Nicole Robinson's passion is a catalyst for spreading dance education throughout the district. In an area where many families can't afford private lessons, her approach is to give students "absolutely everything that you have because this might be the only chance that they have.”
Only 13 percent of eligible California families are using subsidized early childcare and development programs. That number drops to 11 percent for Latino families, and eight percent for Asian families. Experts say language may be a barrier for some of these families, making the system complicated to navigate.
The shift mirrors a national trend. The big rise in urban rents of recent years drove more renters farther afield, and older millennials who can't afford to buy are looking for safe areas with good schools and space for their kids.
The biggest cuts are coming to social safety net programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and disability. But climate, education and health care are also suffering. Politico's David Siders talks to KPCC about some of the key takeaways, and what they might mean for California.
A massive landslide along the Pacific Coast Highway over the weekend has buried the road under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt. It's the latest hit after a winter of crippling natural disasters in Big Sur — a community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive.
League owners approved the move five days after it was announced that the opening of Inglewood's new $2.6 billion football stadium was pushed back due to rain-related construction delays. Owners voted to have the Rams' and Chargers' new home host the 2022 Super Bowl.
If you have tickets for a big, upcoming event in Southern California, you might be worried about safety. Brian Levin, terrorism researcher and criminal justice professor at Cal State San Bernardino, spoke with KPCC about those concerns, where the risks are and some of the safeguards.
Supporters of defeated California Democratic Party chair candidate Kimberly Ellis began poring over election ballots Tuesday to validate the results. Longtime party insider Eric Bauman won by a mere 62 votes out of nearly 3,000 cast Saturday — an unusually high turnout in a party election.
Los Angeles' budget designates $1 million this year for a legal defense fund, but officials must still approve policy details, including who benefits. The proposed policy would prevent the fund from helping people convicted of crimes like human trafficking, child abuse and domestic violence.
A RAND Corporation simulator tested the impact of child welfare programs. It found investing in child abuse prevention and support for family members taking in foster kids both have big benefits. Researchers hope to use the simulator again to test likely outcomes of programs and policy changes.
Southern California should have enough natural gas for power plants to avoid blackouts this summer if SoCal Gas moves quickly to fill three of its four storage fields, state officials said this week. The outlook is much improved over last year's prediction of up to 14 days of power outages.
California took another step toward a single-payer health plan. But supporters know the program's financing details aren't fully fleshed out. The bill's authors acknowledge "enormous uncertainty" around the cost. The state already spends between $350-$400 billion a year on healthcare costs.