As anti-vaxx dispute rages, attention turns to California’s Waldorf schools

The private schools stress nature, creative expression and hands-on learning but the 27 in the state have very low vaccination rates On a rainy Saturday in May, small children in tall boots, wool caps and rain gear watched marionettes perform a fairytale in San Franciscos Golden Gate park. The crowd had gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Waldorf schools, the private schools that emphasize nature, creative expression and hands-on learning over tests and technology. It was an enchanting scene with piglet puppets, waving stars and tinkling chimes. It may also have been the largest under-vaccinatedgroup of children in the region. As according to the states kindergarten immunization assessment. At the Berkeley Rose Waldorf school and the Marin Waldorf school, …

Part fund, part accelerator, Contrary Capital invests in student entrepreneurs

First Round Capital has both the Dorm Room Fund and the Graduate Fund. General Catalyst has Rough Draft Ventures. And Prototype Capital and a few other micro-funds focus on investing in student founders, but overall, there’s a shortage of capital set aside for entrepreneurs still making their way through school. Contrary Capital, a soon-to-be San Francisco-based operation led by Eric Tarczynski, is raising $35 million to invest between $50,000 and $200,000 in students and recent college dropouts. The firm, which operates a summer accelerator program for its portfolio companies, closed on $2.2 million for its debut, proof-of-concept fund in 2018. Contrary Capital celebrating its Demo Day event last year Last year, Contrary kicked off its summer accelerator, tapping 10 university-started …

Lifetime of drinking California water could raise cancer risk, study finds

Researchers find arsenic and other contaminants that could lead to almost 15,500 cases of cancer Drinking California tap water over the course of a lifetime could increase the risk of cancer, according to a Environmental Working Group, an advocacy non-profit, studied the combined health impacts of contaminants found in 2,737 community water systems throughout California and calculated that prolonged consumption of the contaminated water could cause almost 15,500 new cases of cancer. The study found traces of arsenic, hexavalent chromium, and disinfection byproducts in the water systems. All of these contaminants are regulated federally and on a state level. Trace amounts of some arelegally allowed in the water. But the study found that a majority of the cancer risk was …

Four prisoners dead in six weeks: the crisis unfolding in San Diego county jails

When someone dies by suicide in a systems highest level of care, there is enormous cause for concern, says an attorney from Disability Rights California On 18 March, Maria Palacios Escalera got a call from a doctor at the UC San Diego hospital in southern California. Her son, Ivan Ortiz, an inmate at San Diegos Central jail, had tried to kill himself, he said. Doctors had been able to revive him, but he had a weak pulse and his brain had been deprived of oxygen. She should make her way over to the hospital as soon as possible. Escalera and her daughter Priscilla rushed to the hospital, but when they got there, a deputy with the San Diego sheriffs department …