Articles Tagged With ‘Public Health’

Monning promoting California sweetened drink tax

Democratic State Senator Bill Monning, who represents San Luis Obispo County, is sponsoring a bill that would place a one-cent per fluid ounce tax on all sweetened beverages. [Monterey County Weekly] Monning introduced the bill, SB 622, in February, and it... (Continue reading)

Death rates dive in California

A state agency has concluded that Californians are healthier and dying at a slower rate than people in other states. The bad news is that fatalities in the Golden State due to Alzheimer’s, chronic liver disease, and suicide are up.... (Continue reading)

APCD skews report on Nipomo Mesa air quality

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A member of the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District Board discovered last week that district staff used incomplete data sets to compile a report which inaccurately portrays escalating pollution levels on the Nipomo Mesa.... (Continue reading)

Governor wants new fire retardant rules

Chemical flame retardants in household furniture pose health hazards and “better ways” are available to provide public safety, Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday as he urged state regulators to take action against those “toxic” substances. (Sacramento Bee) “Toxic flame retardants... (Continue reading)

500 gallon sewage spilled along the Bob Jones Bike Trail

A broken sewer line in Avila Beach caused approximately 500 gallons of raw sewage to spill out along the Bob Jones Bike Trail between the Avila Beach Golf Course and Coffee Berry Place on Sunday. Bikers and walkers along the... (Continue reading)

Assembly bill would ban smoking in many California homes

A California Democratic assemblyman introduced a bill last month that would ban tobacco smoking in all multi-unit residences in the sate. [Huffington Post] Assembly Bill 746, authored by Marc Levine of San Rafael, would prohibit smoking in all condominiums and... (Continue reading)

Valley Fever cases drop in SLO County

Cases of Valley Fever in San Luis Obispo County have dropped from 225 cases in 2011 to 163 cases in 2012. For the past few years, cases of the disease have been on the increase with 87 reported in 2009... (Continue reading)

E. coli infection spike blamed on plastic bag ban

In San Francisco, the first major city to pass a plastic bag ban, emergency rooms have seen a spike in E. coli infections and a 46 percent increase in deaths from foodborne illness in the three months after the bag... (Continue reading)

SLO Housing Authority bans tobacco

The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo has banned tobacco inside all residences it leases. [Tribune] The Housing Authority implemented the new policy on January 1 to protect residents from health problems created by tobacco exposure. Tenants must now agree... (Continue reading)

Homeless protection bill launched

A bill designed to protect “some of society’s most vulnerable members” has been introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). Ammiano calls his prospective legislation AB5 “The Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act” and sets out to build... (Continue reading)