San Diego Union-Tribune editor
|Stutz Defamation Suit
|Public Entity Lawyers
Shinoff & Holtz
|Don Sevrens says he did not call
ahead to Tri-City Healthcare to ask
for a media packet. Mr. Sevrens
says he was in the back of the room
during the meeting he writes about
(SDUT reporter Lola Sherman was in
the front), but
based on what Mr. Sevrens wrote, it
almost seems that he wasn't there.
Mr. Sevrens says he will write a
correction regarding incorrect
statements in this editorial.
|Leslie Devaney's law partner Ray Artiano
said he was giving his three minutes to
Leslie Devaney. She spoke for about 6
minutes. She said she was speaking as a
member of the public, but then she
mentioned her client. The board asked
who she was representing, and she
|Everyone knew what was going on. The
final draft had small corrections, but critics
were making a mountain out of a molehill.
All members were sent a fax. Karen Arant,
executive secretary, is meticulous, a
perfectionist. She makes sure everyone
gets the material. She always prepares
meeting materials, precisely lined up, and
sets up refreshments.
Educated people were out of control.
That's what the discussion was about.
Everyone can't speak at the same time.
|Kathleen Sterling, not Reno, said If you
are working for the government, you can't
be politicking on government time. This
was a meeting for the public.
|The Chief of staff was sitting on the dais.
Sterling asked counsel if he can go to the
podium and criticize the hospital when he's
there representing the hospital. Attorney
Julie Biggs said it was okay for him to do so.
The real problem was that he spoke
for about 7 minutes even though he
was limited to 3 minutes as a
An even bigger problem was that he
was speaking on topics that were not
within the agenda item. He was legally
entitled to 0 minutes for that.
|The public has no understanding? Speak
for yourself, Mr. Sevrens. What is being
investigated is possible financial
The financial records won't show the
motives of actions, only the actions
themselves. Surely you are not
suggesting that the board announce their
suspicions as to whether administrators
might be dishonest, or just plain stupid?
You have a bad habit, Mr. Sevrens, of
demanding this sort of opinion from
people you are attacking. I remember
your making this precise charge against a
Chula Vista Elementary School District
administrator when I spoke to you about
your cover-up of the true story when you
wrote ad nauseum about "The Castle Park
Five" at Castle Park Elementary. The
administrator couldn't legally or ethically
tell you his opinion of employees, yet you
berated him for not doing so.
|Don Sevrens editorial on Tri-City