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May 30, 1993 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Officials of the East Los Angeles Health Task Force last week filed a claim for damages against the county and Sheriff's Department stemming from a March 30 eviction attempt. Executive director Susan Arellano said the claim is the first step in filing a lawsuit against the county. In another development, the task force received an order two weeks ago from the county to vacate its 3,100-square-foot space at Centro Maravilla, 4716 E. Brooklyn Ave.
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BUSINESS
November 17, 1992 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A national survey says Los Angeles--for the second year running--has America's highest health insurance rates, but the finding may say more about how Angelenos are insured than at what cost. The survey by the New York actuarial and consulting firm of Milliman & Robertson ranked Los Angeles No. 1--most expensive--among 1,050 U.S. cities, with small employers paying an average monthly premium of $668 for a typical package of health benefits. That was 78% higher than the national average of $375.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1992 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last June, AIDS activists handing out free hypodermic syringes to heroin addicts in South-Central Los Angeles were confronted by an angry group of community leaders who believed the giveaway promoted drug use. Undaunted, the distributors--a committee of the militant ACT-UP LA group that calls itself Clean Needles Now--temporarily shifted their focus to a drug-inundated neighborhood closer to downtown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1992
Health officials on Friday warned county residents to take precautions against the St. Louis encephalitis virus after chickens at three county test centers--in Irwindale, Monterey Park and the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles--were found to have contracted it. The virus, which causes swelling of the brain and spinal chord, is transmitted from birds to people through bites by mosquitoes that have previously bitten infected birds, officials said. In humans, it can be deadly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1992 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Turner-Ortega's lungs let him know Friday when he hit L.A. The jogger, who is on a consciousness-raising run from San Francisco to Mexico City, seemed to slow his pace, his eyes burned and his chest constricted with a jab not unlike the pain in his legs. The evidence is incontrovertible that air pollution levels in Los Angeles, the nation's smoggiest city, are dramatically better than a decade ago. But on summer days such as these one would be hard pressed to tell it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1992
The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services failed to adequately monitor $320 million in service contracts, leading to overpayments and questions about the quality of work the county is receiving, according to a recent audit. The county contracts for a wide range of services, including medical, laundry, housekeeping, security and computer systems. Auditors found that county employees who monitor contracts mostly work at home and took "excessive time to complete assignments."
NEWS
May 8, 1992 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rate of illness and death from cancer in California overall is lower than that of the nation as a whole, while cancer incidence in Los Angeles County is lower than in any other region of the state, a series of state Department of Health Services reports said Thursday. "Both in incidence and mortality California is in better shape than the rest of the country," State Health Director Molly Joel Coye said as she released the findings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1992 | JUDY PASTERNAK, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
In the days since the verdicts in the Rodney G. King beating case, thousands of fires set by rioters are fouling the air to a noticeable degree in a city that is already the nation's most polluted. The gray-orange pall that has limited flights at Los Angeles International Airport and brought early dusk to the city also could bring health troubles to sufferers of asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, physicians and environmental authorities warn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1992 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles ordinance that outlaws smoking in elevators, supermarkets and parts of workplaces and restaurants is no longer being enforced because of budget cuts, The Times has learned. The city attorney's office, charged with enforcing the law, quietly phased out its two-member smoking ordinance team in 1989, and stopped taking complaints altogether in January. Until then, complaints of violations of the 1985 law had been coming into the office at a rate of about 40 a month, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1991 | CLAIRE SPIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal health experts recommended Thursday that infants be immunized against hepatitis B, a potentially deadly cause of liver disease, in addition to the vaccinations they currently receive. However, Los Angeles health officials said there does not appear to be any urgency in administering the vaccine here because the rate of infection has rapidly declined from 20.6% in 1986 to 6.7%. They said they are unlikely to launch a vaccination program in public clinics without new federal funds.
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