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September 14, 2010 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer dipped into her formidable war chest Monday to air the first ad of the general election campaign for U.S. Senate, one that reintroduces her to California voters by highlighting her efforts to secure federal funds for clean energy jobs, day care centers and a San Diego-based care center for wounded soldiers. The Boxer campaign is spending more than $2 million to air the 30-second ad on broadcast and cable stations this week in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and San Diego areas, according to two sources familiar with the ad purchase.
June 15, 2010 | McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Tamieka Wellington wishes she knew six months ago what she knows now — that the Hayward, Calif., child-care center that watches over her 3-year-old daughter might not be able to help her out much longer. Cuts proposed in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's May budget have cast a shadow of uncertainty over such facilities — specifically the ones that offer no-cost or low-cost care. Wellington, 26, had enrolled in beauty college while her daughter Syah Todd was getting prepped for school at the Helen Turner Children's Center.
May 15, 2010
Major program reductions in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal for closing the state's estimated $19.1-billion budget gap: $1.6 billion — Eliminate the CalWorks welfare program $1.2 billion — Eliminate day care for 142,000 low-income children $1.2 billion — Borrow funds earmarked for transportation $523 million — Cut Medi-Cal healthcare program for the poor $445.7 million — Impose mandatory day off for state workers each month $637 million — Reductions in home care for elderly and disabled $602 million — Eliminate most state funding for county mental health services $248 million — Put some state prisoners and juvenile parolees under county supervision Source: State Department of Finance
May 15, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Proposing a budget that would eliminate the state's welfare-to-work program and most child care for the poor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday outlined a stark vision of a California that would sharply limit aid to some of its poorest and neediest citizens. His $83.4-billion plan would also freeze funding for local schools, further cut state workers' pay and take away 60% of state money for local mental health programs. State parks and higher education are among the few areas the governor's proposal would spare.
May 13, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Since its inception in 1991, the largest and longest-running study of American child-care has generated plenty of controversial — and to many working parents, infuriating — conclusions about the effects on kids of early care outside the family. The latest findings of the federally funded Early Child Care Research Network are certain to be no exception. At age 15, according to a study being published Friday in the journal Child Development, those who spent long hours in day care as preschoolers are more impulsive and more prone to take risks than are teens whose toddler years were spent largely at home.
March 30, 2010 | By Bruce Chernof
Healthcare reform has made seniors, by and large, uneasy. Older Americans heard the words "cuts" and "Medicare" in the same sentence and were more likely to believe healthcare reform would hurt -- not help -- them. Lost in the maelstrom of misinformation, however, is the reality that the newly passed legislation lays the groundwork for greatly improving the full continuum of healthcare services for seniors, which includes renovating our nation's nonexistent long-term care system. With high numbers of adults over age 85 and the coming onslaught of aging boomers, creating a platform for meaningful long-term care reform could not have come at a better time.
March 24, 2010
Dear Amy: I'm a 23-year-old mother of two. My husband, "Mitchell," was laid off, so I went to work full-time. Mitchell feels that just being home with the kids is all he needs to do. I come home every day to a house that is a disaster. Day care is not an option because of one child's health needs. Please help. Distressed Dear Distressed: You and your husband should review responsibilities in your household and develop an organizational chart (the kids should also be given reasonable duties)
January 10, 2010 | By Samantha Dunn
Two years ago, my husband and I pulled up stakes in L.A. and headed north so he could take a dream job with the California Conservation Corps. I, meanwhile, imagined myself penning a great oeuvre, ensconced in the pastoral splendor of a farmhouse and commuting to L.A. or San Francisco when other work called. Sure enough, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada we found wide-open land, scenic beauty and an opportunity to make a fresh start. Which, in retrospect, sounds a little like what brought the Donner Party up here too. And like those Western emigrants who didn't anticipate the mountains' heavy, early snow, neither one of us saw the avalanche of economic woe until it landed on our heads.
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