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CA Assembly approves bill to ban key ingredients in Skittles, other foods and candy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California state Assembly has approved a bill that would ban certain ingredients found in popular candies such as Skittles and Nerds, as well as other processed foods.

Assembly Bill 418, proposed by Rep. Jesse Gabriel from Woodland Hills, now moves on to the state Senate for consideration.

While the European Union has already banned the five chemicals listed in the bill, California would become the first U.S. state to take that step.

California’s health care provider pipeline needs major boost to ward off shortage, workers say

Physical therapist Gina Yarbrough used to have the time to see some of her young patients  two to three times a week. 

Now, she’s booking appointments for kids four to six weeks out.  

“We barely see them. It's almost like just a consult. It's not adequate for these kids who have really profound needs,” she said. 

Yarborough works for Kaiser Permanente and treats children with developmental delays in motor functioning, special needs children and those recovering from health crises like cancer. 

California Assembly Toxics Panel Advances Chemical Ban for Processed Food

California Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials approved a first-in-the-nation bill to ban five harmful chemicals from candy, cereals and other processed food.

The bill, AB 418 by assembly member Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills), would end the use of brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propyl paraben, Red Dye No. 3 and titanium dioxide in popular food products sold in the state. The chemicals are reportedly linked to serious health problems, such as a higher risk of cancer, nervous system damage and hyperactivity.

San Fernando Valley comes together

Volunteers and elected leaders work to beautify the community and help those in need

Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel was joined by Mayor Karen Bass, local representatives and volunteers of various ages at the second annual Day of Service on Sunday to work on projects to help the San Fernando Valley. 

Volunteers from different parts of the Valley met at Pierce College before reporting to their designated stations, either on campus or off-site.

Gabriel started the event in 2022 to get people working together again after the pandemic. He expected around 150 volunteers. He got 700. 

Amid California budget deficit, nonprofit security funding on the line

Jewish advocates in the Golden State are getting ready for a major advocacy effort to secure funding in the state budget for grants to secure nonprofits

More than a century and a half after the famous California Gold Rush, the Golden State continues to experience unpredictable boom-and-bust cycles. But now, they take the form of the state’s annual budget — and for the first time in years, the state faces at least a $22.5 billion budget shortfall due to inflation and poor stock market performance. 

Transportation should not be a barrier to reporting sexual assault on California college campuses

Growing up, I was bombarded by clichés about the college experience. Before I went to UCLA, almost every adult I knew told me I would have “the best four years of my life.” 

But just a few weeks into my college experience, I was sexually assaulted. It paralyzed me. I could hardly get out of bed, let alone function as a full-time student. My social circle shrank and my academic performance declined.

The heartbreaking reality of undergraduate life came into sharp focus: Sexual violence is everywhere on campuses. 

Red Dye No. 3: What is it, and why is it banned in makeup but OK in food?

WASHINGTON - Color additives give the red tint to fruit punch or the green hue in mint-flavored toothpaste. They are found in thousands of consumer goods – from breakfast cereals and candies to contact lenses and cough syrup – and are often used to make the products more attractive or appetizing. 

Earlier this month, a popular Easter candy was called out by nonprofit Consumer Reports for containing one such color additive, known as Red Dye No. 3, because high doses of it have been found to cause cancer in animals.