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California Hospitals Strive To Comply With New Homeless Patient Laws, But Say Lack Of Resources Makes It Tough - capradio.org
This is a good example of the limits of nudge-theory policy. This is comparable to attempting to treat a mass-stabbing problem by mandating bandage stations on every street corner. In this case of homelessness, poverty, and medical care, I think we need a more (sorry there's no better word) wholistic approach. This is on reason why I've become more and more accepting of large state welfare programs: they can address these large social issues in a multifaceted way without merely hoping for a cascading effect from piecemeal laws. 📰 Physicians across the state are grappling with the new law, which requires hospitals to offer homeless patients a meal, clothing and other services before sending them to a residence or a social services provider that has agreed to take them. It was designed to address “patient dumping,” a phrase homeless advocates use to describe hospitals discharging patients to the streets without adequate planning. But hospitals say there’s been confusion about how to interpret and implement the law. Peggy Wheeler, Vice President of Rural Health and Governance for the California Hospital Association, which originally opposed the policy, said she’s been receiving “any number of questions” from members trying to comply. https://buff.ly/2RHPgu0
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In California, Gender Can No Longer Be Considered in Setting Car Insurance Rates - The New York Times
This seems pretty reasonable and good. 📰 In announcing the change, the departing state insurance commissioner, Dave Jones, said the new regulations “ensure that auto insurance rates are based on factors within a driver’s control, rather than personal characteristics over which drivers have no control.”... The state’s Insurance Department, in explaining its reasoning for the change, noted that the industry had inconsistently — and perhaps unfairly — applied gender weighting in pricing. Some insurers found that female drivers were a higher risk while others claimed the inverse, the department concluded, and the factoring of gender on rates varied widely by location. https://t.co/YLoQS11a5r
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I'm only 1/3 of the way through this, but it's an extremely good discussion between two fascinating and intelligent people. Regardless of whether you agree with their politics, I think it behoves everyone to understand the points they're making. Do yourself a favor and watch/listen to this ASAP. https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2Fq3-QvoIfpxc&h=AT3-NZQe4ZSseayWVi8UMl0VwwJ11uO4v8GX-jhZKzpnHIEJ67lL2SJYZxJB6jEyLbJfIecKj5f8OWQDOgHxiQEjPjvIzHdLAl0RjiSTX1rwDSzeWLBi6D0G7Hpe&s=1
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California schools were once the nation's envy. What went wrong? | Education | The Guardian
I've known about Prop. 13 for quite some time, but I never knew the connection to the Court ruling. Good read. 📰 There is, however, a second explanation, one that knocks some off the shine off California’s golden reputation as a beacon of educational progressivism in the 1950s and early 1960s: that the school system, like the state itself, has always been beset by racial and economic inequalities and what has changed over time has merely been the severity of the same obstinate underlying problem. Back in the days when property taxes accounted for more than 50% of school funding [.]...That meant cities had vastly better schools than rural areas, and affluent white suburbs were far ahead of black and Latino neighborhoods[.] ... The problem got so bad that the California supreme court, in a series of rulings in the early 1970s, declared the uneven funding to be unconstitutional and ordered the state to make up the difference. Prop 13 was, in many ways, a reaction to those rulings. “People, particularly in affluent districts, said, ‘If I can’t buy better education than my neighbors, why am I paying all these property taxes?’” Imazeki explained. It soon became clear that Prop 13 was wreaking havoc not just on education but on the whole system of state governance. It meant, for example, that overall tax revenue was now more dependent on economic cycles of boom and bust, so social programs established in years of plenty were always at risk of getting slashed again when the lean times returned. https://buff.ly/2Mn51AF
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“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ― J. Krishnamurti http://bit.ly/2Dr0zht
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Julie Irwin Zimmerman: I Failed the Covington Catholic Test - The Atlantic
There have been a plethora of bad arguments this weekend defending the MAGA hat students. This one may be the worst I’ve seen. Dismissing the incident as inconsequential belies the author’s ignorance of how racism and white supremacy work, (ironically) as he’s in the very act of defending it. The lengths people go to in order to defend any besmirched white man while systematically dismissing the legitimate claims of black and brown people never ceases to amaze me. Maybe it shouldn’t. 📰 Take away the video and tell me why millions of people care so much about an obnoxious group of high-school students protesting legalized abortion and a small circle of American Indians protesting centuries of mistreatment who were briefly locked in a tense standoff. Take away Twitter and Facebook and explain why total strangers care so much about people they don’t know in a confrontation they didn’t witness. Why are we all so primed for outrage, and what if the thousands of words and countless hours spent on this had been directed toward something consequential? https://buff.ly/2R48G6Y
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Blacks have made gains in U.S. political leadership, but gaps remain | Pew Research Center
Some real progress in The House; it's been hard-fought and exhaustingly slow. We can do much better. A more just world can only happen when people of color have greater presence in seats of power. It's not the only criteria, by far, but it's an important one. https://buff.ly/2FJ1fjx
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5 days ago by AaronLMGoodwin
My turn: Why I joined the picket line at Manual Arts High in L.A. | CALmatters
📰 Los Angeles Unified School District leaders say they would like to lower class sizes and restore programs but they just don’t have the money. But the district has an unspent reserve of nearly $1.9 billion. It is unconscionable that the district would sit on such a massive reserve while class sizes skyrocket and schools go without nurses, counselors, social workers, and librarians. Instead of continuing to cut schools to the bone, and denying our students the essential services and resources they deserve, the district should immediately settle a contract with United Teachers Los Angeles that invests in students and fully supports educators. The state must act. California is the 5th largest economy in the world, but we are a dismal 43rd in the nation in per-pupil spending. https://buff.ly/2Dl7JDL
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An epidemic of untapped potential - The Boston Globe
This is some amazing and harrowing reporting. 📰 Over the past year, the Globe has tracked down 93 of the 113 valedictorians who appeared in the paper’s first three “Faces of Excellence” features from 2005 to 2007. We wanted to know, more than a decade later, how the stories of Boston’s best and brightest were turning out. These were the kids who did everything asked of them and more. ... These photo displays project an unspoken faith that the American dream is alive and well: Nearly 80 percent of the valedictorians we interviewed became the first in their families to go to college, an achievement often crowned by a generous scholarship. But in an era when social mobility is in sharp decline, many of Boston’s valedictorians struggled after high school, their vaulting ambitions running headlong into a thicket of real-world obstacles — obstacles their wealthier, often white counterparts in the suburbs much more rarely encounter. Theirs are stories of inequality not just in income, but in opportunity. https://buff.ly/2FI1vzj
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Supreme Court ruling gives truckers a victory and a new weapon in labor war at L.A. ports - Los Angeles Times
A lot of folks got rich off the backs of the struggling working class in the economic expansion by classifying crucial labor as independent contractors instead of full-time employees. It's one of the biggest failures of Obama's economic policies, and obscures the continued difficulties faced by the poor and blue-collar Americans. Yes, unemployment is at record-lows, but the *quality* of employment and the security it provides as steadily declined. I'm very much in favor of rulings and legislation that recalibrates in this area. https://buff.ly/2CvePUp
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As gig companies beg for relief from pro-labor Supreme Court ruling, the lobbying is fast and furious | CALmatters
📰 State and federal labor laws give employees a wide range of worker protections, from overtime pay and minimum wages to the right to unionize. But those rights don’t extend to independent contractors, whose ranks have grown dramatically in the gig economy. Apps such as Uber, TaskRabbit and DoorDash, which match customers and services online and in real time, have given workers an unprecedented ability to freelance but they also have blurred traditional employer-employee relationships and, labor advocates say, invited exploitation. Some 2 million people, from Lyft drivers to construction workers, consider themselves independent contractors in California. In 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about one in 14 workers was an independent contractor nationally. https://buff.ly/2W4H6ui
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Trump Begins Third Year With Low Job Approval and Doubts About His Honesty | Pew Research Center
I also love how they basically invalidate the numbers on approval of economy, since it's mostly risen on completely partisanship as Republicans swing from 14% approval under Obama to 75% today. If you think the economy has improved by 61% since 2016, you live in a fantasy land. I think this is important to remember every time Trump's dismal approval ratings are juxtaposed with his ratings on economics. 📰 Trump begins his third year with a 37% job approval rating; 59% disapprove of his job performance. Of five previous presidents, only Ronald Reagan had as low a job approval mark at this point in his presidency. (Reagan’s disapproval – 54% – was lower than Trump’s.) https://buff.ly/2FKEXhE
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