A new regulation that had been signed into law called for a ban, effective April 2018, on sales of flavored tobacco including menthol cigarettes, flavored liquid for e-cigarettes and flavored chewing tobacco. While a tobacco giant-backed group gathered enough signatures to require the ban be voted on during an upcoming election, they aren’t the only ones opposed to the ban. Lobbying is expected to be equally fierce among people opposed to the ban which includes owners of more than 900 corner stores in San Francisco.
Author: Fran Kritz
Add diapers to the list of needs low-income families hope the state legislature and Governor Jerry Brown will fund this year. For the third time since 2014, the legislature is considering a bill that would cover some of the monthly cost.
Children on the autism spectrum are at far higher risk of drowning than other children, but both the cost of swimming lessons and the fact that there are too few specialized swim instructors make it difficult for many children with autism to learn to swim.
Nora Barich, a kindergarten teacher at Hoover Elementary said that in past years many teachers gave out morning snacks every day, which they bought with their own money, “but I haven’t had to provide morning snacks since we started the [new] breakfast program.”
A San Diego program seeks out formerly incarcerated individuals after they are released to connect them with health care, paid for under the ACA with their Medi-Cal card. Generally, health care seems to provide a crucial link to a better life after incarceration. Former inmates participating in the program are more likely to do well in their communities and avoid the cycle of re-arrests.
The homeless have long found a refuge in San Francisco libraries – long enough that once-homeless patrons are now reaching out to those in need.
Los Angeles County has launched an ambitious initiative to reduce screen time and increase exercise among children five and under. The county’s Department of Public Health is placing ads in public transit stations, in movie theaters and online showing tots and parents engaging in fun activities such as jumping and playing indoor basketball. The ads, as well as some radio spots, are part of a
Dozens of freshmen headed to Humboldt State University this fall will have access to something most many of their classmates take for granted: a credit card they can swipe in exchange for food.
What makes local residents meet up to take a walk together in several Sacramento parks each week? To hear them tell it, it’s the fun that comes from a shared activity with neighbors, and, for as long as supplies hold out, free fruit and vegetables at the end of the trek.
Since Jan. 1, thousands more kids in California have had improved access to breakfast and lunch at school for little or no cost. That’s when a new law took effect requiring schools that serve subsidized federally funded meals and post the application forms online to have those applications available in multiple languages. The new law will make it easier for non-English speaking parents to apply for meals for eligible kids.