As California looks toward recovery from 2020, panelists at the “Regions Recover Together” session during the 2020 California Economic Summit called for an economic recovery that is equitable for everyone. Moderated by Don Howard, president of the James Irvine Foundation, the panel included University of Southern California’s Dr. Manuel Pastor and former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs.
According to Dr. Pastor, California should not strive to just “recover” from the COVID crisis and subsequent recession. “It’s important for us to realize the nature of the recession that we’re in, this recession that’s incredibly unequal and that is propelling us to reimagine a different economy – one that would be more equitable, more inclusive and more sustainable in the future.”
Tubbs agreed, “Now everyone talks about essential workers and women and people of color, but these folks were in a pandemic before COVID-19. We know that one in two Americans were one paycheck away from financial ruin.”
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