Week of June 10, 2013

//Week of June 10, 2013

Week of June 10, 2013

News for the Week of 6/9 – 6/15

White House Makes Moves to Bolster Gun Safety – The New York Times (6/12/13)

The White House is moving forward on 23 executive actions announced by President Obama earlier this year, intended to “bolster the nation’s database used for background checks and make it harder for criminals and people with mental illnesses to get guns.”  Among other things, the executive orders will relax health care privacy regulations that, according to some state executives, prevent adding names of Americans with mental illnesses to the database. The orders will also provide more money to states to help “add data to the system and compel federal agencies to share more mental health data on workers.” 

Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the National Rifle Association, claims that the  President is using these executive actions to “circumvent the will of the people and to bypass Congressional oversight.” However, Denis McDonough, White House chief of staff, explains, “We will continue to join 90 percent of Americans in calling on

[Congress] to close loopholes in the background check system…but in the meantime, we are doing everything in our power without them.”

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California Democratic Leaders Reach Deal on Budget – Sacramento Bee (6/11/13)

Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders reached an agreement Monday on the state budget. Many people are calling the agreement a major victory for Brown who sought “to base the state’s annual spending plan on [a]…relatively conservative economic forecast for the coming year.”  The agreement also includes Brown’s controversial school financing proposal, which shifts money to poor and English-learning students and eliminates most of California’s categorical funds. As a compromise, Brown agreed to provide “additional funding for an ‘economic recovery payment’ to ensure that virtually all districts get back to their 2007-08 state funding levels, adjusted for inflation.” The agreement also includes a commitment to spend more in the future on mental health services, college student aid, and CalWORKs.

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Obama Cites California to Tout his Healthcare Law – Los Angeles Times (6/7/13)

During a recent stop in Silicon Valley, President Obama touted California’s “progress in getting health insurers to offer better plans at affordable prices” as an example of the success of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The President told reporters “it turns out that what we are seeing in the states that have committed themselves to implementing this law correctly, we’re seeing some good news.” He also highlighted the partnership between California Endowment and major Spanish speaking media outlets aimed at increasing Latino enrollment in health insurance next year as a crucial step in the law’s success. The President’s remarks “come two weeks after state leaders announced lower-than-expected premiums that millions of Californians will face,” when the full ACA is implemented in January, 2014.

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Children’s Welfare Demands a Fix in Institutional Incompetence – Los Angeles Times (6/7/13)

Two weeks ago, 8-year old Gabriel Hernandez was allegedly tortured and killed by his mother and her boyfriend in Los Angeles County. Information has surfaced that Hernandez had been on social workers’ radar for months. News of the young boy’s death and the county’s failure to act has many people, including long time reporter Sandy Banks, asking “What kind of culture says it’s OK to leave a frightened child in such a perilous situation?” 

While four social works have been taken out of the field while the county investigates the young boys death, Banks asserts that “the department has a terrible track record in holding employees accountable for mistakes and misdeeds. In 15 earlier deaths of children linked to social worker errors, only one employee was terminated.” In response, David Green, a social workers’ union executive says “social workers are victims, too, of a department strangled by knee-jerk edicts, conflicting rules and paralyzing workload.” Philip Browning, head of the Department of Children and Family Services, says social workers “feel hamstrung by a departmental obsession with keeping children with their families, given the shortage of good foster homes.” But he admits, “you can see where someone should have done something, and you can’t imagine why they didn’t.” 

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