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State Lawmaker Hopes Hearing Strengthens Disease Prevention

March 07, 2012

California Assemblymember Bill Monning says the state needs to intervene in the troublesome trajectory of childhood obesity and preventable disease.

So he hopes the hearing exposes lawmakers to community-based wellness models that work, and can be applied on a large-scale.

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Wiener’s Half-Baked Response to State Food Truck Bill

March 06, 2012

Today the SF Board of Supervisors will vote on a nonbinding resolution from District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, opposing state legislation to keep food trucks from parking closer than 1500 feet from any school. The state bill, AB1678 “Building Healthy School Environments - Curb Mobile Vending to Kids,” is sponsored by California Food Policy Advocates, a well-respected and much-lauded organization with a 20-year track record of working for the health and well-being of low-income Californians by improving their access to nutritious, affordable food.

Lawmakers probe Prime Healthcare Services' billing practices

February 26, 2012

Controversial medical and billing practices by hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services came under scrutiny at a hearing before California lawmakers one day after the company's chief executive abruptly resigned.

State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chairman of the Senate health committee, said he called the hearing Friday in Los Angeles after hearing criticism that Prime Healthcare was overbilling for medical care and refusing to transfer stabilized patients to hospitals in their insurance network to drive up revenue.

Lawmakers alarmed by hospital chain's practices

February 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES – If a Kaiser Permanente customer ends up in the emergency room of another hospital, Dr. John Shohfi and his team of Kaiser doctors and nurses expect to be informed.

They're on call 24 hours a day, coordinating care when Kaiser patients are treated elsewhere.

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Q&A with Assemblyman Bill Monning on AB 1678 and his anti-food truck crusade

February 22, 2012

As promised, here is a conversation with Bill Monning (D-Carmel) about Assembly Bill 1678, which will put new, controversial restrictions on food trucks in the state of California. Monning is the representative for the 27th Assembly District, which includes slices of Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties. More importantly for this topic, he is also Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health.

Safety advocates: Rental car recalls should be regulated

February 21, 2012

Raechel and Jacqueline Houck died in a fiery 2004 crash in a rental car that "was essentially a ticking time bomb," their mother, Cally Houck, says.

The vehicle — a PT Cruiser under a safety recall for a power-steering fluid problem — was not repaired and had been rented to three other renters and then the Houck sisters at an Enterprise Rent-A-Car facility in Capitola, Calif.

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Monning bill would extend FORA to 2024

February 10, 2012

The four state legislators representing the Salinas area have coauthored a bill that extends the life of the Fort Ord Reuse Authority from June 30, 2014 to June 30, 2024.

Domestic workers and their children march for rights

January 28, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CA - Early Tuesday morning, buses of domestic workers and their children began arriving at the huge grassy mall in front of California's state capitol building. Dozens of Mexican, Filipina, and African American moms, kids in tow, poured out onto the steps leading into the legislature's chamber. When the crowd grew to several hundred, they took up their placards, pushed their strollers out in front, and began marching around the building.

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California Lawmaker Says Regional Planning Key to Disease Prevention

December 12, 2011

Democratic Assemblymember Bill Monning says the projections for diseases such as diabetes are out of control, but local planning can change that.

MONNING:"If we get smarter in our growth and development we can also realize better public health and minimize some of the disparities in what we call social equity."

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Leaders push after-school programs to fight crime: Assemblyman Bill Monning, District Attorney Bob Lee and Police Chief Manny Solano tour middle school

December 02, 2011

WATSONVILLE - If you want to keep kids off the street and out of trouble, offer an engaging after-school program.

That was the lesson promoted by Assemblyman Bill Monning, District Attorney Bob Lee and Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano during a tour of the after-school program at Cesar Chavez Middle School on Friday.

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