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Group of state legislators from Delta Caucus release statement on alarming Oroville Dam situation

February 13, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – On Monday, February 13, 2017, members of the Delta Caucus of the California state legislature, including three representing Contra Costa County, released the following statement regarding the hazardous situation at Oroville Dam after news reports that previous concerns about the safety of the dam’s current infrastructure were ignored:

Bipartisan Group of Delta Legislators Release Statement on Alarming Oroville Dam Situation

February 13, 2017


Sacramento, CA – Today, members* of the Delta Caucus released the following
statement regarding the hazardous situation at Oroville Dam after The Mercury News
reported that previous concerns about the safety of the Dam’s current infrastructure were

Sacramento wants state watchdog to enforce city ethics rules

February 9, 2017

By Anita Chabria

State legislators announced legislation Thursday that would allow the state’s watchdog agency to enforce Sacramento’s campaign finance rules.

Under Senate Bill 267, Sacramento would join Stockton and San Bernardino County as the only municipalities in California that can contract with the Fair Political Practices Commission to handle local ethics investigations and oversight.

California Life Sciences Association Recognizes Senators Richard Pan and Janet Nguyen and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher as Life Sciences Champions Legislators Honored for Commitment to Strengthening and Promoting California Life Sciences Sector

February 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week, California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) honored Senators Richard Pan, M.D.

Finding a place of refuge and acceptance

February 6, 2017

By Raina LeGarreta

A conversation with U.S. Army veteran Ron Marshall is an eye-opening experience.

Marshall, a longtime Elk Grove resident, did two tours of duty in the Vietnam War and is also a retired Treasury Enforcement Agent.

He currently volunteers his time to do something that has become very near and dear to heart: helping other military veterans succeed and become well-acclimated in society.

It’s about cancer, not sex, say doctors, as CDC urges HPV vaccine for preteens

February 2, 2017

By Claudia Buck

Of all childhood vaccines, it’s the one that makes many parents – and even some physicians – squeamish.

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a common sexually transmitted infection that can lead to cancers of some of the most private places: the cervix, vagina, penis and throat.

State Sen. Pan Challenges Trump on Healthcare

January 27, 2017

By Lance Armstrong

Sen. Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20 spoke to the Citizen about President Donald Trump’s views on healthcare.

Pan, whose district includes Elk Grove, noted that as a supporter of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he is concerned about the future of the national healthcare system under the new presidency.

“(Trump) is going out saying, ‘I have a fantastic (healthcare) plan and I’m going to cover everybody,” he said. “Great. That makes me feel good. I want to see the details.”

One GOP Plan Says Calif. And Other States That Like Their Obamacare Can Keep It

January 24, 2017

By Chad Terhune and Pauline Bartolone

States could keep their federally funded insurance exchange with consumer protections intact under a proposal unveiled Monday by two Republican U.S. Senators.

Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, said their proposed legislation would allow states that embraced the Affordable Care Act to keep operating under many of the current federal rules.

Measles outbreak grows in L.A.’s Orthodox Jewish community despite California’s strict new vaccination law

January 21, 2017

By Soumya Karlamangla

Six months after California’s strict vaccine law took effect, a measles outbreak has infected 20 people, most of them in Los Angeles County, prompting a search for others who may have been exposed to the highly contagious virus.

Who could be against a Children’s Bill of Rights ? You probably won’t be surprised

January 18, 2017

By Robin Abcarian

It was a little like being in an alternate reality Tuesday morning, as dozens of parents and children gathered on the state Capitol steps to protest a bill aimed at improving the lives of California’s 9 million children.