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Why It’s Taken So Long for the Golden Gate Bridge to Get a Protective Barrier


Workers are in the final stages of a long, $217 million project: Install a protective barrier at the Golden Gate Bridge. Roughly 2,000 people have died by suicide jumping from the bridge since it opened in 1937.

Newsom Taking New Approach to California’s 10,000 Homeless Veterans


California’s population of homeless veterans has plateaued despite billions of dollars in state spending to create housing for former service members. Now, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to shift resources to focus on veterans with serious mental health conditions.

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Image caption: Tens of thousands of Californians depended on state help to pay rent through the pandemic. Now the state is letting them down.
COVID Rent Relief Delays: 70,000 Households at Risk of Eviction

More than 70,000 households who needed and applied for state aid to pay their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic by the March 2022 deadline still have their applications listed as "pending." Now they could be evicted from their homes.

Image caption: New law represents departure from long-standing mental health treatment practices in California.
Californians’ Mental Health: Newsom Signs Law to Overhaul System

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature mental health policies allow the involuntary treatment of more Californians with severe mental illnesses. Some fear the new laws will infringe on the civil liberties of people confined against their will.

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South Lake Tahoe Police Department receives $98,136 Grant to fight alcohol-related harm

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The South Lake Tahoe Police Department announces they have been awarded a $98,136 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to reduce alcohol-related harm in their community. The...

Image caption: Voters will decide whether to spend funds previously earmarked for mental health care on housing of the homeless.
Newsom’s Mental Health Plan Heads to Voters. What Does it Say?

California collects a special tax on high incomes to fund mental health services. Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to change how the money is spent so a share of it can be used to fund housing for homeless people with mental …

Image caption: A victory by McDonald's workers at a Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, location was a rarity among retaliation cases.
Workers Suffering Increased Retaliation for On-Job Complaints

More workers are filing claims with the state alleging employers are retaliating against them for engaging in legally protected activities, such as seeking overtime pay or reporting wage theft or discrimination.

Image caption: Protests have erupted statewide in response to right-wing activists in California school districts who are trying to put anti-LGBTQ+ policies in place.
State Moves to Stop Anti-LGBTQ+ Local School Board Policies

Under a system that has long prioritized local control for school districts. state officials now are fighting some recent board decisions regarding LGBTQ students.

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Sierra Community House: Building a community for a better tomorrow in Lake Tahoe

Sierra Community House encompasses a wide variety of social services on the north shore and in the Truckee area, bringing together Project Mana, which is focused on hunger relief; Tahoe Safe Alliance, which is focused on domestic and sexual violence …

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California Fire Foundation announces disaster relief fund for citizens, firefighters in Maui, Hawaii

The California Fire Foundation is assisting Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 1463 and the community to assess needs and directly distribute the aid to those hardest hit and in need of support.

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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