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Please Take Survey Below -- Help the CAG Prioritize Health Research Study

Time for you (the reader) to participate:
The comments which have been collected (and will continue to be collected) over the last few years by SCAQMD and LADPH are summarized in the 42 bullet statements shown below in a survey.


I would ask you to choose 10 bullet statements to incorporate into the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study. Note: there is only $25 million to devote initially to the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study. Therefore, choosing 10 statements to study from 42 choices will help the Scientific Oversight Committee come up with a few ‘research questions’ to study overall. Remember, the survey below is my (Dr. Mike Kaiser) avenue to collect information to give to the Scientific Oversight Committee. Other CAG members may use other avenues to collect health concerns and priorities.

Choose 10 statements by checking ‘yes’ from 42 questions below and then hit “Submit”. Remember that you have to scroll down to the page — form embedded in the blog post. And be s…

CAG Outreach Event #1 -- Granada Hill Street Fair

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Before I get started on updating the public, I need to disclose that the information below represents my own views -- Dr. Mike Kaiser -- one of the CAG members serving presently on the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study.


One of the major tasks of the Community Advisory Group (CAG) is to collect information from community members who have been impacted by the Aliso Canyon Disaster.  That information would be incorporated into the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study, which is being organized by the CAG and the Scientific Oversight Committee (SOC).



In light of this, the Granada Hills Street Fair seemed to be a perfect opportunity to gather information from the community.  Additionally, the street fair seemed like an excellent opportunity to introduce the CAG and SOC along with the fact that the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study is a result of the settlement with SoCalGas and directed by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH).



I was at…

CAG Meeting #2

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Community Advisory Group -- Meeting #2


Before I get started on updating the public, I need to disclose that the information below represents my own views -- Dr. Mike Kaiser -- one of the CAG members serving presently on the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study.


The second meeting was held at the Catholic St. Euphrasia Parish Hall Elementary School on Shoshone Ave in Granda Hills on September 24th.  An agenda was sent out in advance and can be accessed by clicking here.  An overarching theme in the early days of the formation of the Community Advisory Group (CAG) is that structure and transparency is an important part of moving forward.  The process of nailing down (agreeing) a guidance document for the CAG to operate and stand by has taken quite a bit of time.



Although, a sound and concrete agreement on transparency between the CAG, the Scientific Oversight Committee (SOC), and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health is truly needed if the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Blowout He…

CAG Interim Meeting 1.5

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Before I get started on updating the public, I need to disclose that the information below represents my own views -- Dr. Mike Kaiser -- one of the CAG members serving presently on the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study.


The purpose of this special meeting was to review the original Community Advisory Group (CAG) Charter which was originated from the CAG over the last few weeks.  Specifically, CAG members wanted the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LA DPH) to not only recognize the document but to incorporate the document into their existing CAG Guidelines.  Which was completely reasonable in the search for transparency moving forward.



Originally, LA DPH gave the CAG members their version of 'guidelines' in the form of a handout -- which can be accessed by clicking the linked here.  As I stated earlier, in the beginning, during the formation of a Community Advisory Group (CAG), the early CAG members came up with a…

The Aliso Canyon CAG has been finalized

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Before I get started on updating the public, I need to disclose that the information below represents my own views -- Dr. Mike Kaiser -- one of the CAG members serving presently on the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study.



Over the last few months, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has been coordinating the formation of the Community Advisory Group (CAG).  The function of the group will be to serve as a conduit of information both to and from the community regarding the Health Study from the largest Natural Gas blowout in history from the Aliso Canyon Gas Facility located in Porter Ranch (California).



Specifically, determine why the public had symptoms and illnesses after the clean-up (i.e., inspection by LA DPH of the region) which are not supported by science.  Science on which the Department of Public Health had available regarding natural gas storage facilities and blowouts.



The Los Angeles Department of Public Health has funds which were appr…