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lorrie mcvicker April 24, 2014 at 12:37 pm
The problem is that just like hospitals people use these services for non emergencies. They useRead More emergency rooms for colds and such, because they know that they can't be denied for any reason. For example no health insurance or a drug addict. I don't know the solution, but something has to be done. I remember one time I was so sick and the wait time at Kaiser ER was 7 hours so I thought the next time I got that sick I would call an ambulance and I wouldn't have to wait. Well I had a minor heart attack and guess what I still waited. There are just too many people here that don't belong and they need to leave or start paying taxes so we can build more hospitals. Quite a few level 1 trauma centers went bankrupt because of all the uninsured illegals.
karen April 24, 2014 at 01:04 pm
It's called "Obama Care". The ER is getting over crowded due to non emergency usage ofRead More "Coughs and colds." The number of lic. inpatient beds have been reduced through the government. A lot of MD's are not providers on the "Obamacare" and also many MD's are not taking any new "Medicare patients" due to the low reimbursement rate on medicace policies.
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Jock April 21, 2014 at 08:52 am
Another cause may be distracted drivers. How about that 16 speaker Bang and Olufson 500-1000 wattRead More system in Audi's (true) ? Blue tooth phone confab with all the kids at home on speaker phone ? Talking to siri ? Sorry but that Navigation crap while supposed to help drivers causes them to wander all over the place too. You can't look down at a screen and see something jump out in front of your car either. People think driving is like a movie (cartoon ?), they are comfy and doing their thing until the forces of physics, 2 4,000 pound vehicles hitting each other at 50 miles per hour arrive. The comfy living room becomes an egg dropped from a rooftop. it is probably only because the car was disabled that the driver stuck around too, why stay and get in trouble when you can hit and run ? We are in a time when everyone is a 12 year old. Do you stop at stop signs when no one is around ..or go through because you won't get caught ? Same thing with crossing double yellow ? How about going through stops and crossing double yellows on the phone ?
Charles Murray April 21, 2014 at 09:35 am
There's no doubt that all those distractions Jock mentioned, are menaces on the road. But IRead More maintain, that regardless of car audio power or screaming kids or what may be, a good mechanical siren will overpower all of those things. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, here's a brief explanation of how a siren works, and why some can be heard and others not: On a mechanical siren (as on most fire engines), there is a heavy electric motor which turns a special blower fan called a chopper, which causes air to be sucked in and then momentarily compressed, then released at a high-frequency pulse. Those sound waves are much stronger, and will penetrate the best-insulated cars, and will bounce around buildings and trees, etc. Thus it is far more likely that a blind-approaching emergency vehicle will be heard loud & clear in good time. These mechanical sirens are heavy, and perhaps a little more costly than electronic sirens. Electronic sirens, such as those in LAPD, LASD, and most other police agencies in CA, are simply a tone generator (like a cellphone ringer), which is put into a loud PA amplifier and then into a horn speaker. These sound waves are very loud, but they do not bend or conform to corners, nor to they penetrate a well-insulated luxury car so well. Yes it might be costly to retrofit LAPD cars with mechanical sirens, but what is a few hundred dollars per car, as compared to a few wrongful death suits?
Jock April 21, 2014 at 09:55 am
Of course you're right totally Charles, the sound must penetrate these layers. A real siren willRead More cause you to hold your ears as they go by and you can still feel the sound waves
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M April 21, 2014 at 04:33 pm
@mailyn, thanks! I appreciate the info. What do you know of or think about yahoo messengerRead More app....pretty safe to use??
Marilyn Halpin April 23, 2014 at 10:35 am
Hey M, sorry for the late response. Since Apple's iPad is a closed system and you can only load appsRead More from their store, pretty much all of them have been vetted to be not harmful. The biggest issue we see on the iPads are people forgetting to restart them every once in awhile :-) We have free group classes at mac-fusion if you ever wanted to learn more about your iPad! http://mac-fusion.com/classes
M April 23, 2014 at 08:27 pm
Hey thanks Marilyn! I really appreciate the information :-)
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joebanana April 14, 2014 at 07:36 am
What a joke they're making of this. The reason for this crash is California's criminal negligence.Read More Obviously the "distance" between opposing traffic traveling at 80 MPH doesn't matter. A "K" rail between the two vehicles would have PREVENTED this crash, undoubtedly. But Ca. would rather pay their public criminals outrages salaries, than invest a little of that money on HIGHWAY SAFETY. I hope all the families of the crash victims know that they need to SUE THE HELL OUT OF the state of California .
Stoked April 14, 2014 at 09:00 am
It's all about $$$$$. No K rails or bigger trucks. If you think that double trailers are scary youRead More might want to steer clear of Oregon mountain highways where FedEx tows triples.
Henry Xavier April 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm
I think the texting, messaging may be a big part of this accident. Please don't drive and use aRead More electronic device. Profesional or a 17 year old girl driving dads truck. Its very scary. I see it all the time. She has it planted on the windshield in her view next to the steering wheel. peace.
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SPH April 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm
BG777; Your "truth", my "truth"; it's all in the mind of the beholder, bud. IRead More trust you're not driving while talking to God on your cell phone(?).
BLUESGUITAR777 April 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm
@SPH - LOL... so by that notion if I believe the sky is really green with yellow polka-dots thenRead More that's the truth/my truth? No 'bud', there is only one Truth and all else is a lie. I will not continue to argue on this thread however, out of respect for the victims, so we're done here.
SPH April 16, 2014 at 03:31 pm
You mean you're done. Speak for yourself, son. See, that's the problem with evangelicals. They don'tRead More like it when someone wont partake of their Kool-Aid. (c;
Twitter photo of what the bus looked like as it was towed away.
Danny Jones April 20, 2014 at 09:45 am
Jaques,( jock ) trucks have been clean for some time now. My 1996 does not smoke, maybe a puff aRead More start up- and it has a million miles on the original engine. My problem with the damn CARB NAZIS is that they reneged on the agreement they had with the EPA and now say "well, so sorry Danny. Yeah, umm, we did say your truck was clean enough back in 1996, but now because we have enough whack-job treehuggers backing us, we can do whatever the hell we want". FINE but Commufornia, get ready to pay A LOT MORE for EVERYTHING you buy. I'm already enjoying the higher rates I can charge to brings cars into this backwards state. I continue to run my old truck and Laugh my way to the bank HAHAHAHA!!!!
Jock April 20, 2014 at 10:01 am
Danny. I'm sure Your truck runs clean. Tell me you haven't seen rigs that look like an 1870Read More locomotive running down the road. Don't get all literal, you know what I mean. If you grew up sucking the smog of the 50's here you would have a different opinion perhaps. By the way, they still haven't announced what caused this crash. Believe it, they will sue the $$$$$$ out of those who are causing fires, the trucking industry must go on efficiently and safely it is in every ones interest.
Kim Neal April 23, 2014 at 11:06 am
Fair Enough Curious ! At the end of the day, the editor is supposed to edit that which needsRead More editing...no? Now I'm curious.. And of course, being the mother of two collegiates myself..the heart is broken for all families..friends..and communities that lost what is desperately needed...the young ..intelligent...caring who would have overseen our futures ..
CBS Sacramento screenshot of the bus accident in Orland, which took the lives of 10 people, including five students from Southern California.
Betsy April 12, 2014 at 08:45 am
My Prayers go out to all the affected families. A true loss and sadness for the families that withRead More so much hope in search for a brighter future had sent their precious children on that uneventful trip, our hearts cry with you.May those lost R.I.P
Twitter photo of the Fed Ex truck and charter bus on fire near Orland. The bus was carrying students from Chatsworth Charter High School.
Julie Kelly April 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm
just praying. My children all attend Chatsworth so waiting to hear news that may affect themRead More personally is hard. Either way, praying for these families- especially if they are low income- can you imagine having to come up with money to bury your child if you qualify for this program? Chances are you cannot afford it. I hope the communities step up.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm
I know. This is one of those stories that just hits you in the gut as a parent. Even if your kidRead More isn't directly involved, we all have an indirect connection (mine is that my son's a senior at HSU and I HATE that 12-hour commute he has to make). Heart-breaking.
KTLA screenshot of students injured in a crash in Orland.
Lorelei Shark April 11, 2014 at 09:35 am
..."one of two students at Banning High School in Wilmington who was sitting in the back rowRead More told NBC4 the impact was sudden, extremely painful and immediately ignited a fire." This is horrific... but, the first thing that came to my mind - I'm sure SEAT BELTS were nowhere to be seen. Just a metal tomb where bodies get tossed around like packages. WHY does “Click It or Ticket” not apply to buses. School buses in particular - although Metro buses ought to require them also. Is it that seat belts cost too much money? How much is a life worth? The medical bills incurred in this crash could probably install seat belts in 1000 buses. The minimum ticket cost of an adult seat belt violation in California is $142 and up, and a minimum of $445 for not properly restraining a child under 16. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket. Who gets this ticket?
"Green dot" prepaid credit cards are often used in phone scams. Patch file photo.
Tony Hernandez April 9, 2014 at 10:02 pm
I was also made aware of a similar scam were these perpetrators are calling unsuspecting peopleRead More advising of an outstanding warrant because they owed money to the IRS. They have them send money with a prepaid card.
nitagregory April 10, 2014 at 07:32 am
I would of said well come get me. And act like I wasn't there when they come. Unless the swatRead More +Marshall's came and knocked the door in
A second LAPD officer and practicing Wiccan has sued the department. Patch file photo.
Tatyanna M. Wilkinson April 9, 2014 at 10:01 am
Since none of you above are lawyers nor have you read the complete complaint, how do you know thisRead More is just a money grab or unfounded? I was let go from a job once and my boss, during the exit interview mentioned by spiritual practice and that she really respected me professionally but not personally. I *could* have sued because it was clear to me..after months of chatter...that I was being let go partially in part because of my spiritual practice(not Christian) and partially because they had to cut a staff person to save money. Why not cut the "heathen"
lorrie mcvicker April 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm
don't forget there are two sides to every story. Both probably have good reasons.
Mary A April 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm
Sorry, I'm a Christian, but I side with the Wiccans based on the information in this article. No oneRead More should be forced to be involved in religious ceremony as part of required workplace training, or retaliated against because they voiced their opposition. I have a lot of respect for the LAPD and for all people and places of worship that do good works. But on this one the LAPD blew it.
The conductor coming out of the locomotive to speak with police after today's incident. Photo credit: Greg Doyle
Steven M. Sweat April 5, 2014 at 09:59 am
Terrible tragedy. Without more facts about the incident itself, it is unclear what may be the causeRead More of the incident. Oftentimes, pedestrians and motorists misjudge the distance between themselves and passing trains and miscalculate the speed of the oncoming train. In other instances some or all of the legal fault lies with the train operator for traveling at an unauthorized speed, failing to signal or sound their horn, or any of a number of other rule or regulation violations. Our condolences go out this the family of the deceased pedestrian!
Lowe's will pay various counties throughout California $18.1 million for mishandling hazardous waste. Patch file photo.
Virginia Johnson April 3, 2014 at 05:07 pm
Gosh! Who do we know who to picket. I stopped going to Home Depot because they were mandated byRead More their local Council or County in some area's to provide a building with restrooms and A.C. for illegal aliens to stand on the street corner hawking their bodies and wares when our own American Citizens; African, Mexican, Asian, Anglo, etc. were not provided the same amenities. Now where do I go, OSH?
kab1200 April 3, 2014 at 08:29 pm
Virginia Johnson, I guess you should just stay home and go shopping ever again. What a crockRead More of.......
LAPD officers will beef up efforts this month to find drivers who text and talk on their phones without hands-free devices. Patch file photo.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 2, 2014 at 03:31 pm
It's not necessarily victimless. Here's one case we're following in OC. While it's not clear whetherRead More the driver was using the phone at the time, the prosecutors are alleging she was "completely inattentive." http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/defendant-was-completely-inattentive-when-she-slammed-into-softball-coachs-car
Very hypocritical, considering Paul Krekorian used city funds a few years ago to develop a cellRead More phone app to tell you whether parking is available in city parking structures without pulling into it first. You have to break the law in order to use it. HILARIOUS!! Now the city can make money from tickets the write for using an illegal app they developed. It is however the not quite deep thinking we have come to expect from our councilman I CAN NOT ARGEE WITH YOU MORE Arthur PAUL HAS DONE THOGH AS YOUR COUNCILMEN . HE DRIVES A CITY OWN TAXS PAYERS CAR AROUND ALL DAY. PAUL SAYS IT IS OK FOR THE TAX PAYERES TOL PAY FOR A ONE HUNDRED AND AND EIGHTY FIVE THOUNDS DOLLARS SETTLEM. HE MUST BE VOTE OUT OF OFFICE JUST A OTHER TWO FACE JERK THAT NEEDS TO GO.
Rudy Marin April 3, 2014 at 05:49 pm
What about Police Officers driving and talking on their cellphones? Again, Double Standards.
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Jo P April 1, 2014 at 05:04 pm
It was a ball game.....one side wins, one side loses.....get over it. The point to be taken hereRead More is sportsmanship, respect and tolerance were obviously missing. Regardless of nationality, heritage or political affiliation, there should be a common denominator of decency, which obviously was lacking in these thugs.
Angel April 1, 2014 at 11:57 pm
Wow, when did the OC Register readers become Patch commentators?
The Beast ! April 10, 2014 at 01:30 am
This is a perfect example of the deep rooted social problems that exist in the Los AngelesRead More metropolitan area. This does not happen in other cosmopolitan cities.
Officer Victoria DeBellis has sued LAPD for harassment. Patch file photo.
Don March 31, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Well if all this hate, sexism and race is going on, Chief Beck and all the Commanders and CaptainsRead More should have their employment contracts terminated If this is a frivolous lawsuit by the officer she should be terminated for fraudulent claims and also pay for attorney and other legal fees associated with the scam One of the other, is the only good choice, for the taxpayers this time. Oh, I'm thinking of the taxpayers? Yes, nobody else appears to be doing so
Kelly Maureen Desmore April 2, 2014 at 10:03 am
om mani padme hum...blessings to Victoria...
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Cort Day March 31, 2014 at 10:48 am
Read it. Who is Michael Bastasch? My first post was fracking with a question mark. Quoting yourRead More article I capped doubt and could because I can't underline it. "The article notes that seismologists DOUBT fracking had anything to do with the LA quake, but environmentalists argue that fracking COULD be a culprit." Something wrong with asking the question? I'm certain this argument could go on forever or until you ignite your tap water then I win and it's too late for both of us.
Cort Day March 31, 2014 at 10:55 am
I don't want to see this happen here. http://rt.com/usa/azle-texas-austin-fracking-979/
Shripathi Kamath March 31, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Oklahoma recorded some quakes as strong or stronger than the aftershocks here:Read More http://www.wunderground.com/news/oklahoma-earthquake-swarm-felt-kansas-missouri-20140330