California Family Resource Association

May 26 Week in Review

May 26, 2019


Rent spikes, gig jobs among bills facing legislative action

May 26, 2019

The California Legislature faces key decisions this week, including trying to reign in police use of force, prevent rent spikes, and alter labor laws affecting workers in the gig economy.

Newsom's plan to aid parents enrolled in California colleges runs into resistance

May 30, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to generously bolster state financial aid to California college students who are parents of dependent children – one of the most important pieces of his higher education plan – is facing strong opposition in the state Legislature.

Shouts, tears and 67 ‘yes’ votes push police use-of-force standard through state Assembly

May 29, 2019

For an hour and a half this morning, California lawmakers lined up to speak for or against (but mostly for) one of the most high-profile bills of the year. One member of the Assembly, a former state cop, choked back tears as he wrestled with the implications of his vote. But when the rolls opened on AB392, which would make it harder for police to legally justify killing a civilian, the tally wasn’t even close. The Assembly passed the bill, 67 to 0, with 13 members abstaining.

Where does California’s cannabis tax money go? You might be surprised

May 25, 2019

Only an estimated one-third of communities allow sales — and most deposit their new tax revenues into a general fund, to be spent on everyday needs, rather than special projects. Two-thirds of California’s communities aren’t getting any direct revenues, at all, because they’ve rejected cannabis businesses.

Flavored tobacco products to remain legal in California as lawmaker withdraws bill

May 29, 2019

A California lawmaker has withdrawn a bill to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vape products in the state, saying that “hostile amendments” defeated the bill’s purpose.

Education & Child Care

Lost days: Poverty, isolation drive students away from school in California’s rural districts

May 30, 2019

The state's highest rates of chronic absenteeism are in rural areas.

It was a wonder Kaylee Adkins ever made it to school. The daughter of two heavy drug users, she lived a transient childhood — rarely staying for long in the same apartment, let alone the same school. She hardly saw her father who was in jail or prison throughout much of her childhood.

Obstacles deter many California child care providers from building, expanding facilities

May 29, 2019

After years of searching, a nonprofit hoping to open a new child care center for low-income infants and toddlers found a rent-free building inside a housing development for migrant workers. In some ways, it seemed like a perfect fit.


Almost a third of teenagers sleep with their phones, survey finds

May 29, 2019

Teddy bears have met their match: cell phones. Sixty-eight percent of teenagers reported that they keep their mobile devices within reach at night, a telephone and online survey released Tuesday by the nonprofit Common Sense Media found. Nearly a third (29 percent) of teens sleep with smartphones, cell phones or tablets in their beds.

Health & Safety

Use Of Buprenorphine To Treat Opioid Addiction Proliferates In California

May 24, 2019

Buprenorphine, a relative newcomer in the treatment of opioid addiction, is growing in popularity among California doctors as regulatory changes, physician training and other initiatives make the medication more widely accessible.

What You Need to Know About PG&E's State-Mandated Wildfire Mitigation Plan

May 29, 2019

PG&E's wildfire plan is sweeping, promising a vast effort to inspect and repair its network of power lines, poles and high-voltage transmission towers, remove thousands of hazardous trees and expand a network of weather stations to monitor fire conditions. The company's wildfire mitigation blueprint could cost billions of dollars, a bill that customers could well wind up paying.


Sonoma County plans to develop evacuation guides for dozens of communities

May 25, 2019

Panicked residents fleeing the onslaught of the 2017 firestorm found themselves locked in bumper-to-bumper traffic, especially on Mark West Springs Road and around Coffey Park, areas where more than 3,000 homes were destroyed. For them and others who might find themselves in a similar predicament during a future disaster, Sonoma County officials say help is on the way.

Supervisors Propose Universal Mental Health Care in San Francisco

May 28, 2019

San Franciscans will almost certainly be asked a groundbreaking question on the November ballot: Should all city residents be guaranteed the right to quick, effective mental health care?

Safe parking lots prepare for vehicle habitation enforcement

May 27, 2019

A new prohibition against vehicle habitation in San Diego is not being enforced yet, but programs that provide a safe place for homeless people to park are preparing for an increased demand.

State Audit Slams Los Angeles Child Welfare Department for Leaving Children in ‘Unsafe and Abusive Situations’

May 24, 2019

A California state audit of the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) issued on Tuesday said that the department puts children at risk of abuse and neglect by failing to complete safety and risk assessments on time and accurately.

The report, released by California state auditor Elaine M. Howle, reviewed 30 cases from fiscal year 2017-18 and revealed that among those cases, DCFS completed just 72 percent of safety assessments and 76 percent of risk assessments on time and entirely failed to complete 10 percent of safety assessments and 8 percent of risk assessments.