California Family Resource Association

March 25 Week in Review

March 25, 2019


Q&A: California’s first-ever surgeon general on her plans to tackle toxic stress in children

March 27, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom made it clear throughout his campaign that improving the health and welfare of California’s children and young families would be among his signature issues. To underscore his commitment in the days after he took office, Newsom named Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician who specializes in the impacts of trauma and toxic stress on the health of children, as the state’s first-ever surgeon general.

California bill could ban anti-vaccine parents from doctor-shopping for medical exemptions

March 26, 2019

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill to crack down on doctors issuing medical exemptions to anti-vaccine parents, a practice he says has escalated since the state adopted more stringent standards on mandatory vaccination.

California’s patchwork of care for the undocumented: Where you live matters

March 25, 2019

As California looks at how to care for its remaining uninsured, the shifting patchwork of local programs will play a bigger — or smaller — role depending on the success of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s expansion plans. And while comprehensive care is elusive for the undocumented in all California counties, where a person lives can make all the difference in whether health care is available at all outside of emergency rooms.


Proposed CA state bill aims to protect special needs students after El Dorado Hills death

March 25, 2019

A state bill aimed at protecting special needs students at nonpublic schools was introduced Monday in response to the November 2018 death of a student who was restrained at his El Dorado Hills school.

Price Increase

California gas prices spike after refinery problems

March 27, 2019

Gas prices in California and the Bay Area have jumped following the temporary shutdown of the Valero refinery in Benicia. The average price of gas in California was $3.54 per gallon Wednesday — nearly a dollar higher than the national average of $2.67 per gallon, according to AAA. California gas prices saw a $0.14 weekly increase.


Report: Many California law enforcement agencies resisting sanctuary law; cooperating with ICE

March 27, 2019

Some law enforcement agencies in California are directly violating the state’s immigrant sanctuary law, and others are skirting the law by following out-of-date policies or exploiting loopholes, according to a new report released Wednesday.

Of 169 local law enforcement agencies reviewed, 68 were not complying with California SB-54, the state law that limits cooperation between police agencies and federal immigration agents, according to a report released Wednesday, March 27, by the San Francisco-based Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus and the University of Oxford Centre for Criminology in England.

Emergency Preparation

California 'That Much Closer' to Cell Phone Earthquake Warnings After Oakland Test

March 27, 2019

Scientists and disaster-response officials say they're encouraged after their first attempt to push out an alert from the state's newly-developed earthquake warning system to cell phones, over the same network used for Amber Alerts.


A Year After Stephon Clark’s Death, Sacramento Communities Still Want More Safe Black Spaces And Mental Health Resources

March 26, 2019

Psychologist Kristee Haggins stood up to the mic, faced Sacramento’s mayor and elected leaders, and made a powerful statement about the impact of recent events on many of the city’s black residents. “What happened today, this evening and last night and with Stephon Clark is a form of terrorism and trauma,” she told council members during a meeting on March 5. “What people are describing is not post-traumatic-stress disorder, but persistent traumatic stress as a result of being black. And that all of the occasions have been opening new wounds.”

Where's the care? Local families confront high costs, limited options for child care

March 28, 2019

The savvier of San Luis Obispo County parents know the game: When a mother-to-be finds out she's pregnant, one of the family's first moves—sometimes before even going to the doctor's office—is to sign up on a waiting list for child care.

This Bay Area school district wants to fight an ‘epidemic’ by building teacher housing

March 28, 2019

With teachers moving away for cheaper housing in what the Mountain View Whisman School District superintendent is calling an “epidemic,” officials here are trying to stem the exodus by giving them the opportunity to live in the same city where they work.