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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Must Reads: Cal-OSHA Fines BART for Worker Deaths During Strike; Obamacare Signups Top 8 Million Nationwide

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Cal-OSHA slapped BART with a $210,000 fine — the largest such penalty in more than a year — for negligence leading to the deaths of two track workers during the 2013 strike, the CoCo Times$ reports. Cal-OSHA noted that a BART manager who was training another non-union employee to drive trains during the strike was seated in a passenger car and could not even see the track when the train struck and killed the two workers. Cal-OSHA also found that the track workers were not properly trained by the agency. In addition, Cal-OSHA found fault with a BART policy that placed the onus of safety on track workers. The transit agency rescinded the policy after the deadly crash.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: Gentrification Linked to Health Impacts; Children’s Hospital Oakland Gets Big Gift and New Name

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Alameda County Public Health Director Muntu Davis contends that gentrification should be examined in terms of health impacts because of the displacement and stress it causes for low-income residents, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. "We're not saying that development shouldn't happen," Davis told the news organization. "We're saying that development should happen, but it should also maintain the stability of housing for the existing residents." Davis’ comments coincided with the release of a new report on gentrification that concludes that it’s displacing African-American families in Oakland and San Francisco and is worsening income inequality. The county health department collaborated on the report, which was produced by the tenants’ rights organization Just Cause/Causa Justa.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: Spring Storms Have Little Impact on Drought; Obamacare Signups Surge Past 7 Million Nationwide

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The series of spring storms that have drenched Northern California over the past week have had little impact on the state’s historic drought, the Chron reports. California water officials expect that the Sierra snowpack will still only be about a third of normal for this time of year during measurements this week. Yesterday’s storm, however, delivered a series of blows to the East Bay. In Berkeley, a bolt of lightning exploded a 70-foot-tall redwood tree, Berkeleyside reports. A woman in downtown was also hit by lightning, but was not injured.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Must Reads: Oakland to Pay Injured Bicyclist $3.25 Million; Young People Now Approve of Obamacare

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council has agreed to pay $3.25 million to a bicyclist who was badly injured when she crashed on a pothole-laden road, the Trib$ and Chron report. The cyclist, Dulcey Bower, crashed on Mountain Boulevard between Ascot Drive and the Highway 13 onramp in 2011. Prior to the crash, the city had received numerous complaints about potholes on Mountain. The city says it has since fixed the area where Bower was hurt, although Oakland has a backlog of road repair jobs due to a lack of city funds. The $3.25 million payout was the second major one this week — the city, as the Express first reported this morning, also has agreed to pay $4.5 million to Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who was severely injured when Oakland police shot him with a beanbag round during an Occupy Oakland protest.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Children’s Hospital Oakland Merges with UCSF; Feinstein Joins Brown in Opposing Pot Legalization

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Children’s Hospital Oakland has finalized its merger with UC San Francisco, in move that officials hope will stabilize Children’s’ finances, the Hayward Daily Review$ reports. Children’s has faced monetary difficulties because it specializes in serving low-income kids on Medi-Cal. Under the merger, UCSF will take charge of Children’s’ finances and provide the Oakland hospital with more staff. Top management at Children’s also will become employees of the University of California.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: GOP Blocks Bill that Sought to Limit Dark Money; Obamacare Signups Top One Million in California

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. GOP legislators blocked a bill in the state capital that sought to restrict secret campaign donations, also known as “dark money,” the SacBee$ reports. The bill, SB 327, would have required nonprofits to disclose their donors starting this year if they engage in political activity. The legislation required a two-thirds vote to pass, but it failed because Democrats no longer have a super-majority in the state Senate. Two Democratic senators, Rod Wright and Ron Calderon, are on indefinite leave because of fraud and corruption scandals. No Republican senators voted for SB 327. Nationwide, Republicans have benefitted substantially in recent years from dark money rules, which allow donors to remain anonymous.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Got Sugar? Retailers More Likely to Sell Sugary Drinks than Milk

by Madeleine Key
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Stores that sell food and beverages in Alameda County and throughout the state are far more likely to sell sugary drinks than low- or non-fat milk, according to a new study from a division of the California Department of Public Health. The study revealed that only 34.9 percent of such stores sell low- or non-fat milk (compared to 37.2 percent statewide), while 59.1 percent sell sugary drinks near their check-out stands (compared to 56.9% statewide).

But that's not the only disturbing details from the new study.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Going Camping This Year? Your Tent Likely Has Flame Retardants That Will Rub Off on Your hands

by Environmental Health News
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Researchers have identified flame retardants used in manufacture of tents and found that they are likely rubbing off on campers’ hands.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Supermajority of Californians Back Soda Tax; State Lawmakers Revisit Oil Extraction Tax

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A supermajority of Californians — 67 percent — support a tax on soda pop and other sugary drinks to fund programs that make kids healthier, the Chron reports, citing a new Field Poll. And even more residents — 74 percent — said they support putting health warning labels on sugary drinks, much like those placed on cigarette packs. The new poll comes as the Berkeley City Council is considering a tax on sugary beverages. In 2012, Richmond voters turned down such a tax after the soda industry spent $2.5 million to defeat it.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Must Reads: Fracking Worse for Environment than Thought; State to Consider Warning Labels for Sugary Drinks

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A new study reveals that fracking may be much more harmful to the environment than previously thought. The LA Times$ reports that the study from Stanford University found that fracking releases large amounts of methane gas — a highly potent greenhouse gas — into the atmosphere, thereby worsening climate change. The study, however, also concludes that fracking for natural gas is still better for the environment than mining coal and burning it.

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