Court of Appeal Win for the SCIG Rail Yard Project at the Port of L.A.

Last Friday the Court of Appeal of the State of California (First Appellate District – Division Three) released its judgment in a case brought by a coalition of environmental and community groups and Long Beach officials to halt the construction of BNSF Railway’s decade old proposal to invest $500 million…

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Federal Tax Reform Update and Fact Sheet for Californians

When the Trump Administration, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the Senate Committee on Finance released the “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code” in late September 2017, California’s State Controller’s Office put together a Federal Tax Reform Fact Sheet for Californians. Then last week the United…

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LA County Workforce Snapshot and Trends

In the past few weeks, LAEDC‘s new Center for a Competitive Workforce published its inaugural report LA & Orange County Community Colleges: Powering Economic Opportunity and the Orange County Business Council released its annual Workforce Indicators Report for 2017-2018.  Together, these publications provide an updated snapshot of the workforce in…

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California State University Update

Just over a third of American adults have a four-year college degree, the highest level ever measured by the U.S. Census Bureau. In a report released earlier this year, the Census Bureau said 33.4 percent of Americans 25 or older said they had completed a bachelor’s degree or higher. That’s a sharp…

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Apprenticeships: Popular in Concept, Challenged in Implementation

There are few programs that receive as much widespread support and praise from policymakers as apprenticeship programs.  Red states and blue states alike back the concept of apprenticeship and 95% of employers that host apprentices highly rate the experience.  International studies suggest that for every dollar spent on an apprentice,…

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Smart Cities

What is a Smart City Technology has been the driving force of economies worldwide – but what about cities? Cities have to develop efficient operational models to provide services and infrastructure for their citizens; however, most services and infrastructure are built on a mixture of technologies that can span decades. Moreover, the rate at which cities have…

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Severe K-12 Teacher Shortage Projected if Current Trends Hold

After years of teacher layoffs due to budget cuts during the Great Recession, school districts across California are again on a hiring spree.  The pickup in demand, however, comes at a time when the pool of fully credentialed teachers is shrinking.  The mismatch between the need for more teachers and…

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