Friday, December 9, 2016

California lawmakers next year will make it a top priority to reform the system through which judges award criminal offenders bail, saying courts across the state are punishing “the poor for being poor.”

Friday, December 9, 2016

Putting up money for bail in order to get out of jail before a court date is a longstanding practice, but it?s come under a lot of fire recently. Critics say it?s unfair because the rich get out while the poor stay locked up. Today, two California lawmakers are set to introduce legislation meant to overhaul the cash bail system.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A special district charged with administering public health care services in Hayward and San Leandro can add another voice to a growing number of critics calling for it to change its ways or dissolve.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Out-of-network charges often aren’t flagged before treatment, consumers say; states tightening laws

Many consumers with health coverage through the Affordable Care Act are facing unexpected medical bills that in some cases greatly exceed the law’s caps on out-of-pocket expenses.

The law’s limits don’t apply to charges from out-of-network providers, and many insurance plans sold on ACA exchanges have limited networks—amplifying the risk of surprise bills.

Monday, May 11, 2015

It’s hard being a kid. There’s class work, homework and, in some cases, part-time work.

It’s even harder being a hungry kid. Imagine trying to focus on an important lesson with an empty stomach. How well would you perform?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Nearly 4 in 10 California public school students say they didn’t eat breakfast the previous day. That not only hampers their ability to learn, it endangers their health. Studies show that children who eat breakfast get more of the important vitamins and minerals they need and tend to choose healthier food throughout the day.

The federal government subsidizes school breakfasts for low-income children, but many never get it. Some shy away because of the stigma attached to accepting the free or reduced-price meal. Others are from families that can’t get them to school early enough to eat in the cafeteria before class begins.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Sacramento Bee
By Ed Hernández, Richard Pan and Rob Bonta  - Special to the Bee

We represent distinctly different parts of a diverse state, but we stand together when it comes to keeping communities safe and healthy, reducing the risk of illnesses associated with tobacco and increasing access to health care.