Saban Community Clinic turns down WeHo Social Services funding

Provider cites burdensome rules including new minimum wage ordinance in rejecting the $207,000 allocated in the 2022-2023 Social Services Budget.

Social Services Director David Guigni informed the Human Services Commission that Saban Community Clinic was pulling out of consideration for funding during the review of the upcoming budget that runs from October 1st 2022- September 30th 2023 funding period.

Guigni read from prepared remarks: “Subsequent to the final staff report being posted on the cities website the Saban Community Clinic notified staff they would be withdrawing their application from the funding process. Citing burdensome administrative requirements of the contract, the long term impact of Covid on clinic’s staff, future ramifications of the city’s living wage ordinance on the agency as a whole, among other factors.”

“Originally staff had recommended a funding allocation of $207,702 to enter into the contract with Saban.”

Sidenote: Saban has ‘passed’ on over $200,000 in free grant money due to the administrative reqirements and effects of the living wage ordinance and its provisions. Other service providers that ‘accept’ the social services funding will be spending ‘more’ dollars on the same ‘administrative requirements’ and payroll, and ‘less’ dollars on services for those who need it most.

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Rose
Rose
1 day ago

The City’s Social Services have always been contracted out to local Los Angeles services

But now the city decided not to fund the basic social services.

It left me stranded.

Hope you never need any social service if you live in WeHo.

I think the Saban family are rich and would rather pay their own expenses and costs … Because the found it too difficult to get funded.

How about those that barely tried, and they are out.

Concerned Person
Concerned Person
10 days ago

My understanding – and pointed out above – is that no member of the West Hollywood community will ever be turned away from the Clinic, and they can still seek out the same compassionate care they always receive there. They simply are not accepting funding from the City to offer that same care. Nothing should change for community members. The current move in philanthropy is to reduce burdens on non-profits (see Mackenzie Scott as a shining example of this), rather than to increase them (the Gates Foundation being the worst offender – but their funding is so enormous that it… Read more »

Back Story
Back Story
10 days ago

A little back story to Haim Saban. Apparently years ago his son was studying martial arts with Tadashi, a highly respected Japanese Expert. Tadashi shared his ideas and story about martial arts youngsters aka The Mighty Morphing Power Rangers which Mr. Saban then took to the bank creating his career leaving Tadashi out of the picture. Mr. Haim is now considered a Philanthropist.

Tom Smart
Tom Smart
11 days ago

So one can only assume this money will be spent on the West Hollywood Park money pit instead right?

Jimmy palmieri
Jimmy palmieri
11 days ago

As chair of The Human Services commission I feel I need to point out that Saban services will still be available to Weho residents. They accept medi- cal, la care, other insurance and no insurance. They provide great Healthcare and dental. Although they did pull out of the funding process, they are a long time provider to Weho community members, and I do not believe that will change.

voting
voting
10 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy palmieri

Yeah. Really happy news.

Manny
Manny
10 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy palmieri

The story never implies that services will stop being available to Weho residents. What it does say is that Weho policies make it more difficult to achieve their mission of providing free services to everyone, including Weho residents.

Jimmy palmieri
Jimmy palmieri
10 days ago
Reply to  Manny

It might appear that way, but the city is dotting I’s and crossing T’s as this is constituent dollars that are being used. There Is a high bar of fiduciary responsibilty at hand.

Randy
Randy
10 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy palmieri

Thank you, Jimmy.

:dpb
:dpb
11 days ago

Financial impact reports, people. West Hollywood city council and commissions are the only ones that don’t subscribe to research.

Beto
Beto
11 days ago

So higher minimum wages DO affect employers. Who knew??

Stuart Foxx
Stuart Foxx
11 days ago

It is certainly a way to make a political statement.

Manny
Manny
11 days ago

WOW!…..No Bueno!

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