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Food Bikes

SELC has been delighted to host Berkeley Food Institute summer fellow John Romankiewicz, who is looking at the barriers to entering the mobile food business, with a particular focus on food bikes! What’s a food bike you ask? It’s a low-footprint, low-capital alternative to a food truck. If you’ve ever... Continue Reading

The Worker Coop Act Needs Your Support!

The Worker Coop Act Needs Your Support!

We've come down to the wire! The 2015 Worker Coop Act passed out of the California Assembly with bi-partisan support and passed out of the California Senate 39 votes to zero! Now it goes to Governor Brown's desk for his signature. BUT, there is still a chance that Governor Jerry Brown won't sign... Continue Reading

Summer Solidarity: Policy progress, people power (and alliteration!)

Summer Solidarity: Policy progress, people power (and alliteration!)

After our month-long #PeoplePoweredEconomies campaign, the results are in: you rock! We continue to be motivated by a sense of both urgency and opportunity to create people powered economies everywhere, and YOU give us the inspiration and support we need to make that happen. This is what a People Powered SELC looks like: Over 150 donors during the month... Continue Reading

Oakland City Council Greenlights “Equity Checklist;” Adopts OCAC’s PCA Recommendations

Oakland City Council Greenlights “Equity Checklist;” Adopts OCAC’s PCA Recommendations

SELC's City Policies Director, Yassi Eskandari, has helped lead the Oakland Climate Action Coalition (OCAC) to success in an eight-month planning process for Oakland's new Priority Conservation Areas. Read more about PCAs and the Coalition's wins. Continue Reading

At Airbnb, growth brings scrutiny, regulation

At Airbnb, growth brings scrutiny, regulation

By: Tim Logan, LA Times (Originally published June 10, 2015) "Airbnb profits from transactions," said Yassi Eskandari-Qajar, city policies program director at the Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland. "There's no incentive for them to put limits on how many people can do this, how much they can charge or... Continue Reading