Opinion

‘Public charge’ rule could hurt health care

Hundreds of people rally for improved health care in front of San Francisco City Hall, 2017. (Photo: Kim Wilson, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: In the national debate over immigration, one proposal threatens the health and well-being of every person living in this country. The proposed “public charge” rule would make it more difficult for legal immigrants to become permanent residents and prevent immigrants from using the programs their tax dollars help support, like Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) or nutrition assistance.

Opinion

Hunger and the ‘public charge’ rule

A 3-year-old child with a cardboard sign. (Photo: Discha-AS, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: Blanca was seven months pregnant when her husband’s sciatica rendered him unable to work. The pain in his back was so intense he couldn’t stand upright. They had no medical insurance and could not qualify for unemployment or disability. For months they survived off savings until there was nothing left. Their food budget dwindled to $2, “maybe $3, or sometimes nothing at all,”

Opinion

An open letter to Gavin Newsom: Address California’s poverty

A pair of homeless men asking for money on a Los Angeles street corner. (Photo: Hayk_Shalunts, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: Dear Gov.-elect Newsom: California has long stood out as a state that innovates and leads. As you begin your term, we at the Western Center on Law and Poverty are ready to work with you to ensure that California lives up to its ideals — including addressing poverty and its subsequent harms.

Opinion

Election results good news for air quality, climate

A sunset view of hazy, downtown Los Angeles from Griffith Peak. (Photo: travelview, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: Now that almost all the contests have been decided, what do the 2018 elections tell us about the future of air and climate policies in California? In general, both ballot measures and candidate races give hope to those trying to reduce emissions that are damaging human health and altering our climate.

Opinion

Closer to health coverage for all Californians

Doctors and their patient in a California hospital. (Photo: Monkey Business Images, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: While Washington’s changes to the Affordable Care Act and calls for a radical upheaval of our health care system may have you confused about the state of health care in California, make no mistake — our state’s system is strong and getting stronger.

Opinion

Prop. 8 won’t improve dialysis patients’ treatment

A dialysis patient during treatment. (Photo: Picsfive, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: I am the CEO of the National Kidney Foundation. I am a believer in this nearly 70-year-old organization that was started at the kitchen table of a mother desperately trying to save her child’s life. I 100 percent buy into our mission to be an advocate for all kidney patients and relentlessly fight for their quality of life, their treatments and their cure.

Opinion

Making the case for charter schools

A chalkboard in a vintage charter school.(Photo: Greg and Jan Ritchie, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: With Election Day less than a week away, voters have started casting ballots in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction between Assemblymember Tony Thurmond and former Partnership for Los Angeles Schools CEO Marshall Tuck. Pundits are framing the race as a face-off between teachers’ unions and education reformers – no surprise, since one of the race’s key debates has been about whether or not charter schools are good for public education.

Opinion

To California’s next governor: Think clean economy

Wind-driven electricity generators in California. Stockton is in the background. (Photo: Sundry Photography, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: California’s next governor has a tremendous opportunity to build on the state’s impressive record of leadership in pioneering advanced energy policy, innovative technology, and economic growth. Our research shows that California leads the nation with 542,000 advanced energy jobs. By the end of this year, the state’s advanced energy industry expects to have boosted those employment numbers by 10 percent. 

Opinion

Tougher rules to curb vehicle pollution

Rush hour on the Harbor Freeway in Los Angeles. (Photo: Joseph Sohm via Shutterstock)

OPINION: Transportation accounts for the greatest share of greenhouse gas emissions in California, at 41 percent and trending up. So it should come as a relief that California’s Air Resources Board recently approved a suite of clean transportation rules that will not only help reduce carbon emissions from vehicles, but will help consumers who are feeling the pain of rising fuel costs in California.

Opinion

Forget naysayers: Public pension funds doing fine

A photo illustration of putting money aside as the clock ticks. (Image: Cozine, via Shutterstock)

OPINION:   Another round of alarmist commentary is being spread by those who begrudge a secure retirement for those who teach in our classrooms or heroically labor on the front lines of wildfires.  Amidst their negativity Californians may have missed a bit of positive news last month. The state’s two largest pension funds reported end-of-year investment returns that again exceeded their assumed average annual rate of return.

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