California Family Resource Association

CFRA Week in Review

Week of Dec. 30


New California Laws for 2019

December 31, 2018

A few notable laws include:


  • New minimum wage: California's minimum wage will increase to $11 an hour, and $12 for companies with at least 26 employees.
  • Farmworker overtime: Farmworkers who work more than 9.5 hours in a day or more than 55 hours in a workweek will receive overtime of 1.5 times their regular rate of pay. Applies only to companies with more than 25 employees.
  • Plastic straw ban: Restaurants will be banned from providing plastic straws unless requested by the customer. Violators can be fined $25 a day.
  • Children's drinks: Restaurants will be required to list water or milk as the default beverage option on a children's menu. Kids will still be able to request juice or soda.
  • Lactation accommodation: Employers already need to provide rooms for mothers to pump breast milk for their babies. This law says those areas cannot be in bathrooms.
  • The end of cash bail: In October 2019, California will get rid of cash bail for suspects awaiting trial. Those charged with a felony will go through a pre-trial risk assessment. If a judge releases them, they would be supervised by a government agency or business contracted to handle that task. People arrested for most misdemeanors would be booked and released without an assessment.


Governor-elect Gavin Newsom will propose almost $2 billion for early childhood programs

January 2, 2019

Seeking to frame his new administration as one with a firm focus on closing the gap between children from affluent and poor families, Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom will propose spending some $1.8 billion on an array of programs designed to boost California’s enrollment in early education and child-care programs.

Nancy Pelosi regains the House speaker's gavel

January 3, 2019

Rep. Nancy Pelosi was elected speaker Thursday and will lead Democrats as they take over the House amid a partial government shutdown.

Already the first female House speaker in history, Pelosi now becomes the first woman to hold the job twice and the first person in nearly six decades to regain the post. Only five others have been picked as speaker more than once.

Health Trends

Born on drugs: Babies from addicted moms are increasing at an alarming rate in California

December 27, 2018

Nearly 50,000 drug-exposed infants have been born in California since 2000, a parade of human suffering that has touched families, communities and taxpayers. While healthy newborns typically stay in a hospital for a day or two after birth, drug-exposed newborns often need weeks of medical care. The initial extra cost to save these newborns ranges from $159,000 to $238,000 per child, according to research from Stanford University.

Over the decade from 2008 to 2017, as the opioid epidemic took hold, the number of drug-exposed infants born per year nearly tripled in California, according to figures from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. But the epidemic hasn’t hit every community equally. In some counties, including Merced and Stanislaus, drug-exposed births more than quadrupled. In Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, they’ve more than tripled. And in Orange, Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties, they’ve more than doubled.


Long-awaited earthquake early warning app for L.A. can now be downloaded

January 2, 2019

ShakeAlertLA, an app created under the oversight of Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city, is designed to work with the U.S. Geological Survey’s earthquake early warning system, which has been under development for years. It’s designed to give users seconds, and perhaps even tens of seconds, before shaking from a distant earthquake arrives at a user’s location.

“ShakeAlertLA sends you information when a 5.0 or greater earthquake happens in Los Angeles County, often before you feel shaking,” the app says.


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