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In California, parolees who have completed felony prison sentences are encouraged to re-integrate into their communities in every way except one. They can join support groups, work, pay rent, and pay taxes, but they cannot vote in elections. If Proposition 17 passes this November, that will change. The California Constitution will be amended, and California will join 19 other states that allow individuals convicted of felonies to vote while on parole. Only two states in the United States — Maine and Vermont — do not take voting rights away from people who were convicted of felonies, even while incarcerated.

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The moment I learned I would be filling in for my manager during her maternity leave my mind ran wild with four emotions: joy for her, anticipation for this personal growth opportunity, apprehension for all that I would be responsible for and pensiveness on losing her leadership and guidance during those months.

She has been back from maternity leave for a few months now and I can confidently say I made it out the other side as a stronger manager and teammate. …


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After putting in 11–12 hours per day in front of her computer and isolated to her apartment, Northern California fifth grade teacher Katherine Henley misses the in-person interactions she had with her students and is especially sad she can’t say bye to her students in-person on the last day of school. As a hectic and emotional school year comes to a close, teachers, parents and students are looking forward to a break from the Zoom-based distance learning enforced by school closures in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. …


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I imagined my relocation from Los Angeles to the Bay Area would immediately come with tons of expeditions, cool, new people I would jibe with and an apartment furnished to my liking. Well, I was wrong. Seven months in, I was feeling lonelier than ever and my apartment still didn’t have the right bookcase.

Looking back at this past year, I have realized that there were two things I could have done differently, sooner, to feel settled and happier in my new environment: meaningful social connection and consistent exercise. In a pandemic, we now more than ever find ourselves in…


My new train commute opened doors… and books for me. I opted out of spending my 45 minute CalTrain ride scrolling through social media and instead started reading more books in 2019. Besides the actual content, I learned a lot about myself and different reading styles by digesting 20 books this past year.

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Make the Time

Between working, exercising, making dinner, running errands, doing housework, spending time with my husband and caring for our dog, finding the time to read can be difficult. But once I started finding pockets of time and picking up a book instead of my phone…


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The train car stirs without fail each time the passengers hear a beep in the distance or a verbal “Tickets please!” informing them it’s time for the CalTrain conductor to verify they’ve all paid for their spot on the bustling, morning commuter train. Contrary to what most would expect, there’s a lot more to a conductor’s job than waking up sleeping passengers to ensure they have tickets or citing passengers who don’t.

Edward Steiner and Lee Guillory have been Bay Area CalTrain conductors for almost 20 years, with Guillory mentoring Steiner early on. They can be found working six days…

Brigette (Scobas) Morgan

Journalist turned product manager. Siberian Husky mom. Seeker of a good story.

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