As Californians brace for a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the state’s marketplace, Covered California, legislators are working on an alternative healthcare bill that would establish a single-payer healthcare system in the state. The Healthy California Act, or Senate Bill 562, is a measure that proposes a premium tax towards a public…
California has one the nation’s lowest number of hospital emergency rooms per capita, and Bay Area legislators are calling this shortage a crisis, as the number of people who need urgent care services keeps growing. They are pushing for a bill that would require non-profit hospitals to obtain approval from the state Attorney General.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)’s recent announcement that its drinking water reservoirs have reached full capacity might sound alarming after the spillway crisis in Oroville, but staffers say that is actually good news. It means a steady water supply to over a million of its customers in the East Bay, including Oakland and Richmond.
As Californians, along with the rest of the nation, brace for a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Marshawn Harris, an Oakland-based health care insurance broker, had been trying to sign up as many people as possible. “My goal is to get everyone enrolled and make sure they understand that Covered California [the state’s…
The city of Richmond is considering a redevelopment plan for a brownfield located between Marina Bay and Point Isabel known as the Zeneca site.
Contra Costa County health care benefits for undocumented and low-income residents may be threatened, given President-elect Donald Trump’s promises to wholly or partly dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
Polls had predicted a tight race, but in the end the the drug price-control measure Proposition 61 was defeated statewide—although in Contra Costa County 51 percent of voters approved it.
Proposition 61 would prohibit state agencies from paying more for prescription drugs than the lowest price paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Drug companies are spending heavily to defeat the proposition.
Cesar Zepeda may be new to Richmond’s politics, but he’s no stranger to community organizing. The longtime Richmond resident is the president of both the Hilltop District Neighborhood Council and the Hilltop District Homeowners and Stakeholders Association. He’s a co-founder of Richmond Rainbow Pride, the city’s first known LGBT organization.
Uche Uwahemu is a newcomer to Richmond politics who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2014. He is the president of Cal Bay Consulting Group, a strategic planning organization for businesses and non-profits.
Community members and experts say the Zeneca site’s levels of toxic chemicals aren’t adequately reduced by the company’s proposed cleanup plan.
A dispute between Mayor Tom Butt and Emeryville real estate firm Wareham Development over contaminated piles of soil stored at a lot on Richmond’s Canal Boulevard came to an end last week, when trucks hauled the dirt off the site.