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January 22, 2010; The Oakland Tribune | A suit filed in 2007 against the City of Oakland by Disability Rights Advocates, charging that disaster preparedness in that city had not taken the needs of disabled people into account, has been settled. The city has been required to improve its capacity to inform and help disabled residents and it must pay $180,000 in legal bills. A similar suit has been filed in Los Angeles. Again, the use of such legal strategies by nonprofits is at times an incalculably valuable element of our work.—Ruth McCambridge