New state rules about the application of pesticides on farms near rural schools and daycare facilities will take effect Jan 1., following years of campaigning by groups advocating for teachers, the environment and public health. Yet these advocates argue that the rules still don’t do enough to protect children, teachers and caregivers from potentially dangerous chemicals.
Author: Jeff Mitchell
As the complicated drama of federal health care reform continues, some patients in California face a far more basic problem: getting timely access to to a primary care doctor.
Outside of the Golden State’s major metropolitan areas such as the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego it is increasingly difficult for people to get access to general primary medical care.
A Central Coast state lawmaker says that youth with mental illnesses detained in juvenile hall can languish interminably without proper care or attention.
That’s why Assemblyman Mark Stone is promoting a bill to make the rules for young people who are mentally incompetent to stand trial the same as those for adults.
The state has proposed protections for schools in rural areas for the first time. Yet the new regulations, slated to go into effect in January 2018, don’t go far enough, according to teachers and environmental groups.