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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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jessica Portner
A fun fair aims to boost the mental health of children by strengthening the bond between parents and kids.
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.
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.
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.
By Leah Bartos
Marlene Sanchez, executive director of the Center for Young Women’s Development, helps young women arrest the cycle of incarceration.
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.