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. http://disaster-sts-network.org/content/red-spot/essay
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.
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.