Past Features

January 21, 2016

Chickens Coming Home to Roost
Economic inequality not an accident
Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report -- January 21, 2016 
Importing Poverty
 Twenty-four years ago I said that Los Angeles was “Importing Poverty.”
    I knew this --- and so did the power-elite, including the Los Angeles Times, who fought every attempt to enforce our immigration laws. I cared --- they didn't. In the coming recession as the conditions that these b*st*rds created play out, let us not forget who is responsible for the upheaval.

2016 CA Children's Report Card
A survey of kids' well-being and a road map for the future
    ....We're told income inequality in California is among the highest in the US. We're told some families can't meet basic needs, even with two parents working full-time. We're told the dream of providing a better future for our kids is dying, replaced by an economic reality in which stable employment and a comfortable income are accessible to a few, while the majority are left behind.
Poverty rates show Valley counties among the highest ranked in Texas
    Some of the counties with the highest poverty rates in the U.S. are along the Texas-Mexico border, with data showing four of the top five poorest counties in the country in the Rio Grande Valley.
     Texas border areas showed the highest rates of residents living in poverty in counties with at least 10,000 residents, according to a county-level estimate released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
    Willacy County was ranked the No. 1 county in the state with the highest poverty rate. County residents told CBS 4 News that a lack of available jobs could be a factor.
    "A lot of people don't have the right education or training. And really, there just aren't jobs out here," said Irma Reyna, a Raymondville resident.

Poverty rate in San Diego increasing
    The poverty rate in San Diego County is increasing, and pockets of concentrated poverty are growing outside of urban areas, according to a study released Thursday by the National University System Institute for Policy Research.
    Using U.S. census data, the institute took figures from the period covered by the 2010-14 American Community Survey, and compared them to 2000.
    The countywide poverty rate in 2010-14 was 14.7 percent, compared to 10.8 percent at the beginning of the century.
    The highest rate was 25.8 percent in El Cajon, an increase of 9.1 percent. National City was a close second at 24.5 percent, a 2.5 percent hike.