Inside the Box: Visualizing Southern California’s Logistics Sector

In the wake of the great recession, the Inland Empire’s economy struggled to find its feet as the manufacturing and construction industries faltered. The story of the last ten years’ recovery is one of changes, as the Inland Empire’s economy has shifted towards jobs in healthcare, education, and, increasingly, logistics. In this new economy, Amazon

Predicting Amtrak’s Return to Indio

Indio has earned a national status as the “The City of Festivals”, drawing nearly 1.4 million annually to events such as Coachella and Stagecoach. Moreover, Indio’s City Council unanimously passed a measure in 2016 to raise the attendance cap on both of these festivals by nearly 62,000. These festivals have brought money and business to

The Great Shakeout or The Great Shakedown?

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

Food Stamp Distribution Among CA Counties

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

Upzoning the Inland Empire

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)

California High School CTE Funding

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