The True Cost of the Anti-Vaxx Movement ; Oakland Landlords Ignore Eviction Laws ; and More Picks 3/28

The Anti-Vaccine Movement Is More Organized and Powerful Than Ever (Russ)

From the Daily Beast: “Experts say the anti-vaccine or vaccine choice groups, as they commonly refer to themselves, are becoming larger, better organized and funded in part because their prolific use of social media, as well as the rise of a group founded by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. which has helped to coordinate their efforts to push back on new laws.”

The True Dollar Cost of the Anti-Vaccine Movement (Chris)

From Wired: “Most of the havoc wreaked by outbreaks of otherwise preventable diseases can only be measured qualitatively: a parent’s terror; a child’s loss of weeks at school … But we can quantify the medical and public health response. It is the bottom lines on hospital bills, for medical care that would not otherwise have been necessary. … It’s lab work that was never budgeted for, hotel charges and gas for investigators sent out on the road, overtime hours for state police rushing emergency doses of immunotherapy across the state.”

Landlords Routinely Ignore Oakland Eviction Laws (Chris)

The author writes, “A lack of oversight and enforcement in Oakland is allowing landlords to frequently evade tenant protection laws, leaving renters vulnerable to fraud. More than two years after Oakland enacted tough housing regulations to combat wrongful evictions, roughly three out of four landlords appear to be violating those very laws, according to an analysis by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit. While Oakland’s housing regulations allow for pricey fines, NBC Bay Area has learned not a single landlord has been cited.”

CA Dungeness Crab Industry Season to End 3 Months Early To Help Whales, Turtles (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “In what could become a global model to protect whales and sea turtles from becoming entangled in fishing gear, three groups on Tuesday, March 26, announced a settlement agreement that will close California Dungeness crab fishing for the season on April 15.”

Explosives Found in MD Linked to Man Who Ingested Cyanide in Courtroom 20 Years Ago (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Howard County fire marshals said in a news release Monday that a passerby found the container, and in it bomb-making materials, a loaded handgun and a series of documents that connected the devices to [Alan Bruce] Chmurny. Deputy fire marshals safely detonated the explosives.”