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Week in Review

Week of January 27, 2019

Politics

Congress introduces bills to train police to identify child sex traffickers

January 30, 2019

A bipartisan group of senators and Congress members introduced a bill Tuesday to fund the Interdiction for the Protection of Children program as a pilot project, training federal, state, local and tribal officers in how to spot possible trafficking victims and collecting data that will measure the program’s effectiveness.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/crime-law/2019/01/30/congress-introduces-bill-train-police-identify-child-sex-traffickers/?utm_term=.8b4e4c3f37b5

What’s in Gov. Newsom’s budget for middle-class Californians?

January 28, 2019

Middle-class Californians could find some relief under Newsom’s $209 billion budget, which includes new spending aimed at getting cities to approve more housing. Other proposals could bring down the cost of health care and higher education for Californians who currently make too much to qualify for state help. But middle-class California families won’t find much help shouldering other expenses, like the looming cost of caring for aging family members.

https://calmatters.org/articles/newsoms-budget-for-middle-class-californians/

Health

New Covered California Sign-Ups Plummet

January 30, 2019

The number of new enrollees in Covered California health plans plunged by nearly a quarter this year, largely because of the elimination of the federal tax penalty for people without insurance, officials announced Wednesday.

https://khn.org/news/new-covered-california-sign-ups-plummet/

Mental Health Treatment Tops Californians' Concerns Around Health Care, Poll Finds

January 29, 2019

When asked what health issues the legislature should focus on, respondents were most concerned about making sure people with mental health problems get treatment, followed by giving all residents access to insurance and then lowering costs. About half of Californians say their community needs more mental health providers. Black and Hispanic residents were more likely to feel this way than white or Asian respondents.

http://www.capradio.org/articles/2019/01/29/mental-health-treatment-tops-californians-concerns-around-health-care-poll-finds/

Immigration

Immigrants affected by government shutdown could wait years for new day in court

January 28, 2018

Alfredo and Claudia Valdez were an hour and a half into their drive from Bakersfield to a Los Angeles federal courtroom, brimming with expectation that a judge there would finally declare them legal United States residents.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-immigration-court-shutdown-20190128-story.html

Education

Oakland school board votes to close middle school as budget cuts loom

January 29, 2018

In an effort to stem a $30 million budget deficit, Oakland Unified School District officials are considering closing or consolidating a number of schools over the next five years, with the first on the chopping block Monday night.

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-school-board-votes-to-close-middle-school-13569201.php

California schools help unaccompanied immigrant students combat trauma, language barriers

January 30, 2019

When a minor turns themselves in or is detained by immigration authorities, they are turned over to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, then sent to live with relatives or friends around the country as they wait for court dates to make their cases to stay in this country. Some apply for asylum; others for a special visa for minors who were abused or neglected by a guardian in their home countries. More than 28,000 of these children are living in California, most of them in Los Angeles and Alameda counties. Most are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

https://edsource.org/2019/california-schools-help-unaccompanied-immigrant-students-combat-trauma-language-barriers/607928

Family Resource Center Spotlight

Yolo County Children’s Alliance serves city

January 29, 2018

Upwards of 150 people visit the Family Resource Center — located at 637 Todhunter Ave. — each week for the food distribution, which is among dozens of programs provided by the Yolo County Children’s Alliance.

https://www.dailydemocrat.com/2019/01/29/yolo-county-childrens-alliance-serves-city/

Regional

The government shutdown is over, but uncertainty remains for tenants in public housing

January 30, 2018

More than 130,000 households in Los Angeles County receive some form of federal rental assistance and were at risk of not being able to pay their rent if the shutdown had lasted through the end of February. But the mere threat of thousands of poor people returning to homelessness in L.A. — and the possibility of that threat happening again — has rattled government officials and affordable housing advocates.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-government-shutdown-homeless-20180130-story.html

Sacramento mayor wants to spend $36 million on the homeless

January 29, 2018

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg is proposing the city spend $36 million on homeless shelters and services over the next two years, including $16 million in city money.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/homeless/article225246910.html#navlink=Lead

Resources

Four Myths About Homelessness

https://www.kqed.org/news/11721460/why-do-these-4-myths-about-homelessness-persist