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Kaiser Kicks In $121k to Keep 14 City Pools Open

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Last year Kaiser Permanente donated $1.2 million to the city to help keep 15 city swimming pools open an extra two weeks at the end of the summer.

This year Kaiser cut their donation by 90%, and still, magically the city announced that thanks to the HMO, 14 city pools will remain open two weeks longer than originally scheduled.

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Because of a $121,000 donation from Kaiser Permanente, 14 swimming pools operated by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks will stay for two more weeks, city officials said today. "Operation Splash," a partnership between the city and Kaiser Permanente that in 2006 with a $1.2 million donation, allows city-run pools to stay open past their traditional Labor Day closing, provides children with free swimming lessons and paid for the renovation of two pools in Northridge and South Los Angeles.

"These pools are a much-needed oasis for thousands of our children, and they will flock here by the hundreds every day," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. "Together we are beating the heat, encouraging healthy lifestyles among our youth and providing an essential service for all of LA's kids." - CBS2

If there's one thing that LAist isn't, it's a beancounter. So however Kaiser was able to keep those pools open for a few more weeks is fine with us. The list of the lucky pools after the jump cannonball