In the News

Underserved Communities Call Out UC Davis for Rejecting Medi-Cal

April 17, 2017

By Lonnie Wong

Santa Clarita Students, Parents Advocate For Children Bill Of Rights

April 16, 2017
By Devon Miller

About a dozen of students and parents from the Santa Clarita Valley were in Sacramento on Monday to advocate for a new Bill of Rights to guarantee the ‘inherent rights’ of children.

The group joined about 300 students, parents and teachers from all over the state to lobby for the passage of Senate Bill 18 — the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California.

Governor Brown Signs Legislation

April 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills:

SB 28 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – State public employment: memoranda of understanding: approval.

SB 47 by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review – Budget Act of 2016.

SB 48 by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review – State public employee benefits.

For full text of the bills, visit:

Local kindergarten vaccinations hit new high

April 15, 2017

By Tom Kisken

Pushed by a new law and fear spread by measles and other diseases once considered nearly eliminated, kindergarten vaccination rates for the current school year reached recent 96 percent in Ventura County and California, the highest in at least 16 years.

State, county see increase in childhood vaccination rates

April 14, 2017

The percentage of Yolo County children who entered kindergarten with all required vaccinations increased from 91.7 percent last year to 96.6 percent this year, according to data released Wednesday by the state.

Yolo County’s numbers mirrored the rest of California, which saw the overall kindergarten vaccination rate increase from 92.8 percent of students in the 2015-16 school year to 95.6 percent in the current year.

Vaccination rate jumps in California after tougher inoculation law

April 13, 2017
By Soumya Karlamangla and Rong-Gong Lin II

The vaccination rate for California’s kindergartners soared this fall from the previous year, fueled by a state law that made it significantly tougher for parents to exempt schoolchildren from shots.

It was the highest vaccination rate among kindergartners since at least 1998, and comes after a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in 2014 focused new attention on the issue.

Give California an A for its kindergarten immunization rate

April 13, 2017
By The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

In a win for science and for student safety, school vaccination rates are the highest they have been in California in at least 15 years.

California vaccination rate hits new high after tougher immunization law

April 13, 2017
By Lena H. Sun

California's school vaccination rate is at its highest level since 2001 after the state required almost all public school children to get immunizations.

State public health officials released data this week that showed that nearly 96 percent of this year’s kindergartners have received all the required vaccines. That’s a nearly three-point increase over last year, health officials said. The rate is above the level that experts say is needed to prevent measles transmission.

California vaccine rates hit high after mandatory vaccination law

April 13, 2017

In the first year of California’s mandatory vaccination regime, vaccination rates among kindergartners reached their highest level since 2001, according to a report released by the California Department of Public Health.

From the 2015-2016 school year to the 2016-2017 school year, vaccination rates among kindergartners increased from 93 percent to 96 percent. State health officials cite a variety of factors contributing to the increase, including Senate Bill 277, California’s controversial vaccination law.

How California got more children vaccinated after the Disneyland measles outbreak

April 13, 2017
By Rong-Gong Lin II

In early 2015, vaccinations became a national story in California after an outbreak of measles at Disneyland.

The situation drew attention to the number of parents who receive exemptions from getting their kids vaccinated. And that prompted new state legislation.

Now, there are new numbers suggesting these laws are working.