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The Income Gap In America – The Reality of Increasing Inequality

Click here for the complete report in PDF INTRODUCTION The debate over the income gap in the United States is nothing new. However, in recent years, the gaps between the wealthy and indigent and the privileged and underprivileged have widened… Continue Reading →

America’s Need for a Multi-Party System: The 2016 Presidential Election

As the 2016 Presidential Election approaches, voters across the nation are being forced, as we are every four years, to make a partisan decision. Although this is the most important collective choice of the next four years, we are not… Continue Reading →

StratML: Aligning Strategies for a Better Future

By Matthew Harang and Dan Strongin In many ways, communication is the cornerstone of civilization. After all, it is humans unique ability to communicate on endless levels that sets us apart from other species. In today’s fast paced world, information… Continue Reading →

Every Child Learns Differently: The Need for Gifted Education Policy

It’s no secret that the education system in the United States has lagged in recent decades compared to other countries around the world. Part of the failure of the system is the lack of specialized programs and the overwhelming approach… Continue Reading →

Innovation Through Collaboration: Working Together to Invent a Brighter Future

By Matthew Harang From blue jeans to apple pie—there’s no place on earth like the United States. We are a nation of immigrants. We willingly migrated from all across the globe to chase the American dream of freedom, prosperity and… Continue Reading →

America and Job Creation: Years 2014 to 2044

By Russell Ruggiero and Matthew Harang Since the Great Recession started somewhere around 2006, America has lost millions of well-paying jobs and replaced them with the lower-paying type. This trend is quite troublesome and will most likely foster a lower… Continue Reading →

The Revitalization of America

The Revitalization of America is a large-scale report by Rex Brooks, Russell Ruggiero, and Matthew Harang. This is the second major effort by this writing team, and the new report touches upon a number of key topics which directly impact… Continue Reading →

Has the U.S. Housing Market Turned the Corner?

By Russell Ruggiero The recent $88,000,000 sale of 15 Central Park West in Manhattan was not a good indicator regarding the overall health of the national housing market. For a better barometer, well respected reports such as the Case –… Continue Reading →

The 2011 California Landscape (Transportation)

Rex Brooks, Russell Ruggiero and Matthew Harang present this extensive report on the state of transportation in California. The study examines problems and issues faced at the metropolitan and regional levels, and provides possible solutions to some of these complex… Continue Reading →

Gas prices push Angelinos to look for more transit options

By Matthew Harang In a trend that has worsened over the past several years, ever-increasing gas prices are now approaching 5 dollars per gallon in many Southern California communities. The average gas price for Los Angeles County is $4.36, much higher than… Continue Reading →

Let’s Work Together: A Call for Bipartisanship in a Struggling Economy

This study is a joint effort of one Democrat and one Republican with the common goal of appealing to government officials in Washington D.C. and across the nation to put aside political differences for the good of the nation and… Continue Reading →

Obama to reduce student loan payments for millions of students

By Matthew Harang Many students will be singing the praises of the Obama administration for enacting a law that will effectively reduce student loan repayments for millions of people in debt.The new policy, which will take effect in January, reduces… Continue Reading →

Expo light rail line to strengthen L.A. transportation network

By Matthew Harang It has been hard to miss the construction along Exposition Boulevard in Los Angeles over the past couple years. The good news is that the Expo Light Rail Line is in the final stages of development, and… Continue Reading →

Rethinking the right to bear arms as L.A. City Council supports new gun policy

By Matthew Harang The Los Angeles City Council voted on Friday, in a unanimous decision to support new legislation regarding the purchasing records of shotguns, rifles and other “long” weaponry. Former L.A. City Councilman and current California state assemblyman, Mike… Continue Reading →

L.A. Unified School Board approves new reading curriculum

By Matthew Harang March 29, 2011 Decision-makers in the Los Angeles Unified School District met Tuesday to vote on important curriculum that will be used in the city’s elementary schools. The board voted to suspend the use of the current lesson plan,… Continue Reading →

L.A. students walk out of classes to support teachers facing layoffs

By Matthew Harang The California budget crisis is being felt throughout the state in all sectors of government. The Los Angeles Unified School District is planning to layoff over 7,000 faculty members in local schools, the L.A. Times reported. Other school districts across the… Continue Reading →

Licensing laws questioned after drunk driver with 16 recent tickets kills cyclist

By Matthew Harang A 22-year-old woman with a long history of traffic violations was arrested after allegedly killing a bicyclist at about 6pm Monday evening. Danae Marie Miller, who was traveling east on San Joaquin Hills Road, near the intersection… Continue Reading →

United Teachers Los Angeles: Analysis of a Public Sector Collective Bargaining Agency

By Matthew Harang UTLA is an important collective bargaining agency which represents educators and school faculty in L.A. Unified School District, the second largest school system in the nation. This report provides an overview of the organization, along with information… Continue Reading →

Genderless Marriage Policy

This study is primarily a literature review of one of the most heated debates in American social and legal spheres. Individuals are often very passionate about weather same-sex couples should be allowed the right wed. This report analyzes writings and… Continue Reading →

Racial Discrimination in Massachusetts Police Departments

This paper examines the ethics behind the serious of racially charged actions in Massachusetts Police Departments following the questionable arrest of African American Harvard Professor, Henry Gates. Issues of race are often dismissed as a part of the past, but… Continue Reading →

Ethics in the Courtroom: A Time to Kill

The issue of ethics is always an important one in the public sector, especially in the field of criminal justice. As public servants it is important to make ethical decisions in the workplace. Although this study follows the actions of… Continue Reading →

Campus Parking Policies

The issue of parking is a problem that many cities, companies, and organizations deal with on a daily basis. This planning issue is addressed in this study from the standpoint of Georgia Institute of Technology. The report includes a problem… Continue Reading →

Teenage Auto Accident Rates

By Matthew Harang The study takes an in-depth look at teenage car accident rates, considering the elevated levels when compared to adults. The report analyzes what actions could and should be taken from a public policy standpoint. (Photo credit:Lew Holzman/Flickr)

Cruel and Unusual: Capital Punishment

The death penalty, historically, has been a major subject of debate in United States. Some argue that it is unconstitutional, while others argue it is unethical. However, over the past several years, capital punishment has not received much political opposition…. Continue Reading →

The Improvement of the Quality of Life in Residential Areas

This study looks at quality of life issues from a multidisciplinary point of view, taking into account social, economic, religious and lifestyle preferences. It is important for planners and policy makers to encourage citizen participation in the process of shaping… Continue Reading →

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