Last week, DRLC submitted a letter to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors regarding alternatives to incarceration. DRLC urges the County to support policies and practices that implement treatment for people with mental illness, while also making sustained financial commitments to rehabilitation programs that will help reduce recidivism and increase public safety.
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DRLC Files Suit against Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority
On February 25, 2013, DRLC filed suit against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and MTA contractor Veolia Transportation Services, Inc. alleging disability discrimination against individuals who use wheelchairs in the provision of fixed route bus services. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Plaintiff Jose Calderon, alleges that the MTA and Veolia consistently fail to comply with long-standing Department of Transportation ("DOT") regulations that mandate bus drivers to ask non-disabled individuals to move from designated priority seating areas and wheelchair securement locations so that people requiring such accessibility features may use them. For months Defendants' drivers have refused to comply with the DOT regulations and refused bus services to Calderon on the basis that there was "no room" for him as a wheelchair user. The lawsuit is Calderon v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, et al. CV-13-01381 MFW.