FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2009 Contact: Aurelio Rojas 213-280-6579
James Bolden 213-200-5314
SUPERVISOR RIDLEY-THOMAS URGES EXPEDIENT EIR PROCESS FOR NEW MLK
MULTI-SERVICE AMBULATORY CARE CENTER REPLACEMENT PROJECT AND MASTER PLAN
LOS ANGELES – To ensure the design of the Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital is completed in time for the County to fully qualify for federal stimulus money, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today called for an expeditious process to develop an environmental impact report and master plan for the hospital campus.
The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas that instructs the County’s Chief Executive Office to immediately proceed with development of the EIR and master plan.
The Board last month approved a plan to open a new, 120-bed MLK Hospital. Under the proposal, the University of California would provide physician services. The UC Regents are scheduled to discuss the proposed deal with the County at their meeting Thursday in San Francisco and vote on the matter in November.
At its Sept. 8 meeting, the Board of Supervisors, acting on a motion by the Supervisor, instructed the CEO and Department of Public Works to provide a report on actions it must take to ensure that the design of the Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center is completed by the deadline. The stimulus bonds must be issued no later than December 31, 2010.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said it is critical that the County protect its ability to meet all deadlines to fully leverage stimulus dollars while the County waits for the Regents to act.
Based on analysis by the Department of Public Works, the Board must immediately begin the environmental impact analysis for the Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center to ensure timely issuance of the bonds.
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