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September 16, 2009 | Garrett Therolf
Filling a job that has been vacant for three years, Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday narrowly approved the hiring of an attorney to investigate the cases of children who die while in the county's care. To take the post, Rosemarie Belda will leave the Office of County Counsel, where she has represented the Department of Children and Family Services, the agency that will now be a central target of her reports. In addition to investigating child deaths, she has been asked to recommend reforms that might prevent future fatalities.
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August 19, 2009 | Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to launch an investigation into potential flaws in the child welfare system that might have played a role in the deaths of three children over the last month. Child welfare authorities had at one point investigated the care of the three children who died. Statistics show that in the last three years, a dozen children or more have died annually as a result of abuse or neglect despite the fact that their cases had come to the attention of social workers.
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June 27, 2009 | Garrett Therolf
Responding to a long-running pattern of child abuse deaths that might have been prevented, Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday will consider a renewed attempt to ease communication among agencies that deal with troubled families. The proposal calls for an interlinked computer system that would expand child abuse investigators' ability to access records showing a family's criminal, educational and medical histories, including critical clues about dangers faced by children.
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December 10, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Richard Winton, Hennessy-Fiske and Winton are Times staff writers.
The request was straightforward, even flattering. Send a few hundred Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies across the country next month to assist Washington, D.C., police at the presidential inauguration. It's the price tag of $1.6 million -- with as much as $1 million coming from the county -- that has given some top officials indigestion. "We're not in a position to police other cities, as worthy as this is," Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said Tuesday. "This is not an emergency.
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December 6, 2008 | Garrett Therolf, Therolf is a Times staff writer.
For six months, Los Angeles County supervisors have courted the University of California as their last, best hope to reopen Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Then Mark Ridley-Thomas was sworn in this week as the newest board member. He immediately signaled that, as far as the troubled hospital in his district is concerned, he wants to be considered the first among equals. Ridley-Thomas' arrival changes the dynamic on one of the board's longest-running and most vexing problems.
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December 2, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Hennessy-Fiske is a Times staff writer.
Mark Ridley-Thomas vowed to reopen Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital as he was sworn in Monday as Los Angeles County's newest supervisor. Ridley-Thomas, a former state senator, plans to appear outside the Willowbrook facility this morning to announce details of how the county can reach a January 2010 goal to restore hospital services.
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October 26, 2008 | David Zahniser, Zahniser is a Times staff writer.
Three years ago, campaign finance experts watched with alarm as one-fifth of the money raised on behalf of Los Angeles mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa came from "independent expenditures," special interests with no limits on how much they could collect and spend. The numbers were even more jaw-dropping for Villaraigosa's opponent, then-Mayor James K. Hahn. Although he lost his bid for a second term, Hahn saw one-third of his financial backing, or $2 million, come from such groups.
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September 29, 2008 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
In the final stretch before the Nov. 4 election, state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas and Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks face a formidable challenge in their battle for a seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors: how to convince voters -- expected to turn out in record numbers -- to focus on the 2nd District amid the excitement of a historic presidential campaign. Parks and Ridley-Thomas have already waged the most expensive campaign fight in county history.
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August 13, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Reversing course from only a week ago, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 on Tuesday to put a sales tax increase for mass transit and road projects on the Nov. 4 ballot. However, the board also voted 3 to 2 to officially oppose the measure. Confused? Hey, it's local politics. First, the ballot issue. Last month, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted to put a half-cent sales tax increase on the general election ballot.
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August 8, 2008 | Steve Hymon and Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writers
To avoid spending $10.5 million in taxpayer money just to make a political point, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe announced Thursday that he would change his vote from "no" to "yes" and permit a half-cent sales tax increase for roads and mass transit to be placed on the November ballot with other general election issues. Knabe, however, made it clear that he would continue to fight the tax proposal.
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