The Red Spot

Jones, Stephanie. 2018. “California's Environmental Data Capacity: The Red Spot" In California at Risk, a class project for “Ethnographic Methods,” Anthropology 215a University of California Irvine, Fall 2018.

California at Risk is a collaborative project to understand “late industrial” California through examination of ways interlaced scales (local to transnational and atmospheric) and systems (sociocultural, technical, eco-atmospheric, etc) together produce risks, vulnerabilities and governance challenges. The project launched Fall 2018 in association with a graduate seminar, “Ethnographic Methods,”  taught in the University of California Irvine’s Department of Anthropology. Students were assigned to build PECE essays that present a preliminary project design and set of research materials ready for comment and possible use by other researchers. Each essay is focused on a particular problem,  presenting research questions and material through which we can work to understand the problem in intersectional, late industrial terms.  Working collectively, the project advances UCI Anthro’s commitment to our local context.


Propositions Change the Game

Mulitple Propositions have contributed to housing and the envolvement of redevelopment companies in California. A few include:

  • Surplus Land Act: The California Surplus Land Act requires that when cities, counties, transit agencies and other local agencies sell or lease their land, they must prioritize it for affordable housing development.

  • Prop 22: The Local Taxpayer, Public Safety, and Transportation Protection Act (2010) protected existing funds allocated to local government, public safety,and transportation by prohibiting the state from borrowing from these funds.

  • Prop 13: (1976;1992) The proposition decreased property taxes by assessing property values at their 1976 value and restricted annual increases of assessed value of real property to an inflation factor, not to exceed 2 percent per year. It also prohibited reassessment of a new base year value except for in cases of (a) change in ownership, or (b) completion of new construction.

  • Prop 1a: (2004) Proposition 1A said that local property and sales tax revenue is to remain with local governments rather than going into the statewide treasury. The only exception is if the governor declares an emergency and 2/3rds of the California State Legislature
This is a map from the City of Los Angeles. District 8 and District 9 both represent South Central. Here we can see the separation of each neighborhood and the types of uneven representation each district has when voting. Although these districts represent different parts of the city to city officials, people living within the neighborhood see themselves as from the same part of town. For them, the only division is the highway. Unfortunately, the other major difference is the amount of instability within these regions. District 9, especially in the area east of the freeway represents the poorest, and most dense area in the city. District 9 was also represented the most in the shaded red area of the previous map.