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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA / A news summary

Council Votes to Review Ties With Boy Scouts

November 29, 2000

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted to instruct all city departments to review their relationships with the Boy Scouts of America because of the group's legally sanctioned discrimination based on religion and homosexuality.

The council also agreed to support an impending proposal by the Los Angeles Police Commission that would order the Los Angeles Police Department to severe ties with its Explorers unit, a BSA-affiliated police cadet training program for young people, in favor of an alternative.

Jackie Goldberg, a lesbian who heads the council's Personnel Committee, pushed for the city to end its relationship with the Boy Scouts. Other police departments in San Diego, Chicago and Tempe have already taken similar action, she said.

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