California Family Resource Association

August 11 Week in Review

August 11, 2019

Immigration & Public Charge

What does President Trump’s latest immigration crackdown mean for California?

August 12, 2019

As President Donald Trump published controversial new rules on Monday making it harder for legal immigrants to get green cards if they use — or are likely to use — Medicaid, food stamps and other social safety net programs, California has reacted with anticipated outrage.

California Counties Sue To Block Trump’s New Green Card Test

August 13, 2019

San Francisco and Santa Clara County in California filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Trump administration from implementing a new rule that would deny permanent residency to legal immigrants if they are judged likely to use government benefit programs. President Trump issued the regulation, called the public charge rule, on Monday. Starting in October, the federal government plans to base decisions about permanent legal status on a wealth test: Poor immigrants would be denied if they are deemed likely to use programs like food stamps or subsidized housing, while wealthier immigrants designated as less likely to require public assistance would be approved.

Advice to California immigrants seeking to stay in US: Don’t work with pot

August 10, 2019

The headline of a sign that a San Francisco immigration clinic is distributing to marijuana growers and dispensers in California, where personal use by adults has been legal since 2016, gives some dire advice: Warning: If you are not a U.S. citizen, it may be legally dangerous for you to work in the marijuana industry.


California education officials say ethnic studies plan “falls short,” needs work

August 14, 2019

Education officials hit pause on a high school ethnic studies plan after receiving thousands of suggestions and complaints.

Inspire charter schools spread across California as critics warn of performance, financial concerns

August 11, 2019

State data show that Inspire schools underperformed academically. Last year, all Inspire schools performed below the state average in English and math test scores, with some schools showing as few as 16 percent of their students passing math and as few as 25 percent passing English. The state average is 39 percent for math and 50 percent for English.


Federal Law Protecting Indian Children and Families Will Stand

August 9, 2019

Today a federal circuit court reversed a lower court’s ruling by affirming the validity of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a law passed in 1978 to protect Native American families and children when nearly a third of Indian children were being removed from their parents and placed mostly with white families.

Pregnant or trying? Here’s how to get the most out of California’s new paid family leave law

August 12, 2019

California recently approved a longer paid family leave, allowing workers whose blessed events fall on the right side of the new law to take up to eight weeks off with partial pay to bond with a new baby. How’s that going to work? We asked the experts and read the fine print to help you figure it out now, before you’re too sleep deprived to think straight.

The Next 16 Programs Up for Family First Act Funding

August 14, 2019

The federal clearinghouse established to determine which services can be funded to help prevent the use of foster care in some child welfare cases has added 16 new programs for review in the coming months, just weeks after announcing its first slate of approvals.

Wildfire Fund

PG&E’s $105 million fund for wildfire victims expected to start taking applications soon

August 12, 2019

A $105 million relief fund created by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and its parent company, which will give cash to those who lost their homes in wildfires, is set to begin taking applications soon, according to attorneys for wildfire victims.


Stocks fall sharply after bond market warns of recession

August 14, 2019

The yield on the 10-year Treasury briefly dropped below the two-year Treasury’s yield Wednesday morning for the first time since 2007. The so-called inversion has correctly predicted many past recessions and is the loudest warning bell yet about a possible recession ahead.


Sacramento City Council approves rent control measure. New cap on increases takes effect soon

August 13, 2019

The Sacramento City Council approved a rent control and tenant protection measure Tuesday – and moved up the date it will take effect in an attempt to prevent landlords from evicting tenants before the new regulations are implemented.

Sausalito-Marin City district agrees to desegregate school

August 9, 2019

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Friday announced a historic settlement with the Sausalito Marin City School District that will lead to desegregation within five years.


The Young Hands that Feed Us

An estimated 524,000 children work unimaginably long hours in America's grueling agricultural fields, and it's all perfectly legal.