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LOS ANGELES TIMES: National healthcare reform sparks concern about scams

July 21, 2013

Especially at risk when enrollment begins in October, experts say, are seniors, people who speak limited English and those who have never had insurance before.
By Anna Gorman
The national health reform law is expected to open the door for identity theft and insurance scams when millions of uninsured Americans begin enrolling in coverage this fall, officials and advocates warn.

EDSOURCE: Older adult and parent ed programs left out of adult education budget compromise

July 19, 2013

An effort to narrow adult education’s core mission is being met with resistance from advocates for older adult and parent education programs, which would lose funding under a budget compromise crafted by supporters of adult education and Gov. Jerry Brown.

“A lot of people think supporting older adult and parent ed programs is a lost cause,” said Kristen Pursley, who teaches English as a Second Language courses at West Contra Costa Adult Education. “But we think they are too important to give up.”

TORRANCE TRIBUNE: Senator Lieu Optimistic

July 18, 2013

California has turned its financial fortunes around in dramatic fashion, according to Senator Ted Lieu (D-28th District). In an upbeat State of the State address last Friday at El Segundo’s Hacienda Hotel in front of business and civic leaders, Lieu reported that California has a projected budget surplus of over 2 billion, continues to reduce its debt, has shored up education funding and is poised to become the eighth largest economy in the world once again.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY NEWS: Executive MBA Students Visit Sacramento

July 17, 2013

Students in the Executive M.B.A. program course at Loyola Marymount University got a first-hand look into how state government and businesses use innovation during a visit to Sacramento and Silicon Valley this summer. The two-day trip was part of a Business Research Skills course offered in the summer.

SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS: Populist messages take on airport frustrations

July 17, 2013

VENICE — A message board advocating against the Santa Monica Airport has blossomed in neighboring Venice, creating a public forum out of what was once just a plain cinderblock wall.

“Is Santa Monica a Parasite to Venice?” a sign asks, prompting response on one of two pieces of butcher block paper affixed to a nearby wall at the corner of Linden and Milwood avenues.

MARINA DEL REY ARGONAUT: Legislation targets gun law 'loophole,' mental health services

July 17, 2013

Leading a forum on gun violence and mental health in a city reeling from a mass shooting last month, Rep. Henry Waxman announced a proposed bill that he says would focus on gun safety and improve access to mental health services.

Waxman convened the July 15 forum in Santa Monica, where five people were killed and several were injured on June 7 when 23-year-old John Zawahri went on a shooting rampage before police fatally shot him in the library at Santa Monica College.

PALM SPRINGS DESERT SUN EDITORIAL: Our Voice: Unauthorized sterilizations - an outrageous practice

July 16, 2013

The revelations by the Center for Investigative Reporting that nearly 150 women in California prisons were given sterilization procedures without proper approvals are outrageous.

CBS LOS ANGELES: Lawmakers Take Closer Look At Role Of Mental Health In SMC Shootings

July 16, 2013

SANTA MONICA ( — Southland lawmakers and other public officials Monday took part in a forum on gun violence in response to last month’s shootings at Santa Monica College.

KNX 1070′s Ron Kilgore reports Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) hosted the "Gun Violence, Mental Health and Community Recovery: Responses to the June 7, 2013, Santa Monica Shootings" forum at Santa Monica’s City Hall.

CACONOMY.ORG: California bill requires state to attack skills gap

July 16, 2013

There's no arguing the facts: California's unemployment rate, as of May, was 8.6 percent. Yet there are more than 840,000 jobs available now. The gap between the number of folks out of work and the number of open jobs is shocking, yet those who study the state's economy know there's one big challenge standing in the way of closing in on that disparity—having a skilled workforce.

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain once said, "It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained."

Amen to that, Your Highness.

FOXNEWS.Com: Calif. officials demand answers over unauthorized female inmate sterilizations

July 15, 2013

WASHINGTON – California lawmakers are demanding to know why doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates in four years without required state approval and, as some claim, strongly pressured or even tricked some of the women into signing off.

One doctor even allegedly suggested that the procedures would help the state save on welfare.