CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) on Thursday proposed resurrecting state grants for county programs that deal with mentally ill people who run afoul of the law. After a decade of state funding, the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grants ceased in 2008 due to budget cuts. Steinberg is seeking to restore funding, starting with $50 million. Unless Steinberg finds room elsewhere in the upcoming 2014 state budget, the funding is contingent on whether Gov. Jerry Brown receives a delay in a federal court order to reduce crowding in state prisons.
November 7, 2013 |
Mariel Hemingway mines her famous family's history in "Running From Crazy," exploring the legacy left by her iconic grandfather Ernest - one of creative heights and emotional lows. By Mariel's count, she's lost seven relatives to suicide, and having experienced depression and suicidal thoughts herself, she's embarked on a holistic health campaign to rescue herself and her daughters from the same fate. At once short on details and incredibly forthcoming, Barbara Kopple's documentary doesn't dig into specifics about Mariel's personal struggles with mental illness nor the WillingWay lifestyle that she and her boyfriend Bobby Williams espouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Kim Knoble's past tracks an arc of promise, mental illness and descent into what her parents call "living hell. " But Knoble is not homeless, in prison or dead - outcomes common with stories like hers. Instead, on Wednesday, the woman with a head of wild red curls plans to walk into the St. Francis Yacht Club, tell her tale of recovery and lift the instrument she did not touch for a decade to play Massenet's "Meditation From Thais. " Now 31, Knoble was mastering Mozart violin concertos by the time she hit middle school.
September 24, 2013 |
At the request of her attorney, Amanda Bynes' drunken driving case will be referred to a mental-health court, a judge decided Tuesday. The troubled actress did not appear in court, but her lawyer argued that Bynes was not capable of understanding the proceedings, according to TMZ , which first reported the news. "The mental health court will examine Bynes and determine her competency to stand trial," attorney Richard Hutton told E! News . Bynes was arrested on suspicion of DUI in West Hollywood in April 2012 after she allegedly clipped the rear corner of a sheriff's deputy's cruiser while trying to pass it around 3 a.m. near Robertson and Santa Monica boulevards.
September 21, 2013
Re "Police warned Navy about shooter," Sept. 19 As journalists dissect the mental health of the individual responsible for the Washington Navy Yard shooting, I want to challenge us to stop focusing exclusively on blaming individuals. Trying to assign a motive is to miss the point. Gun violence is an epidemic in this country. This issue is not about politics or the 2nd Amendment, it's about public health. In Los Angeles County, guns are the second-leading cause of death for young men. If a disease were killing us at this rate, we would be using every tool to do something about it. To those who say gun laws have no effect, research shows that of the 10 states with the strongest gun safety legislation, seven have the lowest rates of gun deaths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The chief deputy director of the California Department of State Hospitals has been cleared of wrongdoing in a sexual harassment and discrimination investigation but has decided to retire, state officials have confirmed. Kathy Gaither was placed on paid administrative leave July 15 - within a week of her belated state Senate confirmation - while allegations by at least two subordinates were investigated by an outside law firm. The firm's inquiry was focused on the complaints of purported sexual harassment and discrimination.