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Measles Update — Marin Cases; State Lawmaker to Introduce Vaccine Bill
Two unvaccinated Marin children have been confirmed to have measles, county health officials announced Thursday night in an advisory sent to all Marin County clinicians. Dr. Matt Willis, Marin Health Officer, told the Marin Independent Journal that the two children were members of the same family and that they had become infected outside the county. The children are of school age, Willis added, but no other unvaccinated children would be barred from attending school. [Article]
by LISA ALIFERIS, KQED (Public Radio SF). 2015-01-30
 
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department releases graphic video on how to survive mass shooting
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department today released a video containing advice for the public on how to survive a mass shooting incident. The video is more than nine minutes long and includes graphic scenes of violence. The department’s advice focuses on encouraging viewers to seek cover and escape the scene of any shooting, with self-defense advice included under the context of being a last resort against a deranged shooter. The video reports an average of 20 mass shootings take place annually in the United States. “If you stay calm and think clearly, even in the middle of a life and death event, you improve your chances of making it out,” the video’s narrator advises. [Article]
by ANDREW EDWARDS, Los Angeles Daily News. 2015-01-30
 
Los Angeles County health officer releases current statistics about measles
Los Angeles County’s top health officer said Thursday 15 cases of measles have been confirmed in the county, with 14 of them linked to the outbreak traced to Disneyland, and they exposed hundreds of other people. Those figures do not include patients in Long Beach and Pasadena, which operate their own health departments. Those cities have both reported two confirmed measles cases. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, West Side Story Newspaper. 2015-01-30
 
In the fight against measles, science and detective work join forces
The battle to halt the spread of the measles outbreak that began at Disneyland has required both infectious disease expertise and a good amount of old-fashioned detective work. Health officials in California and seven other states have painstakingly traced the steps of measles patients, tried to identify anyone who came in contact with them, and quarantined those at greatest risk of getting the highly contagious disease to keep the virus from spreading. It's a trail that has taken them to grocery stores, gyms, farmers markets, hospitals, post offices, banks, schools, a casino and even Starbucks and Wal-Mart. Shoppers at Costco in Gilroy were greeted with a public notice stating: "If you were in this store on Sunday January 18, 2015 between 4:00-6:00 p.m., you may have been exposed to measles." In Arizona, which is hosting the Super Bowl on Sunday, health officials have been busy compiling a list of 1,000 people who might have been exposed to measles based on the movements of seven infected patients. They are urging unvaccinated children and adults in that group to stay away from public places for 21 days. "All it takes is a quick trip to the Costco before you're ill and, bam, you've just exposed a few hundred people," Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble said. "We're at a real critical juncture." [Article]
by ROSANNA XIA, RONG-GONG LIN II AND MICHAEL MUSKAL, Los Angeles Times. 2015-01-30
 
L.A. leaders vow to end homelessness among veterans this year
Declaring they had turned a corner in the fight against homelessness, city leaders on Thursday vowed that by the end of the year there would be no more veterans living on the streets of Los Angeles. Speaking in a former downtown flophouse, officials said new federal resources and an end to city-county feuding had transformed their efforts. "Four years ago, federal authorities told us L.A. is dysfunctional, we’re not going to invest in you," said Elise Buik, president of United Way, whose private-public homelessness collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce is called Home for Good. But, she said, "it’s a new day." [Article]
by GALE HOLLAND, Los Angeles Times. 2015-01-30
 
Panel urges transformation of California state parks system
When visitors arrive at a state-run park these days, they may find disrepair after years of skipped maintenance and a crowd that doesn't reflect the state's growing diversity. Behind the scenes, they would discover a public agency that is working with outdated technology and overwhelmed by its responsibility for managing the Golden State's prized beaches, forests and historic sites. These are the findings of a commission assigned to help the California Department of Parks and Recreation turn the page after years of scandal, mismanagement and stagnation. The panel calls for "a fundamental transformation" of the parks system, which covers nearly 1.6 mln acres and includes 339 miles of coastline. In particular, it says, a new nonprofit organization is needed to help secure more funding and attract new visitors. [Article]
by CHRIS MAGERIAN, Los Angeles Times. 2015-01-30
 
California Meets Judges' Prison Crowding Goal 1 Year Early
California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation had until February 2016 to reduce the population of the state's 34 adult prisons to 137.5 percent of their design capacity. The state now has an institutional population of 113,463 inmates, slightly below the judges' target. That is down from an all-time high of 162,804 inmates in 2006, when the prisons held more than twice as many inmates as they were designed to house. Some inmates slept in bunks stacked three high in gymnasiums, dayrooms and other public areas. [Article]
by DON THOMPSON, Associated Press, KGO (ABC - San Francisco). 2015-01-30
 
Despite lack of challengers, special election still on for Senate seat
A special election with a price tag of more than1mln is on for March, even though only one candidate filed to put her name on the ballot, state and county elections officials said Thursday. The name of Republican Sharon Runner will be the only one to appear on on the certified list of candidates sent out by the California Secretary of State’s office. The special primary election for the 21st Senate District seat vacated by Congressman Steve Knight is scheduled March 17, according to state and county elections officials. [Article]
by LUKE MONEY, The Signal. 2015-01-30
 
Do’s Lead in First District Supervisor Election Narrows to 85 Votes
With vote counting entering its last day, Republican candidate Andrew Do's lead has tightened from 239 votes to 85 in the contentious race for county supervisor in central Orange County. This comes after a day in which lawyers and observers from both campaigns sat with election officials to dispute ballots. Just six out of over 1,200 provisionals ballots have been disqualified so far. Meanwhile, mail-in ballots continue to be counted, as well as some provisional ballots. [Article]
by NICK GERDA, Voice of OC. 2015-01-30
 
Why Vietnamese Americans show strength at the ballot box
Vietnamese American voters could be the deciding factor in who wins a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. According to an analysis of mail ballots, Vietnamese American voters had a high turnout in the extremely tight First District race between Democrat Lou Correa, a Democrat, and Andrew Do, a Republican. A tally of early mail ballots from the independent firm Political Data showed Vietnamese American voters making up almost half of the ballots returned, 46 percent. [Article]
by LESLIE BERESTEIN ROJAS, KPCC Southern CA Public Radio. 2015-01-30
 
Irvine should be the permanent home of Solar Decathlon, Chapman professor says
IRVINE – Fred Smoller, the Chapman University professor credited with catalyzing Irvine’s selection to host the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, proposed Tuesday that the city advocate for the Great Park to become the contest’s permanent home. Since it began in 2002, the event has challenged teams of college students to build the best solar-powered house. Solar decathlons were held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., until 2013 when the event moved to Irvine, the first time it was held outside the nation’s capitol. International versions have taken place in China and France. [Article]
by SARAH de CRESCENZO, Orange County Register. 2015-01-30
 
Brown's tunnel vision could sink taxpayers
In his fourth and final term, Gov. Jerry Brown intends to start drilling two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Estimated cost: 25bln. Californians might consider the pitfalls of a smaller tunnel project in Seattle, subject of a recent article by the Washington Post. The dig will move two miles of State Route 99 underground and, according the state Department of Transportation, “clear the way for new public space along Seattle’s downtown waterfront.” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray support the tunnel, launched in 2009 at a cost of 2.8bln. The project was slated for completion in 2015, but that is not going to happen. [Article]
by LLOYD BILLINGSLEY / OPINION, Orange County Register. 2015-01-30
 
Roundtable: Dangerous Dentists; Laura’s Law; Seizing Drug Assets
When dentists in California harm their patients – even grievously -- the process of investigation and discipline can be lengthy and ineffective. Dentists with multiple complaints against them are put on probation by the Dental Board of California, but most are allowed to continue practicing until the process plays itself out, which usually takes years and may result in more harm to more patients. In San Diego County, more than three dozen dental professionals have faced disciplinary action by the dental board in the last five years, including a La Mesa dentist who admitted to lewd conduct with a patient and a Rancho Bernardo dentist who burned a patient’s face. [Article]
by PATT FINN, MARK SAUER, KPBS Radio News / San Diego. 2015-01-30
 
85 votes and counting: O.C. supervisor race down to the wire
A cliffhanger race for a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors may come down to the final few absentee ballots that arrive in the mail Friday. Andrew Do, who campaigned vigorously in Orange County’s sprawling Vietnamese enclave, is leading in the special election -- though by early Friday his lead had shrunk to 85 votes. Do took on political veteran Lou Correa, a former state senator who was by far the better-known candidate in the race. If Do’s lead holds, the Board of Supervisors would have an Asian American majority for the first time. Michelle Park Steel, a Korean immigrant, and Lisa Barlett, a Japanese American, were elected to the five-member board in November. [Article]
by ANH DO, Los Angeles Times. 2015-01-30
 
County contribution limits won’t achieve goal
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ vote this week to cap contributions from political parties to candidates in county elections was earnest and well-meaning. But there is plenty of evidence that it is also naive and doomed to fail at its goals of limiting election spending and creating the appearance of propriety. [Article]
by EDITORIAL, San Diego Union-Tribune. 2015-01-30
 
Media outlets reply to DA’s opposition
A motion has been filed on behalf of 18 regional and national media outlets calling for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office and the Sheriff’s Department to identify all warrants related to the McStay murder case and the arrest of suspect Charles Merritt. The motion is part of an ongoing lawsuit in which the 18 outlets, including the Daily Press, are calling for the search warrants and all other relevant documents in the case to be unsealed and accessible to the public. A judge in San Diego last week unsealed the four San Diego Sheriff’s Department search warrants that were issued to search the McStay home in February 2010. [Article]
by ANNELI FOGT, Victorville Daily Press. 2015-01-30
 
Offender Laws to Be Weakened
Prompted by two adverse appellate court decisions and a lawsuit springing from them, the board of supervisors on Tuesday gave tentative approval to amendments to the county code that would strike down certain provisions defining where registered offenders may visit when children are present. The changes, due for a final vote on Feb. 10, would repeal the so-called “presence” provisions in the county code, language that prevents sex offenders from being within 300 feet of various locations where children might congregate. [Article]
by GLENN BARR, Lake Arrowhead Mountain News. 2015-01-30
 
Tiny, Cash-Strapped Adelanto Won’t Get Its Fifth Prison—for Now
How many prisons in one city is too many? A lot of people would probably say one—for their city. Adelanto (pop.31,304), in the high desert of San Bernardino County, has three, just OK’d a fourth and was giving serious consideration to a fifth. But on Wednesday, Geo Group Inc. dropped its plans for a 1,051-bed facility in the face of community opposition on the eve of a City Council vote that was not expected to go their way. They indicated they will be back at a more fortuitous time to pursue building the facility that received preliminary city approval in 2006. In the meantime, Geo is going nowhere. [Article]
by KEN BRODER, AllGov. 2015-01-30
 
RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors approve 195K-a-year contract to market hospital
An Orange County advertising firm stands to earn almost 1mln from Riverside County to market the county-run hospital to patients who now have more treatment options through Obamacare. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a contract with Johnson Gray Advertising to provide website and marketing services for Riverside County Regional Medical Center. The contract worth 195K can be renewed annually for up to four years, making the deal potentially worth 975K “This is a very important part of our plan moving forward, to realign the Riverside County Regional Medical Center to make it more competitive,” said Supervisor Marion Ashley. The contract was approved 3-0 with Supervisor John Benoit absent and a vacancy on the board due to Jeff Stone’s election to the state Senate. [Article]
by JEFF HORSEMAN, Riverside Press-Enterprise. 2015-01-30
 
RIVERSIDE COUNTY: 'Great little law school' grads thrive
John G. Evans knew exactly whom to tell first when he learned Gov. Schwarzenegger appointed him as a Riverside County Superior Court judge. Retired Riverside County Superior Court Judge Elwood Rich. Evans wasn't just giving the good news to his mentor, he was also telling the dean of his law school. "I was proud to go over there and tell him first," Evans said, recalling the July day at the Riverside Historic Courthouse when he told Rich the news. Evans, who took the bench in Indio this week, is not the first judge produced by Rich's California Southern Law School, established in 1971 as the Citrus Belt Law School. [Article]
by RICHARD K. DeATLEY, Riverside Press-Enterprise. 2015-01-30
 
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