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LOS ANGELES — An initiative designed to create a city health department was prevented from appearing on the June ballot on January 24.
The “City of
“Today's ruling protects the public's health and saves precious taxpayer dollars from being wasted on a vote on a patently unlawful initiative,” said the City Attorney.
The initiative, created by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), sought to construct a city health department in lieu of the contract the city has with
The City Attorney argued in a complaint filed in September 30 that the initiative would pose a severe health risk to residents due to the disruption caused in the time that it would take to establish the new department. In addition, the argument was made that the necessary funds originally meant for the county would be insufficient for the new health department and that only the city would be able to terminate that kind of contract as designated by state law.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the AHF chose not to defend their initiative in court. In fact, the foundation filed a second initiative on November 8 called the “Creation of a Los Angeles City Health Commission.” The City Clerk's office released a statement on December 4 stating that the initiative had been approved for circulation for the collection of signatures from city residents.
This second initiative would, instead of outright creating a
Because of the date of filing for the initiative, it would appear on the November ballot should it receives the 61,486 signatures needed by April.
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