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Former President Obama issues statement on DACA rollback

Former President Barack Obama issued a statement on Tuesday decrying the Trump administration rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.

Posted inBook Review

‘Once a Cop: The Street, The Law, Two Worlds, One Man’

You’ve changed your mind.
That’s allowed, you know. You can go in a different direction, pick something else, try another thing, have do-overs, or have two. Pencils come with erasers, few things are forever, and in “Once A Cop” by Cory Pegues, change may be good.
Born the second-youngest with four much older sisters, Cory Pegues grew up in a middle-class, mostly-Black neighborhood in Queens, New York. Although his father was largely absent, Pegues basked in the affection of an extended family and he was secure, until his mother began moving her children from one run-down home to a more-run-down home.

Posted inLocal Politics

Harvey strikes Houston as thousands of citizens scramble to safety

The biggest rainstorm in history to hit the U.S. mainland made a second landfall on Wednesday on the Gulf Coast, and is slowly moving away from Houston, Texas while inundating the southeast portion of the state and southwest Louisiana.
Now categorized as Tropical Storm Harvey, it is expected to weaken today as it moves north toward Mississippi and Tennessee as the National Hurricane center warned mid-week of “catastrophic and life-threatening” flooding. At press time, more than 20 persons were reported dead and tens of thousands of people in Houston and across southeast Louisiana have had to evacuate their homes. Officials fear many more fatalities as the waters recede in the coming days.

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To save on Medi-Cal costs, new bill may help homeless patients with rent money

Helping homeless Medi-Cal patients afford shelter could curb their frequent emergency room visits and save California millions of dollars a year, state housing and health care advocates say.
California lawmakers are considering a measure to devote an additional $90 million in state housing money over five years to subsidize rent for homeless Medi-Cal patients. That money would pay for all or part of the monthly rent for about 1,500 people at any given time during those years, say supporters of the bill.