The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on September 14, 1988 · 68
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 68

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Wednesday, September 14, 1988
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D-10 WwWlay. ScptrmSw 14, 1988 SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER Chronic is bigg n uontra uosta 'Nutrition program, ti-smoking campaign urged By Annie Nakao OF nCEXAMMER STAFF . Cancer, heart disease and other chronic illnesses are killinjr more people in Contra Costa County than any other cause of death, and the problem could get worse as the county's Baby Boomers age, a new health report says. The report, presented Tuesday to the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, said that chronic diseases most of them linked to smoking accounted for more than 70 percent of the county's deaths in 1986. t . The report also said the situation could be improved if the county aggressively developed nutrition and anti-smoking programs to help prevent such illnesses. ; "Contra Costa County is in the unique position in that it has the potential to become a model for the nation," said Joseph Hafey, chairman of the Public and Environ disease :esi" killer; II iCTk mental Health Advisory Board, which issued the 18-month study to identify emerging health issues. Of the 5,218 deaths reported in the county in 19S6. 3,653 or 70 percent were caused by chronic illnesses. Of those, 2,191 deaths were attributed to heart disease, 1,273 to cancer and the remainder to smok-ing-related respiratory diseases, cirrhosis of the liver and diabetes. Noting that smoking was linked to most of these deaths, the report calculated that the years of potential lite lost to smoking that is, the number of years between life exjjectancy and the age when a person dies amounted to between 14,000 to 19.000 annually in Contra Costa County. Despite the statistics, few health agencies are geared to deal with chronic illnesses, the report said. Wendel Brunner, assistant health services director for public health, said the Contra Costa statistics weren't unique. "Accidents and communicable diseases used to be the major killer in the United States," he said. "Now, we're dealing with chronic diseases." And chronic illness will be more 9-Month CD Rate Yield 50 I 8.16 Plus die flexibility of a shorter term. Nice. And it comes with something most other CDs don't: A standard for the safety of your money that's over three """"N rOAT times wnat reuerai regula tions require. 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By 2020, the figure will grow to 18.5 percent, the report said. Noting that up to 30 percent of all cancers result from poor nutrition, the report suggested a variety of actions, from upgrading hospital and jail menus to requiring the labeling of nutritional contents of fast food. The county also needs more community-based anti-Bmoking programs, such as the recent "Stop Smoking" campaign in the city of Richmond. The report identified chronic illness as an area of "outstanding need," but also outlined other major health issues: drug abuse, AIDS, perinatal care, accidents, hunger and unemployment Among children, teens and young adults, accidental injuries are the leading cause of death with youngsters in poor areas at most risk. The report showed that in 1986, 242 children were hurt or killed by automobiles. More than one-third of these occurred in Richmond. Hispanic Heritage Week ASSOCIATE!) PRESS WASHINGTON - Saying people of Hispanic descent have "written countless chapters in the unique 8aga of the United States," President Reagan on Tuesday proclaimed Sept. 11-17 as "National Hispanic Heritage Week." ; High-achieving teens touched by n i o m poii nave considered it ASSOCIATED PHI 53 LAKE FOREST, I1L - Nearly half the nution's high-achieving teen-agers know someone who committed suicide or tried to, and 30 percent say they've considered killing themselves, according to a new survey. "You don't have to be a psychologist to realize all of the things that are crashing in on these kids today," said Paul Krouse, publisher of the directory "Who's Who Among American High School Students," which conducted the survey of teen-agers. The survey, released Tuesday, polled 2.024 teen-agers listed in the directory and found that 45 percent said they knew a teen-ager w ho had attempted suicide or succeeded. Four percent said they had tried to kill themselves. The percentage of those polled who knew someone who had tried or committed suicide was down from 48 percent in 1987, but the poll's margin of error was 2 percentage points, Krouse said. The survey also showed "the problem may be especially serious among black high achievers," the company said. V 1 Coast Savings has a new 9-month CD that pays you what you'd expect to earn on a 2-year certificate. You get a high yield. SAVINGS suicide It found that 10 percent of the black high-achievers polled this year said they had attempted Bui-cide. Students with grade point averages of A or B can be nominated for listing in the Who's Who high school directory. A nationwide survey of 11,000 eighth-graders and lOth-graders, released in August, showed that nearly half the girls and one-fourth of the boys said they had "seriously thought" about committing suicide. Nearly 20 percent of the girls and 10 percent of the boys said they had actually tried to kill themselves, according to the survey, sponsored by health education groups and the Department of Health and Human Services. Cocaine, heroin seized in Modesto ASSOCIATED PRESS MODESTO Eight pounds of cocaine and some black tar heroin were confiscated in Modesto in what sheriffs deputies call the largest cocaine seizure in Stanislaus County history. Seven people were questioned after narcotics officers raided two houses Monday night. PGA offering $10,000 reward in cop's killing EXAMINER STAFF REPORT The San Francisco Police Officers Association has posted a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the killer of a San Francisco vice officer. The body of Officer Lester Gar-nier, 30, was found in his car in a Walnut Creek shopping center on the morning of July 11. A resident of Concord, Gamier suffered a small-caliber gunshot wound to the head and another in the abdomen. It is believed that he was possibly shot the night before he was found. A nine-year veteran of the department, the off-duty officer had been assigned to the prostitution detail His work, according to his superiors, did not contribute to his death. Walnut Creek police have maintained a tight lid on the progress of the investigation, but it was learned that a witness reported that a tall blond woman or man in women's clothing had been seen leaving Carrier's blue Corvette on the night of the murder. "We're still investigating that report," said Walnut Creek Police Capt. Neil Stratton. He said police wanted to question several women who had walked through the parking lot the evening of the shooting. He said they were potential witnesses. The reward was authorized by the police association's board of directors last Friday. "Maybe thisll help shake somebody out of the woodwork," President Bob Barry said. Muni 'graffiti war' plan lacks funding source EXAMINER STAFF REPORT The City's Public Utilities Com mission is in the mood to bash Muni Railway graffiti vandals, but the agency may lack the funds to do much about it . Muni General Manager William Stead told the five-member commission Tuesday that another fare increase may be required to pay for a $13.5 million campaign against graffiti ' Withm an hour of that remark Mayor Agnos had issued an angry rebuke, calling the fare-hike proposal "bureaucratic stuntman- ship." The Muni basic fare jumped from 75 to 85 cents Aug. 1, and deep service cuts are scheduled to take effect next month. "The first response for solving the graffiti problem should not be to ask the Muni rider for another fare increase less than six weeks after fares were raised and on the eve of a service cut," Agnos said. Muni spokesman George New-kirk said Stead believed a fare increase "may be the only way to come up with the money because of City Hall's financial squeeze. The $135 million would be used to erect fences and lights at Muni's eight bus storage yards, assign 24 uniformed police officers to ride troubled lines, hire many more maintenance workers to scrub ink and paint scrawls, and step up prosecution of kids caught in the act of "tagging" any of the agency's 1,055 vehicles. In appealing for the funds, Muni officials called the graffiti situation a crisis. "Muni does not control its own fleet," said Muni Community Affairs Director Jaimie Levin. To keep vandals away, he said, Muni yards must resemble "penitentiaries." Lew Lillian, a city housing commissioner and executive of the firm that owns the newly erected transit shelters, said The City should demand restitution from the parents of convicted vandals. "It's time to really raise hell and start a citywide campaign," he said. "It's become a nightmare." Muni spends less than $2 million a year trying to control graffiti but a majority of the Muni fleet is covered. Man killed in house fire ASSOCIATED PRESS KNIGHTS FERRY, Stanislaus County A house fire in the foothill community of Knights Ferry early Tuesday killed one person, believed to be an 86-year-old man who lived there alone.

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