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May 7, 1993
With growing confidence that the federal government will increase support for Metro Rail, Los Angeles County officials Thursday lobbied a House subcommittee in Washington for $190 million to propel construction of the system into the San Fernando Valley, East Los Angeles and the Mid-City area.
July 1, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a warning Monday about the air quality in the Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys. Public Health Director Jonathan Fielding advised people with respiratory or heart disease to stay inside as much as possible and to avoid outdoor exercise. Children with asthma or other respiratory problems shouldn't do physical education or other activities outside, according to the public health department. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said the air quality was unhealthy for everyone in the Santa Clarita Valley and for sensitive individuals in the San Gabriel mountains and valleys.
For years, many local governments in California have ignored a 1970 law that requires detailed land-use plans around large airports. Even after the law was broadened in 1984 to include most of the state's airports, many local governments failed to comply.
March 5, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Faced with severe overcrowding and emergency room wait times that average 12 hours, Los Angeles County officials are considering adding 150 more beds to County/USC Medical Center. The county opened a new state-of-the-art hospital in 2008 to replace an aging general hospital tower. But even before the doors opened, officials worried that it wouldn't be big enough. The new hospital has 600 inpatient beds, 224 fewer than its predecessor. It didn't take long for the problem to become apparent.
In Los Angeles County communities where the homeless congregate, politicians have begun to adopt what one mayor calls a "new realism," cutting back on municipal programs and placing new limits on the numbers of people served by shelters and soup lines. Even where programs for the homeless have recently expanded, the operations have often had to endure legal and political battles, workers for the homeless say.
March 4, 1995
The president of the Asian Youth Center board of directors has written to Los Angeles County officials to protest their decision to withdraw a $700,000 grant to build a facility for youngsters. The county made the decision after the expected purchase of a piece of land near the Arlene Bitely School in Rosemead fell through because the grant had been approved on the basis of a proposal involving that site.
July 26, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday signed a state Senate bill authorizing Los Angeles County officials to take over the recall election targeting four Lynwood City Council members. The county registrar-recorder's office will now run the Sept. 25 special election. The council members had resisted moving forward with the recall, even after county election officials had verified petitions signed by thousands of Lynwood residents.
Ventura County spent $223,491 to provide police protection and other services for the trial of four Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney G. King, officials said Thursday. Los Angeles County officials said they will reimburse Ventura County for its costs in staging the trial, which was moved to Simi Valley because of pretrial publicity in Los Angeles.
April 12, 1985
The threatening Oriental fruit fly was declared eradicated by Los Angeles County officials who formally lifted quarantines around the West Los Angeles area once invaded by the pest. The nine-month infestation, during which movement of nearly 100 types of fruit and vegetables was banned, led to the laying of traps in a 112-square-mile area. Paid for by local, state and federal agencies, the eradication effort cost $650,000, county Agricultural Commissioner Paul Engler said.
May 11, 1989
Los Angeles County officials Wednesday unveiled details of their first full-scale "telecommuting" project, which they hope will eventually enable thousands of county employees to work at home on computers. Supervisor Mike Antonovich and Chief Administrative Officer Richard Dixon said at a press conference that about 200 volunteers will be working at home by August, and officials expect 2,000 of the county's 17,000 downtown employees to be telecommuting in the next five years. The concept is part of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's master plan to help alleviate smog by reducing traffic in the region.
October 2, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A second person in Los Angeles County has died of West Nile virus this year, and 54 cases of the illness have been reported locally, public health officials announced Tuesday. The latest death prompted the county health department to renew warnings for people to take precautions and reduce their exposure to mosquitoes, which can transmit the virus through their bites. Health officials said the two who died were both in their 80s and lived in the southeastern part of the county.
June 11, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
Concerned about growing welfare costs, Los Angeles County officials are considering additional measures to root out fraud and impose tougher sanctions on aid recipients who fail to comply with program rules. The proposed changes are supposed to ensure that scarce taxpayer dollars go only to those who meet residency and work requirements of the county's general relief program, which serves as a final safety net for indigent adults who don't qualify for state and federal aid. But advocates for the poor contend the crackdown would end up denying help to some of the region's most destitute residents who are eligible for assistance.
May 30, 2011 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Three decades after leaving her native Panama, Vielka McFarlane hasn't forgotten how a first-class education can transform a poor kid with a hard-knocks life. The Los Angeles charter school operator remembers leaner days and long hours helping her struggling family sell empanadas from a street cart. Her eyes mist when she speaks of her hardworking parents, who sacrificed to send her to the best schools in Panama, despite discrimination from that society's upper-class, and then to Los Angeles in 1982.
September 19, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
A 48-year-old man died early Saturday after being shot with an electric stun gun by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies after he allegedly attacked and threatened to kill them, authorities said. Two deputies were patrolling the area near Firestone Boulevard and the 5 Freeway in La Mirada just before 1 a.m. when they approached two men with a dog standing behind a pickup truck in the parking lot of the Extended Stay America hotel, said Lt. Pat Nelson of the Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau.
July 5, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Jail-issued mattresses and blankets designed to prevent suicides have failed to meet their safety goals, as several Los Angeles County inmates have been able to fashion nooses from their bedding. In one instance last year, an inmate was found in his cell in the sitting position, hanging from a makeshift noose tied to the top of a bunk bed. The noose in the April 2009 suicide was made from a strip of fabric torn from a mattress cover that had been designed to guard against suicides, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
March 3, 2010 | By Jack Leonard
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday against Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley and other Los Angeles County officials, ordering them not to discipline or discriminate against prosecutors for belonging to the union that represents hundreds of local deputy district attorneys. The order, issued by U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II, came in a lawsuit filed by the Assn. of Deputy District Attorneys alleging that Cooley and others demoted, transferred and gave mediocre performance reviews to prosecutors as part of an anti-union campaign.
October 2, 1993
Los Angeles County officials said Friday they will recommend cutbacks in a program to build new courthouses and expand existing ones, setting the stage for a possible fight over which of the 10 scheduled projects will be deferred. Faced with dwindling revenue, officials of the county administrative office said they expect to release a report next week to the Board of Supervisors that concludes the county cannot afford to proceed with all of its courthouse projects.
July 27, 1989
Defying a request by the California Waste Management Board, Los Angeles County officials Wednesday refused to toughen restrictions on trash dumping at Lopez Canyon Landfill, owned by the city of Los Angeles. The state board on Tuesday said a county order that was issued last Friday is too lenient and needs to be amended. It asked the county to agree Wednesday to enforce a stricter order by the end of the week against the northeast San Fernando Valley dump in Lake View Terrace.
September 10, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the discovery of human remains, including a severed hand and a torso, in the vicinity of a Lake Los Angeles middle school in the Antelope Valley. Sheriff's homicide detectives and a Los Angeles County coroner's special recovery team responded to the 41700 block of 170th Street East, near Challenger Middle School, east of Palmdale, about 8 p.m. Tuesday after a resident who was riding a horse saw the hand and called authorities.
June 27, 2008
Re "As a boy suffered, many turned away," June 21 I would like to commend The Times for its diligent coverage of the unimaginable abuse inflicted on the 5-year-old boy in South Los Angeles. What can be said of the society in which we live, where such horror was ignored or excused by Los Angeles County officials as well as family and friends? Hopefully, knowledge of this boy's circumstances will lead us all to understand the obligation we have to stand up for, and speak for, those who are not able to speak for themselves.
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