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California is richest, poorest state

May 27, 2013

It’s fair to say that California is the richest state in the nation. We have more millionaires than any other state, and mansions dot our coastal bluffs and inland canyons. But California is also, arguably, the poorest state in the nation. We have more people in poverty — 6.1 million — and more children in poverty than any other state. Even more ominously, a new measure of poverty shows that California has the highest percentage of its population living below the poverty line. Daniel Weintraub’s weekly essay.

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Designers eye vast market: older adults

May 26, 2013

Retailers and the designers who work for them are beginning to eye a vast new market: older adults with a taste for style and money to spend. Matt Perry’s latest column on aging with dignity.

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Instead of prison, felons get jail and rehab

May 21, 2013
Instead of prison, felons get jail and rehab

By Lynn Graebner

After serving time in jail, a three-step program helps men in Santa Cruz county make a new life after a felony conviction.

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Brown gets push-back on school reform

May 20, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature are headed for a showdown over the way California pays for its public schools. Brown is proposing a revolutionary plan to give extra state aid to schools that teach large numbers of poor and immigrant children. But he is getting pushback from some in the Legislature who think his plan goes too far – at the expense of the general-purpose money that every school district receives. Daniel Weintraub’s weekly essay.

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Counties still not prepared to offer expanded mental health care

May 16, 2013
Counties still not prepared to offer expanded mental health care

By Alexia Underwood

More than one million people in California suffer from mental illness – the largest number of any state. When the final phase of the new health care law starts in January of next year, more California residents than ever before will be able to seek help for problems ranging from depression, anxiety, and addiction to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. But mental health providers in the state’s Central Valley are unprepared for an influx of thousands of patients.

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Curanderismo is alive and well in America

May 15, 2013

When Charles Garcia looks at a garden, he doesn’t see plants. He sees medicine, heritage, art and magic. A curandero, Garcia practices traditional folk healing – curanderismo – the way his mother, grandmother and grandfather did. “It’s a combination of what the Spanish padres, the ranchers and the natives practiced,” Garcia said. “That was the beginning of California curanderismo.” Curanderismo is still widely used in Mexico, Central and South America, and is making a comeback here in California and across the Southwest, especially as immigrant populations grow.

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Poor health care moving from prison to jails

May 15, 2013
Poor health care moving from prison to jails

By Mary Flynn

California’s sweeping criminal justice reform plan, in place since October 2011, was meant to sharply reduce the state’s prison population. But the changes may have also had the unintended consequence of passing along the biggest problem associated with overcrowding – poor health care – to county jails.

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Brown endorses state-run Medi-Cal expansion

May 14, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown committed Tuesday to a state-based expansion of subsidized health care for low-income Californians, abandoning a proposal he had floated that would have required each of the state’s 58 counties to provide care for the low-income people in their communities. But Brown, in his revised budget for the coming year, said he still wants to redirect the lion’s share of the money the state now gives the counties to provide care to the uninsured.

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How will Brown balance oil, environmental interests?

May 13, 2013

A revolution in the oil industry that’s been taking place in Pennsylvania, Ohio and North Dakota is poised to sweep through California’s oil patch, with the potential to produce hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in tax revenue for the state.
But there’s a big catch. Daniel Weintraub’s weekly essay.

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The Search for Meaning in Late-Life Entrepreneurship

May 12, 2013

Older adults facing age discrimination or squeezed out by employers looking to cut costs are increasingly finding entrepreneurship a surprisingly realistic option in a rugged new economy. Matt Perry’s latest column on aging with dignity.

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