More than 5,000 Californians marched Saturday through the streets of downtown Oakland calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to fulfill his promise as a climate leader by enacting an all-out ban on fracking in the state.
In 2001, Mauricio Lim Miller received a phone call at dinnertime from then-Oakland mayor and current California governor Jerry Brown. The mayor told Miller — already a recognized social worker who had once been invited to attend President Bill Clinton’s State of the Union address — that he thought nonprofits were spending a lot of money to alleviate poverty, but with limited success. He asked what kind of innovative, high-impact program Miller would build if given the resources.
PETALUMA, Calif.—There’s a new currency here called Bay Bucks that’s helping businesses trade in services and get off the dollar. There’s a new agriculture-tech startup called CropMobster helping redistribute excess produce and cut down on food waste. And a new electricity provider, Sonoma Clean Power, just flipped on the switch May 1 to supply tens of thousands of Sonoma County residents and businesses with renewable energy.
RICHMOND, Calif.— Once this city uses eminent domain to seize and refinance underwater homes belonging to Wall Street banks, towns nationwide will hurry to replicate the success. And when they do, they’ll study the maverick trio of power holders who made it happen here first.
Basma Khalfaoui, the widow of Tunisia’s recently assassinated political and social leader Chokri Belaid, was one hour late for our meeting at her home last Saturday. She is often late these days, occupied with an unending stream of interviews and inaugurations of the Tunis streets and squares that are now being renamed for her husband—the lionized 47-year-old lawyer, political organizer and left coalition leader who was gunned down while leaving their apartment on the morning of February 6.