On the agenda: Medical injury compensation and Main Street parking structure

Alhambra City Council will vote Monday whether to oppose an increase of medical injury compensation in California. Introduced in 1975, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) caps the amount of money given to victims of medical malpractice at $250,000. The legislation has been criticized by attorneys and advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog, who argue that the cap does not allow for inflation and patients are not fairly compensated for their claims. These groups are rallying to increase the medical injury compensation cap under MICRA to more than $1 million and collecting signatures for a ballot measure in the November election, according to the California Medical Association.

According to Californians Allied for Patient Protection (CAPP), the primary lobby group opposing the MICRA cap change, local governments will pay hundreds of millions each year to cover increasing healthcare costs for employees, clinics, hospitals, and other health services if the ballot measure is approved. The city councils of Azusa, Carson, and Downey have already voted to join CAPP in opposing the change.

Council will also vote to award contracts to Parking Structure Builders Inc. and Transtech Engineers Inc. to start the design, construction, and inspection of a multilevel parking structure on 1st and Main streets, currently a valet parking lot for Alhambra patrons. The construction cost of the structure, which will provide 292 parking spots, will not exceed $5,067,000, according to the Alhambra City Council agenda, while inspection will not exceed $446,250.

City Council meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at City Hall. Read the complete agenda below. You can also download the document or make it larger using the controls on the bottom. 

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