Irwin’s Bill Reduces Government Transparency in Death Records

As California recovers from the strong public response to the COVID-19 outbreak, one proposed state measure by Ventura County’s representative would make it more difficult to research and discover causes of death, including deaths due to COVID-19. California Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin has authored a new bill, AB 268, which would add Section 27523 to the government code and change what the county medical examiner’s office is allowed to reveal to the public. The bill would “prohibit the disclosure of any report of death, autopsy report, investigation summary, toxicology report,…

Frontline Workers Not Eager For Vaccine

Recent findings from the Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics of Recovery Survey looked at frontline workers’ willingness, specifically healthcare workers and first responders, to get a COVID-19 vaccine.  Surprisingly, 51% of these “Tier 1A workers” did NOT say they would agree to get the vaccine even if it was “free, available, FDA-approved, and 90% effective.” Gallup Poll Front-line Workers No Keener Than Others to Get Vaccine The Biggest COVID-19 Vaccine Skeptics? Front-Line Health Care Workers

Ventura County Drops Lawsuits Against Local Businesses

On March 17, 2021, Ventura County dropped its lawsuit against five local businesses that had defied closure orders by remaining open: Pizza Cookery, Mrs Olson’s Coffee Hut, Colosseum Gym, House of Gains, and Anytime Fitness-Westlake. At the center of the businesses who chose to fight back is an organization called “BRAVE,” an acronym standing for “Businesses Representing American Values & Enterprises.” Matt Brimigion, the president of BRAVE, says it started at a table in his business, Mrs Olson’s Coffee Hut, with three other people who felt the need to push…

COVID: CALIFORNIA vs. FLORIDA

California has some of the highest COVID restrictions in the nation, whereas Florida has lifted many of its restrictions, including restaurants and schools.  Let’s explore the facts. As of 03/09/2021, there are 16 states that have lifted COVID restrictions/mask mandates. CALIFORNIA FLORIDA Total Cases Overall                     3,620,000 1,980,000 Total deaths (03/15/20-03/14/21) 56,351 32,254 Schools Six million students in distance learning.A projected cost (incentive) of at least $2 billion just to open TK-2nd grade classes by 04/01/21. All schools open as of…

Does Your Dog Have Allergies?

Springtime can be lovely, but if your pets have allergies, this season can also be very uncomfortable for them. Just as with people who have hay fever or other allergies, your pet’s immune system can overreact and become hypersensitive to a particular substance, causing itchy skin and unwanted responses. The good news is that there are a variety of treatments to remove your pet’s discomfort. Pets can have allergies to the same things people do: food or things they come in contact with; but the most common pet allergy is…