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Written by UNACUHCP on 2/6/20012
This morning four Montebello Firefighters, led by Craig Barker, President of the Montebello Firefighters’ Association, stopped by Beverly Hospital to meet with CEO Gary Kiff. Montebello’s first responders have been closely watching the Nurses’ negotiations with the hospital because they bring patients to the ER on a daily basis. The firefighters join the growing list of community leaders calling on the Beverly Hospital administration and Board of Directors to settle a contract with the Nurses and invest in patient care.
“As first responders in Montebello,” Barker said, “we have the honor of caring for the Montebello community. In an emergency, Montebello residents’ first stop is Beverly Hospital and the first voice they hear when they arrive at the ER is from a Beverly Nurse. I’m very concerned with the Nurses’ turnover due to working conditions and lack of investment in the hospital. The Beverly Hospital Administration must do everything possible to provide job security to retain their great nurses.”
“ Beverly Hospital is an important part of the EMS system for the community and the people,” Barker wrote in a letter the firefigthers delivered to CEO Kiff. “As an EMS provider to the community of Montebello, Beverly is our Most Accessible Receiving hospital as well as a STEMI Center. With equipment and structural failure as well as poor working conditions, this is a problem for the hospital, its staff and community.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Tom Calderon’s campaign for State Assembly announced the endorsements of the Los Angeles County Firefighters (IAFF Local 1014) and Montebello Firefighters Local 3821 today.
“Former Assemblymember Calderon has demonstrated his commitment to public safety and local firefighters, and I know he will be a champion for us in the Legislature,” said Montebello Firefighters Local 3821 President Craig Barker. “We look forward to working with Tom to keep Motebello safe and plan on playing an active role in his campaign.”
Calderon’s public safety endorsements also include the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS), the California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) and the Police Officers Research Association of California (PORAC).
Calderon is running in California’s 58th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Artesia, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Cerritos, Commerce, Downey, Montebello, Pico Rivera and portions of Norwalk. He represented the 58th State Assembly District from 1998-2002 and previously served on the Montebello Unified School District.
Tom comes from a family of local public servants that have represented the Gateway Cities and San Gabriel Valley in some capacity for most of the last 30 years. His older brother, Charles Calderon, has served in the State Legislature for over twenty years and is the first person to serve as Majority Leader of both the State Senate and State Assembly. He is a former Montebello Unified School District Board Member and State Senator, and he currently serves as Assembly Majority Leader. Tom’s younger brother, Ron Calderon, succeeded him in the State Assembly and currently represents the 30th State Senate District. Tom’s late wife, Marcella Calderon, served as a member of the Montebello Unified School District Board of Trustees from 1999-2012.