Sacramento, California - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today released the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1408, authored by Senator Allen (D – Santa Monica), which would allow life-saving transplants between HIV-positive individuals. Attorney General Harris received a letter earlier this week from a transplant surgeon at University of California, San Francisco and immediately urged the legislature to act to change existing law and allow HIV-positive individuals to receive organ donations from other HIV-positive individuals.

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Tuesday announced that Avalon Care Center-Sonora, a Tuolumne County skilled nursing facility, has received a Class “AA” citation, the most severe penalty under state law, and an $80,000 fine.

Sacramento, California - Kimberly Prather, distinguished chair in atmospheric chemistry at the University of California San Diego, received the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award from the California Air Resources Board May 18. The awards have since their inception in 2001 recognized individuals for career accomplishments in improving air quality in a number of categories.

Sacramento, California - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today has lifted the last remaining health advisory for Dungeness crab caught along the California coast.

Sacramento, California - The California Energy Commission approved a series of projects today that will help buildings become more energy efficient, enable research to improve the electrical system and provide direct energy savings to communities.

Stanford, California - Scientists have long studied the role that free radicals play in freshwater because of how these charged compounds affect the chemistry of our drinking water. The special nature of these processes in saltwater ecosystems, however, has been poorly understood.

Berkeley, California - UC Berkeley’s Jepson Herbarium has teamed up with the California Native Plant Society to help homeowners across the state replace lawns and other water-thirsty plants with native California plant species.