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July 28 Week in Review

July 28, 2019

Politics

“We’re not going to be able to survive:” Why Californians could bear the brunt of Trump food stamp cuts

July 29, 2019

A Trump administration proposal would cut food stamps to 3.1 million Americans—largely working families with high housing, childcare and medical costs. That could hit hard in California, a state where both the cost of living and the minimum wage are on the rise.

https://calmatters.org/poverty/california-divide/2019/07/california-trump-food-stamp-cuts-poverty-income-inequality/

Child Welfare and Wellbeing

Sacramento's Plan To Keep Black Children Alive Is Working — And LA Is Watching

July 29, 2019

Sacramento County's effort was launched in 2015. It's called the Black Child Legacy Campaign and its goal is to reduce preventable deaths of African American children under the age of 18 by 10 to 20 percent by 2020. The results have surpassed expectations. Some of the rates were on the decline already, but the initiative ushered in a dramatic shift.

https://laist.com/2019/07/29/sacramentos_plan_to_keep_black_children_alive_is_working_--_and_la_is_watching.php

California law to limit youth football practices

July 31, 2019

California’s governor has signed a law limiting full-contact practices for youth football teams to reduce brain injuries. State law already limits full-contact practices for middle and high school football teams to no more than 90 minutes per day, twice per week.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/article233375897.html

Child Deaths Have Put L.A.’s Antelope Valley on the Map. But How Dangerous Is It for Children?

July 29, 2019

The Antelope Valley was home to the highest child-maltreatment rates in Los Angeles County for children ages 0 to 5, according to an analysis conducted by the Children’s Data Network in 2015. But is it really home to more of the county’s most tragic child deaths: those caused by abuse or neglect after a family’s risk was known to the county?

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/analysis/child-deaths-have-put-l-a-s-antelope-valley-on-the-map-but-how-dangerous-is-it-for-children/36586

Foster Youth

Ben Carson Unveils Major Stable Housing Initiative for Former Foster Youths

July 26, 2019

Under Foster Youth to Independence (FYI), child welfare agencies can begin planning to transition a youth from the housing offered by foster care to supportive housing funded through HUD vouchers, complemented by self-sufficiency supports offered by HUD.

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/ben-carson-unveils-foster-youth-to-independence-major-stable-housing-initiative-for-former-foster-youths/36566

Education

CSU adds $10 million to boost math and science teacher preparation in California

August 1, 2019

To address a persistent teacher shortage in math and science, California State University is pumping $10 million into its Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative over the next four years.

https://edsource.org/2019/csu-adds-10-million-to-boost-math-and-science-teacher-preparation-in-california/615778

At a summer camp where community comes first, STEM education thrives

July 31, 2019

Sometimes engaging students in math and science means hands-on experiments and projects. Other times, it simply means asking how they’re doing that day.

https://edsource.org/2019/at-a-summer-camp-where-community-comes-first-stem-education-thrives/615736

Homelessness

L.A. City Council votes to reimpose limits on living in vehicles

July 30, 2019

Sleeping overnight in cars, vans and RVs will be prohibited again in many parts of Los Angeles, after the City Council voted Tuesday to reinstate rules that limit where people can live in their vehicles.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-07-30/homeless-cars-la-law

Environment

Californians' Concerns About Worsening Wildfires at Record High

July 30, 2019

A record number of California adults, 71%, said they’re very concerned about wildfires becoming more severe due to global warming, according to the survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California. That’s an increase of almost 10 percentage points over last year.

https://www.kqed.org/science/1945845/californians-concerns-about-worsening-wildfires-at-record-high

California farmers are planting solar panels as water supplies dry up

July 31, 2019

Solar energy projects could replace some of the jobs and tax revenues that may be lost as constrained water supplies force California’s agriculture industry to scale back. In the San Joaquin Valley alone, farmers may need to take more than half a million acres out of production to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which will ultimately put restrictions on pumping.

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-agriculture-farmlands-solar-power-20190703-story.html

Gavin Newsom adds hundreds more firefighters amid fears of ‘large and damaging’ fire season

July 31, 2019

The long rainy season promoted heavy growth of grass and other underbrush in which fires can start and spread once the vegetation dries out. Cal Fire and the state firefighter union have said the state needs more firefighters to face the escalating threat.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article233346017.html