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San Bernardino County Physician Elected President-Elect of the CMA

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Dev GnanaDev, M.D., 57
A physician who started a program to help reformed gang members get tattoos removed for free was elected president-elect of the California Medical Association earlier this week at the CMA's Annual House of Delegates in Anaheim. He will serve as president-elect for a year before taking office as president the following year, in 2008-2009.

"I look forward to serving fellow physicians and patients in my new role."

Dev GnanaDev, M.D., 57,  who has been active in the CMA for 26 years and is past president of the San Bernardino County Medical Society, founded the New Beginnings Gang Tatoo Removal program for reformed gang members and was also founder of a cardiac rehabilitation program for indigent patients. He is a founding board member of the Inland Empire Burn Institute, and he has served on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation's Inland Empire Section.

He has a special interest in rehabilitation of children with burns, and has worked with local firefighters to raise money to send children to Burn Camp and to educate children about the dangers of burns in educational programs at schools.

Dr. GnanaDev was forced to be a patient himself, suffering a heart attack and enrolling in a heart-health post operative program. Following that experience, in 2002, he donated $30,000 to start the Cardiac Health Management Program at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. The program provides free cardiac care to qualified post-operative patients. His great interest in lower-income patients led to his receiving the Medical Board of California Physician Recognition Award in 2005 for contributions to care of indigent patients.

Dr. GnanaDev has received numerous additional awards, including the American Medical Association's Pride in the Profession Award this year. In 2005, he received the American Heart Association (Inland Empire) "Star of the Hearts" Award.  He was given the Golden Scalpel (best teacher) award from surgical residents at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1991, where he serves as an associate professor.  He also holds a faculty appointment at Western University for Health Science in Pomona.

Board certified in general surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical critical care, Dr. GnanaDev earned his Medical Degree in Kurnool, India, at Kurnool Medical College. After interning in his native India, he served his residency in Newark, New Jersey, and was a fellow in cardio-vascular surgery at Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.  He earned a master's degree in business administration from California State University, San Bernardino, in 2001.

He is chief of surgery and has served as medical director at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton since 2000. Before that, he was associate medical director at San Bernardino County Medical Center for eight years.

The CMA president-elect is part of the 7-doctor executive committee of the CMA Board of Trustees. Dr. GnanaDev has served on the Board since 2000.

Dr. GnanaDev, his wife, Rosaria, and their children Monica, Yamuna and Raja live in Upland.

The California Medical Association represents more than 30,000 physicians in all modes of practice and specialties. CMA is dedicated to the health of all patients in California

If You Have A One-Person Corporation, You Still Need To Have An Annual Meeting

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By Richard Nevins

Attorney at Law


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Attorney Richard Nevins
Many small business owners are too busy running their business to hold an annual meeting of their corporation.  In California, a corporation can be owned and operated by a single individual, so having an annual meeting can be like talking to yourself.

If you have created a corporation, you have probably received many official-looking letters that appear to come from a state government agency.  These letters cite the California state laws that require an annual corporate meeting and they cite the state laws regarding the problems facing your corporation if you fail to have a record of your corporation's annual meetings.  These letters also include an offer to prepare the minutes of your annual meeting for a modest fee of $100 to $150.

The problem with these letters is that they are just advertising-through-intimidation.  While it is true that all corporations are required to have an annual meeting of the shareholders and the board of directors, it is not true that the minutes of these annual corporate meetings have to be on file with some state agency.  The annual meeting is not a public matter and the minutes do not have to leave your office files.

In a one-person corporation, having an annual meeting may seem like a waste of time, but it most definitely is not.  All of the legal, financial and tax benefits of having a corporation are only available if the corporation is treated and recognized as a separate entity from the person, who created it.  One of the greatest benefits of having a corporation own your business is that your family home and your personal property can be protected if there is anyone decides to sue your business.  A properly formed and operated corporation is an important element in any asset protection plan.

The corporation's ability to shield you from personal liability is lost if the existence of the corporation is not documented.  Under the law, a corporation has all the legal rights and protections of any human.  However, since the corporation is not human, the only proof that is exists is based on its documents.  The minutes of the annual meeting is one its most important documents. 

During this meeting, the shareholders elect the board of directors, who in turn hire the corporation's president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer.  All of the major actions taken by the corporation should be approved or ratified by the board of directors and described in the annual minutes.

If important tax matters are properly documented in the annual minutes, then the corporation has an additional level of protection if there is an audit by the IRS.  The annual meeting should include participation of the company's tax-preparer, because some valuable corporate tax benefits are required to be documented before the end of the tax year.  The company's business lawyer should also be requested to review prior actions and to assist with future plans.

Richard Nevins has been an attorney for 18 years.  His law firm provides legal advice in estate planning and small business law.  For more information, please visit his website at www.RichardNevins.com

Determined Women, Up To The Challenge!

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By Laurie Moody


Several days of raging fires and smoke filled skies couldn't stop the determined women who attended the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's 3rd Annual "Women's Fitness Challenge" at the Ben Clark Training Center. Over 200 brave women set out early Saturday morning to meet the departments' physical agility challenge head on.

The "Women's Fitness Challenge" is dedicated to the memory of Sergeant Kathy Hoidahl.  She joined the department in 1989 and served as a deputy sheriff for 17 years on assignment spanning the county.  Sergeant Hoidahl, was very involved with the community in the Hemet Valley and helped establish the Police Activities League. In her last assignment, was in recruitment.

Many female officers volunteered their time to assist as team leaders.  Each team leader was responsible for providing guidance and motivation to a team of 10-20 women.  Explorer Scouts were also on hand to help with the details of the day.  The Explorer program is a division of the Boy Scouts of America and gives young people 14-21 a first hand look at what law enforcement is really like. Brittany Young, 17, has only been a scout for a couple of months.  She plans on studying law and eventually wants to become a district attorney.  She believes that there are so few African American youth involved in the program because they have a negative view of law enforcement because that's all they see on television.  Brittany appreciates the training and discipline the program provides. 

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Recruits discover if they have what it takes to be a deputy.

The anxious teams of participants were in various stages of the recruitment process. Many of the women who participated in the agility test felt that it was the most challenging part of the recruitment process.  The obstacle course did in fact pose a challenge for many of the women.  The "wall" stopped several participants dead in their tracks.  However, there were massage therapists on hand to provide much needed relief for participants who developed aches and pains.  Motivating presentations by high ranking female officers soothed broken spirits. Undersheriff Valerie Hill and Captain Colleen Walker, provided much needed humor and real life experiences to the group.  They shared stories of sacrifice and the misconceptions embraced by their male counterparts about women in the early years in the profession.  They both gave an account of driving long distances to question rape victims only to arrive and find an equally qualified male officer on duty. The perceptions were that women should do it.  Neither of these ladies had ever experienced being rapped and believed that they were no better qualified to question a rape victim than male officers.  Captain Colleen Walker reflected on the days in the department when there weren't separate locker rooms and no sexual harassment laws.  Over the years these very distinguished women have promoted through the ranks and helped implement positive changes while becoming wives, mothers and grandmothers.  When asked about the unique qualities women bring to the department, the very competent law enforcement professionals agreed that women bring sensitivity to personnel issues that wouldn't otherwise exist.

Lieutenant Virginia Busby manages the department's basic training center for peace officers and correctional officers.  She informed that training was available on the weekend for trainees who work full-time.

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Undersheriff Valerie Hill spoke of real life experiences during her career with the sheriff’s department
Lieutenant Shelley Kennedy-Smith, Personnel Bureau Director, is one of the highest ranking female officers in the department.  She is also one of the highest ranking African-American officers.   Lieutenant Kennedy-Smith is happy about the plan for a more proactive approach to diversity.  Undersheriff Valerie Hill shared that promoting minority officers to higher ranks is a priority and has been a topic of conversation between she and her newly appointed boss, Sheriff Stanley Sniff. She agreed that it is important for the department to reflect the diverse cultures, races and genders of the community.

Personnel representatives were on hand to answer questions about the many rewarding positions within the department.  When people think of a career with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, they picture the deputy with a gun and badge but, there are many other jobs available within the department.  To find out what's available visit the website at WWW.JOINRSD.ORG.

Funds Released

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Riverside and SB County Mayors Release Funds for Wildfire Victims

 

By Ashley A. Jones


In response to the overwhelming wildfires that have victimized hundreds of Inland Empire residents, Riverside and San Bernardino mayors along with corporate officials met last week at San Bernardino City Hall to announce the formation of a special Fire Victims Relief Fund.

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Mayor Patrick Morris, Vincent Duro of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and Mayor Ronald Loveridge.
According to Mayor Pat Morris of San Bernardino, launching this fund with all of the partners involved sends a loud and clear message to all of our friends in the community that this is an important moment and opportunity. Mayor Morris said, "Our neighbors have lost their homes and worldly possessions, we need to step forward and contribute in some way to help them get back on their feet."

During his remarks, Mayor Morris highlighted the course of action taken by the two counties in supporting those who have experienced the devastation and aftermath caused by the wildfires.

Mayor Ron Loveridge of Riverside agreed with his colleague in the importance of the two neighboring cities stepping up to make a difference in the lives of victims. He said, " I've heard some say that cities ought to stay within their city limits, understanding the consequences of that, Southern California would be in ashes. The City of Riverside and residents of Riverside want to say by our commitment that we understand, as the fires have been close, the victims have had to put their lives back together and we want to do what we can to help by extending a hand."

The businesses and government agencies that stepped forward to provide contributions are: San Manuel Band of Mission Indians with $100,000, Stater Bros. Corporation with $20,000, Arrowhead Credit Union with $20,000, Altura Credit Union with $20,000, San Bernardino District Attorney Michael Ramos in partnership with American Corrective Counseling Services with $20,000, City of Riverside with $20,000, City of San Bernardino with $20,000, County of Riverside with $20,000, Matich Corporation with $10,000, SE Corporation with $5,000, and JJC Project Management with $4,000.

The Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties will oversee all funds received, and every dollar contributed will go directly to the Fire Victims Relief Fund as reported by President and CEO of the Foundation, Dr. Jim Erickson.

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Community Foundation Director, Dr. Jim Erickson is presented a check by San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris and Riverside Mayor Ronald Loveridge to aid fire victims in the recent wildfires.

According to Dr. Erickson,  "One hundred percent of the funds will go to the victims within the two counties and hopefully we will meet their needs. With the two mayors taking the lead, along with Board of Supervisors Dennis Hansberger and John Tavaglione, it's just the right combination. That's what I'm impressed with. I'm also impressed with the variety of organizations that have come forward, and San Manuel for setting the tone with the $100,000 commitment."

Representing the Office of Mayor Pat Morris, Peggy Hazlett explained, "After the 2003 fires, cash relief was one of the immediate needs for our communities who were directly impacted. The dollars raised through this effort will go directly to fire victims and more importantly, they won't have to go through a long process of filling out paperwork, they will have a simple application process and receive the necessary funds. I think the most significant part about this is that one hundred percent of the funds go to victims of the fire."

For information on how to contribute to this fund please contact Michael S. Tracey at The Community Foundation, Riverside by calling (951) 684-4194 ext. 116.

Common Myths And Mistakes About Estate Planning

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By Richard Nevins

Attorney at Law


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Attorney Richard Nevins
Estate Planning can be a complicated area of the law where myths abound and mistakes can be harmful to you and your loved ones.  Here is a list of common myths about estate planning.

I don't need a Will because I don't own very much. 

If you don't create a valid Will, the State of California has a series of laws, known intestate succession, that will determine where your assets go and who will control everything that you own.  State law may not distribute your assets to the people you want to have them.  If you want to nominate a guardian for your children, then you need a will. 

Many people wrongly assume that the only important asset is money, when in reality some of the most difficult family disputes involve the inheritance of personal possessions, like family photographs and heirlooms.

I don't need an estate plan because I hold all my assets jointly with another person. 

This is one of the most dangerous ways to plan your estate.  When you add another person to your bank account or to your real estate as a joint tenant, you are exposing that asset to every current and future creditor of that new joint tenant.  The asset will also be exposed to gift tax, capital gains tax and estate taxes.  Joint ownership does not avoid probate.  Probate is delayed until the last joint owner's death.

If I have a good Will, probate will not be required, and my assets can be transferred immediately to the beneficiaries of the Will. 

In fact, having a Will mandates a probate in most circumstances and the assets may not be transferred to the heirs for months or years.

Probate is a court proceeding to transfer title from the decedent's name to the living beneficiaries.  Probate occurs in the state of your legal residence as well as in any state where you own real property.  The length of time to complete a Probate varies, but can take six to eighteen months, on average.

If my assets are few, I will avoid probate. 

In California, if you have a house worth more than $100,000, your estate will probably require probate, unless you use a Living Trust or some other probate-avoidance technique.

A Will covers all my assets. 

Wills do not cover assets held as joint tenants with right of survivorship, retirement plans, annuities, life insurance, bank or investment account with transfer on death designations.

I can do my own estate plan. 

Estate planning is more than just creating documents.  It is understanding the big picture and how the legal documents will work in concert with the assets at the time they are needed.

You can't afford to rely on myths when it comes to your estate. Find out the facts, plan carefully and execute a plan to provide you with peace of mind and security for your loved ones.


Richard Nevins has been an attorney for 18 years.  His law firm provides legal advice in estate planning and small business law.  For more information, please visit his website at www.RichardNevins.com


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