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June 2 Week in Review

June 2, 2019

FRC Highlight

Weekly walks of HOPE slated for June

June 1, 2019

Lake Family Resource Center's California HOPE project – a short-term, community-based project helping Lake County residents recover from recent wildfires – is hosting a series of hour-long walks in various locations of Lake County through the month of June. The walks are free and open to the public.

https://lakeconews.com/index.php/news/community/61387-weekly-walks-of-hope-slated-for-june

Politics

Bill Introduced to Connect Social Security, Welfare Benefits to Kids Living with Relatives

June 4, 2019

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and several Democrat co-sponsors have added to the legislation piling up this session to help grandparents and other relatives caring for the children of loved ones.

The Grandfamilies Act aims to enable kinship caregivers to more easily access federally funded safety net programs on behalf of children.

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/bill-connects-kids-living-with-relatives-to-social-security-welfare-benefits/35361

California Gov. Newsom Proposes Penalty To Fund Health Insurance Subsidies

June 4, 2019

Under a proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom, an estimated 850,000 Californians could get help paying their premiums, including people like Haas and Snyder, who together make too much to qualify for federal financial aid but still have trouble affording coverage.

To pay for the health insurance tax credits, the Democratic governor is proposing a tax penalty on Californians who don’t have health insurance — similar to the unpopular federal penalty the Republican-controlled Congress eliminated, effective this year.

https://khn.org/news/newsom-proposes-penalty-to-fund-health-insurance-subsidies/

‘Probably not:’ McConnell won’t bring up bill to protect ‘dreamers’

June 5, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) confirmed Wednesday that he is unlikely to bring up the House-passed bill to provide a path to citizenship for immigrants brought to the United States as children, known as “dreamers.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/probably-not-mcconnell-wont-bring-up-bill-to-protect-dreamers/2019/06/05/18b67cb6-87e0-11e9-a870-b9c411dc4312_story.html

SF, state seek to block fed's rule allowing health workers to deny care

June 4, 2019

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a court order Monday to halt the enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that would allow health care staff to refuse to give medical treatment based on their religious beliefs. The rule could cost San Francisco $1 billion in federal health care funding if it refuses to implement it.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/SF-state-seek-to-block-fed-s-rule-allowing-13936893.php

Education

Out of Order: Schools Quash Takeout Trend

June 3, 2019

Students in middle and high schools across America thought they had found a way around cafeteria “cuisine” and boring brown-bag lunches: just hit up delivery services like DoorDash, GrubHub or UberEats and get takeout food sent to their schools.

Now, citing security and nuisance concerns, school districts from California to Delaware are cracking down.

https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2019/06/03/out-of-order-schools-quash-takeout-trend

Water Strike

‘We couldn’t even take showers’: Californians with unsafe drinking water appeal for fixes

June 6, 2019

A coalition of California residents affected by unsafe drinking water held a symbolic “water strike” at the Capitol on Wednesday, pressing lawmakers to fund a plan that would clean up their water sources. More than 1 million Californians lack access to clean drinking water, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article231231248.html

Managing Technology Exposure

Keeping Kids Healthy And Sane In A Digital World

June 6, 2019

Smartphones, tablets and video consoles can be addictive. They interfere with sleep. They draw kids into an alternate universe, often distracting them from more productive — and healthier — real-world activities. And they are linked to anxiety and depression, learning disabilities and obesity.

That’s according to a growing body of research emphasizing the physical and psychological dangers of heavy screen use.

The key is helping kids use technology as a tool, not a toy, “where there’s some purpose other than the medication of boredom,” says Jim Taylor, a psychologist and author of the book “Raising Generation Tech: Preparing Your Children for a Media-Fueled World.”

https://khn.org/news/keeping-kids-healthy-and-sane-in-a-digital-world/

Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma-Informed Care and a Therapist Saved my Life

June 4, 2019

Between 55 and 99 percent of women who attend addiction treatment and between 85 and 95 percent of women with a history of mental illness have a history of trauma. Among this trauma, the vast majority happened during childhood. Whether the trauma involves neglect, sexual assault, or dysfunction within the family, the need for trauma-informed care in both addiction treatment and in the mental health field is of great importance.

When I found myself at a detox facility 1,300 miles away from home in Florida, it didn't even cross my mind that I would not only be treated for opioid addiction and depression, but I would be thrown into trauma-informed care as well.

https://www.acesconnection.com/blog/trauma-informed-care-and-a-therapist-saved-my-life

Employment

Bay Area, California running out of people to hire: forecast

June 5, 2019

The job markets in the Bay Area and California are seeing dramatically low unemployment rates, a tight employment dynamic that could cause regional labor markets and the economy in California to turn more sluggish, according to a new study released Wednesday.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/06/05/bay-area-california-running-out-of-people-to-hire-forecast/

Regional

In historic move, San Francisco supervisors vote to close juvenile hall by end of 2021

June 4, 2019

The extraordinary action makes San Francisco the first major city in the country to shut down juvenile hall in an effort to eliminate the jailing of children, supervisors said.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Closure-of-SF-s-juvenile-hall-less-than-one-13936500.php