'It's a one-time shot.' Is it now or never for affirmative action in California?
When California Democrats first started working last year on a proposal to reinstate affirmative action — an effort that requires approval by ballot measure on Nov. 3 — it was months before a spring of coronavirus lockdowns and summer of racial reckoning in America.Before 2020, those supporting what would become Proposition 16 thought they had almost no chance of convincing voters they should repeal the 25-year-old law banning the consideration of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in university admissions, public employment and contracting.For years, polls have shown that the majo...
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'Race does matter': Why Latino advocates are pushing for affirmative action in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the first time, Latinos represent the largest ethnic group among freshmen admitted to the University of California system this year.The milestone comes 25 years after California passed Proposition 209, which among other provisions banned consideration of race or ethnicity in public education.But Latinos affirmative action advocates say it’s not enough.“How many years, how many decades … were Latinos not given an equal opportunity?” said state Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles, who is supporting a November ballot measure that would once again allow affirmative acti...
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These states aren't waiting for the feds to create COVID-19 worker safety rules
Ron Smith, a bus operator in San Mateo County, California, says at least six of his colleagues have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But until recently, he said, it was unclear whether bus operators should keep going to work if they were exposed to a sick colleague. The bus drivers union also wasn’t getting updates on the number of workers falling ill.Smith said he’s worried about getting infected on the job and exposing his wife, who has Parkinson’s disease. “I would like to know the risk that I am taking coming to work, and the possibilities that I could expose my family member,” he ...