California currently faces a major public education crisis. Similar to the housing crisis, California’s teacher supply has failed to meet demand, resulting in severe teacher shortages throughout the state. Seventy-five percent of school districts are understaffed, particularly with regard to fully-credentialed teachers. Compounding this problem is California’s affordable housing crisis. Housing supply has stagnated, rental prices have skyrocketed, and many Californians have been priced out of their homes and cities. These two crises seemed to intersect in late 2016, when the San Francisco Chronicle reported Etoria Cheeks, a local math teacher, fell into homelessness after being priced out of affordable housing in the city. Many viewed Ms. Cheeks’ story as a part of a larger problem, and began calling for action to better secure affordable housing for the state’s teachers. Accordingly, Assembly Member Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) authored AB 45, which sought to create a development grant program for school districts to offer district-owned affordable rental housing to teachers. Today on the podcast, Dylan Dewitt joins Tyler to talk about AB 45.
Monthly Archives: November 2017
Calls for strengthened immigration laws and renewed enforcement of existing laws have raised questions about the interactions between local law enforcement agencies and federal authorities. In what has been referred to as the “highest-profile act of defiance to Trump’s nascent presidency,” California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León introduced SB 54, also known as the California Values Act, to, as some would put it, erect not a new border wall, but a “wall of justice” that would “protect the safety, well-being, and constitutional rights of the people of California, and … direct the state’s limited resources to matters of greatest concern to state and local governments.” Today on the podcast, Megan McCauley joins Tyler to talk about SB 54.
After managing to keep its scam under wraps for at least a decade, it came to light that Wells Fargo was ripping off its customers by opening fake accounts in their name and charging them for the fees associated with those accounts. Making matters worse, when defrauded customers tried suing the bank, Wells Fargo would block their access to the courts by enforcing the arbitration clause that many of the customers had agreed to when first opening a bank account. By enforcing these clauses, Wells Fargo could funnel all complaints regarding its deceptive practices into private arbitration, where it would never have to answer to either a judge or a jury. In order to ensure that victims of big-bank fraud could see their day in court, State Senator Bill Dodd introduced SB 33. Today on the podcast, Kim Barnes joins Tyler to discuss SB 33.