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It seems like a simple solution. Raise what you pay doctors for treating low-income patients, and they’ll treat more of them. All those waits for appointments and physician shortages that have long plagued the state’s low-income health insurance program—a program that one out of every three Californians now relies on—could be remedied with a simple dose of economics.  But in health care, nothing is that simple.

Within California’s gargantuan bureaucracy there is a group of experts that more or less counts the grains of sand on state beaches? Pretty much. The scientists and agency officials work from a statewide ‘sand budget’ that determines the volume of sand that should reside on the beach. These are not people with rakes, bagging the red cups from last night’s party. Or the guys in small tractors smoothing the beach in front of luxury hotels. No, this is the California Coastal Sediment Management Working Group. It figures that in a state where famed beaches are manicured and sand curated, there would be attention paid to movement and disposition of sand itself.

Focus on Fifteen: California’s new funding formula sends more money to schools with foster youth, kids learning English and students from low-income families. To assess how well it’s working, CALmatters examined the 15 largest districts where nine out of 10 kids qualify for extra cash. We scrutinized these school systems to judge the policy’s effectiveness so far because if it’s not working for them, it’s not working where it’s needed most. Below you’ll find more information about the districts and what poverty looks like for each of them.

Rising Seas: The Series Part 1:  California submerging Part 2:  Shoring up the state Shifting sands Interactive threat map via Climate Central To explore more on your own: The 2017...

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