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Seniors join ‘new’ homeless
I'm gettin' up there in years myself -- 60 in June. So I'm sympathetic. The latest crisis to hit California is that its massively high cost of living is pushing seniors out onto the streets. Social Security checks, small pensions and food stamps might cut it in Michigan, but not in California. ...
CHP’s probe of CalFire yielded leads — unlike DA’s probe of CHP
The reports that suggest the California Highway Patrol did a solid job in handling the investigation of a prostitution scandal at CalFire's training acadmy in Ione have a rich subtext. CHP gathered enough strong evidence that 16 CalFire employees were suspended and placed on administrative leave....
Retirement will be painful for most
In an excellent column in the U-T San Diego, Dan McSwain paints a grim retirement picture for almost everybody: For most Americans, it’s tempting to live in denial or outright fantasyland when it comes to paying for retirement. That’s because doing the math evokes less-pleasant emotions like f...
New 2015 laws: Hollywood wins, in-home care loses
New Year's Day sure wasn't a holiday from new regulations: 2015 brings 931 new laws Californians must obey. Some took effect on Jan. 1; others will later in the year. State lawmakers -- with the approval of Gov. Jerry Brown -- have changed how consumers shop for groceries, how Hollywood block...
Health co-ops filling Covered CA gap
As rates continue to rise sharply for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in the new year people are looking for more affordable alternatives. One is medical cooperatives. That’s especially true here, where the Obamacare implementation is called Covered California. The Wall Street Journal...
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