And to think all this started with one e-mail from Captain Andrew Smith...
L.A. Targets Patient Dumping
The city alerts hospitals of possible legal action if they leave people on skid row against their will.
Cara Mia DiMassa and Richard Winton Times Staff Writers December 22, 2005
The Los Angeles city attorney's office is warning hospitals across Los Angeles today they are potential targets of an investigation into alleged dumping of patients on skid row.
City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo said Wednesday that the probe could result in criminal charges or lawsuits if hospitals dumped patients against their will. Police and community activists have charged for years that hospitals and law enforcement agencies were dumping homeless people in the downtown area.
But Delgadillo's investigation marks the first time officials have attempted to crack down on the practice.
But it also took Cara Mia Dimasa of the Times along with many other LAT reporters, including Richard Winton who worked on many of them, to bring this to the attention of the public and to keep the attention focused there.