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Aug 03
2009

Prenatal Pollution

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , water , toxic , technology , speaker , Science , public safety , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , medicine , Marin , legislation , healthcare , Health , government , food , families , environment , education , drugs , disability , corporate responsibiliyt , Congress , children , chemicals , activism

Bruce Robinson

 

Exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment begins early in life--even before birth.

  Ken Cook, President and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group, is a strong proponent for a Kids-Safe Chemical Act, to reduce children's exposure to toxics in the environment.

  

 Additional online resources from the Environmental Working Group  include the Shopper's Guide to Pesticides, and their Cosmetic Saftety database.

Click here to view Ken Cook's 20-minute video summary presentation on the 10 Americans  study.

The Environmental Working Group is also pressing for the creation of a human "toxome," similar to the genetic map known as the human genome, to identify where and how toxic chemicals affect the body's healthy biological processes.

 

 

Jul 28
2009

Valerie Brown

Posted by Bruce Robinson in policy , legislation , healthcare , Health , government , finances , economy

Bruce Robinson

Sonoma County Supervisor Valerie Brown is also a national leader, as the new president of the National Association of Counties.


 

California's economy is frequently said to be the sixth or seventh largest in the world. That, says Valerie Brown, often leads elected officials from elsewhere in the United States to view the Golden State with somewhat mixed feelings.

 

 Valerie Brown (far right) was part of a March 6 meeting in which new Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (foreground, at head of table) discussed mutual cooperation between the USDA and the National Association of Counties in Washington, DC.

Other states may not share California's budget woes, at least to the same degree, but they are watching how events unfold here, including the special election on May 19. Supervisor Brown is also warily awaiting the judgment of the voters, fearing that the outcome will not be good news for Sonoma County.

Jul 23
2009

A National Agenda

Posted by Bruce Robinson in speaker , seniors , Santa Rosa , politics , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , medicine , media , legislation , healthcare , Health , government , employment , economy , drugs , Congress , business , budget , activism

Bruce Robinson

Health Care reform and a forward-looking energy policy are not competing subjects in need of Congressional action, but interlocking national priorities, said speakers at a Santa Rosa rally yesterday.

Sebastopol City Council member Kathleen Shaffer (left), spoke out strongly in support of the health reform plan endorsed by President Obama, and the much maligned "public option" within it.

 

 

 

 

 Photos courtesy of John Hartong

Another speaker at the rally, Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, defended proactive climate change legislation as a potential engine for economic, as well as environmental benefits.

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The Santa Rosa rally was one of many scheduled across the country yesterday by MoveOn.org.

Jul 20
2009

Sutter's Plans

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Sonoma County , public safety , policy , planning , nonprofit orgs , medicine , healthcare , Health , government , finances , construction , business

Bruce Robinson

Sutter Health proposes building a new, smaller hospital at the Wells Fargo Center, north of Santa Rosa, to replace the old medical campus on Chanate Road. But critics, including rival hospitals, worry that the new facility will be too small.

 The planned $176 million, 70 bed hospital would have barely half the 135 beds at the current Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, still known to long-time locals as Community Hospitlal (right). Such downsizing could rupture the delicate  balance among local hospitals regarding who cares for the poor and uninsured patients in the area, says Dr.Gary Greensweig, Director of Medicine for St. Josephs' Healthcare of Sonoma County. He notes that the existing Sutter facilites now provide about 30% of that car, and their Health Care Access Agreeement with the county, the contract that Sutter accepted when they first came to Sonoma County, stipulates that the same level of care be maintained.

 

Sutter has been weighing the construction of a new hospital on the grounds of the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts for several years now. The current proposal would be situated on the northwest corner of the property, as shown in the site map below. With a specific project under consideration, Sutter spokeswoman Lisa Amador says they are already well into the process of drafting the Environmental Impart Report that the project will eventually require.

 

 Supervisor Shirlee Zane, the only member of the board to give an indication of her leanings on the proposal, appeared cautiously supportive. She also raised the spectre of Sutter following through on their earlier bid to leave the county altogether if their project is not approved.

 

 

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