California leads the nation in homeless attacks

California led the nation in violent crimes against the homeless by “housed” assailants last year, with San Diego contributing one of 20 known crimes statewide, according to a report released this week by the National Coalition for the Homeless. Homeless Attacks Report

Victims, advocates help pull human trafficking out of the darkness

victims and advocates speak on trafficking When she was 12, Brianna Williams was a driven, young entrepreneur who wrote a 30-page business plan for her future party-planning endeavor. But by the time she was 15, she was being trafficked by a man more than twice her age and had forgotten all the dreams she once…

“Rent control no answer to California housing crisis”

The San Diego Union Tribute The headlines about California’s housing crisis just keep coming, and the news is always grim. Last week, Bankrate.com reported the Golden State was the worst in the nation for first-time homebuyers, with the lowest percentage of homes available for sale and mortgage costs nearly double the U.S. average. Bankrate’s analysis…

“DANNY MORRISON: Cesar Chavez’s legacy is in good hands”

Bakersfield.com As founder of the United Farm Workers Union, Chavez rightfully demanded labor rights, fair wages and better working conditions for farmworkers. Regardless of their birthplace.  Yes, criticism has always been levied at Chavez for appearing to fight more for legal farmworkers than the undocumented ones. But at the end of the day, Chavez always…

“In Photos: Exploring The Communities Of California’s Central Valley”

Konbini The first things that usually come to mind when we think about California are sunshine, music festivals, road trips, Hollywood stars and beautiful landscapes. Those stereotypical images have been fed to us over and over and are now part of our collective consciousness. However, the social inequalities in California are another story. That’s the…

Rich, poor: California’s split personality

“While California had five of the top 20 places in the nation, wonderfulness, like child poverty, was not evenly distributed across the state” Rich, poor: California’s split personality Two recent studies have confirmed it:  In California, poverty exists in the most unlikely places.

TRUE – California has nations highest poverty rate!!

California’s job and economic growth has outpaced much of the nation in recent years. That growth, however, has not eliminated one of the state’s biggest challenges: poverty. California has Americas’ highest poverty rate  

“VIDEO: Decline of upward mobility in California must be reversed”

Ca Economic Summit Upward mobility is a key issue for California to address — increasing the opportunity for all Californians will expand the middle class and reduce poverty. The middle class is shrinking — a trend that needs to be reversed for the sake of California’s economy and future generations. The California Economic Summit highlighted…

“California should create its own health insurance plan”

The San Francisco Chronicle More than 1 million Californians have gained health care under Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, created under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. President Trump’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare may have failed in Congress, but it did succeed in reigniting discussion of how best to provide health…