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Permanent housing offers stability for those with mental illness

October 31, 2012
Permanent housing offers stability for those with mental illness By Melissa Flores Housing program helps mentally ill find stability, treatment and employment at a time when resources are scarce.

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Poll: Latino voters support conservation

October 30, 2012
By Minerva Perez Latino voters value conservation – so much so that protecting the environment is just as important as improving the economy to this fast growing section of the electorate, a recent survey found.

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Parents give school kids safe passage

October 29, 2012
A San Diego program uses parent volunteers to help elementary school students stay safe on their way to and from school.

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Taxing questions on the ballot

October 29, 2012
As Californians head to the polls, taxes will be the biggest issue on the state ballot—again. Here's a brief primer on state taxes and spending and what's at stake Nov. 6. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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Tending to the child obesity problem

October 26, 2012
A UC Davis group consults informally to help a lawmakers find solutions to child obesity in his district. Could community gardens help?

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Support for Brown's tax measure slides in new poll

October 24, 2012

Support is falling for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to raise income and sales taxes to balance the state budget, according to a new survey from the independent Public Policy Institute of California. Backing for a rival measure to raise income taxes and dedicate most of the money raised to the public schools is also eroding.

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Lack of dental care assistance puts patients, hospitals in painful cycle

October 24, 2012
Lack of dental care assistance puts patients, hospitals in painful cycle By Helen Afrasiabi Poor people continue to seek dental care in emergency rooms years after Denti-Cal is cut.

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Can Latinos in California Afford Old Age?

October 23, 2012
California is home to more than 14 million Latinos, who make up roughly 38% of the state’s population. In this community, caring for one’s elders is often a source of pride and a strong familial tradition. Yet a coming wave of need for services threatens the financial security of many Latinos in the state. Six of 10 Latino voters over the age of 40 say a close family member will likely need long-term care in the next five years, yet most do not know where they will turn for help, according to a new poll by The SCAN Foundation and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

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Treating uninsured immigrants after health care reform

October 23, 2012
Treating uninsured immigrants after health care reform By Callie Shanafelt Undocumented immigrants and lawfully present immigrants who’ve been here less than five years are excluded from health care reform. That may put community clinics that treat the poor in a difficult financial position - and make getting care harder for immigrants.

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Prison reform one year later

October 22, 2012
By Heather Tirado Gilligan Critics of prison realignment say that the law has caused a spike in crime. But experts caution that it is far too early to understand the effects of the law.

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