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Viewpoints: Plan to close UC Center seems ill-advised
Published November 13, 2009
Twenty-five University of California students and graduates from UC campuses were gathered around a long table in a windowless basement conference room in downtown Sacramento for a brown-bag lunch. On one side were 10 recent graduates, many working in and around the Capitol, who had participated in a popular public policy program – a program they say prepared them more than any other college experience for the realities of working in politics and public policy.
Why Did He Die? Teenager’s Lonely Journey Through 10 Institutions (PDF)
Published February 12, 1980
On Jan. 17, Michael James Ervin died at age 17. But his hanging death in an Orangevale group home has raised questions about the subsequent investigation and about California’s system of institutional and foster care.
Ugly Death of California Boy, 6, Prompts Closer Look at Foster (PDF)
Published November 14, 1979
Danny Balfour turned 6 on Aug. 28, 1979. Less than a month later, he was beaten in a dingy green frame house across the street from the Del Norte County Welfare Department. He died in a hospital on Sept. 21 of massive head injuries.
Have baby, will travel (PDF)
Published March 23, 1978
“We’ve just passed through the motley cluster of buildings and farm implements where Highway 99 cuts through the tiny community of Tudor.
Valley fog has had us socked in from Gridley north, and my companion has diarrhea…”
Growing Into The Mantle of Motherhood (PDF)
Published March 13, 1978
“Chico – It’s just past 10 on a Wednesday morning, the clouds are low and a fine drizzle is smearing the windshield. My small brown-eyed friend is tugging on my sleeve, gurgling her enchantment at the movement of the wipers…”
“Liv Ullmann is 40. Her daughter, Linn, 13.
Liv Ullmann is thinking about having another baby. Within the next two years, if the man is right and the situation is right, the actress told writer Susan Berman in a recent interview, she might do it…”
State Hospital Reporting
Award-winning coverage of conditions in state hospitals, 1977-78.
The mother of a mentally retarded child at Stockton State Hospital says her son was apparently beaten by another patient and may sustain permanent brain damage as a result.
She and some hospital employes blame understaffing…
It is an unforgettable sight, the hospital. At times horrifying, always deeply moving. Some visitors complain of migraine headaches and sour stomachs upon leaving. A government official who visits it regularly says it gives him a “gut-ache.”…
The death of a 9-year-old boy and the alleged embezzlement of patient money are only the most startling revelations to come out of a state investigation into conditions at Stockton State Hospital…
The State Health Department is revisiting its procedures for handling money in patient trust accounts at Stockton State Hospital in the wake of parent complaints that some accounts are mismanaged…
A 9-year-old epileptic and mentally retarded boy died at Stockton State Hospital in 1972 after his medication and important medical information concerning his allergic reaction to the epilepsy drug Dilantin were “misplaced.”…
An investigation into the 1972 death of a 9-year-old mentally retarded and epileptic boy at Stockton State Hospital has been reopened by San Joaquin County Sheriff-Coroner Michael Canlis…
The alleged embezzlement by an employe of patient trust funds at Stockton State Hospital in 1972 has been the subject of intensive investigations by the State Health and Finance Departments…
Hospital Probers Report (JPEG)