By Meghan Walsh
For the past five weeks, 60-year-old Christine Valdivia has been spending her Monday nights at the West Contra Costa County Health Center learning about a condition she was diagnosed with five years ago. The Bay Area county started an asthma clinic in September to help local residents, who suffer from the disorder more often and with more vigor than those in more affluent neighborhoods.
By Chris Richard
Three months ago, residents of a South Los Angeles neighborhood and activists from throughout Southern California engaged in civil disobedience. Their act of defiance: planting tomatoes, corn, chilis, marigolds and other plants in curbside gardens along a whole block of 58th Street.
By Linda Childers
When Campbell mayor Evan Low was asked by the American Red Cross to host a city blood drive in August, he felt conflicted.
While he wanted to help, he also knew that as an openly gay man he would be banned from donating blood.
By Suzanne Potter
A new survey of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the Coachella Valley generally shows good news: most participants are insured and say they’re in “good”, “very good” or “excellent” health. However, it also identified serious health gaps, showing that LGBT study participants have high rates of mental illness and domestic violence.
By Sarah Peters
Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the program formerly known as food stamps, will have less money to spend on meals, and millions of dollars will leave the state’s coffers when a federal program expires Oct. 31.
The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act — the federal economic stimulus bill — provided a 13.6 percent nationwide average increase in SNAP benefits in 2009.
By Heather Tirado Gilligan
When Cody Wallace heard that he had high blood pressure, he wasn’t too worried about the diagnosis. His doctor prescribed a drug to help manage his hypertension, one that he would likely have to take for the rest of his life. But he didn’t feel sick.
By Jessica Portner
Jorge Rivera’s mission, called Sole Searching, is twofold: to introduce his running companions to different parts of the city and to talk to residents of every neighborhood, both blighted and affluent, about the benefits of exercise.
By Leah Bartos
Jaime Jenett knows she’s been lucky.
One afternoon in the summer of 2008, her 4-month-old son Simon was rushed to the emergency room. By that night, he was in the ICU, and by the morning, on life support. Simon was diagnosed with a heart condition called cardiomyopathy, and would stay in the hospital for another four months.
The Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) BNSF Railway wants to construct a new rail yard a few miles from the Port of Long Beach, enabling a large volume of trucks to load containers onto trains closer to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and angering residents who say their neighborhood already suffers from poor air quality.
By Melissa Anderson
No one in Victoria Jimenez’ family has gone to college. The incoming freshman, who will attend Alisal High School in Salinas in the fall, hadn’t really considered college as an option. Her perspective changed this summer, when she attended a one-week camp at California State University, Monterey Bay, run by Girls, Inc.