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Barger seeks to review options to assist homeless mentally ill

The Board of Supervisors voted this week to review its options for helping mentally ill homeless individuals who refuse treatment, including the potential for legislative changes.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger said it was time to consider changes, as the county prepares to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to counter homelessness. She estimated that about 30 percent of individuals living on the street suffer from some kind of mental illness.

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Trump budget blueprint targets state Medicare counseling program

Last year, Frank Mirabella underwent sinus surgery that racked up a hospital bill of almost $23,000.
He expected Medicare to pay for it. But Mirabella, 76, received a letter from Sutter Health, a large health system in Northern California, explaining that the federal health program for seniors wouldn’t cover the surgery because he had an old, still-open workers’ compensation case.

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George Thorogood at LPAC for one-night-only on March 5

George Thorogood and the Destroyers will perform for the first time March 5 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.
George Thorogood is one of the most popular and sought-after acts on the rock ’n roll circuit. His new Rock Party limited tour this spring will feature all of his favorite songs over the past 40 years that have seen the band amass millions of fans around the world.

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California’s Democratic Leaders Rebuke Republican Senate Health Care Plan

Three of the Golden State’s top Democrats denounced a Republican Senate-promoted health care bill making the rounds in the nation’s capital during a conference call with media members on the morning of June 27.

Governor Jerry Brown and U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris spoke out against the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, which supporting politicians have geared towards using to overhaul the nation’s health care system and rollback the Affordable Care Act (ACA), former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation.

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Where do we go from here?

Now that the dust has settled in the wake of numerous documentaries, television news specials, formal studies by educational centers, think tanks and other entities in this, the 25th anniversary of the 1992 revolt/riot/uprising of Los Angeles, we may ask the burning questions: What did it mean, and where do we go from here? In light of the billions of dollars spent in well-publicized efforts to rebuild and/or revitalize the city, a few well-placed voices from differing vantage points consented to give their “take” on the passage of time, and the changes that have or have not taken place.

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America prepares to celebrate life, legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For much of one-half century, the policies and ideology of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have been espoused and renounced, adopted and co-opted by practically every socio-political movement the world over. Americans, rightly, consider him as their benevolent representative of peaceful social change—a latter-day Gandhi in terms of reshaping the public landscape—whose brief and fateful sojourn would force this nation to look inward toward a more perfect union.

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America prepares to celebrate life, legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For much of one-half century, the policies and ideology of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have been espoused and renounced, adopted and co-opted by practically every socio-political movement the world over. Americans, rightly, consider him as their benevolent representative of peaceful social change—a latter-day Gandhi in terms of reshaping the public landscape—whose brief and fateful sojourn would force this nation to look inward toward a more perfect union.