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Khmer group advocates school-based care for children of refugees

September 27, 2012

By Robin Urevich

Khmer Girls in Action, an activist youth organization aimed at developing leadership among young men and women, wants better health care for high school students and their families, access to pregnancy testing and contraception and help with their community’s overwhelming mental health issues, which they chalk up to the torture and deprivation many of their parents experienced at the hands of the Khmer Rouge and their later life as refugees in a strange new country.

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Stand Down offers short-term support to homeless vets, but state law calls for more

September 25, 2012
Stand Down offers short-term support to homeless vets, but state law calls for more

By Melissa Flores

Even as a Senate bill was signed into law in August requiring the California Department of Veteran Affairs to have a more comprehensive strategic plan on meeting the needs of homeless veterans, those service officers working on the ground know how hard it can be to work with a population that is often transitory.

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Can Ceasefire work in Richmond?

September 24, 2012

By Callie Shanafelt

Every Friday at 1 PM Pastor Henry Washington meets other Richmond community members concerned about gun-violence at his church—The Garden of Peace Ministries. They walk around the parts of Richmond most devastated by violence, handing out anti-violence literature and talking with residents. He is working as part of a hands-on effort to stop the shooting in the city, a program known as Ceasefire, the city’s latest effort to stop gun violence.

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Students aim for peace in the streets with global street art project

September 20, 2012
Students aim for peace in the streets with global street art project

By Lynn Graebner

A small town in the Salinas Valley has turned several downtown buildings into art exhibits to promote peace on the streets.

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Bridging the digital divide in the Central Valley

September 19, 2012

By Minerva Perez

Central Valley residents are getting connected and learning to navigate a computer, thanks to California Connects, a program aimed at teaching vulnerable populations basic computer skills.

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A small clinic’s big task

September 18, 2012
A small clinic’s big task

By Jessica Portner

Dr. Dimitri Sirakoff is less harried these days. The general medicine doctor and founder of the aptly named Serve the People Community Health Center still dons his white lab coat 90 hours a week. But the industrious physician has been able to hire a small staff to help him as he whips around his clinic providing services for a flood of poor, uninsured Santa Ana residents making their way to his waiting room.

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Foreclosure crisis hits seniors hard in Northern California

September 7, 2012

A common assumption is that senior homeowners are in the best position to weather the mortgage crisis because they bought their homes before the real estate bubble and have more equity. That assumption is wrong, a recent AARP report suggests. How has the crisis affected seniors in Northern California? Callie Shanafelt reports in the third and final story on elders and the foreclosure crisis.

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In L.A., mortgage crisis knows no age limits

September 4, 2012
In L.A., mortgage crisis knows no age limits

Fixed incomes, scams and unfavorable loans haunt older homeowners. Robert Fulton reports on seniors in foreclosure from Los Angeles.

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Richmond agency determined to reduce summer gun violence

August 30, 2012
Richmond agency determined to reduce summer gun violence

By Callie Shanafelt

Last year there were 26 homicides in the City of Richmond – and seventeen of them happened in the summer. This year, Office of Neighborhood Safety outreach workers have taken to the streets of North Richmond to try and stop the spike in homicides.

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Hundreds gather at family market for free fresh produce

August 27, 2012

By Melissa Flores

For the low-income and unemployed, food insecurity is a lingering reminder of the Great Recession.

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