Departamento de Salud Pública Alerta Sobre Nopales Contaminados

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Funcionarios estatales de salud alertaron en contra de comer ciertos nopales que fueron rociados con pesticidas peligrosos en México.

Después de examinar un lote de nopales que fueron rociados con Moncrotophos, un pesticida que fue prohibido en EE.UU. en 1989, según el Departamento de Salud Pública de California en Sacramento, científicos publicaron una declaración el domingo advirtiendo que los nopales habían sido medidos a 5.8 partes por millón del plaguicida.

La oficina estatal dijo que ha eliminado los nopales de las tiendas, pero algunos se habían vendido a granel a tres productoras agrícolas de Los Ángeles; J & L Produce en Mission Road y La Sucursai Produce en la Avenida Central el 6 de febrero , y en la productora agrícola Fresh American en Mission Road el 7 de febrero .

Algunos de los nopales también se vendieron en el área de la bahía, Stockton y Sacramento la semana pasada.

Cajas enteras de los nopales contaminados fueron etiquetados “Comercializadora de Chiles, Selectos Nieto S. de RL de CV,” pero el producto fue vendido a los consumidores sin etiquetas.

Lavar , pelar y hervir los nopales podría eliminar parte del veneno , pero el Estado instó a la gente a tirarlos a la basura. No se han reportado casos de intoxicación o enfermedades.

Funcionarios estatales de salud recomiendan a los consumidores que contacten a su proveedor de atención médica si experimentan efectos adversos después de consumir los nopales .

La oficina estatal dijo que estaba trabajando con la FDA para identificar a los productores en México y los importadores en EE.UU.

Los nopales cocidos son un plato de verduras tradicional en algunas zonas de México. Por lo general, se hierven o en escabeche y se sirven pelados y sin las espinas .

Senador Presenta Proyecto de Salud Para Todos Sin Importar Estatus Migratorio

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El senador estatal Ricardo Lara presentó el viernes el proyecto de ley “Salud para todos” que busca extender el acceso a la cobertura sanitaria para todos los californianos sin tener en cuenta su estatus migratorio.

Si la legislatura de California aprueba el proyecto de ley anunciado, los inmigrantes indocumentados también podrán acceder a los beneficios de la nueva ley de salud e incluso recibir subsidios, según se anunció el viernes en conferencia de prensa celebrada frente a la clínica Monseñor Oscar Romero, de Los Ángeles.

Al referirse a su propuesta SB 1005, el legislador hispano explicó que la ley “les permitirá a los inmigrantes indocumentados pobres inscribirse para Medi-Cal, pagado por el estado”.

“Mientras hemos hecho enormes esfuerzos para reducir la población sin seguro de California con la implementación de la Ley de Salud Costeable, no podremos tener un estado verdaderamente saludable hasta cuando cada uno tenga acceso a una cobertura de calidad costeable”, manifestó Lara.

El legislador argumentó que California gasta cerca de $1.400 millones anualmente para ofrecer servicios de emergencia a personas que no tienen seguro de salud. Su propuesta tendrá un costo ligeramente menor o igual con la diferencia de que ofrecerá un seguro de salud, que incluirá la prevención, en lugar de una visita a la sala de emergencia.

Según el proyecto de ley, la medida “permitirá que los inmigrantes cuyos ingresos son muy altos, para calificar para Medi-Cal, reciban un subsidio del estado para ayudarles con los costos de seguros (de salud) privados, similar a los subsidios federales disponibles a través de Covered California”.

“California es más fuerte cuando todos tienen acceso al cuidado de salud que pueden pagar y eso incluye a los californianos indocumentados que son una parte fundamental de nuestro estado”, anunció.

Igualmente, varios inmigrantes indocumentados presentaron su testimonio sobre las dificultades que ellos o sus familiares han tenido que enfrentar al no contar con seguros de salud alcanzables para su presupuesto.

Imelda Plasencia, de 28 años, explicó como la trajeron al país cuando tenía cinco años de edad y contó que desde el 2008 padece de cálculos biliares y en el 2009 sufrió “un primer ataque fuerte y tuvo que ir a una sala de emergencias porque no tenía un seguro médico que la cubriera”.

“Soy inmigrante—de México—y soy indocumentada y no tengo otra opción (para) atender mi salud que ir a las emergencias de los hospitales”, dijo a Efe Plascencia, quien se graduó en Estudios Chicanos de UCLA y participa activamente en la defensa de los indocumentados.

La inmigrante destacó que su drama no es el único y que conoce muchos casos de personas que tienen que soportar enfermedades graves sin poder seguir los tratamientos médicos o la alimentación adecuada, por falta de recursos.

La propuesta de ley, que cuenta con el respaldo de más de 15 legisladores y de varias coaliciones y grupos de defensa de los inmigrantes, ha encontrado rechazo entre algunos políticos y organizaciones que no están de acuerdo con favorecer a los inmigrantes indocumentados.

En ese sentido la Federación por una Reforma de Inmigración Estadounidense criticó en un comunicado a finales de enero, tanto a esta ley como a cualquier otra iniciativa que favorezca a los inmigrantes indocumentados y “que traerá cargas insostenibles en nuestra ya sobrecargada y subfinanciada red social de seguridad”.

De la misma forma varios legisladores republicanos se han opuesto a la medida como el asambleísta y candidato a la gobernación Tim Donnelly, quien señaló en un comunicado que “California no puede darse el lujo de crear un incentivo para atraer a la gente a venir a nuestro estado ilegalmente en búsqueda de beneficios subsidiados por los contribuyentes”.

Según el Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Los Ángeles la población que no cuenta con seguro de salud varía entre 1 millón y 1.3 millones de personas.

Sin embargo, para el demócrata Lara, su propuesta beneficia no sólo a los inmigrantes indocumentados sino a toda la comunidad. “Excluir a la gente del acceso al cuidado (de salud) hace daño a la salud general de las comunidades y no refleja los valores de California”, afirmó.

 

L.A. City Attorney Sues Assisted Care Operators

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 City Attorney Mike Feuer said Tuesday he has filed a lawsuit accusing the operators of two assisted-care facilities of subjecting mentally disabled residents to deplorable conditions and subjecting them to punishments that violated their personal rights.

According to the City Attorney’s Office, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge appointed a receiver to work with local and state agencies to relocate people from the Agape Mission House and Agape Home Church, both located in the Adams District on Hobart Boulevard.

Officials from Agape could not be reached for comment on the allegations.

According to the lawsuit, the facilities are both unlicensed, and they both have a “long history of noncompliance with applicable laws, licensing regulations and restrictions, health and safety codes and landlord tenant laws.”

Metro Rolls Out New, Natural Gas Fueled Buses

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An initial batch of second-generation buses that run on compressed natural gas underwent a final inspection Wednesday before joining the Metro’s clean-air fleet.

Metro CEO Art Leahy said the first generation CNG buses are being replaced by about 550 second generation CNG buses.

“It is safer. It’s more comfortable. It’s more attractive” he said. “It’s better for wheelchair patrons. It’s a beautiful bus.”

Metro officials signed a $308 million contract last year with New Flyer to buy 550 of the 40-foot buses, with an option to buy up to 900, Metro spokeswoman Anna Chen said.

The buses have better wheelchair accessibility and improved curb-side safety lighting, according to Metro.

 

Two Injured In East L.A. Crash

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Two people suffered major injuries Sunday when their 1995 Toyota Camry crashed into a parked tractor-trailer next to a popular all-night taco stand in East Los Angeles, the California Highway Patrol said.

A 20-year-old motorist and her passenger, a 43-year-old man, suffered major injuries during the crash and were transported Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, according to the CHP.

The crash was reported at 2:20 a.m. on Ford Boulevard just south of Third Street, said CHP Officer Alex Rubio. The crash was next to King Taco, an all-night taco stand that typically draws a big crowd on weekend nights.

The 20-year-old driver was going south on Ford Boulevard, approaching Third Street, when for an unknown reason she turned to the right and crashed into a large parked truck, according to the CHP news statement. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Lara Pushes Access for Undocumented to CA Health Insurance

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Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens has unveiled the Health For All Act, which is aimed at expanding access to health care coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status.

“Health care for everyone should mean everyone,” Lara said at a news

conference last week in Los Angeles. “… This includes undocumented Californians who are a fundamental part of our state and contribute tremendously to our economy.”

SB 1005 would allow those who are denied coverage because of their immigration status to purchase a health plan under the Create the California Health Benefit Exchange Program for All Californians, which would be set up under the legislation, according to Lara. Also, it would qualify for healthcare coverage those who are ineligible for Medi-Cal, he said.

The program would be run by Covered California, which is administering the Affordable Care Act commonly known as Obamacare within the state.

“Without access to affordable, quality health insurance, people are forced to rely on emergency care,” Lara said, “which means they delay treatment until they are sicker and treatment is much more expensive.”

Despite the Affordable Care Act, three million to four million people in California remain uninsured, with a million undocumented residents ineligible for coverage, Lara said.

Supporters of Lara’s bill include the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, California Immigrant Policy Center, Western Center on Law and Poverty, Health Access California, California Pan-Ethnic health Network, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County and SEIU California.

New Partnership to Help Raise Funds for MAOF

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A Commerce-based marketing company with a long history of putting on successful large scale festivals and other events, will help a local nonprofit social service organization with facilities in Commerce, Montebello and other areas raise funds to support the organizations programs, it was announced late last week.

MAOF has been selected as the non-profit beneficiary for Del Rey Marketing and Del Rey Entertainment’s long-running Whittier Narrows Cinco de Mayo and Fiestas Patrias festivals. The popular events, now in their 18th year, attract more than 150,000 Angelenos every year, according to MAOF.

Chris Del Rey, president and CEO of Del Rey Marketing/Del Rey Entertainment shakes hands with MAOF president Martin Castro. (MAOF)

Chris Del Rey, president and CEO of Del Rey Marketing/Del Rey Entertainment shakes hands with MAOF president Martin Castro. (MAOF)

Del Rey will donate a portion of the funds raised from event sponsorships to MAOF to use on crucial programs such as childhood education and family services, job training, financial literacy and senior lifestyle development, MAOF Marketing Communications Coordinator Edna Becerra told EGP.

MAOF’s Food Bank in Commerce will directly benefit from the partnership with Del Rey, Becerra said. The company will solicit “corporate partners such as Kellogg’s to secure in-kind donations that will supplement product variety at the MAOF Food Bank,” which Becerra said provides food every week to more than 400 East Los Angeles and Commerce residents facing food insecurity.

“We are very pleased to collaborate with Del Rey Marketing on such important and significant events. We also look forward to using the festivals to inform attendees on the community services we offer,” said MAOF President Martin Castro.

Chris del Rey, president and CEO of Del Rey Marketing/Del Rey Entertainment, said the company is “very excited to partner with MAOF.” He said the company believes its Cinco de Mayo and Fiestas Patrias festivals “will provide a very positive platform to further benefit the many community outreach programs MAOF offers.

Health Alert Issued For Tainted Cactus, ‘Nopales’ from Mexico

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State health officials warned against eating certain cactus because it was sprayed with dangerous pesticides in Mexico.

A batch of cactus pads, or “nopales,” tested to have been doused with Moncrotophos, a pesticide that was banned in the United States in 1989, according to the California Department of Public Health in Sacramento.

Scientists issued a statement Sunday warning that the cactus had been measured at 5.8 parts per million of the pesticide.

The state office said it has removed the cactus pads from stores, but some had been sold in bulk form at three Los Angeles produce stands: J&L Produce on Mission Road and La Sucursai Produce on Central Avenue on Feb. 6; and at Fresh American produce on Mission Road on Feb. 7.

Some of the cactus was also sold in the Bay Area, Stockton and Sacramento last week.

Whole boxes of the tainted cactus were labeled “Comercialazadora de Chiles, Selectos Nieto S. de R.L de C.V,” but the cactus product was sold to consumers without labels.

Washing, peeling or boiling the cactus could remove some of the poison but the state urged people to throw it out. No cases of poisoning or illness have been reported, however, state health officials recommend consumers contact their health care provider if they experience ill effects after consuming cactus pads/nopales.

The state office said it was working with the FDA to identify the growers in Mexico and importers in the U.S.

Cooked nopales, or spiny cactus pads, are a traditional vegetable dish in some areas of Mexico. They are usually boiled or pickled, and served peeled and without the needles.

Hollenbeck Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Raises Awareness

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(EGP photo by Jacqueline García)

LAPD Officer Gonzalez Monday donated blood during the LAPD Hollenbeck Division’s “Battle of the Badges,” an event to increase blood donations to the American Red Cross. (EGP photo by Jacqueline García)

 

Officers at the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Station in Monday held a blood drive as part of their quest to win the Annual Battle of the Badges Contest, a friendly competition between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to raise the highest number of blood donations to the American Red Cross.

“The competition runs from mid January to mid March and at the end we see who gets more donations,” LAPD Hollenbeck Officer Joe Perez told EGP. “We were approached by the Red Cross to participate and we thought it was a good idea,” he added.

The competition encourages officers and civilian staff to work with the community to raise awareness about the important need for blood donations. This is the fourth year Hollenbeck police participate in the friendly competition.

According to the Red Cross website, “blood donations dramatically decline during the holiday season, when schools are on break and many people go on vacation.” Therefore the need of blood reserve is much needed.

Michael Moreno Jr., a technician with the Red Cross, told EGP that while its well known that a high percentage of Latinos have the in high demand O positive blood type, (compatible with O positive, O negative and A negative blood types), too few Latinos donate blood.

“We need to get more proactive to donate blood because this blood goes to many families members in the community that may need it like ourselves, we may need it,” Moreno said, recalling when his father was saved because blood was available when he needed a transfusion.

Officer Perez told EGP that preliminary result indicate they have so far raised about 33 pints of blood, “about half was from LAPD officers.”

Participant Juan Juarez told EGP it is a good idea to volunteer to donate blood, “to help other people.”

Preliminary results were about 33 pints of blood donated at the LAPD Hollenbeck Division. (EGP photo by Jacqueline García)

Preliminary results were about 33 pints of blood donated at the LAPD Hollenbeck Division. (EGP photo by Jacqueline García)

The final results will be given when competition is over in mid March, when the winner of the 2014 Battle of the Badges is announced.

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Supervisors Approve Expansion of Services for Homeless Families

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The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to expand a program providing a combination of crisis intervention, emergency shelter, mental health care and housing services to homeless families.

The program — which combines three previously independent efforts — is designed to specifically address the problems of homeless women and children.

Supervisor Gloria Molina said it is a “fundamental redesign in the county’s approach to delivering housing, mental health, and social programs to the homeless, from one centered in downtown Los Angeles to one utilizing regional offices throughout the county.”

“This is a program that I’ve been involved in for more than 10 years and it was really tough to get through the board the first time,” Molina said. “Many people were critical and claimed that I was criminalizing poverty.”

The program, dubbed the Homeless Family Solution, was first piloted on Skid Row and will now be expanded across the county. It is a collaborative approach that reaches across various county departments to offer supportive services, like mental health and substance abuse treatment, alongside housing alternatives.

“Skid Row usually isn’t where people start out – it’s where they end up,” Molina said.  “So while we’ll continue our outreach in Skid Row, we also want to help people from becoming homeless by connecting them with intensive case management, supportive services, and rapid rehousing at regional locations that utilize a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach.”

The new strategy will be used to determine how over $10 million in local, state, and federal funds will be used to move the County’s homeless population into permanent shelter, said Molina in a statement announcing the program’s expansion.

A key element of the pilot program was intensive case management, Molina said. Case managers made sure clients showed up for social service appointments and received all the benefits they were eligible for.

“Our goal was simple – to connect families not just to shelter but to whatever social services they needed while they did their utmost to find permanent employment,” Molina said.

On Tuesday, advocates told stories of families pulled off the streets and successfully integrated in the community.

“Something really awesome is going on … we’re moving from trying to address programs and deciding to begin to address these issues as a system,” creating better solutions, said Kirkpatrick Tyler, program director for the Weingart Family Solutions Center.

According to a 2013 homeless count cited by the county, there were 7,391 homeless family members that year.

Funding will be allocated geographically based on the number of homeless in any given area.

 

Information from City News Services used in this report.

 

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