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May 23, 2009 | Jia-Rui Chong; Hector Becerra; Mitchell Landsberg
California officials are considering significant cuts to major programs to close the state's budget deficit. Among them: Healthy Families, which provides youth medical coverage; CalWorks, which serves poor families with children; and Cal Grants college loans.
April 22, 2009 | John M. Glionna
Kim Young-bae spends his days with his nose inches from the pavement. The only things lower are the cigarette butts and the sewer grates. Lying on his stomach, he uses his knuckles and elbows to drag himself along, his torso resting atop a padded cart. He wraps his useless legs, long ago withered by polio, in a swath of black rubber inner-tubing that gives him the appearance of being half-seal and half-man.
March 14, 2009 | Rong-Gong Lin II
As community clinics increasingly provide healthcare for the poorest of the poor, many are becoming more financially unstable, according to a new report released this week. In 2004, 63% of California community clinics were breaking even or running a deficit.
March 1, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Steve Richardson, who goes by the name "Gen. Dogon" on the streets of L.A.'s skid row, is the kind of person federal regulators had in mind when they created the digital-television transition's subsidy. Richardson's job at a civil rights group leaves him with barely enough money for food. He can't afford a converter box to keep his antenna-equipped TV working on June 12, when stations across the country turn off their analog signals and start broadcasting solely in digital.
February 22, 2009 | Garrett Therolf
One in five Los Angeles County residents -- nearly 2.2 million people -- are receiving public assistance payments or benefits, a level county officials say will rise significantly over the coming months as the fallout from the recession continues.
February 13, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Los Angeles city officials and downtown developers who evicted or harassed about 100 low-income residents of the Alexandria Hotel must pay almost $1 million to house and compensate the victims under a settlement announced Thursday.
December 7, 2008 | David Colker, Colker is a Times staff writer.
If you're eating three meals today and have a roof over your head, you've probably never heard of the 211 service. It's like 411 or 911, except you use it when you're in such financial distress that you don't have enough money for food or perhaps even for a place to live. In this economic climate, those conditions can arise alarmingly quickly.
November 26, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Hennessy-Fiske is a Times staff writer.
Los Angeles County's chief mental health official said Tuesday that he is working to reduce the number of times his staff forwards emergency assistance calls involving the mentally ill to police, a practice that has grown over the last year as fewer hospital beds have been available to treat such patients. Marvin J. Southard, called before the Board of Supervisors after news reports highlighted the problem, told the board he is in talks with county health officials to find better options.
November 15, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Lin is a Times staff writer.
For generations, County-USC has been seen as the hospital of last resort. But as the crowded hospital moves into its new, smaller home, officials have a message to its most frequent users: Please, please stop coming in so much. Because the hospital serves the poor and uninsured, some patients come back time and again -- contributing to overcrowding.
August 27, 2008 | Gale Holland, Times Staff Writer
A record number of low-income students and first-generation college aspirants from the high school graduating class of 2008 took the SAT admissions exam, officials said Tuesday, adding that scores overall did not change. Educators in the past had explained small drops in average scores for the entrance test as an outgrowth of growing participation by students of varied backgrounds. But scores for the record number of 1.5 million students who took the SAT did not budge even a point from the year before, said officials with the College Board, the nonprofit organization that owns and administers the key college admissions test.
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