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An Equity Profile of the Los Angeles Region (2017)
An Equity Profile of the Los Angeles Region highlights the widening inequities in income, wealth, health, and opportunity in Los Angeles County. The report was developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC, and is supported by the Weingart Foundation. While the nation is projected to become a people-of-color majority by the year 2044, Los Angeles reached that milestone in the 1980s. Los Angeles’ diversity is a major asset in the global economy, but inequities and disparities are holding the region back. The report underscores how closing racial gaps in economic opportunity and outcomes will be key to the region’s future. To read the full report, click here.

KCET Town Hall LA Interview with Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Jennifer Ito (2017)
Rising rents. Stagnant wages. Homelessness. Gentrification. Today’s big stories in Los Angeles have a common thread: a gap in social and economic equity. How we solve these problems is a big question and one that can’t be answered unless we understand how inequity has divided Los Angeles. In this episode of Town Hall LA, which aired on KCET, Val Zavala addresses these issues in an in-depth interview with Councilmember to LA 8th District, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, and Jennifer Ito, research director for the USC Program of Environmental and Regional Equity. To see the episode, as well as related articles about equity and the South LA Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE Z), click here.

Race Counts: Advancing Opportunities For All Californians (2017)
California has long been known as a beacon for progressive politics, but for many communities of color and Indigenous people, this idealistic vision of California has never been the reality. The Advancement Project’s report launching RACE COUNTS makes the case for racial equity and lays out a path to achieve that vision for all Californians. Through a three-dimensional analysis of racial equity — looking at performance, disparity, and impact across 44 indicators in seven issue areas — the authors find that though racial disparities are present everywhere in California, each region has its own unique landscape of key issues and needs. To read the full report, click here.

A Portrait of Los Angeles County (2017)
A Portrait of Los Angeles County is an exploration of how LA County residents are faring in terms of well-being and equity. It examines well-being and access to opportunity using the human development framework and index, presenting American Human Development Index scores for LA County places and demographic groups and exploring a range of critical issues, including health, education, living standards, environmental justice, housing, homelessness, violence, and inequality. The report concludes with an ambitious goal: to increase well-being for all county residents and narrow the gaps between groups by 2025. To read the report, click here.

Highway to Health: Life Expectancy in Los Angeles County (2017)
A new brief published by Measure of America in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Highway to Health: Life Expectancy in Los Angeles County reveals up-to-date life expectancy calculations for cities and unincorporated areas within Los Angeles County, the first release of such data in more than a decade. The report examines 106 cities and unincorporated neighborhoods and includes recommendations for increasing life expectancy and reducing disparities. To explore the data, click here.

The Curb-Cut Effect by Angela Glover Blackwell (Stanford Social Innovation Review, January 2017)
There’s an ingrained societal suspicion that intentionally supporting one group hurts another. That equity is a zero sum game. In fact, when the nation targets support where it is needed most—when we create the circumstances that allow those who have been left behind to participate and contribute fully—everyone wins. The corollary is also true: When we ignore the challenges faced by the most vulnerable among us, those challenges, magnified many times over, become a drag on economic growth, prosperity, and national well-being. To read the full article, click here.

Measure of America: 2014-2015
Founded in 2007, Measure of America is a nonpartisan project of the Social Science Research Council. It creates easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding well-being and opportunity in America and stimulates fact-based dialogue about these issues. Through printed and online reports, interactive maps, and custom-built dashboards, Measure of America works closely with partners to “breathe life” into numbers, using data to identify areas of need, pinpoint levers for change, and track progress over time. Click here to read the 2014-2015 report.

California Human Development Report (2011)
A Portrait of California

Part of the American Human Development Project’s Measure of America series, A Portrait of California was the first California Human Development Report and explores well-being and access to opportunity across the Golden State. The report also ranks the major racial and ethnic groups, native- and foreign-born residents, and the 233 neighborhood clusters across the state for which there are reliable U.S Census data. [Read the report]