Archive for May 30th, 2010

SBSun: Report reveals ARMC issues; Hospital preps for reinspection

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/29/2010 07:07:15 AM PDT

Staff at Arrowhead Regional Medical in Colton failed to properly screen children for abuse, overmedicated patients with antipsychotic drugs and painkillers and failed to follow proper guidelines for restraining patients, according to a recently released federal investigative report.

An inspection by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in November also determined that one physician’s assistant was allowed to work at the county hospital for nearly six months without certification, another ordered medication for a patient without a doctor’s approval, and that a doctor removed the appendix of a patient without her consent.

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VVDailyPress: County eyes staff cuts

May 29, 2010 2:30 PM
FROM STAFF REPORTS

SAN BERNARDINO • The Board of Supervisors this week will receive the 2010-11 proposed county budget, which will call for the elimination of 462 positions, including 85 that are currently filled.

The largest cost reduction in the proposed budget would be realized through the restructuring of contracts with general and safety employees, even though voting on the restructuring has not concluded, county officials said in a news release.

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VVDailyPress: True cost of failed GE contract: $193 million

Victorville’s VV2 power plant gamble presents massive loss for years to come
May 29, 2010 12:30 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city breathed a sigh of relief to recently get out from under threat of a lawsuit from General Electric for just $50 million, with twice that amount potentially on the line.

However Victorville will be paying for that loss for another 30 to 40 years, bond documents show — at a total cost, under current interest terms, of roughly $193,000.

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RivPE: Zellerbach raises $129,000 in eight weeks

10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, May 29, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County district attorney candidate Paul Zellerbach’s campaign raised $129,000 in eight weeks, he loaned himself $40,000, and then spent much of it on television ads and mailers, his latest contribution and expenditure form shows.

Zellerbach’s form, filed Wednesday with the Riverside County Registrar of Voters, shows during the March 19-May 22 reporting period that he added the $169,000 to an existing $19,180, then spent nearly $181,000, leaving $7,652.

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Meg Whitman                         Carly Fiorina

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LOS ANGELES TIMES/USC POLL

Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times

May 29, 2010 | 6:35 p.m.

After plummeting in recent polls, Republican Meg Whitman has regained her commanding lead in the race for governor over her primary opponent Steve Poizner, but their contentious assaults have helped reverse the general election edge she once held over Democrat Jerry Brown, a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll has found.

Whitman leads Poizner 53% to 29%, with less than two weeks to go before the June 8 primary, the poll found. But head to head against Brown, she trails 44% to 38%.

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SacBee: Whitman finally hints she’s a Republican

Dan Morain
Published: Sunday, May. 30, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3E

Suddenly, Meg Whitman has found her missing R.

Whitman has spent a record $83 million on her campaign – $500,000 a day – including an astonishing $48 million on radio and television ads. I steeled myself the other day and listened to and watched all the Whitman commercials I could find.

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Brown

By Marjie Lundstrom
mlundstrom@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 30, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 30, 2010 – 12:15 am

One cardboard box is labeled, simply, “Crazies.”

Another dusty box holds “Confidential and Significant Material,” while two other cartons are filled with “Proposition 13 briefing material” and “Medfly files.” Yet another box is devoted to “Love Letters.”

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By Susan Ferriss
sferriss@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 30, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

As he stares into the abyss of a $19.1 billion state budget shortfall, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is urging Californians to consider an earth-shifting governmental move.

To help social services such as child welfare and elder care avoid massive cuts, he wants to transfer more responsibility for those programs from the state to counties.

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