Q&A: Looking Back on Foster Care

Andre Taylor went into the foster care system when he was a baby. As an infant, he was removed from his mother’s care and was sent to live with his grandmother

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Op-Ed: Why school board elections matter for West Contra Costa families

As a parent of two young girls, I often find myself wondering: Are my girls watching too much TV? Did they do enough reading over the summer? Are they taking the right vitamins? Big or small, parenting is often filled with doubts. However, one thing I’m absolutely certain of is the importance of the November elections — not just at the national level, but here in our backyards.

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‘Kids First’ — Well Intentioned But Where’s the Money?

Because there is no funding source other than the general fund, Kids First would simply take funding away from existing City programs and transfer the money to non-profits, probably resulting in City staff layoffs. Funds would be taken away from unionized public employees and go to non-union, private non-profits.

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What an Eviction Does to a Family

When my mom told me she had gotten an eviction notice, I was sad. Not because I was going to lose the house I lived in, but because my single, pregnant mom would have to work even harder than she already did.

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