A new MIT initiative launching this summer, Scratch Jr., is raising questions of how young is too young when talking about computer programming. Scratch Jr. is an extension of Scratch, a free computer program that teaches preschoolers the basics of programming to create interactive stories and games. Read More
Have you ever thought you could do a better job at balancing your city’s budget? Or thought you should have a say in how your tax money is spent? Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is giving the residents of LA the opportunity to have a say in their city’s budget direction. Read More
With the renewable energy economy driving California’s economic recovery, UC Berkeley has stepped in with a new degree program in Energy Engineering to ready its students for the economy of the future.
According to UC Berkeley, the major was designed to address the “increasing importance of energy in all engineering endeavors” and is currently the only one of its kind in the United States. Read More
It goes almost without saying that the federal bureaucracy is complex, clunky and difficult to navigate. And in a time when our economy is teetering on the edge of recovery, businesses need easy and quick access to all the beneficial tools the federal government has to offer.
Here at Reset we follow developments in education 2.0 closely — which is why a recent news item caught our eye.
Believe it or not, Cal State Dominguez Hills psychology professor Larry Rosen says using Facebook in class actually helps improve learning. Tell us it’s true — could our guilty pleasure also be educational? Read More
By: Phil Ting
San Francisco’s economic recovery may be driven by new media, but let’s not call it a “new economy” just yet.
Because as powerful, even transformative, as this new media economy can be, there is still one thing very old-fashioned about it – our tech economy continues to leave out a large part of our population.
That’s why I have been so focused on closing the “Digital Divide,” from creating free, universal wireless broadband to making sure every household can afford at least one device to access the Internet from home. Read More
By: Tamara Gilden
California is at the forefront of the nation’s green economy, pioneering innovative renewable energy incentive programs, creating green jobs and spurring economic growth. Our cutting-edge local, state and regional initiatives have made California one of the best places to invest in solar energy and green technology. Read More
By: Phil Ting, Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco
The new $26 billion dollar mortgage settlement agreement between state Attorneys General and major banks will help make restitution to millions of homeowners defrauded and damaged by lenders. But justice requires more than compensating the past victims — we must protect Californians from future abuse, improve laws regulating foreclosure and ensure they are enforced.
While we all knew the problem in our housing markets was severe — just how severe had never been thoroughly quantified until last week when my office in San Francisco released the results of an independent audit of nearly 400 foreclosures over the past three years.
Last year, Phil Ting and the Reset San Francisco community held town halls across the city to ask Muni riders for their ideas for improving their individual Muni line. We then released the “Citizens’ Response to the Transit Effectiveness Project.” You can read the crowdsourced report on Scribd here.
And now, SFMTA is launching a series of town hall meetings to discuss its budget, starting March 3. Read More
San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting has announced a first-of-its-kind audit of county land records of homes facing foreclosure. Among the most jarring findings was that 84% of the files audited included legal violations.
At Reset, we're always on the lookout for ways government can use data to keep departments — or in this case mortgage and foreclosure organizations — accountable. That's why we're proud that Phil Ting, founder of Reset San Francisco, is taking the lead on this important issue. Read More