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A key element of the Santa Ana Veterans Village project is the inclusion of on-site service providers — Goodwill of Orange County’s Tierne Center for Veterans Services, the VA Long Beach Healthcare System and Veterans Legal Institute among them.
The Immigration Justice League is demanding county supervisors declare a state of emergency over the conditions in which they say immigrant children are being held. In addition, the group is planning to file child abuse charges against Chair Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and the 2018 Board of Supervisors.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) says he will also create a state surgeon general position via executive order and make California the first state to cover immigrants without legal status who are younger than 26 through Medi-Cal. Newsom did not provide details during his inauguration speech about how he is going to pay for these health care goals, though Democrats in the Legislature are generally supportive of his ideas.
Southwest Key, a nonprofit that houses almost a third of detained migrant youth, has drawn scrutiny from officials after video footage of staff members abusing children surfaced last month. But cracking down on the organization would be a balancing act as the government has been under strain to provide care for the young people.
More than 19 million households in the United States receive food stamps, accounting for nearly 39 million people. The Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is one of the agencies that has not yet been funded by Congress. Although SNAP is automatically renewed, if the shutdown continues through March, there will be no remaining funding for the program.
The efforts are slow-going because of the sheer scope of the fire. Officials are putting together task forces to determine how evacuation and responsiveness can be improved for the next time it happens.
In places like San Francisco, where fentanyl is clearly labeled and not disguised as heroin, some people who are addicted to opioids prefer the powerful synthetic. “Fentanyl is stronger, you need less of it, and it’s cheaper. So why wouldn’t I, as somebody with limited funds, want to spend my money on something that’s a better value and therefore a better product?” Kristen Marshall, who runs a drug testing program for the Harm Reduction Coalition, tells Stateline about the drug users she treats.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who has been leading a crackdown on what he’s called an “epidemic” of teen vaping, plans to haul the companies into the agency’s headquarters so they can explain how they plan on sticking to previous vows of protecting young people.
“There is much more work to be done,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said. “But we are encouraged by these trends.”
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco is allowing the trial to be broken up into two parts, barring the plaintiffs at first from introducing evidence that the company allegedly attempted to influence regulators and manipulate public opinion.