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May 30, 2010 | By Jon Caramanica, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Dad Camp" opens with a dash of bad faith. On the new VH1 series, six expecting couples participate in a month-long therapy program in which the men are psychologically and emotionally retrained in hopes of becoming better fathers. Upon arriving at the group house, having just been shown birthing videos, the men are offered a night out on the town, while their partners stay at home and swap stories over salad and play with a fetal doppler. It's a blatant set-up. Like clockwork, the men misbehave — drinking heavily, flirting, and in one case, kissing a woman — all while the cameras roll.
January 5, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
The grandparents of a fatally injured 8-year-old Palmdale boy, whose history of alleged physical abuse has prompted a sweeping review of Los Angeles' child welfare system, have sued, accusing officials of missing repeated opportunities to save the child. The complaint naming the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services asserts that more than 60 reports of abuse involving Gabriel Fernandez were lodged with the agency. But only five to eight investigations were initiated, the suit says, and none of those met the department's own requirements for thoroughness.
May 24, 1993
Name: Monica Sesskin Company: Beverly Manor Nursing Center, Costa Mesa Thumbs up: "My mother instilled in me a cultural respect for the elderly, and I have always wanted to help them. The job involves problem-solving on a very human level, and I get a lot of satisfaction from dealing with residents and their families." Thumbs down: "Too much paperwork." Next step: "I would like to get a master's degree in social work."
October 8, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Facing the prospect of a prolonged federal government shutdown, Gov. Jerry Brown will soon need to decide if the state will shoulder the cost to keep running federal programs used by millions of Californians. State officials say there's no guarantee that critical social services in California - such as food stamps, subsidized school meals and nutrition assistance for pregnant women and infants - could run without interruption in November. The Brown administration has not yet said if it plans to plug the gaps for social programs at the end of the month.
May 20, 2012 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: Our mother just turned 64, and our father is divorcing her. She hasn't worked in years because of significant physical and mental health issues. My sister and I have been trying to figure out how she's going to survive on $750 a month, which is the equivalent of half his Social Security. She has always had serious issues with money management, which is why there are no retirement savings or a house. We are now about to embark on the maze of social service benefits that an older woman below the poverty line can receive, partly so we can decide whether she's better off staying put where she is in Arkansas, moving to my sister's in Texas, moving to be near me in Maryland, or moving to her childhood home of Chicago, where most of her friends are. For a lot of complicated reasons (mostly related to the mental health issues)
September 18, 1988 | LEE HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
The city has decided to withhold funding from a nonprofit organization that distributes food and clothing to the needy because the agency has apparently failed to show how it spends its money. The Cudahy Social Service Agency, which receives a large part of its financial support from federal money distributed by the city, will have to undergo a private audit before receiving more money, City Manager Gerald M. Caton said.
December 4, 1997
West Hollywood is conducting a community survey to allow residents to critique its social service programs. Surveys will be sent to 2,500 residents this month and followed up with interviews and focus groups, said social services manager Daphne Dennis. "The purpose of the survey is to make sure the city's budget dollars are going to the most needed services," said Dennis. The city allocates $3.
April 24, 1990
A plan to earmark for social service programs 10% of the $900 million to be spent on the massive Hollywood redevelopment project is likely to be approved by the city Community Redevelopment Agency and signed into law, redevelopment officials say. The officials said the plan is the first of its kind in Los Angeles, and perhaps the nation, in which social reform programs are directly linked to a redevelopment effort.
December 20, 2006
Philip L. Browning, chief of the county's child support services department, will replace the retiring head of county social services in April, the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday. Browning will take over for retiring department chief Bryce Yokomizo, with an annual salary of $195,000, effective April 1. The department provides low-income county residents with financial help, affordable health insurance and food benefits, and in-home services for the elderly and disabled.
September 28, 1998 | MARINA MALIKOFF
Managers of several social service agencies have criticized a new city policy for doling out funds, saying it unfairly cuts support for organizations that help the homeless and the addicted. Guidelines adopted by the city last March give priority to youth, family, and senior services. Homelessness and drug and alcohol treatment "are better aligned with county safety-net responsibilities," according to the guidelines.
October 1, 2013 | By Scott Gold, Rick Rojas and Evan Halper
JOSHUA TREE, Calif. - In the high desert of California, they came for the cactuses and the contorted monzogranite formations, for the open space, for all the reasons so many have come before - to explore; to get married; simply to think. But Joshua Tree National Park was closed Tuesday, indefinitely, so they gathered instead at a nearby cafe, to complain about their government. "The government doesn't seem to care," said Rosie Rivera, manager of the Park Rock Cafe. "It's us, the people down here, who have to pay for their disagreements.
July 13, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Frank Mariano walked up the block and made a right turn toward a group of carefree teenage boys who spent the muggy summer day in Koreatown skateboarding and checking their phones for text messages. Frank approached the youths - who eyed him with puzzled looks - but then the 16-year-old pushed a stroller into the playground where he would spend the afternoon with Anabell, his 1-year-old daughter. Frank would later leave the toddler with her 17-year-old mother and head to Children's Hospital Los Angeles to meet with two dozen other fathers - between the ages of 14 and 25 - to discuss their shared struggles and to learn skills to help ease their lives.
June 25, 2013 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Officials released the results of a pilot program Tuesday described as the of homeless services, designed to get the sickest, most endangered people off the streets and sidewalks of skid row for good. The 100-day project brought 20 government and nonprofit agencies together to build a computerized data-gathering and management system to quickly place hard-core sidewalk dwellers in housing with medical, rehab and social services. Under the new system, case managers seek out long-term homeless people under bridges and down back alleys and score them on their mental and physical disabilities, how often they visit emergency rooms or jails, and their general medical condition.
June 14, 2013 | By Chris Megerian and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers passed a budget Friday that lays the groundwork for the largest expansion of public healthcare in the country, placing the state at the leading edge of President Obama's federal overhaul. The budget, which the governor has until June 30 to sign, will also increase funding for schools, public universities and social services - a dramatic turnaround after years of deficits and cuts. The Legislature approved the $96.3-billion spending plan after a relatively smooth series of negotiations between Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders that maintained much of the fiscal restraint urged by the governor.
June 11, 2013 | By Chris Megerian and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - The budget deal that lawmakers will vote on this week is an effort to mesh financial restraint with a desire to provide more social services and healthcare for the needy - giving the state's economy extra time to recover before some of the spending kicks in. The $96.3-billion deal, formally announced Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown and top legislators, sets the stage for hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending on welfare grants, tuition...
May 20, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is attempting a bold - and risky - strategy to turn around the struggling Internet giant with the $1.1-billion acquisition of Tumblr, a trendy social blogging service popular with teens and young adults. Though Yahoo still has a massive online audience, it's losing its grip on young people and how they consume the Internet on mobile devices. Tumblr, a 6-year-old company with 100 million users who share links, photos and blog posts, represents the new guard of the Internet.
June 27, 1995
The Los Angeles City Council is helping to keep several Downtown social service programs afloat for another three months by turning over $1.3 million in funds that the beleaguered Community Redevelopment Agency is no longer able to provide. The money will enable the programs, whose CRA funding runs out July 1, to keep operating while the city tries to find other ways to help pay for them.
January 24, 1985 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Korean community is increasing so rapidly that social services available to meet its needs are way behind, according to a United Way study. The recently completed "Koreatown Profile Study Report" by the umbrella charity agency showed that the fourth-largest Asian Pacific group in Los Angeles County had grown 700% (from 8,500 to 60,618) between 1970 and 1980. Estimates since then put the area-wide total at 250,000.
May 5, 2013 | By David M. Kennedy
Supporters of a measure that would have expanded background checks for firearm purchases decried the bill's death in the Senate last month. But was the defeat really such a bad thing? Had it passed, the new law would have been hailed as a historic breakthrough by "anti-gun" forces and a historic mistake by "pro-gun" forces. But on the ground, where American citizens are being shot and killed every day, nothing much would have changed. That's the way things have gone for decades in the grinding American culture war over guns.
March 19, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown will no longer seek steep cuts in home care for the elderly and the disabled, ending a prolonged court battle spawned by the state's persistent budget crisis. The Brown administration reached an agreement with unions and social service advocates to allow an 8% cut in service hours, less than half the 20% reduction the state tried to enact last year. State funding for workers' salaries will not be reduced, and Sacramento will not further restrict qualifications for receiving the services under the settlement - two changes originally sought by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009.
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