By The Associated Press | PUBLISHED: September 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm | UPDATED: September 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm Associated Press SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is directing the state to spend $20 million on a public awareness campaign about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis. The Democratic governor’s Monday executive order aims to address rising health concerns from vaping. Hundreds of people nationwide have come down with serious lung illnesses related to vaping cannabis-based oils, and flavored e-cigarettes are contributing to a rise in youth smoking. Newsom says he doesn’t have the executive authority to ban flavored e-cigarettes. But he wants state lawmakers to send him a bill to do so next year. An effort to ban flavored e-cigarettes failed earlier this year.His order also directs the state’s public health agency to explore if the state can step up warning signs at retailers that sell vaping products. He wants the state tax agency to see … [Read more...] about California to spend $20M on vaping awareness campaign
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Sept. 16: Late summer storm clouds provide a backdrop for pedestrians on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, Calif., Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) A man walks past a large puddle as he walks to the BART station in Pleasant Hill, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Storm clouds brought rain early this morning to the Bay Area which caused multiple traffic accidents on highways. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds A man shields himself from the rain as he walks to the BART station in Pleasant Hill, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Storm clouds brought rain early this morning to the Bay Area which caused multiple traffic accidents on highways. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Sept. 16: Late summer storm clouds provide a backdrop for a coffee-carrying pedestrian on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, Calif., Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area … [Read more...] about Photos: Bay Area wakes up to late summer rain
By Elizabeth Aguilera | PUBLISHED: September 16, 2019 at 10:21 am | UPDATED: September 16, 2019 at 10:24 am SACRAMENTO — California has a new vaccination law on the books. It cracks down on inappropriate use of medical exemptions that allow kids to skip some or all vaccines and still enter school. It gives power over the exemption process to public health officials and will create a vaccination database of all children with medical dispensation. Supporters of the law are pleased that doctors will no longer be the final authority on medical exemptions and could be investigated if they write too many. The more children who get vaccines, the safer schools will be for all kids, the proponents say. Critics fear the law will effectively shut down access to waivers for kids who could be harmed by vaccines, which carry some risk, or who need them for other medical reasons. Doctors may fear the investigative provisions of the law, opponents say, and thousands of children could even be … [Read more...] about Five things to know about California’s new vaccine law
By Cam Inman | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: September 16, 2019 at 4:22 am | UPDATED: September 16, 2019 at 9:41 am CINCINNATI — Left tackle Joe Staley is arguably the most indispensible player on the 49ers roster, and he now faces a two-month recovery from a broken leg. The 49ers? They face a dark dilemma: How do they replace their 13th-year veteran? Staley presumably could return around Thanksgiving, perhaps for the Green Bay Packers’ first visit to Levi’s Stadium on Nov. 24; the Packers are off to a 2-0 start, as are the 49ers. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile device It is not a stretch to say this ultimately could define the 49ers fate in a season that’s started with back-to-back road wins for the first time since 1989. The 49ers have improved their depth since Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch shredded Trent Baalke’s roster. That includes offensive tackle, where they used last … [Read more...] about How should 49ers fill in for Joe Staley at left tackle?
By Amy Dickinson | Tribune Content Agency PUBLISHED: September 16, 2019 at 12:05 am | UPDATED: September 16, 2019 at 9:43 am DEAR AMY: On occasion my wife and I will go out to dinner with two other couples. Since none of us drinks, we always split the bill and tip evenly between us. However, the last time we all went out one of the couples insisted on separate checks. When the checks came, the wife pulled out a gift card to obviously be applied to their bill. Quite frankly my wife and I don’t need a gift card contribution when we dine out, but I was appalled by her actions. If my wife and I had a restaurant gift card, I would have applied it to the total bill — or at least I’d have bought appetizers for the table!What do you think? Appalled Diner DEAR APPALLED: I think that this other couple should rethink their choice to dine with you. You are way too sensitive about how people pay for their meals. The restaurant gift card is the equivalent of currency.Your tone … [Read more...] about Ask Amy: I was appalled by her gift card maneuver