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July 2019

An artist built seesaws into the U.S.- Mexico border and invited kids to play on them (upworthy.com)

A set of bright pink teeter-totters extend into both the U.S. and Mexico through the barrier between the two countries. Children and adults on both sides of the border play together, seesawing up and down, their view of one another partially obscured by the vertical steel slats that separate them. Ronald Rael, professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, associate professor of design at San José State University, came up conceptual drawings...

Harris announces 'landmark bill' with AOC to fight 'environmental injustice' (msn.com)

S en. Kamala Harris announced she was teaming up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to make sure the Green New Deal would lift up low-income communities, people of color, and indigenous communities. The bill, titled "Climate Equity Act of 2019," would require congressional climate and environmental bills to have an equity score and require additional review for "climate equity" in federal regulations. The bill would additionally require all major federal climate and environmental investments...

Children Now is hiring (in Sacramento)!

https://www.childrennow.org/portfolio-posts/healthpolicyassociate/ Health Policy Associate/Senior Associate (Sacramento) Children Now is a nonpartisan whole-child research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children’s health, education and well‐being in California. Children Now also leads The Children’s Movement of California , a grassroots network of more than 3,000 business, education, parent, civil rights, faith, and community‐based organizations, as...

Breaking the Silence on Early Child Care and Education Costs: A Values-Based Budget for Children, Parents, and Teachers in California

By Elise Gould, Marcy Whitebook, Zane Mokhiber, and Lea J.E. Austin, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, July 23, 2019. What this report finds: California’s child early care and education (ECE) system is underfunded, and California policymakers have not been willing to acknowledge the true cost of creating a comprehensive ECE system. Proposals for ECE reform have focused primarily on improving access and affordability for families but have ignored the elephant in the room: Early...

From ancient times to today, San Diego remains a magnet for wellness seekers (calmatters.org)

Eric Ortega walked through Warner Springs on a recent hot afternoon. “I see our homeland,” he said, looking at houses that dot vast rolling expanses of land covered by dry brush and trees. “ My grandmother lived in one of those houses,” said the 54-year-old Ortega. “My grandfather lived in those houses." And just east of the homes, sit two large pools of water sprung from the ground. One hot. One cool. Ortega said practicality and spirituality drew his ancestors to the springs possibly as...

Update on California 2019- 2020 budget items re: child adversity

California's 2019-2020 state budget was enacted on June 27. It includes new investments for vulnerable children and youth. Full info is here: http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/budget/2019-20EN/#/BudgetSummary . Budget highlights include: Screening for developmental delays and trauma: $105 million ($52.5 million one-time Prop 56 funding) for developmental and trauma screenings and $50 million ($25 million Prop 56 one-time funding) for provider training to deliver trauma screenings in Medi-Cal.

Report reveals how foster care, juvenile and adult justice systems traumatize youth, calls for policy shifts

YWFC sponsored Sister Warriors meeting When she was 15 years old, Lucero Herrera was put in a rehab program by San Francisco’s Juvenile Court because she was getting drunk regularly. And in doing so, the court failed to explore the root of her drinking. Had they done so, she said, they would have found that anger and trauma were lurking underneath, driven by her ACEs: adverse childhood experiences. Lucero Herrera "Why did they put me in a drug program when I had an anger problem? I went...

As Homelessness Rises in Many Parts of California, Counties Search for Solutions [calhealthreport.org]

By Alyse DiNapoli, California Health Report, July 17, 2019. Many California’s counties reported having more homeless residents this year, according to the 2019 Point in Time surveys, which aim to count the number of people experiencing homelessness on a given night. The surveys are completed once every year or two years depending on the county. San Francisco and San Jose counties reported increases of 17 percent and 42 percent in the last two years, respectively. Los Angeles County...

New Oakland policy limits when parolees can be searched without a warrant [mercurynews.com]

By Ali Tadayon, The Mercury News, July 10, 2019. OAKLAND — If police don’t have a warrant, they will be limited as to when they can search parolees and probationers under a new Oakland policy, the first of its kind in the state. State law allows police to search parolees and probationers without a warrant and without a reason, even during routine traffic stops. Oakland’s policy — approved by the City Council unanimously last week — requires officers to have a reason to conduct a warrantless...

Propelling prisoners to bachelor’s degrees in California [hechingerreport.org]

By Wayne D'Orio, The Hechinger Report, July 12, 2019. LOS ANGELES — The first time someone in jail tried to give Bradley Arrowood a textbook, he laughed at him. Education was the last thing on his mind. “When I was a kid, I was told I’d never amount to anything,” Arrowood said. Arrowood grew up in Orange County, dropped out of school at 16, and supported himself with “illegal activities” until he was 23 years old, when he killed a man he suspected of cheating with his wife. He was sentenced...

A community planned to boost child care. Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed the bill to do it [latimes.com]

By John Myers, Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2019. SACRAMENTO — Some of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s staunchest supporters say they are baffled by his decision to block two Bay Area cities from raising local taxes — money that, in one community, would be used to boost child-care services for working-class families. The governor’s decision late last week to veto legislation on the issue may not be the final word for either city, but it caught local leaders off guard on an effort that had been decidedly...

Petaluma raises base wage to $15 per hour [sonomanews.com]

By Yousef Baig, Sonoma Index-Tribune, July 19, 2019. Thousands of workers on the lowest rung of Petaluma’s economic ladder will see higher wages starting next year after city officials this week agreed to accelerate a state plan to increase the minimum wage. The city council voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a $15 per hour minimum wage starting Jan. 1 for large businesses (26 or more employees), and will then enact the rate citywide a year later in 2021. Smaller employers (25 or less...

Opioid Crisis: 203 Million Pills Distributed in Santa Clara County Over Seven-Year Period [sanjoseinside.com]

By Silicon Valley Newsroom, San Jose Inside, July 22, 2019. Doctors prescribed nearly 203 million opioid pills in Santa Clara County from 2006 to 2012, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of federal data. The study of 380 million prescriptions conducted by the Washington Post offers a county-by-county glimpse of the opioid crisis that swept the nation over the past decade. It shows that in this county alone, doctors prescribed painkillers at a per-capita rate of 16 pills a person over...

Oakland homelessness surges 47% — per-capita number now higher than SF and Berkeley [sfchronicle.com]

By Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, July 22, 2019. Oakland’s homeless population rose 47% between 2017 and 2019, one of the biggest two-year increases of any California city, according to a one-night street count released Monday by county officials. The jump means Oakland’s per capita homeless rate now surpasses the same figure in San Francisco and Berkeley, at a time when cities around the Bay Area and the country are struggling with a crisis driven by drug addiction, mental illness...

Recommendations Roadmap for Proposition 64 Expenditures: Advancing Healing-Centered and Trauma-Informed Approaches to Foster Individual, Family, and Community Resilience

“There is a critical need to focus on effective strategies that address the underlying causes and structural conditions of substance use, including adverse childhood experiences, adverse community environments and experiences, toxic stress, and trauma.”- Recommendations Roadmap for California Proposition 64 Expenditures Report By Christina Bethell, Stephanie Guinosso, and Kanwarpal Dhaliwal California’s Proposition 64 (2016 marijuana legalization) presents a special opportunity to invest in...

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