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SPCA helps Salinas teens “Take the Lead”

December 21, 2011

SPCA helps Salinas teens “Take the Lead”

By Lynn Graebner

The SPCA for Monterey County is pairing at-risk youth in Salinas with at-risk dogs, and the benefits are blooming on both ends of the leash.

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Program brings mobile clinics to churches

December 21, 2011

Program brings mobile clinics to churches

By Chris Richard

Hospitals, mobile clinics and churches are collaborating in the Imperial Valley to spread basic and preventative medical care.

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Keeping primary care afloat in Santa Ana

December 20, 2011

By Helen Afrasiabi

At a primary care clinic in Santa Ana, doctors remain dedicated to family medicine, despite dwindling funds and an undervaluing of the specialty.

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Domestic worker’s rights may pose financial challenge for the disabled

December 19, 2011

By Callie Shanafelt

New legislation will make sure that domestic workers have some basic rights – like uninterrupted sleep and kitchen privileges. But will these new standards make in-home care too expensive for people in need, like the low-income disabled?

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After high profile crimes, residents reluctant to talk to police

December 15, 2011

After high profile crimes, residents reluctant to talk to police

By Heather Gilligan

Residents don’t want to talk to police after a mass shooting in Oakland that claimed a child’s life – a reluctance that’s common after a high profile crime. The reasons for their hesitation are much more complicated than not wanting to “snitch.”

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Nonprofit provides funding for end-of-life care

December 15, 2011

By Melissa Flores

Medicare reimbursements don’t cover the full cost of end-of-life care for the elderly, and a foundation on the Central Coast is helping to fill in the gaps.

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School nurses, stretched thin, focus on critical care

December 14, 2011

School nurses, stretched thin, focus on critical care

By Genevieve Bookwalter

School nurses once provided critical preventative care for students, noticing when kids were bullied, or suffered from chronic hunger or child abuse. Now, with the ranks of school nurses thinning, the focus is on critical care.

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Liens lead to bulldozed homes and financial pain for Oakland residents

December 13, 2011

By Callie Shanafelt

Foreclosed homes can create a blight problem in some neighborhoods in Oakland. But the city agency charged with managing blight may be making the problem worse by leveling sanctions against new homeowners who are trying to fix up once-abandoned properties.

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Water boards attempt to manage state-wide nitrate problem

December 13, 2011

By Rebecca Wolfson

It started in 2001, and mostly affected the very young and the very old. Peoples’ hair would fall out, their skin would break out in rashes and their eyes would turn red after showers.

“That was how people were hurt on the outside,” said Horacio Amezquita, manager of the San Jerardo Cooperative. “On the inside, we don’t know.”

Amezquita, a former farm worker, lives at the cooperative, which houses about 250 low-income people. Many of the residents work on nearby farms that use nitrogen-based fertilizers to help crops grow.

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Brown unveils revenue update, automatic cuts

December 13, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown delivered what passes for good news today: the automatic budget cuts built into this year’s budget as a hedge against a revenue shortfall will not be as bad as many feared.

Brown said a recent surge in revenues helped trim the shortfall, and the automatic cuts that would be triggered by that shortfall. The big news: kindergarten-through-12th grade education was spared an anticipated $1 billion cut that would have almost certainly meant a reduction of at least a week at the end of the current school year.

But higher education, local prosecutors’ offices, Medi-Cal and services for the disabled will all be cut. And this probably won’t be the end of it.

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