Laguna Hospital Prop D opponents
cite measure as land grab
Laguna Honda Hospital doctors and nurses, on the steps of City
Hall yesterday, hold a placard representing their opposition to
A lone Proposition D proponent attended
the high-noon press conference, organized by opponents.
May 26, 2006
A June ballot measure framed as protecting frail Laguna Hospital
seniors from combative mental patients cloaks its intent as a
land grab by developers, Prop D opponents charged Thursday.
A number of Laguna Honda nurses and doctors made the allegation
on City Hall steps maintaining the measure also would force patients
into more expensive outside care.
Prop D would take "care decisions away from the medical
professionals and puts it into the hands of the Zoning Administrator's
Office, which has no knowledge of medicine or experience with
patient care," said Dr. Hosea Thomas, Laguna Honda chief
"Proposition D... proposes changing San Francisco's land
use laws to ban patients with mental and behavioral illnesses
including Alzheimer's and AIDS-related dementia, from getting
treatment at Laguna Honda.
"Backed by power building and development interests, Proposition
D also would open up 1,600 publicly owned properties including
parks, hospitals and schools to potential resident development.
Thomas asserted Prop D violates legal statues.
"The measure is so poorly written that it violates 9 federal
and state housing and antidiscrimination laws," stated Thomas.
"The proposition would immediately evict and estimated 300
patients from Laguna Honda relocating them to far more costly
programs here and outside the City and sticking San Francisco
taxpayers with the estimated $27 million bill."