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

October 9, 2015

By Stephen Magagnini


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


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

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

New laws by Dr. Pan will guard Sacramento from floods, better protect college campuses and surrounding communities, support local businesses, boost immunization rates and more

October 15, 2015

Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown has signed the following nine bills by Dr. Richard Pan into law:

SB 144 will finally bring completion to flood control projects along the American and Sacramento Rivers and projects to protect the Natomas floodplain that have been years in the making; and in doing so, will bring hundreds of millions of federal flood control dollars to our region.  

September 1, 2015

Sacramento – TIME Magazine calls Dr. Richard Pan a hero in the article, “Meet the Heroes and Villains of Vaccine History.” Dr. Richard Pan was singled out with pioneering physicians and scientists such as Edward Jenner, Jonas Salk and Pearl Kindrick who have saved millions of lives.

August 26, 2015

Sacramento, CA –Dr. Richard Pan joined a coalition of doctors, nurses, health care professionals, unions, advocates and patients today as he announced he introduced SBX2 13 Pan/Hernandez in the Special Session on Health Care.  Dr. Pan made the following statement on the bill which would increase California’s tobacco tax by $2 per pack: