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Disability rights advocates split over closure of Lanterman center

The Lanterman Development Center in Pomona cares for people who are developmentally disabled. It’s named for Frank Lanterman — the Republican lawmaker who was the driving force behind changes in California’s care of the mentally disabled in the 1960s. He fought to improve care at state-run facilities. Now the one that bears his name is due to close. At a recent Sacramento hearing, advocates for the disabled were split over the closure.