Month: August 2012

San Joaquin Valley seniors face foreclosures

By Clare Noonan

It’s not news to residents of the eight-county San Joaquin Valley that the area has  been hard hit economically since 2008, when the housing bubble deflated. Many neighborhoods show signs of neglect as people unable to meet their mortgage obligations lose their homes to foreclosure. Among those facing this prospect in the central part of the state is a growing number of older homeowners.

Last fire camp standing

By Callie Shanafelt

Six fire camps once housed and rehabilitated young offenders. Since the juvenile system has been realigned, shifting low-level offenders back to the care of the county, five camps have closed. Is that change good for young offenders? The young men at the last fire camp standing don’t seem to think so.

Report: Coachella Valley residents lack insurance

By Suzanne Potter

A new study by the Health Access Resource Center shows that 28.6 percent of residents 18 to 64 are uninsured. That’s compared to 21.3 percent nationwide, according to the 2011 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). That same survey showed that 1 in 5 Californians under age 65 lack health insurance and 9.2 percent of children in the Golden State are uninsured.

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