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Palmdale files 3rd lawsuit against A.V. Hospital District

first_imgPALMDALE – The city of Palmdale has filed a third lawsuit against the Antelope Valley Hospital District, this time claiming another set of violations of the state’s open meeting law. In the newest filing, the city alleges that the hospital board violated California’s Ralph M. Brown Act by discussing the possibility of taking over the site of a planned hospital through eminent domain in a closed session during an Aug. 30 special meeting when that issue was not properly listed on the agenda. The city is also alleging that the district’s board also discussed the two other city lawsuits without properly listing that discussion on the agenda. The city is seeking a court order to declare actions to acquire the Palmdale hospital site null and void, and to direct the hospital board to conduct all future discussions on the issue in open meetings. In July, the city filed a lawsuit alleging Brown Act violations by the hospital district in preparing its bid for the hospital site. That filing also seeks to have the court declare any actions to acquire the site null and void and to have future meetings on the issue in public. Hospital officials denied the city’s allegations, stating that the board and administrators worked with legal counsel throughout the process to ensure no laws were violated. The city filed another lawsuit in August, alleging breach of contract by the district over its operation of a clinic on Palmdale’s east side. In that lawsuit, Palmdale is seeking a court order to force the hospital district to provide 24-hour emergency and ambulance service at the clinic. The city is alleging that the district is not honoring a June 2000 agreement to provide those services in exchange for up to $1 million in street, utility and other improvements made to aid the clinic’s construction. The clinic provides service 16 hours a day, not 24, and provides no ambulance service. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A spokeswoman for the hospital said she could not comment on the litigation. The legal battle centers on what city officials view as an attempt by the hospital district to block privately owned Universal Health Services from building an $82 million hospital complex at 38400 Tierra Subida. The hospital district made a bid June 1, the day before Universal and city officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital complex, offering to buy the site for $9.3 million. Hospital district officials have said they fear that a new private hospital would draw off patients with insurance, leaving Antelope Valley Hospital caring for a higher percentage of patients unable to pay for their treatment. Hospital district officials also said they are not pursuing eminent domain and that they are, in fact, willing to support the new hospital provided UHS enters into a contract to provide services for poor people covered by the state’s Medi-Cal program. last_img read more

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Avian influenza detected in Alaska

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey is encouraging poultry owners to ensure they are following recommended biosecurity practices after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that a highly contagious strain of avian influenza was detected in wild birds in Alaska. No other recent cases have been identified in the country.“While this finding is not cause for any immediate concern, it is a good reminder for poultry owners to develop and employ a strong biosecurity program on their farm, regardless of their size or production model,” Forshey said. “This will help them protect their flocks from this influenza as well as other diseases that can affect their birds.”Good biosecurity practices for poultry owners include the following:Monitor flocks for unusual signs of illness such as “snicking” (sneezing,) a 1% or more decrease in egg production, or an increase in mortality. Other signs to look for are wheezing, lethargy, and depression.Practice personal biosecurity and avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.Keep unauthorized visitors from having contact with poultry, a good practice whether there is a disease threat or not. Authorized persons should be required to wear protective clothing and shoes before entering a commercial poultry house.Avoid contact between your birds and wild birds whenever possible due to the likely migratory nature of this influenza. These virus strains can travel in wild birds without them appearing sick.Clean and disinfect farm vehicles or equipment before moving them on and off your property.Sick birds or unusual bird deaths should also be immediately reported to the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health at 1-614-728-6220 or through USDA APHIS’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity from USDA APHIS for backyard flocks can be found at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov or by visiting www.ohioagriculture.gov.The Ohio Department of Agriculture works closely with the state’s poultry producers and USDA APHIS to closely monitor the health of poultry in the state. Detailed plans and protocols are in place to allow for a quick and coordinated response in the event of an avian influenza detection in Ohio.last_img read more

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Gilas Pilipinas scrapes past Taipei B for 2-1 record

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 7 p.m. – Chinese Taipei A vs Canada 150TAIPEI – Finding it hard to sustain the intensity after two straight emotional grinds, Gilas Pilipinas needed to dig deep in the endgame to dodge the upset axe, escaping Chinese Taipei B, 93-82, to keep rolling in the Jones Cup Invitational at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here on Monday afternoon.After going 1-1 in their first two games against much tougher teams that required nothing short of their best physically and emotionally, the Filipinos came out flat and gave the young Taiwanese the momentum early which made for a tight contest.But when push came to shove, Gilas separated itself from the boys as Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon and RR Pogoy took turns in hurting the young hosts and keeping them winless in three games.“Every year that I come to the Jones Cup, my most feared game is (against Chinese Taipei’s) Team B,” coach Chot Reyes said after the rather close shave, which came less than 24 hours after Gilas bamboozled the regular Taiwanese National Team, 88-72.ADVERTISEMENT CONTRIBUTED PHOTOGames Tuesday(Taipei Peace Basketball Hall)ADVERTISEMENT “They play with a lot of energy and they have nothing to lose,” Reyes went on. “This is a game we always approach with a lot of caution and I told them to come out with maximum effort because they (Taiwanese) will play with maximum effort.”The win enabled the Filipinos to stay in the title hunt despite losing big to Canada 150 on opening day, but Gilas cannot afford another loss and would have to get help from the other teams along the way.Next up for the Filipinos is Japan at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon even as the Canadians, who are getting better by the day here, shoot for a fourth straight win against Taiwan’s Team A in the 7 p.m. main game.One path that Gilas could take to winning the title is, of course, to sweep its remaining games and hope that Taiwan’s Team A defeats Canada on Tuesday.The 16-point win by the Filipinos on Sunday night would give Gilas the edge in case of a triple tie with Chinese Taipei A and the Canadians at the end of the elimination round, since Canada won by just 13.Wright fired 21 points and led all Filipino shooters for the second straight game. He hit five triples Monday and tallied nine in total against the two Taiwanese teams.“I’m just trying to do my job, and that is to make shots for this team,” Wright said.Point guard Chun Chen-Ying had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists to pace Taiwan B, which actually outrebounded Gilas, 40-37, despite the Filipinos, for a change, looking to be the bigger team.The scores:GILAS 93 – Wright 21, Pogoy 15, Myers 14, Jalalon 13, Ravena 10, Ferrer 8, Cruz 6, Standhardinger 6, Daquioag 0, Vosotros 0, Pessumal 0, Paras 0. Perpetual prexy cries foul over Altas’ game forfeiture Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES 11 a.m. – Chinese Taipei B vs Iraq1 p.m. – Gilas Pilipinas vs JapanFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars3 p.m. – India vs Iran5 p.m. – South Korea vs Atletas All-Stars Lithuania Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Taipei-White 82 – Chen Y.C. 17, Barone 16, Huang T.H. 13, Chen G.Q. 9, Lee 8, Chien 5, Wen 5, Huang H.H. 4, Liu 3, Fan 2, Wu 0.Quarters: 18-20, 44-44, 69-62; 93-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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