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1/22/2014 6:00:00 AM
LETTER: Criticisms gone too far against board

Freedom of speech, indeed. That is what the USA is all about. That is what our First Amendment Rights are all about. No where in that amendment is the right given to verbally abuse someone. Disagreements will always happen even amongst the best of friends. That is because we are created as free moral agents and do not see everything alike. That is good, not bad. Each of us will face enemies in our lifetime, since we cannot please everyone.

On the other hand we are taught to work out our differences and pray for our enemies. Instead, we build walls and fences, both real and spiritual, to keep ourselves separated - we spread venom and hatred, and want blood!

Criticism can be a good thing, and it can be a bad thing, depending on why, the kind of criticism, and the purpose behind it. If it is designed and intended to abuse and hurt or destroy someone, or perpetuate an existing situation, it is wrong. If it is designed and intended to help someone and end an existing situation it can be good.  

The criticisms of the Palo Verde Valley Hospital District Board members, has, in my opinion, gone too far. The recent episode recorded in the Palo Verde Valley Times concerning the arrest of Sandy Hudson is an example. Sandy serves on the board while her most severe critics refuse to run for a seat on the board. On what may very well turn out to be false accusations, Riverside County, at the cost of several thousand dollars to us taxpayers, sent six cars holding 15 officers (estimated) from the Riverside, Indio and Blythe areas to arrest Sandy. I am surprised that they didn't also send several Humvee's with machine guns, and a SWAT team armed with AK-47's because, after all, she was accused of accepting rent money from Dr. Sahlolbei payable to and in behalf of her niece who owns the house. All that was needed was a phone call to Sandy and she would have come and surrendered herself. Bond at $320,000? Wow, Sandy, I'm impressed! Wish I was worth that kind of money, after all some murderers get away with $60,000 bond at most.

Trina and Sam, you best get ready for a strafing by a half dozen F-15 jets and a platoon of Navy Seals coming for you!  

News flash - just learned that the FPPC charges against Sandy have been dropped and that part of the case closed.       

~ Jere Allan, Blythe  

Editor's note: The FPPC ruled in February 2012 that Palo Verde Healthcare District Board member Sundy Hudson had a conflict of interest when voting on issues concerning Dr. Hossain Sahlolbei. Since then, Palo Verde Healthcare District Board elected (Sam Burton and Trina Sartin voted in favor, Cat McLain abstained) to pay for Hudson's legal defense using Palo Verde Hospital money on an ongoing FPPC matter that has not been made public and, as of this publication, had not been closed or dropped.

Editor's note UPDATE: Palo Verde Valley Times received notice Jan. 21, 2014 (after publication) that the FPPC case was "closed due to intervening prosecution by Riverside County District Attorney" as of Jan. 17, 2014.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Article comment by: Phantom Nose

Consider the vote to give Hudson public funds for her criminal defense. Obviously the majority on this Board has no shame. So, criticism means nothing to them.

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Article comment by: Gary McIntire

I am very proud to see that someone else knows the United States Constitution. At least they too have been given an education. To actually state that the 1st Amendment gives the "Right" to "Freedom of Speech" is admirable. However that "Right" also extends to all, and especially Newspapers. I am very proud that the "Palo Verde Valley Times" stepped up and published the "Truth" and not the polished, "Politically Correct" version. Kudos to the "Palo Verde Valley Times". That "Right" gave you the right to make your opinion also, and mine too. Even if I do disagree with your opinion that someone was abused with the "TRUTH", I seriously doubt it.
Glad to see everyone can give their respective opinions "Freely". If you're able to read this, Thank a Teacher, if you are reading it in English, Thank a Veteran!

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Article comment by: Phantom Nose

Yes, every time Trina, Sandy or Sahlolbei gets caught, Joey, Danny, Wayne and the gang blame the newspaper. It's a strange way do thinking.

Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2014
Article comment by: @Phantom Nose

You got that right! You would think that with all of the feathers flying, they would attempt to avoid anything that even "might" be illegal and/or questionable. Then, if the paper publishes it, they put down the paper. It just does not make logical sense, but that's the way it goes.

Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Article comment by: Phantom Nose

I find it incomprehensible that any public agency would use public funds to defend one of its members against criminal prosecution. Even the US Congress and the California legislature wouldn't try to do that. What Again and Board Meeting must have read the agenda wrong.

Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Article comment by: @ what again

This time it is for Criminal Charges.
If the District Insurance Company is not willing to cover it, neither should Blythe.
This is a public entity!
We are not required to cover legal bills for Criminal Activity!!

Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Article comment by: what again

Looks like from the agenda the board is going to discuss paying for hudsons lawyer again like they did for the last time she was in trouble for things she was doing as a board member. Isnt that like the victumn paying for the suspects legal cost?

Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Article comment by: Board Meeting

PVHD Board meeting Wednesday 02/12/2014.
Check out Closed session Agenda!

Click this link for Agenda

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: Check It out


Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: TO @ to .....

Not quite true since they post the agenda packet on the web it must be complete. The same goes if a public copy is placed at the meeting for public viewing.
There is more to it but it is obviouse your are one of the sheep and take there word for IT as the TRUTH!!

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: Steve Palermo

@steve palermo an to @@: Basically YOU think I think, blah, blah, blah. It's these kinds of games that detract from the original problem, apathy. From your own statement.."...that is why there is apathy, people are tired of the crap." Will Rogers once said, "If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you need to do is STOP digging!!!" More people voting for the same thing is the definition of insanity, not change. We'll see what happens with the DAs office if Mike Hestrin gets the job. There may be many more charges filed against these individuals, the net may be cast a little wider. As far as you can't talk or someone will slash your tires... You won't post your name, so you're afraid of something (bologna).

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: Crazy Town

@Wow Thank You! Very Interesting.

I saw an old friend in town the other day. She was telling me about her mom having surgery. Dr. S is her Dr. and she was very thankful he caught what he did, and probably saved her mothers life. It's too bad he doesn't/didn't focus on his gift rather than on (deleted)from tax payers. I hope justice is swift.

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Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Article comment by: @ to .....

Did you attend those meetings and formally request documents at the meetings? If not then no violation has occured! From what you have written in your post it only has to given to you if the public request it.

Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Article comment by: Wow You need to read this

From Court Case:
Initially, only six then recent cases involving patient transfers from the ED at the HOSPITAL were reviewed. It was discovered that every single case that was initially reviewed involved some type of impropriety. This included patients who did not need to be transferred at all but were nonetheless transferred in violation of EMTALA, which generally requires an emergency facility to care for a patient for whom the facility is able to provide adequate care. See, 42 U.S.C. §§1395dd(a), (b) and (c) 42 CFR §§489.24(a)(1) and (e). It also included patients who could have been safely transferred by ground ambulance at a cost of about $1000, but who were instead transported by fixed wing transport provided by “Desert Air,” which was medically unnecessary and typically costs approximately $10,000 more than ground transportation in violation of the Social Security Act, the False Claims Act, and California state law. See, Social Security Act, §1128B(a) 42 U.S.C. §1320a-7b(a) False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§3729-3733 Cal. Welfare & Institutions Code, § 14107.2. The latter practice of itilizing more expensive services than are medically necessary is colloquially referred to as “upcoding.”


Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Article comment by: TO @ steve palermo and to @ @...

You did not read my comment or maybe you did not comprehend my comment. I said for OPEN MEETING!
I get the impression that the law does not include you and Sandra Hudson?

This is code from brown act:
54957.5. (a) Notwithstanding Section 6255 or any other provisions of law, agendas of public meetings and any other writings, when distributed to all, or a majority of all, of the members of a legislative body of a local agency by any person in connection with a matter subject to discussion or consideration at an open meeting of the body, are disclosable public records under the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1), and shall be made available upon request without delay.
If you did not know:
Government codes 6250-6270 referrers to the California Public Records ACT!
They did violate the Brown ACT!!!
No documents are allowed to be reviewed or used to make a decision on any Item in the OPEN AGENDA that is not provided to the PUBLIC!!!

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