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He took on the NFL. Now he’s after California’s ‘primitive’ sheriff-coroner system

March 22, 2018

It has been months since the nationally renowned Dr. Bennet Omalu abruptly quit his job as chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County, sending shock waves through California’s close-knit community of forensic pathologists.

A brilliant practitioner with a stellar reputation for his work identifying a pattern of brain disease among NFL players, Omalu probably could work anywhere in the country. Californians should be thankful that he has opted, so far, to stay here.

OUR VIEW: Who should speak for the dead?

March 17, 2018

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.

Bill would require coroner change; ‘This is about confidence in our justice system’

February 26, 2018

By Alex Breitler

While San Joaquin County leaders consider whether to switch to an independent medical examiner’s office, legislation introduced this week at the state Capitol would basically take the decision out of their hands.

The bill, brought by Democratic Sens. Richard Pan and Cathleen Galgiani, would require counties with a population of greater than 500,000 people to replace their coroner’s office with an independent medical examiner’s office by January 2019.

Governor approves lunch law influenced by EGUSD case

October 25, 2017

Senate Bill (SB) 730, which requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to monitor compliance of the Buy American provision of the National School Lunch Program, was signed into law on Oct. 7 by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), who is a pediatrician, said that he authored the bill to stop schools from sourcing food from outside the United States.

New B Street Theatre venue gets money from state budget.

June 28, 2017

B Street Theatre’s new $30 million arts complex The Sofia, still under construction, got a boost from the state budget.

In a one-time expenditure this year, the state granted B Street $1.9 million to fund items that had been value-engineered out of the project in order to start construction of the complex at 27th Street and Capitol Avenue.

Yolo County Children’s Alliance honored.

June 28, 2017

By Special to The Enterprise

The Yolo County Children’s Alliance was honored Wednesday as a Nonprofit of the Year at a celebration of California Nonprofits Day at the state Capitol in Sacramento. The agency was selected by state Sen. Richard Pan as an exceptional nonprofit organization in his 6th District.

B Street Theatre Project to Receive $1.9 Million From State Budget

June 28, 2017

The State of California’s budget contains $1.9 million for the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, the new performing arts center for the B Street Theatre.

“The B Street Theater is one of our community’s great cultural treasures and I am thrilled that we were able to secure $1.9 million toward the construction of a new building,” State Senator Dr. Richard Pan said.

The money will be used to complete construction of the theatre with aspects that had to be pulled from the plans when construction began last summer due to budget constraints.

California State Treasurer To Provide $20 million in Emergency Grants for Imperiled Community and Planned Parenthood Clinics.

June 20, 2017

Fact Sheet: Community Clinic Lifeline Grant Program

State Treasurer John Chiang will provide $20 million in one-time emergency grants to support community clinics that provide vital health services to California’s most vulnerable residents.

California Plans $20 Million Grant For Planned Parenthood Amid Fears of Cuts.

June 19, 2017

California’s treasurer announced Monday newly approved plans to allocate a hefty multimillion-dollar state grant to hundreds of Planned Parenthood facilities and community clinics across the state.

Planned Parenthood’s CEO says the federal threat to defund reproductive healthcare has already forced the closure of Planned Parenthood facilities and more are on the cusp of shutting down. But critics say there’s more behind it.

Myesha Mott and her husband are new parents and first-timers at Planned Parenthood.

June 15, 6:37 PM: California Approves Largest- Ever Budget.

June 15, 2017

June 15, 6:40 P.M.: California Moves To Bar Local Government From Immigrant Detention Contracts

The California state budget package approved Thursday includes a measure that seeks to prevent local jurisdictions from contracting out space for immigrant detention.

Several California cities and counties now sign contracts with federal officials to rent out immigrant detention space, typically in local jails. The budget measure would bar that practice. Existing contracts would stand, but officials could not expand the agreements.