California Family Resource Association

Week in Review

Week of February 17


Hey, Hey! Ho, Ho! Is Striking For School Nurses The Way To Go?

February 21, 2019

Student health is key to academic success, but when it comes to putting nurses in schools, the education system has often “turned a blind eye,” Fekaris said. Now, teachers are making nurses a critical piece of their contract negotiations in a bold move that seems to be working, she said. For districts, it comes down to limited funding, said Erika Hoffman, a lobbyist with the California School Boards Association. “You’ve got massive competing interests: Do I hire a new teacher, a counselor or a school nurse?”

Oakland teachers strike, first in over 20 years, affects 36,000 students

February 21, 2019

Teachers in Oakland, California, went on strike Thursday, part of a national wave of discontent by educators over classroom conditions, pay and other issues. Recent walkouts have taken place in West Virginia, Los Angeles and Denver.

The city's 3,000 teachers want a 12 percent retroactive raise covering 2017 to 2020 to compensate for what they say are the among the lowest salaries for public school teachers in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area. They also want the district to hire more counselors to support students and more full-time nurses.


How California Laws Meant to Integrate Immigrants Can Open a Backdoor for ICE

February 19, 2019

In several recent arrests by ICE, agents had copies of immigrants’ driver’s licenses or other information they provided to the DMV. The arrests underscore a long-standing concern from immigration advocates that laws intended to bring unauthorized immigrants in California out of the shadows expose them to federal immigration enforcement because of widespread database-sharing among law enforcement agencies.


Tents are up at new Modesto homeless camp under bridge, people could move in soon

February 19, 2019

Crews on Tuesday had erected about 150 tents at a site for a city and county-approved homeless encampment underneath the Ninth Street Bridge along the Tuolumne River in Modesto.

Tiny Homes for Homeless Get the Go-Ahead in the Wake of Camp Fire

February 18, 2019

But November's Camp Fire, which killed 85 people and incinerated some 14,000 area homes, breathed new life into plans for a community of one-room wooden homes to help house some of Butte County's homeless.

Socks a gesture of love to homeless for San Diego 'Sock Man'

February 17, 2019

Hal Sadler had the attention of nearly everyone in the courtyard of the Neil Good Day Center on Tuesday morning. “I’m the San Diego Sock Man,” he said as heads turned. “I’m giving out 140 pairs of socks. I’m not here to judge you. I’m here to love you.”


California Lawmakers Want To Tax Sugary Drinks And Regulate Soda Sizes

February 20, 2019

State lawmakers are trying again to discourage the consumption of sugary beverages, proposing a tax, warning labels, and a ban on soda displays near checkout lines among other measures on Wednesday.

The five bills address what the Democratic lawmakers call a public health crisis leading to an increase in obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other ills.


‘A pretty good season.’ What California’s winter rain and snow mean for you in 2019

February 19, 2019

It’s shaping up as a wetter-than-usual winter in California, putting to rest fears of another drought hitting anytime soon. Depending on where you live, though, you will still likely face some limitations on how much you can water your lawn this summer.


Where to take your child during the Oakland strike

The city of Oakland is opening 16 recreation centers to students from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on school days during the strike.

The centers are: Allendale, 3711 Suter St.; Arroyo Viejo, 7701 Krause Ave.; Brookdale, 2535 High St.; Bushrod, 560 59th St.; Carmen Flores, 1637 Fruitvale Ave.; DeFremery, 1651 Adeline St.; Dimond, 3860 Hanly Road; Ira Jinkins, 9175 Edes Ave.; FM Smith, 1969 Park Blvd.; Franklin, 1010 E. 15th St.; Golden Gate, 1075 62nd St.; Manzanita, 2701 22nd Ave.; Montclair, 6300 Moraga Ave.; San Antonio, 1701 E. 19th St.; Redwood Heights, 3883 Aliso Ave.; and Mosswood, 3612 Webster St.

Meals for students will be provided by Alameda County Community Food Bank. Residents can call Oakland Education Association at 510-763-4020 with questions.

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