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Leading the Way? Northern California Cities To Embark On Soda Tax Spending

Leading the Way? Northern California Cities To Embark On Soda Tax Spending

By Ana B. Ibarra Asian Health Services, a community health center in Oakland’s buzzing Chinatown, sees about 6,000 dental patients a year. Hundreds of others are on a…

Could Legalizing Pot Diminish California’s Gains Against Smoking?

Could Legalizing Pot Diminish California’s Gains Against Smoking?

By Anna Gorman California’s decision to legalize marijuana was touted as a victory for those who had argued that the state needed a system to decriminalize, regulate and tax…

Big Tobacco loses tax battle in California, but Big Marijuana is on the rise

Big Tobacco loses tax battle in California, but Big Marijuana is on the rise

Stanton Glantz, University of California, San Francisco California voters handed Big Tobacco a resounding defeat Tuesday when they passed Proposition 56 to raise the cigarette tax by US$2 a…

Gun control: California, Nevada and Washington tighten firearms regulations

Gun control: California, Nevada and Washington tighten firearms regulations

Bindu Kalesan, Boston University and Sandro Galea, Boston University About 1.5 million people have been shot by a gun, 468,758 fatally, in the United States over the past…

Community Paramedics Work To Link Patients With Mental Health Care

Community Paramedics Work To Link Patients With Mental Health Care

By Shefali Luthra For Kelly Kjelstrom, plugging the gaps in mental health care can mean something as simple as a late-night taco and a friendly chat. Kjelstrom, 45, is…

New Law Will Expand Mental Health Services For Low-Income Californians

New Law Will Expand Mental Health Services For Low-Income Californians

By Anna Gorman The staff of Clinica Sierra Vista, which has health centers throughout the Central Valley, screened its mostly low-income patients last year for mental health needs and…

Would California’s Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking?

Would California’s Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking?

By April Dembosky, KQED Each time over the past decade or so that New York state increased its tobacco tax — now at $4.35 per pack of cigarettes — calls to…

Tobacco Tax Ballot Measure Would Fund Health Care For California’s Poor — But How?

Tobacco Tax Ballot Measure Would Fund Health Care For California’s Poor — But How?

By Pauline Bartolone At first blush, the tobacco tax measure on California’s November ballot looks pretty straightforward. Proposition 56 would raise the price of a pack of cigarettes by…

Mans best friend gets high in animal cruelty case

TUSTIN (CBSLA.com) — A man has been arrested in Tustin on animal cruelty among other charges for allegedly getting his dog high on drugs. Tustin police said officers found Bubba…

Should Proposition 64 Pass Or Go Up In Smoke?

Should Proposition 64 Pass Or Go Up In Smoke?

In California, marijuana is once again a hot topic. Proposition 64, a measure on the Nov. 8 ballot, would legalize it for recreational purposes. The proposal, similar to laws already…

California Court Helps Kids By Healing Parents’ Addictions

California Court Helps Kids By Healing Parents’ Addictions

At 10 a.m. on a recent Wednesday, a line of parents pushing strollers filed into a conference room at the Sacramento County Courthouse. They sat at rows of narrow…