Death toll up for bicyclists, walkers

Bicyclists navigating the streets of San Francisco. (Photo: Can Balcioglu)

FairWarning: More Americans are bicycling or walking to work these days, but with little government investment in safety measures, such as protected bike lanes and sidewalks, more cyclists and pedestrians are getting killed. In San Francisco, the hit-and-run deaths of two female bicyclists in a single day in late June spurred community outrage and a plan to add 15 miles of protected bikeways, more than doubling the city’s current total.


Vaccinations: Progress, but more work needed

A vaccination in progress. (Photo: Komsan Loonprom)

OPINION: The immunization rate for incoming kindergarten students has jumped this year by more than 2 percentage points—to approximately 93 percent. This is news we should all be proud of. But anyone who cares about the health of our state and the welfare of our communities should not rest on the success of SB 277 – there is still more work to be done.


PolitiFact: Does Prop. 67 money go to environment?

A reusable green shopping bag with disposable plastic bags.(Photo: John Nightingale)

A ‘Yes’ vote on California’s Proposition 67 would ban thin plastic carryout bags at grocery and convenience stores statewide. The ban is supported by environmental groups that argue the bags choke wildlife and cause problems for recycling centers when they wrap around machinery.


Podcast: Chatting with Doug Ose

Doug Ose at Gibson Ranch. (Photo: Tim Foster, Capitol Weekly)

Former Congressman Doug Ose was one of the first prominent California Republicans to endorse the candidacy of Donald J. Trump. Capitol Weekly visited Doug at his Gibson Ranch office Monday to chat about the state of the race, following a wild week for the GOP presidential candidate. Ose weighs in on Trump’s taxes, the role of the media, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend – and casually name-checks more world leaders in 10 seconds than Gary Johnson has in the past year.


State Bar asks CA Supreme Court for bailout

Photo illustration of Lady Justice. (Kaspars Grinvalds)

Blocked by lawmakers at the 11th hour and facing a fiscal emergency, the State Bar of California went directly to the state Supreme Court seeking authority to levy dues on thousands of attorneys. The Bar, which filed the request Friday, said it would go out of business early next year without the money generated by the dues.


Nurses: Time to cut drug prices

A recent demonstration in support of curtailing drug prices. (Photo: California Nurses Association)

OPINION: The best argument for passing Proposition 61 to cut drug prices in California, may be SB 1010, a modest effort to require the drug manufacturers give more notice and some justification when jacking up prices. Though the bill would not have actually cut prices, it drew ferocious opposition from a who’s who list of major pharmaceutical firms. They won.


Brown OKs state-run pensions for private workers

The road ahead upon retirement. (Photo illustration: Gustavo Frazao, via Shutterstock.)

Gov. Brown has signed historic legislation to set up California’s first state-run pension plan for private-sector workers, allowing millions of employees to continuously build a retirement nest egg regardless of where they work. The governor’s decision means California joins seven other states that offer similar programs, although California’s plan, called Secure Choice, will automatically enroll about 6.8 million workers.


Stem cell: Hunting a cure for diabetes

A liquid nitrogen bank containing a suspension of stem cells. (Photo: Elena Pavlovich)

An eminent Harvard stem cell researcher who is searching for a cure for an affliction that plagues 29 million Americans stood on a San Francisco stage this week and spoke of “things we don’t understand.” The scientist is Doug Melton, who is on a deeply personal quest for a cure for diabetes. Both of his children have the disease. And the state of California is helping out on his search with $5 million.


Obit: Malcolm Lucas dies at 89

Malcolm Lucas, the former chief justice of the California Supreme Court who led the high court during one its most turbulent political periods, has died at the age of 89, his family announced.


PolitiFact: Anti-Prop. 57 claim on Brock Turner case ‘mostly false’

The scales of justice in an empty courtroom. Photo: tlegend, via Shutterstock

On the day Turner was released, opponents of a California ballot measure to reduce prison crowding seized on the notorious case to make a questionable claim. “Brock Turner’s early release will be a regular occurrence if Prop. 57 passes,” claims the headline of a news release on the campaign website.

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