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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

Worker Coop Academy Testimonials

Worker Coop Academy Testimonials

The deadline is approaching to apply for this year’s Worker Coop Academy (WCA)! The Academy is an intensive 14 week course that provides entrepreneurs, business owners, and economic development organizations the tools they need to build, strengthen, or convert to a worker owned business. The Academy also provides participants one-on-one... Continue Reading

Workplace Democracy in Nonprofit Organizations

Workplace Democracy in Nonprofit Organizations

At our favorite local worker-owned cafe, Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, we recently asked the question: What do you get when you cross a worker cooperative with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit? A worker self-directed nonprofit! We've started defining this as an organization in which all workers have the power to influence... Continue Reading

CA Worker Coop Act Advances!

CA Worker Coop Act Advances!

SACRAMENTO, CA—On May 22, the California State Assembly passed AB816, a major step toward making California the twelfth state to establish a legal form specifically for worker cooperatives. This campaign is building on the momentum of worker cooperative policy initiatives happening throughout the country—including a $1.2 million dollar funding initiative... Continue Reading