Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas

California’s public schools have to make tough budgetary decisions. Too often, they have to sacrifice books and supplies, or good teachers and programs. However, one thing public schools always have to pay is their high utility bills.

TAGS: climate change
As the summer's extreme heat continues to make headlines, Tia looks at its too often deadly impact on poor communities and people of color.

TAGS: heat waves
One simple solution to prevent school closures that would save money and be good for the planet.

TAGS: Lakeview Sit In
  As a renter in Oakland, it’s hard enough to ask my landlord to fix a leaky faucet. I can’t even imagine his reaction if I tried to convince him to install solar panels on our apartment complex’s roof. And I’m not alone in this problem. At least 75% of households cannot participate in rooftop solar because:

TAGS: Green-Collar Jobs
10,000 Dresses
Two books that allow young children to learn about the full spectrum of gender.

TAGS: 10
This morning, I read the Colorlines article about Rihanna’s new song, “Birthday Cake” featuring her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.  The release of this song comes three years after Chris Brown attacked his then-girlfriend on the eve of the Grammys, inflicting a split lip, a black eye and other injuries.

TAGS: Chris Brown
On February 7, 2012, the Oakland City Council voted on a resolution aimed at preventing future protests from disrupting the Port of Oakland. Council members sparred with Occupy supporters in a struggle to keep them quiet when opponents and council members were speaking. I watched the video posted by Oakfosho, which unlike the videos posted on the government’s website, continuously spanned the audience.

TAGS: #oo
On January 5, 2012, Governor Brown submitted his proposed Budget for 2012-2013 to the State Legislature.  In his proposal, Brown addresses the need to invest in creating jobs and delivering public health, economic, and environmental benefits.

TAGS: Air Resources Board
The Alchemy Collective Café is on our list of Use Your Money businesses. They started out slinging single-cup drip coffee from a booth at the Phat Beets Farmers Market where they saved just enough money to start a Kickstarter campaign.

TAGS: #Useyourmoney
The author during the General Strike.

TAGS: #oakmtg