These background resources are chosen because they are relevant to local issues, solving problems, human nature and creating a positive culture. They are meant to prompt some self-reflection in the immediate decision making processes and to give perspective to the part St. Helena plays, and can play in the future, in the larger goal of building a better national society. We all live in it and what happens here can provide a model and give us assurance that we and future generations will want to live in it.
Social Equity Library
- Poverty in America is Mainstream by Mark Rank, NYT Great Divide Series
- Halve the Gap, re: the disconnection of a generation of youth in the Bay Area.
- Inequality For All, Robert Reich Q & A from the film
- War on the Poor, by Paul Krugman
- Avoiding Group Think
- Insights Into Aging
- Measure of America
- See No Evil
- Social Equity Table
- Why Inequality
- Why Silence Prevails
- Community Indicators of Government Performance
- Final General Plan Update Citizen Survey Results
- America's Sinking Middle Class
- Wealth Inequality in America We all know there is a growing stratification between upper and lower classes but this animated graph illustrates the difference between what we think that gap is and what the actual numbers are. As a country, we are therefore becoming less and less functional.
- Measuring Poverty. 2014 report from the Public Policy Institute of California
Planning Resources Library
- This is Smart Growth
- This is Smart Growth - Spanish
- Rural Smart Growth
- Rural Strategy
- Challenges to Rural Smart Growth
- Growth and Water
- Branding and Marketing Smart Growth Communities
- Developer Investments in Infill
- Federal Resources for Rural Communities
- Guidelines for Sustainable Development
- Pedestrian and Transit for Smart Growth
- Why Housing?
- Budget Planning With Citizens
- Hans Rosling's Ted Talk: Don't Panic, about the population and growth in the world. Hans Rosling runs GapMinder in Sweden which publishes statistical truth.