Everyone wants to feel safe where they live. And that feeling of
safety is the foundation for creating thriving communities where
residents, business leaders, and visitors alike feel a strong
sense of belonging and connectedness.
A firefighter’s job is no longer about putting the wet stuff on
the red stuff. The demands of the modern fire service can often
have a negative impact on firefighters’ mental health. Peer
support teams like the one in Oxnard are one way that cities can
provide firefighters with the tools needed to bounce back from
In recent years, calls for police reform have mounted alongside
calls to reduce the rise in crime. By understanding and
addressing the root causes of crime, cities can address both
concerns and create communities where everyone can feel safe and
succeed. This requires a radical reshaping of how we understand
In many ways, wildfires spread just like viruses, but faster. So,
what can epidemiology teach us about making our communities safer
against wildfires? It is a question worth investigating given our
current fire conditions.
Like many communities, Redondo Beach saw an increase in
homelessness in the years leading up to the pandemic. Thanks to a
new program that brings supportive services to residents and
dismisses nonviolent misdemeanors, the number of people
experiencing homeless has fallen far below pre-pandemic levels.
Over the summer, the U.S. Supreme Court dramatically reshaped the
nation’s firearms laws. This change has far-reaching implications
for state and local regulations — including California’s “good
cause” requirement for concealed firearms licenses.