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November 21, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Tommy Jacquette, who channeled a simmering rage to become one of South L.A.'s most important social activists, died this week of complications from cancer, his daughter said. He was 65. Jacquette died Monday at his home in Watts, not far from where the violence that shook his city began more than 40 years ago, an event that he said shaped his life of community organizing. He helped create programs for youth in Watts, worked tirelessly with neighborhood groups and helped found the annual Watts Summer Festival in 1966.
August 23, 2006 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's new prescription drug plan is based on an approach his own health advisors repudiated last year as dangerous to poor people's health and legally questionable. Throughout 2005, the Schwarzenegger administration fought a Democratic plan to pressure pharmaceutical companies to discount drugs for Californians who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford many essential medicines.
December 14, 1990
Since 1988, California has helped hundreds of thousands of homeless families secure shelter. The Homeless Assistance Program (HAP) provides cash for emergency housing and also helps with deposits and first- and last-months' rent needed to get into permanent housing. The program is needed more than ever as increasing numbers of families get caught in layoffs and other setbacks caused by the weakening economy.
May 18, 1986
Superior Court Judge Norman A. Dowds has ordered the state of California to provide emergency services to homeless children living with their parents. He has accepted the argument of public interest lawyers that these children come under the protection of the already-established law covering the abused, the neglected and the endangered. Indeed they do.
May 25, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A state appeals court has struck down a San Diego County program that offers free healthcare to those who make $1,078 a month or less but provides no subsidies for those who make more. The decision Wednesday by a three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court's decision in favor of the county's all-or-nothing plan. Attorneys for the plaintiffs said Wednesday's decision could bring lifesaving care for thousands.
June 7, 2000
The Times' findings on Belmont High's Class of '89 parallel several recent studies of Southern California immigrants. Studies have found that immigrants tend to move up in economic status and homeownership. But researchers have also found disparities in education and income between Asian and Latino immigrants--California's two fastest-growing groups. The Times study is based on an unusual approach. It studied the mobility of one group of new arrivals.
September 19, 1999
Re "Rising Rents Squeeze Area's Working Poor," Sept. 10. Two issues are raised by this article that should be expanded on. The first is the plight of the tenants featured in the article. These tenants are being relocated to make way for another project. Presumably their units are being torn down or substantially remodeled. The city of Los Angeles has a relocation assistance ordinance that requires that families being displaced for these reasons be paid $5,000 in relocation assistance per family.
July 18, 1985 | JULIO MORAN, Times Staff Writer
Despite a recently graduated law student's plea for compassion for the city's homeless and a warning that the laws may be unconstitutional, the City Council adopted two emergency ordinances this week that restrict living in parked vehicles. The new ordinances will prohibit habitation in vehicles parked on public property, except for 12 hours in emergencies. It also will limit habitation in vehicles parked on private property to 14 consecutive days.
In response to booming enrollments and decaying school buildings throughout the country, President Clinton has decided to push a large-scale federal effort to build and modernize local schools. The plan, which will be included in the fiscal 1999 budget Clinton will submit early next month, is expected to provide $5 billion over five years to help school districts pay the interest on $20 billion in construction loans taken out by districts, administration sources said.
As a presidential conference on volunteering closed Tuesday in Philadelphia, corporate participants and grass-roots activists headed home filled with optimism that the high-profile event will attract new recruits and additional funds to their causes. The participants, who spent three days sharing ideas and plotting strategy to expand services for children, predicted that the call to arms sounded by President Clinton and retired Gen. Colin L.
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