Much has been made of the pending closure of Lanterman Developmental Center, and it would be to our detriment to ignore the impact of the planned closure of Lanterman Regional Center. According to DDS Director, Teri Delgadillo, Lanterman is being closed and merged with Harbor and Westside regional centers to save money. As Ms. Delgadillo says in her statement, "The administration considers these three regional centers, which have already harmonized their service coordination process to the degree that client expectations have been regionalized. Furthermore, by pooling staff, the combined regional center will have the capacity to say 'no' in more than 80 languages."
"We certainly defer," Director Delgadillo continued, "to the combined 80-person board of the merged center in terms of naming the new facility and appointing management. But DDS personnel are recommending 'Richard Riordan Regional Center,' because we enjoy the sense of whimsy that alliteration brings."
Walt Disney Regional Center, which will be created from the merger of South Central and Orange Country RCs will have the capacity to say "please" and "thank you" in more than 30 languages and on legal pleadings.