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San Franciscans and Homeless Take to the Streets to Raise Awareness

KQED News Fix

The Coalition on Homelessness held a sleepout for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week to illuminate the continuing encampment sweeps and the adult city shelter waitlist that has exceeded 1,100 people. Dozens of homeless people and community allies gathered for the event on Thursday as people left work and rush hour began.

Read the story at KQED News Fix.

A Quick Guide to Understanding How Schools Serve Homeless Children in California


As California’s housing shortage worsens, the number of homeless children is expected to climb. Since 2014, the number of homeless youth has risen to more than 202,329, nearly 4 percent of the public school population. An EdSource special project explored the issue in detail.

Read the complete story at EdSource.

Northern California Fire Scams: Numbers Go From Bad to Worse

KQED News Fix

Federal officials suspect that fraudulent claims filed for disaster relief following the deadly Northern California fires are a bigger problem than they had initially thought. They estimate that there may have been tens of thousands of these claims; a few weeks ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said there were thousands. 

“It is an awful lot,” said agency spokesman Frank Mansell.

Read the story at KQED News Fix.

San Franciscans Have 'Special Power' to Halt New Construction — but a New Law May Limit It


San Franciscans  have the power to stop new construction projects in the city. With about $600 and some paperwork, anyone can start a process called  “discretionary review” and a project could grind to a halt. 

Read the story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

Just the Facts: California's County Jails

Public Policy Institute of California

Did you know the following information?

  • California has many diverse — and aging — county jail facilities.
  • The jail population is mostly male, most of whom are  being held for felonies.

Read the story at Public Policy Institute of California.

Gov. Jerry Brown Travels Through Europe on a Climate ‘Crusade’


The hosts of the U.N. climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, have a problem. The U.S. government — the longtime leader of the climate battle — has dwindling interest in this issue under the Trump administration, but it has sent a delegation to join international leaders as they hash out further terms of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Stepping into this vacuum is the increasingly influential California Gov. Jerry Brown, who will preside over a series of events on the periphery of the conference.

Read the story at CALmatters.

California Ecologists Push Back Against Invasive Green Crabs

KQED News Fix/The California Report

The European green crab is small — only about 4 inches wide — and does not have the giant claws of fiddler crabs or spindly limbs of king crabs.  These crabs, however,  are predators that are among the world’s worst invasive species.

Scientists estimate that green crabs cost the fishing industry close to $19 million a year on the East Coast. And in recent years, they have been seen along the West Coast from Monterey Bay to British Columbia.

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

When It Comes to Fire Protection, Money Can Talk

KQED News Fix/The California Report

During last month's devastating wildfires in the North Bay, several hundred homes of the wealthy in Napa and Sonoma counties were protected by teams of retired firefighters sent by some of the largest insurance companies in the country.

These companies offer “wildfire protection units” for the homes covered by more expensive homeowner insurance plans in several states.

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

Don't Get Confused — Covered California Is Still Here


It is time to sign up for Covered California, but President Donald Trump’s apparent sabotage of the Affordable Care Act has caused  confusion. KALW’s Health Reporter Marissa Ortega-Welch gave tips on navigating the chaos.

During open enrollment for Covered California — the state’s health insurance market under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare — Californians can sign up for insurance, shop for and compare premiums, and change their insurance plans.

Read the story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

Suspension, Expulsion Rates Plummet in California Public Schools, but Racial Gaps Remain


School suspensions and expulsions have plunged for all ethnic groups over the past five years, but a disparity exists for African American students, according to new state data.

In 2016-17, African American students in California public schools  had a 9.8 percent suspension rate, even though they are only 5.6 percent of the overall enrollment.

Read the story at EdSource.