This week on Valley Edition, we look at how budget cuts are threatening patients who rely on California's Adult Day Health Care centers, how global warming may cause the San Joaquin Valley's air to become even worse, and how the Fossil Discovery Center in Madera County is bringing paleontology to residents of the Valley.
Valley Edition: Tuesday July 17, 2012:
Segment 1: California's Adult Day Health Care centers face major changes
Centers serving California's elderly and disabled adults are feeling the pinch of the state’s budget crisis. Many patients are being rejected by the state, sometimes after receiving months of care at private facilities, leaving both providers and patients in a difficult situation. Health care reporter Pauline Bartolone reports on what's happening at one Sacramento based center, and Valley Edition host Juanita Stevenson talks with Anu Mohan, program director of Chateau D'Bakersfield, and Lydia Missaelides, executive director of the California Association for Adult Day Services.
Segment 2: Air Quality
Last week as temperatures soared throughout the San Joaquin Valley, so did air pollution, and specifically ozone levels. A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) says that the problem could get even worse in the coming decades, as climate change results in higher temperatures, and more ozone pollution. The report projects that by 2020, California could have an additional 400,000 cases of serious respiratory illness caused by climate change alone. Joining us to talk about the report is Don Anair, senior vehicles analyst with the UCS, and local air quality activist Kevin Hall, from the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition.
Segment 3: Fossil Discovery Center
Just off Highway 99 near Chowchilla sits one of the largest deposits of fossils on the west coast. Around 20 years ago, workers at the Fairmead Landfill discovered fossilized remains of ancient animals from the Irvingtonian period, including a wooly mammoth. Now the Fossil Discovery Center at the site serves as an important educational center, showcasing the fossils from the site, and the on-going paleontological work that is still taking place in Madera County. Blake Bufford from the center joins us to talk about their programs and activities.
Special funding for this program comes from the California HealthCare Foundation