California Family Resource Association

CFRA Week in Review

Week of January 13, 2019


That Newsom proposal for six-month paid family leave? It’s bold—but less so than it seems

January 17, 2019

The bad news: [The proposal] doesn’t call for each worker to get six months of paid leave, as early news coverage implied. Instead, it calls for each baby to get up to six months of care from a family member, dividing the time between two adults each taking a paid leave of two to four months. The good news: That’s still more than the six weeks of partially-paid family leave most workers get under current state law.

California law abolishing bail is put on hold until at least November 2020

January 17, 2019

California’s new law abolishing the requirement to post bail for release after arrest, scheduled to take effect in October, was put on hold Wednesday when bail bond companies qualified a referendum to put the issue before voters in November 2020 .

Here Are California's New Laws To Address The State's Opioid Crisis

January 16, 2019

The California Legislature looked at more than 20 bills last year designed to address the ongoing opioid crisis, passing 14. The laws cover a few approaches to bringing opioid death numbers down, including stemming over-prescribing practices, improving medication assisted treatment and saving people in the throes of overdose with an antidote called naloxone.

Government Shutdown Impacts

Federal food programs in Southern California scramble as government remains closed

January 16, 2019

About 4 million poor Californians — half of them children — who rely on government assistance for the food on their tables started receiving early disbursement of their February benefits this week before money runs out under the partial federal government shutdown.

Shutdown cuts subsidies for low-income, senior, disabled housing

January 16, 2019

Federal subsidies that helped pay the rent at hundreds of local housing units for the needy, seniors and the disabled have not come through this month because of the partial federal government shutdown.

Unpaid Coast Guard members offered some relief thanks to $15 million USAA donation

January 16, 2019

Some 42,000 active-duty U.S. Coast Guard members — including 700 in San Diego — and 8,700 civilian employees may get some financial relief from the partial government shutdown after the Coast Guard, along with USAA, announced a $15 million donation to Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, a nonprofit that offers zero-interest loans to service members in need.


Minimum wage to increase by up to $4 in one Bay Area city

January 16, 2019

Minimum wage in Fremont will rise to $15 over the next two years. Fremont City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to increase the minimum wage ahead of state-ordered minimum wage increases that will be implemented in 2022 and 2023.

PG&E bankruptcy could mean price hikes, unpaid fire lawsuits

January 15, 2019

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said this week it will file for bankruptcy, raising concern that rates for electricity and gas will rise and victims of California wildfires who are suing the nation’s largest utility won’t get all the money they may be owed.


Trauma in Paradise: A California school system focuses on mental health after devastating fire