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KSBR News Briefs on  Thursday, May 25, 2017

Drug company Teva to pay $1.6 million over opioid marketing

A drug company has agreed to pay $1.6 million for substance abuse treatment to settle a lawsuit from our County and Santa Clara County that alleged misleading marketing practices.

The settlement also requires Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Inc. to refrain from promoting opioid painkillers for so-called off-label use.

The payment settles a lawsuit filed in 2014 alleging that painkiller makers downplayed the risks of their drugs and exaggerated their benefits. A judge in our County still needs to approve the settlement, which also requires the company to disclose the risk of addiction anytime it touts the benefits of its painkillers.

Teva also agreed to refrain from false adverting and to disclose sponsorship of supplements discussing opioids placed in medical journals.

Four other major pharmaceutical companies remain as defendants.


Laguna Beach

In a month, smoking will be banned in all outdoor Laguna Beach public areas.

The Laguna Beach City Council has given its final approval to an anti-smoking ordinance.

Councilman Steve Dicterow says those who don’t follow the ordinance could face citations, but mostly warnings will be issued.

He says there will be signage to alert smokers about the ban.

Smoking will continue to be allowed in private non-commercial areas such as the backyards of homes.


Mission Viejo

The Mission Viejo City Council may eventually agree to charge fees associated with community events.

Mayor Wendy Bucknum says the idea is expected to come up during the Council’s budgeting process.

She says the Council has discovered for example, for free events, where reservations are required, many people who sign up, often don’t show up. And if there’s a fee associated with the event, they will show up.

She’s encouraging residents to attend the June 13 budget workshop at six in the evening.


Capistrano Unified School District

The Capistrano Unified School District board has selected Marketing Consultant Judy Bullockus to fill the soon to be vacant Trustee Area 7 seat.

Current Trustee Lynn Hatton-Hodson has resigned effective June 2nd.

District Public Information Officer Ryan Burris says the decision was made during a public meeting in which the candidates for the position were interviewed.

He says the board liked Bullockus’s connection to Mission Viejo, her experience with volunteering in schools and her knowledge of the district and the community.

Bullockus will hold the position until the November 2018 election.

Burris says she told the board she wasn’t sure whether she will become a candidate for the position in that election.

She will be sworn-in on June 7th.

Bullockus was recently a guest on KSBR’s public affairs show “Collage” which had aired on May 15th.  She had talked about Mission Viejo’s upcoming Relay For Life event. The show can be heard on KSBR’s website from the On-Demand tab.


San Clemente

San Clemente’s City Council tomorrow will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of the city’s Trolley.

City Public Information Officer Laura Ferguson says the ribbon cutting ceremony begins at ten in the morning at Parque Del Mar in the Pier Bowl.

She says starting tomorrow the free trolley will run Thursday through Sunday along the coastline from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

It will have stops at 16 different locations including the San Clemente Pier, the Outlets at San Clemente and the Metrolink train station at North Beach.

Ferguson says the trolley’s hours will be Thursdays and Fridays, noon until ten in the evening; Saturdays, ten in the morning until ten at night and Sundays, ten in the morning until eight at night.


Buckle Up:’Click It or Ticket’

Motorists and passengers in cars better buckle up or else face citations.

The County Sheriff’s Department along with the State Office of Traffic Safety has launched a seat belt campaign called “Click It or Ticket” that runs through June 4.

Lt. Lane Lagaret says officers will have zero tolerance for non-seat belt use, which means violators will be cited.

He says the ticket cost for an adult seat belt violation is 162 dollars, and the penalty for not restraining a child is 465 dollars.

He says in 2015, 545 Californians were killed because they didn’t wear a seat belt.