On Sunday night, an only-in-LA scene unfolded near the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
Inside the fenced parking lot, hundreds of limousine drivers awaited their summons to ferry passengers from the primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater a few blocks north on Figueroa Street. Outside the fence, a few dozen people camped out in makeshift tents, in folding chairs and in sleeping bags to ensure they'd be eligible for medical, dental and vision care at a free clinic that opens Thursday at 7 in the morning.
Only people who obtain wristbands in advance will be able to visit the clinic. Wristband distribution that ensures access begins at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon; the parking lot opens at 7 a.m. Monday.
The nonprofit Care Harbor will operate the clinic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday. Most of the people who attend the free mobile clinic are uninsured or underinsured.