There's no specific law against hospitals "dumping" homeless patients on the streets of skid row, so a measure introduced today in Sacramento would make it a crime. Hospitals ask what they're supposed to do with 90,000 homeless in LA County, and just 40 beds for the chronically ill with no place to go. Plus, the latest on a possible new owner of the Los Angeles Times.
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There was public outrage recently when a driver forced a quadriplegic man out of an ambulance into a gutter on a skid row. Last year, a woman was left wandering in the same neighborhood with an IV still in her arm. There are 55 recent examples of what's called "patient dumping," but only one prosecution, partly because there's no specific law against the practice. Moreover, hospitals ask what they're supposed to do with 90,000 homeless in Los Angeles County, and just 40 beds for the chronically ill with no place to go. Today, Democratic State Senator Gil Cedillo announced plans to remedy that. We hear from Cedillo, the hospital association and advocates for the homeless.
Jim Lott, Executive Vice President, Hospital Association of Southern California
Pete White, Director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network
Gil Cedillo, California State Assemblyman (D-45th District)
Recent reports say the Tribune Company of Chicago was about to arrange an internal overhaul, rather than selling the Los Angeles Times, Channel 5 and other properties. Then, along came real estate maverick Sam Zell, who just sold his office development company for $39 billion, the biggest leveraged buyout in history. Michael Oneal reports for the Chicago Tribune, a sister publication of the LA Times.
Michael Oneal, Reporter for the Chicago Tribune