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October 1, 2007
Re "Fiscal woes jeopardize area hospitals," Sept. 23 The article on struggling hospitals is incomplete without greater discussion of the health reform proposal Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has put forward to address the overcrowding of emergency rooms. Schwarzenegger has proposed a Medi-Cal rate increase that would provide $1.5 billion for hospitals and would require all Californians to have health insurance.
July 16, 1992
Citing bad economic times, the City Council this week withdrew plans to pass a tax on apartment owners. A business license fee would have required owners of buildings with four or more units to pay $25 annually plus $5 for each additional unit. Orange is the only city in the county that does not charge apartment owners such a fee, officials said. "We felt the timing simply wasn't right at this time," Councilman William G. Steiner said, citing high vacancy rates and falling rents.
City safety officials are investigating recent visitor complaints about overcrowding at Disneyland as the park experiences a surge in attendance during the final weeks of its Main Street Electrical Parade. Anaheim Fire Marshal Gary Wilder said Wednesday he has discussed the situation with park officials and has been invited by Disneyland's private fire department to review crowd safety measures at the theme park.
July 18, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Facing its heaviest caseload in many years, the Los Angeles County Criminal Grand Jury has had to delay or turn away cases of murder, corruption, child abuse and other serious allegations, but that could change when a second panel is allowed under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Crowded dockets have meant delays in high-profile cases, including the indictment of former city Airport Commissioner Leland Wong on charges of accepting a $100,000 bribe, said Dist. Atty.
July 14, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The price tag for a complex of schools at the site of the famed Ambassador Hotel has become the Los Angeles Unified School District's most expensive school project, now surpassing $578 million. The latest cost increase, approved Tuesday by the Board of Education, adds $6.6 million for expenses related mostly to safety and historic preservation at the complex for 4,200 students. The main campus of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools will open this fall. Two small schools already operate on the back portion of the 24-acre Koreatown site.
May 12, 2013
Re "Another way on prisons," Editorial, May 8 The failure of the public policy that released sick people from hospitals to the streets simultaneously created the homeless crisis and the overcrowding of jails and prisons. Eighteen percent of all Los Angeles County jail inmates are men held in downtown L.A.'s Twin Towers for treatment of mental illness. That doesn't include the roughly one-third of jail inmates who are mentally ill but are not getting specialized treatment or follow-up care when they are released.
September 4, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld
A panel of federal judges, accusing California officials of obstruction, on Thursday denied the state's request to delay an order to produce a plan for reducing its prison population by 40,000 inmates. Aides to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said they would take their request to the U.S. Supreme Court today. The judges issued their order on Aug. 4 in two long-running lawsuits by inmates. The state asked for a delay pending its appeal of the order to the U.S. Supreme Court, which was filed separately Thursday.
September 27, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- Thousands of inmates could soon be reassigned from Los Angeles County jails to home detention to relieve overcrowding, under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. "This bill provides local law enforcement with the tools to relieve severe overcrowding in county jails," said Bill Maile, a spokesman for the governor.
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