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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

Freshman senator wins plaudits from colleagues

July 4, 2015

When word of a measles outbreak at Disneyland hit the nightly news six months ago, state Sen. Richard Pan began fielding calls from panicked parents. They worried that their children could be exposed to the infectious disease and wanted to know what he planned to do to keep them safe.

The just-elected senator from Sacramento toyed with the idea of new rules requiring schools to publicize their immunization rates so concerned parents would know which ones to avoid. But he soon realized that strategy wouldn't go far enough.

West Sacramento loses sales tax revenue, seeks bill to close loophole

May 1, 2015

By Richard Chang

West Sacramento leaders noticed something awry when sales tax revenue came in last November.

The city – which has an array of retail stores, warehouse distributors and industrial businesses – was short nearly $600,000 in sales tax revenue it had anticipated from HD Supply, a company that sells hardware fixtures and home improvement products.