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California Ranks 37th in Nation for Child Well-Being

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

LOS ANGELES – California has made major strides in getting kids insured, but still ranks only 37th in the nation for overall child well-being due to persistent pockets of poverty, according to the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book, out today from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Researchers found across the country, unemployment is low – […]

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Rural California Suffers Most If Policymakers Slash Medi-Cal – Also In Spanish

By   /  June 8, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s rural areas have gained the most from the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act – and also have the most to lose if massive cuts are made to Medi-Cal – as it is known in the state. A new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families said the […]

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Healthy Babies, Toddlers Must be Higher California Priority

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  A new report recommends ways that California policymakers could improve outcomes for the state’s children and toddlers. (ulkare/istockphoto) SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Less than 10 percent of California toddlers and infants who are eligible for subsidized child care actually get it. That’s one statistic in a new report that spells out ways to improve the […]

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California Cuts Number of Uninsured Children by More than Half – Also Spanish Version

By   /  October 28, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California has made the biggest recent gains in the country in getting children signed up for health insurance, according to a new report. Researchers at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families found the Golden State cut its number of uninsured children by 55 percent between 2013 and 2015, just after […]

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Kids’ Advocates Push Governor to Sign School Accountability Bill

By   /  September 11, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

OAKLAND, Calif. – This week, more than 300 children’s advocacy groups signed a public letter urging Governor Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 2548. The bill directs the state to adopt what the groups believe is a better grading system for schools, that focuses on closing the achievement gap between higher- and lower-income students. Two years ago, the […]

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California Supreme Court Decides California Teacher Tenure Law

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

In a victory for teacher unions, the California Supreme Court has decided to let the state’s teacher tenure law stand. The high court said Monday it will not take up a lawsuit by a group of students who claimed that incompetent teachers were almost impossible to fire because of tenure laws and that schools in […]

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Double-Pay Holiday Bill Awaits Action by Senate

By   /  August 7, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that unfairly targets two classifications of employers, increases their costs, and creates a competitive disadvantage by forcing them to recognize Thanksgiving as a “family holiday” and compensate all employees with double the regular rate of pay for work performed on that day awaits action by the Senate. Supporters of […]

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California School Students Information To Be Released

By   /  February 12, 2016  /  State and National  /  2 Comments

Guest Commentary… SAN DIEGO, Calif. – February 11, 2016 – The Identity Theft Resource Center and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse want to alert all parents of school-aged children throughout California about a pending deadline to Opt-Out on the release of their child’s sensitive personal identifying information.  The deadline for parents and adult students to object to the […]

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Senator Patricia Bates to Host San Diego County Open House Tomorrow

By   /  December 1, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) will host a public open house of her Encinitas district office for North San Diego County residents on December 2. Bates and her district staff will be joined by neighbors, community leaders and local elected officials for casual conversation. The open house is intended to help constituents learn about […]

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California DMV Offers Veteran Designation on Driver Licenses, ID Cards

By   /  November 13, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Beginning Thursday, U.S. military veterans can apply for a special “veteran” designation on their driver licenses and identification cards in California, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced. The California DMV, along with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), will launch a new program honoring U.S. veterans by allowing vets to apply for the […]

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NASA Snow Data That Helps California Put To Work in Colorado

By   /  September 30, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

NASA is providing drought-stricken California with valuable data about how much water is locked up in the scant Sierra Nevada snow, and now Colorado is trying the technique in the mountains where the Rio Grande begins its journey to New Mexico and Texas. An airplane called the Airborne Snow Observatory flies over California’s Tuolumne River […]

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How Vista & North County Businesses Can Apply for Tax Credits

By   /  July 26, 2015  /  Uncategorized  /  No Comments

  The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting a workshop on the California Competes Tax Credit. Small, medium, and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instructions on how to apply for this tax credit program. The California Competes Program has approximately $200 million in tax credits available […]

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Budget Restraint and A History-making Inauguration

By   /  January 20, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  On January 5, Governor Brown was sworn into office for a fourth term. I join all Californians to congratulate the Governor on this historic occasion. Over my first term in office, Governor Brown demonstrated his willingness to work with both sides of the aisle to pass a historic water bond and to create a […]

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Outreach Program Calls Veterans Into Goods Movement Industry

By   /  December 19, 2014  /  State and National  /  No Comments

More than 1.8 million military veterans live in California, the most of any state in the country. They often leave the service with skills that, with additional training, are valuable to the private sector. And now educators and employers are capitalizing on veterans’ experience in logistics to build up one region’s workforce. “Veterans are in […]

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Covered California Partners with National Immigrant Rights Organization

By   /  December 14, 2014  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Covered California Partners with National Immigrant Rights Organizations to Reassure Consumers in California and Nationally That Immigration Information is Safe, Secure and Confidential   LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Leading national and California immigrant rights organizations joined with Covered California to announce a partnership to spread the word to all communities that immigration status should not […]

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California – Paid Sick Days to Workers

By   /  November 2, 2014  /  State and National  /  No Comments

California just became the second state in the nation to give paid sick days to workers. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a measure that requires all employers to grant workers at least 3 days that they can use to call out sick and still get paid. Advocates of the law say it will […]

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