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Visualization: Now that California’s “Rainy Season” is Over, How Do Those Reservoirs Look?

News & Civics | April 14, 2015

Visualization: Now that California’s “Rainy Season” is Over, How Do Those Reservoirs Look?

After the driest winter on record, California is bracing for another hot, thirsty summer. Deep into the fourth year of its historic drought, with no relief in site, the state is frantically trying to figure out how to cope with a lot less water. View this map that shows fluctuations since 2010 in California’s 30-largest reservoirs.

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Visualization: A Blueprint of Police-Involved Homicides Since 2011

News & Civics | April 14, 2015

Visualization: A Blueprint of Police-Involved Homicides Since 2011

This visualization, produced by San Diego design firm 1 Point 21, shows all 2,695 verifiable officer-involved homicide nationwide since 2011, as reported and cataloged by crowdsourced database Fatal Encounters. Select any of the lines to see incident information at top.

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How Much Precious California Water Did You Just Eat? Finding the Water Footprint of Your Food

News & Civics | April 13, 2015

How Much Precious California Water Did You Just Eat? Finding the Water Footprint of Your Food

Looking to minimize your water footprint at the dinner table? According to a new Los Angeles Times data analysis, the raw ingredients in that meal require less water to produce than almost any other combo plate of a protein, a fruit/veggie, a starch and a beverage. Use the site’s new interactive tool to build a combination of meals and see how much water is needed to produce California’s most commonly consumed foods (sources and methodology listed at the bottom of the graphic).

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Do You Feel Safe at School?

News & Civics | April 10, 2015 | 82 Comments

Do You Feel Safe at School?

Schools are constantly grappling with how to keep students safe. Do you feel safe at school? How does your school prepare for disasters?

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How Much Water Do Californians Use? What Would A 25 Percent Reduction Look Like?

News & Civics | April 6, 2015

How Much Water Do Californians Use? What Would A 25 Percent Reduction Look Like?

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday observed the dismal snow survey results before announcing California’s first ever mandatory statewide water reductions. The executive action mandates the state’s 400 local water supply agencies, which serve roughly 90 percent of California residents, to reduce urban (non-agricultural) water consumption by 25 percent over the coming year. But that begs some important questions: namely, how much water does the average Californian actually consume and what would a 25 percent reduction look like?

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Does Gun Violence Affect Your Community? Students Weigh In

News & Civics | April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Does Gun Violence Affect Your Community? Students Weigh In

Gun use in the United States is a very sensitive and controversial issue. Hear from students about how they feel gun violences affects their various communities?

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Should College Athletes Get Paid?

News & Civics | March 27, 2015 | 176 Comments

Should College Athletes Get Paid?

College and basketball programs rake in billions of dollars each year through marketing, broadcast contracts, ticket sales and merchandising. Should college athletes get paid or be allowed to receive sponsorship money?

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Students Discuss Outcomes of Big Retail Pay Raises

News & Civics | March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Students Discuss Outcomes of Big Retail Pay Raises

Wal-Mart has been criticized by labor advocates for it’s low compensation rates. But, starting in April, hundreds of thousands of Wal-Mart employees will receive a pay raise – $1.25 higher than the federal minimum wage. Wal-Mart announced that its employees will earn $9 an hour rather than the lower $7.25, and will go up to […]

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Where Does Your T-Shirt Come From? Follow Its Epic Journey through the Global Economy

News & Civics | March 23, 2015

Where Does Your T-Shirt Come From? Follow Its Epic Journey through the Global Economy

A simple cotton T-shirt doesn’t seem so simple when you begin to trace the various steps in the now-standard vast global process from cotton farm to clothing shop.
Follow its epic journey through the global economy.

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In the Shadows of the Golden State: Who are California’s Undocumented Immigrants?

News & Civics | March 17, 2015

In the Shadows of the Golden State: Who are California’s Undocumented Immigrants?

A lot of loaded terms are used to refer to the diverse group of more than 11 million immigrants who live in the United States without legal status. Almost a quarter of this population lives in California. But who exactly are they? Where do they come from? And what impact do they have on the Golden State’s massive economy? Comic illustrator Andy Warner explains.

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