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7 Reasons to Visit Downtown Napa

Brandpoint

More than 80 palate-tempting restaurants are there for the tasting in downtown Napa. Ranging from quick casual snacks to Michelin-starred dining, exceptional options include L’assiette-rated restaurants Angèle, Ca' Momi Osteria, Charlie Palmer Steak Napa, Compline, Miminashi and Zuzu — to Bib Gourmand-rated restaurants Grace’s Table, Oenotri and Gran Eléctrica — or one-star-rated La Toque. Plan your trip around the bimonthly DoNapa Culinary Crawl to enjoy specially prepared bites at three locations, along with exciting raffles and prizes. 

The Most (and Least) Ethnically Diverse U.S. Cities

Stacy Brown

The District of Columbia faired quite well in a new poll that revealed the most and least ethnically diverse cities in America. D.C. finished in 30th place among 297 others in the most ethnically diverse cities category. The nearby Maryland cities of Gaithersburg, Germantown, and Silver Spring, finished second, third and fourth overall, behind Jersey City, N.J. Spring Valley, Nevada, rounded out the top five, according to personal-finance website WalletHub, which recently released its report,  "2019’s Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities."

California Introduces Bill to Curb Bullying, Harassment in Schools

AJP

— Legislation by Assembly member David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to prevent bullying and harassment in California schools passed the Assembly floor on Monday, August 27, on concurrence and now heads to Gov. Brown. Assembly Bill 2291 would require the California Department of Education (CDE) to establish guidelines to prevent bullying and disseminate online training modules to local educators.

Los Angeles’s Housing Initiative Aims to Reduce Homelessness

Klarize Medenilla

According to a statement provided by the Skid Row Housing Trust, the new space will serve an additional 1,200 patients within the first year and is projected to serve up to 7,000 annually. The clinic will include 18 medical exam rooms, six consultation rooms, eight dental chairs, nine mental health rooms, and 13 social work and care coordination offices. There will also be a large multi-purpose room for fitness classes and health education as well as a meditation room and a chaplain’s office.

 

The Trump Administration vs. California

Klarize Medenilla

Although the federal government is the supreme authority on broad matters like immigration, in some cases, states have sovereignty over more precise issues like health and public safety. That’s what Becerra asserted at a press conference on Tuesday where he expressed that, through the Tenth Amendment, California has the right to handle public safety in the ways it sees fit. Calmly poised, Becerra assured Californians that the claims made in the lawsuit demonstrated “there’s nothing really new there that we weren’t already familiar with.”

How Bad is California’s Drought?

Allyson Escobar

Impelled by severe drought conditions, residents have been seriously saving water in the last few months of summer. Californians cut water use by 27 percent in August, according to the Associated Press. That’s compared to August 2013, state regulators announced on Thursday, Oct. 1. The reduction was slightly less than the 31 percent decline in July, but stable with the 27 percent conservation effort made in June.

California Spurning $6M Could Hurt Medi-Cal Renewals

Viji Sundaram

California led the nationwide charge in implementing the Affordable Care Act, including a provision in it that has helped a little more than 2 million more people sign up for the state’s low-income health insurance program known as Medi-Cal.But in spring, the Brown administration turned down a $6 million grant from the California Endowment (TCE) to keep those previously enrolled, as well as those newly enrolled poor people, on the insurance program. 

Facing Severe Drought, Californians Support Cutbacks

Ngoc Nguyen

Californians rank the drought as their number-one environmental concern, according to a new statewide survey. The poll by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found three out of four residents favor mandatory curbs on water use. “They want the local district to do something -- mandatory reductions -- and they want the state government to do something,” said Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO. “They recognize that it is a problem and the most important issue.”

 

California Agriculture Is at Risk of Greatest Water Loss To Date

Kat Kerlin

The study found that the drought — the third most severe on record — is responsible for the greatest water loss ever seen in California agriculture, with river water for Central Valley farms reduced by roughly one-third. Groundwater pumping is expected to replace most river water losses, with some areas more than doubling their pumping rate over the previous year, the study said. More than 80 percent of this replacement pumping occurs in the San Joaquin Valley and Tulare Basin.

How San Francisco Went From Bohemian Enclave to Home of the Uber-Rich

Andrew Lam

According to a new study by the real estate website, Trulia, San Francisco ranks second in the nation among cities with the highest income gap. And, my hometown also tops the list of cities with the most expensive price for homes per square feet. Business Insider reports that a million dollars will buy about a 1,500-sq-foot home in San Francisco. That amount in Boston, which ranked second, would fetch a 2,092-sq-foot home. 

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