Update on Air Force C-123's and Agent Orange

Hello Mike,
What a long time since we last wrote one another. Sure, I’d appreciate the article getting broader coverage as we certainly have many of our vets in Arizona. Plus there is such attention given the boneyard and its role in destruction of the old airplanes.
I think the last coverage on our airplanes was by Dennis Wagner in 2014 when there was some attention given my presentation at the Society of Toxicology at which I challenged VA ethics. In 2012 VA made a poster presentation at that organization’s conference in which they redefined the word “exposure” in a very precise manner which excluded our agent orange exposure claims. The report I’m holding laid waste to that peculiar MVA unique redefinition of a fundamental term of science.
Be well,
   Wes

 

 

 

—–Original Message—–
From: Wes Carter <c123kcancer@gmail.com>
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Subject: Patches & the IOM C-123 Agent Orange Report – Oct 14 2016

note: our association’s work continues on the issue of retroactive disability awards and compensation, with legal representation from the firm of Fregre-Baker Daniels

“Patches & the IOM C-123 Agent Orange Report”

Visiting the USAF Museum, Wright-Patterson AFB and home of “Patches,” our Agent Orange-contaminated C-123. 14 Oct 2016

To all post-Vietnam C-123 Veterans
: if you haven’t already, contact VA and arrange your Agent Orange Registry physical. This is a free comprehensive exam looking for any possible Agent Orange exposure medical issues and it is vital whether you have any such illnesses or not. The first friend I talk into having the physical was found to have a life-threatening heart problem, and the physical perhaps saved his life. Call VA now!I’m holding the report from the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences that convinced the VA our aircraft had been contaminated, we were exposed to Agent Orange, and we were harmed greatly by that exposure. Behind me is Patches, now decontaminated, of course.

The report summary can be downloaded free at https://www.google.com/url…
The archives at the museum revealed the evidence of testing back in 1979 and 1994 and 1996, and the evidence that USAF bioenvironmental scientists concluded the airplane was “heavily contaminated with dioxin on all test surfaces, STILL after its last spray missions in 1968 during the Vietnam War.
We started flying Patches in 1972 and were exposed to the Agent Orange residue for the next decade. Although the CDC informed VA and USAF that the aircrews and maintainers had been exposed, officials at VA continued to insist otherwise and stated VA had “an overwhelming preponderance of evidence” against any harm being done.

In 2014 it became clear, based on the IOM study and the report I’m holding, that VA’s position was based solely on its policy decision to block additional Agent Orange claims like ours. Policy, not science. Policy, not law.

The US Senate agreed. Under leadership from Senator Burr of North Carolina and Senator Merkley of Oregon the Senate blocked all VA confirmations until the C-123 issue was resolved. The national commander of the VFW testified to Congress that that full benefits for C-123 vets must be authorized,  All six major veterans organizations insisted VA act, with the Vietnam Veterans of America leading their joint efforts.

The media was behind us all the way. The first press coverage was in early 2011 in the Air Force Times where reporter Patricia Kime detailed our USAF Inspector General complaint wherein the service was asked, but refused, to notify our veterans of their potential exposures. Subsequent articles appeared in the Washington Post, Springfield RepublicanAmerican Legion Magazine, the OregonianAssociated Press, CBS News, Pittsburgh GazetteNPR All Things Considered, Boston Globe, Air Force Magazine, plus Military.Com and other Internet outlets. Air Force Times and the Springfield Republican both ran editorials insisting VA act in our behalf.

In 2009 Dr. Alvin Young, VA’s principal consultant on Agent Orange, had strongly recommended to the USAF the immediate destruction of all C-123s stored in a hazardous material quarantine section of Davis-Mothan Air Force Base because, among other reasons, our already exposed air crews and maintenance veterans might approach the VA seeking care for Agent Orange illnesses. Destruction of the aircraft would help prevent such claims, especially, as it was pointed out, if the aircraft disappeared without public attention. Preventing claims seems to of been awfully important to the VA and so many others. It seemed so important to Dr. Young because in 2011 he denigrated us as “trash haulers, freeloaders looking for a tax-free dollar from a sympathetic congressman.” The VA certainly found the right voice to help it oppose our claims – VA had found a man who holds us in contempt to help VA avoid treating our illnesses.

In 2013 Dr. Young was in the middle of his unique VA two year $600,000 no-bid sole source Agent Orange consulting contract. He urged Mr. James Sampsel at the VA Agent Orange desk to “hold the line” (his words) against our claims. For his part, Mr. Sampsel informed his VA colleagues and supervisors that all proof confirming our exposure submitted to VA by independent scientific authorities and other federal agencies (CDC, DOD, USPHS, NIH)  was merely the real “problem” for VA – proof Mr. Sampsel and others in VBA would ignore despite VA regulation VAM21-1MR and despite the Veterans Claims Assistance Act.

Dr. Terry Walters at the VHA Post-Deployment Health Section, told the Associated Press that a line had to be drawn against our claims. Hold the line, indeed!

For too many years the VA “held their line” and denied every single claim submitted by our veterans of the post-Vietnam C-123 spray aircraft. While being paid by VA Dr. Young testified before the Institute of Medicine C-123 committee against our exposure claims. He even attacked the IOM report after its publication in January 2015 using arguments similar to ones used earlier when Dow and Monsanto sponsored him. But the committee saw through that. The committee also criticized VA and USAF for routinely dismissing, ignoring or minimizing  proof of veterans’ exposures

In June 2015, the Institute of Medicine report I’m holding in the photo was acted upon by Secretary McDonald. He brought truth, science, law, and compassion into the process at last. The 2100 of us who volunteered to serve our country by flying and maintaining our aircraft willingly accepted the hazards of aviation service and now are acknowledged to have also endured hazardous toxin exposures for which the VA will now care.

As VA Secretary McDonald said to me at the White House, “We won.” He meant “We” the veteransand “We” the VA, No longer adversaries.

Let’s not let this happen again to other veterans facing toxic exposures.

 

 

 

    Wes Carter, Chair

    (971) 241-9322

County CEO Greg Devereaux Named Fellow to Top Leadership Academy

The county will soon have the opportunity to exchange ideas with the best government minds in the nation.

County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux has been elected as a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration, where he will join a long list of national dignitaries including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Attorney General Dick Thornburg, former Cabinet Secretary Donna Shalala, and former Sen. Richard Lugar.

Chartered by Congress, the academy is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established in 1967 to assist local, state, and federal government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations.

“This is a great honor and a great opportunity for the entire County organization,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Our CEO being recognized as one of the country’s top local leaders shows the strength and resilience of San Bernardino County.”

Mr. Devereaux was nominated to the fellowship by Academy Board of Directors member and retired long-time Southern California Association of Governments Executive Director Mark Pisano.

The academy includes more than 800 fellows, among them former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors, and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators.

The academy helps government agencies address their critical management challenges through in-depth studies and analyses, advisory services and technical assistance, congressional testimony, forums and conferences, and online stakeholder engagement.

The National Academy is the latest of several boards that have tapped into Mr. Devereaux’s expertise in local government management. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the graduate programs in planning at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC. He is also chair of the advisory board for the Department of Public Administration, California State University, San Bernardino, and is the visiting resident at the West Virginia University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Public Administration.

Mr. Devereaux is a past member of the advisory committee for the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure at USC. In 2014, he was a presenter at the Ethics and Governance Program at the University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy. In 2009, Mr. Devereaux was appointed by the League of California Cities to the California Air Resources Board to the Regional Targets Advisory Committee, which advises the California Air Resources Board, on greenhouse gas reduction under SB 375. And he is a Past President of the California Redevelopment Association and has served on multiple California League of Cities committees.

In 2015, Mr. Devereaux became the 59th recipient of the Clarence A. Dykstra Award for Excellence in Government from the Southern California Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. In 2014, Mr. Devereaux received the Southern California Association of Governments President’s Award for Public Service Leader of the Year. He was also the recipient of the American Society for Public Administration Inland Empire Chapter’s 2008 Outstanding Senior Administrator Award and the Building Industry Association Baldy View Chapter’s 2007 Good Government Award.

In 2005 Mr. Devereaux received the James S. Thalman Memorial Public Services Award from the League of California Cities Inland Empire Division, and in 2000 was named “Management Leader of the Year” by the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Riverside.

Assemblyman Obernolte Top Chamber Business Awards

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte hosted the 1st Annual Top Chamber Business Awards for the 33rd Assembly District on January 9.
The banquet showcased outstanding businesses and local chambers of commerce. Three finalists from each chamber was recognized, with one being chosen to receive the 2016 award.

The Big Bear Chamber recipient was Big Bear Lake Brewing Company, which opened in April 2014. The other finalists were Helicopter Big Bear and Re/Max Big Bear.

Running Springs Chamber honoree was Pali Muontain summer camp, and the other finalist was Bacon-Wagner Excavating, Inc.

The Adelanto Chamber awardee was the Geo Group, and the other finalists were Desert Community Bank, and Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group.

Apple Valley Chamber honoree Walmart Distribution Center has been located there since 1996. Runner ups were Apple Valley Communications and Mojave Copy & Printing.

Barstow Chamber finalists Barstow Tire & Brake and Revolution Bowl were upstaged by Barstow Community Hospital for the award.

The Hesperia Chamber honoree was Sam Thatte Visual Communications.  Other finalists were Louisiana Cajun Seafood and Thompson Family Plumbing.

High Desert Hispanic Chamber winner was El Pescador restaurant, located at the Green Tree Golf Course. Runners-up were Bounce Realty and Edible Arrangements.

Victorville Chamber’s winner was ICR Staffing,with runners-up Mojave Copy & Printing and Southwest Gas Corporation.

New Laws that Took Effect in January 2016

Californians face new restrictions on carrying guns, new regulations on medical marijuana, and higher pay if they earn minimum wage under laws that take effect in 2016. Parents, students, healthcare providers and anyone who gets behind the wheel of a car will see changes, some immediately, some over the year.

Many of the 807 bills signed into law touch on broad aspects of California residents’ everyday lives or address major issues like voter participation, and life and death.

 

Animals & environment:

Bans the sale of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn.

– The state may impose steep civil fines against marijuana farms that damage the environment by dumping wastewater and chemicals, removing trees and killing wild animals.

• The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has new power to take action to conserve monarch butterflies and their habitats.

• The California Department of Toxic Substances Control will receive new powers to ensure the recovery of cleanup costs involving polluting factories and allow the agency to require hazardous-waste managers to document that they can pay for or perform a cleanup if one is necessary.

• State will provide $100 million annually in financial incentives for the installation of solar panels at apartment buildings for low-income residents.

• Makes regulatory changes requiring utilities to work toward meeting a target of having 50% of the energy used in the state come from renewable sources such as wind and solar power by the end of 2030. Also makes changes to help the state double the energy efficiency savings by that year.

Crime & punishment:

Law enforcement agencies must obtain a search warrant before looking at private emails, text messages and GPS data stored in smartphones, laptops and the cloud.

– Recording piracy and insurance fraud are added to the list of crimes for which an offender’s assets can be seized by law enforcement officials.

– Police officers or family members may seek a restraining order that bars a person deemed dangerous from possessing firearms for 21 days.

– Prosecutors are allowed to seek forfeiture of the images and storage devices used in “revenge porn” cases, in which an estranged romantic partner posts nude or sexual pictures of the other person online.

– Law enforcement agencies must certify in writing when immigrants in the country illegally are helpful as witnesses in criminal investigations so that those involved can apply for a “U-visa” that prevents deportation of crime victims. Ten-thousand U-visas are issued nationwide each year.

– Law enforcement agencies must by 2018 develop systems that would allow them to collect and report data on the people they stop, including perceived race and ethnicity, the reason for the encounter and the outcome.

– Police agencies must issue detailed annual reports on all cases in which officers use force that result in serious injury or death.

– Law enforcement departments whose officers wear cameras will have to follow rules on storing and using the video so it is not mishandled.

– State can collect DNA samples from suspected criminals, but no longer do so from those held for non-serious felonies, nonviolent drug crimes.

– Courts may impose additional penalties in drug cases in which homes are within 200 feet of a methamphetamine lab and 300 feet of concentrated cannabis manufacturing.

– The state will provide former prison inmates with new housing programs, mental health services and substance abuse treatment.

– State will increase compensation for innocent people who are wrongly convicted from $100 for each day behind bars to $140, to reflect inflation.

– Jail inmates serving time on felony convictions have right to seek compassionate release for medical conditions, postpone prosecution for driving offenses and once out of jail, petition for certificates of rehabilitation or pardon.

– Children 13 and younger who are witnesses in violent crimes may testify by remote video hook-up.

– Statute of limitations for civil lawsuits by victims of human rights abuses in state extended from 5 to 10 years.

 

Drivers:

A new automated system for registering eligible people to vote when they go to the DMV to get their driver’s license, though the process won’t begin until a new statewide voter database is up and running, which is expected after the June primaries.

– Local gov’t can set up installment plans for people to partially pay parking tickets if they can’t pay all at once.

– Limousines must have windows that can be pushed out in an emergency.

– The statute of limitations for filing vehicular manslaughter charges in cases of hit-and-run accidents that result in death are extended, allowing charges to be filed within a year of a motorist being identified as being involved in an accident.

– CHP is allowed to issue Yellow Alerts on electronic freeway signs to seek the public’s help in finding motorists involved in hit-and-run accidents.

– CHP can use electronic freeway signs for “Silver Alerts” for missing persons 65+ who are developmentally disabled or cognitively impaired.

– Allows electrically motorized boards to be ridden where bicycles are ridden, within bicycle lanes, pathways and roadways.

 

Gun Control

  • Pellet, BB and Airsoft Guns (Senate Bill 199): Those guns will not be allowed to be displayed in public unless they are pink, red or other bright colors so they are not mistaken for the real thing.
    Advocates said it would help law enforcement avoid tragic mistakes like the case in which a Santa Rosa boy was killed by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies.
  • Gun Violence Restraining Orders (Assembly Bill 1014): It will allow family members who believe a loved one is a danger to himself/herself or others to seek a “temporary gun violence restraining order.” The legislation will give police the authority to seize that person’s legally owned weapons for 21 days without his or her prior knowledge.
  • The law was enacted in response to the 2014 Isla Vista mass shootings that left six people dead and 14 others wounded. Before the rampage, gunman Elliot Rodger’s parents raised concerns about their son’s mental health. Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies said that despite the parents’ warnings, they had no legal authority to search Rodger’s apartment.
  • No Concealed Firearms in Schools (Senate Bill 707): It bans gun owners from carrying concealed handguns at K-12 schools and colleges.
  • It is already illegal to possess a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school or on a college campus without permission from administrators, but it exempts those with concealed carry permits.

Town Seeks Appointment of Receiver for Hilltop House

On Friday, January 8, 2016, the Town of Apple Valley filed a Complaint with the San Bernardino Superior Court seeking the appointment of a receiver for the Hilltop House Property to remediate a long list of significant code violations.

The Hilltop Property was previously owned by Newton T. “Newt” Bass, one of the founding fathers of Apple Valley. In the 1950’s Newt Bass hired Francisco Artigas, a prominent Mexican architect, to design and build the house.

Over the years, the Hilltop House has fallen into disrepair, has become a magnet for all sorts of criminal activity and acts of mischief, and has suffered damage from fires set by vandals and vagrants.

OK Doyle purchased the Property at a tax sale in 2000, and then deeded it to the current owner, 360 Apple West, LLC, a Nevada Limited Liability Corporation. Since that time, there have been no serious efforts to restore or even properly maintain the Hilltop Property. The Town has deemed the Property a public nuisance, and issued a Notice and Order to 360 Apple West LLC to correct the numerous substandard conditions at the Property, and 360 Apple West failed to respond to such Notice.

The Town seeks the appointment of a receiver to abate the nuisance conditions. If appointed, the receiver will explore all viable possibilities for abating the nuisance conditions. These possibilities include restoration of the home by the receiver, sale of the property to an investor or other entity with the capital to restore the home, and demolition of the structures (if rehabilitation is not economically feasible based on its current condition).

The Town’s decision to purse a receiver is based on the recognition that the property owner is either unwilling and/or incapable of correcting the nuisance conditions, after 15 years of owning the Property and not taking any action to restore it.

Finally, the Town believes the appointment of a receiver, who by law is required to act as a neutral and in the best interests of the receivership estate, provides important safeguards for both the Town and the property owner. “The receiver has a duty to act as would a prudent person caring for his or her own property,” said Charisse Smith, Special Receivership Counsel.

Ms. Smith explains that a receiver is an officer of the court, appointed to take possession of the property and to rehabilitate it according to the orders of the court: “The Hilltop Property will remain under the court’s control and continuous supervision … the receiver will have to seek specific instructions from the court before taking any action that hasn’t been previously authorized by court order.” “The Town’s primary goal is to make sure the Hilltop Property complies with the same standards that apply to the rest of community as a whole” said Ms. Smith.

For more information, contact Charisse Smith, Special Receivership Counsel for the Town of Apple Valley at 909-257-0650.

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I plan to stay here a good long while, and to keep bringing you this kind of news as long as I can. I’ve been publishing the Senior News for 17 years, and it’s always been free to seniors since we like to light up your faces with a smile when you see photos from an event you attended, or even your own photo!

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Hesperia’s Crime Free Rental Housing Ordinance Now in Effect

Effective January 1st, 2016, any rental property within the city limits of Hesperia is required to participate in the Crime Free Rental Housing Program. This ordinance covers:

Any property owner or management company of a residential single-family or multi-family rental property
Any tenant who occupies a residential single-family or multi-family rental property.

The program is designed to assist residents, owners, managers, and anyone else associated with rental properties in keeping illegal activity out of our community and creating a safer environment.

The City Ordinance is available at http://www.cityofhesperia.us

How To Begin – Attend Training Classes. The Hesperia Sheriff’s Station will be holding several free training classes throughout the year to offer information regarding the Crime Free Rental Housing Program. Attendance is optional, but highly recommended for the tenants, property owners and/or property managers of any rental properties within the city of Hesperia.

 

At these classes, you will be informed of the benefits of the program, including strengthened rental agreements, recognition of the warning signs of illegal activity, and an improved working relationship with law enforcement. The classes will also include the requirements of the program, legal issues, and actions you must take if you or your tenants violate any rules of the Crime

 

Free Rental Housing Program.

Future training classes are listed on the City of Hesperia’s Community Calendar.

Register Your Rental Property – as a property owner and/or property manager, you are responsible for registering your rental property with the Crime Free Rental Housing Program. The registration must be completed and updated each year on January 1st.

The Crime Free Lease Addendum must be included in each current and future rental or lease contract. This addendum complies with the City of Hesperia’s Crime Free Ordinance in which the occupant/resident, any member of the occupant/resident’s household, and any guest or other person under the occupant/resident’s control shall not engage in criminal activity that would violate any federal, state, or local law, on or near the property. Failure to participate in proper registration can result in a fine.

Background Checks – As a property owner and/or property manager, you are responsible for completing a national criminal background check of your prospective tenant(s) through any agency of your choice prior to leasing or renting. Additionally, there is a mandatory screening process through the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station to determine if your prospective tenant has previously violated any rules of the Crime Free Rental Housing Program. The information required for the screening includes your tenants’ full legal name and date of birth, obtained from valid government-issued photo identification for adults.

Failure to participate in the tenant screening can result in a fine.

The information provided for the screening must be verified and accurate; providing false information will also result in a fine.

This information is to be used at the discretion of the property owner and/or property manager in determining to rent or lease to the prospective tenant.

Note: The Hesperia Sheriff’s Station does NOT disclose personal information such as reasons for arrest, criminal history, registration of sexual offenders, etc. Such information may be available through other websites with public access, such as the San Bernardino County Superior Court website or Offender Watch.

Inspections – Inspections will be completed by an officer of the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station to ensure the properties are meeting the standards of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). Each inspection will result in a “PASS”, or a date will be scheduled for a re-inspection and a fine may be issued. Any safety issues that have been addressed by the officer will be listed on the completed inspection and a copy will be provided to the property owner and/or property managers. A fine may be issued if the corrections are not made within an appropriate amount of time.

Eviction Process – When a property owner and/or property manager is notified that a tenant has engaged in criminal activity on or near the Crime-Free property, the eviction process must begin within ten (10) business days of the date of such notice. Proof of the eviction process is required. Any violation(s) of the agreements on the Crime Free Lease Addendum shall be a violation of the lease and good cause for termination of tenancy.

Failure to initiate, complete, or provide proof of the eviction process can result in fines.

Information on the eviction process is available on the San BernardinoCounty Superior Court website.

Questions- For any questions, please contact Karen Hunt at (760) 947-1500.

All pertinent forms can be faxed to (760) 949-1566 and/or forward them via email to Paula Raihle at praihle@sbcsd.org.