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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1996
Costs associated with retraining unemployed workers have prompted an administrative review of a social services agency that serves four cities in southeast Los Angeles County. The board of directors of the Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority began scrutinizing its job training operations last week in response to concerns raised last month by the Santa Fe Springs City Council.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1994 | REBECCA BRYANT
El Proyecto del Barrio, a human-services group hard hit by the Jan. 17 earthquake, was among several social services agencies to receive grants from telecommunications giant AT&T on Monday. The medical clinic and social services agency, which received $6,000, has been operating out of a borrowed mobile home parked in front of its yellow-tagged rental building since the temblor. Though the money won't allow the agency to reopen its building, it can help boost services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A toxic chemical used in dry cleaning and for degreasing equipment has been found underneath an Orange County building that is already the subject of two lawsuits, officials said Monday. Over the weekend, soil testing was conducted at the two-story office building that houses more than 550 county workers, including employees of the Orange County Social Services Agency and the Sheriff's Department. The testing, paid for by the county, was seen as a step forward in a years-long legal fight that includes former workers who say their time in the building caused birth defects, autoimmune diseases and cancer.
NEWS
May 12, 1995 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the final round of layoffs at the county's Social Services Agency, about 300 people were told Thursday they would be jobless by May 25, bringing the total number of employees to lose their jobs in that department to about 500. As with the previous layoffs in the agency, the vast majority of employees let go were workers who determined clients' eligibility for Aid to Families with Dependent Children. "People are still in shock over it," said Nikki Niznik, president of the Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1996 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Among the forecasts of how Orange County's late-1994 bankruptcy filing would affect ordinary people was that the most skilled, experienced county employees would seek greener pastures as budgets were cut, programs were canceled and staffing was slashed by layoffs. The prediction is coming true at the Social Services Agency, which serves the poor, senior citizens, immigrants and abused children.
NEWS
September 20, 1992 | PAUL NOWELL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It was late July when little Amanda, believed to be about 5 years old, appeared in the lobby of the Buncombe County social services agency with a note pinned to her dress. "This little girl's name is Amanda Duncan," read the note. "I can't seem to do anything with her. She won't mind. She lies and she steals." "She's threatened to turn the gas stove on and blow up the house. She has put rocks and dirt in my food and drink," it said. "I want to hurt her. I've thought about committing suicide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2004 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Short of kidnapping his 5-year-old daughter, Raul Orozco does not know what else he could have done to save the girl from the sexual and physical abuse that finally killed her. Jimena Correal Orozco's sad life was already over by Nov. 16, 2000, when her mother's boyfriend parked his pickup in the parking lot of an Anaheim supermarket and asked passersby for help. Rigor mortis had already begun to set in the little girl's body.
NEWS
October 27, 1995 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a landmark decision, an appellate court has assailed Orange County's Social Services Agency for removing a 4-year-old boy from his home because his parents were poor housekeepers. The case involved a possibly autistic boy identified as Paul E. of Huntington Beach, who was placed in a foster home last May after social workers reported that his parents kept a messy house.
NEWS
August 22, 1996 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the flurry surrounding the welfare reform bill President Bill Clinton is scheduled to sign today, with local governments projecting how they will retool their programs and who will be hurt, there is one spot of calm. The Orange County Social Services Agency, which administers welfare programs to the county's poor, is sitting still. It has no new plans and is making no projections. "We have not done that exercise," said Angelo Doti, director of the agency's financial assistance department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Al Azus never forgot the one bright spot in his darkest hour. It was 1953 and his young wife had died from tuberculosis, leaving him with two toddlers. He lost his family's house, then he lost his livelihood and finally he lost his children too. Azus said he had no choice but to place his 2-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son in foster care administered by a Los Angeles family services agency. The youngsters' two-year placement allowed Azus to begin rebuilding his life.
NATIONAL
July 31, 2009 | Mike Clary
At 5 weeks old, with a crown of dark hair and big blue eyes, Anastasia Garcia is one of the newest faces of the economic crisis. She was born homeless. "When we are lucky enough to be settled, we will tell her that things were not always as easy as you may think," said Angela Garcia, 26, laying the infant down in a crib at the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano Beach, Fla.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2009 | Stuart Pfeifer
County officials began handing out termination notices Monday to 210 social services employees whose jobs were eliminated because of a recession-related drop in tax revenue. Among those let go were social workers assigned to child and elder abuse cases, and eligibility technicians who process claims for public assistance, said TerryLynn Fisher, spokeswoman for the Social Services Agency. Orange County's Board of Supervisors authorized the job reductions last month because of an anticipated $20-million drop this year in state funding.
OPINION
December 15, 2008
There were disturbing reminders of the old Orange County government -- the one from decades ago that had little interest in providing services to the poor -- when officials announced plans last week to lay off 210 social services workers and require 4,000 more to take unpaid two-week furloughs. Like most of this state's municipalities, Orange County faces tremendous declines in funding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2008 | James Ricci, Special to The Times
For a hundred years, they have been coming to St. Anne's, teenage girls whose adolescence was stolen by pregnancy. Unmarried, life on hold, they've taken their places in the long, historical queue to receive the comfort and care of a place named after the mother of the Virgin Mary. Not that everything at the tidy, six-acre campus just west of downtown Los Angeles has remained constant, for the line of girls snakes through vastly different social eras.
OPINION
August 4, 2007 | George Nalbach, George Nalbach is the associate executive director of Santa Anita Family Service.
Dear United Way of Greater Los Angeles, I received your call regarding our divorce last week. You let us know that after 39 years, you were calling it quits on my organization, the Santa Anita Family Service; that we didn't fit your new 10-year plan. We understand it wasn't just us -- you dropped dozens of charitable organizations you formerly funded. You were kind enough to let us know that you will give us 40% of our allocation to ease the pain this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1996 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It seemed too outrageous to be true: The Orange County Social Services Agency had taken a 4-year-old boy from his parents simply because their house was too messy, and an appeals court--to remedy the appalling error--was returning the child to his parents. In reversing a lower court decision, the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana said that "an exposed light socket" and other "trivial" housekeeping deficiencies were not enough to remove the child from his home.
NEWS
April 14, 1995 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite weeks of warning that pink slips for county workers were on the way, county Social Services Agency employees were stunned Thursday to find themselves the first casualties of the latest round of budget cuts. "I'm just in shock," said Al Villalobos, a welfare eligibility worker in Anaheim, shortly after learning he would be jobless in 14 days. "Even with all the talk of it happening, I didn't know it would happen to me."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2005 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
California Department of Social Services officials said Friday that they would revoke the license of a Long Beach board-and-care home where mentally ill residents allegedly went unbathed, brawled with each other and, in one case, fatally assaulted a staff member. Over the last five years, Rema Manor House has accumulated a string of state inspection violations that include keeping food in unsanitary conditions and failing to prevent an employee from stealing $2,500 from a resident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2004 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County jury on Tuesday awarded $4.1 million to a father who blamed the county for ignoring -- until it was too late -- his warnings that his 5-year-old daughter was being abused. Raul Orozco testified that he complained repeatedly to the Orange County Social Services Agency that his daughter was being abused by his ex-wife and her boyfriend. The child, Jimena Correal Orozco, was eventually beaten to death.
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