Sightings & Happenings Around Town

California’s Struggle to Get Food Stamps to the Hungry

The Golden State leaves a lot of federal money on the table as low-income residents struggle to put food on theirs

With full participation in California’s food stamp program, the state’s poor would receive an additional $1.8 billion in federal funds each year. Pending legislation would require the state to close in on that goal. Some say it’s too ambitious for a state where 58 counties manage an arduous application in a variety of ways.

Jul 23, 2019 Jackie Botts, The California Divide

30 Years of Newsmakers: Part 4 (2013-2018)

As Comstock’s celebrates its 30th anniversary, we take a look back at our most-memorable covers. This is the final installment in a four-part series published Mondays.

Jul 22, 2019 Tom Couzens, Allison Joy & Sena Christian

Getting to Know: Daniel Stephan

How Niche Bread & Company founder kneads self-care into success

Daniel Stephan may blend in with his fellow millennials. He’s an avid podcast listener, has a few tattoos and has nurtured a passion project into a dream job. But the baker and owner of Niche Bread & Company in Midtown Sacramento also has an old-school approach to the basics of healthy living — nutrition, discipline, balance — that affects the way he runs his business. 

Jul 19, 2019 Vanessa Labi

Employers Urged to Find New Ways to Address Workers’ Mental Health

Last year, California passed legislation that made it the first state to establish voluntary standards for workplace mental health. Companies like Sutter Health, Walgreens and Bank of America quickly signed on to address mental health wellness in the workplace. Will others follow suit?

Jul 18, 2019 Brian Rinker, California Healthline

Dilemma of the Month: Retaliating Against Whistleblowers

After an employee lodged an OSHA complaint against a company, his manager found a journal in the employee’s office that would make any reasonable person cringe in the era of #MeToo. Comstock’s columnist Suzanne Lucas explains why it’s still a bad idea to terminate the employee in this case.

Jul 18, 2019 Suzanne Lucas