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Posted on in Public Policy/Real Estate/Volume IV

Upzoning and How CA SB 9 May Fall Short of Changing the California Build Environment in 2022

By Shantal Malmed INTRODUCTION It is no secret that California is one of the most expensive states to live in. The state boasts excellent weather, an expanding tech scene[1], and a melting pot of diverse cultures and ethnicities.[2] According to the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), from 2010 to 2020, “the state added 3.2… Keep Reading

Posted on in Business Organizations/Employment/Public Policy/Volume IV

Why ESG Matters for Big Law Firms

by Philip Chang Modern investors use myriad non-financial metrics to assess the economic sustainability of potential companies to invest in. One of the most relevant viability standards is Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”).[1] The “environment” factor in ESG refers to a company’s efforts to conserve the natural world. From a corporation’s perspective, this concerns a… Keep Reading

The Effects of the GameStop Market Disruption

by Marquis Cardwell The GameStop market disruption has exposed the strength of self-directed investors and the power of online forums, which will force investment institutions to adapt their strategies to the rapidly growing market forces. This market disruption was spurred by r/wallstreetbets, a Reddit forum that actively targets stocks that have a possibility of exploiting… Keep Reading

Wind Energy ETFs and REITs for the Win(D)

By Lindsey Sporrer Introduction The United States is on track to realize the current administration’s goal of having 100% green electricity power the nation’s grid by 2035 and the more-ambitious goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.[1]  Of the ways to achieve this green electricity goal including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact small… Keep Reading

Posted on in Finance/Government/Investment/Public Policy/Volume III

Community Credit Unions, California State Credit Unions, and Community Banks: American Bankers (2019) Reignites the Tax Exemption Debate and Highlights an Opportunity

By Johnathan Bender            I. Introduction: Already serving over 122.3 million members throughout the United States and with over $1.5 trillion in assets, credit unions (CU) have successfully competed with both small and large commercial banks for consumers over many decades.[1] As the CU membership field requirements are being relaxed and the services offered are being… Keep Reading

DEMANDING DIVERSITY: MONEY TALKS

By Hailey Hoyt          In the modern law firm, professional inclusivity should be a standard practice. Unfortunately, at this point in time, even with heightened awareness and expectations of diversity, firm demographics remain largely unchanged from a decade ago. Despite the longstanding, stagnant nature of firm demographics, sheer practicality now demands that firms diversify or be… Keep Reading

Posted on in Finance/Government/Public Policy/Volume III

Will the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Start Regulating Commercial Lending to Small Businesses? A brief analysis of the current state of commercial regulation and evaluating its future

By Scott Natsuhara            We now live in a world where we are accustomed to heavy disclosures and regulations in our daily banking transactions. It may be hard to believe that before the Frank-Dodd Act, opening a bank account or applying for a loan required only a fraction of the paperwork.  Neither did applying for new… Keep Reading

Posted on in Public Policy/Real Estate/Volume III

The Effects of the Clippers’ New Stadium & the Implications of Relocation

By Kevin Glaudin            The Los Angeles Clippers have called the Staples Center home for 21 years. Beginning in 2021, construction of a new 18,000 seat arena in the Inglewood area will begin, which the team will call home in 2024. Following the Rams and the Chargers, the Clippers franchise is the newest California sports team… Keep Reading

Posted on in Government/Public Policy/Volume III

The U.S. Higher Education System and Its Future

By Niko Zhou            The COVID-19 pandemic has had unprecedented effects on the United States’ higher education system. With closed borders, an increasingly hostile view of international students, a protectionist standpoint, and new restrictive modifications to the H1B visa requirements, universities are entering unknown territory. International students have always served as a reliable and steady source… Keep Reading

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