Los Angeles Hospitals and the Homeless
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Hospitals that leave homeless people on the streets will be guilty of misdemeanors if the LA City Council has its way. But the hospitals say that could cost them the federal funding that helps them stay open, and the new law does not provide places for homeless people to go. On Reporter’s Notebook, taco trucks and the “magic” of hot grease.
The $15 Billion Hole in Gov. Schwarzenegger's New Budget ()
Governor Schwarzenegger revised his budget proposals today in light of the $15 billion deficit facing the state now that this year's income taxes have been collected. He no longer wants to cut school programs or close state parks, but he would make it harder for poor families to qualify for health and welfare. To avoid the cuts, he's proposed to borrow against the state lottery. If voters turn that down in November, he'd raise the sales tax by a penny.
- Dan Walters: Syndicated columnist, Sacramento Bee
Harsh Consequences for Hospitals Dumping Homeless Patients ()By a vote of 12 to one today, the LA City Council made it a misdemeanor for a hospital to leave a discharged patient any place but his or her residence without the patient’s written consent. It’s a response to recent, highly publicized cases, of so-called “dumping” of patients on the streets of skid row.
- Jan Perry: Los Angeles City Councilwoman, @JanPerry
- Jim Lott: Executive Vice President of the Hospital Association of Southern California
East LA's Taco Trucks Must Keep Driving ()
Taco trucks are a part of life in Southern California, but the LA County Supervisors have passed a law preventing them from staying in one place for more than an hour. That led to a campaign with slogans like, "Save Our Taco Trucks," and "Carne Asada Is Not a Crime," but the law goes into effect at midnight tonight.
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