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10/9/2013
By Jamie Court
Pilots, college athletes, bus drivers and Disneyland cast members all are subjected to mandatory drug testing, but not the doctor performing open heart surgery, or a vasectomy. Not yet. Substance abuse among doctor runs twice as high among doctors as the general population -- 18% of physicians according to the California Medical Board. It's...
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10/9/2013
By Liza Tucker
The Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights was a fitting venue last night for a town hall meeting about resurrecting justice. Senators Kevin De Leon of Los Angeles, Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, and Assembly Speaker John Perez were the heroes grilling a panel of environmental regulators that included the state’s top toxics regulator...
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10/2/2013
By Carmen Balber
I went to Washington DC right after the 2008 election to open up Consumer Watchdog's office on Capitol Hill and make sure health reform worked for consumers. With the launch of new insurance marketplaces yesterday nationwide, consumers are reaping the fruit of health reform: Insurers must sell policies to everyone and cannot charge more based...
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9/27/2013
By Jamie Court
Governor Jerry Brown waited until late Friday to veto legislation requiring coroners to report to the medical board whenever narcotics cause deaths.  The medical establishment has opposed the bill, which is aimed at weeding out the small number of dangerous and drug dealing doctors who are responsible for the vast majority of prescription...
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9/24/2013
Jamie Court
A drunk Orange County plastic surgeon reportedly disfigured at least a half dozen patients before losing his license. A Rocklin anesthesiologist was arrested for taking anesthesia through an extra IV line while administering it to a patient.  A meth-using doctor who was convicted of drug dealing will get his doctor's license back after a...
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9/10/2013
Liza Tucker
We need your help! In the last week of the legislative session, polluters may be getting a big gift if last minute legislation is not amended. Californians can look forward to hazardous waste being “left in place” instead of removed and sent to specially constructed and licensed facilities under last minute amendments to Speaker John...
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9/5/2013
By Jamie Court
Google went to federal court in San Jose  to defend the company’s eye-popping assertion that those who email G-mail users have “no legitimate expectation of privacy.”  Federal Judge Lucy H. Koh said she would consider Google's request to dismiss the privacy case, but also set a date to schedule a trial -- suggesting...
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8/19/2013
By John M. Simpson
There's no disputing the fact that Google exerts tremendous power over our online lives, but the extent of its reach was made crystal clear late last week.   For still unexplained reasons all of Google's services were down briefly around 3:51 pm PT.  Here, as reported by InformationWeek Security, is Google's explanation as...
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7/25/2013
By Jamie Court
We just wanted to let you know that we have filed a ballot measure that has been 37 years in the making. If we collect about 750,000 valid signatures, voters will have a chance to adjust for inflation a three and a half decade-old cap on the value of a child's life if he or she is killed by medical negligence -- a $250,000 limit that has never...
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7/11/2013
By Jamie Court
The war over patient safety is heating up in Sacramento. Yesterday, Pulitizer Prize winning Los Angeles Times columnist Mike Hiltzik wrote a cut-to-the-heart-of-it column shredding the phony arguments of those resisting the patient safety reforms Bob Pack and Consumer Watchdog have been fighting for all year. Hiltzik said, "It's a very...