Five Years Ago The San Francisco Board Of Supervisors Vowed To End Hunger By 2020. It’s Only Gotten Worse.
San Francisco has increased spending on nutrition programs by nearly $50 million, yet it hasn't proven to be enough, a new report finds.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Hunger Has Gotten Worse In San Francisco In The Past 5 Years, Despite $48 Million In Increased Spending
Five years later, food insecurity has only gotten worse in San Francisco, according to a 200-page report released by the city’s Food Security Task Force Thursday. The city has increased spending on nutrition programs by $48 million in that time period; yet the extra meals and groceries are still not enough to meet the needs of the estimated 227,000 San Franciscans who are at high risk of food insecurity, according to the report. (Duggan, 12/20)
In other news from across the state —
University Of California Squares Off Against Major Publisher Elsevier
There’s a high-stakes fight in California that could shape the way that academic research gets read and published far beyond the West Coast. The battle is pitting the University of California system against Elsevier, the Netherlands-based publisher of academic journals. At issue is how open-access research gets paid for. (Robbins, 12/19)
Orange County Register:
Santa Ana Woman Who Drowned Her 2-Month-Old Daughter Committed To State Hospital
A Santa Ana woman who drowned her baby was committed Wednesday to a state hospital, three weeks after jurors found that she was insane at the time of the murder. Orange County Superior Court Judge Sheila Hanson, acting on the recommendation of mental health experts, ordered that Lucero Carrera spend at least 180 days receiving treatment at a state hospital. ...Carrera, who was living with her mother in Santa Ana, had a lengthy history of mental illness, including a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and several hospitalizations and suicide attempts. She often cycled through manic and depressive states, according to courtroom testimony, and shortly before the drowning had stopped taking her medication, worrying that it was making her drowsy when she wanted to be awake to care for the child. (Emery, 12/19)
Modesto Approves City’s First Eight Marijuana Dispensaries
The Modesto City Council on Wednesday awarded its first-ever permits to eight retail marijuana businesses looking to sell cannabis products out of storefronts. The council held a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss and then vote on approving the permits for the dispensaries. The public and the retail applicants were invited to attend and speak at the meeting. (Ahumada and Rowland, 12/19)