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Category Archives: Policy Corner

Rare Voice Awards Honors Congresswoman Matsui, Patient Advocates

On November 13th, patient advocates, industry, and legislators gathered for the Rare Disease Legislative Advocates (RDLA) Rare Voice Awards in Washington, DC. The event, which honors advocates for rare diseases, was hosted by Greta Kreuz, Emmy- winning reporter, and Jonny Lee Miller, star of the television series Elementary. The State Level Patient Advocate Award went … Continue reading Rare Voice Awards Honors Congresswoman Matsui, Patient Advocates

Soda Tax Measures Receive Majority Support in Both Berkeley and San Francisco

The majority of voters in both Berkeley and San Francisco said yes to measures on the ballot this November imposing taxes on sweetened beverages; however, the San Francisco measure will not become law as it required a two-third majority to pass. The American Beverage Association has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into fighting back … Continue reading Soda Tax Measures Receive Majority Support in Both Berkeley and San Francisco

Republicans Strongly Favored in Midterm Elections, Except in California

Republicans ran the table in the 2014 midterm elections across the country, picking up at least 8 seats (and control) of the United States Senate, and building a commanding majority in the House of Representatives, holding at least 244 seats (seven races remain undecided at this writing.) The GOP also picked up the keys to … Continue reading Republicans Strongly Favored in Midterm Elections, Except in California

California Legislature Sends $7.5 Billion Water Bond to the Ballot

Governor Jerry Brown signed a last minute deal submitted to him by the legislature on August 13 to place a $7.5 billion water bond on the November 2014 ballot.  The measure, which will be Proposition 1, seeks to address various components of the state’s water infrastructure against the backdrop of one of the worst droughts … Continue reading California Legislature Sends $7.5 Billion Water Bond to the Ballot

Prospective New State Leaders Tour Northern California’s Biotech Industry

BayBio and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) hosted a series of tours with candidates for state legislative office on July 31to showcase the Bay Area’s leadership in the life sciences.  Dr. Reg Kelly at the QB3 Innovation Garage in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco provided an overview of the region’s incubator facilities, their … Continue reading Prospective New State Leaders Tour Northern California’s Biotech Industry