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May 19th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Sometimes I really wonder who is the worst lawyer, District Attorney Mike Ramos or County Counsel Ruth Stringer.  From Ramos we have learned that the Constitution of the United States is not applicable in San Bernardino County, at least not in connection with political enemies.   And County Counsel Ruth Stringer has taught us that copulation involving public resources is covered by the “deliberative process” and therefore not subject to review, not that we wanted to review the copulation, only the expenditures attached thereto.

Now we find our two legal beagles are at it again.  Well, not with each other we hope, but in consort of sorts, with those at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) who wish to cover for the misdeeds of members of the Board of Supervisors, the county’s Medical Director Dr. Dev GnanaDev,  ARMC Chief Executive Officer Patrick Petre, and a handful of doctors and other ARMC employees.

Last Tuesday, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Agenda Item No. 13 was debated.  It reads:

13) Approve the Joint Conference Committee Meeting Minutes of a meeting held on March 31, 2010, and direct the Clerk of the Board to maintain confidentiality pursuant to Evidence Code Sections 1157 et seq.

(Affected Districts: All)
(Presenter: Patrick Petre, Director, 580-6150)

Well when this inquiring mind saw the item and the fact that the Clerk of the Board would be directed to maintain confidentiality, it was obvious further investigation was required.  If one takes the time to read the actual item, it states:

A meeting of the Joint Conference Committee was held on March 31, 2010.

The agenda items discussed at this meeting included updates on the ARMC facility, Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit, medical staff issues, legislation, and state and federal budgets.

So, exactly why would updates on a building, legislation, and the state and federal budget require confidentiality?  To get to the bottom of it, I looked up Evidence Code section 1157, et seq., which reads in pertinent part:

1157. (a) Neither the proceedings nor the records of organized committees of medical, . . . shall be subject to discovery.

(e) The amendments made to this section by Chapter 1081 of the Statutes of 1983, or at the 1985 portion of the 1985-86 Regular Session of the Legislature, or at the 1990 portion of the 1989-90 Regular Session of the Legislature, or at the 2000 portion of the 1999-2000 Regular Session of the Legislature, do not exclude the discovery or use of relevant evidence in a criminal action.

Well, it is truly once again a matter of the “Stringer Rule of Law” or “baffle them with BS” and maybe no one will notice.  Evidence Code section 1157 has to do with peer review committees.  The Joint Conference Committee is NOT a peer review committee.  I understand the concept of peer review committees but not well enough to explain it to others.  Perhaps one of the doctors who reads this will take a moment to explain why the Joint Conference Committee is not the same as a peer review committee and what a peer review committee does.  But the bottom line is that Stringer, et al., are applying a law that does not apply in an attempt to cover up for Dr. GnanaDev’s misdeeds.  In this case the misdeed is the termination of the Anesthesia contract, or rather the reasons behind it, which we have discussed some and will discuss further in a separate entry.

To add insult to injury, our other legal beagle, Mike Ramos, has been conducting an investigation into ARMC.  We have known about this for weeks but were not free to discuss this on the blog.  The District Attorney’s office was supposed to serve a search warrant on ARMC a couple weeks ago to confiscate all the paper, handwritten files kept on Supervisors Biane and Gonzales, among others, and Mark Uffer.  These files prove the allegations of free health care, etc.  Sources are telling iePolitics that that did not occur but rather Ramos is allowing ARMC perpetrators to back-date documents and create computer entries for supervisors where none previously existed.

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