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California may provide interpreters for patients on Medi-Cal (PDF)

Proposed California Budget Cuts Threaten Adult Day Health Care

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Program assistant Mayra Dittman (L) helps Juanita Gilbert get up to walk at the Lifelong Medical Marin Adult Day Health Care Center on February 10, 2011 in Novato, California.

When federal health care reform kicks in next year, more than 1 million, low-income Californians could gain coverage through the state’s Medi-Cal program. A good percentage of them may speak limited English.

That's why Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-LA) has introduced AB 1263 to create a new program that provides interpretation services to Medi-Cal patients.  

The proposed program, called Communi-Cal, would reimburse patients for the cost. That money would come from the federal government.
  
Pérez thinks providing patients who speak limited English with professional interpreters will help their doctors properly diagnose and treat them. He also wants the State Personnel Board to certify and regulate medical interpreters.
 
The Assembly Health Committee takes up the Speaker's bill on Tuesday.
 
 

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LA candidates meet for forum on public transit and the environment

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The future of Los Angeles -- and what elected officials plan to do about the environment and transportation -- will be the focus of a Monday forum at the California Endowment.

Public transportation and the environment will be among the policy issues discussed by candidates for Los Angeles city attorney, controller and city council at a forum on Monday.

The day-long event at the California Endowment will be hosted by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Climate Resolve and the League of Conservation Voters.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and his opponent Assemblyman Mike Feuer will be the first panel of the day. In the afternoon, the candidates for city controller, Dennis Zine and Ron Galperin, will meet. In between, candidates and representatives for council districts one, six, nine and thirteen will participate.

Streetsblog LA will live stream the event. The forum is also free and open to the public, though a RSVP is required. Registration is available here

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LA city attorney race: Bitter accusations fly in Trutanich vs. Feuer

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Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and his wife, Noreen.

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and former State Assemblyman Mike Feuer are locked in what’s shaping up to be the most bitter race of the campaign season. Each has accused the other of violating city campaign rules, with Trutanich saying Feuer may be “morally unfit” for office. Feuer’s camp has accused the incumbent of a “smear campaign.”

Trutanich, who finished second in the primary and trails Feuer by double digits in polls, has asked the Ethics Commission and L.A. County District Attorney to investigate whether Feuer illegally accepted matching funds from the city.

Under an unusual arrangement in the political world, Feuer’s campaign consultant agreed to work for just $1. The deal called for the consultant, John Shallman, to receive a bonus if Feuer won the primary. That means the consultant’s fee didn’t show up in Feuer’s campaign finance reports, and was not counted against his spending limits under matching fund rules.

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Supervisor Gloria Molina endorses Ana Cubas in South LA

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Ana Cubas' campaign for the city's Ninth District was endorsed by County Supervisor Gloria Molina Friday.

The first Latina to serve on the Los Angeles City Council endorsed a candidate Friday who, if elected, would be the second Latina to ever serve at City Hall.

Supervisor Gloria Molina backed Ana Cubas, a former chief of staff to Councilman Jose Huizar. Molina was the first Latina to join the council back in 1987. She was also the first Latina elected to the state Legislature and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. If she is elected, Cubas — born in El Salvador — would be the first city council member from Central America.

The supervisor called Cubas “a successful community advocate and proven bridge builder who will be an ethical policy maker.”

Cubas is running against State Sen. Curren Price to represent South Los Angeles’ Ninth District. This week, the Los Angeles Police Protective League and United Firefighters of Los Angeles City endorsed Price.

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LA mayor's race: As Perry-Greuel rift continues, a wag asks, 'Who's that white lady?'

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A campaign mailer sent during the mayoral primary by the campaign of Wendy Gruel (second from left) that mentioned a personal matter relating to Jan Perry (far right) is having reverberations in the runoff.

Los Angeles Mayor race 2013Race has become an undercurrent in the mayoral campaign between Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel. This week, the candidates unveiled endorsements from prominent African-Americans who they hope will help sway black voters in the May 21 runoff.

Wendy Greuel on Thursday touted the support of Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson. That same day, Garcetti received the backing of City Council colleague and former mayoral rival Jan Perry, who had the strongest showing among African-American voters in the primary. 

And now Garcetti's added the support of another council colleague, Bernard Parks, the former LAPD chief who is widely respected in the black community.

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But it's an incident between Greuel and Perry during the primary that continues to reverberate.

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