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Today the interim director of the California Department of Public Health, Dr. Howard Backer, and acting secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency, Mike Dayton, issued the following statement emphasizing Californians' safety from radiation exposure and the risks of taking potassium iodide as a precautionary measure.
"The safety of all Californians is our highest priority, and we are in constant contact with the federal agencies responsible for monitoring radiation levels across the West Coast.
We want to emphasize that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have all stated that there is no risk expected to California or its residents as a result of the situation in Japan.
We are actively monitoring the situation in Japan and are ready to take all steps necessary to protect Californians should risks develop. We urge Californians to not take potassium iodide as a precautionary measure. It is not necessary given the current circumstances in Japan, it can present a danger to people with allergies to iodine, shellfish or who have thyroid problems, and taken inappropriately it can have serious side effects including abnormal heart rhythms, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte abnormalities and bleeding. Our thoughts are with the people of Japan at this tragic time."
Californians with questions about radiation exposure can contact the California Department of Public Health's Emergency Operations information line at 916 341-3947.
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According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 6000 Marin County residents live with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia; most of them live at home and are cared for by family members. "We have an aging population on the Belvedere/Tiburon Peninsula," said Claire McAuliffe, Vice President of the Belvedere Community Foundation, "and we want to be sure that our friends and neighbors are not isolated. Caring for a family member with dementia is a full-time job. Our mission at the Belvedere Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life of our neighbors. That's why we are supporting the Club at Senior Access in Belvedere with this gift."
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During the 2011 Walk Your History event, Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks will host the Year of the China - if you haven't had an opportunity to visit one of Belvedere's significant landmarks - here's you chance!
UTILITY POLE REMOVAL: Beginning the week of March 24, PG&E is expected to begin wrecking out the utility poles on Bayview Avenue. Road closure details are still being worked out in an attempt to lessen the immediate neighborhood impacts. It is likely that while work progresses, PG&E will have "moving" road closures.