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June 6, 2019

As lawmakers and vaccine skeptics battle in the Capitol corridors over a bill to restrict medical exemptions, a new poll shows that three fourths of Californians support mandatory vaccinations and nearly all believe the shots are safe.

Close to 75 percent of 1,713 surveyed adults think that parents should vaccinate their children, a new Public Policy Institute of California poll released on Wednesday showed. Nearly eight in 10 said they worry a recent nationwide outbreak of 981 measles cases will continue to spread. There are 47 reported cases in California.

May 20, 2019

By Renée C. Byer

Summer vacation is almost here, and for children who rely on meals served at school, a program that helps fill the gap is ready to roll.

Schoolchildren invited from five Sacramento-area districts on Tuesday will celebrate the kickoff of Million Meals Summer, a federally funded program to provide free meals for children in need during the summer break.

The event is set for 10 a.m. on the west steps of the Capitol, according to a news release. Students will participate in games, activities and booths to explore and get to know the program.

May 9, 2019


Some parents may have found a loophole in California's vaccine law

August 14, 2018

By Rebecca Plevin

Pointing to a sharp increase in the number of children with medical vaccine exemptions, a research letter in JAMA suggests some vaccine-wary parents might have found a legal loophole in the state's new immunization law.

OUR VIEW: Who should speak for the dead?

August 14, 2018

By: The Bakersfield Californian

A controversy up the road in San Joaquin County has once again fueled criticism of a conflict-plagued system in which a California county sheriff also serves as the county coroner.

Ripples from the controversy and a proposed state law are certain to be felt in Kern County, where a sheriff-coroner system has been the focus of occasional criticism since its creation in the early 1990s.

Senate Bill Could Clean Up Stockton Boulevard

August 14, 2018

by Pedro Rivera,

SACRAMENTO -- If you head south on Stockton Boulevard, you’ve probably seen the old San Juan Motel sign in the vacant lot with trash scattered everywhere and tall grass.

For more than 20 years, the piece of land on Stockton has been an eyesore, but a bill may soon change that.

Senate Bill 481 was heard in front of the assembly housing and development committee.

Sacramento City Councilman Eric Guerra, who represents the area, was in church with State Senator Richard Pan when the two began discussing the run down 2.5 acres.

Amid Stephon Clark autopsy controversy, doctors push bill to overhaul coroner's offices

August 14, 2018

By Taryn Luna

As Sacramento prosecutors consider dueling autopsies in the police shooting of Stephon Clark, a state senator is pushing a bill at the Capitol he says would give the public more reason to trust investigations into officer-involved shootings.

Sen. Richard Pan's Senate Bill 1303 would require coroners in the state to be licensed physicians who work independently of county sheriff's offices.

Editorial: Anti-vax doctors are granting bogus vaccine exemptions. How to make them think twice.

August 14, 2018

By the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

Few pieces of legislation have made more of a difference to more Californians more quickly than the bill two years ago to tighten school vaccination laws.

Editorial: Why California needs an even tougher vaccination law

August 14, 2018

By: The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

California lawmakers deserved praise in 2015 for taking steps to push more students to have all the required vaccinations that are needed to reduce the risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases. Senate Bill 277, sponsored by state Sen. and pediatrician Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, barred parents from citing their personal beliefs in refusing to have their children vaccinated.

Why aren’t more kids showing up for summer lunch programs?

August 14, 2018

By Michael Finch II

Inside the Fruitridge Community Collaborative, organizers prepared to give kids something that statistics suggest was badly needed.

Around midday last Monday, about two dozen children lined up for a tray of low-fat milk, baby carrots and string cheese; a pre-packaged sandwich and an apple.

But if past trends are any indicator, the kids accounted for only a fraction of the school-age children who lived nearby.