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March 3 Week in Review

March 3, 2019

Politics

Credit cards, payment plans, shorter lines: California lawmakers move to fix DMV

March 6, 2019

California lawmakers are moving to address some of the biggest problems at the state Department of Motor Vehicles. A number of proposals aimed at reducing wait times and improving service have recently been introduced.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article226877969.html

Education

California will audit school districts to find out how many homeless students there are

March 6, 2019

In California, schools are legally required to identify homeless students, provide services to those students and report the data back to the state, yet a quarter of all schools in the state say that none of their students are experiencing homelessness. An audit of school districts aims to find if that answer is accurate.

https://www.ocregister.com/2019/03/06/state-to-audit-school-districts-procedures-to-identify-serve-homeless-students/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_content=tw-ocregister&utm_medium=social

Gov. Newsom signs legislation requiring charter school transparency in California

March 5, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill approved by lawmakers at lightning speed that will require more transparency in charter school operations. The new law requires California’s 1,300-plus charter schools to follow the same laws governing open meetings, public records and conflicts of interest that apply to school districts.

https://edsource.org/2019/newsom-to-sign-charter-school-transparency-legislation-on-tuesday/609524

California gets boost from federal government to expand early learning

March 5, 2019

California was one of 45 states to receive a Preschool Development Birth through Five Grant this year for improving access to child care and early learning for infants and children. California received $10.6 million.

https://edsource.org/2019/california-gets-boost-from-federal-government-to-expand-early-learning/609406

Immigration

ICE facility in Bakersfield holding 400 detainees will remain open

March 6, 2019

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Bakersfield that was expected to close in a few weeks — leaving its 400 detainees in limbo — will remain open after all, according to newly released federal documents.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/ICE-facility-in-Bakersfield-holding-400-detainees-13668601.php

San Francisco judge orders Trump administration to restart young migrant refugee program

March 5, 2019

Nearly 3,000 Central Americans may reunite with their families in the United States after a San Francisco judge ordered the Trump administration to revive a program for young migrants it had quietly ended more than two years ago.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-judge-orders-Trump-administration-to-restart-13665771.php

Regional

LA settles homeless property rights case

March 6, 2019

The terms of the agreement have not been released, but by settling the lawsuit, an injunction issued in 2016 that prevents police and city workers from confiscating without notice the possessions of homeless residents in the Skid Row area will remain in place.

https://la.curbed.com/2019/3/6/18253888/mitchell-settlement-los-angeles-homeless-property

What you need to know about Oakland teachers’ new contract

March 4, 2019

Oakland teachers, nurses and counselors voted Sunday to ratify a new contract, ending a seven-day strike in which they demanded raises, reduced class sizes and other terms. Here’s a look at what’s in the deal: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/What-you-need-to-know-about-Oakland-teachers-13662428.php

Inglewood votes to limit rent hikes and halt evictions spurred by development

March 6, 2019

Inglewood officials adopted an emergency ordinance Tuesday to limit rent increases and halt evictions temporarily while the city tries to find a permanent solution to address rapidly rising rents spurred in part by construction of a $2.6-billion football stadium and entertainment complex.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-inglewood-rent-ordinance-20190306-story.html

Nonprofits won’t have to abide by city’s minimum wage law, Fremont council decides

March 6, 2019

The Fremont City Council, which voted in January to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 for large employers and by 2021 for small ones, decided Tuesday to exempt nonprofits from having to pay any of their employees that much.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/03/06/fremont-city-council-decides-nonprofits-wont-have-to-pay-new-increased-minimum-wages/