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Nowhere to live

California | A housing crisis is clamping down on middle-income workers—teachers like Renata Sanchez—in prosperous California
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/17/19, 01:42 pm

Part one of a series on California’s housing woes

Renata Sanchez didn’t plan to be a teacher. When Sanchez signed up for Teach For America after graduating from Stanford, the plan wasn’t to remain teaching but to save money for law school.

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Beyond bail

Compassion | California struggles to reform a broken system
by Charissa Crotts
Posted 1/16/19, 04:12 pm

While California works to abolish the cash bail system that often punishes poor people disproportionately, one group is trying to fix the problem one prisoner at a time.

The Bail Project, a nonprofit organization that uses donations to bail qualifying people out of jail, joined forces with the public defender’s office in Compton, a Los Angeles suburb that is notorious for crime, and UCLA law students to help individuals at the Compton Courthouse get bail reduction and pretrial release.

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Los Angeles teachers go on strike

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/14/19, 11:31 am

Tens of thousands of teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District went on strike Monday morning after contract negotiations broke down Friday. The teachers rejected the latest offer from the district as “woefully inadequate.” Schools remain open during the strike, with the district hiring hundreds of substitutes to fill in for teachers and other staff, a move the United Teachers Los Angeles union called irresponsible. The union asked parents to consider keeping their children home or joining the marchers.

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