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Q&A with California Senator Richard Pan

April 26, 2021



By Leilani Marie Labong

Portrait by Max Whittaker

Interview: State Sen. Richard Pan On What California's Vaccine Distribution May Look Like

December 2, 2020

Sacramento-area state Sen. Dr Richard Pan says he's cautiously optimistic about a coronavirus vaccine arriving soon in California now that Britain has approved a vaccine from drugmaker Pfizer.  

"It's not a magic bullet," Pan said Wednesday on CapRadio's Insight. "We still need to do the masks and the distance and so forth, but it will get us to a place where we can reopen our schools, get our businesses open."

Facebook could be forced to remove videos of violent crime under California proposal

January 29, 2020

By Patrick McGreevy

Alarmed by a trend of people livestreaming violent crimes, a California state senator proposed Tuesday to require social media websites including Facebook and YouTube to remove photographs and videos of crimes posted by alleged perpetrators when a request is made by victims.

State Sen. Richard Pan hosts health and safety fair in North Sacramento, gives away turkeys

November 22, 2019

California state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, hosted his annual Health & Safety Fair at Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy in the Richardson Village section of north Sacramento on Friday, giving away turkeys, flu shots and more to local families.

Hundreds of people lined up around the school before 4 p.m. so they could get their hands on a free bird for Thanksgiving, which is Thursday.

The California senator fighting for the strictest vaccination laws in the US

August 29, 2019

Richard Pan has faced death threats and harassment from anti-vaxxers but says in an interview: ‘Science is true, whether they believe it or not’

The Facebook video shows Richard Pan smiling amiably in the moments before the anti-vaccine activist badgering him on a street near the California state capitol shoves him from behind.

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.