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County takes next step toward fluoridated drinking water

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday pressed forward with a controversial plan to put fluoride into most of the county’s drinking water during an emotional hearing in which dozens of speakers debated whether the chemical compound is a panacea or a poison.

Sonoma County considers authorizing more water fluoridation studies

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to advance one of its most hot-button projects: a bid to introduce fluoride to most of the county’s drinking water to improve dental health.

New county health chief sees some goals as universal

Sonoma County should expect big things from its new public health officer, Dr. Lynn Silver Chalfin. She comes from New York City, where as assistant health commissioner she helped launch initiatives that affected the lives of millions of people and established national trends, from a citywide ban on trans fats to a law requiring fast food calorie labeling. While New York and Sonoma County are in many ways worlds apart, Silver Chalfin said the public health goals for both communities are much the same: tackling obesity and smoking, increasing access to quality care and creating an environment that encourages healthier lifestyles.