First, we offer our thanks to our readers – the policymakers and movers and shakers from the region that follow our newsletter. Every month our subscriber list grows as does the number of subscribers who are not only reading our newsletter but also sharing it with others. We pledge to continue to improve this simple education and information tool.
This month Writer Bill Britt examines AB2 – the recently enacted measure that offers new (and not so new) redevelopment tools for local policymakers. Since the demise of the CRAs many local redevelopment projects have died or languished. Is AB2 the Rebirth of Redevelopment? We talked to several regional policymakers and the reviews are mixed – but most admit it’s too early to know.
And continuing with the topic of local economic development, we also feature a short piece about business friendly cities. We’re confident most municipal policymakers believe their city is business friendly but how do you really know? Shirley Aldana interviewed a USC professor who offers some simple suggestions. We’re also working on a project for early next year that will help city policymakers interested in making their cities more attractive to business investment.
For our education policymakers, Writer Erika Maldonado examines what makes parent engagement work. We know getting parents involved in schools always leads to student academic success but how are school districts actually getting parents productively involved with their schools?
Ruben Duran, our Ethics Advisor, uses the recent elections in many cities and school districts as an opportunity to share some tips for newly elected officials. Even if you’re not newly elected, his blog is still a must-read for policymakers.
Early next year (January) we’re starting a new Opinions section and welcome submissions from our readers, especially our policymakers, interested in sharing news about your projects, your challenges or maybe just using the opportunity to vent a little.
On behalf of our writers and our Board of Directors, we wish you a safe and peaceful holiday. We’re taking December off to continue to re-tool our newsletter and our website so look for the next issue of The Latino Policy Connection in 2016.