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Recent Stories by Jenny O'Mara

More Seniors Suffering in Foreclosure Crisis

March 29
By Jenny O'Mara

A statewide legal aid organization that helps senior citizens says more older Californians are being hurt by home foreclosures.

Prison Health Care Becoming Controversial Amid Budget Crisis

Jan. 29
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State officials say it's time to get rid of the court appointed Federal Receiver who's in charge of improving prison health care in California. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Obama's Actions Please Environmentalists and Governor

Jan. 27
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger and environmental groups are hailing a move by President Obama Monday. Mister Obama wants the US Environmental Protection Agency to re-consider California's request to uphold tougher restrictions on auto emissions. Jenny O'Mara reports.

UC President Has New Proposal to Help Low Income Students

Jan. 23
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The head of the University of California system is hoping to convince more low income students that they can afford the schools. He's proposing some additional financial aid to help with fees. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Lawmaker Wants to Pull the Plug on Electronic Billboards

Jan. 19
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Democratic state lawmaker is saying "enough" to attention-grabbing electronic billboards. Jenny O'Mara reports.

State Controller Warns Calif. Could Soon Run Out of Cash

Dec. 23
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The State Controller is warning California could run out of cash in less than 70 days if the legislature doesn't act quickly to resolve the state's budget crisis.

Another Legal Action to Governor's Plan for Furloughs

Dec. 23
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's another day and another legal action against Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The challenges continue to his decision to furlough state employees and cut their pay ten percent to preserve cash. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

With the Clock Ticking Governor Rejects Democratic Budget

Dec. 19
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is soundly rejecting a sweeping package of tax increases and spending cuts put forth by Democratic lawmakers. They approved measures Thursday by simple majority votes to address part of the state's nearly $42-billion budget shortfall. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Californians Worried About Gift Cards

Dec. 15
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

If you're worried about giving gift cards with so many stores going under, you're not alone. The California Department of Consumer Affairs says gift cards are the top source of questions right now for the agency. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Dem. Lawmakers Promise Budget Vote Before Christmas

Dec. 11
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A budget vote before Christmas…. That's what state Democratic legislative leaders promised Thursday as they emerged from a meeting with Governor Schwarzenegger. The Governor's office has confirmed that the state's budget deficit now tops 41-billion dollars over the next year-and-a-half. It's nearly fifteen billion in the current fiscal year alone. Democratic Assembly Speaker Karen Bass says she's not ruling out the possibility of a lockdown in the Assembly chamber to get the Republican votes necessary for a plan.

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