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Facts Alone Won’t Convince People To Vaccinate Their Kids

June 12, 2017

By Erin Hare

Minnesota is the latest state to be hit by a measles outbreak originating from children whose parents chose not to vaccinate them. The state has tracked 76 cases so far, and it could be on its way to the front lines of the fight for mandatory vaccination.

Medi-Cal Patients Flocking To ERs more than before ACA.

June 12, 2017

By Kellen Browning

Medi-Cal patients are swamping California emergency rooms in greater numbers than they did before the Affordable Care Act took effect, despite predictions that the health law would ease the burden on ERs.

Emergency room visits by people on Medi-Cal rose 75 percent over five years, from 800,000 in the first quarter of 2012 to 1.4 million in the last quarter of 2016, according to data recently released by the state’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

Sacramento AQMD Hosts Unveiling of First Electric School Buses

May 16, 2017

The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and its partners unveiled the first of 29 electric school buses last week at the Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy.

The project, funded through California Climate Investments, uses proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade program.

According to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), this effort represents one of the largest school bus deployments in the U.S.

Largest U.S. Electric School Bus Pilot Comes to California

May 12, 2017

Three school districts in the Sacramento capital region receive a total of 29 zero-emissions electric school buses for a pilot program funded by a $7.5 million grant and additional state cap-and-trade funds.

Brown does not restore money for medical residencies

May 11, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget plan released Thursday does not restore $33 million for medical residencies in areas facing significant doctor shortages, disappointing state lawmakers and doctors' groups. 

Bipartisan Group of Senators Seek $100 Million for Levee Repairs Following the Failure of Oroville Dam Spillway

May 10, 2017

On behalf of their constituents whose lives and properties are continuously impacted by potential flooding, Senators Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) requested $100 million for critical and serious levee repairs in the state budget.

Following is an excerpt from their letter to Senator Bob Wieckowski, Chairman of the Senate Budget SubCommittee No.2:

Is America Holding Out on Protecting Children's Rights?

May 2, 2017

Recently, I asked my 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old students what they thought all children need in order to grow up healthy and strong. They responded readily: Lots and lot of water. Fruits and vegetables. Love. Schools. Homes. Parents. A life. Stuff to play with. A 5-year-old went a step further: “Legos.” A 6-year-old snapped back. “Legos? You don’t need them, but you would want them.”

State Funding To Alleviate Doctor Shortage in Jeopardy

May 1, 2017

California’s shortage of primary care doctors will likely get worse, particularly in the Central Valley and Inland Empire. $55 million worth of federal and private grants for medical residencies in underserved areas is expiring. A deal for the state to step in is also in jeopardy.

The state agreed last year to make up for some of the lost funding for primary care doctors, starting with $33 million in this next budget, but the Brown administration wants to cut that funding, due to a projected $2 billion deficit.

Measles at Disneyland, a vulnerable child and a new law prompted higher vaccination rates

April 27, 2017

Partly proud, partly mortified, Principal José Macias of the Sixty-First Street Elementary School in Los Angeles said that yes, it was true – his school had reported the biggest increase in the rate of fully vaccinated kindergarten students in the state. The number of kindergartners who met all vaccination requirements this year jumped by 82 percentage points at the school, according to data released this week.

“I’m glad,” Macias said, “but it also tells me we were low.”

SB 536 to Put California Firearm Violence Research Center to Work, Passes State Senate

April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017 - SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 536, a measure authored by State Senator Dr. Richard Pan, to provide much-needed data to researchers affiliated with the California Firearm Violence Research Center, passed the California State Senate on Monday on a vote of 25-13.