The city of Los Angeles agreed today to pay $2.1 million in fees and other costs for attorneys who sued on behalf of disabled Angelenos who claimed the city’s emergency plans do not address the needs of residents with disabilities.
The settlement was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council following a closed-session discussion.
Last year, a federal judge ordered the city of Los Angeles to draft a proposal on assisting disabled residents during an emergency or natural disaster.
According to the 2009 lawsuit filed by Communities Actively Living Independent and Free, “When natural or man-made disasters occur, men, women and children with disabilities are among the people most likely to suffer because they cannot access critical information, transportation or evacuation services. They are also more likely to use emergency shelters because they are disproportionately low income and do not have other options.”
Representatives for the City Attorney’s Office and the Emergency Management Department were not immediately available to comment on the settlement.