Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday Must Reads: Court Monitor Praises, Criticizes OPD: Healthcare for Undocumented Immigrants Would Cost State $740 Million

By Robert Gammon
Tue, May 5, 2015 at 9:58 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

click to enlarge Robert Warshaw.
  • Robert Warshaw.
1. Federal court Monitor Robert Warshaw praised — and criticized — the Oakland Police Department’s reform efforts in his latest report. Warshaw credited OPD for maintaining compliance on 19 of 22 reforms, the Trib$ reports. Of the remaining mandates, the elimination of racial profiling likely will be the most difficult for OPD to achieve. Warshaw also harangued the department for its failure to adequately discipline a cop who was found drunk in public three times, the Chron reports.

2. Providing state-subsidized healthcare insurance to undocumented immigrants would cost California about $740 million a year, the LA Times$ reports, citing a new state Senate fiscal analysis. Legislation to extend healthcare through Medi-Cal to people in the country illegally is now on hold pending state budget negotiations.


3. Health groups are proposing a ballot measure that would raise the tobacco tax in California by $2 a pack, the LA Times$ reports. The proposed 2016 ballot initiative would raise about $1.5 billion annually to pay for tobacco-related healthcare costs currently financed by taxpayers through Medi-Cal.

4. Social media giants Twitter, Yelp, and LinkedIn have been taking a pounding on Wall Street because their earnings have been far less than projected, The New York Times$ reports (via the Chron$). Investors are questioning whether the companies, which rely on revenue from online ads, have sustainable business models.

5. And Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award, and then promptly donated his prize car to the East Oakland Youth Development Center, the Chron reports.

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