California Department of Health Services

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    How Will Obamacare Affect Gays, Sex Workers, and Artists?

    The oft-repeated slur about gays, "You're sick" actually has some truth to it, though not in the way bigots would have us believe. As we talked about a few weeks ago, gay people, in part due to prejudice and stigma, suffer poorer general health compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Not only t ... More >>

  • News

    July 3, 2013
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    February 28, 2013

    Warning: Don't Eat the Shellfish From Marin County

    Hey pescatarians, take note. The California Department of Public Health is warning hungry people not to eat harvested mussels, clams, or whole scallops that come from Marin County where dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins have been detected in this region. Specifically, the to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    One Million Kids in California Are Uninsured, and Most Qualify for Subsidized Programs

    More than one million children in California do not have health insurance coverage, according to a report released this month by the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. The figure represents around 11 percent of the states minors. That rate, 1.5 percent higher than the nat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Is Still too Expensive

    Being poor is not so bad. Not in San Francisco at least, where in addition to free housing, city officials are now also handing out taxpayer-subsidized puppies to panhandlers. The disabled, terminally ill, or downright dirt-poor also "enjoy" an advantage over the healthy or the merely struggling to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Keep VD Out of Valentine's Day, Use a Condom

    ​While they have the attention of lovers and horny people everywhere, health officials are camping onto Valentine's Day to promote National Condom Week. And that's probably a good idea, considering the news last week detailing San Francisco's STD problem. Today, the California Family Health Counci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Shawn Williams, Former City Employee, Accused of Stealing Personal Information

    ​A former Human Services Agency employee appeared in court Tuesday afternoon where she pleaded not guilty to multiple charges claiming she stole Social Security and other confidential information from more than 3,000 Medi-Cal applicants. Prosecutors say, starting in 2006, Shawn Williams, who was a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    S.F. Restaurants Are Not Required to Serve Free Tap Water

    bterrycompton​This week at SFoodie we were wondering whether restaurants are required, by law, to serve tap water for free. It's a simple enough question, but it took a surprising amount of digging to figure out the answer. The Internet provided a few thousand people asking the same question ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Call Ed Lee 'Mayor Pothole' -- 90 Percent Are Filled on Time

    Guaranteed fixed in three days or less!​New York's Alphonse D'Amato was once known as "Senator Pothole" for his attention to constituent minutiae. But we wonder whether his attentiveness ever earned a reward like this one: San Francisco has marked a 200 percent improvement when it comes to filling ... More >>

  • News

    April 6, 2011
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    January 19, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Nickel and Dime-Obsessed Chronicle Hooks Human Tragedies to Taxpayer Costs

    Ah, but how much was that chalk?​Mark Shotley, the paraplegic, incontinent, pneumonia-ridden homeless man The San Francisco Chronicle characterized nine years ago as a drag on city health care funds, is dead now. But the macabre, nickel-and-dime-obsessed journalistic tic that led the paper to couc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Just About Everybody in S.F. Loses With State's Budget Cuts -- But Losing Less Is the New Winning

    ​When the city controller yesterday announced state budget cuts will deal San Francisco a $26.5 million punch in the gut, your humble narrator immediately thought of Jon Lovitz. Just as the Saturday Night Live nebbish once pitched himself to single women with the battle cry "Lower your standards!" ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2009

    The Man Who Cried Dust

    Christopher Muhammad's fight with Lennar over toxic dust has resulted in a restraining order against him, an accusation that he's a shakedown artist, and grudging respect from his rivals.

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Hey DJ! (Monday) Q&A: DJ RasCue

    DJ RasCue has been hitting the decks longer than most of the kids in the clubs these days have been alive. For the past 26 years, he's spun a mix of everything from Latin to hip-hop to house and rock for little kids and big stars (William H. Macy). Now the local music community is giving something b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2008
  • News

    June 13, 2007

    Stern Reprimand

    SEIU members in Northern California challenge the national boss over his collaboration with employers

  • News

    February 7, 2007

    That Is High

    Medical marijuana smokers face a 1,000-percent increase in cost of state ID card, which could force its demise

  • Music

    September 27, 2006
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    September 20, 2006

    Let Us Now Praise Tough Cookies

    Who, in the populist tradition, fight for the rights

  • News

    July 27, 2005

    Onward, Christian Lawyers

    Why lawsuits filed by anti-abortion activists may be a blessing in disguise for the California stem cell institute

  • News

    August 25, 2004


    How the nursing home industry, organized labor, John Burton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are cooperating to guarantee giant health care corporations huge profits -- using billions of your dollars

  • News

    July 14, 2004

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of Wednesday, July 14, 2004

  • News

    June 30, 2004

    Partners in Slime

    The California service employees' union and the nursing home industry join forces to increase corporate profit, grow union membership, and sell out abused nursing home patients

  • News

    April 23, 2003

    Brain Storms

    A City Hall plan to downgrade S.F.'s only long-term-care facility for the severely mentally ill has critics up in arms

  • Music

    October 16, 2002

    Candy Says

    The true story of a rare illness

  • News

    May 2, 2001

    Chlorine, Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, Trichloroethylene, Beryllium, Nickel, PCBs ...

    Even if radioactivity were ignored, Hunters Point Shipyard would be one of the planet's most polluted properties

  • News

    March 14, 2001

    Q: What's the Opposite of a Miracle?

    A: What the state does to the families of people who die while poor

  • News

    January 3, 2001

    Too Young to Die

    They are the "AIDS babies." Born before doctors learned how to prevent HIV transmission to newborns, hundreds of California kids are growing up under the burden of a deadly disease.

  • News

    January 26, 2000

    Worst of the Lot

    Bay Area nursing home regulation lags behind state

  • News

    November 17, 1999

    Opening Pandora's Box

    Once-secret documents reveal the tobacco industry's battle to gut anti-smoking education in California. Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and former Gov. Pete Wilson helped.

  • News

    August 18, 1999

    Committee of Discord

    Miffed citizen advisers want city Health Plan chief fired

  • News

    August 11, 1999

    Inside the Big Floop

    Threatening Mount Zion means curtains for the clowns who have mismanaged the UCSF-Stanford hospital merger

  • News

    June 9, 1999

    Diagnosis: Eviction

    An out-of-state company mismanaged its Mill Valley nursing home, then closed it down, casting dozens of elderly patients to the winds. Within months, 10 of them were dead.

  • News

    April 14, 1999

    Rays of Hope

    Political winds may blow in long overdue nursing care reform

  • News

    March 17, 1999

    What the Hellman Is Going on Here?

    UCSF Stanford finances hit the rocks

  • News

    January 21, 1998

    Sutter's Giant Sucking Sound

    Sutter Health, which owns one of California's largest hospital empires, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity. Critics wonder why Sutter dispenses so little charity, and vacuums so much profit, from the hospitals it acquires.

  • News

    January 14, 1998

    The Illusion of Roe V. Wade

    While feminists loudly celebrate the 25th anniversary of legalized abortion, quiet changes in the medical landscape make the procedure less and less available

  • News

    November 26, 1997


    Dr. Howard Thornton bragged that his state-of-the-art computer system let him take on 1,000 patients a month, scattered across Northern California. But do his patients get anything like quality medical help?

  • News

    May 28, 1997
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    February 19, 1997

    The AIDS Civil War

    The promise of a new treatment has opened a painful divide

  • News

    February 12, 1997

    Nickel-and-Diming Problem Kids

    In the name of fiscal prudence, Congress has ordered that a whole class of poor, troubled children be "redetermined"

  • News

    January 29, 1997

    Pinstriped Medicine

    How the UCSF-Stanford hospital merger foreshadows the new -- and sometimes frightening -- world of health care

  • News

    January 1, 1997

    Profiles in Enfranchisement

    Meet three Latinos who just cast the first U.S. votes of their lives

  • Calendar

    September 18, 1996
  • News

    September 11, 1996

    Trickledown Health Care

    Hospitals and nursing homes call it "subacute care," but for some patients, it's just a death sentence

  • News

    July 10, 1996

    Give Me Your Healthy

    The immigration crackdown has Latinos fleeing mainstream medicine

  • News

    July 19, 1995

    Getting Hep

    Hepatitis B is the Rodney Dangerfield of diseases: It just can't get respect. But it sure can kill you.

  • News

    June 28, 1995
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    May 17, 1995

    Why Medi-Cal Makes Doctors Sick

    Money, paperwork and stigma

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