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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

In one pilot program, doctor-approved meals lowered health care costs by 55 percent.

Caren Latney was too weak to do simple household chores.

The 51-year-old had been diagnosed with lung cancer and, as she began treatment, struggled to stand over her stove long enough to prepare a meal. She didn’t really want to eat, anyway ― her intensive chemotherapy and radiation left her nauseated and exhausted. But high-calorie, protein-rich meals are essential for cancer patients, who face extreme weight loss, according to cancer experts.

Friday, May 4, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle, By Alexis Barries

For many people at work, looking at the clock means counting down the hours until their workday is done, when they will return home to family, pets, or maybe even see friends.

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Assembly Bill (AB) 2183 would create an immediate source of funding for resource families who take in a child on an emergency basis. Introduced by Assemblywoman Blanca E. Rubio (D-Baldwin Park), the bill calls on the state to use two existing pots of money to support resource families during the process: the state’s allocation of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant, and the state’s Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Program.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

California’s working families are too often left out of the conversation on policies that deeply impact them. One policy that would have far-reaching consequences on fuel supply and prices is South Coast Air Quality Management District proposed Rule 1410, which would ban the use of modified hydrofluoric acid at California refineries. This proposed rule is currently being pushed at the AQMD by a handful of activists whose previous attempts at a ban have died or stalled out at the Torrance City Council and in the state legislature.

Friday, February 2, 2018

February 2, 2018 – San Francisco state Sen. Scott Wiener announced a new bill on Thursday that will expand water recycling in California by developing on-site water use regulations. SB 966, which is coauthored by Wiener's colleagues in assemblymembers Cristina Garcia and Blanca Rubio, would allow local communities to expand the use of graywater, blackwater, rainwater, stormwater, foundation drainage and other reused water by requiring state water board to issue more comprehensive regulations.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

California’s population of unhoused youth rose 26 percent from 2016 to 2017 — but two-thirds of the state’s counties don’t have youth-specific homeless programs.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The bill, introduced by state Assembly members Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, and Blanca Rubio, D-Baldwin Park, came in response to the state Public Utilities Commission’s proposal last month to implement a three-month moratorium on new business and industrial gas connections by Southern California Gas Co.