United States: Antiquated Telephone Era Policy Harms Public Health and Slows Economic Recovery

By: Joseph Woodson 24/7 Rush Hour Traffic Technology advances fast—much faster than government. In the time since the Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) updated the nation’s broadband table stakes[1], the public’s need for high speed internet significantly changed.[2] Cellphones, televisions, smart home devices, tablets, laptops, game consoles, etc. All these electronics are normally and routinely relied … Continue reading United States: Antiquated Telephone Era Policy Harms Public Health and Slows Economic Recovery

An Eviction Crisis Will Worsen the United States’ Already Great Homelessness Issue

By: Nayeli Gutierrez Avoid eye contact. Do not give them money because they will just spend it on drugs and alcohol. They are all crazy. These are phrases I am sure we have all heard when told about how we should interact with and treat homeless people. Indeed, these are probably things that we think … Continue reading An Eviction Crisis Will Worsen the United States’ Already Great Homelessness Issue

California: The Digital Divide and Approaches to Securing Telecommunications During Crisis

By: Joseph Woodson California’s Digital Divide From day to day transactions to disaster preparedness, our modern society increasingly relies on internet access.[1] In 2017, 74% of households in California had broadband subscriptions, while 90% of households in California reported using the internet in some lesser form (such as mobile service, friendly hotspots, antiquated dial-up connections, … Continue reading California: The Digital Divide and Approaches to Securing Telecommunications During Crisis

San Diego: Internet Access Challenges Slowing Disaster Relief Efforts

By: Joseph Woodson For many, internet access allowed life to proceed through online formats during the COVID-19 pandemic. For others, transitioning to relying on internet access comes with many challenges. Internet access challenges include too many siblings on a shared network, inability to pay utility bills, service outages, etc. Lacking internet access causes more hardship … Continue reading San Diego: Internet Access Challenges Slowing Disaster Relief Efforts

IRS Funding Cuts Encourages Tax Evasion, Fraud, and Poor-Quality Service

By: Robert Bryson A well-funded IRS discourages fraud, ensures companies compete under the same rules, and provides quality information and service to worried taxpayers. Since 2008, the IRS budget has declined 20% from approximately $14 billion to $11.135 billion.[1] In that time, personnel levels have dropped 20% while the IRS has contended with a 9% … Continue reading IRS Funding Cuts Encourages Tax Evasion, Fraud, and Poor-Quality Service

The Opioid Epidemic: “Legal Genocide”

By: Bria Burgamy Over the past two decades, prescription opioids have wreaked havoc in the United States – despite evidence that the drugs’ manufacturers knew the drugs had potential to do just that. The opioid crisis has claimed more than 200,000 American lives since becoming commonly prescribed in the late 1990s. At the center of … Continue reading The Opioid Epidemic: “Legal Genocide”

Revitalization Without Gentrification: Is It Possible?

By:  Monet Valdez San Diego’s urban landscape has seen dramatic changes in the last decade. North Park, in particular, once hosted starving artists and low-income families. Its streets more closely resembled a scene from Max Brooks’ World War Z with its “drug houses, high crime, bars on windows, [and] empty store fronts.” Today, North Park … Continue reading Revitalization Without Gentrification: Is It Possible?

Comment to Proposed Rule – Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the SNAP RIN 0584-AE62

Below is a copy of the letter PIAC sent to  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding a proposed rule change which would make millions ineligible for SNAP Benefits The Proposed Rule – Revision of Categorial Eligibility in the SNAP threatens the safety and health of millions of people. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program … Continue reading Comment to Proposed Rule – Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the SNAP RIN 0584-AE62