Stem cell agency down to last $67 million

Blood cells in a bone marrow smear, examined as part of stem cell research. (Photo: toeytoey, via Shutterstock)

California’s state stem cell agency is down to its last $67.3 million following a decision Thursday to back research to enhance bone healing in elderly patients who undergo spinal surgery. The $4 million award went to Ankasa Regenerative  Therapeutics following little discussion among members of the governing board of the $3 billion California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

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The truth about infertility: It’s a disease

An illustration of a couple considering in-vitro fertilization, or IVF. (Image: Prazis Images, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: For many families, the joys of parenthood are elusive. Infertility affects hundreds of thousands of women in California and millions more across the country.

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Capitol Weekly Podcast: Lenny Mendonca, new head of GoBiz

Lenny Mendonca, photo by Tim Foster, Capitol Weekly

Lenny Mendonca carries quite a load: He’s Gov. Newsom’s newly appointed director of the Office of Business and Economic Development, the governor’s Chief Economic and Business Adviser and, last but not least, the new chair of California’s High Speed Rail Commission.

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California goes all in for the census

People walking along an Orange County sidewalk, following the creation of a census panel set up by former Gov. Jerry Brown. (Photo: Associated Press)

As the country prepares for the important 2020 census, California is throwing more resources than ever into making sure its population is properly counted. The state already has set aside $100 million for the event, far more than either the $2.3 million in today’s dollars it committed in 2010 or the $28.8 million in today’s dollars it did in 2000.

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Health care workforce crisis: Need more diversity, access to care

Health care workers in a hospital corridor. (Photo: Pixel-Shot, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: California has a healthcare workforce crisis. Over the next decade, this state’s 39 million residents face a health worker shortfall of 4,100 primary care physicians and 600,000 home care workers, and we will have only two-thirds of the psychiatrists and mental health providers needed.

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Battery energy storage systems critical to public safety

A battery array storing backup energy for an office. (Photo: Vittee, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: Everyone is familiar with the saying about an ounce of prevention. California Professional Firefighters urge the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to take a common sense, important action to help prevent avoidable fire hazards.

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A California battle over swordfish — and gill nets

A gillnet underwater fixed on the sea bed. (Photo: Damsea, via Shutterstock)

Conservationists are pushing a $1 million effort this summer to change the way swordfish are caught off the California coast by phasing out the use of gill nets. They are the mile-long nylon nets used to catch swordfish but that also ensnare other species, causing conservation organizations to seek an end to their use.

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Gov. Newsom targets behavioral health czar

A woman chats with her psychologist during a therapy session. (Photo: loreanto, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: We are excited, encouraged, and grateful to see Gov. Gavin Newsom’s early focus on the need to fund and transform behavioral health care in California. In his recent budget presentation, Newsom made it clear he intends to create a statewide mental health “czar” who will focus on securing and implementing resources to address one of the most fundamental health care needs of our time.

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CA120: In 2020, don’t forget California’s GOP primary

Donald Trump at a 2016 political rally in Costa Mesa, Orange County. (Photo: mikeledray, via Shutterstock)

With the coming 2020 Presidential primary, all eyes are on the plethora of Democratic candidates joining the fray, and the big possibility that an early California contest could catapult one or more contenders past Super Tuesday.
With all this activity on the left, few are looking at what could be going on with the Republican side of the ticket. Could there be something in California for a Republican challenger to President Donald Trump?

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