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Even new stakeholders need realistic objectives: Roger Ruvolo

In considering whether these Inland leaders are on the right track, we can examine what they’re saying about the state and our region and evaluate that against what we know empirically. Inland supporters of the “state’s-our-buddy” view praise Regions Rise Together, an initiative of Gov. Gavin Newsom, and other organizations such as Inland California Rising,...

Here’s how UC Riverside is preparing for the 2020 census

In 2010, during the last decennial population count, nearly one in four Inland Empire households didn’t mail back their census questionnaire. What’s more, another 40,000 people throughout the region didn’t receive a questionnaire by mail at all. Why does this matter? Because undercounted regions miss out on vital federal and state funding, hindering potential growth...

Quality of life and racial equity are Inland values, too: Karthick Ramakrishnan

I had the privilege of spending a few days in Fresno this past week, to learn about the important and inspiring work happening in the city. According to research by the Urban Institute, Fresno ranks 59th out of 59 cities in California when it comes to racial disparities in economic outcomes. But the city is...

Report provides introduction to Inland Empire’s women

A new report from researchers at the University of California, Riverside, sheds light on the more than 2.3 million women who call the Inland Empire home. Focusing on Riverside and San Bernardino counties, “State of Women in the Inland Empire” is the latest installment in an ongoing series released by UC Riverside’s Center for Social...

The Inland Empire is booming, but not for the women who live there

The gender gap remains wide in the Inland Empire both politically and economically despite the rapid growth and transformation that has hit the region in the last decade, research recently published by UC Riverside's Center for Social Innovation shows. The center's " State of Women in the Inland Empire " report combines original research and...

In the News: This group makes up 1 out of every 6 California voters. They could swing the 2020 primary

More Asian American and Pacific Islanders are voting in California – and they have the potential to influence the outcome of the state’s 2020 primary elections, data show. AAPI voters make up roughly one out of every six voters in California. As of Feb. 10, there were 19,978,449 registered voters in California, according to the...

In the News: Census Bureau to Hold Recruiting Drive in Perris for 2020 Count

Riverside County has joined UC Riverside in forming the Inland Empire Complete Count Committee, with the goal of enlisting assistance from business groups, faith-based organizations, healthcare professionals and others in spreading the word about the census. According to the bureau, questionnaires related to the 2020 count will begin going out in April. Census-takers will also...

In the News: SoCal Policy Forum tackles housing affordability and homelessness at first live event in Pasadena

Tackling the issues of the region’s housing affordability and homelessness, the Southern California News Group, in partnership with the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside, chaired the first live public meeting of the SoCal Policy Forum at Pasadena City College’s Westerbeck Hall on Thursday evening. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

In the News: Poll: Southern Californians back impeachment inquiry, worry about crime and home affordability

Southern California residents — including local Republicans — are more likely than other Americans to support the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry, according to a new survey conducted by researchers at UC Riverside’s Center for Social Innovation in partnership with the Southern California News Group. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

In the news: Andrew Yang faces his critics in the Asian American community

At an Asian American and Pacific Islander presidential forum on Sept. 8, Democratic hopeful Andrew Yang eloquently expressed support for affirmative action and talked about how growing up Asian American had made him feel like his “spot in this country is somewhat in question.” “In the same week [Yang] went from being thoughtful and deliberate...

In the News: Fontana could soon overtake San Bernardino as the largest city in the county

When Census 2020 is done and dusted, Fontana is poised to emerge as the new most populous city in San Bernardino County, replacing the city of San Bernardino, which has long held that distinction and prestige as the county seat. Fontana has much to gain if it were to overtake San Bernardino next year as...

In the news: Student Life and Center for Social Innovation host meeting on 2020 census

On Friday, Sept. 20, the department of Student Life and the Center for Social Innovation held the first of many informational meetings pertaining to the upcoming 2020 Census. It was open to all UCR students and organizations. The meeting highlighted how important filling out the census is in hard-to-count areas like Riverside, and how college...

In the News: 8 books to help us re-imagine populism and privilege [reading list]

The 115th American Political Science Association Annual Meeting’s theme is “Populism and Privilege”, a look into the populist movements around the globe. The meeting features scholars from around the world with the intent on speaking about this topic. In doing so, they have prepped the public with a list of books that focus on the...

In the News: Planning reform, private sector innovation key to fixing housing market: Gary Painter

“The institutions that control housing market in California are broken, and the pain is widespread,” is how Gary Painter begins his Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Daily News. As apart of the SoCal Policy Forum, Gary highlights some of the reasons why California has a housing crisis. Decades-long policies of development-restrictions accompanied by increased price...
By Gary Painter |

In the News: Three major hurdles to fixing California’s housing crisis

California’s housing crisis cannot be solved only with dollars. Although Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signed state budget allocated $2 billion in new spending for the state’s housing and homelessness crisis, there are additional measures needed to undo the impact of decades-long legislative and regulatory constraints. The article, a result of the SoCal Policy Forum, notes that...

In the News: A growing number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are calling Trump a ‘white supremacist.’ Here’s why

Many presidential candidates have labeled President Trump a “white supremacist”, but these voices have grown after the El Paso shooting which specifically targeted Latinos. His anti-immigrant rhetoric may be inciting racists given how the El Paso’s shooter released a hate-filled manifesto that closely mirrored Trump’s language. "We have not seen a credible major party candidate,...
By Joseph Ceballos-Roig |

In the News: The Health Needs of Undocumented Older Adults

In The Health Needs of Unodcumented Older Adults: A view on health status, access to care, and barriers , the report focuses on the health of the older undocumented Latinxs by completing a study in the IE. The results show as all older adults face weakened health conditions, their status and other barriers prevent them...

In the News: Building Industry Association of California CEO Jeff Montejano Named to SoCal Policy Forum Group of Experts

Southern California News Group and the Center for Social Innovation have created the SoCal Policy Forum in an effort to elevate policy discourse in the Southern California region. The inaugural group of policy experts has also been extended to Building Industry Association of Southern California’s (BIASC) CEO Jeff Montejano. The platform will work to enhance...

In the News: Center for Social Innovation launches regional platform for public discourse

The Center for Social Innovation at UCR has partnered with the Southern California News Group to create the SoCal Policy Forum, an online platform that will host the opinions of experts on a wide array of issues. Each month a new topic will be unveiled and each of the 34 contributors will have 300 words...
By Tess Eyrich |

Announcement: SoCal Policy Forum launches

“In an effort to elevate policy discourse in the region and bring down the usual silos, the Southern California News Group, in partnership with the Center for Social Innovation, UC Riverside (CSI-UCR), is launching the SoCal Policy Forum.” Many times it is difficult to gather everyone to the table to discuss the many issues involving...
By The Editorial Board at Redlands Daily Facts |