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California Advances Private Sector Retirement Plan Without Feds

By Guy Marzorati, KQED News Fix/The California Report

California officials vowed to move ahead with a retirement savings program for the state’s private sector workers, a day after losing the federal government’s support for the initiative.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and State Treasurer John Chiang said Thursday that the state will still enact the Secure Choice program, authorized last year, that will create retirement accounts for nearly 6.8 million Californians. De Leon criticized opponents of the plan as representing the interests of large banks and brokerage firms.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/The California Report.

For Local Governments, Cashing In on Cannabis Isn’t Going to Be Easy

By Ben Christopher, Justice/CALmatters 

At the office of Monterey County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector, gun-toting guards now stand sentry over the parking lot and entry door.

A newly renovated front office now serves as a secure drop-off point for taxpayers carrying duffel bags full of cash (payments made by appointment only). A fleet of state-of-the-art currency counters stand ready to speedily tally unprecedented sums of paper bills. And the regularly scheduled armored truck pickups are now passing through at a quicker clip.

Read the complete story at Justice/CALmatters. 

Fearing Deportation, Parents Worry About Enrolling Undocumented Kids in Medi-Cal

By Ana Ibarra, KQED News Fix/California Healthline

Luz felt relieved and grateful when she learned that her 16-year-old son qualified for full coverage under Medi-Cal. Now, she worries that the information she provided to the government health program could put her family at risk of deportation.

Luz’s son is one of nearly 190,000 children who have enrolled in Medi-Cal since California opened it to undocumented children last year. Luz, her husband and her son came to Merced, from Mexico without papers about 10 years ago. Luz asked that the family’s last name not be used, for fear of being identified by federal immigration authorities.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/California Healthline.

 

Report: 10,000 Immigrant Parents of U.S. Citizens Detained per Year in California

By Julie Small and Lisa Pickoff-White, KQED News Fix/The California Report

Many of the 65,000 immigrants detained on average in California every year are parents of U.S. citizens, according to a new report from an international human rights advocacy organization.

California courts and lockups are an integral part of immigration detention and deportation in the United States. The Golden State has the largest immigration court workload in the country. And the only other state to hold more detainees on any given day is Texas, according to data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/The California Report.

Can’t Get That Camping Spot? It Could Be Bots

By Jessica Placzek, KQED News Fix

Abigail Johnston and Steve Fotter have been taking the same vacation for decades. For a week, twice a year, they pack up their car with sleeping bags, books and bug spray and drive an hour to Steep Ravine State Park.

Nestled along the coast of Marin County, down beneath the cliffs of the Pacific, they make their way to one of 10 primitive wooden cabins. There’s no electricity or running water, but luxury is not why people visit Steep Ravine. They go for the sweeping views of the ocean and a secluded beach a few steps away.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Amid Housing Crisis, Why 2 Out of 5 Young Californians Still Live at Home

By Matt Levin, CALmatters

State lawmakers have introduced more than 130 bills this legislative session to try to solve California’s housing affordability crisis, proposing everything from 150 square-foot apartments to a $3 billion affordable housing bond.

But while many see the flurry of political activity as an encouraging sign, for millions of younger Californians, all the talk of infill development, the        California Environment Quality Act reform and developer fees can be reduced to one simple question:

Will any of this stuff finally help me move out of my parents’ place?

Read the complete story at CALmatters

Is the Bay Area Losing Money to Corporate Tax Incentives?

By Jeremy Dalmas, KALW/Crosscurrents

San Francisco has the strongest economy of any city in the U.S. And with business booming, a lot of eyes are on local corporations to see if they are giving back to the local community by paying their fair share in taxes.

KALW listener Eli Dart was one of them, and he had a question for Hey Area, our collaborative reporting project between our reporters and our listeners.

Dart wanted to know: “How much money do cities in the Bay Area spend on tax breaks for corporations to get them to locate in a particular place or do a particular thing?”

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

What Your California Representative Says About the GOP Health Bill

By Alyssa Jeong Perry, Jeremy Siegel, John Sepulvado and Miranda Leitsinger, KQED News/The California Report

After the House voted last Thursday to narrowly approve a Republican-drafted bill that would eliminate many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, KQED collected statements made by California’s members of Congress explaining why they voted the way they did.

We gathered comments made via social media and on the floor of the House, as well as from press releases sent out by each member’s office. We included links to their Twitter and Facebook pages where you can see some of their statements, plus additional comments they’ve made.

Read the complete story at KQED News/The California Report.

California’s Governor Once Opposed Sanctuary Status. Have Time—and Trump—Changed His Mind?

By Elizabeth Aguilera, CALmatters

If Gov. Jerry Brown ends up signing a pending bill to make California a “sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants, it will be an about-face for the governor, who publicly opposed the idea of sanctuary cities several years ago.

While it’s often difficult to predict Brown’s actions, many Capitol observers expect him to approve it, given both California’s political landscape and strong Democratic antipathy toward President Donald Trump.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

California's Subsidized After-School Programs Struggling to Survive

By Susan Frey, EdSource

Stagnant state funding, rising costs and possible cutbacks in federal support are threatening the viability of California’s subsidized after-school programs, which serve 859,000 low-income students in 4,500 schools across the state.

Besides offering a safe place for children while parents are working, after-school and summer programs provide homework help, hands-on science and arts projects, field trips, sports, social-emotional support and meals. The programs are free to parents of low-income students.

Read the complete story at EdSource.