90 Cal.Rptr.2d 236 (1999)

987 P.2d 705

21 Cal.4th 984

Jim HUNT, as Director, etc., et al., Petitioners, v. The SUPERIOR COURT of Sacramento County, Respondent; Mary Guimbellot et al., Real Parties in Interest.

Supreme Court of California.

November 22, 1999.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

L.B. Elam and Robert A. Ryan, Jr., County Counsel, and Michele Bach, Deputy County Counsel, for Petitioners.

John J. Sansone, County Counsel (San Diego), Diane Bardsley, Chief Deputy County Counsel, and Stephen R. Magruder, Deputy County Counsel, for County of San Diego as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioners.

Kathleen Bales-Lange, County Counsel (Tulare) and Teresa Saucedo, Deputy County Counsel, for County of Tulare as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioners.

No appearance for Respondent.

Northern California Lawyers for Civil Justice, Eugenie Denise Mitchell, Sacramento; Western Center on Law and Poverty, Richard A. Rothschild, Los Angeles, Robert D. Newman, Brooklyn, N.Y., Melinda R. Bird, Los Angeles; Legal Services of Northern California, Curtis L. Child and Karen A. Wells, Sacramento, for Real Parties in Interest.

Catherine I. Hanson, San Francisco; Astrid Meghrigian, San Francisco; Lois Richardson; Remcho, Johansen & Purcell, Robin B. Johansen, Joseph Remcho, San Francisco, and Philip C. Monrad, Oakland, for California Medical Association and California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems as Amici Curiae on behalf of Real Parties in Interest.

Catherine L. Fisk, Los Angeles, for California Law Professors as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Real Parties in Interest.


The Legislature authorizes counties to calculate general assistance grants for indigent residents pursuant to a formula based upon the "federal official poverty line." (Welf. & Inst.Code, § 17000.5, subd. (a).)1 It also permits a county to deduct from these cash grants the value of "in-kind aid" provided by the county, such as food, shelter, and up to $40 per month of medical care. (Ibid.) Sacramento County...


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