Thursday, September 22, 2022 | California Healthline

Thursday, September 22, 2022 | California Healthline

Shift in Child Hospice Care Is a Lifeline for Parents Seeking a Measure of Comfort and Hope

Terminally ill children, unlike adults, can get hospice services while continuing to receive life-extending or curative care. More than a decade after the inception of the federal policy, it is widely credited with improving the quality of life for ailing children and their families, even as some parents find themselves in a painful stasis. (Bernard J. Wolfson,


California Takes Big Step To Curb Gun Violence Epidemic: California will soon be the only state in the nation to have a governmental office committed to preventing gun violence by keeping firearms away from “dangerous individuals,” state officials said Wednesday. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post.

Masks Coming Off Across California: In a new sign of improving coronavirus conditions, California will ease its mask-wearing recommendations for the first time in seven months. The state is largely rescinding its broad recommendation that everyone — regardless of vaccination status — mask up when in indoor public settings and businesses. That guidance had been in place since mid-February. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.

Below, check out the roundup of California Healthline’s coverage. For today’s national health news, read KHN’s Morning Briefing.

Capitol Weekly:
Former Assembly Speaker John Perez Eyes Top State Stem Cell Job 

Two persons with deep ties to the University of California (UC) have been nominated for the position of chair of the governing board of the $12 billion California stem cell agency. They are John A. Pérez, former chair of the UC board of regents and former leader of the state Assembly, and Emilie Marcus, executive strategy officer at the UCLA School of Medicine. It is now up to the 35-member stem cell agency board to choose between the two. The position has an expected salary range that tops out at $632,000. (Jensen, 9/21)

Voice of San Diego:
New Mandate Could Further Stress San Diego’s Clogged Behavioral Health System

A shortage of long-term care options for behavioral health patients that has for years fueled a clogged care system became an even bigger problem during the pandemic. … Those waits have wreaked havoc on the rest of the system and an upcoming state mandate to provide and compel treatment through the state’s new CARE Court initiative by October 2023 will put more pressure on the region’s limited options. (Halverstadt, 9/22)

Los Angeles Times:
7th LAUSD Teen Overdoses From Possible Fentanyl-Laced Pills

At least seven teenagers, including the 15-year-old Bernstein High School girl who died last week, have overdosed in the past month from pills possibly containing fentanyl, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The latest overdose occurred Saturday morning, when a 15-year-old student from STEM Academy of Hollywood, one of three schools located on the Bernstein campus, was found unconscious by his mother in their Hollywood residence, said LAPD Chief Michel Moore. (Lin and Blume, 9/21)

Sacramento Bee:
Lawsuit Says Sacramento Used SMUD Data For Marijuana Fines

An Asian American nonprofit organization and a digital privacy advocacy group are suing the city of Sacramento and Sacramento Municipal Utility District, alleging the agencies targeted Asian Americans as they enforced local marijuana cultivation rules. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by the Asian American Liberation Network and the Electronic Fronteir Foundation in Sacramento Superior Court, alleges that SMUD is “searching entire zip codes’ worth of peoples’ private data and disclosing it” to the Sacramento Police Department in bulk, without a court order or investigation. (Morrar, 9/22)

Los Angeles Times:
How Weed Legalization Went Wrong In California

Architects of the effort to legalize pot in California made big promises to voters. But six years later, California’s legal weed industry is in disarray with flawed policies, legal loopholes and stiff regulations hampering longtime growers and sellers. Despite expectations that it would become a model for the rest of the country, the state has instead provided a cautionary tale of lofty intentions and unkept promises. (McGreevy, 9/22)

Los Angeles Times:
What It’s Like Working At Amazon During A Heat Wave 

As California prepared for what would be a record-setting heat wave this month, so too did workers at an Amazon air freight hub in San Bernardino. They distributed among a dozen colleagues handheld thermometers to covertly document workplace temperatures, then compiled the results in a first-of-its kind report about conditions at Amazon during extreme temperatures. (Hussain, 9/21)

Thursday, September 22, 2022