Author: The Argonaut

Assembly okays Canadian medicine imports

The California State Assembly passed legislation Wednesday, May 26th, that would allow consumers to purchase safe, more affordable prescription drugs from state-certified Canadian pharmacies and allow California state agencies to increase their negotiating power with prescription drug companies. Assembly Bill 1957 was passed on a 48 to 18 vote. It would require the State Department of Health Services to establish a Web site providing comparisons between U.S. and Canadian pharmaceutical prices and links to Canadian pharmacies certified by the state for safety, access and affordability. “The Legislature has a chance to provide much-needed relief to Californians who are struggling to obtain the prescription drugs they need because of skyrocketing costs,” said State Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer. “Americans are funding one-third of the research and development of lifesaving drugs that we can’t afford to buy when we’re sick.” In 2002, U.S. consumers paid $48.6 billion in out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs, an increase of 15.3 percent from the previous year. On average, U.S. residents spend $654 on drugs annually, while a resident in Britain pays $197, according to Time magazine. It is estimated that more than one million Americans spent a total of $800 million last year on prescription drugs from Canada, where drugs are, on average, 40 percent cheaper, according to news reports. The bill is expected to be before the State Senate prior to Tuesday, August...

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Mineta commencement speaker at SM College

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta will speak at the Santa Monica College 74th commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 15th. About 500 students are expected to receive Associate of Arts degrees at the graduation ceremony, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the college Corsair Field, 1600 Pico Blvd. Mineta, appointed to his position by President George W. Bush in January 2001, oversees an agency with 60,000 employees and a $56.3 billion budget. Created in 1967, the U.S. Department of Transportation oversees air, maritime and ground transportation. In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the department oversaw the Transportation Security Administration until last year, when the passenger screening service was transferred to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining Bush’s administration, Mineta was a U.S. Commerce Secretary under President Clinton and represented California’s Silicon Valley from 1975 to 1995 in the U.S. House Representatives. Mineta was the first Asian Pacific American to serve as a presidential cabinet member. He graduated from the University of California at...

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SM High school students re-enact 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom

The Santa Monica High School student Civil Rights Coalition commemorated the past, present and future of civil rights by reenacting Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Monday, May 31st, in Santa Monica. The participants started at the corner of Seventh Street and Michigan Avenue and marched down Lincoln Boulevard to Reed Park. “At the beginning, attendance seemed to be lacking,” admitted Molly Strauss, Civil Rights Coalition vice president. “But as we started marching, I realized that our procession took up the sidewalk of more than one city block. “The feeling was indescribable.” Students, parents and community members held signs and banners reading “No U.S. Dough to Help Jim Crow Grow” and “We Ask Congress to End Racial Bias.” Copying the format of the original March on Washington that ended in a park, the Santa Monica procession stopped at Reed Park. At Reed Park, students from the Santa Monica High School choir and orchestra performed the national anthem. Civil Rights Coalition members repeated speeches from past civil rights leaders and read their own poetry. The event ended with remarks from the group’s president, Sara Milstein. “We are working toward a place where the color of our neighbors’ grass does not matter because we are all colorblind,” Milstein said in a speech she wrote. Civil Rights Coalition faculty advisor is Michael Felix, a U.S. history...

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Posie Carpenter returns to SM-UCLA Medical Ctr. as nursing director

Westchester resident Posie Carpenter has returned to the UCLA Healthcare system as director of nursing at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Carpenter held several managerial and staff positions at UCLA Medical Center in Westwood from 1989 to 1998. She left UCLA in 1998 to join the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys as a director of surgical services. Before 1989, she was executive director of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Carpenter holds dual master’s degrees in nursing and public health from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgetown...

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New program ‘to erase’ waste storm water issues launched by state agency

A new program throughout the county to “erase waste storm water” has been launched by the California Water Boards — formerly the State Water Resources Control Board. The campaign will introduce a Neighborhood Action Kit, a how-to guide of storm water pollution prevention activities, designed to help residents develop solutions to the problem of pollution in their neighborhoods. The kit includes resource materials and “get involved” suggestions designed to encourage residents to take simple actions, such as adopting a local park or playground as a trash-free zone. The kit also encourages members of homeowner groups to establish speaking boards. The kit is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese languages. The kit will be distributed throughout the county this summer as part of a two-year, $5 million advertising and public education campaign, “Erase the Waste.” Information on the campaign is available at (916) 341-5250 or...

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