Disability Rights California news and media coverage.
"SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California officials plan to crack down on thousands of "dead" drivers.
A new law taking effect Monday will require the Department of Motor Vehicles to increase its oversight of the disabled placard program, including searching the Social Security Administration's "death file" and canceling placards issued to drivers who are now deceased, The Sacramento Bee reported .
The blue placards let drivers park for free at on-street parking meters or in spots designated with blue signs conveniently located near building entrances."
"One plaintiff, Maria Tracy, lost the vision in her right eye as a result of inadequate medical care, while 52-year-old Raymond Herrera died inside in 2015 while serving a ten-day sentence because staff didn't give him his anti-seizure medications and he sustained a fatal internal injury during a seizure."
"As conversations about disparities in police killings and incarceration rates hit the news, one researcher wanted to answer a simple question: What’s the demographic profile of people being arrested? “I was looking for data and I was unable to find it, so I went out and I made it,” says Erin J. McCauley, the author of a new study on disability and arrest rates and a doctoral candidate in policy analysis and management at Cornell University."
"In a long-awaited action, a criminal justice advocacy group filed a class-action lawsuit against the Santa Barbara County Jail last week. Disability Rights California, a state-mandated organization, alleged jail staff provided “inhumane” and “unsanitary” living conditions for inmates. At least 10 people, many with serious health issues, have died in the jail in the last six years, the lawsuit states.
"A federal class-action lawsuit claims the Santa Barbara County Jail fails to provide basic mental-health and medical care, misuses solitary confinement, discriminates against people with disabilities, and provides “inhumane, unsanitary, and unsafe living conditions.”
The lawsuit, naming inmates Clay Martin Burt Murray, David Franco, Shareen Winkle, Maria Tracy and Eric Brown as plaintiffs, lists Santa Barbara County and the Sheriff’s Department as defendants."
Of the 1,051 inmates locked up in Santa Barbara County Jail on October 20, 544 of them — or 52 percent — had been enrolled at some point as mental-health patients with the county’s Department of Behavioral Wellness. Of those, 170 were currently enrolled. “I expected the numbers to be high, but that’s higher than even I expected,” said Behavioral Wellness boss Alice Gleghorn, who noted her department only treats people with serious to acute mental-health problems. “We don’t do mild to moderate.”
By Ben Hattem
Kaden Perrizo was 11 years old when he entered an “orthopedic impaired” class at Taylor Elementary in Santa Clara, California. Kaden suffered an immune system disease as a toddler that left him unable to walk without leg braces or to speak more than a few words; his parents say he functions cognitively like a 4-year-old. His teacher, according to allegations set forth in a lawsuit brought by Kaden's parents on his behalf, tied him to a chair. He was also confined in a 3-by-4-foot cell made of bookshelves. The lawsuit also alleges that the school turned a blind eye to the teacher's conduct until a staff member sent an anonymous four-page email to supervisors...
"Kaden Perrizo was 11 years old when he entered an “orthopedic impaired” class at Taylor Elementary in Santa Clara, California. Kaden suffered an immune system disease as a toddler that left him unable to walk without leg braces or to speak more than a few words; his parents say he functions cognitively like a 4-year-old.
"The city’s struggling to balance its response to a public health emergency and exploding homelessness with past and pending legal cases meant to preserve homeless San Diegans’ rights.
Amid ramped up enforcement aimed at the homeless population, which has been hit hardest by the hepatitis A outbreak, the city’s had to grapple with settlements laying out rules for police ticketing homeless people and two more recent lawsuits challenging city enforcement tacks.
"SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A group of homeless residents say they have filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of San Diego Thursday over the city's Oversized Vehicle Ordinance.
Under the ordinance, RVs cannot be parked on city streets between 2 a.m.-6 a.m. unless the owner has a permit. Also, RVs cannot be parked within 50 feet of an intersection.
The order was designed to protect San Diego homeowners against RVs becoming potential eyesores in their neighborhoods."
"SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — San Diegans who live in their vehicles say they are fed up with how they're being treated by the city and now they're filing a class action lawsuit.
They're upset over their cars being impounded, getting citations they can't afford to pay and getting, what they call, constant harassment by police.
Those who are homeless and live in RVs led a caravan through Downtown San Diego on Thursday hoping to drive home their message and their plight."
"SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A major lawsuit was filed against the City of San Diego Thursday for violating the rights of the homeless and the disabled homeless.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the hundreds of people who live in their cars and RV’s.
After years of tickets and towing, the homeless are fighting back.
"A group of disabled homeless people filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday against San Diego, challenging its enforcement of laws that prevent homeless people from living and sleeping in recreational vehicles.
The nine homeless men and women say they have no choice but to live in their RVs and park them overnight on city streets. They say their disabilities make them unable to afford rent and that homeless shelters are unsuitable for the disabled."
"The lawsuit filed late Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in San Diego alleges that disabled homeless people living in their recreational vehicles are unfairly targeted for tickets.
City of San Diego municipal code states "oversized vehicles, non-motorized vehicles and recreational vehicles" cannot be parked on city streets from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. It is also "unlawful for any person to use a vehicle while it is parked or standing on any street as either temporary or permanent living quarters, abode, or place of habitation either overnight or by day.”"
SAN FRANCISCO – Chariot Transit, Inc. has entered a landmark settlement agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office to resolve allegations that the San Francisco-based company violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by discriminating against customers with disabilities, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch. As part of the settlement, Chariot will pay a $50,000 civil penalty to the United States and take numerous steps to ensure that it provides equivalent service to individuals with disabilities....
By Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
West Los Angeles College and the Los Angeles Community College District are defendants in a trial set to start on Tuesday that alleges the college and the district blocked three students’ access to an education...
SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Alex Padilla has certified two new remote accessible vote-by-mail systems for use in California elections. California is the first state to certify these types of systems, which provide an accessible option for citizens with disabilities to mark their vote-by-mail ballots privately and independently...
"Despite Ann’s determination to betray no emotion, a drop of sweat rolled down her temple as a guard painstakingly examined her lunch items. That Sunday morning, she had taken two buses, two trains and a shuttle to get from her home to the New York state psychiatric facility where her son is confined. Frustrated, she pushed back a little, but just a little, when the guard took away two sealed bottles of fruit-flavored water, a special treat that Ann had made an extra stop to buy.
"Over 45,000 people with psychiatric or developmental disabilities died while living at a California state hospital or developmental center between the 1880’s and 1960’s. Many were buried anonymously in unmarked or mass graves and did not receive recognition or acknowledgment as human beings, in life or in death.
"Elisabeth Heflin is exhausted.
She’s been by her 15-year-old daughter Kaitlyn’s side while she suffers debilitating seizures. She administers Kaitlyn’s daily doses of medication and makes sure her feeding tubes are working properly. Kaitlyn receives nutrient-rich fluids intravenously at all hours of the day and night. Heflin, a single mom, is her daughter’s round the clock caregiver.