CFRA Week in Review
Week of Dec. 30
New California Laws for 2019
December 31, 2018A few notable laws include:
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.
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.
Government Shutdown FAQ- Jury duty, federal benefits, and more
What's Closed, What's Open at National Parks in California During the Government Shutdownhttps://www.kcra.com/article/new-california-laws-that-go-into-effect-in-2019/25566487