Methyl Iodide

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ouRXperience: Methyl Iodide Debate; Harbor-UCLA Renovation; Mental Health in Hmong and Free Dental Clinic

Residents voting on improvements to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center at public meeting in Carson last October. (Photo: Anabell Romero)

Residents voting on improvements to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center at public meeting in Carson last October. (Photo: Anabell Romero)

Editor’s Note: KQED produces ouRXperience, a blog from community correspondents, to enrich coverage of health issues across California.

Recently, ouRXperience featured posts from four California communities:

  • Patricia Carrillo in Salinas wrote about local reaction to the lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of the fumigant methyl iodide to use on strawberry crops.
  • From Wilmington, Anabell Romero, described how community members are contributing to the Master Plan for the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center renovation.
  • Changvang Her told about the challenges of providing mental health care in the Merced Hmong community where “mental health” translates to “damaged brain.”
  • and from San Bernardino, Bobbi Albano brought us the story of a free dental clinic and how one man got the help he needed.

Methyl Iodide Trial in Oakland

Update 2:30pm: The hearing has ended. Amy Standen’s final tweet:

#Judge sends state attys off with homework: Convince me that you looked at alternatives to#methyliodide. Enviros feeling optimistic.

Original Post:

KQED’s News Fix blog is following today’s trial on Methyl Iodide, the fumigant approved in 2010 for use in strawberries, despite the concerns of scientists at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation itself.  KQED reporter Amy Standen is tweeting live from the courthouse.

Get the background and live tweets here.