CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2010 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2009 |
For years, Lia Grippo has taught outdoor activities to preschoolers, coaching them on the safest tree branches to climb and the sturdiest footholds on hills. So for Grippo, a steep slope at a Santa Barbara beach was a natural challenge for several young children in her care, including her two sons. But for state social services officials, the hill -- estimates of its height range from 85 to 125 feet -- was anything but child's play. Several weeks after alarmed spectators called police about three boys -- all barefoot and one naked -- climbing what they believed to be a dangerous slope, the state Department of Social Services suspended Grippo's home day-care license.
October 25, 2009 |
Cole hunkered in his car seat, refusing to get out of the car. Ry was strapped in his stroller next to me, waiting. I smelled a poopy. Maybe it was just bad gas. No, definitely a poopy. I fished around in my large purse for a stray diaper, my hand passing my journal, hoping it wasn't one of Ry's explosive squirt-up-the-back-of-his-diaper-onto-his-clothes-poops. "Why don't you like church?" I asked Cole. His face was doing the crumble thing. "I won't be gone that long," I said, already estimating how much time I could have.