As I reflect on 2019, I see encouraging signs that California is taking real steps forward to address economic inequality and increase opportunity for working people, particularly those earning low wages.
We are in conversations with grantees, working people, and leaders across the state learning about the challenges and opportunities facing Californians today. Again and again Californians’ single-largest expense came up: housing.
Listening to and engaging Californians is a core value for us at Irvine. It’s also critical for achieving our singular goal: a California where all workers have the power to advance economically. Recently, we convened community leaders from our Priority Regions pilot communities of Fresno and Salinas to inform, deepen, and scale the impact of our work as we consider expanding to new communities.