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Rita Beamish's Work

State governments have trumpeted many greenhouse-gas and energy reduction targets for their own state operations — "leading by example" while urging similar change in the private sector. And state agencies have employed an array of energy-saving programs and fleet requirements toward these goals.

"It's not your grandmother's Medi-Cal any more." California's version of Medicaid now provides health services for more than 12 million people, almost a third of all Californians. Medi-Cal insures more people than the populations of all but six states.

Elder abuse is a huge and growing problem, but it gets no where near the budgetary or political recognition of child abuse and domestic violence. It's underreported and government resources are scarce.