Introduced in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Opportunity Zones seemed positioned to benefit both investors and targeted low-income communities. Now, there are questions not only about whether the policy is skewed to the benefit of the wealthy, but whether the policy is effective at all.
As California hospitals scramble to meet state deadlines for seismic compliance, a bigger problem is looming: can they afford it? In the wake of the 1994 Northridge earthquake that struck the San Fernando Valley, causing structural damage to eleven hospitals, California lawmakers looked for ways to improve seismic resilience across the state. One of the
At 6.7 million, the number of food-insecure Californians in 2019 tops the population of 86 different countries. A person is defined as food insecure if they lack consistent access to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle. Almost all California counties have food insecurity rates between 10 and 18 percent. The problem is not
How strongly does a drone strike on an oil refinery in the Middle East impact oil extraction employment flows in California? Since the energy crises of the 1970s, oil prices have been highly volatile.
While most of the discussion surrounding the controversial MORE Homes Act (SB50) has focused on the impact on communities in the Bay Area and greater Los Angeles, the bill could have a tangible impact on neighborhoods in the Inland Empire as well. In response to the ever-present California housing crisis, Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)
How far would you go to protect your home and neighboring community? For some homeowners, the answer lays in home security systems, products such as Ring by Amazon that offer cameras, outdoor motion sensors, and smart doorbells.
Despite split opinions on the Road Repair and Accountability Act, analysis from the Lowe Down shows that in the long run the fuel tax will help rather than hurt wallets in the Inland Empire.
California has become a national leader in providing grants for school districts to improve their CTE programs. But how well have Southern California districts done in capitalizing on available funds and how are districts implementing these funds? In a previous post, the Lowe Down analyzed the Inland Empire’s capacity to prepare workers for the region’s
While policy makers search for a way to cut down traffic in one of the most congested cities in the world, Los Angeles drivers wait. An earlier blog post of the Lowe Down, Is the Commuting Price Right?, explored the per-mile tax idea that policy makers have to cut down on congestion. While this idea
Since the first international Olympic Games in 1896, the Olympics has served as an opportunity for host cities to boost their economies. Employment surges are largely attributed to sudden increases in jobs needed for preparations, staffing, and construction. As Los Angeles looks to the 2028 Olympics, The Lowe Institute has used data from past Olympics