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California voters could decide on $1.5 billion in children's hospital improvements next year

The neonatal intensive care unit at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
The neonatal intensive care unit at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Californians could vote on a $1.5-billion bond measure to expand and renovate children's hospitals across the state under a proposed 2018 ballot measure submitted Thursday.

The measure, authored by the California Children's Hospital Assn., would create a fund for children's hospitals in the University of California system or nonprofit hospitals that specialize in children's services to receive grants.

If proponents collect enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot, it would join a number of other bonds to be decided next year. Voters in June will decide on a $4-billion bond for water and parks improvements, and in November on a $4-billion bond to fund low-income housing construction. Other groups may consider sponsoring additional bond measures for improvements to water infrastructure.

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