Climbing Number Of Homeless Veterans Highlights That Something Is Going Wrong
"We don't have a lot of help for people when they reach out before they are in crisis and before they are homeless," said Nathan Graeser, a researcher at the Center for Innovation and Research for Military and Veteran Families.
Why So Many More Homeless Vets In LA?
Despite recent gains in the fight to end veteran homelessness, a sharp rise in the numbers living on the streets of Southern California has prompted veterans and advocates to call for more action and to question whether the problems at the root of the crisis are being adequately confronted. The number of homeless veterans hit 4,828, a 57 percent increase over the previous year, according to the Jan. 2017 homeless count released by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority last month. (Merina, 6/9)
In other news from across the state —
Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
Petaluma Company Gives $100K For North Bay Businesses’ AEDs
The latest effort to reduce Sonoma County deaths from cardiac arrest comes from a Petaluma company that recently pledged $100,000 to purchase automated external defibrillators for North Bay businesses. Stacy Gibbons, executive director of American Heart Association North Bay, called the move by Arrow Benefits Group “unprecedented.” Arrow Benefits Group’s first foray into reducing cardiac arrest deaths was in late 2014, when the company asked the Petaluma Health Care District to teach its employees hands-only CPR. The 6-year-long CPR education program, which mostly exists on middle school campuses, began with the Sonoma County branch of American Medical Response. (Warren, 6/8)
The Mercury News:
Palo Alto Parents Opposing Sex Program Won't Get Review Soon
Parents who want the Palo Alto school district to choose a different sex-education program will not get what they want by the new school year, if at all. Though some school board members agreed with them that the process used to select the new sex-ed materials may have lacked parental input and transparency, the majority said the Teen Talk program by Redwood City nonprofit Health Connected is appropriate for students and was vetted by the state. (Lee, 6/8)
The Mercury News:
Cal Rugby Coach Claims Hit That Paralyzed Player Was ‘Illegal’
Paralyzed Cal rugby player Robert Paylor was injured last month by an illegal hit that was caught on film, storied head coach Jack Clark said this week in a development that has launched a USA Rugby investigation. The candid June 2 statement by Clark called Paylor’s injury in the May 6 Varsity Cup championship win against Arkansas State “preventable.” (Gafni, 6/8)