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May 9, 2000 | CARL INGRAM and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Amid allegations that Veterans Affairs Secretary Tomas Alvarado sexually harassed women and retaliated against other workers, the state Senate Rules Committee postponed a vote on his confirmation Monday, raising the possibility that he will fail to win approval.
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May 9, 2000 | CARL INGRAM and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Amid allegations that Veterans Affairs Secretary Tomas Alvarado sexually harassed women and retaliated against other workers, the state Senate Rules Committee postponed a vote on his confirmation Monday, raising the possibility that he will fail to win approval.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1995
Regarding "Marking a Pivotal Day in Chicano Activism," Aug. 27: While I was then, and still am, saddened by the death of Ruben Salazar, this recent demonstration, supposedly in his memory, is laden with issues I find misdirecting. The National Chicano Moratorium committee alluded to their opposition to recent voter approval of Prop. 187, and other public policy actions, including a reduction in school funding, suggesting that these actions are an attack on all "Latinos." Had they bothered to check and read Gov. Pete Wilson's budget they would have noted that the governor's budget included a noticeable funding increase for public education.
NEWS
May 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
State Veterans Secretary James R. Ramos has resigned after 4 1/2 months as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Gov. Gray Davis named Undersecretary Tomas Alvarado to replace Ramos as head of the 1,550-employee department. Davis said in a statement late Monday that he had accepted Ramos' resignation but did not elaborate on the reasons. Ramos was the lone Republican in Davis' Cabinet and had clashed with members of the California Veterans Board, which sets policy for the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Claiming that services of the Department of Veterans Affairs have deteriorated, leaders in the state Senate are pressuring Gov. Gray Davis to withdraw his appointment of Bruce Thiesen as the agency's secretary. In a letter to Davis, Senate Leader John L. Burton (D-San Francisco) said he believes there are not enough votes in the Senate to confirm Thiesen.
NEWS
January 1, 1999 | MARK Z. BARABAK, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Gov.-elect Gray Davis completed the year Thursday by naming his top tier of advisors on veterans affairs, filling the 11th of 12 cabinet posts in the new administration that takes over Monday. James R. Ramos, 62, a West Point graduate and Vietnam veteran, was named head of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, which governs programs affecting 3.1 million retired servicemen and women, as well as the Cal-Vet loan program and the state's homes for retired veterans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2001 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Filling a Cabinet-level position that had been vacant for 18 months, Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday appointed Bruce Thiesen, temporary secretary of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, as permanent secretary. Thiesen has occupied the post on an interim basis since May 2000, when Secretary Tomas Alvarado resigned after the death at the Barstow Veterans Home of a World War II infantry sergeant who choked on his lunch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state-run veterans home at Barstow, which lost federal approval and $5 million to operate its skilled nursing facility for sick military veterans, has passed a series of inspections and is ready to start accepting patients requiring skilled nursing again, it was announced Tuesday. The subject of numerous investigations since it opened in 1996, the desert facility lost its federal accreditation along with its financial aid 19 months ago because of poor patient care and other violations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1999 | NANCY TREJOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco is asking taxpayers to remember Mexican American veterans when they fill out their state income tax forms this year by checking off a contribution to upgrade the California Mexican American Veterans Memorial in Sacramento. "The time has come now to build upon the statue, to make the memorial more visual and prominent in the capital," he said Tuesday.
NEWS
May 12, 2000 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis, who personally ordered a surprise investigation into the death of a World War II soldier at the Barstow veterans home, insisted Thursday that he wants Tomas Alvarado confirmed as state chief of veterans affairs. "We stand behind him," Davis said as questions swirled over how strongly the governor backs confirmation by the state Senate of Alvarado as Cabinet-level secretary of veterans affairs.
NEWS
June 2, 2000 | CARL INGRAM and JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The federal government Thursday abruptly cut off about $300,000 in monthly payments to the beleaguered Veterans Home in Barstow for its failure to meet patient care and management standards. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Togo D. West Jr. sent a letter notifying the state of his decision to halt payments to the home because an inspection concluded that "residents were at risk and were receiving substandard care."
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