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Rumors of Citizenship Troubles Keep Immigrants From Getting Legal Benefits

By Laura Wenus, Mission Local

Immigrants who can’t afford to feed their families are facing hunger rather than accepting benefits that rumors tell them could put their hopes of becoming citizens in jeopardy, according to immigration attorneys and those who work with food benefits.

“We have asylum seekers who are in homeless shelters and they haven’t accessed benefits because they’re afraid it’ll affect their case,” said Ana Herrera, an immigration attorney with Dolores Street Community Services. 

Read the complete story at Mission Local. 

Is California’s Investment in Needy Students Paying Off? Few Signs Yet That Achievement Gap Is Closing

By Jessica Calefati, CALmatters 

California’s new system for funding public education has pumped tens of billions of extra dollars into struggling schools, but there’s little evidence yet that the investment is helping the most disadvantaged students.

A CALmatters analysis of the biggest districts with the greatest clusters of needy children found limited success with the policy’s goal: to close the achievement gap between these students and their more privileged peers. Instead, test scores in most of those districts show the gap is growing.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

GOP Health Bill—How We Got Into This Mess

By Paul Kleyman, New America Media

Amid all of the scoreboard coverage of the Republicans’ American Health Care Act—they have the Senate votes, they don’t have the votes, how many millions will be stranded without insurance—few lines of type have delved beneath the partisan debates as sharply as Christy Ford Chapin did in her New York Times op-ed June 19, headlined, “How Did Health Care Get to Be Such a Mess?.”

“The problem with American health care is not the care. It’s the insurance,” Chapin begins. Her essay comes on the eve of the GOP’s promised release of its secretive overhaul of American health care. But, while almost everyone agrees that health care in the United States is broken, neither the national media nor political leadership have added much to the public’s understanding of how basically flawed the system is, how it was destined to become so costly, while healing so few compared with health care outcomes in any other advanced economy.

Read the complete story at New America Media.

7 Things to Know About California’s Long Heat Wave

By Dan Brekke, KQED News Fix/The California Report

Flex alert: The California Independent System Operator, or Cal ISO for short, has declared a flex alert for Tuesday because of high demand on the state’s electrical grid as the heat wave continues. A flex alert is a voluntary conservation program under which consumers are asked to take basic energy-saving measures such as setting thermostats higher (to cut down on air conditioning) and delaying use of large appliances until late in the evening.

Where it will be hottest: The Badwater area of Death Valley National Park could hit 127 on Tuesday. But you don’t need to go nearly as far as remote Death Valley to find searing heat. The entire 500-mile length of the Central Valley is under an excessive heat warning through late Friday. Temperatures are forecast to reach temperatures well over the century mark again Tuesday, with forecast highs of 108 in Redding, in the north, to 111 in Bakersfield, in the south.

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

California to Raise Income Limits to Allow More Children to Qualify for Subsidized Child Care

By Ashley Hopkinson, EdSource Today

The budget approved Thursday by the state Legislature responds to a long-sought demand from child care advocates that California raise the income eligibility limit so more low-income families qualify for subsidized child care.

The budget for the coming fiscal year requires the Department of Finance to calculate income eligibility for subsidized child care based on the most recent state median income information. It will also adjust that number based on family size.

Read the complete story at EdSource.

What Would Really Happen If a Tsunami Hit the Bay Area?

By Johanna Varner and Olivia Allen-Price, KQED News Fix

In 2015, Steven Horowitz was watching one of the summer’s big blockbuster action flicks, “San Andreas.” In the movie, the San Andreas Fault shifts, triggering a magnitude 9.6 earthquake in San Francisco. Disaster ensues — and for the rest of the movie we watch as all of the West Coast’s greatest landmarks are destroyed one by one in an epic, computer-generated spectacle.

“I was sitting there watching the giant tsunami course through the Golden Gate and into the bay,” he says. “I looked at that and thought: Wouldn’t there be some kind of dissipation coming through the Golden Gate?”

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

 

Who’s Funding the Anti-Trump Movement? We Don’t Know

By Ryan Levi, KQED News Fix

The Indivisible Guide has become a 26-page must-read for people looking to oppose President Trump’s agenda. The guide — which has been viewed or downloaded more than 2 million times, according to the organization — also offers a supplemental section on how to demand copies of Trump’s tax returns.

“Is Trump colluding with Russia or enriching himself off the presidency? … Until we see Trump’s tax returns, we cannot be certain that foreign governments don’t have leverage over Trump that can be used to influence American policy,” says the supplement.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

 

Mobile App Gives Felons a Fresh Start

By Allen Young, KQED News Fix

Junior Castañeda spent most of the past decade addicted to methamphetamines and suffering through stints of homelessness. After racking up five misdemeanors, including three DUIs, he cleaned up a couple of years ago and entered community college with dreams of attaining an advanced degree in business.

To finance his education, Castañeda sought part-time employment this spring as a ticket-taker for the Oakland A’s. He thought the job interview went well, but a few weeks later Castañeda received a rejection letter denying him employment based on his prior criminal convictions.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Map: A History of Big Sur Landslides and Highway 1 Closures

By Dan Brekke, KQED News Fix

Along the Big Sur coast, residents coexist with certain facts of life: a landscape of unparalleled beauty, tourist traffic, spotty cellphone and Internet service — and slides that will shut down Highway 1.

“The only question we ever have is where it’s going to close, when and for how long,” says Kathleen Woods Novoa — known as Big Sur Kate to readers of her indispensably newsy blog. “We never question that it’s going to close somewhere every single winter. And it does, just about.”

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

What Will It Take to Get Inmates Out of San Francisco's Aging Hall of Justice?

By Holly McDede, KALW/Crosscurrents

Since the early 1960s, a big chunk of San Francisco’s criminal justice system has been living inside the Hall of Justice. With its faulty elevators and occasional flooding, the building already has a bad reputation for employees who work there.

Then there are the people who have no choice but to live there.

Like the rest of the building, the jail on the top floor is seismically unsafe, and it’s known for wandering rats, peeling old paint and rusted out plumbing.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.