If you’re a high school senior -- or the parent of one -- this time of year, you’re pretty much checking your mailbox - virtual or literal - all the time, to see where you got into school for next year. And if you’re looking for an acceptance letter from the UCs or CSUs, you might be among thousands of eligible students who are disappointed. Because even if you qualify, there just aren’t enough spaces for everybody. But that’s not how California’s system was originally designed. One hundred and fifty years ago this week -- in March of 1868 -- the University of California was born, founded on the idea of college access for all. And by 1960, the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education further opened the door to college for so many people in our state. It’s one of the pillars of the California Dream. But now the state can’t keep that promise. And as the California Report’s education reporter Vanessa Rancano tells us, colleges in nearby states are rolling out the welcome mat.
Creating New Communities for Silicon Valley’s South Asian Seniors
When many South Asian immigrants living in the United States retire, they’ve typically had two choices: move back to the country they came from, or move closer to -- and sometimes in with -- their adult kids. Now, as a growing number of South Asians are growing old in America, some Indian retirees are looking for something that brings them a taste of home, without having to live oceans away from their children. That’s especially relevant in some Silicon Valley suburbs, where half the population is Asian. KQED’s Sandhya Dirks visits Indian senior living communities in Santa Clara.
We’re all getting older. Some of us may be in denial of the passage of time, but others take it in stride, planning for the moment when we can no longer take care of ourselves. As our population continues to age and live longer, caregivers will be more important than ever. In some cases, caregivers will provide something quite simple: friendship. Reporter Ruxandra Guidi followed two women in Los Angeles who’ve come to depend on one another. She met up with them at their weekly visit to the hair salon.
We've been asking listeners for ideas for our series about California towns with unusual or surprising names, and a lot of you have been sending great suggestions. This week, we find out about a place called Peanut, in the Northwestern part of the state. We called up Jim French, who’s a board member of the Trinity County Historical Society.