LOS ANGELES (AP) — A nonprofit AIDS group best known for lobbying for laws requiring condoms in porn movies wants Los Angeles to form its own health department instead of relying on the county.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation considers the county's Department of Public Health a bloated bureaucracy that uses LA money to subsidize other cities and does a shoddy job of controlling disease.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/10tpg0E) Sunday the group is gathering signatures for a 2014 ballot measure creating a city-level health department. Foundation president Michael Weinstein says the agency would be more efficient and accountable.
City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana says LA doesn't remotely have the resources to get into healthcare.
County health Director Jonathan Fielding says he worries the ballot measure would bring redundant and reduced services for LA.