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March 17 Week in Review

March 17, 2019

Politics

Gov. Newsom has a $500 million plan for homelessness. Steinberg, other CA mayors want more

March 20, 2019

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and a dozen other California mayors asked Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday to allocate more state money for homelessness than what the governor has proposed. Newsom’s proposed budget includes $500 million for homelessness — the same amount that was included in the state’s 2018-19 budget.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article228190274.html

California goes all in for the census

March 20, 2019

As the country prepares for the important 2020 census, California is throwing more resources than ever into making sure its population is properly counted.

http://capitolweekly.net/census-california-goes-all-in/

Housing

With renters struggling, California still needs 1.4 million more affordable units, report finds

March 21, 2019

Despite recent laws and new funding to boost housing construction, California still needs 1.4 million more affordable rental units, according to a report out Thursday.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article228200679.html

Towing Reform: New Bill Seeks to Repeal ‘Poverty Tows’

March 19, 2019

The report, “Towed Into Debt,” found that the top three reasons for towing — unpaid parking tickets, expired car registration or parking in a legal spot for more than 72 hours — disproportionately impacted low-income Californians, causing many of them to permanently lose their vehicle… San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu is taking action on these findings: He introduced Assembly Bill 516 on Monday. If passed, the bill would repeal the three towing policies he and advocates say are “poverty tows.”

https://www.kqed.org/news/11734028/towing-reform-new-bill-seeks-to-repeal-poverty-tows

Education

California colleges expand mental health services to meet rising needs

March 20, 2019

With heightened awareness of college students’ psychological stress, worried state officials and campus leaders in California are providing more money and expanding programs to promote mental health.

https://edsource.org/2019/california-colleges-expand-mental-health-services-to-meet-rising-needs/610151

More California students may be banned from using cellphones at school under new bill

March 20, 2019

The measure by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) would require school boards to adopt policies that limit or prohibit the use of cellphones on school grounds, leaving it up to them what their rules would do.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-school-smartphone-ban-20190320-story.html

Resilience

Excluded by banks, minorities in California became their own lenders

March 18, 2019

If you’ve ever been to a Cambodian-owned doughnut shop, fried chicken restaurant or jewelry store, there’s a good chance it was financed by a tontine. There are also Latino tandas or cundinas, Filipino paluwagans and Ethiopian ekubs, and in South Los Angeles, family investment teams were formed after the L.A. riots to help black people buy property.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-tontines-ethnic-financing-20190318-story.html

Health

Fentanyl overdose deaths in the U.S. have been doubling every year

March 21, 2019

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention details the meteoric rise of a drug that was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration back in 1968. It shows that fentanyl’s role as a driver of the opioid epidemic can be traced to late 2013.

https://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-fentanyl-overdose-deaths-skyrocketing-20190320-story.html

Merced Doctors Issue Prescriptions For Food Under New Program Addressing Family Hunger, Health

March 19, 2019

Doctors in Merced have a new way to treat hunger: issuing prescriptions. One in three children experiences food insecurity in Merced County: going hungry, not knowing when or where their next meal is coming from, or just not eating right. A new program at Olivewood Pediatrics is putting meals on the table and helping families eat healthier foods.

http://www.capradio.org/131981

Immigration

Border Patrol says detention centers are full — and starts releasing migrants

March 20, 2019

The Border Patrol released 50 recently apprehended migrants here Tuesday, the first of several hundred border-crossers who officials say will soon be freed because there is no room to hold them.

https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-texas-border-migrants-released-20190319-story.html

Supreme Court upholds government’s authority to detain and deport immigrants for past crimes

March 19, 2019

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Trump administration’s power to arrest and hold legal immigrants indefinitely if they had past crimes on their records that could trigger deportation, even if they served their time years ago or were convicted of minor drug offenses.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-supreme-court-crimes-immigrants-legal-trump-20190319-story.html

Reflections

When The News Is Scary, What To Say To Kids

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/07/701137472/when-the-news-is-scary-what-to-say-to-kids

How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/03/13/685533353/a-playful-way-to-teach-kids-to-control-their-anger