Articles Tagged With ‘Public Health’

High ambulance rates up for approval, again

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will soon decide whether to approve a new contract with San Luis Ambulance Service, further solidifying one of the highest rate schedules in California -- and stoking a controversy that burned years... (Continue reading)

SmartMeter opponents score major victory

Pacific Gas & Electric took a major hit Thursday when state regulators announced that they expect the utility to offer customers the option of declining wireless SmartMeters. [Associated Press] The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is giving PG&E two weeks... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo leads the nation in prostate removal

San Luis Obispo doctors are pushing radical prostatectomys at a rate nearly three times the national average, according to a recently released health report. Researchers from the Dartmouth Atlas Project and the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making found that male... (Continue reading)

Why did California approve a toxic pesticide?

This week, the state Assembly began hearings on why California regulators approved a cancer-causing pesticide for use in strawberry fields and other crops last December. [San Francisco Chronicle] The hearings come as environmentalists and farm workers have filed lawsuits against... (Continue reading)

Oceano Dunes air quality committees disbanded

Under pressure to comply with open meeting law requirements, county and state officials have agreed to dissolve their agreement to examine and develop a plan to clean up air pollution in the Oceano Dunes, according to a press release from... (Continue reading)

Concern over Smart Meters increases

The debate over the safety of PG&E Smart meters continues in northern California. A property manager in Marina recently installed cages around the 142 electric and gas meters in the 70-unit apartment complex on Monterey Bay in response to PG&E’s... (Continue reading)

Autism triples among children in California

The number of children with autism in California has tripled since 2002 according to new state education figures released in February. [California Watch] More than 680,000 students – 11 percent of all California public school students – are enrolled in... (Continue reading)

New health insurance options for children

BY KENA BURKE California State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has been working tirelessly to get the word out about the new insurance protections for children, and here’s what he has to say: “The new federal health care reform law signed... (Continue reading)

PG&E to hold South County forum on Smart Meters

PG&E will host a public forum Tuesday afternoon to address concerns South County residents have about wireless Smart Meters. The forum will be held at the South County Regional Center in Arroyo Grande from 3 to 5 p.m. Jess Brown,... (Continue reading)

Los Angeles promoting safe ecstasy use

Los Angeles County Health officials have posted tips for safe ecstasy use at the publicly owned Los Angeles Coliseum and Sports Arena. [LAWeekly] These health officials have embarked on a campaign to teach young people how to reduce potential harms... (Continue reading)