Articles Tagged With ‘Public Health’




Local agencies violate open meeting law

Requests to allow public access to meetings of a local committee formed to examine the air quality at the Oceano dunes were primarily ignored until one of the states leading authorities on open meeting laws warned the committee that they... (Continue reading)

Violence increases at California state hospitals

Three Sacramento lawmakers, including state Senator Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) are pressing for significant changes to make state mental hospitals safer. [LA Times] The new call stems from the slaying of a Napa State Hospital psychiatric technician two months... (Continue reading)

Legal challenge to smart meters

OPINION By JUDY VICK If you haven’t already, you will soon receive a notice from PG&E announcing the installation of a wireless smart meter on your home. The proposed benefits might sound good–a way to get more specific information about... (Continue reading)

County supervisors call emergency meeting

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will have an emergency meeting Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. Tuesday’s meeting, scheduled to last only 45 minutes, is intended for county staff to update the supervisors on recent storm damage... (Continue reading)

Under-reporting suspected in South County sewage spill

Officials at the San Luis Obispo South County Sanitation District (SSLOCSD) allegedly under-reported the amount of raw sewage recently spilled during heavy December rainstorms in an effort to protect an agency already being accused of firing whistleblowers. County public health officials... (Continue reading)

PG&E executive caught spying on critics

A senior PG&E executive, responsible for overseeing the utility’s controversial SmartMeter program, has admitted using a false name to try to join an online group opposed to the meters and secretly monitoring other online forums critical of PG&E. [Mercury News] William... (Continue reading)

Kids’ products have high levels of lead at Target, Wal Mart

An Oakland-based environmental group is claiming that new lab tests show high levels of lead in children’s products being sold at Target and Wal Mart stores. [California Watch] The Center for Environmental Health found that kids’ chairs and bean bags,... (Continue reading)

Think Pink, event photos

Friends gathered for an evening of pink drinks, old times, fabulous raffles and great company. Dr. Laleh Shaban sponsored the Think Pink fund raiser which was held in Morro Bay to provide support for the fight against breast cancer. Find... (Continue reading)

New report confirms accuracy of SmartMeters

A new study by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) concludes that the SmartMeters used by PG&E are accurate and not to blame for a recent spike in electric bills. [Press Democrat] However, the $1.4 million study, released Thursday at... (Continue reading)

California emergency room wait now four hours and 34 minutes

Visiting a California hospital emergency room last year meant waiting an average of four hours and 34 minutes–two minutes longer than in 2008 and 27 minutes longer than the national average. [California Watch] California ranks 40th in the U.S. for... (Continue reading)