csfFN;+_18hףA`A,."!qhɑpwm,3ayz$I<&,=КNu,Ƕb"7i/(j6-lFn$gx? nM%zݪ7,7=`>M>LDr cKt30=crva!|SM%qƱ07H1{-GgnD7ĀGąDl6G)bi"6&ܾ^mj&t0ټo>3K6 ArY- XDcVs%!Yդ9I؍=vp `IcI yKc{znGKõW D<&P2 >s\oPσ-OcNj%҃$"fu`5:`nX{.$x)PB^Z =Wd)lKvF ]6 >}d4t9'Ku~*qhG]EF@=H"X$?^=YD/v:~ADJ,K0Sg4hܗ -UJ)0;SLP?_ kG8GAf^Z^+ J]ƒƹʺ}AV׬5'pd6~(" Ys`*C?Կ3Y|Wjޔxn721Pf PE^Y2ϴQ9{Ǯ6d!2M2̓W?}:>99dYظ2&~2:Ň0xhnl6[z}lJcOO4WYGԾ|2[z9!_v"cA4vyP i!ahG83 ̬5~z"s5-K L)y0)Ft'=\ȯbq4}ܕb>? fO:k{_Vk`%FQ\A_ C.a]2 K=Zvǐ cdS','㷗 2oܽy U* M6vb"r A-L@p o3ZW)2s[7shҶFTҜ% /뺁=Ji:_e!ogJ: ʂGFMӤ f簷"cYD,X|p "0EwoӦʬ߭n+~EZeOu]2fn\VIxK1wveЖ &Mb8x[[V4, /0}N3Y^uvk T,DM(gM!Jz#V}87 4YzV͈iS̓gNs.OHPam$ a.pQup=DȘO#H]3t,5Lw4,pG.f ct+:qϰ6} .(yD<a- *G^sT|U _K-y 18t|wkk*Rs`y ;;zt_scBt\g|i>bNg 10 (a )-JAl0?%mR} 뀶uDY'8uw=i=bP-2{ xXy:U?_ [Q\$q)`z1>QXh9(Wh<[O(' =0Cwu-'Mzp7&w!{ݟ܉6'I{kW]z MA(&aПa<']' 7p=Ā#&&C<dSߡ3y&O#[hJ"LBh~%8>4Lf}ު Yȵ)_,,.wH-f/$yg <]LoF"&xMIEң!Tq}CܻB:. l# PI[zNqp 0I BHz^YTƔ )ų8(4kV#XQ4rHbS0>DCc`EUeK "˃w@ U35?1li_:HVSfkSWuTԋSR`(UEʆ^_&) lR_̆I[b'P.2; J]*\|e3It@sCx )$iD61fbh:%-ښg-.L.;v;x}gQu86˰\-Kl"]^/ps|hR9b2>셤E DrgL^~-A "=]6*c4ݢ lp:q.4lmq" "lzmՍ,5ەQZi]/>N=cRbqRAG2KYdi%%R/spƹN,rSأ#C8!?Gr:!{;Ӂ H* Y<*3}u(37h R:ӿvYL{66Krܼeoy ۍW ~\ Jc~&#%c_r_HDQrp|nG΋I&u)!5V4 fo=NOU"%2 [. l)yp%ќpd$*߼t eUuH:޻CթE[N <m`Sނvc1̅hʔvr&A(sFܞ*(瀱[ TJ$* Ϗ`8AFE03 :+eqRFޑQyTidFx%/d!apҕ.X,8L` Cs$v"D\O/j,BlSf?o|NOϯٹ|r}yuv?=98OBkW`n=ج05<+ⰗHЬF^XŠJeIgXɒٝEa\E2 ڗ޼1N=xזz4N_U&%YYBav7@qi¦)H@IZS)ihm!c+xHP5#'biQ:RIqU&#7|ǂ~c9#/$!YpWe{Ф TQA>gd<; ˩u  8LQq&D^?qlDB ${-md\OJ! G75؎7 lW|vV;v{l[[ ZRF~ީx!:-wa4bH ꎃ->:[ csfFN;+_18hףA`A,."!qhɑpwm,3ayz$I<&,=КNu,Ƕb"7i/(j6-lFn$gx? nM%zݪ7,7=`>M>LDr cKt30=crva!|SM%qƱ07H1{-GgnD7ĀGąDl6G)bi"6&ܾ^mj&t0ټo>3K6 ArY- XDcVs%!Yդ9I؍=vp `IcI yKc{znGKõW D<&P2 >s\oPσ-OcNj%҃$"fu`5:`nX{.$x)PB^Z =Wd)lKvF ]6 >}d4t9'Ku~*qhG]EF@=H"X$?^=YD/v:~ADJ,K0Sg4hܗ -UJ)0;SLP?_ kG8GAf^Z^+ J]ƒƹʺ}AV׬5'pd6~(" Ys`*C?Կ3Y|Wjޔxn721Pf PE^Y2ϴQ9{Ǯ6d!2M2̓W?}:>99dYظ2&~2:Ň0xhnl6[z}lJcOO4WYGԾ|2[z9!_v"cA4vyP i!ahG83 ̬5~z"s5-K L)y0)Ft'=\ȯbq4}ܕb>? fO:k{_Vk`%FQ\A_ C.a]2 K=Zvǐ cdS','㷗 2oܽy U* M6vb"r A-L@p o3ZW)2s[7shҶFTҜ% /뺁=Ji:_e!ogJ: ʂGFMӤ f簷"cYD,X|p "0EwoӦʬ߭n+~EZeOu]2fn\VIxK1wveЖ &Mb8x[[V4, /0}N3Y^uvk T,DM(gM!Jz#V}87 4YzV͈iS̓gNs.OHPam$ a.pQup=DȘO#H]3t,5Lw4,pG.f ct+:qϰ6} .(yD<a- *G^sT|U _K-y 18t|wkk*Rs`y ;;zt_scBt\g|i>bNg 10 (a )-JAl0?%mR} 뀶uDY'8uw=i=bP-2{ xXy:U?_ [Q\$q)`z1>QXh9(Wh<[O(' =0Cwu-'Mzp7&w!{ݟ܉6'I{kW]z MA(&aПa<']' 7p=Ā#&&C<dSߡ3y&O#[hJ"LBh~%8>4Lf}ު Yȵ)_,,.wH-f/$yg <]LoF"&xMIEң!Tq}CܻB:. l# PI[zNqp 0I BHz^YTƔ )ų8(4kV#XQ4rHbS0>DCc`EUeK "˃w@ U35?1li_:HVSfkSWuTԋSR`(UEʆ^_&) lR_̆I[b'P.2; J]*\|e3It@sCx )$iD61fbh:%-ښg-.L.;v;x}gQu86˰\-Kl"]^/ps|hR9b2>셤E DrgL^~-A "=]6*c4ݢ lp:q.4lmq" "lzmՍ,5ەQZi]/>N=cRbqRAG2KYdi%%R/spƹN,rSأ#C8!?Gr:!{;Ӂ H* Y<*3}u(37h R:ӿvYL{66Krܼeoy ۍW ~\ Jc~&#%c_r_HDQrp|nG΋I&u)!5V4 fo=NOU"%2 [. l)yp%ќpd$*߼t eUuH:޻CթE[N <m`Sނvc1̅hʔvr&A(sFܞ*(瀱[ TJ$* Ϗ`8AFE03 :+eqRFޑQyTidFx%/d!apҕ.X,8L` Cs$v"D\O/j,BlSf?o|NOϯٹ|r}yuv?=98OBkW`n=ج05<+ⰗHЬF^XŠJeIgXɒٝEa\E2 ڗ޼1N=xזz4N_U&%YYBav7@qi¦)H@IZS)ihm!c+xHP5#'biQ:RIqU&#7|ǂ~c9#/$!YpWe{Ф TQA>gd<; ˩u  8LQq&D^?qlDB ${-md\OJ! G75؎7 lW|vV;v{l[[ ZRF~ީx!:-wa4bH ꎃ->:[

Reported suicides of injured workers mark 'crisis' in Workers' Comp system, charge Green Party candidates, who call for firing of Dept. of Insurance fraud chief for 'bias'

GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE

SACRAMENTO (August 3, 2006) - Reported suicides of injured Californian workers because of failures in the Workers' Compensation system led Green Party candidates for state office to call for major reforms - and the firing of a key department chief.

Green Party Insurance Commissioner candidate Larry Cafiero and Green Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Camejo joined disabled workers at a rally - sponsored by California Coalition For Workers Memorial Day - at the Insurance Commissioner's office this week to call for needed and immediate changes in the system.

Legislation in 2004, sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans at the behest of the insurance injury - a major contributor to the campaigns of the major parties, has been branded by critics as a major reason those injured on the job do not receive care needed.

"That legislation has led to a crisis in Workers' Compensation and is now bearing a bitter fruit for injured workers, while insurance companies reap a lush harvest of increased profits," said Cafiero, who has been extremely critical of current Lt. Governor and Insurance Commissioner candidate Cruz Bustamante (D) for receiving large contributions from the insurance industry.

Cafiero said a primary example of the bias in the system against workers and for business is the California Fraud Assessment Commission (CFAC), which is chaired by a corporate executive who oversees insurance needs of an employer.

"Under William Zachry, who works for Safeway, the CFAC has displayed favoritism to insurance companies and employers over injured workers. Even Zachry's own employer, Safeway, has benefitted from his commission's decisions," charged Cafiero.

He said Zachry should be immediately "removed" from his position from the CFAC, noting that the "conflict of interest is unacceptable at any level in the Dept. of Insurance, and must not be tolerated either by this administration or the next Insurance Commissioner."

-30-

Contacts:
Crescenzo Vellucci, State Press Office, 916.996.9170,
Sara Amir (Los Angeles), 310.270.7106,
Dr. Bob Vizzard (Sacramento), 916.206.8953,
Daniel Brezenoff (Southern California), 310.422.2211,
Susan King (San Francisco), 415.823.5524,

The Green Party of California
PO Box 2828
Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437
Web: http://www.cagreens.org
EMail:

csfFN;+_18hףA`A,."!qhɑpwm,3ayz$I<&,=КNu,Ƕb"7i/(j6-lFn$gx? nM%zݪ7,7=`>M>LDr cKt30=crva!|SM%qƱ07H1{-GgnD7ĀGąDl6G)bi"6&ܾ^mj&t0ټo>3K6 ArY- XDcVs%!Yդ9I؍=vp `IcI yKc{znGKõW D<&P2 >s\oPσ-OcNj%҃$"fu`5:`nX{.$x)PB^Z =Wd)lKvF ]6 >}d4t9'Ku~*qhG]EF@=H"X$?^=YD/v:~ADJ,K0Sg4hܗ -UJ)0;SLP?_ kG8GAf^Z^+ J]ƒƹʺ}AV׬5'pd6~(" Ys`*C?Կ3Y|Wjޔxn721Pf PE^Y2ϴQ9{Ǯ6d!2M2̓W?}:>99dYظ2&~2:Ň0xhnl6[z}lJcOO4WYGԾ|2[z9!_v"cA4vyP i!ahG83 ̬5~z"s5-K L)y0)Ft'=\ȯbq4}ܕb>? fO:k{_Vk`%FQ\A_ C.a]2 K=Zvǐ cdS','㷗 2oܽy U* M6vb"r A-L@p o3ZW)2s[7shҶFTҜ% /뺁=Ji:_e!ogJ: ʂGFMӤ f簷"cYD,X|p "0EwoӦʬ߭n+~EZeOu]2fn\VIxK1wveЖ &Mb8x[[V4, /0}N3Y^uvk T,DM(gM!Jz#V}87 4YzV͈iS̓gNs.OHPam$ a.pQup=DȘO#H]3t,5Lw4,pG.f ct+:qϰ6} .(yD<a- *G^sT|U _K-y 18t|wkk*Rs`y ;;zt_scBt\g|i>bNg 10 (a )-JAl0?%mR} 뀶uDY'8uw=i=bP-2{ xXy:U?_ [Q\$q)`z1>QXh9(Wh<[O(' =0Cwu-'Mzp7&w!{ݟ܉6'I{kW]z MA(&aПa<']' 7p=Ā#&&C<dSߡ3y&O#[hJ"LBh~%8>4Lf}ު Yȵ)_,,.wH-f/$yg <]LoF"&xMIEң!Tq}CܻB:. l# PI[zNqp 0I BHz^YTƔ )ų8(4kV#XQ4rHbS0>DCc`EUeK "˃w@ U35?1li_:HVSfkSWuTԋSR`(UEʆ^_&) lR_̆I[b'P.2; J]*\|e3It@sCx )$iD61fbh:%-ښg-.L.;v;x}gQu86˰\-Kl"]^/ps|hR9b2>셤E DrgL^~-A "=]6*c4ݢ lp:q.4lmq" "lzmՍ,5ەQZi]/>N=cRbqRAG2KYdi%%R/spƹN,rSأ#C8!?Gr:!{;Ӂ H* Y<*3}u(37h R:ӿvYL{66Krܼeoy ۍW ~\ Jc~&#%c_r_HDQrp|nG΋I&u)!5V4 fo=NOU"%2 [. l)yp%ќpd$*߼t eUuH:޻CթE[N <m`Sނvc1̅hʔvr&A(sFܞ*(瀱[ TJ$* Ϗ`8AFE03 :+eqRFޑQyTidFx%/d!apҕ.X,8L` Cs$v"D\O/j,BlSf?o|NOϯٹ|r}yuv?=98OBkW`n=ج05<+ⰗHЬF^XŠJeIgXɒٝEa\E2 ڗ޼1N=xזz4N_U&%YYBav7@qi¦)H@IZS)ihm!c+xHP5#'biQ:RIqU&#7|ǂ~c9#/$!YpWe{Ф TQA>gd<; ˩u  8LQq&D^?qlDB ${-md\OJ! G75؎7 lW|vV;v{l[[ ZRF~ީx!:-wa4bH ꎃ->:[