Food stamp benefits to be reduced starting Friday

By Jasmine Brown Washington>> More than four million Californians will see cuts in their food stamp benefits starting Friday when a boost included in the 2009 stimulus package expires. The reduction means a family of four will receive $36 less per month in federal food assistance, even as California food costs and poverty rates rise. […]

Washington insider Chad Griffin to lead gay rights lobby as new president of Human Rights Campaign

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service WASHINGTON D.C. – Chad Griffin, a leader in the fight against California’s ban on same-sex marriage, will take the reins of the nation’s largest gay and lesbian lobbying organization on Monday. Griffin will be sworn in as president of the Human Rights Campaign, just days after a federal court […]

Health care act would add jobs

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service WASHINGTON – California could gain up to 100,000 jobs and $4.4 billion in economic spillover if the Supreme Court upholds President Obama’s health care plan next month, according to a new report. Southern California has the most to gain, according to the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. The reform […]

Los Angeles area health centers win more than $30M in federal grants

By Claire Veyriras and Laura Chilaka California News Service WASHINGTON – Los Angeles area health centers will receive more than $30 million to expand service to tens of thousands of uninsured, immigrant and needy patients, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. The grants are part of a $728 million nationwide program specified in […]

California community colleges may gain from Obama plan

By Jessica Philipps WASHINGTON – California, home to a quarter of the nation’s community college students, could reap huge benefits from President Barack Obama’s $8 billion plan to pair local businesses and schools. Los Angeles campuses such as Pierce, Mission, and Trade Technical are among the hundreds of community colleges expected to compete for the […]

Reduced defense spending could put California jobs on chopping block

By Yousur Alhlou WASHINGTON D.C. – Tens of thousands of California jobs are at stake as the Pentagon rolls out plans to reduce its budget for the first time since the 1990s. Though California is far less dependent on defense dollars than it was two decades ago when drastic cuts cost the state nearly half […]