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A Dream Deferred?

April 25, 2012
A Dream Deferred?

By Robert Fulton

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. And according to residents and community leaders in South Los Angeles, too little has changed over the past two decades.

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Urban youth farm a community gathering place in East Oakland

April 23, 2012
Urban youth farm a community gathering place in East Oakland

By Marnette Federis

An east Oakland urban youth farm is an unexpected patch of green oasis, set among concrete mazes that make up the city’s busy freeways.

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City harvesting benefits homeowners and the hungry

April 18, 2012
City harvesting benefits homeowners and the hungry

By Enrique Gili

Streets take on the look of an unruly Eden in the leafier parts of San Diego. Lawns, large lots, even sidewalk medians are interlaced with fruiting varieties of trees, palm trees and lush vegetation. Sometimes the abundance of common produce – lemons, oranges, avocados – can overwhelm homeowners. So locavores and food security advocates have teamed up with a growing number of volunteers, matching overburdened homeowners with pickers eager to help haul the excess produce to food pantries throughout San Diego County.

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Restorative justice helps integrate ex-offenders

April 17, 2012

By Lynn Graebner

What if the first thing on the to-do list for people coming out of prison was to repair the relationships with loved ones who were most hurt by the crime and it’s consequences? A tool called reintegration circles is helping ex-offenders to do just that.

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Holistic mental wellness center coming to Fresno

April 10, 2012

By Todd R. Brown

To some immigrants, the details of Western medicine lie in unfamiliar territory, so certain maladies wind up being treated by traditional healers rather than modern medical practitioners.

To remedy that dichotomy, Fresno County plans to open a holistic wellness center that will link Hmong, Latinos and other groups with spiritually fulfilling as well as evidence-based solutions to mental health worries.

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Community comes together for troubled youth

April 8, 2012
Community comes together for troubled youth

By Lynn Graebner

On a 100-acre ranch in the foothills northeast of Salinas, 28 students, many of whom are on probation, are building a house. When it’s finished, it will shelter some of them from the violence in their own neighborhoods. This Youth Build project is one of the first steps in an extensive expansion of Rancho Cielo Youth Campus in Salinas. The nonprofit provides young people who are on probation, parole or are at risk of gang affiliation a chance to earn a high school diploma, get job training and a healthy dose of self esteem.

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Realignment results in lengthy jail sentences

April 5, 2012
Realignment results in lengthy jail sentences

By Minerva Perez

Jails were meant to hold people for short stays, but are now housing prisoners with sentences as long as 23 years, without the necessary resources for longer stays, such as medical care and other social services programs that help rehabilitate prisoners.

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Volunteers make a difference at free clinic

April 4, 2012
Volunteers make a difference at free clinic

By Suzanne Potter

Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine is the only free clinic in the entire Coachella Valley. “We’re kind of the safety net underneath all of the other safety nets,” explains Executive Director Bruce Yeager.

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Video observation helps TB-stricken stick with meds

April 3, 2012
Video observation helps TB-stricken stick with meds

By Julissa McKinnon

Now that Sayuri Linet Salazar is feeling healthy again, the 19-year-old admits she’s sometimes tempted to abandon the time-consuming treatment for her tuberculosis. The college student of Ensenada, Mexico said she’s grown tired of planning her life around medication. Researchers at UC San Diego hope that a new video tool they are developing prevents patients like Salazar from defecting treatment by making it more convenient for doctors to monitor their medical intake.

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Community clinics ground zero for health care reform

April 2, 2012
Community clinics ground zero for health care reform

By Genevieve Bookwalter

Veronica Villalobos mans a desk in a crowded waiting room at St. James Health Center in San Jose. She’s looking for those whose low income — less than $699 per month for a single person — might qualify them for free medical care. Villalobos wants to find those patients. Her job as patient navigator is to sign them up with Valley Care—Santa Clara County’s newest program providing health insurance for the very poor.

The county’s first target? Patients with little money who don’t qualify for other public health programs. By county estimates, that includes about 23,500 residents.

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