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NEWS
August 9, 2007
It is unfortunate that the Independent has given forums to Sen. Tom Harman, a politician who, through the 2006 election, has taken a quarter of a million dollars from special interests with a stake in maintaining the current system. Harman largely rehashes the standard health insurance industry talking points, most of which, on closer examination, are not true. OK, Harman, we get it. We can't fix the health insurance nightmare because of illegal immigration. Yes. We understand that immigrant bashing is the key to victory in the 2008 election.
LOCAL
July 7, 2008
A physician, who worked out of Premium Surgery Center in Huntington Beach, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison today for participating in a health care fraud in which he administered unnecessary medical procedures on patients who were coerced to play along, according to a news release. M.D. William W. Hampton, 53, of Cypress, was sentenced by United States District Judge Audrey B. Collins for his involvement in a “rent-a-patient” scheme, federal officials said.
NEWS
January 5, 2011
A Huntington Beach woman wants $3,000 after she tripped over a section of uneven sidewalk. Alysia Labonte, 55 , filed a claim with the city Dec. 20 alleging it is responsible for her fall, according to the public documents. Labonte's foot caught on a portion of uplifted sidewalk on Laurelhurst Street at about 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1, according to the claim. She broke her elbow, sprained her wrist and bruised her shoulder, knees and hands, according to the claim. Labonte has no health insurance, according to the claim.
NEWS
July 31, 2012
The Huntington Beach City School District wants to sell part of its property to a home developer that would "help pay for a new headquarters" ( "School site up for discussion," July 19). The district is currently using the LeBard site as its headquarters. What is wrong with this picture? With school funding drastically being cut, teachers laid off and classroom sizes increasing, the district wants to spend money on a new, shiny headquarters for its bureaucrats instead of spending the money on educating the children.
NEWS
By Purnima Mudnal | May 4, 2006
The Huntington Beach City Council on Monday approved a four-year contract with the Huntington Beach Police Officers Assn., granting 18% in salary increases and fully-paid health insurance among other incentives. The city will pay an estimated $6 million ? a 4% raise across the board in April and another 4% in October, followed by two 2% increases in 2007, and another 5% yearly raise for 2008 and 2009. The contract also includes 5% pay raise after 10 years of service and an additional 5% for 20 years of law enforcement service including experience at other agencies.
NEWS
By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | June 20, 2011
Monday morning, Gloria Guerin spotted a middle-aged man standing outside the AltaMed Huntington Beach Community Health Center. He didn't appear poor or homeless, but she noticed him looking bemusedly at the clinic's sign. When Guerin approached him, he explained that he had recently lost his job and had no health insurance and asked if he could schedule an appointment. According to Guerin, an interim administrator for AltaMed's Orange County clinics, that's become an increasingly common occurrence.
NEWS
By Tom Harman | October 6, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a decision to make. Should he allow California to rush out and prematurely create a massive, billion-dollar, state-run healthcare bureaucracy to implement ObamaCare – the national health insurance program passed by Congress earlier this year? I say no, not at this time. Last week, I sent a letter to Schwarzenegger urging him to veto two bills, Assembly Bill 1602 and Senate Bill 900. These two bills are yet another rushed attempt by California to be "first" to set up something new. In this case, it is the Health Benefits Exchange required by the controversial Patient Protection and Affordability Act (ObamaCare)
NEWS
January 28, 2009
Job loss is becoming a daily headline. On Monday alone, 71,400 layoffs were announced nationally. In times like these, it is said that a domino effect occurs. If fewer residents are employed, that means fewer residents will be spending money locally. Which leads to more job loss. What can those who still have jobs do to help?   Realize what you have. If you are employed, can feed your family and everyone has health insurance, count yourself blessed. This should help fight off the feelings of scarcity that exacerbate the domino effect.
NEWS
May 31, 2001
The northbound Euclid Avenue offramp from the San Diego Freeway in Fountain Valley will be closed through June 29 so the California Department of Transportation can construct additional land. Other work planned during the closure will include adding new curbs and gutters as well as installing drainage and electrical lines. Motorists have the option of choosing two detour routes including the north San Diego Freeway exit at Harbor Boulevard and turning right and then left on MacArthur Boulevard to Euclid Avenue, or the Brookhurst Street exit off the highway and turning left on Talbert Avenue to Euclid Avenue.
NEWS
August 13, 2009
Should our cherished health-care system continue on its present trajectory we will be the proud participants of yet another too big to fail conundrum. Only consolidation of the existing health-care industry providers can slow the leviathan we know as the health insurance premium starved hounds. Their business model is flawed and they are acutely aware of this, yet they know of no other avenue to avert future diminished shareholder profits. They are consequently locked into a private health insurance industry paradigm that threatens to consume them during this weakening of our capitalist consumer economy.
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NEWS
July 31, 2012
The Huntington Beach City School District wants to sell part of its property to a home developer that would "help pay for a new headquarters" ( "School site up for discussion," July 19). The district is currently using the LeBard site as its headquarters. What is wrong with this picture? With school funding drastically being cut, teachers laid off and classroom sizes increasing, the district wants to spend money on a new, shiny headquarters for its bureaucrats instead of spending the money on educating the children.
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NEWS
July 9, 2012
Some members of the current City Council want to eliminate some minuscule tax that partially funds the police ( "Tax for pensions on ballot," July 5). Well, guess what! The Police Department is not owned by the HB City Council; it owned by me and the other HB homeowners. My property tax dollars are being put to good use, and I don't like it when someone starts to tinker with my police or fire department. I know that based on the cost versus effective value, we residents are getting a good deal on law enforcement.
NEWS
By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | June 20, 2011
Monday morning, Gloria Guerin spotted a middle-aged man standing outside the AltaMed Huntington Beach Community Health Center. He didn't appear poor or homeless, but she noticed him looking bemusedly at the clinic's sign. When Guerin approached him, he explained that he had recently lost his job and had no health insurance and asked if he could schedule an appointment. According to Guerin, an interim administrator for AltaMed's Orange County clinics, that's become an increasingly common occurrence.
NEWS
January 5, 2011
A Huntington Beach woman wants $3,000 after she tripped over a section of uneven sidewalk. Alysia Labonte, 55 , filed a claim with the city Dec. 20 alleging it is responsible for her fall, according to the public documents. Labonte's foot caught on a portion of uplifted sidewalk on Laurelhurst Street at about 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1, according to the claim. She broke her elbow, sprained her wrist and bruised her shoulder, knees and hands, according to the claim. Labonte has no health insurance, according to the claim.
NEWS
By Tom Harman | October 6, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a decision to make. Should he allow California to rush out and prematurely create a massive, billion-dollar, state-run healthcare bureaucracy to implement ObamaCare – the national health insurance program passed by Congress earlier this year? I say no, not at this time. Last week, I sent a letter to Schwarzenegger urging him to veto two bills, Assembly Bill 1602 and Senate Bill 900. These two bills are yet another rushed attempt by California to be "first" to set up something new. In this case, it is the Health Benefits Exchange required by the controversial Patient Protection and Affordability Act (ObamaCare)
NEWS
By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | July 28, 2010
Editor's note: Last in a three-part series about the effects of the Obama administration's health-care reform on Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley health-care providers and their patients. It was a small gathering on a quiet day in one of Orange County's quieter cities, but the group surrounding the stage looked like a who's-who of the area's right-wingers. Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Assemblyman Van Tran and local Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh took turns at the microphone.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller | March 25, 2010
Like it or not, Sunday was a historic day for America. The House passed the sweeping health-care legislation that President Obama has pushed for since taking office, as Democrats exulted and Republicans vowed comeuppance. Monday morning, the Los Angeles Times announced the news in an all-capitals headline, the kind of font usually reserved for stories of 9/11 magnitude. That afternoon, I heard another pair of voices talk at length about the health-care package. And they weren’t from politicians, but rather from Victor and Jane Pang, a retired Huntington Beach couple who have spent years dipping into their health insurance.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | February 10, 2010
Genny Davis will be giddy with excitement when she hits the rink for the first time Saturday. With any luck, she’ll be conscious when she leaves. The Orange Coast College student and professional dog walker recently joined the OC Roller Girls, a roller-derby league that competes twice a month, and the danger signals were there from the start. In one of the first games she attended, one player shattered her ankle and another injured her back. Her most recent practice scrimmage sent contestants home with an injured knee, a bruised tailbone and a split lip, at least.
NEWS
August 13, 2009
Should our cherished health-care system continue on its present trajectory we will be the proud participants of yet another too big to fail conundrum. Only consolidation of the existing health-care industry providers can slow the leviathan we know as the health insurance premium starved hounds. Their business model is flawed and they are acutely aware of this, yet they know of no other avenue to avert future diminished shareholder profits. They are consequently locked into a private health insurance industry paradigm that threatens to consume them during this weakening of our capitalist consumer economy.
NEWS
January 28, 2009
Job loss is becoming a daily headline. On Monday alone, 71,400 layoffs were announced nationally. In times like these, it is said that a domino effect occurs. If fewer residents are employed, that means fewer residents will be spending money locally. Which leads to more job loss. What can those who still have jobs do to help?   Realize what you have. If you are employed, can feed your family and everyone has health insurance, count yourself blessed. This should help fight off the feelings of scarcity that exacerbate the domino effect.
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