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The highest ranking federal official in charge of foster care, Wade Horn of the DHHS, is a former child psychologist who says the foster care system is a giant mess and should just be blown up.

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California CPS News Archive

California News Coverage

by Matt Weiser

The porcupine is not among the cuddly critters most forest visitors hope to stumble upon. The large rodent seems aloof as it waddles through California woods.

Biologists and other resource managers who spend their working hours in California forests say it has become increasingly rare to lay eyes on a porcupine. No one knows how many are left, because very few people ever paid attention to the porcupine except to put a bounty on it for eating trees.

sacbee.com

March 3, 2012

by Randy King

It's legal to hunt a lot of game in Idaho, so when people from out of state decide they want to come to Idaho and hunt.

People from around the world come to hunt elk, deer, moose, bear, wolf and mountain lions. However, it is not legal to hunt mountain lions in California. And that has gotten California Fish and Game director Dan Richards into a lot of hot water back home, where California Dems are calling for his resignation as wildlife chief of the Golden State.

boiseweekly.com

March 1, 2012

by David Perlman

Backpacking scientists from UC Berkeley have gathered compelling evidence that the warming High Sierra climate is pushing still another animal species to seek cooler habitats amid the higher regions of Yosemite National.

Their new study, tracking changes in the home range of a single chipmunk species during the past 90 years, follows many other recent reports by field biologists that salamanders, field mice and ground squirrels, among others, also have been driven by rising temperatures to seek new homes at higher elevations in the park.

sfgate.com

February 20, 2012

by Natalie Thomas

Every February for a two-week period, nature photographers and tourists flock to Yosemite National Park in hopes of catching a rare glimpse at the color-changing phenomenon at Horsetail Fall.

The fleeting moment typically occurs in mid-February and requires conditions to be just right. So long as the weather cooperates and the sky is cloud-free, the sun will illuminate the waterfall causing it to resemble molten lava flowing over the sheer granite face of El Capitan.

sfbay.ca

February 20, 2012

by David Sneed

Morro Bay is moving ahead with new regulations that would ban smoking in all outdoor public places.

A divided City Council voted last week to consider a law that would make Morro Bay only the second jurisdiction in the county to comprehensively regulate secondhand smoke. Another ordinance would require permits for tobacco retailers.

sanluisobispo.com

February 19, 2012

The Los Angeles Unified School District says it broke a state law by waiting a year to tell a teacher-credentialing agency that it was firing an instructor under investigation for alleged lewd acts with students.

KPCC reported Thursday that the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing was only notified last month, after Berndt was arrested and charged with committing lewd acts with 23 students in his class at Miramonte Elementary School.

CNS News

February 17, 2012

There is a growing community uproar against the mother of a 3-year-old Taft girl beaten to death last week, allegedly by the mother's boyfriend. But, the Sheriff's Department says Angela Hanna is not considered a suspect.

The story has generated a lot of feedback from the community. Of the 850 people who voted in a KGET poll Wednesday night, 98% said the mother should face criminal charges. Some viewers compared the case to a similar one in Delano. During a heated argument at a home on Oak Street in Taft, Eric Foster told detectives he let his girlfriend's daughter fall from his lap and slam her head on the coffee table. An autopsy found the left side of her skull was fractured and her brain was severely swollen.

kget.com

February 3, 2012

by Hazel Lodevico-To'o

A bill authored by Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff banning chiropractors from treating allergies was approved by the Senate Thursday.

According to Huff, who represents the 29th district including Glendora, Monrovia, Walnut and Diamond Bar, some chiropractors have used lasers on patients they claim can diagnose and treat hypersensitivity to certain foods, environmental ailments and medicines, according to a report in the Mercury News. Huff's SB352 passed on a 34-1 vote and will go to the Assembly.

glendora.patch.com

January 27, 2012

The man accused of killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter is facing a murder charge. The coroner said Thursday, the toddler died of blunt force trauma to the head and abdomen and her death has been ruled a homicide.

26-year-old Eric Foster is set to be in court Friday, facing charges of first degree murder, child abuse, felony injury to a child, and torture for the death of Trinity Hanna. Trinity died Tuesday night at San Joaquin Community Hospital after her mother, Angela Vickrey, brought her there from their home in Taft. On Wednesday, Sheriff's Deputies arrested Vickrey's live-in-boyfriend, Foster. Deputies believe he abused and tortured the little girl.

kget.com

January 26, 2012

Halle Berry has been interviewed by officials from Los Angeles' child protective services over allegations her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry endangered the welfare of their three-year-old daughter.

Former nanny Alliance Kamdem, hired by both Berry and Aubry, filed a police report against the model last week after she was reportedly shoved against a door while holding the couple's daughter, Nahla. The incident occurred after Kamdem challenged Aubry over his decision to keep the tot at home and not take her to school because of an illness.

contactmusic.com

January 25, 2012

SANTA CRUZ - Two hikers told police they spotted two full-grown mountain lions in a Santa Cruz park early Tuesday morning.

Around 6 a.m. the hikers said they saw the big cats near the upper meadows of Pogonip Park near the Spring Street entrance, Santa Cruz police said.

sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

January 18, 2012

by Ami Ridling

Yreka, Calif. - Among the classrooms at the College of the Siskiyous (COS) Yreka campus, one is dedicated to providing local foster parents with the resources to fulfill the unique needs of the children in their care.

It is the new ParentResource Library, and it was established in November as part of the COS Foster & Kinship Care Education Program. The library is stocked with books and videos that are designed to train caregivers in effective techniques to guide kids through an array of challenges that they may face, said library instructional specialist Kate Ashbey.

siskiyoudaily.com

January 12, 2012

by Doug Irving

An Irvine man pleaded guilty Monday to a child-abuse charge for throwing his young son from a Newport Beach harbor boat, but avoided jail time under a sentencing deal.

Sloane Steven Briles, 35, was sentenced instead to one year in a child-abusers treatment program and 180 days in a residential alcohol-treatment program run by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was also put on three years of formal probation.

ocregister.com

January 9, 2012

by Joe Rodriguez

Worried about the large number of Latino children taken away from parents and placed in California foster care, a host of state politicians Friday took over a church hall once occupied by farmworker leader Cesar Chavez to hear answers to the problem.

And they got an earful from locals calling for solutions ranging from free college tuition for foster care students to hiring more bilingual social workers and giving counties enough money and flexibility to fix the problem. But among the many speakers, one stood out for his personal voyage through the child welfare system.

contracostatimes.com

January 9, 2012

SAN JOSE -- Dolores Huerta joined local and state leaders in San Jose this morning to call for a reform of California's child welfare system.

Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers labor union with Cesar Chavez, and other community and elected leaders gathered to testify at a legislative hearing this morning convened by Assemblyman Jim Beall, chairman of the Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care.

abclocal.go.com

January 7, 2012

by Dan Evans

It was a story that captured the hearts of Southern Californians in the days just prior to Christmas - two starving mountain lion cubs rescued off the streets of Burbank.

They want for nothing but names, something their current guardians want our community to help out with. I'll get to the details on that in a moment. The cubs were whisked away to the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas before arriving at their new home, Zoo to You, a Paso Robles-based outfit. Submit your suggestions online...

lacanadaonline.com

January 7, 2012

by Alex Cantatore

Just days into 2012, the effort to pass a state budget has already begun. Governor Jerry Brown fired the first salvo of the budget year with a proposal combining cuts to welfare and child care with tax increases on the wealthy to balance the budget.

The $92.6 billion budget hinges on $6.9 billion to be generated through two new taxes collected through 2016: a half-cent sales tax increase, and an increased income tax on the wealthy. Brown said he will pitch those taxes to voters, who must approve any tax hikes, as devoted solely to education. The income tax rate increase would amount to 1 percent for singles who make between $250,000 and $300,000, 1.5 percent for those earning between $300,001 and $500,000, and 2 percent for those making more than $500,000. The cutoffs are doubled for those filing jointly.

turlockjournal.com

January 6, 2012

SACRAMENTO -- Advocates of welfare reform in California often cite an eye-popping statistic as they seek cuts and changes: The state has one-eighth of the nation's population but one-third of all welfare recipients.

There's a reason for that: California is one of the few states that send welfare checks for children when their parents are no longer eligible. About three-quarters of California's 1.5 million welfare recipients are children 18 and younger.

contracostatimes.com

January 1, 2012

by Rachel Cook

Being the unofficial spokeswoman for Kern County foster youth isn't Olivia Villarreal's favorite role, but it's a part she's willing to play if it brings attention to her cause.

Unassuming but blunt, Villarreal's mission is to improve the lives of former and current foster care children through her job, advocacy and some day -- she hopes -- through her own nonprofit. At age 22, she has already rejuvenated the local chapter of a foster youth advocacy group and brought a fresh perspective to the Kern County Network for Children as a youth advocate.

bakersfield.com

January 1, 2012

by Ap

MIAMI -- For decades, it was common for officials around the country to approve foster parents by room and board criteria: Did they pass a background check? Is their home clean?

Now several states including Florida, California and Wisconsin are trying to find ones who they know upfront will help with homework, sew Halloween costumes and accompany kids to doctor appointments. Complicating the efforts is the longtime problem of finding enough adults to house children in need.

huffingtonpost.com

January 1, 2012

by Kelli Kennedy

MIAMI (AP) - For decades, it was common for officials around the country to approve foster parents by room and board criteria: Did they pass a background check? Is their home clean? Are their dogs safe and vaccinated?

Now several states including Florida, California and Wisconsin are trying to find ones who they know upfront will help with homework, sew Halloween costumes and accompany kids to doctor appointments. Complicating the efforts is the longtime problem of finding enough adults to house children in need.

CNS News

December 31, 2011

by Bill Lindelof

Sightings of a mountain lion along the American River have prompted state parks to post warning signs

There have been four sightings of the mammals this month. Two of the sightings have been confirmed by employees of the Department of Fish & Game, which has offices at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery.

sacbee.com

December 30, 2011

by Matthew Fraidin

The nuclear secret of child welfare is that most of the children in foster care should not be there.

Most children in foster care are harmed more than they are helped by being taken from their families, and by being kept in foster care for too long. Children in foster care are torn from their schools, separated from their siblings, over-prescribed psychotropic drugs, and housed in dangerous group homes rife with abuse -- and it all happens behind the iron curtain of secret court proceedings.

huffingtonpost.com

December 30, 2011

by Dawn Worswick

During the years 1933-1977 The North Carolina Eugenics Board gave it's social workers unlimited power to have any person sterilized in Its Eugenics program. It's estimated over 7,600 victims in North Carolina alone including rape victims.

This did not include California and Virginia, two of the thirty-one states that used Eugenics programs to control population. Each state sterilized more people than North Carolina but no program was more aggressive than North Carolina's program.

examiner.com

December 23, 2011

by Frank Shyong

Ricardo Aldana, 37, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of underage sex with a student and fired Thursday morning from the Catholic high school.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - The campus of Jserra Catholic High School seemed calm Friday morning, two days after the arrest of a Spanish teacher on suspicion of sex acts with an underage female student and the teacher's subsequent dismissal.

ocregister.com

December 18, 2011

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