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The power of gratitude

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I’ll be taking the week off from NextGen News to spend some time with my family and to reflect on all there is to be grateful for. Top of mind this week is the extraordinary work done by our team and our partners on the issue of predictable scheduling. Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of the city’s Predictable Scheduling and Fair Treatment for Formula Retail Employees Ordinance, catapulting the bill over its first and most difficult hurdle. What’s more, the once obscure issue has received national attention.

Across the Golden State, there is much to be thankful for – the rain in the Bay Area this week, for one. Particularly noteworthy is the performance of climate conscious, statewide policy in our last election. Prop 1 will provide bond funding for water infrastructure projects, and Prop 2 will help to ensure funding for important programs like wildfire prevention. For a detailed look at how the election will impact California’s advanced energy future, check out our most recent Energy and Climate News. If you’re more interested in climate outcomes in Texas, see this op-ed by Risky Business Project Risk Committee member and former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros that appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

It’s easy to get caught up in the negative parts of the news these days, and our thoughts are with the residents of Buffalo, NY, who are currently digging their way out of one of the worst snowstorms in United States history. But there is a lot of good happening too. And, as our Too Small to Fail team pointed out this week, the social, emotional, and even physical benefits of reflecting on the good and expressing gratitude are manifold – for kids and grown-ups. I hope this holiday is filled with gratitude and love for you and yours.

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