advocates

  • Health Advocates Cheer as Feds Reverse Course on Health-Care Payments

    Suzanne Potter Public News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Trump administration is restarting a part of the Affordable Care Act that it had slashed two weeks ago, much to the relief of insurers and health care advocacy groups. The feds announced Tuesday that they will allow risk-adjustment payments from...
  • “Civil Rights Advocates Urge Public to Comment on 2020 Census”

    Mark Hedin Special to El Observador Civil rights leaders joined census policy experts July 17 in an urgent plea, particularly to communities of color, for a show of public activism and force to derail a fast-moving Trump administration effort to officially ignore them. The fight begins by taking full advantage of a narrow...
  • Education Advocates Slam Trump Budget Cuts

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Some education advocates are criticizing President Donald Trump’s new 2019 budget proposal because it zeroes out funding for several programs that benefit students. The $4.4 trillion budget increases defense spending but envisions deep cuts in domestic spending. For example, it would...
  • Health Advocates Urge Governor to Veto 5G Cell Tower Bill

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill that would lead to the proliferation of refrigerator-sized 5G cell tower boxes across the state is now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk – and health advocates are pressing for a veto. SB 649 would allow telecom companies to install...
  • Advocates Push for Big Federal Investment in Water Infrastructure

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. is drastically underfunding water projects, putting communities at risk for a catastrophic failure, according to a new report from the U.S. Water Alliance. Advocates for better water infrastructure are flooding Washington, so to speak, for Water Week 2017. The...
  • Immigration Advocates Speak Out After President Hints at Compromise

    Suzanne Potter California News Service LOS ANGELES — California immigrant rights groups say they’re puzzled and want more details after President Trump sent conflicting signals about immigration on Tuesday February 28th. First, the president reportedly told a group of news anchors that he’s open to some sort of compromise...
  • Kids’ Advocates Push Governor to Sign School Accountability Bill

    Suzanne Potter California News Service OAKLAND, Calif. – This week, more than 300 children’s advocacy groups signed a public letter urging Governor Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 2548. The bill directs the state to adopt what the groups believe is a better grading system for schools, that focuses...
  • Advocates Slam Decision to Keep Marijuana a Illegal Drug

    Advocates Slam Decision to Keep Marijuana a Illegal Drug

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif, – Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, but on Friday August 12th , the Drug Enforcement Administration published its decision in the Federal Register to keep classifying it as an illegal drug under federal law. The move means cannabis...