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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. 

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

April 24, 2017

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

Despite threats, vaccination rates for California kindergartners have never been higher

April 24, 2017

By Karin Klein

They’d move out of state, the anti-vaccine parents warned California legislators. They’d home-school their kids. One thing they’d never do: Give in to the supposed horrors of vaccination.

'Science is Not a Partisan Issue': Docs Take to the Streets

April 22, 2017

By MedPage Today Staff

WASHINGTON -- Despite gloomy rain and slick mud in the nation's capital, thousands of physicians, scientists and policymakers, raised their signs and voices at the March for Science here and across the nation.

Senator who wrote mandatory vaccines bill attends March for Science in Washington

April 21, 2017

By Alexei Kosef

So how goes the “resistance” to President Donald Trump? Protesters are gearing up for their second major event in a week, following on last weekend’s national Tax March with a March for Science planned for Saturday in cities across the country, including Sacramento.