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Fulfilling the Promise of the Medi-Cal Expansion

October 31, 2010

Federal health reform will add as many as two million more people to California’s seven million person Medi-Cal program. What will it take to guarantee this expansion exists not only on paper but results in meaningful access to quality healthcare for new enrollees? The first thing to understand is that this may require a substantial commitment of state resources. The California Budget Project estimates that the cost of the expansion to California will be approximately $5 billion dollars over the next ten years. California has to pick up only a small share of the cost of those newly eligible for the program. But the state will continue to split evenly with the feds the cost of those people who were eligible before the law was passed but will be newly enrolled.

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Affordable housing and one community’s future

October 31, 2010

For more than a year, a debate has been brewing in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood around affordable housing. The debate centers on one intersection but represents a much larger issue: is there such a thing as too much affordable housing in one community? Paul S. Towers explores the issue.

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Ballot preview: Proposition 25 would allow majority vote for budget

October 29, 2010

Proposition 25 would allow the Legislature to pass a state budget with a simple majority vote in the Assembly and Senate. The state constitution currently requires a two-thirds vote. California is one of only three states with this requirement. See our brief analysis, one in a series.

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Stanford Med students organize ‘Vote and Vax’ flu vaccine clinics

October 29, 2010

Three Stanford Medical School students have helped organize a local effort to offer flu vaccinations at two polling places in Santa Clara County Tuesday. Jessica W. Tsai, one of the organizers, explains why they got involved and how the clinics will work in this blog post.

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Stockton market helps close the fresh food gap

October 29, 2010

The city of Stockton boasts what organizers call the largest Asian farmers market on the west coast. The certified market serves a wide variety of customers from different ethnic groups and across the income strata, from low-income inner city residents to affluent suburban families. The market helps provide fresh food to people who find it hard to get at their neighborhood market. Tony Wilson offers this five-minute video profile.

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Ballot preview: Proposition 24 would repeal business tax breaks

October 27, 2010

Proposition 24 would repeal $1.3 billion worth of business tax breaks enacted with the state budgets approved in 2008 and 2009. See our brief analysis of the measure, one in a series on the November ballot propositions.

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Breast cancer screening program will reopen soon

October 27, 2010

Low-income women over age 40 will soon be able to receive mammograms again through the state-run Every Woman Counts cancer detection program. The Schwarzenegger Administration shut down enrollment in the program in January and limited screenings to those already enrolled to woman over age 50. But the Legislature, as part of the budget, restored funding for the program to return to its former status. Correspondent Megan Baier has the story.

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Study finds more fructose than expected in soda sweetened with corn syrup

October 27, 2010

By Daniel Weintraub

An intriguing study of the sugar content of popular soft drinks to be published Wednesday suggests that soda often contains more fructose than commonly believed, and fountain drinks at fast food restaurants have more sugar than advertised on nutrition content disclosures.

The study, published in the journal Obesity, was done by three University of Southern California researchers led by Dr.

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Ballot preview: Prop. 23 would suspend global warming law

October 26, 2010

Proposition 23 would suspend, probably for many years, California’s landmark global warming legislation, known as AB 32. See our brief analysis, one in a series on all of the ballot measures.

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City Heights fears rising population could bring more alcohol retailers

October 25, 2010

Residents and activists hoping to reduce the number of stores selling alcohol in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood are worried that the latest U.S. Census numbers could make their job harder by bolstering the population figures used to justify the addition of new liquor outlets. Correspondent Megan Burks has the story.

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