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Shripathi Kamath March 26, 2014 at 01:50 pm
Michelle Wang March 26, 2014 at 04:03 PM Whoever wants to legalize pot have no idea what this willRead More do harm to the people and to this country, just ask any doctors if it is good for the healthy people. The voters should not use their precious right to agree to the product that does harm to our society. ______________________________________________________ Dr. Sanjay Gupta and medical studies do not corroborate your fears. Why do you think that is? Besides, the use under medical direction is not going to be compulsory, and given that it is not contagious, what medical reasons are you talking of?
Libi Uremovic March 26, 2014 at 04:58 pm
'... just ask any doctors if it is good for the healthy people....'Read More ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ any honest doctor will tell you that the two drugs that are the most dangerous and cause the most harm to self and society is booze and tobacco.... --------------------------------------------------------------------------- it's a plant ....the bible says to use all green herbs for their healing power ..... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- '....Dr. Sanjay Gupta and medical studies do not corroborate your fears. Why do you think that is?...' -------------------------------------------------------------------------- because it's no longer politically correct....he lied about weed until too many people refused to accept the lie.....now he's 'seen the light', but the reality is that there has never been any documentation or history showing weed causes harm....he just lied and went along with the lie because it was 'fashionable' ....
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...
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.
Clint Worthington serving a notice to recall Mayor Sam Allevato at a council meeting in September. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
bill odel March 7, 2014 at 01:16 pm
When will the attacks end in SJC? Now the recall is over, we see attacks against people who post?Read More Pointing out financial troubles of someone is uncalled for and just plain wrong. You are a perfect example of the angry mob that does nothing to advance anything. We have people like you in SJC, and its spreading across America. Sad.
bill odel March 7, 2014 at 01:16 pm
Steve, I did not know you were big boned. That would be more information than I need. Have a greatRead More weekend.
Mechelle Lawrence Adams March 7, 2014 at 04:04 pm
This is a great day for SJC. Lots of great people pulled together. It is a town that people areRead More proud to be a part of and raise their families. It has come across by a few like a Wild West town when in GS t it is a place of dstinction. Time for haters to try another tactic. Time for us all to move forward. Life is short. Btw- Matt, you don't deserve that post. You've been hard on me but I am proud to know you. I am sorry for those comments.
YouTube screenshot of San Juan Capistrano's Hitler parody video.
Mark Speros March 10, 2014 at 11:37 am
Tornado, you've connected some interesting dots on Jonathan Volzke. But the shocker for me was thatRead More he's running for City Council ~ is that official?
Tornado Johnson March 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm
In my opinion, while he is not officially running for city council, Jonathan Volzke is getting allRead More of his ducks in a row. I would not be surprised if Laura Freese runs for city council also. However, I think when she reads the letter that Sam Allevato wrote to the Orange County Republican Party regarding the problems in San Juan Capistrano and essentially blaming all of those problems on Laura Freese and Sam Allevato taking no responsibility, she will have wished that she never placed her support behind Sam Allevato. Maybe that letter should be submitted to Patch for all to read?
Maeve Mcdonough March 10, 2014 at 08:45 pm
@Vladimir- your response is a wee bit convoluted and contradictory. Regardless of that, I hopeRead More you'll join in me in happily bidding this thread goodbye!
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.
Mission Viejo Councilman Frank Ury is running for the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Patch photo credit: Peter Schelden.
Sunshine February 3, 2014 at 08:44 pm
Frank's endorsements are very meager when compared to Robert Ming's. Robert has done an exceptionalRead More job as Mayor and Councilman for Laguna Niguel. He would be an excellent Supervisor, leading with integrity and wisdom. http://www.robertming.com/supervisor-2014/
Matt Gaffney, as pictured in a recent email. Courtesy of San Juan Cares.
Donna Fleming February 6, 2014 at 01:25 pm
Tornado... Bernstein and Woodward just uncovered a link. Not for this blog.
Donna Fleming February 6, 2014 at 03:32 pm
Tornedo...Re your comment above. "Just how is it Matthew William Gaffney as President of CARE,Read More how can a animal rescue give funds to the Open Space Foundation? My research shows that is not legal. One cannot expect to give funds to one non profit for animal rescue and have the funds end up in another non profit supporting open space?" The non profits have to have the same mission statement to allow one non-profit to donate to another. Animal Rescue and Open Space is not the same mission. A person donating to Animal Rescue may have no interest in donating to Open Space or an events park. And, vice versa.
Sunshine February 6, 2014 at 10:32 pm
I have to say, Girls, these guys around town have been getting away with murder. They have gotten soRead More used to doing whatever they please, however they please that they don't care if it's legal or not. No one has been noticing or calling them on their behavior. Now that some residents have woken up, started revealing the corruption, and are uniting, they are as angry as heck and stepping on our Constitutional rights to intimidate us and quiet us. When all of this gets properly documented, it will make a great story for John and Ken on KFI. So went the corrupt leadership in the city of Bell, so will go the corrupt majority council and their minions in SJC. Fight on, Girls!
A recent mailer sent to residents in San Juan Capistrano. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Alberto Barrera January 25, 2014 at 04:47 pm
Come on now sunshine, don't act like you wouldn't say things for money. Don't shoot the messenger asRead More they say.
Donna Fleming January 25, 2014 at 05:42 pm
Alberto....It might surprise you to know some people will not "say things for money".Read More And, there is a difference between a lobbyist and a messenger. One delivers a message and one rewrites the message before delivering it. Your wife said it's time for dinner John. As opposed to, your wife said it's dinner time if you can pick up the chicken at Pollo Loco John. Other wise, we can go out again tonight. John's wife does not feel like cooking so she modifies the dinner is ready message. John'w wife is lobbying for dinner out.
Sunshine January 25, 2014 at 05:53 pm
No, Albert, I'm not a lobbyist like Jonathan Vodka. I say things because of my convictions. It's tooRead More bad some people can be bought for money from developers.
Councilman John Taylor (left) and Mayor Sam Allevato (back toward camera) in front of Vons Saturday where petitioners were trying to collect signatures to recall Allevato. Photo courtesy of John Perry.
Peace 4 SJC February 7, 2014 at 01:21 pm
TJ - there is more than one food item named Whopper, look it up Smokey - you should read "WhoRead More Moved My Cheese" it may help get a perspective on how great we have it here...probably not since the medications (wink, wink) will have you eating the book instead.
Tornado Johnson February 7, 2014 at 02:48 pm
My research shows that Burger King vacated both locations in San Juan Capistrano Peace 4 SJC. TheRead More location on Del Obispo which became an Arby's and the Burger King location at Costco Plaza. No "Whoppers" in San Juan Capistrano any longer Peace 4 SJC from Burger King. That leaves the "Whoppers" of the chocolate variety that can be found at both Ralph's and Von's that I posted about. I do my research so I don't have to put my foot in my mouth Peace 4 SJC and embarrass myself.
Donna Fleming February 7, 2014 at 03:20 pm
In terms of new developments JV, our city cannot support the need for water. If someone wants toRead More move here they can buy a home that is already built. My home was not new when I bought it. We need to stop the new development and need for more water.
John Alpay, left, and Gary Pritchard, right, are two Capistrano Unified School District trustees now seeking countywide office.
Dawn Urbanek January 6, 2014 at 05:42 am
They are not qualified to even be Trustee. A trustees job is to represent students and the Public inRead More all matters before the Board. If you look at the voting records of both John Alpay and Gary Pritchard- they always vote to support Union positions over what is in the best interest of students. They have increased employee compensation every year at CUSD and have voted for class size increases, furlough days, deferring maintenance and cutting programs as a means of balancing the Districts budget. Trustees Alpay and Pritchard do not understand that they have a legal "fiduciary duty" to represent the students and the public. If elected to a higher office both of these men will continue to represent the Unions that elected them and not the people they are elected to represent.
concerned parent January 6, 2014 at 07:42 am
Both have taken actions that have a direct adverse effect on the quality of education of CUSDRead More students. The idea that either of these men would go on to higher office is disgusting. John Alpay as a "guardian" when he's failed to protect his primary constituency of students? What a travesty.
Capo Parent January 7, 2014 at 01:34 pm
Evidently, we live in the land of Oz, where the arrogant and inept strive to lead us. Where'sRead More Fleming when you need him?
A mailer sent to San Juan Capistrano residents just before Thanksgiving. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 3, 2013 at 07:32 pm
Not stepping down. Just became mayor. Story coming up soon (if I can focus on both writing andRead More what's being said).
thejellyfish December 3, 2013 at 08:04 pm
Did you really expect anything different from the three amigos? I would suspect that the arroganceRead More of Allevato is about ready to boil over.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 3, 2013 at 08:08 pm
San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Sam Allevato is the target of a recent recall attempt. Photo courtesy of Sam Allevato.
Jonathan Volzke November 11, 2013 at 09:56 pm
Where do you find offense, Clint? I don't care. Why do you talk about the money spent? Is that whatRead More decides a race? It sounds like an excuse. You ran, you lost.
Clint Worthington November 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm
Jonathan, some people spend their entire life sitting on the sidelines criticizing others. OtherRead More people take that chance in life and take that leap even if they miss. I am sorry that you find yourself continually on the sidelines. Best of luck to you.
Jonathan Volzke November 11, 2013 at 11:23 pm
That made me laugh out loud, Clint, thank you.
San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Sam Allevato is the target of a recent recall attempt. Photo courtesy of Sam Allevato.
Mark @ SJC Chamber November 13, 2013 at 02:44 pm
Hi Publius SJC- Our Board members are: Carolyn Franks Ann Ronan Stephanie Frisch Larry ThomasRead More Ricardo Beas Jim Carter OJ Gause John Gillotti Joshua Jacobsen Carl Linhardt Lorinda Sloss Matthew Timmes Ace Villagrana If you have any additional questions about the Chamber of Commerce and/or our position, please feel free to call me (949.493.4700) and I'd be happy to meet to discuss. Let me know. Thanks!
Madrussians2012 November 13, 2013 at 03:24 pm
How many of those directors have a residence in San Juan Capistrano ?
Whiskey Bent November 13, 2013 at 04:51 pm
Thank you Mark, one more question. Who selects the board members?
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