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California Poverty

California Needs A State Budget That Protects Children From Poverty

Alex M. Johnson | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Alex M. Johnson

Californians understand that investing in children is an investment in our future. Yet, we must turn rhetoric into action and dedicate the resources to make that investment in ways that will yield the outcomes we all hope for, including a dramatic reduction in the number of California children living in poverty.

Lydia O'Connor

State Could Be First To Provide Low-Income Families This Overlooked Necessity | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

A staff member at West Valley Community Services, a basic needs center in Cupertino, Calif., recently overheard a mother admit she was withholding liq...

Kathleen Miles

This Map Shows Why The Plan To Split Up California Would Be A Dystopian Nightmare | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business

It would be Ayn Rand's dream come true: separate states for rich people and poor people. A proposal to split California into six states, introduce...

When Will Gov. Brown Wage a War on Poverty?

Judy Patrick | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Judy Patrick

Poverty has increased in California to the point that the incidence of poverty in our state is the highest in the nation. One in four of our state's children is living in poverty. One in three single mothers is barely making ends meet. Yet Gov. Brown has not declared a war on poverty.

Kathleen Miles

The State With The Most Rich People Also Has The Highest Poverty Rate | Kathleen Miles | Posted 11.15.2013 | Business

California has both the most ultra-wealthy individuals and the highest poverty rate of any U.S. state, according to recent reports. "This chasm is ...

This State Has The Highest Rate Of Poor People In The Nation

Los Angeles Daily News | Brenda Gazzar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

An alternative method of looking at poverty has found that California has the highest rate of impoverished people in the nation, according to figures ...

When It Comes To Poverty, SoCal Is Getting Worse

Los Angeles Daily News | Brenda Gazzar | Posted 11.20.2013 | Los Angeles

Tisha Morrison, 46, of Pacoima found herself taking refuge in the Los Angeles area after her Louisiana home was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. T...

These 2 Stats Prove California's $10 Minimum Wage Is A Big Deal

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 09.14.2013 | Business

California is very, very close to making a $10 minimum wage a reality. Doing so nationwide would change the lives of America’s working poor. A Ju...

The Poorest State In America Revealed

Aaron Sankin | Posted 11.16.2012 | San Francisco

California has a poverty rate of 23.5 percent, the highest of any state in the country, according to figures released this week by the United States C...

John Rudolf

Bankrupt California City Faces Cop 'Mass Exodus' During Crime Wave | John Rudolf | Posted 08.23.2012 | Crime

Bankrupt Stockton, Calif., faces a "mass exodus" of police officers in the midst of a crime wave if it is forced by creditors to slash pension benefit...

John Rudolf

Stockton's Poor Mired In Violence After Police Cuts, Recession | John Rudolf | Posted 04.03.2012 | Crime

STOCKTON, Calif. –- Last year, Pablo Cano put to rest 12 murder victims, the most he's handled in four decades as an undertaker in this troubled cit...

Good News For California's Children

| Posted 04.25.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Bernice Yeung Fewer California children are living in very poor communities than there...

The Failed American Dream

Kim Carter | Posted 02.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Kim Carter

At one point in its history, San Bernardino was named an "All-America" city. Business was booming. Today it is the rated the second in the nation for poverty, right after Detroit. Whatever happened?

Eleanor Goldberg

Family Living On $22,000 A Year Reflects New Low-Income Stats | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.16.2011 | Impact

When doctor's bills started to mount after Joe Gallardo's daughter was born prematurely in September, the father of three took on a second job -- uppi...

'California Is Becoming A Post-Industrial Hell'

| Lance Williams | Posted 12.12.2011 | Los Angeles

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch By Lance Williams Since the recession began, times have been tough in California – every...

Californians in Crisis: Nothing Left to Sacrifice

Irasema Garza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Irasema Garza

For years the poorest people in California, turned to the state's CalWORKs program to make ends meet. But in order to reduce the billion deficit, Schwarzenegger has proposed a range of cuts.