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News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | COVID-19, Public Health, Health Care

Report: Nursing homes endure massive PPE shortages

California nursing homes, along with thousands nationwide, are dealing with horrific shortages of masks, gowns and other items they need to protect residents, workers and the broader community from COVID-19, according to “Nursing home safety during COVID: PPE shortages,” a report by the CALPIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group.

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19

New “Home Safe for the Holidays” initiative calls on Gov. Newsom to dramatically ramp up testing

In order to hit the testing target that the Brown School of Public Health and Harvard Global Health Institute say is necessary to effectively suppress the virus, California needs to conduct more than eight times as much testing as we are doing now. CALPIRG is urging people to sign a petition to the governor urging him to commit to hitting that testing target.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips

New report: COVID-19 pandemic worsens existing consumer problems with car buying

Consumer complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding vehicle loans and leases have increased sharply during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by the CALPIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group. The analysis suggests that consumers in California and across the United States are facing abusive and deceptive practices from the automobile lending industry. 

News Release | CALPIRG, Environment California

Statement: Gov. Newsom takes important step by upgrading school HVAC and water systems and increasing EV charging stations

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed The Healthy Schools for a Healthy Recovery bill, AB 841, into law late Wednesday night. This bill will upgrade heating and cooling (HVAC) systems at schools, remove lead-contaminated plumbing and bring more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to California.

News Release | CALPIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection

California first state to ban toxic chemicals in personal care products, cosmetics

In a major victory for the movement for safer cosmetics, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, Assembly Bill 2762, into law on Wednesday. This is the nation’s first state-level ban of 24 toxic ingredients, including mercury and formaldehyde, from the beauty and personal care products Californians use every day.

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