CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 4

by CalWatchdog Staff | January 4, 2017 9:30 am

Good morning. Happy Hump Day. The Legislature returns today, although don’t expect too much action. But next week, Gov. Brown will introduce his budget and Rep. Xavier Becerra will have a confirmation hearing to be the state’s attorney general. So things won’t be quiet for long. 

We begin today with a story off the beaten path. The water contamination scandal in Flint, Michigan, triggered national outrage and prompted Congress last month to pass a bill rushing $120 million in federal aid to the city.

The local regulators who knew about the severity of lead contamination and protected themselves but not the community are facing criminal charges. That’s because a high presence of lead in the blood is associated with low IQs and cognitive problems and can be devastating for infants and children.

Now a massive study[1] by Reuters — based on federal health data from 21 states and broken down by ZIP code — points to eight areas in California with problems as bad or worse than what is now seen in Flint, where 5 percent of tested children have elevated levels of lead in their blood. The national norm is 2.5 percent.

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