If you're local to Culver City and nearby areas, you've heard of Southern California Hospital. And you know that when you call 9-1-1, if that's the nearest hospital you can be transported to, they'll say "are you okay with that?" 🧵
SCH is notorious for leaks, mold issues, elevators that don't work, and other issues that no hospital should EVER have. Workers there recently told me they were exposed to COVID and not even notified until days, sometimes weeks, later.
This hospital is owned by a hedge fund. Do you think hedge funds are trained in caring for patients? Of course not. It's about profit. Healthcare shouldn't be about profit -- it should be a universal human right guaranteed to all for free, irrespective of income level.
Los Angeles, Long Beach, and other cities/municipalities have enacted hero pay. And considering the conditions at SCH, I want to guarantee hero pay to the hospital workers there fighting COVID at the front lines.
We keep talking about how essential workers are heroes. Without the brave doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physician's assistants, custodians, and service workers keeping these hospitals running while endangering their own lives, this horrific crisis would be much worse.
While we're at it, let's talk about the hospital itself. It used to rival Cedars Sinai in quality and prestige. But it switched owners multiple times until it eventually landed in the hands of a hedge fund.
One study found that hospital patients have SIGNIFICANTLY higher odds of adverse events when hospital operating profits decline and cost-cutting efforts are implemented carelessly. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16013586/
Tl;dr -- when you line the pockets of hedge fund investors and your hospital staff are forced to use buckets to contain leaks from rain, patients don't fare well. We need universal healthcare that puts PEOPLE over PROFITS.
I have ALWAYS been a strong supporter of single payer universal healthcare and do not take any money from the healthcare industry, insurance companies, dialysis clinics, or any aspect of the medical industrial complex.
Tonight at the Culver City Council meeting, I am proposing hero pay, which LA and Long Beach have done. We have to take charge to protect the health and safety of our workers. If elected to the CA Senate, I will make this state law.

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We've expunged some records at the city level in some cases, but we don't really have a blanket statewide program for ALL arrests even though marijuana is fully legal here.
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