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March 16, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
More than 150 people were arrested Saturday on suspicion of buying alcohol for minors as part of a widespread sting in Southern California that authorities say was the largest in state history. The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, alongside several law enforcement agencies in 20 cities in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Santa Barbara counties, asked minors to stand outside liquor stores and ask adults to buy alcohol on their behalf. Those who agreed were cited, authorities said.
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July 31, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
County supervisors approved a series of settlements totaling more than $3.3 million this week, putting to rest three medical negligence cases and one police misconduct claim. Supervisors approved an $850,000 settlement with the mother of Carl Williams, who was killed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies after a controversial chase. An $850,000 settlement was approved in a medical negligence case brought by Jenny Fernandez, who sued after she went to Dollarhide Health Center in Compton in May 2004 for contraceptives.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
California counties are authorized to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning June 17, state officials announced in a memo sent Wednesday to county clerks and recorders. The memo from the state Office of Vital Records says the date was chosen because it follows the deadline for the California Supreme Court to decide whether to stay its ruling legalizing gay marriage. "The information we received today will enable us to put together and finalize an implementation plan and to get the word out, so people know what to expect," said Dean Logan, acting Los Angeles County registrar-recorder and clerk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider asking voters in November to keep a utility tax that pumps $65 million into county coffers each year. The tax, which has been tacked on to gas, electric and telephone bills in unincorporated areas since 1991, is threatened by a series of court decisions and could be struck down this year. Other municipalities, including the city of Los Angeles, have won voter approval for similar levies. In a letter to supervisors, county Chief Executive Officer William T Fujioka said the tax revenue was needed to pay for code enforcement, early-morning patrols at parks and extended hours at county libraries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
The Board of Supervisors postponed a decision Tuesday on spending $672 million to revamp Los Angeles County's strained jail system so Sheriff's Department and other county officials could better explain the idea to city leaders in Lancaster and Palmdale. County executives say they will spend the next three weeks informing city officials about their plan to build a $330-million facility at the Mira Loma Detention Center in Lancaster. The plan also calls for improvements at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, a new jail to house female inmates at the now-closed Sybil Brand Institute in Monterey Park, and the eventual shutdown of the long-troubled Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
The county Democratic Party endorsed state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) on Tuesday night in the race to replace retiring Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke in District 2. Councilman Bernard C. Parks, believed to be Ridley-Thomas' strongest challenger in the crowded field, said Wednesday through his campaign spokesman that he was never invited to participate. But party Chairman Eric C. Bauman said all of the Democratic candidates were invited but Parks didn't show up for the endorsement interview.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
County supervisors Tuesday opposed a bill proposed by state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) that would turn over control of the Coliseum to the state. Currently, the Coliseum is jointly operated by the city of Los Angeles, the county and the state. The governor, Board of Supervisors and city of Los Angeles each have three appointees on the Coliseum Commission. Ridley-Thomas' bill would reapportion the nine members to be appointed mostly by state officials, including the governor, the secretary of state, the Senate president pro tem and the Assembly speaker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
Implementation of a new county law that would extend the time that catering and taco trucks can park in one spot but increase the penalty if that rule is violated was postponed Tuesday after supervisors heard from those it would most affect. Supervisor Gloria Molina, who is proposing the ordinance, said the issue would return to the county Board of Supervisors on April 15, after she has had a chance to explain the measure to vendors. The rule would allow trucks to park in one spot for up to an hour instead of the current 30 minutes but would increase the penalty for violating the law from an infraction to a misdemeanor punishable by jail time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider asking voters in November to keep a utility tax that pumps $65 million into county coffers each year. The tax, which has been tacked on to gas, electric and telephone bills in unincorporated areas since 1991, is threatened by a series of court decisions and could be struck down this year. Other municipalities, including the city of Los Angeles, have won voter approval for similar levies. In a letter to supervisors, county Chief Executive Officer William T Fujioka said the tax revenue was needed to pay for code enforcement, early-morning patrols at parks and extended hours at county libraries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
City Councilman Bernard C. Parks will receive the endorsement of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) today in the race to replace retiring Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke in District 2. Waters' endorsement is considered significant in a crowded race that has two well-known and well-funded candidates: Parks and state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles). Waters is regarded as one of South Los Angeles' most powerful and popular leaders. The central county district extends from mid-Los Angeles south to Carson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
County supervisors this week unanimously appointed Dean C. Logan as permanent registrar-recorder/county clerk. The registrar/recorder oversees elections for more than 4 million voters and keeps track of thousands of official documents. Logan, who was chosen from 24 candidates from across the country, had been filling the post on an interim basis since Conny McCormack retired earlier this year. He will be paid $195,000 a year. Logan's short tenure has already been busy. Last month, the office was in charge of implementing the state Supreme Court's order allowing for same-sex marriages in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
California counties are authorized to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning June 17, state officials announced in a memo sent Wednesday to county clerks and recorders. The memo from the state Office of Vital Records says the date was chosen because it follows the deadline for the California Supreme Court to decide whether to stay its ruling legalizing gay marriage. "The information we received today will enable us to put together and finalize an implementation plan and to get the word out, so people know what to expect," said Dean Logan, acting Los Angeles County registrar-recorder and clerk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
City Councilman Bernard C. Parks will receive the endorsement of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) today in the race to replace retiring Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke in District 2. Waters' endorsement is considered significant in a crowded race that has two well-known and well-funded candidates: Parks and state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles). Waters is regarded as one of South Los Angeles' most powerful and popular leaders. The central county district extends from mid-Los Angeles south to Carson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
The county Democratic Party endorsed state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) on Tuesday night in the race to replace retiring Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke in District 2. Councilman Bernard C. Parks, believed to be Ridley-Thomas' strongest challenger in the crowded field, said Wednesday through his campaign spokesman that he was never invited to participate. But party Chairman Eric C. Bauman said all of the Democratic candidates were invited but Parks didn't show up for the endorsement interview.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
County supervisors Tuesday opposed a bill proposed by state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) that would turn over control of the Coliseum to the state. Currently, the Coliseum is jointly operated by the city of Los Angeles, the county and the state. The governor, Board of Supervisors and city of Los Angeles each have three appointees on the Coliseum Commission. Ridley-Thomas' bill would reapportion the nine members to be appointed mostly by state officials, including the governor, the secretary of state, the Senate president pro tem and the Assembly speaker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
Implementation of a new county law that would extend the time that catering and taco trucks can park in one spot but increase the penalty if that rule is violated was postponed Tuesday after supervisors heard from those it would most affect. Supervisor Gloria Molina, who is proposing the ordinance, said the issue would return to the county Board of Supervisors on April 15, after she has had a chance to explain the measure to vendors. The rule would allow trucks to park in one spot for up to an hour instead of the current 30 minutes but would increase the penalty for violating the law from an infraction to a misdemeanor punishable by jail time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
A 26-year county public health worker was awarded a $375,000 settlement Tuesday after alleging she was consistently discriminated against because she was Jewish and a woman. Rochelle Abramovitz sued the county in 2005 after she said she was punished for speaking out at a department meeting regarding the lack of promotions awarded to women, according to court records. Abramovitz alleged in the complaint that she was transferred to a field office 72 miles away from her home shortly after she made the comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
County supervisors this week unanimously appointed Dean C. Logan as permanent registrar-recorder/county clerk. The registrar/recorder oversees elections for more than 4 million voters and keeps track of thousands of official documents. Logan, who was chosen from 24 candidates from across the country, had been filling the post on an interim basis since Conny McCormack retired earlier this year. He will be paid $195,000 a year. Logan's short tenure has already been busy. Last month, the office was in charge of implementing the state Supreme Court's order allowing for same-sex marriages in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
The Board of Supervisors postponed a decision Tuesday on spending $672 million to revamp Los Angeles County's strained jail system so Sheriff's Department and other county officials could better explain the idea to city leaders in Lancaster and Palmdale. County executives say they will spend the next three weeks informing city officials about their plan to build a $330-million facility at the Mira Loma Detention Center in Lancaster. The plan also calls for improvements at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, a new jail to house female inmates at the now-closed Sybil Brand Institute in Monterey Park, and the eventual shutdown of the long-troubled Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
More than 150 people were arrested Saturday on suspicion of buying alcohol for minors as part of a widespread sting in Southern California that authorities say was the largest in state history. The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, alongside several law enforcement agencies in 20 cities in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Santa Barbara counties, asked minors to stand outside liquor stores and ask adults to buy alcohol on their behalf. Those who agreed were cited, authorities said.
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