Peace and Freedom Party candidate Dina Padilla sued by developer Stuart Lichter
Candidate Padilla has charged Lichter and other insurance companies with refusing to take care of the healthcare costs of injured workers and shifting the costs to the Federal government through SSI and other public agencies.
Padilla has charged that her opponent Republican Congressman Dan Lundgren has refused to investigate this cost shifting and growing environmental crisis not only at the Downey toxic site but also with the David Bell case at Agraquest in Davis, California. Bell was infected with fungus and bacteria at the Agraquest site which was owned by former Monsanto pesticide researcher Pam Marrone.
The privatized Downey brownfield site also includes a Kaiser Hospital complex. This highly toxic site contained radioactive material from weapons production and toxic material from many years of dumping by NASA and Boeing. The Southern California Downey site began as a military industrial complex in 1927 and is one of the oldest military toxic sites in the country.
Movie industry workers at Dreamworks and Downey Studio have become ill as a result of the toxins on the site and now have fungus infections, severe headaches, rashes and other afflictions. Also injured Kaiser worker Gail Shephard has been fighting for her healthcare at the Kaiser Downey hospital site.
Lichter's 205 page suit was filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Lichter has significant political influence as a result of his financial relationships in the area.
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