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Asian Americans celebrate rising political clout, call for more voter turnout

October 9, 2015

By Stephen Magagnini

smagagnini@sacbee.com

 

When Dr. Richard Pan was growing up, a career in politics wasn’t considered a viable option for Asian American kids.

Pan said his parents – like many immigrants – pushed their children into careers in medicine, engineering and other fields that depend on technical skills. His Taiwanese parents preached that another great leveler was financial success in business, Pan said.

Prescription for health care system — money, flexibility

September 29, 2015

Experts in  California health care agree: The present system is unsustainable.   It needs more money and flexibility.

But that’s where agreement ends.  There are conflicting ideas about where the money should come from and where it should go.

The problems are not difficult to find:  Health care in the Golden State is under increasing pressure because of an aging population, the addition of some four million people to the state’s already-vast MediCal system serving the poor and there are pockets of the medically underserved across the state, particularly in rural areas.

Bill would allow party bike riders to sip suds while pedaling

September 27, 2015

By Tony Bizjak

Drinking and driving is, of course, illegal. But partaking while pedaling might soon be OK.

Sacramento state Sen. Richard Pan has a bill on the governor’s desk that would allow customers on pub-crawl bikes to sip some beer while pedaling between stops. City officials would have to give their OK first, Pan said.

Pan’s bill, SB 530, is mainly a sober effort to deal with a variety of regulatory issues involving the young brew bike industry in California.

California’s anti-vaccine brigade and the dark side of individualism

September 26, 2015

DR BOB SEARS, a paediatrician from Orange County, California, does not like to call his patients “free-riders”. True, he specialises in treating vaccine-sceptics, those families who resent being told to immunise their children against nasty diseases, from measles to whooping cough. It is also the case that, as a trained doctor, he believes that immunisation works. He agrees that some scary illnesses have almost vanished in America because more than 90% of children are inoculated against them, creating a herd immunity that leaves diseases with few places to lurk.

Lawmaker introduces $2 per-pack increase in cigarette taxes

August 26, 2015

By Timm Herdt

Hoping to avert a ballot initiative campaign next year, backers of a proposed $2 per-pack increase in California's cigarette tax rallied behind a bill introduced Wednesday that would enable lawmakers to approve the tax increase in their special session on health care.

The bill's introduction came on the same day the Field Poll released survey results indicating two-thirds of California voters support the proposal.

Brown administration opens door to cigarette tax, with a caveat

August 26, 2015

By Jeremy B. White

Responding to the Legislature’s renewed attempt to fund healthcare through a cigarette tax, a Brown administration official signaled support if the revenue is properly targeted.

$2 more for cigarettes? California tobacco tax proposal revived in special session

August 26, 2015

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A proposal to raise the tobacco tax by $2 per pack of cigarettes in California was given new life Wednesday when legislation was introduced as part of a special session on healthcare.

The new measure would also extend the tobacco tax to electronic cigarettes.

August 16, 2015

With classes starting on Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified School District officials said immunization rates among incoming students will be high, but preparations are underway to get ready for a stricter state law.

The new law goes into effect next year, but LAUSD officials said they’ll work on training staff to make sure all students have completed their vaccinations on schedule.

Local state senator also faces recall campaign for vaccination law

August 14, 2015

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By Bryan M. Gold - Citizen Staff Writer

Local State Sen. Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) was recently lauded by Time magazine for the same reason he is the subject of a recall effort pushed for by an Elk Grove mother.

Meet the Heroes and Villains of Vaccine History

July 29, 2015

Richard Pan

February 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing Sacramento released the following statement regarding the possibility of a faculty strike at the California State University:

SB 947 will focus staff time on moving families into the workforce and cut transportation expenses

February 4, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing Sacramento announced today that he has introduced SB 947to modernize the process for conducting interviews for California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), the state’s safety-net program for poor families with children. 

SB 877 will allow California to Partner with President Obama in his Effort to Reduce Gun Violence

January 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO –Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing Sacramento announced today that he has introduced SB 877 along with Senator Bill Monning, representing Carmel, as the principal co-author.  The bill will require the state to establish and maintain a data-tracking system on violent deaths in the state, including gun deaths.