CDC says, “Appropriate completion of death certificates yields accurate and reliable data for use in epidemiologic analyses and public health reporting.” However, financial incentives to hospitals and doctors clouds COVID cause of death which contaminates death rates due to the virus. These new CDC guidelines try to educate hospitals and doctors about how to report COVID cause of death.
For example, if a patient dies in a car accident by the patient tested positive for COVID – the hospital and doctor bills COVID for the financial incentive the government pays for the diagnosis. New CDC cause of death reporting may provide more accurate data for policy makers like governors and mayors.Read More
By Dr. Kevin McNamee June 11, 2020
While flying above the the skies of Los Angeles on a warm summer night in the LAPD Air Support Division helicopter, a call of a shooting in Hollywood came in. The pilot makes a quick turn in that direction while the Tactical Flight Officer(TFO) radios back that they are en-route and then begins to pinpoint the crime location on the many maps and GPS.
Victim reports the shooting suspect as African American male, medium height and weight wearing black shirt and blue jeans.
Police units arrive at the scene to interview the victim and witnesses. Report comes back that the suspect headed north towards Franklin Avenue.
Air Support circles the area above finding a person matching the description, walking a few blocks north of the crime. A police unit turning the corner was instructed by the TFO to stop the man who may be the Assault with a Deadly Weapon (ADW) suspect. The man was put in handcuffs and questioned while the airship continued searching the area.
A few minutes later, crime scene officers reported that the victim’s description of the suspect did not match witnesses’s description of two male Hispanics not a lone African American male.
Officer investigation concluded that the victim was purchasing drugs but the deal went bad and the shooting started. The victim gave a bogus description.
Air Support notified the officers holding the African American male just north of the crime scene, asked the man be thanked for his cooperation and explain that he fit the description of a suspect.
Was the detained African American male targeted by the police because he was “black” or was it because he fit the suspect description?
ABC News thinks it is the latter suggesting that police may be targeting black people. It based this conclusion on and FBI report that “in 800 jurisdictions, black people were arrested at a rate five times higher than white people in 2018, after accounting for the demographics of the cities and counties those police departments serve.”
The article goes on to say, “In 250 jurisdictions, black people were 10 times more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts.”
What the ABC News article does not say is police officers do not have psychic abilities to predict crime and arrive like Superman to save the day. Police go to where the crime occurs and that is when the good people in the community call for police services to stop crime in their neighborhood. Absent these request for police, the police would not go there.
However, Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, sees the situation much differently. She says the data reveals a “pervasive problem.”
Clarke says, “We have to deal with the over-policing of low-income African American communities in our country,” Clarke told ABC News. “When we see data that shows that African Americans are singled out, unfairly targeted, disproportionately subject to arrest and prosecution — that should sound an alarm.”
Metropolitan police resources are sent to areas with high crime keeping those communities safe but this also removes police resources from the less crime ridden areas of the city. Said another way, areas with less crime are under served but pay for the police resources used in the city’s high crime areas. Usually these are areas of high drop-out rates, poverty, drug sales, high unemployment, welfare and fatherless-single parent homes.
If Kristen Clarke gets her way with less policing in the low-income African American communities to solve the “over policing”, then crime skyrockets and police are criticized for not doing their job.
The police can’t win in this situation.
It comes back to values and standards we hold in ourselves and community.Read More
Competitive Enterprise Institute May 4, 2016
The annual report Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State released today by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) describes a $1.885 trillion hidden tax on American consumers and the U.S. economy in 2015 due to federal regulations and intervention. Authored by CEI Vice President for Policy Clyde Wayne
Crews Jr., the report has become a go-to resource on federal regulations’ impact on the American public. Crews offers recommendations for how members of Congress can increase transparency and accountability when it comes to new and existing federal regulations.
“The federal government has become very savvy in hiding costs by expanding their reach beyond taxes into regulations,” said Crews. “Unfortunately, regulatory costs get little attention in policy debates, because unlike taxes, they are difficult to quantify because they are unbudgeted and often indirect. But the impacts of burdensome regulations are very real and increase costs for consumers and businesses, limiting productivity and a thriving free market.
”Highlights in the 2016 edition of Ten Thousand Commandments include:
- Federal regulation is a hidden tax that amounts to nearly $15,000 per U.S. household each year.
- In 2015, 114 laws were enacted by Congress during the calendar year, while 3,410 rules were issued by agencies. Thus, 30 rules were issued for every law enacted last year. The average “Unconstitutionality Index,” the ratio of regulations issued by agencies to laws passed by Congress and signed by the president, for the decade has been 26. This disparity highlights the delegation of lawmaking power to unelected agency officials.
- Many Americans complain about taxes, but regulatory compliance costs exceed the $1.82 trillion that the IRS is expected to collect in both individual and corporate income taxes from 2015.
- Some 60 federal departments, agencies, and commissions have 3,297 regulations in development at various stages in the pipeline. The top five federal rule making agencies account for 41 percent of all federal regulations. These are the Departments of the Treasury, Commerce, Interior, Health and Human Services, and Transportation.
- The 2015 Federal Register contains 80,260 pages, the third highest page count in its history. Of the seven all-time highest Federal Register total page counts, six occurred under President Obama.
- The George W. Bush administration averaged 62 major regulations annually over eight years, while the Obama administration has averaged 81 major regulations annually over seven years.
Thousand Oaks City Council votes to increase pay, perks of city execs – Decision comes just before summer recess
By Kyle Jorrey July 20, 2017 email@example.com
Department heads and other executives for the City of Thousand Oaks are receiving an increase in their pay and benefits.
The group of 10 positions, plus the city manager and city attorney, is the only one at City Hall not represented by a union.
Because they are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement or contract, their compensation is established via City Council resolution.
On July 11, the council voted 5-0 in favor of giving the group an across-the-board pay raise of 2.57 percent in fiscal year 2017-18 and 2.64 percent in FY 2018-19.
The raises will cost taxpayers $53,892 this year and $56,833 next year. The group last received raises in July 2015.
Employees covered under the amendment: assistant city manager, city clerk, deputy city manager/department head, community development director, cultural affairs director, deputy city manager, finance director, human resources director, library services director and public works director.
In addition, the city plans to dole out merit-based raises to individual executives, up to 3.5 percent for exceptional performance, according to a staff report.
Employees, rated by the city manager, who receive a rating of at least “good work” will receive a 1.5 percent raise effective July 1, 2017, and another effective June 30, 2018.
Under the new agreement, executive managers will no longer receive Christmas Eve as a paid holiday. Prior to the resolution, managers got paid for four holiday hours on Dec. 24 (1 to 5 p.m.). As a replacement, they will be allowed to take a floating holiday of at least 10 hours.
The new floating holiday can be taken anytime during the calendar year, Human Resources Director Gary Rogers said.
Also increasing under the new amendment: the taxpayer paid contribution to the employees’ health-insurance plans, which will go from $680 per month to $730 a month on Jan. 1, 2018, and from $730 to $780 on Jan. 1, 2019, and the executives’ monthly car allowance, which will increase from $419.11 to $429.59.
“These are people who are responsible for a tremendous amount of municipal services and responsibilities,” Councilmember Andy Fox said before the July 11 vote. “I would say that in looking at the comparisons with other cities, the salaries we’re paying from our entry-level employees right up to our executive managers are certainly competitive, but they’re right in the range of other cities both in California and in Ventura (County).”Read More
By Dr. Kevin McNamee January 2, 2020
Thousand Oaks City Council should put the brakes on the decision for a 15 year renewal with Waste Management and E.J. Harrison and Sons, the city’s two waste-hauling providers, until a competitive bid process takes place. This especially needs to occur when the proposed agreement will cause city residents a 13% fee increase and commercial customers a staggering 67% fee increase – which will be passed along to Conejo consumers.
City council at the December 10 meeting voted three to two to postpone voting on a 15 year contract that will give a monopoly to the current waste-hauling companies so council members can “think” about the need for a competitive. What is there to think about? This decision to postpone is a no brainer. It should have been unanimous.
The first rule in economics is the consumer searches for the lowest price for the greatest value of a product or service. Second rule in economics is competitive bids for a product or service allows the consumer to find the highest quality product for the lowest price.
City council members and city managers are custodians of wise spending of our tax dollars for the highest service at the lowest price. A competitive bid process will do this. Keep the money in your pocket, not theirs. You spend it the wisest.
Hoover Institute Economist Thomas Sowell says what is important to a healthy economy is both the amount of money flowing through the market but also the velocity it moves from person to person. By city council members not going to a competitive bid does not ensure the best use of our tax dollars. This is an example of when people in authority spending other peoples’s money, the price goes up.Read More