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A child is considered truant in California if they're late by more than 30 minutes without a valid excuse, or missing altogether, three times in one school year. Attorney General Kamala Harris says 30 percent of elementary school students in California were truant during the last school year, and that, she says, constitutes a crisis. Yesterday in Sacramento, Harris joined a group of lawmakers to introduce a package of five bills to address the problem.
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Urban rivers are enjoying a renaissance in California. After decades of neglect, a growing number of cities are reimagining their rivers as environmental and recreational assets. But first, they need to clean them up. One restoration project is taking place in the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve east of Chula Vista.
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On Tuesday, President Obama signed a proclamation that adds six miles of Northern California coastline to the 1,100-mile California Coastal National Monument. Before today, the Monument comprised about 20,000 rocks, islands, and reefs humans could lay eyes on from afar. Tomorrow afternoon, a number of federal officials including Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell are expected to show up in Point Arena to celebrate.
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