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OCEA Media Brief: April 20, 2017

Labor

LA Times: An in-home care program for California's elderly and disabled is constantly at the heart of budget battles.
The current flare-up — between the state and county governments over how to divvy up IHSS costs — is the latest example of how California’s signature program, meant to keep people in their communities and out of nursing homes, has continually been the source of budget friction in recent years.

Orange County

Voice of OC: Jump in shootings prompts Santa Ana to look at comprehensive approach
Shootings in the city tripled from 2013 to 2016, according to the police department, and homicides doubled last year. Just last month, 15 year-old Isaac Gonzales, an up-and-coming boxer who police say was not in a gang, was shot and killed while walking near his home.

OC Register: Costa Mesa looks to make changes to sober-living home rules to protect evicted patients
According to city officials, sober-living residents who have been evicted are becoming the city’s fastest growing homeless demographic. “The problem is we can’t have people being evicted and all these people profiting off of people’s pain,” Mayor Katrina Foley said.

OC Register: This hydrogen-fueled 18-wheeler at L.A., Long Beach ports emits only water from tailpipe
If the hydrogen-powered big rig performs well during a summer-long pilot test dubbed “Project Portal,” the new heavy-duty carrier could be the model to replace thousands of diesel trucks that pass to and from the twin ports daily.

OC Register: Barbara Boxer to lobby for desalination plant in Huntington Beach
Boxer, who wrote the California Coastal Commission on behalf of Poseidon in 2015 while still a senator, said she feels passionate about the desalination plant because it provides a reliable and clean solution to increased periods of drought caused by climate change.

OC Register: Top Costa Mesa leaders receive first pay raises in nearly a decade
Executive and division management positions have not seen a salary increase since 2008. In 2012, the same employees volunteered to contribute more toward the California Public Employees Retirement System, essentially taking a pay cut, officials said.

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