Archive for June 6th, 2015

The Sun: Jury awards $2M to San Bernardino man marked for death


By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/05/15 –  8:10 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A jury on Friday awarded a man $2 million in punitive damages in a civil case he brought against two San Manuel tribal members who authorities say conspired with the Mexican Mafia to kill him.

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Daily Press: Hesperia facing firefighter cuts


By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 6, 2015 at 5:36 AM

HESPERIA — With grant money running out, the city is facing the possibility of losing nine firefighters while adding ambulance personnel as it works on its 2015-16 fiscal year budget.

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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 06/05/15 – 8:49 PM PDT |

A former FBI agent indicted on several corruption charges alleging he stole over $100,000 in money from drug seizures has pleaded not guilty.

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By Matthias Gafni
Posted: 06/05/2015 03:24:52 PM PDT
Updated: 06/05/2015 04:05:25 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — The leader of the state Senate announced Friday that his legislative body will not appeal a Sacramento Superior Court judge’s order to turn over key calendar information for two suspended senators, saying he supports the ruling on a lawsuit filed by Bay Area News Group, publisher of this newspaper, and Los Angeles News Group.

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Proposition 13

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Columnist
June 5, 2015 – Updated 11:39 p.m.

Activists are again agitating for a ballot measure that would end Proposition 13 protections for commercial buildings. But while a poll last week shows a bare majority support such a “split roll” plan, a decent campaign by opponents could quickly erode that advantage.

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Blue Shield of California

Blue Shield of California is seeking state approval for its $1.2-billion purchase of Care1st, a Medicaid insurer based in Monterey Park. Above, Blue Shied’s San Francisco headquarters. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

By Chad Terhune
June 5, 2015

  • Blue Shield of California takes on its critics in seeking state OK for a $1.2-billion acquisition of Care1st
  • Consumer groups dispute Blue Shield’s claim that the nonprofit doesn’t hold charitable assets

Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California is facing more questions over its loss of tax-exempt status as it tries to win state approval of a $1.2-billion acquisition.

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Hospital Costs

A $1,700 emergency room charge “is consistent with the charges assessed by other hospitals in our area,” a Good Samaritan Hospital spokeswoman says. (Tetra ImagesGetty Images/Brand X)

David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times
June 5, 2015

  • Hospital patients face a tough challenge in getting a straight answer to the question, ‘Why so much?’
  • At $20 a pill, hospital imposed a markup of more than 14,000%, a healthy profit margin by anyone’s reckoning
  • Hospital charges $1,700 for a routine blood-pressure test, a pill and the use of a bed for 90 minutes

A single dose of the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam — the generic version of Ativan — will run you about 14 cents at Safeway or Target.

At Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, the same pill goes for nearly $2,000.

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Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield last month in Washington. At the time of his election last summer to the No. 2 post in the House, McCarthy had spent fewer than four full terms in Congress. He was the most junior person to reach a top leadership post since the early 19th century. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

By Noah Bierman and Evan Halper
June 5, 2015

Rep. Kevin McCarthy celebrated his first election to Congress at an In-N-Out Burger, sipping sodas from paper cups at Formica tables with his wife and children. The understated evening fit perfectly into the Bakersfield Republican’s image as the son of a firefighter who started his first business, a deli, with proceeds from a winning lottery ticket.

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