Who Is the Banning-Beaumont Person of the Year?

TIME magazine named President Barack Obama their person of the year. Tell us who you think should win from either Banning or Beaumont!

On Dec. 19, Time magazine named President Barack Obama as their Person of the Year.

“For finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union, Barack Obama is TIME's 2012 Person of the Year,” Time managing editor Richard Stengel explained in his note to readers.

The magazine invited votes on 40 candidates, including Obama, Gabby Douglas and Kim Jong Un. Other options included The Mars Rover and the Higgs Boson Particle.

But who cares about the same-old, same-old? Who is the Person of the Year in OUR community of Banning and Beaumont—the man or woman who, in Timespeak, “most influenced the news this year for better or worse?”

Tell us your pick in the comment section below!

Diego Rose December 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I would like to nominate San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital's CEO Mark Turner as the Pass Area person of the year. You see, for better or worse, Mark has managed to keep the hospital a sore point in OUR community. Before taking over as CEO of SGMH, Mark was the regional director for Brimm Health Care. Brimm was a consulting firm responsible for running SGMH the previous twenty years. Mark was cast into the role in July of 2009 when the board was questioning whether or not to renew the contract with Brimm. Mark invited several of the board members to a conference in Austin Texas to remind them why the hospital needed to keep Brimm. Never mind the hospital had been paying $270,000 a year in order to keep the hospital in the red. Shortly after the trip members of the board voted Mark in as the new CEO replacing the former CEO Kay Lang who became the liaison between the construction firm and the district board. Mark can be credited with giving EPIC, the new consulting co., it's contract @ $500,000 a year. He managed to keep his position with the hospital after the change over, and managed to give himself a $75,000 dollar a year raise. All this while the hospital expansion, which was slated to be a five story addition with an ICU/ER for an estimated $126mil, is now a $126 mil dollar ER/ICU. He scared the community into an extension of measure D funds, and has done so knowing that he would be asking the community for another multimillion dollar bond to finish the expansion.
tobert conrad December 27, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Right on! We were thinking no one had noticed. Not only is he responsible neither he nor his financial reps can tell us how they gave us a bill that was supposed to be a one day event of 200+ medications. You can never get a bill straightened out at that hospital. It will never be anything more that a stop on the way to a real hospital. There are many great hospitals out east of us and we also have Redlands and Loma Linda...real hospitals
Christy December 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Isn't there already a citizen of the year?
Steve & June December 28, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I wish to vote for Tommi Isgro, She is my neighbor, her and her husband Tom came here and settled in Beaumont in 1961. They both ran the Shopping Bag Mkt here in Beaumont on 6th street. Toms father ran it before them. Tom has passed on, but Tomi is still with us. as far as News is concerned she hasnt contributed, but her being there when anybody needed help at any time for whatever reason, you can count on her. . She is a wonderful loving person This is who i would vote for. Tommie Isgro
clint December 28, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I thought Beaumont's person of the year is the council member Brian Deforge? I wonder who was on the selection committee? Probably not Libi U
Kathleen Martin December 28, 2012 at 09:18 PM
We will only realize the wisdom of electing Dr. Raul Ruiz to represent us in Congress when we see he is the same hardworking, intelligent, and respectful American he claimed to be as a candidate. Bravo, Dr. Ruiz, for restoring hope to us here in Riverside County!
Vince December 30, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Stop it...Brian Deforge is a good fella, PLUS, his sis used to have a great big, REALLY nice set of...Encylopedia's. And yeah, you bet, she used to let me work with 'em some back years ago----and don't you know that nowadays things like those are well worth even more then when they was first made (sorta like a fine Bordeaux) ...They maybe might could even be viewed as real deal collectibles! Awwww, and what the heck, I hereby nominate her Encylopedia's as....well, The Most Bestest Ever Encylopedia's of The Last Millennium!! Can I get a 2nd on that Motion?


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