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ABC’s of Marlene Gomez

We have a new team member! Marlene Gomez comes to us from SAFE and will be helping with our work in Los Angeles. Welcome, Marlene!

A is for Area Code: 310

B is for Breakfast. What did you have for breakfast today? Strawberry Protein Shake with almond milk

C is for Calling. What do you consider your calling to be? Helping others

D is for Dogs. Do you have any? Yes, I have a 3 year old Golden Retriever

E is for Energy. What do you do when you need more energy? Hear music really loud and start dancing

F is for Fun. What do you like to do for fun? Watch movies either at home or the movie theatre

G is for Greatest Accomplishment. What is yours? My daughter-She is awesome

H is for Hometown. Where are you from? Born in Los Angeles, but both parents are from Mexico

I is for Interesting: Name one interesting fact about yourself. I love to sing karaoke

J is for Job Title. What is yours? Advocacy Manager

K is for Kids. Do you have any? Yes, I have a 12 year old daughter Read More »

The ABC’s of Vanessa Marvin

She may be out on maternity leave but that doesn’t mean you can’t find out a little more about her today! Here are Vanessa’s ABCs.

A is for Area Code: 408

B is for Breakfast. What did you have for breakfast today? Scrambled eggs… yum

C is for Calling. What do you consider your calling to be? Doing community organizing for public health issues

D is for Dogs. Do you have any? I wish…

E is for Energy. What do you do when you need more energy? Go for a walk

F is for Fun. What do you like to do for fun? I love to read

G is for Greatest Accomplishment. What is yours? Doing a 73 lb back squat at 9 months pregnant!

H is for Hometown. Where are you from? I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles – Glendora

I is for Interesting: Name one interesting fact about yourself. I eat a paleo diet (plus some ice cream….)

J is for Job Title. What is yours? State Director, Advocacy

K is for Kids. Do you have any? Any day now! :) Read More »

ABC’s of Jessica

The Center is on a roll with new staff and interns. Meet Jessica, our newest intern. She and Stacy Song have been working with Lindsey on all things policy related. Take a look at her ABC’s to learn a little more about her.

A is for Area Code: 95662

B is for Breakfast. What did you have for breakfast today? Every morning I have eggs and toast.

C is for Calling. What do you consider your calling to be? I have a strong passion for studies of political economics and public speaking.

D is for Dogs. Do you have any? Until a year ago I had a wonderful Australian Shepard named Trixie.

E is for Energy. What do you do when you need more energy? I immediately run to Starbucks for a triple grande vanilla latte.

F is for Fun. What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy kayaking and hiking in my spare time, mostly along the scenic American River.

G is for Greatest Accomplishment. What is yours? During my senior year of high school a California Supreme Court judge awarded me the title of Outstanding Speaker after our debate team won a state championship. Read More »

The Latest Installment in Smokefree Housing

Over what seems to have been forever, our friends at Smokefree Air For Everyone (S.A.F.E.) have been leading the efforts in the City of Santa Monica to create a comprehensive smokefree multi-unit housing policy. Last month the City of Santa Monica, after several failed attempts, adopted a housing policy which includes units of apartments and condominiums. Why is the city of Santa Monica so important? Well, it’s the first rent controlled city in the state to adopt such a policy.   To learn more about this exciting and long ranging effort, we asked S.A.F.E. a few questions regarding their efforts. The first half of the interview is posted below. Part 2 will be coming next week.

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COPD: It’s Shocking

By Guest Blogger – Julie Lautsch, American Lung Association in California

I’m going to start out with some numbers and facts. They are intended to shock you. And from everything that I know about the internet and blogging (which is not many things) one must shock – or one must have a photo of an adorable animal. My preference is a picture of a sloth. But I’m pretty sure I am not allowed to do that here, so let me begin with this:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the 3rd leading cause of death, moving up a slot on the scary, death chart last year.
  • In the US more than 12 million people suffer from COPD.
  • It’s estimated that more than 12 million people additionally remain undiagnosed.
  • Unlike the other leading causes of death that are on the decline (heart disease and cancer), the prevalence of COPD continues to rise, and is a major cause of disability. Read More »