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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Keith Richman, 56

Former San Fernando Valley Assemblyman Keith Richman has died at the age of 56 of brain cancer.

Richman, who was also a physician, was active in the Valley Secession movement.  He earned the highest number of votes for Mayor of the San Fernando Valley and would have been elected such had the effort been passed by voters in other parts of the City.

Richman was also a leader on pension reform years before anyone thought it was an issue and also led on efforts for health care reform.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Having a doctor for a mayor was then, and is now, a lousy idea.

August 01, 2010 8:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG!!!! I am so shocked and sad. He would have been a good mayor had he run and won. This is tragic. He really was one of those few good politicians.

Why is it that the good ones die and the bad ones go on and on and on and on......

August 02, 2010 3:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doctors are generally unable to think outside the box - they're not thinkers and intellectuals, being a doctor is more of a skill like any other when they get outside their own professions of saving lives. When the get to trying to tell people how to run their lives, they are boxed in by AMA stats based on age, one size fits all, telling why you can't do things based on stats they can measure even if they're faulty indicators (blood pressure and cholesterol may rise and fall depending on that moment's stress or what you ate last nite, blood sugar tests can spike falsely from a pitcher of over-sugared tea).

Then they put you on invasive, expensive meds and treatments they get a kickback for, a downward spiral leading to genuinely bad health. For all their talk about good nutrition and exercise, they don't know what they're talking about, their guidelines are way off and based on excess caution, not the "what works" exercises of working your muscles "to failure" but knowing to stop at real pain.
Many of us find being trapped in an exam room with doctors stressful for this reason, which in turn spikes the tests.

Doctors themselves are prone to being sedentary and getting the diseases from their lifestyles and self-limited, cynical minds. Worst of all, these limitations are combined with a god complex.

Wonder if his own lifestyle contributed to this early death? He doesn't look that good for his age.

So agree with 8:41 that this is a tragic loss for his family and friends, but doctors and politics are usually not a good fit.

August 02, 2010 3:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From what I see these days, the political arena is too flooded with lawyers who are eager to pass new laws and add to the old ones.

I see doctors as business men (and women) who have real world experince.

Dr. Richman seemed to be a moderate who understood what the present day politics was doing to our crumbling economy. He seemed sincerely interested in the well being of our state. Using the doctor as politician scenario, he seemed to have the intelligence and the analytical mind to consider the impact of his votes.

That being said, I'd be curious if you can provide facts about his voting record that back your allegation/generalization.

August 02, 2010 10:55 PM  

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August 03, 2010 3:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

R.I.P. Mayor Richman

August 03, 2010 6:53 PM  

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