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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - CA: Housing/Homelessness

California has some of the highest rents in the country, something experts say has fueled a huge increase in homelessness. (Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Groups that advocate for renters are hoping Californians will vote on Tuesday to make it easier for cities and counties to pass or expand rent control. Proposition 21 would allow rent control for properties built before 2005, lifting restrictions that were put in place by the

Planter boxes are under construction at the Age Well Center in Fremont, thanks to a grant from AARP California. (Suzanne Shenfil)

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FREMONT, Calif. - Eight California communities have won grants to complete projects that improve livability -- part of the 2020 AARP Community Challenge. Nationally, 184 communities will receive a combined $2.4 million to improve open spaces, make cities more walkable and increase affordable housin

Advocates say 1 in 4 California households is housing insecure, meaning they are not certain they can pay the rent or mortgage next month. (Dodgerton Skillhause)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California families of color are bearing the brunt of the pandemic while also working many of the jobs essential to the economy, so advocates are urging the U.S. Senate to make sure their basic needs are met. The House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act in May, but the Senate

Experts say rapidlly rising rents in California have led to a true crisis of affordability, and have driven many to distant suburbs and long commutes. (Public Domain/wikimedia Commons)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On any given night 134,000 people in California are homeless, and millions more are at risk of losing the roof over their heads. So, several California mayors looking for innovative solutions joined a national roundtable discussion in DC on Thursday. Oakland Mayor Libby

Disneyland and Universal Studios are among the large companies that benefit from California's Prop 13, paying pre-1978 tax rates on some of their properties. (Wikimedia Commons)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Backers of commercial property tax reform have just submitted 860,000 signatures to county registrars for an initiative on the November 2020 ballot. The "Schools and Communities First" ballot measure would require commercial property owners who benefit from Prop 13's pro

A new report on financial health shows California's big cities are a study in contrasts, representing some of the most and least prosperous in the country. (Pixabay)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new state ranking of Americans' financial health shows California is home to two of the most prosperous big cities - San Francisco and San Jose - and two of the least prosperous - Fresno and Santa Ana. The 2018 Prosperity Now Scorecard includes measures of financial he

Artists created designs on the spot during the charrette to reimagine parts of San Jose. (Ellen Dunham-Jones & AARP)

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Many California communities are confronting the housing crisis by encouraging higher-density housing near public transportation in ways that also make the area more livable. AARP, the City of San Jose and the Valley Transportation Authority just wrapped up a week-long even

484,000 California households could see a rent increase if Congress approves HUD Secretary Ben Carson's plan. (Wikimedia Commons)

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OAKLAND Calif. – Groups that work on issues of poverty and housing are criticizing the Trump administration's proposal to raise rents on low-income families and institute work requirements. On Wednesday, Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, announced a plan to raise the pe

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