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The PE: CORONA: Former SB County chief to lead Corona hospital

Mark Uffer

Mark Uffer, the former top administrator of San Bernardino County, will be the new CEO of Corona Regional Medical Center./File Photo

October 09, 2013; 02:45 PM

A former San Bernardino County administrator has been chosen as Corona Regional Medical Center’s new chief executive officer.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 – 06:00 p.m.

You gotta love San Bernardino County politics.

The letter to the editor by San Bernardino attorneys Philip Kassel and Sanford Kassel, printed below, says it all.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County settles suit with former top exec for $650,000

Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/28/2012 12:05:18 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay $650,000 to former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer to settle his $15 million wrongful-termination lawsuit.

The settlement was approved on a 3-2 vote after a closed-session discussion, said county spokesman David Wert. The settlement was recommended by the county’s legal counsel.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County pays Uffer $650,000

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – 12:50 p.m.

San Bernardino County has settled a lawsuit filed by its former chief executive Tuesday morning.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Uffer civil trial moved to April

Monday, February 27, 2012 – 08:15 a.m.

The civil trial of a lawsuit filed against San Bernardino County by former chief executive Mark Uffer has been moved again.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Former counsel earned year’s vacation

A former San Bernardino County legal counsel’s year off is the example that leads supervisors to put a cap on such benefits

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 05 January 2012 10:12 PM

Until November 2010, top San Bernardino County employees could rack up an unlimited number of vacation, holiday or administrative hours.

The policy allowed them to stockpile vacation time and earn large payouts when they left the county, said Supervisor Neil Derry, who proposed the cap.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Uffer civil trial delayed

Friday, October 7, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

The civil trial of a lawsuit filed by former county executive Mark Uffer against San Bernardino County has been continued at the request of both parties.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Judge allows Uffer’s lawsuit to advance

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10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, September 22, 2011

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge is allowing former county administrator Mark Uffer to go forward with his wrongful termination lawsuit, finding that he has enough cause to argue that he was dismissed for cooperating with law enforcement.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Uffer medical history, condition at issue

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Monday, August 22, 2011 – 06:30 a.m.

Ousted San Bernardino County Chief Executive Mark Uffer reportedly may be in the hunt for lifetime health insurance coverage.

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The Sun: Corruption case dismissals no surprise to San Bernardino County figures

Former Supervisor Dennis Hansberger and Former County Chief Executive Mark Uffer

Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/19/2011 06:11:13 PM PDT

Few former or current San Bernardino County officials were surprised Friday by a judge’s dismissal of most of the charges against a Rancho Cucamonga-based developer.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Uffer officially retires

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 – 09:20 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s former chief executive has finally filed for and received his service retirement.

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DailyBulletin: Ovitt: I’m in charge

Supervisor Gary Ovitt

Supervisor says Kirk didn’t control his office
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/26/2011 05:28:51 PM PDT

Grand Jury testimony released Friday does not accurately portray who was in charge in the county’s 4th District, according to Supervisor Gary Ovitt.

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The PE: COLONIES: Supervisors flipped as board makeup changed

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 25, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

When Colonies Partners first sued San Bernardino County in 2002 over flood-control improvements on its Upland development, they faced a Board of Supervisors unwilling to settle the dispute, recently released grand jury transcripts show.

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The PE: COLONIES: China trip turning point for Postmus

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 25, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

In fall 2005, then-San Bernardino County Supervisor Bill Postmus returned from a trip to China a changed man.

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Grand Jury papers reveal tensions
Mike Cruz and Sandra Emerson, Staff Writers
Created: 07/25/2011 08:23:19 PM PDT

In San Bernardino County’s 4th District, the chief of staff ran the show, according to Grand Jury testimony released last week.

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The PE: Lawyers fought Colonies settlement

11:24 PM PDT on Friday, July 22, 2011

By DUG BEGLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Over the objections of every lawyer who ever handled the Colonies case for San Bernardino County, Supervisors Bill Postmus and Paul Biane pushed for a settlement even though they lacked any legal basis, court documents show.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County moves to dismiss suit by former official

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Saturday, June 25, 2011 – 01:30 p.m.

San Bernardino County has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by its former chief executive on Friday.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Former county exec still on payroll?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 – 10:53 a.m.

First it is former County Counsel Ruth Stringer remaining on county payroll burning accrued leave time while continuing to receive full benefits.

Now it appears former county administrative officer Mark Uffer could be doing the same thing.

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The Sun: Uffer trial set for October

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/23/2011 05:33:03 PM PDT

A jury will hear former county administrator Mark Uffer’s case against San Bernardino County at a trial beginning Oct. 11, Uffer’s attorney said Monday.

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Ramos

 

By Wendy Leung and Joe Nelson, Staff Writers
Created: 05/20/2011 08:48:33 PM PDT

It started with a fugitive poster and a press conference declaring it the “biggest” corruption case the San Bernardino County district attorney has ever prosecuted.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County to seek dismissal of lawsuit

 

Sunday, February 27, 2011 – 10:40 a.m.

San Bernardino County appears confident in its defense of a lawsuit filed by it’s former chief executive Mark Uffer.

They probably have every right to be.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County struggling with deficit plan

Sunday, January 16, 2011 – 10:00 p.m.

The County of San Bernardino is reportedly still grappling with how to handle its projected 2011-12 fiscal year deficit.

A deficit now approaching $140 million, with still more rocks to turn over.

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The Sun OpEd: Attempt to enact ethics panel thwarted time and again

Point of View

Neil Derry
Posted: 01/12/2011 06:17:28 PM PST

How can I vote for someone who opposes nearly every substantive government reform measure I have pledged to support or fought to enact? What kind of message does it send to the people who elected me if I endorse a person who repeatedly worked to sabotage my efforts to fulfill promises made to these very same voters?

The people who elected me are tired of “go along to get along, business as usual” politics in San Bernardino County.

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InlandPolitics: ‘New direction’ or ‘business as usual’ for Rutherford?

Rutherford

Thursday, January 6, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.
Last Updated: January 6, 2011 – 08:25 p.m.

It’s Crunch time!

Just five more days and we’ll all know the answer to the big question.

Will newly-elected County Supervisor Janice Rutherford keep her campaign pledge of ethics and reform, or will it be ‘go along, get along” business as usual?

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DailyBulletin: Court orders Uffer to return documents

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 01/05/2011 05:07:48 PM PST

A San Bernardino Superior Court Judge has ordered former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer to return thousands of county e-mails and documents he has had in his possession since being fired in November 2009.

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InlandPolitics: Uffer ordered to return documents

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011 – 01:55 p.m.

A San Benardino County Superior Court judge has ordered the County’s former chief executive to return documents he misappropriated prior to his departure.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County Officials used ‘fake’ names

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 – 08:45 a.m.

News continues to trickle out on a federal probe involving government officials receiving free care at San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

The term ‘government’ versus ‘county’ officials is now more approriate since it appears state-level officials may have also been given ‘V.I.P.’ treatment at the facility free of charge.

But, it gets even better.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County retaliates against blogger

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County executives have come down hard on one of their own employees who also operates a local political blog.

A blog popular with readers, but not county leaders.

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The Sun: Deficits kill county’s Carousel plan

James Rufus Koren and Joe Nelson, Staff Writers
Posted: 11/24/2010 04:57:43 PM PST

Just last year, San Bernardino County leaders were seriously considering purchasing all or part of San Bernardino’s half-vacant Carousel Mall and using the land for a new county government center.

But that won’t be happening, at least not anytime soon. In April, county leaders told the mall’s main owners, Lynwood-based developer Placo San Bernardino LLC, that the county was no longer interested in the property, county spokesman David Wert said Tuesday.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: New government center never really in the cards

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 – 08:20 a.m.

There is several reasons why a proposed new San Bernardino County government center to be located at the foundering Carousel Mall site was never really in the cards.

An idea hatched about four years ago. That’s right, four years!

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InlandPolitics: ARMC scandal: The big question is why?

Monday, November 22, 2010 – 05:30 a.m.

A federal investigation into allegations that various current and former San Bernardino County officials received special “V.I.P.” care at county-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) has many people asking one big question.

Why?

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Hospital employees kept records on officials

Thursday, November 18, 2010 – 10:30 a.m.

The plot thickens in the investigation by the U.S. department of Justice into alleged wrongdoing at San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

It seems ARMC employees maintained files folders on various current and former county officials. Some folders were labeled with the officials name and the words “Do Not Bill”.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Friction in ex-administrator’s lawsuit

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – 09:30 p.m.

The heat seems to be climbing in former county administrative officer Mark H. Uffer’s lawsuit against the County of San Bernardino.

A lawsuit stemming from Uffer’s termination last year.

Uffer claims he was fired by county supervisors on a 3-2 vote because he was cooperating with investigators focusing on alleged county corruption.

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InlandPolitics: The Insider: Feds calling shots in ARMC investigation

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 – 9:28 a.m.

Is the District Attorney really calling the shots in the investigation involving activities at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC)?

The evidence is building, and it’s beginning to look more and more like the answer is “no”.

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InlandPolitics: The Insider: Another name surfaces in FBI probe

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 – 07:19 a.m.

Information on last weeks FBI raid at San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) continues to trickle out.

Last weekend, The Insider learned that records related to the wife of a former chief of staff to a county supervisor were being sought.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County officials, past and present, run for cover

Saturday, November 6, 2010 – 12:20 p.m.
Last Updated: November 6, 2010 – 05:30 p.m.

Now the lid has finally blown on the scandal at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

What a surprise to us all.

Well, not really.

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The PE: Arrowhead medical center waiver policy reviewed

09:01 PM PDT on Friday, November 5, 2010

By LORA HINES and IMRAN GHOR
The Press-Enterprise

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for at least two years waived or reduced copayments and deductibles for hospital and San Bernardino County employees, hospital-affiliated doctors and others.

The discounts were allowed under a policy dated May 23, 2008, and signed by hospital Chief Financial Officer Frank Arambula. San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux ended the practice in April after he discovered it never received required approval from the county Board of Supervisors.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/05/2010 07:37:55 PM PDT

A raid at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center by FBI agents and district attorney’s investigators is the latest in a series of controversies that have vexed the county hospital in Colton in the last year.

Authorities have refused to divulge specifics of the investigation, leaving the public and San Bernardino County officials wondering why a plethora of documents were seized from the hospital on Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: Memo to Sanford Kassel

Friday, November 5, 2010 – 10:50 a.m.

Memo to San Bernardino attorney Sanford Kassel.

Dear Sandy,

You should have done a better job screening your client.

Hope he is paying by the hour.

Is your practice limited to civil only?

Best wishes

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Kassel represents fired San Bernardino County administrative officer Mark H. Uffer in his legal action against the county.

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The PE: FBI, DA’s office raid Arrowhead Regional

07:42 AM PDT on Friday, November 5, 2010

By LORA HINES and IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Published: 11/4/2010 04:15 PM

Federal and San Bernardino County investigators Thursday served a search warrant at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and spent the day removing boxes filled with documents from the hospital’s administrative offices.

Investigators from the county district attorney’s public integrity unit and FBI executed the search warrant, officials said.

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The Sun: County hospital raided

Staff Report
Posted: 11/04/2010 08:01:46 PM PDT

More than two dozen FBI agents and investigators from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office raided Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Thursday.

Authorities arrived at the county hospital on Pepper Avenue in Colton in unmarked vehicles and spent the bulk of the day collecting documents and files, and hauling boxes from the hospital.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: Will Walker payoff Brown political debt?

Larry Walker

Sunday, October 24, 2010 – 01:00 p.m.

What a tangled web.

Last week we published a story here at InlandPolitics.com on San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller-Recorder-Tax Collector Larry Walker’s hiring and subsequent promotion of Matt Brown to be his second-in-command.

A position for which Brown possesses no apparent qualification to hold.

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InlandPolitics: Conspiracy evidence reinforces ‘politically-motivated’ allegation

“I am always troubled when the publicity regarding a case exceeds the evidence,” Levenson said. “It creates these incredibly high expectations, and it’s very damaging to the defendants, and we don’t even know if the evidence will support the charges.”

Laurie Levenson
Former Federal Prosecutor and Professor of Law
Loyola Law School
(Excerpt from article printed in The Sun on 08/26/2010)
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Sunday, September 26, 2010 – 3:00 p.m.
Last Updated: September 26, 2010 – 9:00 p.m.

What a difference six months can make.

After nearly a year and a half of making claims of political retaliation. The facts seem to be coming home to roost.

MohaveDailyNews: Hospital administrator may serve with revised contract

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By JENNIFER DENEVAN/News West
Published: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 12:38 AM MDT

NEEDLES — Gasps were heard as the Board of Hospital Trustees of the city of Needles unanimously approved a revised version of Mark Uffer’s contract during their meeting Sept. 16.

John Pinkney, city and hospital attorney, made a call that night to Uffer and Uffer accepted. He was set to begin work Monday.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: Sanford Ka$$el vs. San Bernardino County

Friday, September 17, 2010 – 05:00 p.m.

Corrupt San Bernardino County politicians beware.

Lawyer Sanford Kassel is on the scene ready to expose evil-doers everywhere. (That is for his well-paying clients.)

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The Sun Editorial: Cheesy money play

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Posted: 09/15/2010 06:47:09 PM PDT

Nice try, Mark Uffer.

San Bernardino County’s former administrative officer, fired in November, cooked up a sneaky plan to defer his salary in a new position so he could take full advantage of county taxpayers. Luckily, his plan was foiled; he didn’t even get the job.

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The Sun: County rejects Uffer’s offer

Former exec sought $3.5M to settle suit
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/14/2010 08:04:52 PM PDT

San Bernardino County has rejected an offer to settle a civil lawsuit filed by former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer for $3.5 million.

Uffer, who was fired from his job as the county’s top administrator in November, sued the county in May, alleging he was fired for cooperating with state and local prosecutors in a corruption probe of a legal settlement between the county and a Rancho Cucamonga developer in November 2006.

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Uffer

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County supervisors Tuesday rejected an offer to settle a lawsuit by its former top administrator who has accused the county of firing him for cooperating with corruption investigations.

Mark Uffer, who lost his job as county administrative officer in November 2009, sought a $3.5 million payment plus medical and life insurance benefits for himself and his family, according to an Aug. 27 letter from his attorney released by the county.

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The Sun: Uffer a no-go in Needles

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Hospital’s board can’t agree on deal
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/13/2010 06:56:24 PM PDT

Former San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer said Monday he will not be working at the Colorado River Medical Center in Needles as its chief executive officer after all.

On Friday, the hospital’s board of directors, for a second time, could not reach a majority vote on Uffer’s proposed employment contract, voting 3-3, Uffer said.

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InlandPolitics: Uffer attempting to cheat county taxpayers?

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 – 09:50 a.m.

Details are emerging on former San Bernardino County administrative officer Mark Uffer’s proposed contract with Colorado River Medical Center (CRMC) located in Needles, California.

One major oberservation? Uffer is trying to cheat county taxpayers.

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The Sun: Uffer’s employment up in the air

Uffer

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/07/2010 04:28:16 PM PDT

Former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer’s job as chief executive officer of the Colorado River Medical Center in Needles hinges on whether the hospital’s board of directors approves a new contract Uffer is proposing.

Uffer announced last week he had been offered the job by hospital board member Linda Kidd, subject to him entering into a written contract with the hospital. He spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week touring the hospital and getting to know its staff and the issues in most immediate need of fixing there.

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InlandPolitics: Uffer attempt at money grab becomes entertaining

Monday, September 6, 2010 – 10:45 am

The lawsuit filed against San Bernardino County by former administrative officer Mark H. Uffer, is entertaining if anything.

Uffer filed suit a few months ago after county supervisors fired him on a 3-2 vote last fall.

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DailyBulletin: Uffer attorney presses for Biane deposition

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Testimony sought in civil suit against county
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/05/2010 03:56:59 PM PDT

The attorney representing former San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer in a lawsuit says he will ask the court to compel Supervisor Paul Biane to give a deposition if one isn’t scheduled soon.

Sanford Kassel is pushing forward in the lawsuit, and the county has scheduled 11 depositions over the next 30 days.

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InlandPolitics: Uffer job at CRMC a “no go” ?

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Friday, September 3, 2010 – 6:00 pm

Sources tell InlandPolitics.com that things blew up Thursday night at a meeting of the governing board of the Colorado River Medical Center (CRMC) in Needles.

The topic?

The contract for fired San Bernardino County administrative officer Mark Uffer.

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SBSun: Depositions will start Thursday in Uffer lawsuit

By Joe Nelson Staff Writer
Posted: 09/02/2010 06:07:09 PM PDT

Eleven San Bernardino County employees and elected officials are scheduled to give depositions this month in relation to a lawsuit filed by former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer.

The scheduled depositions are subject to change. County spokesman David Wert is one of them. He said his scheduled deposition Sept. 28 falls on the day of a Board of Supervisors meeting, and he’ll have to reschedule.

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PE: Fired SB County CAO gets new position

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Former San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer said he’s been offered a job as CEO of the Colorado River Medical Center in Needles.

Uffer, who is suing the county over his November firing by a majority of the county Board of Supervisors, said he’s working out the details of his contract with the hospital and plans to accept the position at the 25-bed hospital.

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DailyBulletin: Uffer takes job at desert hospital

Fired CAO hopes to help Needles
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 08/30/2010 04:27:55 PM PDT

Former San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer has taken a position as the interim chief executive officer of the Colorado River Medical Center in Needles.

Uffer said he received a telephone call last Thursday from hospital board member Linda Kidd, informing him the job at the 25-bed acute care hospital was his if he wanted it.

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InlandPolitics: Uffer new chief executive at Colorado River Medical Center

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Yes it’s true.

Sources tell InlandPolitics.com that former San Bernardino County administrative officer Mark H. Uffer is now the incoming CEO of Colorado River Medical Center in Needles.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 – 1:30 pm

A story published yesterday by Sharon Gilbert at iePolitics.com revealed that ousted former San Bernardino County administrative officer Mark Uffer is under consideration for the position of chief executive officer for Colorado River Medical Center in Needles.

A facility with a shaky financial track record.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010 – 05:00 am

Former San Bernardino County chief executive Mark Uffer wasn’t really known for his common sense.

His lawsuit against the county is a prime example.

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SBSun: Judge limits lawsuit by ex-county exec

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/03/2010 03:14:28 PM PDT

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge has stricken two breach-of-contract allegations in a lawsuit filed against the county by former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer.

Judge Donald Alvarez, however, let stand Uffer’s claim of whistleblower retaliation.

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InlandPolitics: Former administrators lawsuit against S.B. County dealt blow

Uffer

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 – 10:45 am

A lawsuit filed against San Bernardino County by its former administrative officer was dealt a heavy blow on Monday.

Former county administrative officer Mark Uffer, who was dismissed without cause last year by the Board of Supervisors, sued the county earlier this year alleging his firing was in retaliation for his “whistle blowing” activities against his employers.

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InlandPolitics: A new twist in the Brown-Biane saga

Sources tell InlandPolitics.com that Matt Brown, chief of staff for county supervisor Paul Biane has been offered a position with Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector Larry Walker.

But it seems Brown is balking at taking the job.

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iePolitics: ARMC: Our BOS wants more stupid?

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Written by Administrator
June 13th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

So is our illustrious San Bernardino Board of Supervisors up to stupid again? We hope not. But we won’t know for sure until Tuesday’s meeting. BOS agenda item No. 16 has left us scratching our heads. This board item approves new,2-year contracts with all of the various medical providers for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), with the exception of the Anesthesia contract, which is extended six months.

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SBSun OpEd: Leadership is in place to manage bleak county budget

Derry

Neil Derry
Posted: 06/06/2010 05:51:16 PM PDT

This is my first full budget cycle as the newest member of the Board of Supervisors. As a candidate, many people approached me to provide insight into the workings of San Bernardino County government. As a newly elected supervisor, many more provided their perspective and painted their colorful pictures. However, I was determined to educate myself and observe the inner workings firsthand so that I could arrive at my own conclusions instead of being influenced by the biases of others.

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VVDailyPress: Uffer sues county for wrongful termination

May 27, 2010 5:18 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • Six months after he was suddenly fired without cause, the former top executive of San Bernardino County is suing the county for wrongful termination.

Former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer on Wednesday filed a lawsuit alleging that county supervisors and their top staffers retaliated against him for his cooperation with the county grand jury and District Attorney’s office.

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RivPE: Former county administrator sues over firing

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10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 26, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County’s former top administrator filed a wrongful termination lawsuit Wednesday, accusing supervisors of firing him in November because he was cooperating with corruption investigations.

The complaint was filed in San Bernardino County Superior Court a month after the county rejected an April 1 claim by former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer seeking $15 million in damages.

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SBSun: Former CAO Uffer alleges retaliation in lawsuit

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/26/2010 06:30:04 PM PDT

Former San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer filed a lawsuit against the county on Wednesday alleging whistleblower retaliation for cooperating in an ongoing corruption probe with state and local prosecutors.

Uffer alleges his termination occurred one week after he met with the Grand Jury to discuss questionable use of county-issued credit cards by Mark Kirk, chief of staff for Supervisor Gary Ovitt, and Brian Johsz, Ovitt’s district director.

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InlandPolitics: Insiders give peek into climate at S.B. County facility

Employees are starting to give a glimpse at just how cover-ups and vicious politics override patient care priorities at  San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

Threatening physicians, profiteering, and strong-arming have become commonplace at the struggling hospital.

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iePolitics: Can justice be found in San Bernardino County? – Part 3

www.iepolitics.com

Written by Administrator
May 24th, 2010 at 9:02 am

“Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both. — Eleanor Roosevelt”

So far in this series we have discussed the District Attorney’s office and the Conflict Panel. There are three other components to justice, or the lack thereof, in San Bernardino County: the Public Defender, the Sheriff’s Department, and the Superior Court bench. Today, we will discuss the office of the Public Defender.

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iePolitics: Time to cut out the cancer at ARMC

www.iepolitics.com

Written by Administrator
May 24th, 2010 at 5:27 am

As a child growing up with a mother who prescribed to old-fashioned thoughts about medical care, I was always told never to allow doctors to operate on cancer because exposing cancer cells to air would cause them to grow exponentially.  Of course, today we know how to use surgery to cure an otherwise fatal tumor.

Several years ago all of Southern California watched the crisis at the Los Angeles County-run King-Drew Medical Center.  If history can predict the future, we have a similar, fatal cancer growing at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) that needs to be excised fully and quickly.

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One things for certain.

San Bernardino County doesn’t want any bad news made public. And when it does go public by way of internal leaks, the course of action is to downplay or deny.

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iePolitics: More ARMC Cover Up

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Written by Administrator
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.

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iePolitics: ARMC Coverup

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Written by Administrator
May 18th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Evidence is surfacing that a major cover-up is in progress at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).  Allegations surfaced months ago that San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Second District Supervisor Paul Biane and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales received extensive free medical care at ARMC.  A complaint has been filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) alleging Form 700 violations due to the fact that these supervisors, along with former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer, received free medical care, which constitutes a gift of public funds, and did not report said gifts as required by law on their Form 700s.

iePolitics: ARMC – Time For Action

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Written by Administrator
May 12th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Yesterday we witnessed something at the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors session that we don’t see often. Subordinates of a sort spoke out against their administrator. Dr. John Steinmann, an orthopedic spine surgeon, and Dr. Keyvan Safdari, an anesthesiologist, both spoke of heavy handedness and retaliation by Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Medical Director, Dr. Dev Gnanadev.

Steinmann indicated to the members of the Board of Supervisors that patient care is suffering as a result of Gnanadev’s leadership. As we have discussed here repeatedly, retaliation is the name of the game at ARMC, a practice likely initiated and certainly promulgated by former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer. And now we learn it is more true than we realized.

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Written by Administrator
May 10th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of over-treatment and therapeutic nihilism.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: S.B. County: Another shoe drops

As if anyone with an ounce of intelligence couldn’t see it coming, the obvious was revealed this evening.

Matt Brown, Chief of Staff to Second District Supervisor Paul Biane has a civil attorney. The attorney being none other than Sanford Kassel.

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Supervisor Paul Biane

Joe Nelson and Wendy Leung, Staff Writers
Posted: 05/05/2010 07:00:59 PM PDT

The chief of staff to San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane has been placed on paid administrative leave, after claiming this week that he was being harassed and retaliated against for cooperating in an ongoing corruption probe.

Matt Brown’s leave became official Tuesday when the county launched an investigation into his allegations, county spokesman David Wert said Wednesday.

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Written by Administrator
May 5th, 2010 at 11:34 am

Just when we think the corruption scandal involving the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors can’t possibly get better, it always does.  The most recent revelation is from Second District Chief of Staff, Matt Brown.  He confessed on Monday to being one of the informants against his boss, Supervisor Paul Biane.

And he claims he is being retaliated against for the same.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: Putting Uffer teaching gig in the proper context

I was spending some time over the last few days giving some thought to former County Administrative Officer (CAO) Mark Uffer’s teaching job at California State University, San Bernardino and came up with some more appropriate courses I believe should be instituted at the school.

Uffer is currently assigned to teach PA 664 – Management of Public Organizations, a graduate level course.

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Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) continues to be the subject of numerous investigations and inquiries.  The hospital, once a shining star in our county, has lost its luster in wake of  accusations of mismanagement, malpractice, patient abuse, and fraud.  Much of the controversy involves the empire-building by former County Administrative Office Mark Uffer and ARMC Medical Director Dr. Dev Gnanadev.

Both men are known for their tyrannical control of every aspect of hospital operations, with Gnanadev even running roughshod over the always-despotic Uffer.

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iePolitics: Dr. Dev Gnanadev, ARMC, and the FPPC

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) complaints against San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Paul Biane, Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, and former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer have been resubmitted as it did not appear, based on their response, that the FPPC understood the basis of the first complaint.

The complaint alleges the following:

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Former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer is the assigned instructor for a graduate degree public administration course at California State University San Bernardino.

Here is the course listing found on the CSUSB website.

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Uffer

Written by Administrator
April 22nd, 2010 at 12:50 pm

On April 19, 2010, I submitted a complaint to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit regarding former County Administrative Office Mark Uffer.

The complaint states:

The undersigned alleges that while employed as the Administrative Officer for the county of San Bernardino, Uffer received thousands of dollars of memorabilia that was gifted to him due to his position as a government official.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: An interesting dilemma for Uffer and County

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I had call from a reporter for a local newspaper yesterday. During the converstaion an interesting discussion ensued over the recently submitted claim against the county by former San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer.

A claim is usually a precursor to the filing of a lawsuit.

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