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What Bill de Blasio can learn from Antonio Villaraigosa

The outlook for Mayor de Blasio’s signature initiative just got a whole lot brighter.

In the Bloomberg era, the woes of wealthy parents eclipsed those of everyone else. Now we’re talking about what most families are up against. 

Bill Bratton and Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio touts his police commissioner pick as a “progressive visionary,” but Bill Bratton’s record tells a different story.

The late organizer helped pave a progressive path forward for New York and elsewhere.

Kshama Sawant, right (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Kshama Sawant’s City Council victory reflects broad trends: polls show voters are increasingly immune to redbaiting.

Gayle McLaughlin (Credit: Francis Reynolds)

The fearless Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, California, has taken on Chevron and big banks on behalf of taxpayers and underwater homeowners. 

Bill de Blasio

Five areas where Mayor de Blasio can make big progressive changes in New York City.

Blogs

The mayor criticized his predecessor repeatedly as he announced his first spending plan.

February 12, 2014

Squaring community needs with developers’ desires requires not kinder-and-gentler rezoning but a new process for shaping the city.

February 10, 2014

In February 1914, an editorial warned against allowing a small, privileged driving minority to jeopardize the lives of everyone else.

February 1, 2014

After an intense battle over how to use the state’s JPMorgan payout, all of the funds will go to ease troubled homeowners.

January 22, 2014

Restauranteur and activist Andy Shallal is making a long shot bid for DC mayor. 

January 22, 2014

Kang Wong’s case highlights the need for language access services in police departments.

January 21, 2014

Sixteen states and 500 communities have demanded an amendment to the US Constitution. Twenty fourteen will be a year of action.

January 21, 2014

Not if Andrew Cuomo succeeds in diverting the money into the state’s general fund. 

January 17, 2014

NYU’s expansion plans hit a snag after State Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills ruled that the city illegally approved construction within public parklands without the state’s approval.

January 9, 2014

To carry out its ambitious progressive agenda, the de Blasio administration needs focus on sustained citizen engagement.

January 8, 2014