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15 percent living in poverty in California

November 30, 2011

The number of Californians in poverty jumped by more than 20 percent between 2005 and 2010, according to a new estimate from the US Census Bureau.

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With help from chambers of commerce, local businesses go green

November 30, 2011

With help from chambers of commerce, local businesses go green

By Minerva Perez

Businesses need to see benefits to their bottom line before they really go green – and that’s what the Green Team, a committee of the Merced Chamber of commerce, is helping local businesses do. And other local chambers in California are embracing the same tactic, Minerva Perez reports.

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Nonprofit fights for healthy housing in low income communities

November 28, 2011

Nonprofit fights for healthy housing in low income communities

Mutual Housing of Sacramento acquires, renovates and rebuilds housing projects that are deemed unsafe for residents. The result is more safe, affordable housing for low-income tenants.

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Del Mar offers caregivers a helping hand in Salinas

November 22, 2011

By Melissa Flores

It’s hard to ask for help when a loved one is suffering from memory impairment or other brain disorders. Del Mar Care Center is helping families in Salinas, and giving caregivers the tools they need to take care of themselves.

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UC Merced students investigate health disparities in Central Valley

November 21, 2011

By Tim Moran

A select group of students is documenting and analyzing the health of Central Valley residents, a region that’s been called the Appalachia of the West.

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Small Towns, Large Integration

November 20, 2011

The tiny Central Valley town of Cutler is home to one in a series of cutting-edge health clinics that raise the bar on low-cost, community-based healthcare with a sophisticated set of integrated services spanning primary care to alternative medicine and social outreach. The Family HealthCare Network includes 11 clinics dotting rural Tulare and Kings counties, both agricultural economies in the heart of the central San Joaquin Valley populated heavily by undocumented workers.

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State jobless rate inches downward

November 18, 2011

California’s unemployment rate inched downward in October as the state’s economy added nearly 26,000 jobs, following a revised expansion of 39,200 jobs in September.

The unemployment rate fell to 11.7 percent in October, down from 11.9 percent two months earlier.

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State settles suit over adult day health care

November 17, 2011

On the eve of a hearing in federal court, California officials and advocates for disabled and low-income seniors have agreed to a brief delay in the elimination of the state Adult Day Health Care program while a replacement service can be implemented.

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Libros Schmibros is about more than books

November 17, 2011

Libros Schmibros is about more than books

By Robin Urevich

A Boyle Heights bookstore reminds neighborhood residents of the area’s historic diversity and egalitarian roots.

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LAO: $2 billion in triggered cuts likely

November 16, 2011

State revenues will be nearly $4 billion below projections for the current fiscal year, triggering about $2 billion in budget cuts under a deal reached earlier this year between the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst says in a new forecast released today.

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