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Palmdale files 3rd lawsuit against A.V. Hospital District

first_imgPALMDALE – The city of Palmdale has filed a third lawsuit against the Antelope Valley Hospital District, this time claiming another set of violations of the state’s open meeting law. In the newest filing, the city alleges that the hospital board violated California’s Ralph M. Brown Act by discussing the possibility of taking over the site of a planned hospital through eminent domain in a closed session during an Aug. 30 special meeting when that issue was not properly listed on the agenda. The city is also alleging that the district’s board also discussed the two other city lawsuits without properly listing that discussion on the agenda. The city is seeking a court order to declare actions to acquire the Palmdale hospital site null and void, and to direct the hospital board to conduct all future discussions on the issue in open meetings. In July, the city filed a lawsuit alleging Brown Act violations by the hospital district in preparing its bid for the hospital site. That filing also seeks to have the court declare any actions to acquire the site null and void and to have future meetings on the issue in public. Hospital officials denied the city’s allegations, stating that the board and administrators worked with legal counsel throughout the process to ensure no laws were violated. The city filed another lawsuit in August, alleging breach of contract by the district over its operation of a clinic on Palmdale’s east side. In that lawsuit, Palmdale is seeking a court order to force the hospital district to provide 24-hour emergency and ambulance service at the clinic. The city is alleging that the district is not honoring a June 2000 agreement to provide those services in exchange for up to $1 million in street, utility and other improvements made to aid the clinic’s construction. The clinic provides service 16 hours a day, not 24, and provides no ambulance service. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A spokeswoman for the hospital said she could not comment on the litigation. The legal battle centers on what city officials view as an attempt by the hospital district to block privately owned Universal Health Services from building an $82 million hospital complex at 38400 Tierra Subida. The hospital district made a bid June 1, the day before Universal and city officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital complex, offering to buy the site for $9.3 million. Hospital district officials have said they fear that a new private hospital would draw off patients with insurance, leaving Antelope Valley Hospital caring for a higher percentage of patients unable to pay for their treatment. Hospital district officials also said they are not pursuing eminent domain and that they are, in fact, willing to support the new hospital provided UHS enters into a contract to provide services for poor people covered by the state’s Medi-Cal program. last_img read more

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