‘We Owe All Premature Babies A Fighting Chance’: Families To Help Raise Awareness At March Of Dimes Event
“The March of Dimes’ whole strategy is healthy pregnancies, healthy babies," said Tiffany Arbuckle, who gave birth to premature twins. "They work closely with people who have lost babies or have premature babies."
Ventura County Star:
March Of Dimes Walk In Thousand Oaks Spotlights Simi Preemies, Parents
This is one of the reasons Tiffany and Eric Arbuckle — as well as their twin boys — said yes to being the family ambassadors for the March of Dimes Ventura County March for Babies on Saturday at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. ... Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the U.S., and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years, said Elizabeth A. Williams, regional director of marketing and communications for the March of Dimes. (Doyle, 3/21)
In other news from across the state —
Orange County Cities Threaten Lawsuits Over Planned Homeless Shelters
The three cities where Orange County officials want to place temporary homeless shelters are threatening to sue the county over the plan. Irvine officials voted Tuesday night to initiate litigation against the county, alleging its plan to open a tented homeless shelter for up to 200 people lacks local permits and violates state environmental law. (Replogle, 3/21)
Weed Is Legal. But This Map Shows Just How Much Of California Is A ‘Pot Desert'
Three months into the rollout of commercial marijuana, residents in about 40 percent of the state have to drive 60 miles or more to find a licensed dispensary to buy legal marijuana. These areas can be considered “pot deserts,” borrowing from a term often applied to healthy food and grocery stores. While that might sound like hyperbole for a product like cannabis, remember that many people use marijuana for medicine and dispensaries are supposed to replace medical marijuana collectives that previously served patients. (Branan and Levine, 3/22)
The Mercury News:
State Asked To Revoke Medical Licenses Of Santa Cruz Brain Surgeon Accused Of Child Rape
The California Attorney General’s Office drafted formal charges to revoke accused child rapist and child pornographer Dr. James Kohut’s medical credentials scheduled to expire March 31, according to state documents filed March 5. The Medical Board of California and the Attorney General’s Office conducted the second investigation in 12 years into allegations of Kohut’s misconduct while he worked as a brain surgeon. (Todd, 3/22)