California Family Resource Association

August 4 Week in Review

August 4, 2019

Gun Violence

For Latinos, El Paso is a devastating new low in a Trump era

August 5, 2019

Working with immigrants for 30 years, Pablo Alvarado has lived through decades of antagonism toward Latinos. It came in political waves that washed over California, Arizona and other states. There was Proposition 187 in the 1990s, the Minuteman protests, “America’s toughest sheriff” Joe Arpaio and his hard-line policing tactics.

After 3 Mass Shootings in One Week, Bay Area Representatives Call For Action

August 4, 2019

In a statement, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein called for tighter background checks when purchasing a gun, closing loopholes that allow the purchase of guns online or at gun shows and more "extreme-risk" or Red Flag laws — which allow the removal of guns from dangerous individuals by loved ones and law enforcement. 15 states, including California, currently have Red Flag laws on the books.


Donations help teachers’ dreams come true in Oakland, across the country

August 5, 2019

Ashley Wallace is one of nearly 145,000 teachers nationwide whose students will start the school year with new classroom and learning supplies thanks in large part to the generosity of strangers. The help arrived through a national nonprofit web site,, that connects what teachers need to donors.

Needy school districts are getting more money — but what about needy kids?

August 7, 2019

Financially, at least, California's 5-year-old school finance overhaul is working for disadvantaged students. But a PPIC study still finds that high-need schools are still too reliant on novice teachers. And in better-off districts, not enough is being done for poorer kids.

Child Welfare

Lawsuit: County child welfare discriminated, retaliated against foster parents

August 4, 2019

Two foster parents are suing the County of San Diego for allegedly discriminating against them based on their sexual orientation and retaliating against them by taking their foster child after they complained about delayed adoption paperwork, according to the lawsuit.

Domestic Violence

How domestic violence survivors could be given a moment to ‘exhale’

August 7, 2019

Susan Rubio, whose domestic violence allegations against her ex-husband made headlines and cost him a seat in the Assembly, is a senator now. And she has a bill. Senate Bill 273 would provide officer training for domestic violence cases and give authorities eight years instead of three to prosecute abuses for which new evidence emerges.


New state law ends appeals for new Navigation Centers

August 6, 2019

Challenging the construction of new Navigation Centers in California got significantly harder last week, after lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom quietly passed legislation intended to speed up creation of the service-rich homeless shelters statewide.

Newsom sidesteps right-to-shelter plan, but says homeless on streets ‘cannot persist’

August 7, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he wasn’t ready to back a legal “right to shelter” for those without housing, even though the idea was put forward by two key allies who lead his task force to help find solutions to homelessness.

Newsom puts $331 million from settlement into legal aid for housing

August 7, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to deposit the state’s share of a 2012 nationwide bank settlement into a legal assistance fund for renters and homeowners, following a California Supreme Court ruling last month that he must use the money for its intended purpose.


Central American migrants are giving up on asylum; returning home

August 4, 2019

If the Trump administration’s goal with its new immigration policy, Migrant Protection Protocols, is to encourage large numbers of migrants to abandon their asylum claims and return home, it appears to be working. A Mexican official estimated Friday that about half of those returned to Baja California like Mejia have also decided to go home. Migrants have been returning mostly through private bus companies making exact figures hard to track, he confirmed.


California auditor blasts Medi-Cal overseer for failing patients in 18 rural counties

August 7, 2019

In a report released Tuesday, California State Auditor Elaine Howle upbraided the state Department of Health Care Services for its failure to ensure Medi-Cal beneficiaries have adequate access and quality of care in 18 rural counties stretching from Inyo to the south to Tehama and Plumas in the north.

Religious Rights

This new law will ensure Californians’ right to display religious symbols on doors and in entryways

August 7, 2019

A little over a year ago, a homeowner’s association governing a San Diego condo complex told a Jewish resident to remove a mezuzah from his home’s doorpost. The resident’s heartbreaking decision to discontinue a cherished, millenia-old tradition to avoid hundreds of dollars in fines led to a rallying cry from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Legislative Jewish Caucus and other faith groups, which culminated last week with Gov. Gavin Newsom signing Senate Bill 652 barring landlords and homeowner’s associations from prohibiting the display of religious items on doors and door frames.

The new law, however, would prohibit someone from placing an object that would pose a health or safety threat, hinder the opening or closing of doors, or contain obscene graphics or language. Also, the items cannot be larger than 36-by-12 inches.