Our Common Good
That 81 seconds of videotape did more than studies and speeches and panels and conferences could ever have done. The LAPD is different. The city is different. And I asked him if he would rather not have been that man. And he said, no, because of what happened to him, big things happened, important things happened, that people would come up to him and say, I got a job because of you. I got justice because of you.

walkforweed:

stfuconservatives:

Remember kids, if the facts don’t support your argument get those meddlesome facts removed.

-Joe

From the article:

But the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office was worried about her study, since it has been arguing that dispensaries actually increase crime. Jane Usher, a special assistant city attorney, and Asha Greenberg, an assistant city attorney, demanded “the immediate retraction” of the Rand study. “Until you publicly retract your work, we expect the Rand publication to be referenced nationwide, at incalculable avoidable harm to public health and safety,” they wrote in a letter to Jacobson.

So, to recap:

Studies that can be used to justify the incarceration of millions of people*: Awesome

Studies that can be used to justify safe access to medicine by patients*: Dangerous and misleading.

* regardless of reliability

In one of the largest expansions of health coverage to the uninsured, Los Angeles County is enrolling hundreds of thousands of residents in a publicly funded treatment program and setting the stage for the national healthcare overhaul.

The county hopes to register as many as 550,000 patients and is assigning them to medical clinics for services at no cost to them.

This admirable effort in Los Angeles County to include more uninsured adults in its health services programs demonstrates some of the complexities that arise in trying to coordinate health care financing and health care delivery under our current dysfunctional, fragmented system that is being expanded by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Traditionally, the county has been the health care provider of last resort. If we had a financing system that covered everyone, there would be no need to support separate financing of a welfare program for low-income individuals, though there would still be a need to be sure that adequate facilities were available in areas with high rates of poverty that might not attract private health care providers.

Between this need to ensure adequate capacity in underserved areas, and the anticipation that there will still be tens of millions of uninsured individuals, forward thinking county health administrators are wise to try to work within the current system, with the anticipated changes under the Affordable Care Act, to be sure that care will be available for these underserved populations. The efforts in Los Angeles County can serve as a model for other counties throughout the nation, though the task is difficult because of the budget constraints that states and counties now face.

Day 8 Occupy LA: Danny Glover supports the teachers and is tired of false hope (by ThkThe99)

quickhits:

In NYC, Mayor Sics Cops on Protesters; In LA, Mayor Hands Out Rain Ponchos (AlterNet)

quickhits:

It will not stop raining. It’s been like a week. The window of opportunity for further grilling is slowly closing. Panic sets in. Now here’s the news…

Huge scandal as it’s revealed that the White House strong-armed Ford into pulling ads critical of the auto bailout. The only problem with this story is that it seems to be completely made up.

The GOP plans to create a whole bunch of jobs by investigating Planned Parenthood for no good reason.

A local Los Angeles nutjub is dragged out of an Obama speech after shouting that the President is the antichrist. An LA County supervisor says the guy routinely shows up to county board meetings to make lunatic statements. “He talks about Jews in his diatribes and seems very anti-Semitic,” says Michael Antonovich. “I don’t have the impression he’s dangerous, but he has issues that could use some help.”

Turns out that cutting Keith Olbermann loose was about the worst thing MSNBC could’ve done, ratings wise.

The Tea Party specializes in solving problems that don’t actually exist.

When the guys at the foundation dedicated to perpetuating the policies of Herbert Freakin’ Hoover don’t like your jobs plan, it’s probably awesome.

The White House is extremely confident that the Affordable Care Act will survive a SCOTUS test.

Tea Party hero Rick Perry doesn’t know what the original Tea Party was all about.

Finally, John Huntsman may be disqualified from an Oct. GOP debate due to low poll numbers.

manicchill:

President Obama’s Los Angeles Campaign Office Vandalized

Los Angeles police were investigating a Thursday night  incident in which someone shot BB-gun pellets and threw an object into President Obama’s Westside campaign office, authorities said.
The incident was reported at 7:25 p.m. at the office in the 6700 block of South Centinela Avenue.
The person who called in the incident “reported hearing glass breaking and noticed that windows were broken,” LAPD spokeswoman Sara Faden said.

manicchill:

President Obama’s Los Angeles Campaign Office Vandalized

Los Angeles police were investigating a Thursday night  incident in which someone shot BB-gun pellets and threw an object into President Obama’s Westside campaign office, authorities said.

The incident was reported at 7:25 p.m. at the office in the 6700 block of South Centinela Avenue.

The person who called in the incident “reported hearing glass breaking and noticed that windows were broken,” LAPD spokeswoman Sara Faden said.

In defiance of all reason and compassion, the criminalization of poverty has actually intensified as the weakened economy generates ever more poverty. So concludes a recent study from the National Law Center on Poverty and Homelessness, which finds that the number of ordinances against the publicly poor has been rising since 2006, along with the harassment of the poor for more “neutral” infractions like jaywalking, littering, or carrying an open container.


The report lists America’s ten “meanest” cities — the largest of which include Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Orlando — but new contestants are springing up every day. In Colorado, Grand Junction’s city council is considering a ban on begging; Tempe, Arizona, carried out a four-day crackdown on the indigent at the end of June. And how do you know when someone is indigent? As a Las Vegas statute puts it, “an indigent person is a person whom a reasonable ordinary person would believe to be entitled to apply for or receive” public assistance.

Los Angeles is the homeless veteran capital of America, with an estimated 8,000 former service members living on its streets. Los Angeles is also the home to a 387 acre parcel of land, specifically deeded to the United States in 1888 as a home for disabled veterans, so you’d think there would be an easy solution. But this is not what the land is being used for. As CBS Evening News reported on Tuesday, the land is being rented out to private companies, used for schools’ athletic fields and even turned into a golf course

The ACLU of Southern California has filed a lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of severely disabled homeless veterans in the Los Angeles area, asking the courts to enforce the promise made when this land was donated to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). “The VA could quite literally end veteran homelessness in Los Angeles if this land were used as it was intended,” said Mark Rosenbaum, Chief Counsel of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.

Saturday, February 26 · 12:00pm - 3:00pm