and attendance compared to their peers who were not enrolled. ...

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Kevin Fagan

25 September 2015

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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In Australia, what came to be known as the Big Dry dragged on for 13 punishing years. By the time the rains finally returned in 2010, the country had utterly changed in ways that California — with a similar landscape ...

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Jill Tucker

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5 August 2015

San Leandro, California, United States

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Freedom Summer Camp allows for convicted young men to find a sense of community allowing them to connect to the world and fuel greater desires for achievement.

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Kevin Fagan

11 May 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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Police in California have begun using body cameras to record their daily interactions with the public, decreasing altercations and misconduct by both officers and citizens.

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Kevin Fagan

29 June 2014

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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San Francisco’s chronically homeless population remains staggeringly high. Salt Lake City has managed to eradicate much of their chronically homeless by geographically placing supportive housing distant from the city’...

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Joaquin Palomino

28 June 2014

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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San Francisco’s chronically homeless population remains staggeringly high. Salt Lake City has managed to eradicate much of their chronically homeless by geographically placing supportive housing distant from the city’...

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Heather Knight

27 June 2014

San Francisco, California, United States

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Between 2004 and 2014, San Francisco’s mayor attempted to rid the city of chronic homelessness with a ten-year plan. Despite dramatic successes in moving thousands of homeless from the streets, the homeless population...

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Jill Tucker

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18 August 2013

Oakland, California, United States

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In Oakland, black males are almost as likely to be killed as they are to graduate high school. One school is giving them special classes with black mentors to better address their emotional needs and keep them in scho...

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Jill Tucker

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18 August 2013

Oakland, California, United States

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Young black males in Oakland are suspended more frequently and graduate high school at a much lower rate than their peers. A charter school specifically designed for African American boys focuses on providing them wit...

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Kevin Fagan

Brent Ward

29 October 2006

San Francisco, California, United States

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Making the transition from the street to permanent housing can be difficult - it's hard to force people to seek help. San Francisco works to help the homeless rise from the poverty cycle by pinpointing the most chroni...

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Kevin Fagan

25 November 2005

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco's Homeward Bound program provides transients a one-way ticket home once they can identify a family member or friend who is willing to take them in, helping to reunite families and reduce long-term homele...

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Kevin Fagan

9 May 2004

San Francisco, California, United States

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In the U.S. most supportive housing programs have a 75 percent turnover rate, meaning people end up in the streets again. Direct Access to Housing in California manages a turnover rate of only 15 percent by providing ...

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