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April 6, 1994 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former head of a state loan guarantee program testified Tuesday that his boss manipulated the voting majority on a key advisory committee in order to push through a controversial $167-million loan guarantee in December, 1990. The recipient of the guarantee was Triad Healthcare of Encino, which has defaulted and filed for federal bankruptcy protection. Because the loan was guaranteed by the state, taxpayers are potentially liable for Triad's debt. Richard A.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1994 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former head of a state loan guarantee program testified Tuesday that his boss manipulated the voting majority on a key advisory committee in order to push through a controversial $167-million loan guarantee in December, 1990. The recipient of the guarantee was Triad Healthcare of Encino, which has defaulted and filed for federal bankruptcy protection. Because the loan was guaranteed by the state, taxpayers are potentially liable for Triad's debt. Richard A.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1994 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kathleen Staub, project officer on a controversial Cal-Mortgage loan guarantee to Triad Healthcare Inc., testified on Tuesday that she was ordered to omit her objections to the deal from her oral report to Cal-Mortgage's advisory loan committee. Staub, testifying before the Assembly Health Committee investigating the Triad transaction, said the order was given by Larry G. Meeks, then director of Cal-Mortgage's parent agency, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1986
The article by Daniel Greenberg (Editorial Pages, June 24) asked, "What's So Bad About a Doctor Glut?" Many of us believe that having a surfeit of something, especially doctors, might not be so bad. Plenty of physicians are around when you need one, if you plan ahead. But what happens when they aren't where they are most needed? Regrettably, our doctor "glut" is not all that it seems, at least not in California. We have too many physicians of the wrong specialty, practicing in the wrong places, and not enough of the right specialty in the right places.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1994 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Motivated by what he termed the "Triad hospital loan disaster," Assemblyman Burt Margolin (D-Los Angeles) has introduced legislation that would bar state employees and appointees from representing clients before their agencies. Margolin, chairman of the Assembly Health Committee, introduced the bill following a committee hearing last week on the process by which Triad Healthcare Inc.
NEWS
May 4, 1994 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal-Mortgage, the state loan guarantee program that was shut down by a $167-million default last year, will reopen under stringent new guidelines aimed at blocking risky financial ventures, state officials announced Tuesday. Among other rules, members of the program's advisory loan committee are barred from taking on loan guarantee applicants as clients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1993 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As state officials advanced $1.5 million to help two San Fernando Valley hospitals meet payroll expenses, the chairman of the Assembly health committee Monday called for an investigation of decisions by a state loan guarantee program that may leave taxpayers on the hook for the hospitals' debt. "It was a disastrous decision for which the state will pay the consequences," said Assemblyman Burt Margolin (D-Los Angeles).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1986 | MARC GREEN, Marc Green is editor of the Health Advocate, a national newsletter that focuses on legal issues affecting the poor.
Hospital costs in California have been rising with such staggering velocity over the last decade that any let-up in the pace is likely to be viewed as cause for elation. A survey recently released by the California Health Facilities Commission suggests that the rate of hospital cost inflation in 1985 climbed by less than half the 1982 rate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1988 | ROBERT STEINBROOK and CLAIRE SPIEGEL, Times Staff Writers
The survival of the financially troubled Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles has been jeopardized by the hospital's recent failure to make a multimillion-dollar payment on state-guaranteed bonds, The Times has learned. The medical center failed to make a $2.75-million debt payment due July 1 on a $56-million bond issue, according to Larry G. Meeks, the director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
NEWS
May 1, 1994 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a new Beverly Hills company sought a loan guarantee from the state, its goal seemed laudable: to expand residential care services in poor neighborhoods of Los Angeles County. The company, though, did not meet the state's financial requirements, and one of its facilities had a history of serious health and safety violations. Still, the state's Cal-Mortgage program granted $17 million in loan guarantees to Community Adult Care Centers of America Inc. four years ago.
NEWS
December 12, 1993 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In December, 1990, an obscure state program called Cal-Mortgage faced the biggest deal of its 25-year history: a proposed $142-million loan guarantee to help clinch the purchase of two San Fernando Valley hospitals. There was a lot about the deal, officials say, that called for scrutiny. It was twice the size of any other loan in Cal-Mortgage's portfolio. The hospitals for sale were heavily burdened with debt.
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