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Can California’s Health Care Providers Help Solve the State’s Homelessness Crisis?


Taking advantage of new state funds, some California healthcare providers are starting to offer what their homeless patients really need: housing.

Drinking Water of Almost a Million Californians Failed to Meet State Requirements


Almost 400 suppliers, two-thirds in communities of color, don’t meet safety and reliability standards. Fixing them would cost billions.

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No Harmful Algal Bloom Detected at Lake Tahoe Sites Purported to Be Responsible for Dog’s Death

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The agencies that sampled water at El Dorado Beach and Nevada Beach last week have detected no toxins associated with harmful algal blooms in the lake. These are sites viral social media posts purported could …

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Report of Dog Death on Social Media Triggers Investigation Into Harmful Algal Booms in South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – Social media posts mourning the death of an owner's beloved dog has had many re-posting the incident with warnings about cyanobacteria in the water at certain beaches in Lake Tahoe.

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Damaged Tahoe Forest Health System Locations in Tahoe City to Reopen July 8

TAHOE CITY, Calif. – Tahoe Forest Health System announced the building at 905 N. Lake Blvd in Tahoe City, which was temporarily closed due to damage earlier this spring, will reopen on Monday, July 8.

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Residents of Truckee Struggle With Limited Healthcare Options

TRUCKEE, Calif. – At a recent Golden Seniors meeting held on Thursday, June 20, at the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District, the significant challenges faced by local seniors in accessing affordable healthcare were brought to light. Louise Geist, a …

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Placer County Public Health Launches New Alzheimer’s Campaign and Community Event

AUBURN, Calif. Coinciding with Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month in June, Placer County's Healthy Brain Initiative is launching a new advertising campaign and hosting a community event aimed at promoting healthy brain habits and encouraging dementia screening across the county.

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Cyclists Take on America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Support of Blood Cancer Patients

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Cyclists from across the country will help change the lives of blood cancer patients by gathering in Lake Tahoe on June 2, 2024, to participate in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride. While working up a …

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NV County Public Health to Host Truckee Community Baby Shower

TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Nevada County Public Health Department is hosting a free community baby shower for eastern county residents.

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Newsom Hopes to Delay Minimum Wage Boost for Health Care Workers

A higher minimum wage for health care workers that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law is set to take effect in two weeks, but he is racing to delay it because of its potential impact on the state budget deficit.

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Tahoe Forest Hospital Celebrates 75th Anniversary

TRUCKEE, Calif. – The month of May 2024 marks the 75th anniversary of the first meeting of the Tahoe Forest Hospital District, which was formed one month prior, following the donation of land by Richard "Dick" Joseph where the hospital …

Image caption: Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks in support of Prop. 1 during a press conference at the United Domestic Workers of America building in San Diego on Feb. 29, 2024. Voters narrowly passed the measure.
Newsom Releases Billions for Mental Health Housing

California voters narrowly passed Proposition 1, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s measure to fund mental health housing. He’s prodding counties to use the money quickly.


A smoky blanket of particulate matter hovers over San Francisco’s skyline.
Getting Acquainted With AQI
Learn what's getting into Californians’ lungs and why it matters.
States have expansive powers to protect the health of the general public.
The State’s Broad Power to Protect Public Health, Explained
Since long before the COVID-19 pandemic, states have possessed broad authority to protect public health.
California will soon be getting a new hotline number as an alternative to 911 for mental health crises.
988, the New Mental Health Emergency Number, Explained
Here's the story behind that new service, and the original 911 number.
Mosquitos kill about 725,000 people every year, worldwide.
Taking a Bite Out of the Mosquito Population
How local government tries to control the world’s deadliest wild animal—the mosquito.
Access to abortion in California is limited in many areas, though state laws protect a woman’s right to choose.
Abortion Rights in California, Explained
But even in California, access to abortion services in many areas remains limited.
The California mental health crisis is tied to both homelessness and rising crime.
UPDATE: California’s Mental Health Crisis: How We Got Here
The making of Gov. Newsom's plan to help get mentally ill Californians into treatment.
Nevada County residents have options to consider in the pursuit of better mental health.
Finding Peace of Mind
Find help from these websites, telephone hotlines and organizations
Though life expectancy has declined in recent years, Californians still live longer than most Americans.
Want to Live a Long, Healthy Life? Move to California
Californians live longer than people in all but three states, but not all counties are equal.
From nitrates to arsenic to “forever chemicals,” California’s water supply faces a serious pollution threat.
Dirty Water: California Faces a Water Contamination Crisis
In a state that declares water a “human right,” more than 2 percent of its residents have no drinkable water.
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