Political action committees, card clubs and multiple tribes in Northern California have been campaigning in support of advisory Measure U, which solicits voters' opinions about building a casino on the water near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in Contra Costa County. County leaders are in favor of the project, which is projected to yield $12 million a year in revenue for the region and create jobs. Spending on campaigning for and against the measure has reached nearly $1 million.
Efforts to regulate bisphenol A in California made a breakthrough when the state Assembly on July 1 voted, 43-31, to pass a bill banning the additive from plastic food-and-beverage containers marketed to young children beginning in January 2012. However, the Grocery Manufacturers Association says there are no suitable substitutes for BPA, and regulators have attested to its safety at ordinary levels of exposure. The California Chamber of Commerce is also against the proposal, saying it would lead to layoffs and factory closures.
A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif., alleges that the Oakley elementary school district punished disabled students with the intent of removing the students from district schools. The school system did not issue an official comment.
Veterinarians and pet store retailers say premium pet food brands such as Eukanuba, Royal Canin and Science Diet may be worth the extra money. Some pet stores are even offering natural raw-food alternatives for pets.
The medical device would give patients with serious mental illnesses a consistent, lower dosage that would improve their stability. The implant also could be used with many drugs for other illnesses as well, one expert says. However, some experts are concerned the doctor-patient relationship may suffer if less monitoring is needed for mental health cases.