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. Items were stolen from the garageof a home on the 3300 block of Kimberly Waybefore 6:12 p.m. on Thursday,Dec. 13.
. A person was caught on camera steal-ing from the ﬁrst block of Hillsdale Boulevardbefore 12:02 p.m. on Thursday,Dec. 13.
A man was seen knockingover garbage cans on the 1000 block of Annapolis Drive before 9:24 a.m. onThursday,Dec. 13.
. A man was attacked by his roommateon the 700 block of East Fourth Avenue before8:46 p.m. on Wednesday,Dec. 12.
. Three women stole items from a storeat the Hillsdale Shopping Center before 4:32p.m. on Wednesday,Dec. 12.
. A home was broken into and ran-sacked on the 2800 block of Tiburon Waybefore 4:46 p.m. on Sunday,Dec. 16.
. A stolen vehicle wasrecovered in a residential area but the ownerreported his shotgun was missing from thetrunk on the 1000 block of Cortez Avenuebefore 3:22 p.m. on Sunday,Dec. 16.
. A suitcase was stolen from a vehi-cle parked at a hotel parking lot on the 700block of Airport Boulevard before 9:50 a.m.on Sunday,Dec. 16.
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A man received threatening text messagesfrom a person he met online on MapleStreet in Redwood City before 9:04 p.m.on Sunday,Dec. 16.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A former assistant nurse manager at KaiserPermanente Medical Center claims she wasﬁred from the South San Francisco hospitalafter blowing the whistle on unsafe patient care.Helen Raquipiso is suing Kaiser FoundationHospitals Inc. for retaliation and wrongful ter-mination,according to the suit ﬁled in SanMateo County Superior Court on Monday.The suit claims that,in return for complainingabout patient care and working conditions,shewas given a negative performance review andwritten warnings,placed on a performanceimprovement plan and ﬁnally ﬁred.Frank Beirne,senior vice president andarea manager,Kaiser Permanente SanMateo Area,said he could not comment onspecifics of personnel matters or pendinglitigation but that the organization is recog-nized for its provision of quality healthcare.“We are vigilant about patient safety,and weencourage employees to bring patient safetyissues to our attention. We strictly prohibit retal-iation of any kind against individuals for report-ing any complaint,”Beirnesaid in a preparedstatement.Raquipiso,a ﬁve-year employee,saidbetween mid-2009 and December 2010 shecomplained of incidents including an Aug. 11,2009 dispensing error involving “high alertmedication”and a Jan. 19,2010 complaint thata stroke patient had been improperly transferredto her unit which was not equipped to providethat type of care. In September 2010,Raquipisocomplained that certain patients could not beadmitted because doing so violated the ﬁve-to-one ratio of patients to nurses,the suit claims.Raquipiso’s 2009 performance evaluationwas scheduled the day of the complaint aboutthe stroke patient and she was not given writtencopy of it until April,the suit states. At thatmeeting,she was given a notice of ﬁnal warningand placed on a performance improvement planthat September. On Dec. 17,2010,Raquipisowas terminated for “failure to meet the requiredperformance improvement expectations.”A case management conference is scheduledfor May. Raquipiso’s attorney did not return acall.The suit was ﬁled the same week nurses at 21Kaiser Permanente hospitals,including two inSan Mateo County,planned an informationalpicket over what they say is “persistently inade-quate”stafﬁng in emergency care which leads topatients being turned away. The afternoon pick-et planned for today includes the South SanFrancisco and Redwood City medical centers.Beirne saidthe claims have little to do withfacts and are a disservice to the outstandingwork of its staff,doctors and nurses.
Care home worker jailedfor stealing from residents
An 18-year-old food service worker whostole more than $400 worth of jewelry from aresident at a Redwood City assisted livinghome and was accused of several other theftswas sentenced yesterday to nine months in jailand ordered to repay several victims.Luis Hermelindo Cebrero,of unincorporat-ed San Mateo County,pleaded no contest tofelony residential burglary and a misdemeanorcount of theft from an elder person in returnfor a promise of no morethan a year in jail. OnTuesday,he received alesser amount with creditof 144 days earned whilein custody on $100,000bail and ordered to repaymore than $2,000.Cebrero had worked atthe Woodside TerraceSenior Living Complexfor six months,duringwhich time prosecutors say he had admittedcommitting at least six previously unsolvedthefts. On Oct. 8,another employee reportedﬁnding approximately $425 worth of jewelryhidden in a food tray Cebrero had removedfrom a room.Police reported ﬁnding several items of jew-elry stolen from other facility residents insideCebrero’s apartment and he allegedly admit-ted taking the goods and committing ﬁve otherthefts prior to his 18th birthday in September.
Nurse claims Kaiser firedher for reporting poor care