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L.A. Council rejects plan for city health department
Los Angeles Daily News

A threat to create a new Los Angeles city health department, separate from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, drew opposition from the City Council on Tuesday even as signatures on an initiative petition are being reviewed.

The council voted 11-1 to oppose the proposal from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, after county Chief Executive Officer Bill Fujioka and health director Jonathan Fielding cautioned the city would be facing initial costs of more than $50 million to replicate the services the county now provides.

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