Opinion: California's Recycling Scandal Isn't Just 'Nickel And Dime' Fraud. It's Millions Of Dollars

Opinion By Thomas Elias, THE DESERT SUN

January 10, 2022

https://www.desertsun.com/story/opinion/2022/01/10/californias-recyclin…

In California’s recycling program, nickel and dime deposits add about $1.5 billion a year. But at least $200 million of that goes to criminals, according to a new report from the usually reliable Consumer Watchdog advocacy group.

California Is Sitting On $350 Million In Unclaimed Bottle Deposit Funds, Thanks To ‘Recycling Deserts’

By Dustin Gardener, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

January 4, 2022

https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/California-is-sitting-on-3…

SACRAMENTO — Every time Californians purchase a bottle of beer or can of soda, they pay an extra nickel or dime — a deposit they can theoretically get back if the container is returned to a recycling center.

Consumer Group Slams Delay in San Francisco Recycling Effort

By Staff Writers, ASSOCIATED PRESS

December 20, 2021

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2021-12-20/…

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent advocacy group has labeled San Francisco “the poster child” of California's troubled bottle and can recycling program, saying not a single grocery store in the city is required to refund nickel-or-dime deposits.

Bakersfield Doctor With Repeat Offenses Surrenders License To Practice

By Ishani Desai, The BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

December 18, 2021

https://californianewstimes.com/bakersfield-doctor-with-repeat-offenses…

A local mother said Friday her deceased pregnant daughter was denied justice when the Medical Board of California decided to forgo an administrative hearing for a Bakersfield doctor accused of negligence in her death and agreed to let him surrender his license.

Delayed SF Mobile Pilot Program Could Cost State Big Bucks Once Launched

By Michael Finney, ABC 7 News

December 19, 2021

https://abc7news.com/sf-mobile-recycling-service-san-francisco-delay-ca…

New mobile recycling solution for San Francisco was announced in Feb. 2020. Almost two years later, no trucks have hit the streets.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California's CRV recycling effort has issues and consumers feel ripped off.

Doctor Surrenders Medical License Following Accusations Of Neglect In The Death Of Demi Dominguez

By Anthony Wright, ABC TV-23 Bakersfield, CA

December 16, 2021

https://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/doctor-surrenders-medical-lice…

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Bakersfield OB-GYN Dr. Arthur Park has agreed to surrender his medical license in an agreement with the Medical Board of California. Park was accused of negligence in the death of Demi Dominguez in 2019.

Former Doctor Of Demi Dominguez Agrees To Surrender Medical License

By David Kaplan, BAKERSFIELD NOW

December 16, 2021

https://bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/former-doctor-of-demi-dominguez-a…

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Bakersfield OB-GYN has agreed to surrender his license to the Medical Board of California. This comes after being accused of medical negligence in the death of 23-year-old Demi Dominguez. 

Bottles And Cans

By Debrah Kahn, POLITICO PRO

December 6, 2021

California's dropping recycling rate is increasing its greenhouse gas footprint, according to a new analysis commissioned by the group Consumer Watchdog.

The state's recycling rate for containers was 58 percent last year, far below its goal of 80 percent, POLITICO's Debra Kahn reports. That means some 13.4 billion bottles and cans went unrecycled.

Inside A California Health Care Union's Obsession With Kidney Dialysis Initiative

By Victoria Colliver, POLITICO PRO

November 19, 2021

OAKLAND – California voters are beginning to feel trapped in the electoral version of Groundhog Day. For the third straight election cycle, they are being asked to make complex decisions about kidney dialysis. 

The last two dialysis initiatives failed resoundingly. But for the union behind the bids, victory at the ballot box may not be the point. 

Roseville Wastewater Assistant Director Accused Of Using Public Funds To Pay For Employee’s Law School Tuition

By Jeannie Nguyen and Connor Malone, FOX TV-40 Sacramento, CA

November 18, 2021

https://fox40.com/news/local-news/roseville-wastewater-assistant-direct…

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — A Roseville city employee has been arrested after investigators said he was caught spending public money that he wasn’t authorized to use. Now, he’s facing felony charges.

Thanksgiving Travel Is ExpectedTo Make A Major Rebound In The Bay Area. Here’s How To Prepare

By Kellie Hwang, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

November 19, 2021

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Thanksgiving-travel-is-expe…

After a dramatic downsizing last year due to the COVID pandemic, Thanksgiving travel is poised to make a near-total turnaround in the Bay Area and U.S., according to airport officials and industry experts.

Whistleblower Or Flamethrower? California Medical Board Member Calls Out His Colleagues

By Melody Gutierrez, LOS ANGELES TIMES

November 17, 2021

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-17/california-medical-…

SACRAMENTO — The pleas for help find him. They arrive by email or seep into his social media account. One showed up in a tightly sealed letter to his home. After years of feeling ignored by the Medical Board of California, the writers hope he’ll finally be the one who hears them.

Coalition Forms To Champion Medical Negligence Cap Initiative

By Andrew Sheeler, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT

November 11, 2021

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article25…

In 2022, California voters will decide whether to raise the $250,000 cap on payouts in medical negligence lawsuit payouts, indexing it for inflation and empowering judges and juries to decide compensation in cases involving catastrophic injury or death.

US Backs Patients In High Court CVS Disability Bias Case

By Rachel Stone, LAW 360

October 29, 2021

https://www.law360.com/articles/1435636?scroll=1&related=1

Law360 (October 29, 2021, 8:19 PM EDT) -- The U.S. threw its support behind a group of people living with HIV who urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hold that federal law covers their discrimination claims against CVS, alleging their health plans' prohibition on getting specialty medication from local pharmacies unfairly affected them.

KGO AM SF, CA: Consumer Advocates Call Out CA Medical Board For Lack Of Discipline On Dangerous Doctors

Host - Michael Finney, KGO AM San Francisco, CA

October 9, 2021

Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment:  Part 1  -  Part 2. 

Michael Finney talks with Consumer Watchdog's Carmen Balber about the California Medical Board's lack of discipline on dangerous doctors.