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Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Must Reads: Obesity Costs Alameda County Billions Each Year; Weak El Niño Not Expected to Relieve Drought

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Health-care costs and lost worker productivity related to obesity costs Alameda County more $2 billion a year, the Trib$ reports, citing a new report commissioned by the county’s Health Committee. According to the report, nearly 70 percent of seniors are overweight or obese in the county, as are more than half the adults and about a third of the children. Sugary drinks are the primary cause for the high rates of obesity, according to the report.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: Berkeley Council to Vote on Soda Tax Tonight; Oakland’s Revamped 911 Center Still Can’t Take Cellphone Calls

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Berkeley City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to place a soda tax measure on the November ballot, the Chron reports. The proposal, which appears to have no opposition on the council, would levy a one-cent-per-ounce tax on companies that distribute sugary beverages. San Francisco voters will consider a two-cents-per-ounce soda tax this fall as well. In 2012, the soda industry spent more than $2.5 million to defeat a soda tax measure in Richmond.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Whooping Cough Epidemic in California

by Ari Nussbaum
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has declared a pertussis epidemic, reporting thousands of cases of the disease across the state. Pertussis, commonly known as “whooping cough,” is an extremely contagious bacterial disease spread through coughing. While it typically begins with a cough or a runny nose, whooping cough can ultimately be fatal, particularly for children and infants.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Updated: Despite Receiving a $50 Million Donation, Children's Hospital Oakland Is Still Refusing to Give Raises

by Charlie Guese
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 3:54 PM

If you happen to run into any medical residents anytime soon, they may look a little fatigued and broke, especially if they happen to be residents or pediatricians of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital of Oakland. Today, the CIR/SEIU Healthcare union that represents resident physicians and pediatricians said it plans to rally in front of the hospital on Friday at 12:15 p.m. along with nurses and community leaders to demand better wagers and working conditions.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: Oakland Tax Revenues $30 Million Higher Than Expected; Lawmakers Shelve Plan to Insure Undocumented Immigrants

by Robert Gammon
Tue, May 27, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Fueled by the real estate boom, the City of Oakland’s tax revenues are about $30 million higher than expected, the Trib$ reports. Mayor Jean Quan is proposing to use the extra funds to pay for two more police academies in the next year in an effort to boost the size of the city’s police force to more than 700 officers. Quan also is proposing to pay for sewer projects, a jobs resource center, and technology improvements — and she wants to increase the city's rainy-day reserve.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: LAO Says Brown Is Overestimating Costs, Too; Feds Say Most of California’s Shale Oil Reserves Area Not Recoverable Via Fracking

by Robert Gammon
Wed, May 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said Governor Jerry Brown’s administration is underestimating the costs of the Medi-Cal expansion under Obamacare by about $300 million, the LA Times$ reports. Late last week, the LAO also concluded that the governor is seriously underestimating tax revenues — by about $2.5 billion. The LAO came to a similar conclusion last year — and was proven right, while the governor’s projections turned out to be wrong. The LAO’s forecasts mean that the state has about $2.8 billion more funds available in its budget next year than the governor projects.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: Governor Brown Unveils Centrist Budget; Obamacare Sign-Up Surge Increases Costs to the State

by Robert Gammon
Wed, May 14, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a decidedly centrist budget proposal yesterday, resisting calls from liberal Democrats to increase spending for social service safety net programs and instead saying that paying down teacher pension debt and creating a rainy day fund reserve were higher priorities. The Chron reports that Republicans immediately praised the governor’s plan, especially the proposal to pay off teacher pension costs. Liberal Democrats, however, criticized the budget proposal, saying it doesn’t go nearly far enough to help low-income residents in need.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: AC Transit Loses $15.3 Million Legal Case; Californians Back Oil Extraction Tax Proposal

by Robert Gammon
Thu, May 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. An Alameda County jury has ordered AC Transit to pay $15.3 million to a woman who suffered serious back injuries when a bus sped over a speed bump in 2011, the Trib$ reports. The verdict, the largest ever personal injury judgment against AC Transit, followed testimony that included a video showing the victim, Maria Francisco, 20, getting thrown into the air, her back slamming against the roof of the bus, and then the bus driver verbally berating Francisco and accusing her of faking her injuries. AC Transit officials also refused to admit liability. Francisco has subsequently had three surgeries on her back and her medical bills have topped $1 million.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: State Legislature Tables Soda Labeling Bill; Berkeley Has Worst Income Inequality in California

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. After intense lobbying from the soda industry, the California Senate has tabled legislation that sought to require warning labels on sugary beverages, the LA Times$ reports. Although the author of SB 1000, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), had argued that the legislation would save the state millions in health-care costs related to obesity and diabetes, opponents of the bill convinced senators that the annual $370,000 in estimated costs to enforce the new labeling rule would be too onerous. Health-care costs related to obesity cost taxpayers an estimated $52 billion a year.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: A’s End Lease Negotiations at Coliseum; Warriors Say They Will Leave East Bay Taxpayers on the Hook for $62 Million

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland A’s President Mike Crowley said the team is ending negotiations for a ten-year lease extension at the Oakland Coliseum, following a dispute with Coliseum officials over millions of dollars in unpaid fees and public subsidies, the Trib$ reports. Crowley was angry about comments made Wednesday by Coliseum board President Nate Miley, who said the A’s owed the City of Oakland and Alameda County, which share ownership of the Coliseum, $5 million in parking revenues. Miley also stated that the A’s, as part of the team’s ten-year lease request, proposed to keep that money. Miley also said the A’s had expressed interest in possibly building a new ballpark at the Coliseum site.

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