Entries by CNK Staff

Asian American Businesses: Identifying Gaps and Supporting Recovery 2021

A majority of Asian American-owned businesses in Southern California faced financial losses, closures, and staff reductions during the pandemic, and many of those struggled to access state, federal, or local aid, our new policy brief with the Asian Business Association of Los Angeles and UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center reveals. The brief focused on the ABA […]

California’s Asian Businesses Harder Hit by Covid, Survey Finds

Asian American small businesses in Southern California experienced bigger declines in activity compared to other similarly sized enterprises in the area, as our recent survey with the Asian Business Association of Los Angeles and UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center finds. Nearly 33% of 400 Asian American businesses surveyed said their operations more than halved during the pandemic, compared […]

Census reports declining population on L.A.’s Eastside, fueling undercount fears

Over the last two years, politicians, civic leaders and community activists across Los Angeles worried that Latinos would not be properly counted as part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s once-in-a-decade population survey. L.A.’s neighborhood numbers have finally come out, as part of the city’s process for redrawing the boundaries of its 15 City Council districts. […]

Latino city in Arizona grew, but census says it shrank

A recent Los Angeles Times article reveals how Somerton, a city in the state of Arizona with a large Latino community, was subject to an undercount during the 2020 U.S. Census. Findings from our recent Census 2020 Factsheet were referenced to demonstrate how the undercount in last’s year census was worse than in past decades, […]

CNK Research Finds Census Inequity in L.A. County

The Census Bureau conducts an enumeration of the population every decade and compiles the information to assist local officials in the redrawing of political boundaries in response to population changes to ensure that electoral districts are equal in population size. While the goal for every decennial census is a complete and accurate count, it has […]

The Lens: HIV Prevalence and COVID-19 Vulnerabilities: A Data Mapping Tool

The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed concerns about social and structural factors related to health disparities, including those related to HIV. As a partial response to an urgent need to understand whether elevated risk of COVID-19 disease and mortality among persons living with HIV (PLWH) results from related risk behaviors, a higher burden of comorbidities, and/or […]

Ong on Uncertain Future of Korean Dry Cleaners

Research by CNK Director Paul Ong was recently highlighted in a Los Angeles Times article focusing on COVID-19’s impact on Korean families involved in the dry cleaning businesses, which has struggled amid the pandemic. In 2015, Ong co-authored a paper that investigated ethnic mobilization among Korean dry cleaners in the United States. Starting in the […]

Keeping the Lights and Heat On: COVID-19 Utility Debt

In collaboration with the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, this new CNK brief analzyes household utility debt burden as another measure of the economic pressure facing low-income neighborhoods, with an emphasis on the impacts on racial equity.  Utility debt burden in this brief is defined as the share of households in arrears (i.e., with past-due […]

Transportation Trends Report: Capturing a Year of Pandemic Travel

Although transportation agencies were hopeful that the pandemic would be a catalyst for people to permanently drive less, this 2021 analysis of U.S. transportation trends indicates otherwise. Read the COVID Transportation Trends eBook from StreetLight Data to understand Vehicle Miles Traveled trends across the nation and state-by-state, as well as latest time-of-day commuting trends for […]