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America's Foster Care system is a quagmire that is spawning a generation of forgotten and forsaken children. Thousands are being neglected, abused, even murdered under what is ostensibly government protection. - Time magazine, November 13, 2000.

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California CPS News Archive

California News Coverage

by Ali Papademetriou

New Hampshire's House passed HB 573, or "An Act relative to the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes" with 286 yays and only 64 nays last week.

Other states have recently introduced legislations in favor of industrial hemp including Kentucky, Washington and Missouri. Now, California is joining in and it's making a strong impression and gaining momentum, with two bills being introduced last month - Assembly Bill 1137 and SB 566.

March 24, 2013

by Yvonne Mason

CPS Corruption and Human Trafficking Exposed in San Luis Obispo Republicans Sam Blakeslee and Able Maldonado have teamed together for a child charity in the greater San Luis Obispo area named "The Family Care Connection".

While promoting this charity both politicians refuse to review corruption in the local CPS office. Legislation gives states incentives under Title IV-E to increase the number of children adopted out from foster care. Title IV funding provided to local CPS offices is being used for capturing and adopting out children. However, not all of these children are abused or neglected. Many children who are taken by CPS are not at risk or in any danger thus our Government is creating a form of "child trafficking". Children are becoming a very "profitable commodity". Under section 1962(b) of the RICO Act it unlawful for a person to acquire or maintain an interest in an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity. Since a RICO claim cannot be made in the absence of criminal activity many parents are being unjustly prosecuted in kangaroo courts so that children can remain in the "system".

March 20, 2013

by Frank Shyong

In the San Gabriel Valley, where cheap Chinese food is plentiful, some restaurateurs are going against the grain by offering more healthful but more costly fare.

As a doctor, Jonathan Tam has a message for San Gabriel Valley residents: Eat your vegetables. Farm Cuisine, his new organic restaurant in Monterey Park, is trying to get cost-conscious Chinese diners to buy healthful organic takes on traditional Chinese dishes.

March 13, 2013

An Orange County couple has been arrested in the alleged rape of a child under their care, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

Felipe Hernandez, who was arrested last month, has been charged with 11 felony counts, including committing a forcible lewd act on a child, aggravated sexual assault, and unlawful sexual intercourse. The 66-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting three girls under his care from 2006 to 2012.

March 13, 2013

by Melanie Thernstrom

For nine years, the greatest challenge Kim Yates Grosso faced each day was keeping her daughter Tessa safe. Tessa was so severely allergic to milk, wheat, eggs, nuts, shellfish and assorted other foods that as a toddler she went into anaphylactic shock.

Kim never left her with a baby sitter. She slept with her each night. And when she needed to work, she found a job she could do primarily from home in the evenings. She successfully lobbied the Menlo Park, Calif., school district to provide Tessa with a full-time aide (in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act) to shadow her at all times. She made all of Tessa's food from scratch, including safe treats to bring to birthday parties, when she could persuade her daughter to attend them at all.

March 10, 2013

by Record Searchlight Staff

West Cottonwood School went into lockdown Friday after a neighbor reported seeing a mountain lion in her yard, adjacent to the west side of the school.

Web Search powered by Yahoo! SEARCH Get the latest local, state, national and world news here. West Cottonwood School went into lockdown Friday after a neighbor reported seeing a mountain lion in her yard, adjacent to the west side of the school.

March 9, 2013

by Sprout Foods

Sprout Foods, which offers chef-created, wholesome and organic baby and toddler foods, will unveil 22 new products and improved packaging to its line of meals and snacks at this year's Natural Products Expo West, March 8-10, in Anaheim, Calif.

The additions include industry-first toddler snacks and new Stage 3 textured breakfasts, entrees and snacks for babies. All of the new foods and improved packaging advance Sprout Foods' mission to partner and help parents nurture healthy relationships with food for their children.

March 8, 2013

SANTA CLARITA - For one southland family, nothing is too extreme when it comes to pet care. The Bjorkmans really consider their ten-year old dog, Chomp, a part of the family.

So much so, that they treat him no different from their kids when it comes to his health. They called the chiropractor. Phillip Pinto, a chiropractor doctor based in Newhall, about 30 miles north of Los Angeles, specializes in skeletal adjustments in animals.

March 5, 2013

by Jason Howerton

Mexican lawmakers will ask the U.S. Senate to create a registry of all commercialized firearms in border states, which includes California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Mexico says it will make it easier to trace guns used in violent attacks.

The measure was reportedly approved on January 9 by Mexico's Permanent Commission, a government entity that meets when Mexico's Senate and the Chamber of Deputies is in recess. Gun owners in Arizona are calling the proposal "foolish" and an "invasion of privacy."

February 18, 2013

by Trarcey Petersen

The Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA) wants your W-2 forms. It's tax time again and ATCAA says residents need to remember about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

The agency says EITC is a financial boost for working people hit hard by economic times. They say many people may qualify for EITC for the first time this year because of changes in income, marital status or family size. ATCAA is offering free tax service and even a new more convenient way for you to get your taxes done.

February 10, 2013

by Mark Truppner

Luring film makers to Tuolumne County remains a priority for the Tuolumne County Film Commission.

A 20 percent tax credit was made available for California feature films with a budget between $1 million - $75 million, "movies of the week" or miniseries with a $500,000 minimum budget, and new television shows licensed for distribution that have a budget greater than $1 million.

February 10, 2013

by Ethan A. Huff

If you live in California and own pets or livestock, you could soon be criminalized as an animal abuser for things like letting your livestock roam on pasture or transferring ownership of rare-breed animals in a parking lot.

Two new laws recently passed under the auspices of animal protection actually threaten to eliminate animal ownership throughout the state, as they re-categorize normal animal rearing methods as acts of abuse worthy of criminal fines and unwarranted seizure of said animals. The bills are AB 1117 and SB 917, and they were passed under a shroud of secrecy. Those who knew about the bills were told they would protect animals from abuse. But upon closer investigation, AB 1117 and SB 917 were clearly designed to incriminate animal ownership and discourage livestock farming.

February 6, 2013

Effective February 1, 2013, the Medical Board of California placed psychiatrist Nathan Brian Kuemmerle on seven years' probation, with an actual one year suspension beginning February 17, 2013.

On May 18, 2011, Nathan Kuemmerle was sentenced in Los Angeles federal court to time served and three years probation, following his January conviction on one charge of distribution of a controlled substance-specifically, 180 tablets of Xanax. Kuemmerle is reported to have written prescriptions for cash, without legitimate medical purposes, to make money to pay for his addiction to methamphetamine.

February 5, 2013

by B.J. Hansen

The California Supreme Court will hear arguments today regarding whether it is legal for local governments to ban storefront medical marijuana dispensaries.

The decision could lead to the expansion or decline of the medical marijuana industry. An advocacy group reports that over 180 cities and counties across the state have banned store front clinics. Included are the City of Sonora and Tuolumne County. This is the first time that the high court will take up whether medical marijuana dispensaries can be outlawed, or if they are protected under the state's medical marijuana laws passed in 1996. The lawsuit was filed by a group that was operating in Riverside County.

February 5, 2013

by Susan Meeker

Glenn County's foster youth came back from the state Capitol this week filled with hope. Six members of the local chapter of California Youth Connection rallied with 200 youth from 32 counties Monday for legislation.

The advocacy group talked to legislators about sponsoring a bill that would require the State Department of Social Services to develop and implement a caregiver evaluation process. The evaluation would allow licensing agencies to be better informed when it comes to matching youth with the appropriate caregiver or home, said Ashley Beecham, Youth Connection coordinator with the Glenn County Office of Education.

February 1, 2013

by Ron Givens

On display today in California was nothing more than a Gestapo tactic by the communist left that held an unannounced "public meeting" of the Joint Senate/Assembly Legislative Public Safety Committee "hearing" on gun control while the vast majority...

of Super Minority Republicans were out of the building! It's one thing to have all seven of our state's Constitutional Offices being held by Bay Area "liberals." It becomes something much more frightening when the communist left purposely schedules "public meetings" without notice and when they know that all of their balanced opposition is away and can't retort. That is not Government by The People: That is tyranny of simple minds bent on controlling the masses by forced disarmament!

January 29, 2013

by Brad Branan

Sacramento County has fired a Child Protective Services investigator because she allegedly abused children in her foster home, used a county car to commute to work each day and counted the commutes on her timecard, records show.

In January of this year, one of Brumfield's former foster children called the county to say she shouldn't be working with children. The county placed Brumfield on administrative leave and launched an investigation. The investigation raises a number of questions about the county's hiring of Brumfield and how it responded to the news about her background. The Bee obtained a copy of the investigation through a California Public Records Act request.

January 29, 2013

by Jim Guy

Crime is on the rise across California, according to a new FBI report, a statistic borne out in several categories of offenses in Fresno and Visalia. The FBI statistics compare nine categories of crimes for the first part of 2011.

Strikingly, violent crime is up 4% in California and that includes a 7.6% rise in murder, a 7.8% hike in rape and a 2.8% increase in assault. Other crimes also rose across the board, including robbery (5%) burglary (10.3%) and auto theft (12.8%).

January 24, 2013

by Tiffany Vaillancourt

I along with quite a number of other California voters went to the polls in November to support and approve Prop 30 in order to prevent school closures and teacher layoffs.

The whole point of this tax increase was to keep schools open and keep teachers in the classroom. I'm left feeling as though someone has pulled a fast one on me and I'm sure my fellow voters will feel the same way. If you close James Marshall we will homeschool our children. James Marshall is a quality school with quality teachers and if you really cared about the education of the children.

January 19, 2013

by Stephanie Hoops

Responding to calls for change in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., California lawmakers have begun efforts to strengthen state and federal gun legislation.

Responding to calls for change in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., California lawmakers have begun efforts to strengthen state and federal gun legislation. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has announced that she plans to reintroduce legislation this month banning assault weapons. A semi-automatic assault weapon ban contained within the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 expired in 2004.

January 18, 2013

by Dianne Melendez

Larissa Nearing's story is a poignant illustration of what can happen when you are busy living your life. On November 3, 2011, Larissa began what seemed like a routine day. She had taken her baby to daycare in the morning and then went to work.

Around noon, she got an urgent phone call from a neighbor who said her apartment was on fire. She rushed home to find the firefighters wrapping up and learned that the apartment above hers was where the fire originated. She saw from her doorway all her worldly goods. Many of the items had been wrapped in plastic by the fire department. But she noticed her speakers for her DJ business were not protected. She tried to enter her apartment since the fire was out and police officers were standing inside her apartment talking. She was prevented from entering and so she asked if they would please protect her speakers. Larissa explained she had a DJ business and this equipment was vital for her livelihood.

January 8, 2013

by Adam Blauert

Sonora has always been a favorite among California's many historic towns. During the holidays, it's a great place to enjoy Christmas-themed activities and shopping.

The trail is named the Dragoon Gulch Trail because it traverses an area that was mined by a group of former U.S. Army dragoons from 1849 through the early 1850s. "Dragoon" is an archaic term for cavalry. The five subsections have their own names: North Forest, South Creekside, North Creekside, Ridge and Vista.

December 29, 2012

by Denny Walsh

Sacramento police are investigating a deadly home invasion robbery early Saturday in which one of the intruders was shot dead and three other people were wounded.

Police identified one alleged intruder as Thomas Ordonaz, 21. Ordonaz was arrested Saturday night for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and being an accessory. Upon arrival, Morse said, officers quickly discovered that an exchange of gunfire had occurred between the homeowner and would-be robbers.

December 28, 2012

by Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Measures on gay rights and child safety are among the top state laws taking effect at the start of 2013, along with attempts to prevent identity theft and perennial efforts to restrict abortion and illegal immigration.

In California, a first-of-its-kind law bans a form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight but is on hold during a court challenge. The law would ban what is known as reparative or conversion therapy for minors; such therapies are widely discredited by medical professionals. A number of laws seek to protect children from bullying and abuse.

December 28, 2012

by Janis Prout

Ever leave on a trip feeling great but return needing to recover from traveling? Chiropractor Janis Prout sees patients in pain daily. When they're getting ready for a trip, she helps them prepare, but often they return home sore and sadly subluxated.

Back pain from sitting is just one of the issues she helps with. Whether you're leaving on a holiday trip, traveling for business or dealing with a daily commute, she shares tips on how to end your trip in great shape.

December 18, 2012

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