Portland Mayor Pepper-Sprays Confrontational Lawyer
The man pepper-sprayed by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler following a confrontation at a local restaurant is a lawyer licensed in Oregon. According to The Oregonian, Cary Cadonau confronted Wheeler and former Portland Mayor Sam Adams Jan. 24 as they left a brewpub and accused them of dining without masks. Wheeler told Cadonau that he wasn’t required to wear a mask and asked him to back off. When Cadonau refused, Wheeler pepper-sprayed him. Cadonau, a partner at the Brownstein Rask law firm, later apologized.
Wash. Gov. Rebukes Hospital for VIP Vaccinations
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee rebuked a Seattle-area hospital system for giving big donors access to COVID vaccine slots, according to The Seattle Times. On Jan. 22, the Overlake Medical Center & Clinics sent an email to people who’d given more than $10,000 to the hospital informing them about the vaccine slots and including an access code to register for appointments. The governor accused the hospital of giving preference too VIPs. The hospital said it was trying to fill as many slots as possible in response to a scheduling failure.
Physician Disciplinary Actions Drop During Pandemic
Disciplinary actions against doctors dropped during the first nine months of 2020, falling to 4,393 from 5,225 during the same period in 2019, according to CNBC. This drop includes actions taken by state licensing boards, which fell from 4,521 in 2019 to 3,752 in 2020. The reasons for the drop are unclear, according to CNBC, and could reflect a drop in procedures owing to the COVID pandemic, the shortage of doctors and even the “hero” status of health-care workers serving on the front lines.
Ariz. Board Eyes Nursing Home that Made Sick Staff Work
The Arizona board that oversees nursing home administrators may investigate leaders of a facility that required employees to work despite being infected with COVID. According to the Arizona Republic, state health inspectors had discovered in July that staff at the Granite Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center were required to work despite their sickness and doctors’ orders to isolate. The Arizona Department of Health Services ultimately fined the facility $500, but the director of the state oversight board for nursing home administrators said he was unaware of the case. He said the agency would review it at an upcoming meeting.
Unlicensed Contractor Took $3M from N.C. Homeowners
An unlicensed contractor defrauded North Carolina homeowners of more than $3 million from from 2014 to 2019, according to ABC11. Jorge Alberto Garcia targeted older homeowners in Durham, Orange and Chatham counties. On Jan. 26, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to failing to file income taxes.
N.M. Requires Home Inspector Licensure
New Mexico now requires the licensing of home inspectors. The Home Inspector Licensing Act took effect on Jan. 15, according to Las Cruces Sun News. Before the passage of the law, New Mexico required home inspectors only to be 18 years of age. New Mexico now requires home inspectors to undergo classroom and field training.
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