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Posted: October 3, 2008 9:27 p.m.
Updated: December 5, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

Polling location, address information and images of sample ballot pages for the Nov. 4, 2008 Presidential General Election are now available online at www.lavote.net.

Voters can access their polling location and sample ballot information by clicking on Locate Polling Place or View Sample Ballot from the Online Services box located on the right margin of the home page.

Voters must provide their house number and street name, which the system matches to the corresponding polling location and sample ballot information.

The voter’s polling location address is displayed and a View Sample Ballot link appears, enabling the voter to access their sample ballot, including images of the official ballot pages, candidate statements, ballot measure, analyses and arguments that are applicable to their ballot.

Voters can call the registrar at (800) 815-2666 and use the Interactive Voice Response system to obtain automated polling locations.

Preschool quality
The Legislature recently passed two laws designed to improve the delivery of quality preschool services to California’s children.

The new laws were created by Assembly Bill 2759, authored by Assembly Member Dave Jones; and Senate Bill 1629, authored by Senator Darrell Steinberg, and signed last week by the governor.

AB 2759 consolidates and reforms the existing five child development programs for preschool-aged children into one, allowing preschool staff to spend more time with children rather than on administrative paperwork.

It also will help child development centers better serve the needs of working families by streamlining the administration of programs for 3- and 4-year-old children and ensures that they receive either part-day or full-day child development services based on the needs of the family.

SB 1629 establishes an advisory committee that will inclusively and deliberately develop recommendations to create a state Early Learning Quality Improvement System, which will include a framework for improving the quality of early education programs. This includes creation of a quality rating scale to help parents make informed decisions about early learning programs for their children, and a graduated funding model to help existing and future programs reach and maintain higher levels of quality.

V.P. debate
After listening to an original Sarah Palin-tribute song by Frasier Park resident Ally Jo Thomas, Republicans settled in to enjoy the vice presidential debate Thursday.
More than 80 people gathered at the Huntington Lane Republican headquarters to watch their “favorite girl.”

The SCV Republicans’ next event will be a month-long October phone blast every evening at the headquarters starting Monday with NFL football and phone banking.

Offshore drilling
Americans should celebrate as the country moves closer to being independent of foreign oil with the expiration of the 27-year-old domestic offshore drilling ban Wednesday, said Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif.

“While the country is clearly focused on the current state of our financial markets, it’s important to remember that energy independence will help restore our long-term economic security, making the expiration of this wrongheaded ban a key economic victory as well,” Mckeon said.
  
HIV testing
The governor signed a bill that compels California medical insurers to cover the costs of routine HIV screening.

It’s the first bill of its kind.

The bill will help California better comply with the Centers for Disease Control’s Revised HIV Testing Guidelines which recommend routine screening for HIV for individuals ages 13 to 65.

According to the California Office of AIDS, approximately 40,000 people in California who are infected with HIV are unaware they have the disease.

The lack of routine HIV screening results in a lack of treatment to tens of thousands of people who need it, and puts many more people at risk of infection.

AB 1894 is sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and is supported by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the Center for AIDS Research, Education, and Services (CARES), the California Nurses Association, and the California Medical Association.

No drugs down the drain week
The California Legislature Proclaims Oct. 4-11 No Drugs Down the Drain Week.

Every day, unwanted or expired medicine is disposed of down the toilet and flushed medication ends up in local waterways. As drug sales have doubled in the last five years, the problem has emerged as an environmental issue.  As a result, it is now necessary to work with communities across California to educate people about keeping medication out of the toilet and disposed of safely.

A coalition of local, regional, state and federal agencies is conducting a one-week statewide effort to remind residents that flushing down the toilet and/or pouring down the sink are not acceptable means of medicine disposal.

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