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Image caption: California workers could receive unemployment benefits if they go on strike. It’s up to Gavin Newsom.
Gov to Decide if Unemployment Benefits Go to Striking Workers

A union-backed bill that would make strikers eligible for California’s unemployment benefits awaits the governor’s signature. Businesses say it’ll cost too much.

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Southern Monterey County Foundation celebrates 10 years of giving

KING CITY — Southern Monterey County Foundation (SMCF) is celebrating an impressive milestone — 10 years of giving back to Southern Monterey County. The SMCF raises funds and makes grants to improve the quality of life in South County from …

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Taylor Farms donates more than 1,100 backpacks to students in King City, Salinas

KING CITY — More than 1,100 backpacks filled with school supplies were delivered to students in King City and Salinas this year as part of Taylor Farms’ 13th annual Backpack Giving Program. After starting the program in Monterey County in …

Image caption: Before cities order police to clear out homeless camps, courts have ruled they must provide “adequate” shelter.
Do California Cities Offer ‘Adequate Shelter’ for Homeless?

Police can’t force homeless people from encampments unless the city in question has “adequate shelter” for those who are displaced, according to courts. Now everyone involved wants to know what “adequate” means.

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Alliance on Aging awarded $200K grant to develop age-friendly plan for Salinas Valley

SALINAS VALLEY — Alliance on Aging (AOA) has received a $200,000 grant from the California Department of Aging to develop a local age-friendly action plan for Monterey County, focusing on the Salinas Valley. The 21-month-long grant — one of 15 …

Image caption: Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside is set to receive $33.2 million in state interest-free loans.
State to Bail Out 3 Bankrupt Hospitals With No-Interest Loans

Some independent California community hospitals have struggled with rising costs since the COVID-19 pandemic. Three declared bankruptcy this year, prompting the state to distribute interest-free loans.

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Why a Colorado Company Funds a California Tax-Limiting Initiative

American Medical Response has poured more than $3 million into a November 2024 initiative to raise requirements for levying taxes and fees. The company says it’s looking out for patients, but local officials say it’s about the money.

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Monterey County nonprofit leaders sought for 2024 LEAD Institute cohort

MONTEREY COUNTY — The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE), a program of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC), has officially launched its recruitment for the LEAD (Leadership, Education and Development) Institute 2024 cohort, of which rising nonprofit leaders in …

Image caption: Kerry Wood, CEO of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, says the organization researches areas of need to help donors direct their contributions.
What Is a Community Foundation?

By channeling funds to a number of nonprofits working on various issues in a given region, community foundations help solve big problems throughout California.

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Working Together: TTCF and California Local

A conversation with Stacy Caldwell, CEO of Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation

Image caption: Almost 4 of 10 California Black women work at least two jobs and 62 percent say the second job is "essential."
Poll: California's Black Women are Overworked, Underpaid

A recent state survey reveals 2 in 3 Black women are breadwinners; 8 in 10 worry about discrimination or mistreatment and more like Gov. Gavin Newsom than Vice President Kamala Harris.

Image caption: Striking Hollywood actors and screenwriters are seeing support from other labor unions, such as the Domestic Workers Alliance.
California Summer Strikes Cut Across Wealth, Class Barriers

Showing solidarity with other social classes is a prominent union strategy in the so-called “hot labor summer” sweeping California. It’s too soon to say if the inter-union activity will get employers to bargain.

Image caption: School board meetings about educating children have deteriorated into battles over hot-button culture war issues in some districts.
State Moves to Stop Culture Wars Upending California School Boards

California grants school boards much local control, but recent events have pushed the state to take steps to stop local school board meetings from turning into potentially dangerous culture war battlegrounds.

Image caption: Low transfers are also the fault of the UC and Cal State systems which rejected 30,000 applicants in 2020.
Community College Transfer Numbers Remain Far Below State’s Goal

Transfer to a four-year institution is a benchmark for success among community colleges, but the numbers are low and disparities across the system persist, especially between colleges in rural areas and those in wealthy suburbs.

Image caption: Californians experiencing mental health issues are making frequent use of a new 988 crisis hotline.
California's 988 Mental Health Crisis Hotline Gets Surge in Calls

One California mental health crisis center grew its staff by almost 50 percent to handle that number of calls from people in need of counseling that it’s received since the state launched its 988 hotline a year ago.

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Sun Street completes new youth center for South Monterey County

SALINAS VALLEY — Sun Street Centers recently celebrated the completion of its Darlene Acosta Youth Center in King City with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house. The June 28 celebration marked the final construction phase of Sun Street’s King …

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Rancho Cielo receives 5,000 bus passes for students to get to Salinas campus safely

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST), facilitated by Monterey County Hospitality Association (MCHA), has donated 5,000 bus passes to Rancho Cielo so its students from the further reaches of Monterey County can attend class. “Our school serves many students in …

Image caption: California smokers are kicking the habit, but that means lower tax revenues for child services under Prop 10.
Child Services Takes Hit as Tobacco Tax Revenue Drops Due to Quitting

A new ban on flavored tobacco products is accelerating a decline in nicotine tax revenue that funds California’s early childhood services. Some programs are already making cuts.

Image caption: Under the Inside Safe program homeless camps have been cleared, but where do the people go?
'Inside Safe' Homeless Plan Struggles to Get People into Housing

Los Angeles’ new homelessness solution is meant to quickly get people out of encampments and into housing—as the city grapples with the state’s largest population of unhoused residents. But the program is struggling to house people and connect them with …

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Pacific Grove task force picks a consultant to guide the city toward more equity.

In its nearly two years of work, the Pacific Grove Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force has made headway in its mission to make the small town a more welcoming place for underrepresented groups – it’s biggest accomplishment to date…