California’s Changing Political Landscape

California’s Changing Political Landscape

Over the past decade, California has experienced a growing Democratic trend in presidential elections, indicated by an increasing ratio of votes for Democrats compared to Republicans,as the state’s diverse population, including Black, Latino, and other voters of color, mobilizes
and prioritizes issues relevant to their communities.”

Mapping Hate in California

Mapping Hate in California

The incident of racist graffiti at Hamilton Elementary School in Anza, Riverside County, and the subsequent arrest of two individuals highlight the enduring issue of hate crimes in California, dispelling the notion of the state’s liberal reputation, while emphasizing the importance of
understanding and addressing these acts of hatred through an in-depth examination of hate crime prosecutions and convictions.

How Do California Cities Spend Money on Policing?

How Do California Cities Spend Money on Policing?

This study analyzes the variability of police spending in 476 California cities from 2014 to 2019, visually representing the percentage of municipal budgets allocated to police departments and contracts with county sheriff departments. The research highlights significant differences in police spending across the state and investigates the relationships between spending
percentages and population changes during the 5-year period.

Inland Empire: How Much Do Inland Empire Cities Spend on Policing?

Inland Empire: How Much Do Inland Empire Cities Spend on Policing?

The movement to defund the police gained momentum following the killing of George Floyd in 2020, prompting a reevaluation of the exorbitant amount of funding allocated to policing in the United States. Despite a decrease in criminal activity, police budgets have consistently grown over the years, with local, state, and federal governments contributing to the substantial fiscal support. The allocation of funds to law enforcement, often without clear objectives or constraints, has overshadowed investments in vital community needs such as education,
housing, and mental health services. It is imperative to shift resources towards alternative initiatives that promote safety and security without relying on a system characterized by
violence and discrimination.

Los Angeles Ethnic Media Ecosystem

Los Angeles Ethnic Media Ecosystem

MBC designed and developed a data visualization of news ecosystems in Los Angeles County as a means to identify reach and gaps in information dissemination to socioeconomically and racially diverse Los Angeles County residents.

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