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Toddler Dies After Undergoing Routine Dental Surgery

The incident is still being investigated.

Sacramento Bee: Stockton 3-Year-Old Dies After Undergoing Dental Procedure 
Avila-Hernandez died Monday morning at Saint Joseph’s Hospital after undergoing the procedure at the Children’s Dental Surgery Center, a nonprofit ambulatory surgery center in Stockton, according to ABC10. Araceli Avila, the girl’s mother, saw an ambulance arrive while waiting for her daughter’s procedure to finish. (Oide, 6/16)

In other news from across the state —

KQED: Refinery, Tanker Firm Cited For Fumes That Sickened Scores In Vallejo
Local air regulators have issued notices of violation to the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo and to the operator of an oil tanker for spilling crude oil they say caused an overpowering odor that sickened Vallejo residents last September. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District says it has concluded its investigation into the incident and now believes the spill near the refinery’s marine terminal is to blame for fumes that prompted more than 1,400 odor complaints. (Goldberg, 6/16)

Orange County Register: Homeless ‘Czar’ Susan Price Looks Back On First Year With Orange County 
Price, who had spent more than two decades working on homelessness in Long Beach, arrived in the heat of fierce criticism and desperate pleas that the Board of Supervisors and other county officials do more, and with extra urgency, to address the growing numbers and worsening conditions of Orange County’s homeless population. ... In the midst of all this, the homeless death count of more than 200 people hit a record high in 2016 and preliminary figures from the most recent census of the homeless population in Orange County, undertaken in January, show a nearly 8 percent increase since 2015. (Walker, 6/16)

KPCC: Public Health Officials Testing For Chromium 6 In Paramount Soil, Homes
Amidst concerns about elevated levels of hexavalent chromium in the South Los Angeles city of Paramount, public health officials and state regulators are testing for the carcinogen and other toxics in the soil and inside homes in community hot spots. The L.A. County Department of Public Health is testing soil samples collected from ten locations on two different residential blocks, says Dr. Cyrus Rangan, the department's director of toxicology and environmental assessment. (Plevin, 6/19)

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