UC Davis contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to improve the school’s online image as part of an effort to counteract negative publicity after the November 2011 pepper spraying of student protestors. These documents describe the services the firms promised.
Sacramento Assemblyman Kevin McCarty called Tuesday for the state’s toxic waste watchdog to investigate conditions at a city-owned gun range in south Sacramento that was closed in 2014 after tests found high levels of lead dust were leaking outdoors.
Sacramento Councilman Jay Schenirer asked the city manager Monday to order tests of residential yards for lead contamination near a closed city gun range in Mangan Park where test records show the toxic substance leaked outside at high levels.
City officials shut down the James G. Mangan Rifle and Pistol Range in south Sacramento more than 15 months ago, and a “temporarily closed” note on the side door is the only notice area residents received. The city closed the range because it was polluted with lead dust after decades of operation. It has never cleaned that toxic dust from the interior of the shuttered range, nor from the roof. Experts say that may pose a hazard for park users and residents.
Once thought of as “rest homes” for the frail and elderly, California nursing homes are changing. Today’s residents are getting younger – 1 in 5 is now under 65. And some come in with unique circumstances: mental illness, drug addiction, homelessness and criminal histories. The mix, say advocates, is volatile and sometimes dangerous. The Sacramento Bee investigates.
These cases offer a glimpse of the conflicts and lapses that have occurred in mixed nursing home populations. The facts set forth are included in state and federal inspection reports. The owners are identified in the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare database. Federal quality ratings range from 1 star (much below average) to 5 stars (much above average.) The listed ratings reflect the facility’s current status.
Controversial staff positions added to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s office last year make the office more effective, say two of his top aides. But some council members still say the money should be spent elsewhere.
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Carl Populus was told in 1991 that his younger brother, James, would almost certainly die after an arsonist set fire to a South Los Angeles apartment building, burning the man over 95 percent of his body.
Chapter 1: Jerome Lackner, once the maverick leader of California’s Department of Health, lived a big life, daring to challenge powerful institutions and uncompromising in his advocacy for the downtrodden. His death, at age 83, would prove no less controversial. This is the story of his painful demise, and the murder investigation that would divide his family.
In September 2009, Jerome Lackner signed himself into hospice, saying his wife, Becky, was controlling him and that he feared for his safety. Yolo Hospice took him, but only briefly. He wasn’t ready for end-of-life care. Eventually, he returned home, but tensions between Becky and Jerome’s daughters mounted.
After a lengthy stay with his daughters in Santa Cruz, Jerome Lackner went back to his wife, Becky, determined to give his marriage another chance. He returned to his Davis home on a June morning in 2010. It would be the last time his daughters spoke to him or saw him alive.
Sacramento County paid outside lawyers nearly $640,000 to fight allegations that Sheriff’s Department superiors retaliated against four veteran female deputies for speaking out against discrimination and preferential treatment, county officials disclosed this week.
The cost of new and renewed office leases by California’s business-tax collecting agency increased nearly eightfold in the last five years – even though the number of people who make office visits to the department fell by nearly half.
Beginning six years ago, when he unsuccessfully challenged former Republican Rep. Dan Lungren, Ami Bera and his family wrote checks to other Democrats, almost always for the maximum amount allowed under federal law. Those candidates or their families gave similar amounts to Bera, and the contributions often occurred within days of one another.
Therapist Nicole Johnson and Eskaton in Sacramento are part of a pilot study in California nursing homes, using iPod music to de-stress and calm patients with dementia/Alzheimer's. With help from family members, they develop a personalized music playlist of a patient's favorite songs, which are loaded onto iPods and listened to via headsets.
Jose Luis VillegasThe Sacramento Bee
Music used to de-stress and calm dementia patients
Jerome Lackner's daughter: 'Justice for my dad'
Hazardous lead levels found in Mangan Park outside gun range, city fences off building
Gun range in south Sacramento park leaked toxic lead dust