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New report maps environmental issue in Eastern Coachella Valley

July 24, 2013
New report maps environmental issue in Eastern Coachella Valley

By Suzanne Potter

A new report spotlights a harsh reality in the Eastern Coachella Valley: the water, air and soil there are polluted – significantly more so than the West Valley and Riverside County as a whole.

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S’mores, and a lot more, for inner city kids

July 8, 2013
S’mores, and a lot more, for inner city kids

By David Ogul

Virtually every student at Central Elementary School in City Heights lives in poverty. But thanks to a small nonprofit, each summer the school’s third graders are treated to two days of camping in San Diego County’s backwoods.

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Obamacare rolls out under the radar in San Francisco

July 3, 2013
Obamacare rolls out under the radar in San Francisco

By Callie Shanafelt

The expansion of Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program), a signature part of Obama’s landmark health care reform plan, has gone largely unnoticed in a county that already had a health care plan for low-income people.

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Training teens who dropped out

June 13, 2013
Training teens who dropped out

By Rosa Ramirez

Being disconnected — neither working nor in school — goes beyond not having spending cash. Research shows that joblessness as youths result in lower wages for years to come due to foregone work experience and missed opportunities to develop professional skills. Urban Corps of San Diego is one program working to provide these youth with skills and job experience.

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A play for child mental health in Long Beach

June 12, 2013
A play for child mental health in Long Beach

By Jessica Portner

A fun fair aims to boost the mental health of children by strengthening the bond between parents and kids.

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For disconnected youth, job prospects dim

June 6, 2013
For disconnected youth, job prospects dim

By Minerva Perez

Central Valley communities have the highest percentage of youth in the state who are not working and not in school, according to a recent report. Advocates in the afflicted counties say there is a way to help these so-called “disconnected youth” by building a council specifically aimed to address their needs.

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La Cultura Cura seeks to heal where violence flares

June 5, 2013
La Cultura Cura seeks to heal where violence flares

By Melissa Flores

The program is helping communities reconnect with their culture to prevent violence in Monterey County, which has one of the highest youth homicide rates in California.

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Young women in pot industry face exploitation

May 29, 2013
Young women in pot industry face exploitation

By Suzanne Hurt

Some don’t run into any problems, while others are drawn by the pot trade’s element of danger. But many women are surprised to find violent and volatile working situations are often part of the industry.

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Marlene Sanchez fights for a better life for girls

May 28, 2013
Marlene Sanchez fights for a better life for girls

By Leah Bartos

Marlene Sanchez, executive director of the Center for Young Women’s Development, helps young women arrest the cycle of incarceration.

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Clergy campaign for indigent care

May 23, 2013

By Chris Richard

In a first step in a campaign to emphasize a moral and religious imperative in the state budget debate, clergy from a coalition of Los Angeles County churches and synagogues delivered sermons over last weekend calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to retain current state support for county indigent care.

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