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Posted on: Jun 19, 2017
Over 500 days ago, terrorists killed 15 people and seriously injured 22 others in an attack on a San Bernardino County facility.  
 
The heroic acts of 8 First Responders who saved lives and killed the terrorists won praise from Governor Brown who awarded them with Medals of Valor:
 
          * California Highway Patrol Officer Brett Peters
          * San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Firefighter Alexander Wallbrett
          * Redlands Police Department Officer Joseph Aguilar
          * San Bernardino Police Department Officer Nicholas Koahou
          * San Bernardino Police Department Officer Brian Olvera
          * San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Corporal Rafael Ixco
          * San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Deputy Bruce Southworth
          * San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Corporal Chad Johnson
 
"We got a lot of mediocrity, we got a lot of polarization, we got a lot of politics," said Gov. Jerry Brown, who joined Attorney General Kamala Harris in honoring the recipients Monday at the state Capitol. "What we don't have enough of is valor."
 
 As the one-year anniversary of the December 2, 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack approached, several media outlets lead by the New York Times published reports on the failure of the Workers' Compensation system to provide timely and appropriate care to county employees who were injured as a result of the shootings. 
 
After those stories were published, a public outcry arose demanding that  the problem be fixed and the necessary care be provided to allow the employees to recover and return to work.
 
In one of the media reports the director of the Department of Industrial Relations, Christine Baker said, "The process works for most workplace injuries, but the San Bernardino attack was extraordinary. We really need to take extraordinary steps in handling those claims."
 
Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes, a former CAAA member took Director Baker at her word and introduced AB 44.  The bill eliminated all the paperwork delays that denied care to the injured workers.
 
The Department of Industrial Relations apparently thought that proposal was "too" extraordinary. 
 
DIR replaced Assemblywoman Reyes' elimination of paperwork delays with... more delays.  DIR's amendments to AB 44 only provide another "delayer" - someone who would look into the problems these victims are still facing...500 days after the terrorist attack injured them.
 
Once again...DIR preserved its role as the "last providers" for injured workers.