California Family Resource Association

CFRA Week In Review

December 9, 2018


New Rules Could Open More Homes to Foster Kids

December 5, 2018

The new proposed regulations, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services collected public comment on for several months this summer and fall, don’t include a square-footage requirement or a minimum number of bedrooms — rules that many states have enforced for years. Instead, they talk about “sleeping spaces” that apartment-dwelling foster families might carve out of their living rooms.

The suggested standards also propose that states not require foster parents to own a car, as long as they have access to reliable public transportation. That change would make it easier for city residents to become foster parents.


Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Reauthorized, Heads to Trump’s Desk

December 13, 2018

For the first time since 2002, the law governing national juvenile justice standards has been reauthorized by Congress. The bill will now head to President Trump’s desk.

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) sets basic standards for state juvenile justice conditions in exchange for a modest formula grant from the Justice Department. The meat of the JJPDA is its core requirements for state juvenile justice practice:

  • Not locking up youth for committing status offenses, crimes like truancy that would not be a crime for an adult.
  • Removal of juvenile offenders from adult jails and prisons, with very limited exceptions.
  • In those very limited exceptions, sight and sound separation of juveniles from adults in facilities.
  • Making efforts to research, identify and address disproportional minority contact (DMC) in the juvenile justice system.



US starts to withdraw troops from Trump border mission

December 10, 2018

The U.S. this week will begin withdrawing many of the active duty troops sent to the border with Mexico by President Donald Trump just before the midterm election in response to a caravan of Central American migrants, U.S. officials said Monday.

About 2,200 of the active duty troops will be pulled out before the holidays, the officials said, leaving about 3,000 active duty troops in Texas, Arizona and California, mainly comprised of military police and helicopter transport crews who are assisting border patrol agents. There also will still be about 2,300 members of the National Guard who were sent to the border region as part of a separate deployment that started in April.


Immigrant asylum claims increase at U.S. southern border

December 11, 2018

A total of 92,959 migrants filed for asylum during the fiscal year that ended in September, a 67% increase over the 55,584 claims in the 2017 fiscal year, according to data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The jump is due in large part to an increase in migrants attempting to enter the United States. But the share claiming asylum also rose — from 13% to 18%.

Immigration judges denied 65% of asylum cases during fiscal year 2018, according to Syracuse University’s TRAC database, which compiles data from federal immigration courts. Success and failure rates vary widely among different immigration courts. Asylum seekers with attorneys fare much better; the government does not provide lawyers.


Regional News

LA set to extend rules against sleeping in vehicles

December 10, 2018

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to extend a temporary set of rules Tuesday that prohibit people from sleeping overnight in cars, RVs, and other vehicles.

The policy directly affects the nearly 9,000 homeless residents who live in cars, trucks, and camper vans across the city of Los Angeles. Its prohibitions primarily apply to residential areas and parking spots near schools and parks, leaving streets in industrial and commercial areas clear for use by people living in vehicles.

Since the ban went into effect last year, the City Council has added hundreds of streets to the list of places where spending the night in a vehicle is prohibited.


Mountain View votes to raze rent-controlled apartments, displace dozens

December 13, 2018

Despite hours of impassioned pleas from residents who will lose their homes, the City Council voted early Wednesday morning to allow the eviction of more than 70 tenants and the demolition of their rent-controlled apartment building to make way for new town houses.

Council members voted 4-3 to approve a proposal by Morgan Hill-based developer Dividend Homes to raze the 20-unit rent-controlled Royal Viking Apartments on Rock Street and replace the complex with 15 new town homes. Just after midnight Wednesday, they approved a plan that gave residents an extra six months to vacate the building — requiring them to move out by the end of 2019.


State Launches Biggest Wildfire Cleanup Job in History … Again

December 6, 2018

This week, hazmat teams began the first phase of cleanup following the destructive Camp Fire — removing hazardous waste like asbestos and propane tanks from burn areas in Butte County. Officials say this step will take about four months to fully complete.

The second phase of the program — hauling away more than 8 million tons of ash, contaminated soil, concrete and metal — is expected to begin in January and take about a year, according to Mark Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

The removal of more than 18,000 burned-down structures, including nearly 14,000 residences and more than 500 commercial buildings, is the biggest wildfire cleanup job the state has ever undertaken, dwarfing the cleanup from the 2017 North Bay firestorm.