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A group of activists want voters to decide whether to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour. Patch file photo.
Penny Arévalo July 16, 2014 at 08:22 am
@Mr. Strickland, comment deleted because of a violation of our Terms of Use. They're found at theRead More bottom of every page at Patch should you have questions.
Brentwood Resident # 49 July 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Fernando, are you really OK with those in poverty committing crimes or at least insinuating that youRead More can understand that decision making?
Fernando lopez July 16, 2014 at 05:40 pm
Of course penny, we all know you can only put people down on the patch of you do it in a intelligentRead More manner. How dare you Strickland. And Brentwood resident, Im not even going bother answering that question. I'm sure you were born with a silver spoon in your "pocket". Rough life I'm sure you experienced.
West Hollywood Councilman John Duran throws his endorsement to Bobby Shriver. Patch file photo.
Patricia Dallam July 9, 2014 at 04:21 pm
Several years ago, I was very active with a non-profit organization for human resourcesRead More professionals. We met with State Senator Kuehl in Sacramento to discuss pending legislation that could potentially impact employment laws. Even thought we did not agree on all issues, she respectfully listened to our concerns. I have never met Bobby Shiver, but State Senator Kuehl is very articulate, knowledgeable, and is driven to get things done.
Patricia Dallam July 9, 2014 at 04:24 pm
Several years ago, I was very active with a non-profit organization for human resourcesRead More professionals. We met with State Senator Kuehl in Sacramento to discuss pending legislation that could potentially impact employment laws. Even thought we did not agree on all issues, she respectfully listened to our concerns. I have never met Bobby Shiver, but State Senator Kuehl is very articulate, knowledgeable, and driven.
Patricia Dallam July 9, 2014 at 04:25 pm
Several years ago, I was very active with a non-profit organization for human resourcesRead More professionals. We met with State Senator Kuehl in Sacramento to discuss pending legislation that could impact employment laws. Even thought we did not agree on all issues, she respectfully listened to our concerns. I have never met Bobby Shiver, but State Senator Kuehl is very articulate, knowledgeable, and driven.
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Brainwashed_In_Church June 29, 2014 at 06:31 am
I like how our judicial system rules (and other major laws and policies) are decided by voters whoRead More couldn't find Iraq on a globe, can't balance their checkbooks, believe the world is 10,000 years old, and think 48÷2(9+3) = 2.
KMA June 29, 2014 at 01:27 pm
The laws are not decided by votes, unless it is an initiative, and then like Prop 8- it will beRead More overturned by a bunch of liberals .The Congress or Legislature writes and votes on the laws- the people vote these guys in, but not the measures themselves. This is a Republic, not a democracy. So before being critical of others, look in the mirror.
Nadja Adolf June 29, 2014 at 01:40 pm
I refer to this as the illegal alien anti-deportation act. Identity theft? No problem, noRead More deporation. Welfare fraud? Please be nice in the future, etc.
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Deanna July 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm
I like with Marcus. We recently drove up to Oregon to look at some colleges and visit friends. WeRead More actually saw a Sign along the I 5 that said welcome to the state of Jefferson. Wimpy though the sign was it smacked of people voted against their own best interests.
Lynn Moore July 21, 2014 at 09:13 am
Totally off the subject: But why is this online newsletter called the AgouraHills Patch? I thoughRead More this was Imperial Beach.
Penny Arévalo July 21, 2014 at 01:49 pm
This story got posted statewide, as it's a statewide story. But for commenting purposes, you areRead More directed back to the original Patch which first posted it, which is in Agoura Hills.
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Transparent June 4, 2014 at 08:28 pm
These people all paid their way into politics anyway. Vote or no vote. It's the same people recycledRead More over and over.
Barbara Krause June 6, 2014 at 09:17 am
More and more people are becoming disillusioned with politicians. Nevertheless it is important toRead More decide for yourself who will do the best jobs and vote; doing this by mail is easier.
Neel Kashkari. Patch file photo.
Ken Briggs June 8, 2014 at 11:01 am
this boy will do nothing . look at the republican party, when they were in what jobs did they bringRead More in and stayed ? that party shut down many state hospitals, so now we have sick folks running around, and what have they done for the VETS that come back from war ? then who the hell is this boy ? no one in the BAY AREA and up the coast do not know of this boy . Oh well Jerry will do 4 more years and retire if he does not die before then .
c5 June 10, 2014 at 06:59 pm
Kashkari will get smoked, it doesn't matter what he says or does. I will not vote for Brown but heRead More will win going away. Brown's legacy will end up being not enough water storage, a high speed rail system that goes nowhere and leaves a huge hole in the budget, the highest taxes and least friendly place to do business in the country, and a bankrupt fiscal situation with massive unfunded state employee benefits and pensions.
Ken Briggs June 11, 2014 at 03:58 am
but who is this boy ? still no one has seen him in the north part of the state , no one has seen himRead More in Clearlake or Lakeport, Ukiah, Eureka area , so who is this guy . it is June 11th and where is this guy ?
Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl. Patch file photo.
Lynn Shepodd June 4, 2014 at 12:17 pm
There are practically no women at the LA City and LA County govt levels. Sheila will do well.
George June 4, 2014 at 01:44 pm
I had admired her since she hosted the local cable show in 80's. She's a terrific gal!
Transparent June 4, 2014 at 08:01 pm
Once again. Big money and the same old politicians.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky
Courtney June 3, 2014 at 01:45 pm
If anybody needs a ride to the polls call 626-297-7312 and they will come drive you to your pollingRead More place
Robin June 3, 2014 at 02:51 pm
Who gives a crap? It won't be anyone good.
E Sherwood June 30, 2014 at 12:25 am
Shriver is by far the superior candidate. He created many jobs and raised tens of millions forRead More non-profit, headed cleaning Santa Monica bay to make the water safe again to swim which was no easy task, balanced the budget, balanced commerce and transportation, maintained triple A bond rating, etc., etc.. He also headed California Parks & Recreation. We need a results-driven entrepreneur. Kuehl bombed at debates after being caught in too many fabrications and lack of LA county knowledge. Dictating, allocating and signing off in Sacramento is not the same as doing the job. The only thing entry-level is her judgment. We need leadership character. The meetings Shriver missed resulted in saving thousands of lives with his non-profit work (and he went to his mother and uncle's funeral) and did not delay Santa Monica's progress or decision making. Yaroslavsky held Shriver's position as City Council Member before becoming LA County Supervisor. It's a make-sense transition.
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Scott Zwartz May 17, 2014 at 11:03 am
(1) It sounds as if the initiative violates the one subject rule by combing drug testing withRead More indexing the $250,000.00 cap on medical malpractice award. (2) Truthfulness requires people to admit that the initiative does not appear to be increasing the awards. Rather it makes certain that in real dollars the size of the awards does not decrease due to inflation. (3) There is no proof that the cap on the general damages portion of medical malpractice claims increases the number of frivolous lawsuits. A frivolous lawsuit is one with no merit and California has safeguards against frivolous lawsuits. 3(a) A lawsuit will no merit is a financial disaster for the plaintiff attorney who advances costs, which can easily be $60,000.00 to $100,000.00, and the plaintiff attorney does not get paid unless he/she wins the lawsuit. Thus, frivolous lawsuits are the quick road to bankruptcy for plaintiff attorneys. 3(b) Code of Civil Procedure, 128.7 and Bockrath v Aldrich Chemical (1999) 21 Cal.4th 71, 107 Cal. Rptr.2d 617 also deter frivolous lawsuits. All the defendant has to do is serve a CCP 128.7 Motion advising the Plaintiff that his/her lawsuit is frivolous and point out why. If the frivolous lawsuit does not go away in 21 days, then the plaintiff and his/her attorney are on the hook for the doctors' and hospital attorney fees. 3(c) Judges have the power to throw out any jury verdict which they dislike, and a significant number of GOP appointed judges simply reduce or throw out verdicts against doctors and hospitals. (See the current flap about the judge overruling the jury in the Donald Sterling case. It is not a medical malpractice case, but judges frequently throw out jury awards against billionaires and insurance companies.) The most likely result of filing frivolous lawsuits is that the plaintiff attorney goes BK due to his/her perpetually losing and due to his/her having to pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars to the doctors and hospitals lawyers. The public does benefit from having the awards indexed for inflation. When the attorney has to advance costs and work with no pay for years, honest claims are deterred. The $250,000.00 cap on awards often means that the insurance companies can drive up the litigation costs so high and delay the case so long, that the attorney will lose money even if he wins the lawsuit. It is financially beneficial for an insurance company which faces tens of thousands claims to spend $300,000.00 to defeat an honest claim. Even if the insurance company loses the case, the attorney's fee cannot exceed $125,000.00. When an attorney has to advance $60,000.00 in costs and then get less than 1/2 of his/her fees after 2 or 3 years, such "wins" will not only drive him/her out of business but it will also deter other attorneys from taking honest cases. The insurance companies and hospitals could do a better job of policing their own doctors, but with the present law, it is cheaper to fight the few claims that are made than it is to upgrade medical practices so as to reduce injury and death by careless, incompetent and drugged physicians.
de anne May 20, 2014 at 03:38 am
Its about time doctors and surgeons were subjected to random testing for drugs and alcohol. NursesRead More are frequently tested but yet the physicians/ surgeons aren't. Why? There's a high percentage of drug/ alcohol abuse and impairment of these professionals yet they aren't tested. We literally put our lives in their hands. Test them all...randomly!
Register online, or check these locations for a paper registration form. Patch file photo.
Rusty B May 13, 2014 at 06:25 am
Thank you for the reminder. I just registered online.
Penny Arévalo May 13, 2014 at 06:27 am
Happy to be of service!
Sunshine May 13, 2014 at 08:44 am
Elections here in SJC have become a joke. If you are an average resident and don't have BIG moneyRead More supporting you, you can't win, or at least it's extremely difficult to win. Allevato, Kramer, and Taylor pull in large amounts from special interests including developers and unions. Lots of backs have been scratched, promises made and kept, and payback expected. SJC can be bought for $100,000 of that special interest money. Most local candidates don't have the means to get big money like that. Derek Reeve will have a hard time in this election as he hasn't bowed to the developers and unions and won't be expecting their big checks. That's why I will vote for him. Watch out how Kramer and Taylor outspend Reeve. Watch out for the multiple, sleazy mailers and hit pieces attacking Reeve or promoting themselves. The same sources that paid for Sam Allevato's multiple nasty anti Recall mailers will crawl out of their holes and bless Kramer and Taylor with tens of thousands of dollars. Residents of SJC, when you get all those mailers, see all those candidate signs, and read all those ads from Kramer and Taylor, take a moment to think who's paying for them. The best candidate isn't necessarily the one that can promote himself the most. The best candidate isn't the one who is funded by outsiders, unions, and developers. The best candidate is the one who puts SJC residents and our city first.
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Libi Uremovic March 26, 2014 at 05:12 pm
if we're going to criminalize products based on harm to self and society then the 'top 5' would beRead More booze, tobacco, processed sugar, red meat, and processed foods.... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- people have forgotten that in this country laws are supposed to be enacted based on harm to self and society, not whatever voodoo god the masses are worshiping at the time ....there are many countries in this world where dictatorships and corrupt governments are acceptable....but this is not one of them.... --------------------------------------------------------------------------- you don't have to live in this country if you don't want independent rights and to allow the free market to prosper.........weed and gays are banned in countries like china, russia and the middle east .... maybe that's a better choice for you than living in a democracy...
Michelle Wang April 21, 2014 at 02:32 pm
No way.
Brainwashed_In_Church April 21, 2014 at 04:42 pm
"if we're going to criminalize products based on harm to self and society then the 'top 5'Read More would be booze, tobacco, processed sugar, red meat, and processed foods.... " I'd throw religion and polluted water in there too.
An initiative that may reach the state ballot would raise the limit for which people could sue in medical malpractice cases. Patch file photo.
John Webb March 25, 2014 at 03:29 pm
Michael, just read in the L.A. Times the Proposition has been submitted with enough signatures. SoRead More this discussion will take up again in the future. Just a quick quote from the Times story....Proponents have raised around $2 million, mostly from trial attorneys for the campaign, much of it to pay for signature gathering. The measure needs around 504,000 verified signatures to qualify for the ballot; proponents submitted 830,000 signatures. http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-micra-initiatve-signatures-20140324,0,5362494.story#ixzz2x13idTF0 There is the argument in a nutshell...Trial Lawyers. Interesting election coming for California.
Eric Andrist March 28, 2014 at 08:51 am
I think I have to write this in parts, so this is part one. I live in Valley Village. I gave up myRead More career in show business to care full time for my disabled sister in 2003. In March 2012, I took her to St. Joe's with a stomach ache and 2 days later she was dead from medical negligence. Ironically, this is the same hospital where our mother died from hospital acquired sepsis just three months after actor John Ritter died there and his family sued and settled for millions. Just recently I met actress Alicia Cole, who contracted the "flesh eating disease" there and she too is now suing the hospital. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67vDXQMxUz4 You can see my sister's story (Cali Andrist) and many other victim stories at www.38istoolate.com. Anyone who thinks they are immune from medical negligence needs to think again. Imagine if you went to the hospital and came out without your arms and legs due to a hospital acquired infection like Annette Ramirez http://www.38istoolate.com/stories/annette-ramirez/ and Alan Cronin http://www.38istoolate.com/stories/alan-cronin. California doctor's medical malpractice insurance rates are regulated through the Insurance Commissioner and Prop 103. We don't need MICRA to keep their insurance rates low. In fact, MICRA never did keep their rates low, it has been a total failure in what it was set out to do. Even the original author of the law has come forward agreeing that the MICRA cap needs to be raised with inflation. http://goo.gl/TC4D1C The whole medical malpractice "scare" of 1975 was phony to begin with. ONE insurance company, Argonaut Insurance had done poorly in the stock market and needed to recoup their losses, so they concocted the scare. http://goo.gl/Zyan5j Other insurance companies saw a good thing and jumped on the bandwagon and they all started charging doctors astronomical rates for their insurance. As time went on, the doctors who were pissed that their rates were still high, gave in because it had created this new protection from litigation for them. Lawyers were no longer taking medical malpractice cases due to the low $250,000 cap. So in the 39 years that MICRA has been in effect, thousands and thousands of medical malpractice victims have gone without accountability due to this law, and medical malpractice and error rates have soared. So anyone who thinks that the costs of healthcare in this state are the issue needs to think again. First of all, check out this chart of healthcare rates across the country. http://goo.gl/69vWGa The red and orange states are states WITH tort reform. The green and yellow states are states WITHOUT tort reform. It is clear to see that in almost every instance, the states without tort reform have the lower of healthcare costs when compared to their neighboring states. Florida, which recently found at least a portion of their tort reform law to be unconstitutional, had much higher healthcare costs than neighboring Georgia and Alabama, and that was WITH tort reform.
Eric Andrist March 28, 2014 at 08:51 am
Part two. Remember too, that the people most egregiously affected by MICRA are women who don't workRead More outside the home, senior citizens, children and the disabled. They usually don't qualify to sue for any economic damages. So in the case of my disabled sister, had she lived but in a vegetative state due to the doctor/hospital negligence, the State of California (which is basically all the citizens as taxpayers) would then have become responsible for the cost of her ongoing healthcare to keep her alive until she died. This is the case for any person who only qualifies for the "pain and suffering" damages, who is harmed and then lives with the disability and cannot work and support themselves. The argument ISN'T about "trial lawyers." Without the trial lawyers I wouldn't be able to get to court to hold the negligent doctor and hospital accountable. I couldn't afford the $100,000+ to pay for the court case or the $75,000+ to pay for the lawyer. The lawyers take these cases on a contingency basis; they front all the costs to bring these cases to court on behalf of the victims. They also take on all the liability of losing every cent they put into the case, should the case be lost. I GLADLY would give every cent the jury awards to my lawyer for taking my case, for taking on the huge risk of losing all that money, and for helping me through this very difficult time. People love to badmouth lawyers until they actually need one. With deaths from medical error soaring to the range of 440,000 deaths per year, it's very likely that any of you reading could be next. Are you really going to take the chance that you or a loved one might be harmed by medical negligence and then not be able to get a lawyer because of the MICRA law? And even if you do, have your pain and suffering diminished to $250,000? And remember, no victim would ever see $250,000. You first have to deduct the court costs and lawyer fees. What remains is then in 1975 valued dollars. So $75,000 is about $17,000 in 1975 dollars. If a victim were to live another 30 years, that would equate to about $47 a month for all their pain and suffering. Take a look at the stories on www.38istoolate.com and then come back and try to have the same POV.
Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell picked up a key endorsement in Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
venicebeachpress.com March 17, 2014 at 05:15 pm
Mark M. Herd and Marianne Williamson, two great picks for Congress. (www.voteherd.com)
David R March 18, 2014 at 11:08 am
just looking at who is endorsing him will guarantee that he will NOT have my vote. He will be moreRead More of the same BS that has ruined this once great city of ours. Kamala Harris? the biggest joke of an AG.
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Douglas Fay March 9, 2014 at 09:33 am
Doug Fay is a third generation Santa Monica Bay environmentalist. "Without a healthyRead More environment you will never truly have a healthy economy. The career politicians that have gotten us into this mess most certainly won't get us out." Doug Fay for LA County 3rd District Supervisor is the only candidate that stands for political reform. I'm not accepting campaign contributions or lobbying for endorsements. I'm not independently wealthy. I'm a working class family man. All I ask for is your vote. If elected, I will serve with integrity. I fix problems not create them. The choice is yours.
Lorelei Shark April 16, 2014 at 09:03 am
I support Marianne Williamson because she reflects my values. I want my country back. I want my kidsRead More and grandkids to have the same opportunities that I had and that my parents had, but they don't and it's getting worse daily. SCOTUS and the Oligarchs have gutted citizen's basic rights. The legislature is creating circumstances which harm middle America and the poor. We the people need to regain control of our country. The only way we can do this is to put new people, with an agenda for the people, in power. I understand the skepticism, because politicians are not us and can't be trusted. They lie and do what's right for their backers and themselves. This is exactly why I'm supporting Marianne Williamson, because she is not that politician. She truly cares about the travesties occurring in our country and has chosen to focus her energy on this election. One which could put her in Washington, to represent us as an independent spirit and a force of power, to fight against the status quo. Because celebrities know and admire her, isn't a negative, it means they support her views also. Some are willing to produce and/or perform in an event - a way for her to raise money for a her campaign. Her war chest consists of $2600 maximum contribution per person. She will not take the big money because she wants to make this a people's campaign. She doesn't have the money of a Ted Lieu nor Wendy Greuel, but she has much more to offer than either of them will ever have, a no-strings attached, rational look at our country's modus operendi. Most of all, she has love in her heart, for all of us, which empowers her to stand up and for fight for us. That's why I'm going to the polls on June 3rd and casting my vote for Marianne Williamson to represent me in Washington. No, I'm not attached to her campaign. I just believe that if we keep sending the same people to represent us - how can we expect anything to change. PLEASE VOTE on JUNE 3rd. Have a voice in your government. It's more powerful than any amount of money... it's the only true power we have.
Arthur Christopher Schaper April 16, 2014 at 03:03 pm
I am beginning to wonder -- will there be a Miller effect in the 33rd? -- i.e all these dems andRead More libs puling apart the vote, that a GOP and an Indie take the top two spots?
Death Row at San Quentin Prison. Patch file photo.
quercus February 17, 2014 at 03:38 pm
If it is immoral to kill, generally; and I think it is- the death penalty is a bad idea. When oneRead More adds how often the government gets things wrong, the death penalty is a really bad idea.
Chip Long February 17, 2014 at 04:29 pm
Execute them. . . . . they deserve to die! the world will be a better place without them.
Ben Dover February 17, 2014 at 06:34 pm
The State needs to Expedite the process, they should schedule all the executions back to back andRead More confiscate every cable/sat channel and televise it live. Let all people regardless of age watch, what happens when you harm others. The victims should get to flip the switch. Maybe a running man type of show but with the victims picking the weapons of death. A whole bunch of holes will need to be dug, more shovel ready jobs for Obama to fund.
Go now lets get ruined of Yovinee since she has done though on the bround and has broken all sortsRead More of rules.
kathleen schwartz January 10, 2014 at 05:40 am
Please note that the Greater Valley Glen Neighborhhood Council is also a voice for North Hollywood.Read More http://empowerla.org/gvgc/greater-valley-glen-2014-election/
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