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"We took them away from their parents on the assumption that we as a society would do a better job of raising them," Mark Courtney, a social work researcher at the University of Washington.

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California CPS News Archive

California News Coverage

by Mike Adams

LA County health department has unleashed door-to-door raw milk confiscation teams to threaten and intimidate raw dairy customers into surrendering raw milk products they legally purchased and own.

According to Mark McAfee (see quotes below), both LA County and San Diego county have attempted to acquire customer names and addresses from Organic Pastures for the sole purpose of sending "food confiscation teams" to customers' homes to remove the raw milk from customers' refrigerators. Using both phone calls and home visits, these teams intimidate customers and try to force them to give up their milk.

May 17, 2012

Josh Henderson, 18, doesn't go to high school. In fact, he is home-schooled with his younger brother, an eighth grader, and two other children by his mother, Sonya. Henderson plays baseball, and he's good at it.

Henderson, along with 46 others players, was invited to the Perfect Game All-American Classic, located in San Diego, last August. This last fall, Henderson committed to Liberty University, if he chooses to play college baseball over going pro. However, it's been roughly a year since Henderson has been challenged to anything close to pro pitching.

May 16, 2012

by Jim Steinberg

RIALTO - More than 30 people protested the Rialto Unified School District's policies and treatment of special education students Tuesday morning in front of the district's administration building.

Parents, family members and those who said they were supporting parents carried signs calling for the removal of several key district administrators and the need for a state audit of the district's special education program. "Things have been going on behind closed doors at this district for a long time," said Alejandra Rivera, who has a fifth-grade student in special education classes. "We thought the public should know what is going on."

May 16, 2012

Update: A 9-month-old boy is hospitalized after he was left alone in a car and climbed out an open window. The child fell, head first, to the pavement.

A 9-month-old boy is hospitalized after he was left alone in a car and climbed out an open window. The child fell, head first, to the pavement.

May 16, 2012

A study intended to measure the impacts of climate change on Western bird species involves Yosemite National Park, where researchers will spend a year examining how some common Sierra Nevada species will respond to climate changes.

Along the way, these ornithologists will try to identify strategies land managers can use for reducing the effects of climate change on the bird species. Funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the new study partners The Institute for Bird Populations with Yosemite National Park, the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Region, and researchers at the University of California Davis.

May 16, 2012

Working in partnership with the National Park Service and Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, the Yosemite Falls webcam is the fourth supported by the Conservancy and the first to offer a view of a Yosemite waterfall.

The other Yosemite Conservancy webcams feature spectacular views of Yosemite landscapes, including Half Dome, El Capitan and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. "The webcams provide windows into Yosemite for people to plan a visit and to be inspired about the need to preserve and protect one of the world's most unique places," said Mike Tollefson, Yosemite Conservancy President. "This technology makes the park's incredible scenery accessible to anyone, anywhere and at any time. What could be better than starting your day by viewing Yosemite Falls?"

May 16, 2012

Corona Inland Christian Academy Program (ICAP) will host a New Family Information & Registration Meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17.

Each fall and spring semester, Corona ICAP offers classes to homeschool families at one location, one day a week. Parents can register junior high and high school students for academic and elective courses, while enrolling younger children in hands-on classes, free study hall, or nursery/preschool care.

May 15, 2012

by Brenna Swift

Bret Harte Union High School District will continue its "Bring Your Own Device" program next year, after a successful spring trial run that allowed students to use their own laptops and other electronic devices for academic work on campus.

The district's Board of Education approved the pilot program earlier this year after a committee of teachers, students and community members expressed concerns about a shortage of computers at school, according to Superintendent and Principal Michael Chimente. About 35 Bret Harte High students brought their own laptops to school this semester, Chimente told the board at a regular meeting Monday.

May 8, 2012

A Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) draft has been released for Pinecrest.

The draft is open for public input and comment. The plan aims to set up where each of three activities are permitted along the shore; swimming, fishing, boating and boat mooring. According to the SMP much tighter restrictions and permits for boat mooring near the shore will encourage boat users to; use commercial marina located at Pinecrest Lake, use the public boat ramp, hand-launch their boats at numerous places at the south end of Pinecrest Lake, including the hand-launch area of the Shoreline Use Area, and/or taking advantage of other lakes and reservoirs in the vicinity to recreate in their watercraft.

April 28, 2012

by Yahoo!

The failure in the county child protection system could hardly have been more abject. Ten-year-old Abdifatah Mohamud was beaten to death last week, a year after he twice called 911 to report that his stepfather was abusing him.

Now the stepfather, Ali Mohamed Mohamud, is charged with murdering the boy. Not just murdering, but bludgeoning, even torturing. Police say the elder Mohamud tied his stepson's hands, stuffed a sock in his mouth and taped it shut with duct tape. Then, they say, Mohamud took a baker's rolling pin and, not once or twice, but 70 times struck the boy, who a full year earlier had cried out for help.

April 27, 2012

AB 1772 would make kindergarten mandatory before taking the first grade, forcing one more year to a child's education.

AB 1772, as recently amended, does indirectly what the last version of this bill did directly - that is to have "everyone" starting school at 5 years of age. No action is needed at this time.

April 27, 2012

New supports for teens about to "age out" of foster care, how anxiety can affect a child's performance at school, and the devastating effects of abusive head trauma will be the focus of a free training next month.

The Woodland Community College Foster and Kinship Care Education Program will present its annual Spring Kinship Mini-Conference from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5. The free training, which will feature three workshops, is open to relative caregivers, foster parents and the general public.

April 27, 2012

Photographs leaked to TMZ by the former hairdresser of "Octomom" Nadya Suleman purport to show the mother of 14 and her children living in "squalor."

According to the gossip site, the hairdresser showed photos she took of the La Habra, California home to cops Tuesday afternoon, and also filed a formal complaint with the department.

April 25, 2012

by Deb Baumann

Here in Lake County and all over the state, volunteers are circulating petitions to put genetically modified food - or GMO - labeling on the California ballot.

If the considerable body of scientific evidence pointing to health risks associated with GMO consumption is not sufficient motivation for you to sign, then please, do it to restore free market capitalism. Do it to end the Corporate Agriculture Welfare State.

April 16, 2012

by Richard DuPertuis

Dunsmuir is first on the 2012 rabies vaccination schedule. Local veterinarians will administer the first shots next Wednesday, April 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the downtown Fire Hall.

Dogs on leashes and cats in carriers can receive protection from the dread disease for another year for a cash payment of $6 per pet. For more information, call Siskiyou County Public Health at 841-2100.

April 16, 2012

by Dr. Bob Sears

The California legislature is currently considering a bill that would require parents to obtain their doctor's signature on a government form prior to enrollment in public school if they wish to skip one or more vaccines for their child.

Current law allows parents to decline vaccines by signing an exemption form at the school -- no doctor's signature needed. The new law would require "a written statement signed by a health care practitioner that indicates that the practitioner provided the parent with information regarding the benefits and risks of the immunization and the health risks of specified communicable diseases."

April 5, 2012

by Respectful Insolence

I've discussed the concept of "misinformed consent" multiple times before. Quacks in general, particularly the "health freedom" movement proclaim their dedication to "informed consent."

Unfortunately, the antivaccine movement has rallied not for AB 2109, but against it. Barbara Loe Fisher, all her protestations for "informed consent" notwithstanding, has issued what is in essence a call to arms to her fellow antivaccinationists to try to defeat the bill. It's full of appeals to "personal freedom," claims that doctors would not sign such forms, and, hilariously, this complaint:

April 3, 2012

by Rick Orlov

The troubled county Department of Children and Family Services came in for new criticism on Thursday with a California State Auditor report pointing out flaws in the agency's handling of child abuse and neglect allegations.

The report said DCFS had a backlog of at least 3,200 investigations into initial complaints of abuse or neglect that had been open more than the maximum 30 days. In addition, a review of cases from 2008-2010 found that in only 31 percent of the cases social workers did the appropriate assessments of a home before placing a child there.

April 1, 2012

by Shaya Tayefe Mohajer

A disaster preparedness exercise to ensure California's child support system could be run remotely went smoothly, except for one casualty: the names, Social Security numbers and other private records of about 800,000 adults and children.

Four computer storage devices for the California Department of Child Support Services went missing somewhere between Boulder, Colo., and Sacramento earlier this month while they were in the possession of IBM and Iron Mountain, Inc, the department announced Thursday. The backup storage cartridges also contained addresses, driver's license numbers, names of health insurance providers and employers for custodial and non-custodial parents, and their children.

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March 30, 2012

by Fresno Bee editorial

As the crown jewel of the nation's park system, Yosemite National Park has many challenges because of its popularity. Yosemite needs to be as accessible as possible without allowing that "human footprint" to overwhelm the park.

Now, the U.S. National Park Service is working on the latest Merced River plan, which will determine how Yosemite will be used by more than 4 million people who visit it every year. Don't let the decisions be made without your involvement. Speak up about Yosemite plan. There will be several opportunities in the next few weeks to get involved.

March 23, 2012

by Ksee News

Our local foster care programs are fighting a bad rap. Especially after a Fresno jury found a man guilty of having sex with his foster child.

Joy Cronin is the deputy director of child welfare services.Today she's having to defend what she does. This after a 33 year old was found guilty of six counts of lewd acts with a 13 year old girl. That girl was a foster child to William Green.

March 22, 2012

by Mark Truppner

Governor Brown inaugurated carbonLITE's 220,000 square foot plant in Riverside, California, the largest bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in the world.

The recycling plant will recycle more than two billion plastic bottles a year. "Companies like carbonLITE are revolutionizing the recycling industry and dramatically reducing the huge amount of plastic dumped in California landfills every year," said Brown.

March 13, 2012

FRESNO -- A suspected Bulldog gang member and his wife are in jail, accused of selling narcotics.

Police arrested Pete Servantes and Stephanie Guerrero -- both of fresno. Fresno Police officers made the arrest after serving a search warrant at a home on East McKenzie Avenue, near North San Pablo Avenue. The couple's five children were at the home at the time of the arrest. They're now at the care of child protective services.

March 12, 2012

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A Bakersfield couple accused of murdering a 3-year-old girl under their care in 2010 have been arrested in Mexico.

An FBI spokeswoman said that on Thursday that Alberto and Carla Garcia were in custody and the agency would be working with Bakersfield police to bring them back to the United States.

March 10, 2012

Halle Berry's soon-to-be ex-husband has asked the judge overseeing the couple's custody battle to grant him $15,000-$20,000 per month so he can secure a

Halle Berry's soon-to-be ex-husband has asked the judge overseeing the couple's custody battle to grant him $15,000-$20,000 per month so he can secure a proper home. The couple have been going through a bitter custody battle since announcing their divorce, a battle that has become so extreme that child protective services has been forced to sit in on court proceedings regarding the couple's three year old daughter Nahla.

March 5, 2012

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