Los Angeles to donate thousands of city computers to nonprofits

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 At least half of some 8,000 Los Angeles city computers that became obsolete after a system upgrade will be refurbished and donated to nonprofits.

City News Service reports the City Council voted unanimously Thursday to adopt the donation plan proposed by Councilman Bob Blumenfield.

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The city no longer needs the computers after upgrading to Windows 7 from the older Windows XP system. The upgrade took place in April.

Officials say any machines that cannot be refurbished will be recycled and not sent to landfills.