Law Enforcement Isn’t Going Away—That Doesn’t Mean It Can’t Be Reimagined

'De-Tasking' Non-Crime Police Work Could Go a Long Way Toward Building a Safer Society

If our communities had fewer police officers doing fewer tasks, they could become less dangerous places for everyone, said panelists during at the debut event of a new Zócalo/University of Toronto series.

“What Would Society Look Like Without Police?” was the title question for the discussion, which opened The World We Want—a series exploring today’s societal, political, and economic challenges, and how the world might emerge from the current moment.

The panel of scholars—experts in criminal justice, poverty, and social work—differed on how far to go in reducing police presence. But in …

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Now Is the Time for California to Think Big, Again

Will the State Use This Moment to Be Ambitious—Or Shrink Back Into Its Old Habit of Budget Cuts?

Coronavirus is forcing Californians to isolate themselves. But it has brought us together in one big way: by fusing all of our biggest problems into one colossal crisis.

That crisis could …

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An Architect of L.A. Government Looks Forward and Back

Zev Yaroslavsky on How Politics Have Changed in Los Angeles in the Last 40 Years

Los Angeles has changed, declared Zev Yaroslavsky, a man who has played a major role in shaping the city’s politics in the last 40 years, during a Zócalo Public Square …

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Don’t Look Away. Homeless People Are Your Neighbors

By Engaging Their Communities—and Talking to People on the Streets—Angelenos Can Help People Find Housing

Establish a relationship with a homeless services provider in your area. Don’t be afraid to engage homeless people, and be sure to listen to them. If you give money or …