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Be sure to take advantage of state EITC tax rebate

February 09, 2017

A much deserved windfall is on its way to many low- and moderate-income California workers. For those who file state taxes and claim their benefit in 2017, the state is offering an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that, combined with what is available through the federal government, could provide up to a $6,000 rebate to families who meet specific qualifications.

Don’t tweet and drive

January 28, 2017

As new technology like cell phones, tablets and smart watches evolves, the amount of distractions we face while driving increases as well.

A new law to think about during the holiday season

December 03, 2016

During the holiday season, we all look forward to getting together with family and friends for good cheer and food. Tragically, some people decide it is also an opportunity to engage in consuming too much alcohol or drugs and then decide to get behind the wheel of an automobile where they put themselves and others lives at risk.

CCC marks 40 years working for state

September 24, 2016

In 1976, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation establishing the California Conservation Corps (CCC). Now the oldest and largest conservation corps in the nation, the CCC is a work development program for people ages 18 to 25 who are looking for work experience that will improve and protect California’s natural resources, such as trail restoration, fire protection, land maintenance and natural disaster emergency response efforts.

Bill Monning and Jim Beall: Better oversight of foster kids’ meds is needed

August 26, 2016

Psychotropic medications are powerful drugs with the potential to lead to lifelong health complications due to their side effects, such as obesity, tremors or diabetes. If our own children were prescribed powerful medications such as these, we would ask questions, we would want to know what alternatives were available, and we would seek a second opinion from another doctor as to whether these drugs were necessary and safe. Yet, when it comes to California’s foster youth, these questions are not asked.

July is UV awareness month

July 14, 2016

California has some of the most beautiful weather in the country, but those beautiful sunny days can expose us to harmful side effects if we aren’t prepared.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer in children and adults, and is the most common cancer in California and the nation. Tanning beds and some welding equipment are also known to cause skin cancer. 

New state budget a good step forward

June 25, 2016

On June 15 the Legislature passed a $122 billion budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, building on six years of responsible state spending and fiscal management. The spending plan invests in public education, focuses on significant issues such as poverty, housing and child care, and continues to add reserves to the state’s rainy day fund.

April the month to prepare for quake

April 16, 2016

California is no stranger to earthquakes and April is Earthquake Preparedness Month. While we do not know when or where the next big earthquake will occur, we can all be prepared and know what to do during and after an earthquake.

Everyone vulnerable to identity theft

March 05, 2016

Anyone can fall victim to identity theft and it is important to be informed about how to protect yourself from consumer fraud and identity theft.

Identity theft occurs when an individual’s personal information has been obtained by someone with the intent to commit fraud, resulting in unauthorized charges, financial loses and, in some cases, the identities of individuals being completely taken over. There have been cases where identity theft criminals accumulated more than $100,000 in credit card charges and purchased homes and vehicles.

Take a moment to think about rare diseases

February 27, 2016
Approximately 7,000 rare diseases have been identified, each impacting a small number of people.

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