LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health and public policy advocates affiliated with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) have learned that a ballot initiative to allow Los Angeles voters to weigh in on creating a Los Angeles City Health Commission backed by the group has been certified by the Los Angeles City Clerk. Earlier today, Jimmy Pak, Chief of the Election Division of the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office, issued a ‘Certificate of Sufficiency’ formally notifying proponents that a sufficient number of voter signatures the group had submitted in support of the measure had been validated, and that as a result, the measure qualified to be placed on a ballot before City of Los Angeles voters. The measure will most likely appear on the November 2014 Los Angeles City election ballot; however, the measure will also now come before the Los Angeles City Council, which has the option of either adopting the measure outright as written and submitted or allowing it to proceed to a formal citywide vote by Los Angeles residents.
“This ballot measure allows voters a chance to have more of a voice in the delivery of health services provided to residents of the City of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County currently provides health services in 85 of the 88 cities in the County—including Los Angeles—which represents 40% of the population of the County,” said Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation and one of the five named proponents of the ballot initiative. “We thank the City Clerk’s office for its swift certification of our signatures and look forward to talking with City Council members about the need for and importance of creating such a city health commission.”
Last month, advocates submitted 103,093 petition signatures today for the ballot initiative to create a Los Angeles City Health Commission. 67,635 valid voter signatures were required for certification of the measure by City election officials. The signatures were delivered to the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office on Monday, April 14, 2014.
According to the petition language to be submitted by the proponents of the measure to City election officials, the proposed ordinance, titled, ‘Creation of a Los Angeles City Health Commission. Initiative Ordinance,’ would:
“…create a Los Angeles City Health Commission composed of 15 members appointed by the members of the City Council. The proposed ordinance requires the new Commission to publish an annual health services plan regarding the health needs and goals of the City. The proposed ordinance requires the City Council to consider and respond to the Commission’s annual health services plan at a public meeting. The County of Los Angeles now provides public health services in the City. The proposed ordinance requires the Commission to review and report on a sample of the County’s contracts for health services in the City. The proposed ordinance requires the City Council to evaluate whether the City should continue to contract with the County for public health services and to study the feasibility of creating an independent City health department.”
|Health advocates file signatures for ballot initiative to allow Los Angeles voters to weigh in on creating a Los Angeles City Health Commission.|
|WHEN:||MONDAY, May 5th 2014|
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