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Why Apple Inc. remains popular in California

June 16, 2013
California’s most valuable company – Apple Inc. – has been taking flak lately from the halls of Congress to the capitals of Europe over reports that the consumer electronics giant manages its business to minimize the corporate income taxes it pays to the U.S. and foreign governments. But you’re not likely to hear too many complaints from California politicians about the company’s contribution to the state and local tax base – or the economy. The taxes Apple pays represent a huge chunk of the state budget, and new numbers show just how big a role it plays in the economic life of the Silicon Valley and especially the company’s home town of Cupertino. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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Why many Californians don’t want to think about growing old

June 13, 2013
Why many Californians don’t want to think about growing old Denial runs deep among Californians when they think about growing old: nearly four in ten told pollsters in a recent survey that aging is something they "would rather not think about." But for many, that better change, because most people are going to need some form of long-term care as they age, and few are prepared for it.

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On autism, state won’t follow its own edict

June 12, 2013
When the state decided to transition low-income kids from state-subsidized private insurance -- known as Healthy Families --to the state-run Medi-Cal program, families of children with autism were promised that their kids' treatment would not suffer. But those families soon learned that one especially promising (but expensive) form of treatment was not going to be covered by Medi-Cal.

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Latin American doctors fill U.S. physician shortages

June 11, 2013
By Rosa Ramirez UCLA's International Medical Graduate program woos Mexican doctors to the United States to fill the looming primary care physician shortage in California.

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In Wealthy Santa Clara County, Peer Advocates Help Struggling Seniors

June 10, 2013
More than 15,000 in well-heeled Santa Clara county seniors live in poverty, taking home less than about $900 a month. And one in four older adults – nearly 50,000 seniors – live “near poverty” – less than twice the federal poverty level. When factoring in the true costs of living in this expensive area, nearly half of the county’s older adults are considered impoverished. The Senior Peer Advocate program – or SPA – was spawned by the Santa Clara County’s Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County in hopes of connecting seniors with essential services -- in particular affordable housing and transportation. Matt Perry's latest column on aging with dignity.

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Train to nowhere or cutting edge vision?

June 10, 2013
Depending on your point of view, California’s plan for high-speed rail might be either a $69 billion fast train to nowhere or a visionary project that will keep the Golden State on the cutting edge of environmental protection and transportation technology. The voters have weighed in once in favor of the idea, and the Legislature and two governors -- one from each party -- have repeatedly pressed forward with the project. But a superior court judge in Sacramento now holds the train’s fate in his hands. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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Pilot project serves free summer lunch to kids in libraries

June 10, 2013
Pilot project serves free summer lunch to kids in libraries By Lily Dayton For some, the library serves as ad hoc daycare while their parents are at work. For others, the library is a safe place to escape the streets. Many kids show up in the morning and stay all day—but few have food, or money to buy a meal.

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How caps on profits are working out

June 6, 2013
How caps on profits are working out New federal rules limiting how much insurance companies can spend on administration and profit are saving consumers more than $2 billion a year, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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New insurance market taking shape

June 2, 2013
California’s new health insurance marketplace is starting to come into focus as a state agency in charge of implementing President Obama’s federal health reform steadily adds more and more detail to the emerging picture, like a painter filling in a vast canvass. But exactly how the final image will look to consumers remains a bit murky. And we probably won’t know the answer until after the health benefits exchange, known as Covered California, opens for business Oct. 1. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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A last chance for San Diego kids

May 30, 2013
A unique San Diego diversion program may be the last chance for many troubled local kids to stay out of the criminal justice system.

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