Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell Statement on Anthem Blue Cross Termination of Long Beach Medical Center

“Anthem Blue Cross should negotiate with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, not patient lives.”

(SACRAMENTO) –  Effective August 15, Anthem Blue Cross discontinued hospital services at the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, removing it as an in-network provider.  Enrollees were given no prior notice and were informed in a letter received after August 15 that directed them to seek alternate contracted facilities for care.  This took place in the midst of contract negotiations.  

Opinion: An effort to curb ‘puppy mills’

By Amy Jesse, Elizabeth Oreck and Susan Riggs

Bringing a new puppy or kitten home should be a wonderful and rewarding experience, but consumers who purchase their new family member from a pet shop may not be getting the dog or cat they’ve been promised. Despite enticing claims that they only source from humane, small-scale breeders, pet stores across the country supply unsuspecting consumers with animals from puppy and kitten “mills.”

Assembly Education Committee to hold hearing on “Charter School Oversight of the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation”

A parent, a teacher, and Chair of the Assembly Committee on Education, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D—Long Beach) emphasizes that when “charter schools believe they are not accountable to anyone, students and families feel the effects.” 

(SACRAMENTO) –In light of recent findings by the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT), the Assembly Education Committee will convene this week for an informational hearing on “Charter School Oversight of the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation (TVLC).”

Opinion: Before getting a puppy from a pet store, think of the thousands of dogs that get euthanized daily (Los Angeles Times)

By David Bernazani

To the editor: The Times is correct to support a state bill to ban pet stores from selling cats, dogs and rabbits bred for that purpose. (“That puppy in the window may have come from a bad breeder,” editorial, July 5) When I worked as a veterinary technician in a public animal shelter near San Francisco, I was appalled at the constant flow of animals that were dumped there every day.