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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2000 | ANDRE BRISCOE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Community Development Commission awarded Warvi Construction Inc. of Huntington Beach a contract Tuesday to retrofit City Hall. The retrofit will bring the structure into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, requiring that disabled citizens have equal access to public and private facilities. Work will include modifying the Public Works Department and city clerk's office counters for the disabled.
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TRAVEL
August 24, 1997
Just a note of appreciation for your column ("5 Years Later, Disabilities Law Gets Mixed Response," Travel Insider, Aug. 10) illustrating the frustrating lack of Americans With Disabilities Act implementation in the U.S. hotel industry. Disabled people like myself can never assume a hotel is accessible despite promises made by phone reservation agents. Upon arrival, we often must cope with barely accessible rooms that include tiny bathrooms more suitable for gymnasts or Munchkins. Our best resources are invariably other disabled travelers who can verify access issues and offer valuable information.
BUSINESS
August 11, 1992 | ANDREA MAIER
The young man wearing the leather baseball jacket has all the usual attributes of male models: manicured hands, broad shoulders and a perfect crescent smile. But the dimpled model staring out from the glossy pages of the department store catalogue also displays an unusual accessory--a wheelchair. The youth in the $99 jacket is one of three models with disabilities pictured in a recent Nordstrom catalogue, and one of dozens who have appeared in mostly print advertisements across the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The city of Los Angeles is unprepared to meet the needs of the disabled in the case of a disaster and is discriminating against them by failing to include the disabled in its emergency preparedness plans, a federal judge ruled Friday. Siding with disability-rights groups who sued the city on behalf of an estimated 800,000 disabled L.A. residents, U.S. District Court Judge Consuelo B. Marshall found that Los Angeles doesn't have a plan to notify and evacuate the disabled or provide them with transportation and shelter in a disaster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1998 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Council members Mike Feuer and Richard Alatorre have proposed the creation of a separate city department on disability, designed to jump-start the city's belated efforts to comply with the federal disability rights law. If the measure passes today as expected, Los Angeles will be among the first major cities in the country to elevate disability issues to the level of a city department, said Jim Dickson of the National Organization on Disabilities, a national advocacy group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2000 | MANUEL GAMIZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the applause of onlookers, Sarah Will thundered up to the Venice Beach pier on her powerful jet water ski Monday as part of the Los Angeles stretch of the 24-city "Spirit of ADA Torch Relay." Aided by lifeguards, Will got into her wheelchair and passed the torch to a runner. The torch relay, conducted by the American Assn. of People With Disabilities, is traveling cross-country to mark the 10-year anniversary of the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2001 | LISA GIRION, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. agreed to a court order Wednesday that prohibits the company from conducting genetic tests on workers, settling the first legal challenge of the practice by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But the nation's second-largest railroad faces an ongoing investigation by the EEOC and possible lawsuits over allegations that it violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by subjecting 20 workers' blood samples to genetic testing.
OPINION
June 8, 2002
Thank you, Charles Lindner, for exposing the hatchet job that the U.S. Supreme Court has been doing on the rights of Americans with disabilities ("Supreme Court Upsetting a Rights Movement," Opinion, June 2). If the court were to erode civil rights protections based on race or gender discrimination, there would be a great outcry. Sadly, although disabilityrights advocates are very much aware of what the court has been doing, few others seem to be very concerned. Disability is a natural part of life.
NATIONAL
March 16, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki, Washington Bureau
New federal regulations improving access for the disabled took effect Tuesday at more than 7 million facilities nationwide, including many used for recreation. The changes, required under the Americans with Disabilities Act, affect places such as amusement parks and movie theaters. "If you went on vacation and your family was going to go play a game of miniature golf, up until now, a child in a wheelchair would have to sit on the side and watch everybody else have fun," said Maureen Fitzgerald, director of disability rights at the Disability Policy Collaboration, an advocacy group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1994 | WILLSON CUMMER
The City Council and members of the Access Appeals Board met this week to discuss the jurisdiction of the board, which oversees whether building owners are complying with laws dealing with access by the disabled. The city's building inspectors can check to see that structures comply with the laws, the council and board members were told. The inspectors can order expensive changes to be made to bring them up to code, they said.
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