Dr. Tara Zandvliet, who years ago became well known as San Diego’s vaccine-waiver doctor of choice, has now had her ability to prescribe narcotics removed.
According to charges by the medical board, the South Park doctor over-prescribed opioids to at least four of his patients. In one case, she prescribed a woman 10 times the recommended daily dose of opioids for almost six years.
In addition to not being able to prescribe pain medication for five years, Zandvliet will also have to take a course in best prescribing practices and undergo a clinical skills assessment, according to a new settlement agreement.
In March 2019, Will Huntsberry revealed that Zandvliet had wrote 141 student vaccine exemptions, accounting for nearly one-third of all exemptions in the San Diego Unified School District. When she was placed on three-year professional probation to issue exemptions that have been found to be grossly negligent.
In a new story, Huntsberry spoke with two parents whose son was a Zandvliet patient and became addicted to opioids. They said they didn’t necessarily believe she was responsible for their son’s opiate addiction, but they believed she was complicit.
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Another delay for vacation rental rules
The city council voted on Tuesday to postpone the long-awaited implementation holiday rental regulations which was to come into effect on July 1.
The rules aimed at limit the number of rentals in the city must now be enacted until nine months after the state Coastal Commission fully approves them.
The Coast Commission, which must approve bylaws in the coastal zone, said it plans to review the city’s proposed bylaws in March, but commissioners could order changes that require city officials to return to the council council to propose changes. The city decided to wait to enact the citywide rules.
Tricia Mendenhall of the city treasurer’s office told council members that the postponed implementation date will allow more time for the Coast Commission process and city preparations and will also give rental operators more notice. accepting bookings for later this year.
Councilman Joe LaCava, who opposed the vacation rental rules last year, was the only one to vote against the delayed implementation.
Related: 10 News reports that Chula Vista new vacation rental rules took effect on Tuesday.
City and businesses struggling with homeless camps
Tuesday started with a major cleanup effort in a Midway neighborhood homeless camp which has grown dramatically in recent months. A city spokeswoman told Voice of San Diego the operation was uneventful early Tuesday and no homeless people were arrested as the city cleared part of the Sports Arena camp. Boulevard which has recently covered much of the section between Pacific Highway and Rosecrans. Street.
But business owners says NBC 7 San Diego they were frustrated when some homeless residents began to return to the area after the cleanup.
In a statement, a spokesman for Mayor Todd Gloria said the city did not expect Tuesday’s operation to completely remove the camp.
“The action (on Tuesday) was aimed at immediately addressing the health risks as part of a sustained, long-term effort to persuade homeless residents to take refuge off the streets,” the spokesperson wrote. Dave Rolland in an email. “We have always understood – and communicated – that the complete cleaning of the camp will require repeated cleaning operations and continuous awareness.”
City crews are scheduled to return to Midway Thursday morning to clean up another part of the camp — and Rolland said the city will continue regular cleanups and homeless outreach efforts while the camp remains.
- Homelessness on the streets is skyrocketing downtown, with more than 1,400 people and 422 tents counted in the latest Downtown San Diego Partnership monthly census. The group of companies is now mobilization for immediate short-term measures such as city-sanctioned safe villages that could provide an alternative for homeless residents staying in growing camps downtown.
City of San Diego public services manager leaves agency
Shauna Lorance, director of the City of San Diego’s Department of Utilities since August 2019, announced she would be leaving the agency in an email to her staff in late January. His last day is February 11.
The city has confirmed that Lorance is retiring from the department she ruled under two mayors. No decision has been made on his replacement, according to department spokesman Arian Collins. The Department manages the city’s water network for more than 1.3 million residents and a countywide regional wastewater treatment system.
Under his leadership, the department challenged the San Diego County Water Authority — which controls the region’s access to its main source of drinking water, the Colorado River — on its calculations behind future water supply and demand projections that affect eventual water pricing and stability agency financials. The city is building a multibillion-dollar wastewater-to-drinking system called Pure Water, which ultimately means the Water Authority will lose business from its biggest customer in the coming years.
But the department overcame challenges under the direction of Lorance, too much. Like the struggling industrial wastewater monitoring program tasked with monitoring pollutants dumped by companies into the future recycled drinking water system. An audit showed the program was understaffed and likely lacked inspections at hundreds of businesses that could dump toxic waste down the drain.
Lorance responded at the time, saying the department hired new staff in 2019 but turnover and the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the program from reaching full strength.
In other news
- The fallout from the city’s 2012 pension reform initiative could leave the city with more than $80 million in new costs. KPBS reported that the city will pay tens of millions of dollars to create retroactive pensions for thousands of city employees hired after the Prop. B following the city council’s approval Monday of settlements with two of its largest unions. The city is also planning a 7% cash penalty and is still in discussions with other unions on how to move forward.
- Scripps Health expects the surge in COVID hospitalizations to decline in early March, The Times of San Diego reports.
- San Diego Community Power began rolling out to customers in Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Encinitas, Chula Vista and San Diego on Tuesday. (KPBS)
This morning report was written by Lisa Halverstadt, Megan Wood and MacKeznie Elmer. It was edited by Andrea Lopez Villafaña.