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January 28, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Anna Escobedo Cabral knows what it is like to be poor. The 47-year-old treasurer of the United States grew up in San Bernardino. The eldest of five children, Cabral said her dad moved from job to job -- picking up garbage, working in the laundry room at a mental institution, toiling as a fry cook and finally as a chef. When she was 16, money was so tight that Cabral decided to drop out of high school and apply for full-time jobs to help support her family.
December 12, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Providing better assistance to indigents discharged from hospitals, teens transitioning from foster care and former jail and prison inmates reentering society are among the things Ventura County agencies can do to prevent homelessness and help end the problem within a decade, advocates said Monday.
December 7, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
It was small, what he came to see: just a humble metal marker in the dusty grass that read "1978." That's the year Lance Georgeson's father died, alone and unbeknownst to the family he had left long ago. And so his estranged son stood Wednesday morning -- in the acre-sized patch where Los Angeles County buries its unclaimed dead in common graves -- to finally say goodbye.
October 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
States are getting relief when it comes to providing healthcare for the poor. Spending on Medicaid, a state-federal partnership, rose by an average of 2.8% in fiscal year 2006, the lowest rate in a decade. Meanwhile, state revenue rose 3.7%. That's good news for patients, who could see more services covered, and for healthcare providers, who could conceivably get a raise, according to officials from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
October 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Massachusetts began signing up its poorest residents for low-cost health insurance Monday, the beginning step in the state's goal to be the first to require all citizens to have health insurance. "This is a historic day for us," said Gov. Mitt Romney, who signed the state's new health care law in April. "It's real today." Madeline Rhenisch, 56, will be among about 62,000 of the state's poorest residents, living at or below the federal poverty line of about $9,800 a year, offered the program.
August 18, 2006 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
Ever since she was a little girl, Betsy Perez had known she wanted to go to college some place far away. Some place different from Highland Park, where she lived. In second grade, she wrote in a journal that one day she would attend Harvard. Always, Betsy's father dismissed his daughter's grand plans with a soft smile. Sergio Perez, a truck driver, knew his children would have great opportunities. That was why he left Guatemala for the United States.
June 29, 2006 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
A program designed to boost enrollment at California charter schools has helped get nearly 5,000 mostly low-income children off waiting lists and into high-quality classrooms, charter school officials said Wednesday. The Charter School Growth Loan Program was created by the California Charter Schools Assn. and taps banks and lenders to provide loans to schools to help them expand. Since the program began two years ago, loans nearly doubled from $5.5 million to $10 million.
June 28, 2006 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Orange County supervisors Tuesday approved a $5.56-billion budget for the coming year, which generated little controversy because tax revenues were large enough to fully fund programs. Swelling real estate values generated a property tax windfall, increasing county coffers by $96 million. Under the spending plan, the county will spend 11.4% more than it did last year. One highlight is an added $10 million in funding for medical care for the indigent.
June 22, 2006 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
Want to add a room to your house? Get fitted for reading glasses? Take home a bicycle or container of gasoline? Better yet, qualify for a free-meals program? If you're needy and registered to vote in Mexico, now is the time to try to improve your lot. It's election season, and all over the country the three big political parties are dispensing campaign largesse among the poor, with the hope or understanding that they'll return the favor July 2 at the ballot box.
June 15, 2006 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
The Legislature is expected to once again blow its deadline for passing a state budget today as Republican lawmakers vow to block any spending plan that expands state-funded healthcare for children in the U.S. illegally.
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