The invisible children of California

Oct 11, 2018

There may be thousands of them: The invisible children of California


From Capitol Weekly's SCOTT SORIANO: "California has hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children that cannot be accounted for. They are among the estimated 45,704 unaccompanied undocumented minors who were apprehended by federal authorities between Oct. 1, 2017 and Aug. 31, 2018 as they tried to enter California through its southern border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection."


"Another 90,563 individuals were detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as part of a “family unit.” CBP defines a family unit as at least one parent, usually the mother, travelling with children, but does not provide a breakdown of the average number of children in a unit.  Some of these children were separated from their parents or other family members."


"The state of California and its localities have no idea how many of these children are living in their communities, whether they are living in shelters, group homes, foster homes, “transitional families” or with sponsors."


California at risk of census undercount that could cost it in Congress


The Chronicle's HOLLY HONDERICH: "California is vulnerable to an undercount in the 2020 census that could overlook more than 1.6 million people and cost the state one of its seats in the House of Representatives, a new study has found."


"Inadequate funding, fears of privacy violations, a new and largely untested online system, and worry among immigrant communities have prompted “major concerns about the accuracy of the 2020 census,” says the report from the nonprofit Public Policy Institute of California."


"California’s particular demographic makeup means that these issues hold added weight. Three in 4 Californians belong to one or more often-undercounted populations, including children, young men, Latinos, African Americans and renters, according to the report."


How Gavin Newsom, John Cox say they'd make California more affordable


The Chronicle's JOE GAROFOLI: "Both candidates for governor agree that the cost of housing in California, to rent and own, is too dang high. They concur that the skyrocketing homeless population is a travesty. And they want to help the 1 in 5 Californians who lives in poverty."


"But that’s pretty much all they agree on when it comes to how to make California more affordable."


"Gavin Newsom, as has been his wont during two decades in public office, is a man with a plan. Fifteen of them, the Democrat says, that will address California’s housing and homelessness problems."


Kavanaugh backs Trump administration on jailing and deporting immigrants for crimes committed years earlier


LA Times's DAVID G SAVAGE: "Newly seated Justice Brett Kavanaugh spoke up Wednesday in defense of the Trump administration’s view that legal immigrants with criminal records must be arrested and held for deportation, even years after they were convicted and completed their sentences."


"At issue is a federal law that calls for mandatory detention and possible deportation for “criminal aliens,” including legal immigrants convicted of crimes ranging from violent felonies to simple drug possession. The law says the Homeland Security secretary “shall take into custody any alien” with a criminal record that could lead to deportation “when the alien is released."


It's a debate? Feinstein and de Leon to face off over U.S. Senate seat


Sacramento Bee's ALEXEI KOSEFF: "They can’t agree what to call it, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein and challenger Kevin de León will appear at an event together before next month’s election."


"The two Democrats have committed to a discussion hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California. The event, which will take place in San Francisco on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at noon, is set to be streamed online."


"In an announcement Wednesday, Feinstein’s team labeled it a “debate.” De León, who has been demanding a debate with his opponent for months, firmly rejects that description."


Pelosi: Trump's tax returns are fair game if Democrats win House


The Chronicle's JOHN WILDERMUTH: "Expect Democrats to immediately try to force President Trump to release his tax returns if they take back the House in November, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday."


"Demanding the president’s tax returns “is one of the first things we’d do — that’s the easiest thing in the world. That’s nothing,” Pelosi told The Chronicle’s editorial board in an hour-long interview."


"Although a 1924 provision of the Internal Revenue Code gives certain congressional committees the right to request — and release — the tax records of even the president, it’s unlikely Trump would surrender those documents without an all-out legal battle. He has refused to release his returns since he announced he was running for president, arguing first that he was being audited and later that voters don’t care."


'Lock her up' chant targets Feinstein at Trump rally


The Chronicle's TAL KOPAN: "President Trump supporters’ “lock her up” chant has a new “her”: Sen. Dianne Feinstein."


"The crowd at Trump’s campaign rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, broke into the chant Tuesday night during Trump’s riff on Democrats, Feinstein and the attempted-rape allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh."


"The chants of “lock her up” broke out spontaneously as Trump was accusing the California Democrat of leaking the letter that Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford wrote to Feinstein and Rep. Anna Eshoo, detailing the assault that she says Kavanaugh committed at a party when they were both in high school."


Harris urges fighting 'NRA-backed' Denham. But his rival isn't stressing gun control


McClatchy DC's KATE IRBY: "California Sen. Kamala Harris is using a gun control message to urge support for promising Democrats — even if the Democrat isn’t using curbs on guns as a big deal in his campaign."


"Harris Wednesday sent out a fundraising email Wednesday afternoon calling for more than $125,000 to be donated to Democrat Josh Harder’s campaign for a tossup California House seat. Harris urged backers to fight Republicans supported by the National Rifle Association, such as Harder’s opponent Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif."


"But Harder’s ads and public statements focus on economic issues, health care and immigration. His campaign website lists reducing gun violence as the ninth of 12 priorities on the page, and lists first that the rights of “responsible gun owners to be able to hunt and protect their home” needs to be respected."


For next California governor, there's plenty of advice on water issues


Water Deeply's DOUGLAS E BEEMAN/WATER EDUCATION FOUNDATION: "THERE’S GOING TO be a new governor in California next year – and a host of challenges, both old and new, involving the state’s most vital natural resource, water."


"So what should the next governor’s water priorities be?"


"That was one of the questions put to more than 150 participants during a wrap-up session at the end of the Water Education Foundation’s Sept. 20 Water Summit in Sacramento."


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LA prepares to begin crackdown on homeless camps, under fire from civil rights lawyers


LA Times's GALE HOLLAND: "Outreach workers went tent to tent early Wednesday with offers of homeless services as the city launched a crackdown on encampments around a new shelter in downtown Los Angeles’ El Pueblo historic district."


"The city plans five-day-a-week cleanups and increased police presence in “special enforcement zones” around a network of 15 shelters it hopes to build by the middle of next year."


"Wednesday was to have been the first day of the stepped-up enforcement around the first shelter, El Puente, which opened a month ago across from Union Station."


New SF school board president skips Pledge of Allegiance at first meeting


The Chronicle's JILL TUCKER: "For the first time in memory, the San Francisco school board bypassed the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of its meeting Tuesday night, a purposeful omission by the board’s new president."


"Stevon Cook, presiding over his first meeting, said he had been mulling over the idea of replacing the recitation of the pledge after he was elected to lead the board following the departure of former President Hydra Mendoza two weeks ago."


"He told only a few board members prior to Tuesday’s meeting, and instead of asking people to stand and recite the pledge, he read a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “When you learn, teach. When you get, give."


Nervous Dems ask: Could Election Day disaster strike again?


McClatchy DC's ALEX ROARTY: "It was this week two years ago that Hillary Clinton’s victory looked assured, when the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape of Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault appeared all but certain to end his campaign."


"Jesse Ferguson remembers it well. The deputy press secretary for Clinton’s campaign also remembers what happened a month later."


"It’s why this veteran Democratic operative can’t shake the feeling that, as promising as the next election looks for his party, it might still all turn out wrong."


Postal Service proposes 5-cent increase to first-class stamp


AP: "The U.S. Postal Service is seeking to increase the price of its first-class stamp by 5 cents to 55 cents to help stem its mounting red ink."


"If approved by regulators, the 10 percent increase to the cost of mailing a 1-ounce letter would be the biggest since 1991. The price of each additional ounce would go down, from 21 cents to 15 cents."


"The proposed increase would take effect in January. It comes as President Donald Trump has criticized the Postal Service for "losing a fortune" by not charging higher shipping rates for online retailers such as"


California adults need help to finish college


EdSource's LARRY GORDON: "Millions of Californians who began their college education but never finished deserve special support and policy changes to help get them across the finish line later in life, a new report urges."


"The study from the non-partisan California Competes organization estimates that 4 million Californians, ages 25 to 64, earned some college credits at various times but no associate or bachelor’s degrees and are not in school now. As a result, their employment and financial prospects have suffered and they face “diminishing opportunities in labor markets that increasingly rely on workers with degrees,” said the report entitled “Back to College: California’s Imperative to Re-Engage Adults."


"The report found that those adults with some college but no degree are significantly less likely to earn more than $75,000 a year compared to those who have at least an associate degree from a community college. Only 14 percent of those who didn’t finish their degrees earn in that upper income bracket, compared to 36 percent of those who have degrees (and 5 percent of those with just high school or less)."


The Bay Area's Year of #MeToo


The Chronicle's RYAN KOST: "On Oct. 15, 2017, after weeks of news reports about sexual assault allegations by dozens of women being leveled at Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men, survivors took to social media to say #MeToo. It was a rallying cry, one of empathy, for those who had experienced sexual assault and harassment to share their stories and encourage others to do so as well."


"While the hashtag gained life after actress Alyssa Milano used it to share her own story, those words of solidarity had been used to comfort survivors for years. Activist Tarana Burke has been using them since 2006 to empower women who had experienced sexual abuse — particularly women of color in underprivileged communities."


"The hashtag brought with it a year full of allegations that would see men in multiple fields — politics, arts, education, comedy — finally held accountable for their actions."


GOP at risk of losing several key governorships at a crucial political moment


LA Times's EVAN HALPER: "Running in a place where Republicans dominate state government and Donald Trump won in 2016, Michigan Atty. Gen. Bill Schuette might have expected an easier path to victory in the upcoming governor’s race."


"But at a recent midday press conference on the fringes of downtown Detroit, his allies were outnumbered by protesters outside, who shouted that the GOP nominee should “Go home!,” banged on building windows and hoisted a giant puppet of him scowling. Schuette is trailing badly in polls."


Disappearance of journalist puts Saudi prince, a Trump ally, under a dark cloud


LA Times's LAURA KING/NABIH BULOS/UMAR FAROOQ: "It was only six months ago that Saudi Arabia's young crown prince was feted in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Manhattan and Washington as a reformist monarch-in-waiting, already putting a modernist stamp on an intensely traditional – and fabulously wealthy – desert kingdom."


"Now the image of 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is tarnished by growing suspicion of Saudi state involvement in what may have been a brutal assassination of a critic. And the deepening mystery leaves the Trump administration, which has embraced the House of Saud more warmly than has any other Western leader, in an increasingly awkward spot."


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