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California CPS News Archive

California News Coverage

by Elmarie Hyman

As you've read in my previous article about social opportunities for homeschool students, I see a great benefit in homeschool students meeting other homeschoolers in a class setting.

Urban Homeschoolers is a place for families from all educational philosophies: school at home, unschooled, religious, and secular schooled. They embrace, respect and support the diversity of all homeschooling communities. They provide a variety of classroom spaces for independent teachers and student-led classes.

June 27, 2012

State Medicaid news includes discussions around the expansion of Medicaid in California both for the general public who need assistance and for youth in foster care.

However, many younger foster youth may have brighter prospects. The health care reform law also requires states to provide Medicaid to foster youth up until the age of 26. The provision does not take effect until 2014; only applies to youth in the system at that time; and, like the entire health reform law, is in the hands of the United States Supreme Court, which plans to rule on the legality of the ACA next week.

June 22, 2012

On Monday, I was invited to join a march to San Jose City Hall that was organized by the local chapter of the California Youth Connection (CYC).

CYC is a youth-led organization that aims to develop leaders who will empower each other and their communities to transform the foster care system through legislative and policy change. The group is mainly comprised of former foster youth who stay connected to CYC because of their common experiences in foster care and their desire to influence positive change.

June 21, 2012

by Angel Jennings

Some expressed outrage Tuesday that officers killed a 75-pound mountain lion that had wandered into downtown Santa Monica instead of capturing it and releasing it into the wild.

When Bill Dyer, 78, heard that Santa Monica Police Department officers shot and killed the big cat, he rushed over from his Venice home. Dyer was upset and said officers were too quick to reach for their weapons when dealing with animals.

June 21, 2012

by Sean Maher

A Brentwood resident spotted a pair of mountain lions relaxing in a field near Sand Creek Road on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

A resident in the 700 block of Monte Verde Lane reported spotting the big cats at about 3 p.m. in the area south of Sand Creek Road and west of some railroad tracks there, Brentwood Police Lt. Doug Silva said.

June 21, 2012

by Alan Phillips, J.D.

California's pending bill, AB 2109,[1] would require parents exercising a non-medical vaccine exemption for their children to get a health care practitioner's signature on a form signifying that the doctor has given the parent vaccine information.

There are practical, financial, ethical and legal problems with this bill. A formal legal memorandum that goes into detail is available here. CA residents are encouraged to present this memorandum to their state legislators, in person if possible to help ensure that they actually hear your concerns and take you seriously, to express their opposition to this bill. In the meantime, a summary of key points follows.

June 20, 2012

by Sayer Ji

On Feb. 23rd, 2012, an assembly bill (AB 2109) was submitted to the California Legislature by state assemblyman and pediatrician, Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), which will make it harder for parents to refuse to vaccinate their children.

Right now in California if a child is enrolled in school their parents are legally required to have them vaccinated. However, exemptions may be obtained by parents who object for religious or philosophical reasons if they sign the portion of the immunization record that says immunizations are contrary to their beliefs and that they understand that in the case of an outbreak of a 'vaccine-preventable' disease the child may be temporarily excluded from attending school/child care institutions "for his/her protection."

June 20, 2012

A Fresno County man is behind bars, charged with the repeated sexual assault of a 9 year old girl.

Fresno County sheriff's investigators say 26 year old James Michael Rogoff was arrested Tuesday following an investigation that began on Monday when the 9 year old girl told her parents she had been repeatedly assaulted by Rogoff since April.

June 20, 2012

by Brad Branan

Sacramento County supervisors on Tuesday named the head of Health and Human Services as the administrator for the Countywide Services Agency, one of the county's top positions.

Ann Edwards will replace Bruce Wagstaff, who recently announced he is leaving to take a similar position in Santa Clara County. Countywide Services is one of three county "super agencies" that group together a number of similar departments, with each administrator reporting directly to the county executive, Brad Hudson.

June 20, 2012

by Jayne Clark

Eighteen cabins in the popular Curry Village area of Yosemite Village have been closed after a study said they were in danger of being struck by falling rock.

The Curry Village closings came last week, but weren't announced until Thursday, after a National Park Service survey made to assess which rocks are in danger of falling - and where -- pinpointed structures in harm's way. The seven-by-one-mile Yosemite Valley, site of Curry Village, is the hub of visitor activity in the popular park. About 90% of its nearly 4 million annual visitors congregate in the valley, which was formed by glaciers - and tumbling boulders.

June 15, 2012

California voters will soon decide whether to require special labels for food made from genetically modified ingredients, in a closely watched test of consumer attitudes about the merits of genetically engineered crops.

California voters will soon decide whether to require special labels for food made from genetically modified ingredients, in a closely watched test of consumer attitudes about the merits of genetically engineered crops California voters will soon decide whether to require special labels for food made from genetically modified ingredients, in a closely watched test of consumer attitudes about the merits of genetically engineered crops California voters will soon decide whether to require special labels for food made from genetically modified ingredients, in a closely watched test of consumer attitudes about the merits of genetically engineered crops

Fox News

June 13, 2012

by Melissa Russo

The New York City Board of Health adopted new requirements for day cares after a series of NBC 4 I-team reports raised questions about the death of a Staten Island boy.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Board added rules to the city health code requiring day care workers to check sleeping infants every 15 minutes and to document the baby's sleeping position and whether the child is in any kind of distress.

June 12, 2012

California is ground zero in the growing national movement to give consumers the right to know if their food contains genetically engineered food, according to today's front page story in the New York Times.

The California Right to Know ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods "cleared a crucial hurdle this month, setting the stage for a probable November vote that could influence not just food packaging but the future of American agriculture," wrote Times reporters Amy Harmon and Andrew Pollack. The California Right to Know campaign submitted nearly one million signatures to the state May 2 - nearly twice the number needed to get on the November ballot. This monumental achievement puts California at the forefront of national public outcry for the right to know about genetically engineered food.

May 29, 2012

A 22-year-old mother allowed her infant son to suffer for nearly two days with chemical burns on his body before she sought medical treatment because she was under the influence.

Ashley Ann Donat of Hesperia eventually brought her 15-month-old son to Desert Valley Hospital on Monday afternoon. After checking the child, hospital staff contacted Hesperia deputies, according to Susan Rose, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station.

May 29, 2012

by Jackson Atwater

Sixty SPHS seniors and five teachers spent the past week in Yosemite National Park, embarking on a wilderness backpacking trip. Participants hiked between twenty and thirty miles in four days and three nights.

The students were split into five groups of twelve, and each group was chaperoned by a teacher. Two wilderness guides led the groups on separate routes that took them though some of the more scenic areas of the park. Using only what they could carry on their backs, students learned how to perform tasks such as purifying water and using plants as toilet paper.

May 28, 2012

by Elaine J Masters

After a close encounter with a pickpocket in Paris nearly derailed a family vacation, Elaine discovered how to keep from becoming a victim of identity theft.

Drawn from her experience traveling internationally, from Protect My and, these simple tips can keep you from becoming a victim of fraud or losing your good credit.

May 28, 2012

by Tracey Petersen

A local school board is asking for your help to decide its unused property problem.

Twain Harte, CA - Unused property has Twain Harte's School Board calling for volunteers. The properties in question are throughout the district including Black Oak and Pinecrest schools.

May 27, 2012

by Katy Murphy/medianews Group

Deep spending cuts to California's child care system -- roughly 20 percent from the previous year -- would deny children of the working poor access to the kinds of programs that will prepare them for school, early education experts say.

Subsidized child care varies widely in form and quality, from a neighbor or relative receiving reimbursement to baby-sit a child to a top-notch child development center that provides health screenings, low child-to-staff ratios, curriculum and regular progress assessments. If enacted, California would spend nearly $1 billion less on child care than it did in 2008, a reduction of about 35 percent.

May 24, 2012

by B.J. Hansen

Yosemite, CA -- Half Dome cables will be in place in Yosemite National Park just in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend.

Park Ranger Kari Cobb says, weather permitting, the cables will be ready for use beginning on Friday morning. Seven days a week, visitors are now required to have a permit to ascend the Half Dome Cables.

May 23, 2012

by Los Angeles Times

Nearly a year after a social worker blew the whistle, Los Angeles County supervisors acknowledged Tuesday that a "crisis" had developed in a Wilshire Boulevard office building used to house difficult-to-place foster children and requested a new plan.

Supervisor Gloria Molina said the office near MacArthur Park, where the county's child protection agency has its nighttime, emergency operations, has become a "dumping ground" for hundreds of the county's most troubled children when social workers can't find a suitable foster home. A recent visit by her staff found a chaotic scene, including a 9-month-old infant who had been present at a drug bust, three pregnant teenagers and recently released juvenile offenders who were getting little sleep while social workers frantically juggled a multitude of after-hours child abuse investigations. Some of the older children reportedly use drugs openly in the office, Molina said.

May 23, 2012

The former Superintendent of Yosemite National Park joins with environmental and conservation groups to officially launch the petition drive to qualify the Water Conservation and Yosemite Restoration Initiative for the November 2012 San Francisco ballot.

If qualified for the ballot and approved by San Francisco voters in November, the Water Conservation and Yosemite Restoration Initiative would require the city to create a plan to move San Francisco from last in the state to first in the nation in water sustainability and begin to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. Before any actions could be taken, voters would have to approve the water recycling and habitat restoration plans at a later election.

May 23, 2012

Yosemite fire managers have announced the 2012 Fire Season began yesterday, Monday, May 21, 2012. Fire season officially begins when seasonal firefighting equipment and personnel are in place, prepared and ready to respond.

Additionally, grasses and other vegetation at the lower elevations have begun to dry out. This year, vegetation is drying out faster than average due to the low snowpack the park received over the winter.

May 23, 2012

More than 750 members of the child care advocacy group Parent Voices from around the state traveled to Sacramento on May 2.

Despite enormous challenges, including job losses and the struggle to meet the basic needs of their families, parents made the commitment to travel to Sacramento believing that their personal realities and economic circumstances could help influence the tough decisions that legislators face in coming weeks.

May 22, 2012

by Cathy Kelly

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Search and rescue teams have found a UC Santa Cruz student who had been missing since Saturday, parks officials announced Monday afternoon.

John Paul "J.P." Chaufan Field, 22, was found "safe and sound" Monday afternoon near Edith Lake, about five miles from where he was last seen Saturday morning, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. Gediman said it's not yet clear what happened, that Field was still out in the back country.

May 22, 2012

by Alexander Maclean

Two out-of-county men will spend decades behind bars following their sentencing Monday for stabbing and nearly killing a Twain Harte couple last year.

Tuolumne County Superior Court Presiding Judge Eric DuTemple sentenced Travis James Gredvig and Richard Zacharia Souza for the attempted murders of Glen Bannister and Colleen Peck, who were in court to address their attackers at the hearing. Gredvig and Souza accepted a joint plea agreement with the Tuolumne County District Attorney's Office on April 23, just weeks before their trial was scheduled to begin.

May 22, 2012

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