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Selling Alaska: Climate vs. Economy

Selling Alaska: Climate vs. Economy

Cierra Nervo June 5, 2023

In the midst of both a climate and economic crisis, the U.S. government fights rising gas prices with planet-warming carbon pollution.  On March 13, the Biden administration approved ConocoPhillips’...

Danielle Oviedo

Danielle Oviedo

Sofia Ramirez April 9, 2023
Danielle Oviedo shares her experiences and advice after working for the Center of Reproductive Rights in L.A. at a time when abortion is on the line.
In a Housing Funk

In a Housing Funk

Luca D'Agruma April 9, 2023

When 155 new housing units were proposed in the busy downtown Funk Zone, it should have been cause for celebration, but instead, there was vitriol.The SOMOfunk development, led by developer Neil Dipaola,...

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California.

Schiff, Porter open up an early lead over Lee in the race for Senate, poll finds

Luca D'Agruma February 23, 2023

The UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies released a statewide poll of the competitive race to succeed Dianne Feinstein, California’s Senior Senator who announced last week she will not seek...

I Voted, Did You?

Alexandra Siegel, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 17, 2023

In the United States, eighteen is the start of many things; adulthood, independence, and arguably most important, engagement in the democratic process. When one votes, they are participating in the democratic...

Political Advertising Reaches Santa Barbara County

Political Advertising Reaches Santa Barbara County

Luca D'Agruma October 14, 2022

In the 2022 midterm elections, political advertising has already broken records. Even in California, a deeply-liberal state with few competitive races, political advertising spending has almost reached...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Spotlight

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Spotlight

Alexandra Siegel October 12, 2022

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a Latinx, educator, and organizer serving the 14th district of New York in the Bronx and Queens. Ocasio-Cortez grew up experiencing the reality of New York’s...

The Future of the Court

The Future of the Court

Myles Hazen June 11, 2022

Justice Breyer, one of the most powerful men in the United States, recently announced his retirement from the Supreme Court, creating a battle for the nomination of the next justice.  The Supreme Court...

Finally Federal

Finally Federal

Alexandra Siegel March 8, 2022

Holidays are supposed to be celebratory and reflective, not controversial. Companies and schools question what holidays to celebrate, and with more holidays being added to the Federal Reserve observation...

The Perils of Redistricting

The Perils of Redistricting

Luca D'Agruma March 2, 2022

At the beginning of each decade, the slow moving levers of our democracy begin to chug steadily along.  The U.S. Census (a Goliath survey sent to every American household), concludes, and the Census...

Authoritarians Threaten Global Democracy

Authoritarians Threaten Global Democracy

Luca D'Agruma and Aden Meisel February 7, 2022

The 1990s were an era of democratization and liberalization, opening up the Soviet Bloc to western-style democracy and economies.  Globalization broadened the marketplace in the 2000s, as Asia entered...

Governor Gavin Newsom speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California.

Newsom Defeats Recall

Luca D'Agruma, News Editor September 14, 2021

Santa Barbara: Governor Gavin Newsom defeated a tumultuous recall campaign Tuesday as all the major networks called the race for him, affirming that Democrats will maintain their dominance in the Golden...

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