CHIANG From page 1A The committee will meet Monday, Dec. 19 to discuss changes in its policy in investing in tobacco firms. CalPERS staff will present the results of a study to the committee and provide members with an economic risk analysis on the tobacco industry and suggested options to consider going forward. Those options include continuing to divest in tobacco-related securities in CalPERS’ managed funds, expanding divestment to include indirect investment, or removing the restriction on tobacco investments altogether. “It is time to end the charade that somehow CalPERS stopped investing in tobacco companies more than a decade ago. Our external managers currently have plowed a sizable $547 million in tobacco-related funds, according to the latest CalPERS staff estimates,” Chiang said. “We need to pull those funds and soon.” Chiang first voted to divest tobacco company stocks eight years ago when he served as state controller and was a member of the board of the State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). The CalSTRS board subsequently voted to continue its tobacco industry divestment policy. The CalPERS pension fund serves more than 1.7 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and administers benefits for nearly 1.4 million members and their families in its health program, making it the largest definedbenefit public pension in the U.S. CalPERS’ total fund market value currently stands at approximately $289 billion. FBI From page 1A Reid said Democrats would have taken both the Senate and the presidency had Comey not interfered. “It’s obvious he was a partisan in all this,” said Reid. “There’s information out there. He had it, I’m confident. And he ignored it.” Comey played a prominent role in the 2016 election as the FBI investigated Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. “The FBI does not get involved in politics,” said Reid. “Except Comey did.” Comey came to the forefront of the political arena beginning in March 2015 when the New York Times reported Clinton’s use of a private server. The Justice Department was then asked to review the situation to assess whether classified information was shared through the emails. In July, Comey announced his decision not to prosecute Clinton, testifying for more than four hours before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Months later and just days before the Election Day, Comey announced his decision to revisit the probe into Clinton’s email server after potentially finding new evidence while investigating Anthony Weiner in late October. Just two days before the election, Comey announced that he’d stand by his previous decision to not prosecute the Democratic candidate, but many felt the damage had already been done. “I do think there is a norm, that, when there are investigations, we don’t operate on innuendo, we don’t operate [on] incomplete information, we don’t operate on leaks,” President Barack Obama said in an interview with NowThis. “We operate based on concrete decisions that are made.” Since then, repeated calls have been made for Comey’s resignation. Comey, 55, has led the FBI since September 2013. VETERANS From page 1A elders asking for their forgiveness for the long brutal history between the United States and Native Americans: “Many of us, me particularly, are from the units that have hurt you over the many years. We came. We fought you. We took your land. We signed treaties that we broke. We stole minerals from your sacred hills. We blasted the faces of our presidents onto your sacred mountain. When we took still more land and then we took your children and then we tried to make your language and we tried to eliminate your language that God gave you, and the Creator gave you. We didn’t respect you, we polluted your Earth, we’ve hurt you in so many ways but we’ve come to say that we are sorry. We are at your service and we beg for your forgiveness.” Chief Leonard Crow Dog offered forgiveness and urged for world peace: “We do not own the land, the land owns us.” Despite the positive news, there is more work to do. “The black snake has never stopped and if they didn’t stop at desecrating our graves of our ancestors, they’ll stop at nothing.” Young said. “So there will be a motion filed by the Energy Transfer today to continue the pipeline ... We are a peaceful movement, but we may have to make a move to protect our territory.” IDEA From page 1A “Children with disabilities are often disproportionately and unfairly suspended and expelled from school and educated in classrooms separate from their peers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “Children of color with disabilities are overrepresented within the special education population, and the contrast in how frequently they are disciplined is even starker.” King added, “Today’s new regulations and supporting documents provide the necessary guidance and support to school districts and build upon the work from public education advocates and local leaders who believe, like we do, that we need to address racial and ethnic disparities in special education. This important step forward is about ensuring the right services get to the right students in the right way.” In order to address those inequities, IDEA requires states to identify districts with “significant disproportionality” in special education—that is, when districts identify, place in more restrictive settings, or discipline children from any racial or ethnic group at markedly higher rates than their peers. Children of color—particularly African-American and American Indian youth—are identified as students with disabilities at substantially higher rates than their peers. It is critical to ensure that overrepresentation is not the result of misidentification, including both overand under-identification, which can interfere with a school’s ability to provide children with the appropriate educational services required by law. It is equally important to ensure that all children who are suspected of having a disability are evaluated and, as appropriate, receive needed special education and related services in the most appropriate setting and with the most appropriate discipline
strategies employed. This rule sets a common standard for identifying significant disproportionality in representation of students within special education, segregated school settings, and in receipt of disciplinary actions and ensures that school districts where disproportionality is found carefully review their policies and practices to determine root causes and whether changes are needed. The final rule ensures that school districts explore and address situations where the cause of significant disproportionality is due to under-identification of a group as well as over-identification. President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force identified restoring equity for students with disabilities as a key priority, because there are lasting impacts on children when they are misidentified, including them being taught in classrooms separate from their peers and subjected to inappropriate disciplinary action. Today’s announcement delivers on that commitment. A Standard Approach The final regulations establish a standard approach that States must use in determining whether significant disproportionality based on race or ethnicity is occurring in the state and in its districts. In 2013, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report finding that, because states currently use a wide variety of methodologies for examining their districts, few states take action to address significant disproportionality; in fact, as the GAO found, only two to three percent of all districts nationwide are identified as having significant disproportionality, and some states’ methodologies for identifying districts for disproportionality were constructed in such a way that the GAO found districts would likely never be identified. Accordingly, GAO recommended that the Department require that all states adopt a standard approach to identify racial and ethnic disparities. With these final regulations, all states will use the same methodology, which will allow for more accurate comparisons within and across states. Focusing on Discipline In addition to requiring a standard methodology, the regulations shine a spotlight on disparities in the discipline of students with disabilities on the basis of race or ethnicity by requiring states to examine districts for significant disproportionality in their disciplinary practices. Specifically, the regulations clarify that States must address significant disproportionality in the incidence, duration, and type of disciplinary actions, including suspensions and expulsions, using the same statutory remedies required to address significant disproportionality in the identification and placement of children with disabilities. Addressing the Root Causes of Disproportionality In order to eliminate the racial and ethnic disparities that are the focus of these regulations, districts must identify and address the root causes of significant disproportionality. Accordingly, the final regulations clarify requirements for the review and revision of policies, practices, and procedures when significant disproportionality is found. Districts will be required to identify and address the factors contributing to significant disproportionality as part of comprehensive, coordinated early intervening services (CEIS). In addition, new flexibilities in the use of CEIS will further help districts identified with large disparities in addressing the underlying causes of the disparity. Providing Support for Distrcts to Take Action The Department understands that districts need support to effectively address significant disproportionality, and these final regulations provide that support through additional flexibilities in the use of CEIS. Prior to these final regulations, districts identified as having significant disproportionality were not permitted to use their required 15 percent set aside for CEIS in order to serve students with disabilities, even if the district had identified racial disparities in the discipline and placement of children with disabilities. Likewise, CEIS funds could not be used to serve preschool children. Now, with these final regulations, districts identified as having significant disproportionality will have the flexibility to use their CEIS set aside to assist students with disabilities and preschool children with and without disabilities. All children who require special education services should be appropriately identified and supported. At the same time, no child should be inappropriately identified for special education services, segregated from his or her peers, or disciplined more frequently or harshly simply because they are a student of color with a disability. These regulations will help ensure that the promise of IDEA is fulfilled without regard to race or ethnicity. The final regulations incorporate changes to the Department’s initial proposals from the comments we received in many ways, including: • Better addressing how the risk ratio applies to small districts; under the final regulations; • States need not calculate risk ratios for any racial or ethnic group that does not meet minimum cell or n-sizes set by the state; • Explicitly prohibiting the use of quotas or of artificially reducing the number of children identified as children with disabilities; and • Clarifying that states have flexibility not to identify significant disproportionality in districts that make reasonable progress in lowering risk ratios for two prior consecutive years. To learn more about more technical assistance resources, click here. GOP From page 1A Security’s Office of the Actuary calculated workers making around $50,000 would see checks shrink by between 11% and 35%. Nearly every income bracket would see a reduction, save for the very bottom. People making around $12,280 in 2016 who have worked for 30 years would see an increase of around 20%. But young people making the same amount would be hit hard by the changes. If they had 14 years of work experience by 2016, they would see their benefits cut in half. The plan would also cut entirely cost of living adjustments (COLA) for retirees earning above $85,000. If nothing happens, Social Security will start to lose its ability to pay benefits in full in the 2030s. However, Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo notes that by 2090 it will still be paying at 74%. Democrats, expectedly, are not pleased with Johnson’s plan, preferring strategies like increasing taxes above the Social Security cap—billionaires pay the same amount as someone making less than $118,000—or raising the Social Security tax itself. There has, however, been a bipartisan effort for a payroll tax to help keep Social Security funded. For
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now, Congress will deliberate on Johnson’s proposal in 2017. PODESTA From page 1A election toward Trump. Podesta’s call comes after reports on the intelligence community’s thinking about Russia’s connections to the presidential election. A group of electors for Clinton -- a minority among the 538 men and women who will officially vote for Trump as president later this month -- called for a briefing ahead of the vote in an open letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. DA From page 1A peace by fighting. Each count includes the special allegation that the offense was committed as a hate crime. In addition, he is being prosecuted for one count of violating Penal Code section 422.6(a), violation of civil rights. Matteson remains in custody with bail set at $25,000. HARRIS From page 1A in policing undermines our criminal justice system and hurts public safety. I am proud that California continues to lead the nation in leveraging data and technology to identify and address disparities where they exist.” AB 953, among other things, requires local and certain state law enforcement agencies to collect data and report to the California Attorney General’s office information on each stop conducted by that agency’s officers. The law defines a stop as any detention by a peace officer of a person or any peace officer interaction with a person in which the officer conducts a search, including a consensual search. AB 953 delineates the minimum information that must be collected on each stop and requires the regulations issued by the Attorney General to specify all data to be reported. In developing the proposed regulations, the Department consulted with a wide variety of stakeholders, including the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board established by Attorney General Harris in July, state and local law enforcement agencies and associations, civil rights groups – including individuals representing the LGBT, immigrant, disability and youth rights communities – community organizations, and members of academia. The proposed regulations would require officers to record and collect information on the date, time, duration, location and type of stop; an officer’s reason for presence at the scene, meaning the circumstances under which the officer first encounters a person subject to a stop; the reason for the stop; actions taken by an officer during the stop; and the result of the stop. The proposed regulations also require officers to record perceived demographic information on the person stopped, including the perceived gender, race, and age of the person stopped, whether the person has limited English proficiency or a pronounced accent, and whether the person has a perceived or known disability. In order to better understand the context for each stop, the proposed regulations would also collect information on the officer’s type of assignment, in addition to their years of experience. The stop data submitted to the Department will connect stops by officer using a unique identifier in or der to preserve the anonymity of the officer. Additionally, the proposed regulations outline the specific reporting requirements for stops in certain settings, including when and how to capture interactions with passengers in motor vehicle stops, interactions involving large numbers of people, such as mass evacuations or crowd control, and stops of students in K-12 public schools. The announcement of the proposed regulations begins a public comment period, which will conclude on January 27, 2017. All members of the public are invited to submit a comment on the proposed regulations, and may do so in one of the four ways outlined below. • Submit written comment on the AB 953 Regulations webpage • Send written comment via email to AB953@doj.ca.gov • end written comment to the address specified in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Action posted at https://oag. ca.gov/ab953/regulations • Submit written or oral comments at any of the three public hearings the Department will hold on the proposed regulations. These hearings will take place at the following dates and locations: January 12, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., California State University, Los Angeles, Student Union Building, 5154 State University Drive, Room 308 (Los Angeles Rm.), Los Angeles, CA 90032; January 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Chabot Elementary School, Auditorium/ Multi-Purpose Rm., 6686 Chabot Road, Oakland, CA 94618; January 26, 2017, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.,Downtown Business Hub Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation, 1444 Fulton Street, Fresno, CA 93721 The proposed regulations, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Action and the Initial Statement of Reasons are available online at https://oag.ca.gov/ab953/ regulations. VIRUS From page 2A Remember you are trying to create a different appetite for your mind and up until this point your mind has been program with negativity, bad news, and things that defeat you. This is why until you change your appetite you will love hearing gossip, bad news, and things about people that are destructive. As you declare and decree these biblical I AM’s (if you want a free copy of a list of I AM’s to declare and decree email me my address is below and I will send you a free copy) every day you need to put into your mind the good to pure, the positive, and the peaceful things that will give your life power. So every day and remember throughout the day declaring decree who you are based on God’s perspective and no one else’s. Your self- talk is very important and not just the self -talk that you say out loud your mouth but the self- talk that you say in your mind this could be the most destructive voice you ever hear, yes your own voice it has more power than any other voice that you ever hear. Be careful what you feed your mind this means be carefully watching TV, listen to on radio, watching the Internet, hear from friends, family, anything that tears you down is a virus in a matter who it comes from you must guard yourself from that virus. Sometimes the most destructive viruses and negative statements will come from people that mean the most to you family and close friends. Hear Pastor Lonnie each Sunday live at the Miracle Center 38 Teloma Dr. Ventura CA, www.miraclecenterventura.org (805) 644-7722 firstname.lastname@example.org
ELECTION From page 2A the hacking Russia is said to have done. This was the first presidential election since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. According to the Brennan Center, 14 states passed voter suppression laws that were in effect for the first time in November, including swing states like Ohio and Wisconsin. The steps taken to suppress the vote aren’t secret: new requirements of voter ID that discriminate against the poor, the elderly and disproportionately people of color; restrictions on use of college ID to impede student voting; closing registration weeks before Election Day; limiting early voting days, closing on Sundays; holding Election Day on a workday with limited hours for voting, making it difficult for those with inflexible hours to get to the polls; shutting down or moving polling places to confuse voters and force them to wait in long lines; purging voters from the polling lists, leaving them to cast provisional ballots at best; prohibiting felons who have paid their debt to society from ever recovering the right to vote, disproportionately impacting African-American men. There is little doubt that these measures worked, and cost Clinton the election. In Wisconsin, for example, Trump’s margin of victory was 27,000. A record 300,000 registered voters lacked the newly required ID, contributing to the lowest turnout in 20 years. Turnout was down by more than 50,000 in Milwaukee where 70 percent of the state’s African-American population lives. In North Carolina, black turnout was down 16 percent in the first week of early voting, in part because there were 158 fewer polling places in the 40 counties with large numbers of black voters. The targeting was intentional, with Republican officials celebrating the effects. The decision by the right-wing gang of five on the Supreme Court in the Shelby case effectively subverted the victory of the civil rights movement at Selma. If Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee’s and the Clinton campaign’s emails to influence the election, it should be investigated. In an election decided by 80,000 votes in three states, it might have made a difference (as almost anything could in an election that close). But what is clear is that Russian hacking was not nearly as effective as the partisan systematic suppression of the vote. And that effort is continuing. Republicans in Missouri took control and moved to institute new voting ID restrictions for the next election. In Wisconsin, Republicans announced plans for new restrictions on early voting. Why aren’t Democrats railing about voter suppression and demanding congressional investigation and action? Why haven’t university presidents and civil rights lawyers joined in a national commission to detail the suppression and demand a strengthening of the Voting Rights Act? Why aren’t pundits pounding on this, outing the state officials and legislators who did it and exposing the right-wing apparatus that orchestrated it? Is it because Russian interference is more exotic? Is it because neither party thinks suppression of the votes of people of color and the young is an unacceptable outrage? I urge President Obama to launch an investigation and report on voter suppression to be released before he leaves office. President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to be the president of all Americans. If so, he should lead an effort to end voter suppression and to revive the Voting Rights Act. Democratic leaders say they want the party to build a broad majority coalition across lines of race. If so, they should be demanding an investigation of voter suppression and filibustering to force revival of the Voting Rights Act. Inside the beltway, voter suppression isn’t hot. Republicans peddle the myth of voter fraud. Democrats cry foul on Russian interference. Neither party will focus on the biggest scandal of all: the fact that partisans in states across the country acted purposefully to suppress the right to vote of targeted groups of citizens. We didn’t win the right to vote from politicians. Citizens had to march and protest, bleed and die to win that right. We can’t count on politicians to defend the right to vote — they, after all, are elected under the distorted rules we have. Citizens of conscience must move to end voter suppression and clean up our elections. FORGIVING From page 2A article, “The New Science of Forgiveness” by Everett Worthington Jr., at Virginia Commonwealth University, references a study at Hope College where people were asked “to think about someone who had hurt, mistreated, or offended them. While they thought about this person and his or her past offense, the researcher monitored their blood pressure, heart rate, facial muscle tension, and sweat gland activity.” It was found that when “people recalled a grudge, their physical arousal soared. Their blood pressure and heart rate increased, and they sweated more. Ruminating about their grudges was stressful, and subjects found the rumination unpleasant. It made them feel angry, sad, anxious, and less in control.” When asked to try to empathize or imagine forgiving their offenders, the participants showed no more stress reaction. To ruminate on an old transgression is to practice unforgiveness. Thinking about it brings the negative emotions of the past into the present moment. Worthington goes on to state, “unforgiveness might compromise the immune system at many levels. For instance, our review suggests that unforgiveness might throw off the production of important hormones and even disrupt the way our cells fight off infections, bacteria, and other physical insults.” Apparently, the physical benefits of forgiveness increase with age. According to a recent study led by Loren Toussaint, a psychologist at Luther College, a national survey of nearly 1,500 Americans was conducted. Participants were asked the degree to which each person practiced and experienced forgiveness and also reported on their physical and mental health. It was found that people over 45 years of age who had forgiven others “reported greater satisfaction with their lives and were less likely to report symptoms of psychological distress, such as feelings of nervousness, restlessness, and sadness.” Forgiveness usually takes time as well as effort. But it is well worth that effort! Forgiving others is important. Forgiving yourself is essential. There are four key elements in the therapeutic process of self-forgiveness. These elements are responsibility, remorse, restoration and renewal. You must take responsibility for your actions as the first step towards genuine self-forgiveness. You must recognize what you have done and how you have hurt another individual or hurt yourself. When you accept responsi-
bility, it is natural to feel remorse. These feelings can be processed and expressed. In order to make the necessary amends to the offended individual, the act of restoration is necessary. An apology or restitution is offered. And the final component of self-forgiveness is renewal. When you forgive yourself of your past actions, you are able to feel compassion for yourself and engage in behaviors that promote self-kindness now. You get to begin again. During this season of giving, I encourage you to give yourself the ultimate gift of love. Forgive others. Forgive yourself. Make that choice. Negative emotions of anger, disappointment, resentment, guilt, shame and remorse are toxic to your health and well-being. Offer an apology or accept one. Take a look at your emotions and let go of the ones that cause you pain. Forgiveness may not come naturally, but it is something that can be learned. Take a moment to see things from the other person’s perspective. Be kind to yourself. And above all, keep in mind that we are all doing the best we can. GENIE-US From page 2A your business? When people can see that you are purpose-driven, when they see you focused, centered, completely whole, and utterly authentic in your business ambitions and what you are bringing to market, they recognize that it is not simply a mission to make money. They understand that behind your brand is a purpose that you truly buy into – and it is magnetic! Positioning is the task of making sure your brand’s purpose is relevant and clear to your audience. It is the process of managing people’s experience of your brand (including imagery, service experience, product quality and durability, style, and reputation… even your own behavior). What do you want to come to mind when people see your logo or brand name, hear your brand mentioned in conversation, or see your advertisement? For an entrepreneur, writing a good and powerful positioning statement ties in to your personal mission and purpose in life. To be able to define that clearly and concisely often involves some soulsearching as you discover or rediscover your sense of meaning and purpose and then translate that into your brand definition. Knowing your Genie helps shortcut this process. The most powerful brand positioning comes from knowing what your passion in life is, from knowing what motivates you, and crafting your positioning so that it lines up and is congruent with your passion. That way you almost automatically make the purpose of that passion visible through the business you do and how you do it. My clients work with me to ensure they are able to stay true to their intent, even as they and the world change. They value making sure they are still energized and inspired by their brands AND that their brands are hooked into what will motivate people to use them. SBA From page 2A every ten years. But that has not happened. There used to be many congressional hearings involving small business owners dealing with many issues such as the 8a Development Program, the Alaskan Native Program (ANC) - which was an attack on 8a contractors – the 8a program has not been the same since. Contracts were bundled to where they were so big only billion dollar companies could bid on them. We won that battle but now I see it is coming back under this administration. Is there anyone to fight it from the government side now? Back then the SBA would ask the NBCC for candidates for job vacancies. I gave them Kerry Kirkland’s name for Region 2 Director. He got it! Our last big battle in concert with the SBA was the Katrina Rebuilding beginning in 2005. After a slow start we got going. The biggest break was when I had a few seconds to speak to President George W. Bush. I told him we were frustrated over the lack of access to contracts for rebuilding after the hurricane. He told me to give him a few weeks and tell my members to go back to those same contracting officers. The contracting officers’ attitudes had totally changed! We did over $3.2 billion in contracting (verified through the help of FEMA). The SBA was with us through these events. In 2009, the SBA lost its legacy. It had completely changed. Their district directors and other staff members were frustrated with manning levels. The field force was shrinking year by year. I asked a SBA speaker who addressed the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, July 2016, about the drastic decrease in the presence as well as performance in lending and contracting. He started to tear up. I encouraged him by predicting changes will come in 2017. To use the term decrease is a great understatement. Contracting and lending to Blacks at the SBA fell through the “floor”. It appears it was deliberate. Imagine, the NBCC’s telephone, email and fax numbers were formally blocked by the SBA. We couldn’t even contact them. Was this America? They would lie about their numbers falling to near zero by saying they did not track them. Finally, the Wall St. Journal did an investigation and the truth, indeed, came out. It was a tragedy. Never in the history of the SBA did their contracting and lending dollar’s retreat so far back. This federally funded agency was declaring “incommunicado” with the largest Black business association in the world. Naturally, they were going to lose at the expense of Black entrepreneurs. Their attitude and arrogance shall be added to their legacy. That administration of the SBA is starting to pack up. Get gone!!! It is time for better things to happen. President Elect Donald Trump has named Linda McMahon to become the new Administrator of the SBA. You will soon become quite familiar with her name and background. A self-styled winner and leader. She brings a wide range of expertise and, in fact, has been studying the SBA for a few years. Once again Black entrepreneurs and all other entrepreneurs can get motivated. Bias will not be tolerated! I remember the days of great “Matchmakers” the SBA would sponsor. They would recruit corporations to come and meet small business contractors, face to face, and then would account for new business that was gained from the event. They even hosted a Matchmaker at one of our annual conferences (it was a huge success). Those were the days. Cheer up America! There’s a new “sheriff” in town. Let us refer to the past 7 years as the SBA “Dark Days”. Scratch them from your memory. New days are ahead and things are going to improve immensely. They simply cannot get worse.
DENMARK From page 3A From 2007 to 2016, the percentage of pupils with Danish origin at the school, decreased from 80 percent to 25 percent. The minister’s diagnosis is clear: • They have such great educational challenges and clashes of culture that they can not fix it themselves. • Of course, one should not divide by hair color, and of course ethnicity is not a problem in itself. But there are some clashes of culture, where the students can not come to terms with each other, and I think that one must be honest about it, she said of the pilot scheme, and stresses that it alone can not solve the integration problems in gymnasiums. Riisager formulates herself in a way that suggests that the pilot project could become more than just locally in Aarhus: • The idea is that other colleges can subsequently learn from the pilot scheme. When in the future we need to look at what the admission criteria should be, we can use the experiences from Aarhus. Both the good and the bad. Culture clashes between ethnic groups in schools that are so serious that they require separation of students, pretty much sums up the failed national integration policies, and is evidence of the collapse of the multicultural-societyproject once and for all, because the future is seen in our schools, and they are a mess. SMOKING From page 3A ticket lines, bus stops, kiosks and shelters. • Inside all facilities owned, leased or controlled by the City of Oxnard • Within a reasonable distance (25 feet) from any area where smoking is prohibited: Includes any doorway, window, opening or vent into an enclosed area in which smoking is prohibited, except while actively passing on the way to another destination. The smoking ordinance also requires any owner, operator, manager or other person in control of a non-smoking area to post “No Smoking” or “Smokefree” signs in a conspicuous place at each: • Point of ingress to the non-smoking area, and • in at least one other conspicuous point within the area. The signs are required to have letters of no less than 1 inch in height and include the international “No Smoking” symbol, which consists of a pictorial representation of a burning cigarette enclosed in a red circle with a red bar across it. For questions, please contact the Oxnard City Attorney’s Office at (805) 385-7483. Read the full text of the ordinance at www.oxnard.org/ smokingordinance. CHILDREN From page 5A • Show us documents proving your identity. Remember, a child age 12 or older requesting an original Social Security number must appear in person for the interview, even though a parent or guardian will sign the application on the child’s behalf. Children with disabilities are among our most vulnerable citizens. Social Security is dedicated to helping those with qualifying disabilities and their families through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. To qualify for SSI: • The child must have a physical or mental condition, or a combination of conditions, resulting in “marked and severe functional limitations.” This means that the condition(s) must severely limit your child’s activities; • The child’s condition(s) must be severe, last for at least 12 months, or be expected to result in death; • If your child’s condition(s) does not result in “marked and severe limitations,” or does not result in those limitations lasting for at least 12 months, your child will not qualify for SSI; and • The child must not be working and earning more than $1,090 a month in 2016. (This amount usually changes every year.) If he or she is working and earning that much money, your child will not be eligible for benefits. Learn the details about benefits for children by reading our publication, Benefits for Children with Disabilities, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/ pubs. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/people/kids to learn more about all we do to care for children. Caring for the next generation is a central part of securing today and tomorrow, during the holidays and all year long.
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