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VETERANS AFFAIRS
MEASLES OUTBREAK
Personal
belief
exemptions
targeted
‘It lessens the anxiety of veterans calling for an appointment, because
now they have an opportunity to (get) an appointment elsewhere.’
GIVING VETS
— Richard Valdez, California legislative affairs director for Disabled American Veterans
Legislation would severely
restrict parental opt-outs
By Susan Abram
susan.abram@langnews.com
@sabramLA on Twitter
As measles cases continue to
climb, legislation introduced
Wednesday by two state senators
would mean no California parent
could refuse to vaccinate a child
unless there is a medical complication or a religious exemption.
Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, a pediatrician, and Sen.
Ben Allen, D-Redondo Beach,
a former president of the Santa
Monica-Malibu Unified school
board, said the goal behind their
legislation is to reduce the number of preventable communicable
diseases in California.
“As a pediatrician, I’ve been
worried about the anti-vaccination trend for a long time,” Pan
said in a statement. “I’ve personally witnessed the suffering caused
by these preventable diseases, and
I am very grateful to the many parMEASLES » PAGE 4
COVINA-VALLEY USD
THE CHOICE
8.7
Health care: Veterans across the region are getting
cards allowing them to be treated at non-VA facilities
Million veterans
served by the VA.
1.9
By Jim Steinberg » jim.steinberg@langnews.com » @JamesDSteinberg on Twitter
Million veterans
now authorized to
use VA Choice.
Thousands of veterans across Southern California, who have endured long waits for
medical care under a troubled health care system, are beginning to receive cards
for a new Veterans Affairs program designed to shorten the distance and time to
meet their health needs. ¶ It’s a simple white card, but it’s an immediate effect from
a big plan VA officials are hoping will restore trust in the VA system. ¶ The card allows veterans to be treated at a non-VA health facility in cases where they live more
than 40 miles from a VA hospital or clinic. And, it allows them to get treatment
16,750
Health care providers who have
signed up
to provide care
in the region.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
VETERANS » PAGE 4
DA: No sex
charges vs.
South Hills
teachers
By Jason Henry
jason.henry@langnews.com
@JasonMHenry on Twitter
The Orange County District Attorney charged two South Hills
High School teachers Wednesday
with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a
minor for allegedly providing five
male students with alcohol during an unauthorized camping trip
to San Clemente Beach.
The two Covina-Valley Unified
teachers, Melody Lippert, 38, of
Covina, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30,
of West Covina, were arrested on
Jan. 17. The district placed them
on paid leave the next day. Lippert
was originally arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Ghirelli was arrested on suspicion
of oral copulation and unlaw sex
with a minor.
“We investigated the sexual
Above: The
Choice Card
allows veterans
to be treated at
facilities other
than a VA center.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
BY MICAH ESCAMILLA
STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Online
extra:
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and the nation
at PASADENA
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CHARGES » PAGE 10
CRASH
OPINION
HEALTH
DINING OUT
Taiwan plane hoisted
from river; 31 dead
San Dimas should stick
with the incumbents
Lung cancer surpasses
breast cancer as top killer
Dim sum eating done
right at Din Tai Fung
Airliner’s wing hits a bridge
shortly after takeoff from Taipei
airport with 58 aboard, car
dashcam shows. PAGEA14
Councilmen Emmett Badar
and John Ebiner have proved
themselves able leaders in this
well-run city. PAGE A11
Leading cause of cancer
deaths among women in
wealthy countries is linked to
smoking, report finds. PAGE A16
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Cheapskate... A15
Obituaries ..... A10
Business .........A6
Opinion ........... A11
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