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June 22, 2015

By Hunter Cresswell, hcresswell@times-standard.com

In August of 2013 a butane hash oil lab exploded in a Eureka apartment, leaving a 2-year-old boy with extensive first- and second-degree burns.

Butane hash oil lab explosions like the one mentioned are becoming more common place in Humboldt County and across the country, with two occurring on April 11 in Arcata and McKinleyville and a third in Cutten on May 31 the most recent local examples, according to officials.

June 22, 2015

By Bill Boyarsky 

With David Ryu, a Korean American, just elected to the Los Angeles City Council, attention should now turn to putting an Asian American on the county board of supervisors. Doing that, and increasing the number of Latino supervisors, would result in a board that truly represents the county’s diverse population.

June 22, 2015

By San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial board

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors can genuinely claim credit for mostly solid performance. But performance aside, it’s hard to argue that the five supervisors – one woman, four men, no Latinos or other minorities – are representative of the diverse San Diego County population.

June 8, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The camps taking in children this summer may not be regulated by the state, or even have a license in California.

“Regulations that resident camps have, day camps do not.  We gotta make sure we keep our kids safe,” State Senator Tony Mendoza said, adding that “while some counties regulate day camps, there are no set standards across the state.”

June 8, 2015

Marijuana concentrates represent one of the hottest segments of the nation's growing fascination with retail cannabis.

At Los Angeles dispensaries butane-extracted products such as wax, dabs, shatter, and butane honey oil are sometimes best-sellers. That's because they give users a potent high and can be used with discreet, e-cigarette-style vaporizers.

June 1, 2015

It’s counterintuitive, but, sometimes, one way to improve politics is to increase the number of politicians. That’s the theory behind Senate Constitutional Amendment 8, by state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia. It would mandate that, beginning after the 2020 U.S. Census, any county of 2 million or more must have a board of supervisors with “seven or more members.”

It makes no sense today to maintain an antiquated system created, in Los Angeles for example, in 1852

May 26, 2015

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The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors is the nation's largest county government. On it, only five people represent over 10 million residents and manage a budget of over $26 billion. This puts a great deal of power in few hands and, to make matters worse, the supervisors are farfrom being representative of Los Angeles's demographics, where almost half the population is Latino.

California lawmakers take a step toward mandating vaccines for day care workers

May 22, 2015

California lawmakers acted Friday on a measure that would require workers in day care centers to get vaccinated as part of an effort to protect children from preventable diseases, including measles, for which there have been recent outbreaks in the state.

Counties are California’s odd ducks. Their functions and structure should be changed. A new constitutional amendment would be a start.

May 18, 2015

By Dan Walters

Counties are the odd ducks of California governance, acting both as suppliers of local services such as fire protection and garbage collection, and as managers of state health and welfare programs.

They are also geographic oddities, ranging from San Francisco’s densely populated 46.9 square miles to San Bernardino’s 20,105 square miles, much of it unpopulated desert.

May 14, 2015

California could see an increase in the number of elected supervisors in some of its larger counties.

Introduced this week by Senator Tony Mendoza, Senate Constitutional Amendment 8 is intended to help with the lack of representation in some of California’s largest counties.

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