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April 9, 2013 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to explore ways to restrict illegal vending and lawn sales, a move that could give sheriff's deputies more power to seize goods and issue fines. Selling used clothes or fruit from front yards or carts on busy streets has been common in Los Angeles for years. But Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and law enforcement officials say the tradition has evolved into a problem, especially in communities around Watts, where informal flea markets have developed on some blocks . Ridley-Thomas and some residents say the illegal vendors hurt legitimate businesses, dodge sales tax laws and increase traffic in residential neighborhoods.
December 17, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Los Angeles County's governing board called on Sheriff Lee Baca to provide more details on his agency's controversial hiring of deputies and others three years ago with histories of reported misconduct. The Sheriff's Department “is just one hell of a mess and we have an obligation to straighten it out,” county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said in an interview. “The department needs help. I don't know how much more clear that could be at this point.” Ridley-Thomas was reacting to a report Baca provided to the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday that addressed a Times report on questionable hiring of deputies with records of misconduct . Baca's report added few new details, blaming the improper hirings on an undersheriff who no longer works for the department.
January 28, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has decided to delay action on the interim recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection until a final report is issued in April. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas signaled that he would continue to press to immediately begin a restructuring of the county system to protect children from abuse and neglect, but the four other supervisors said they were not prepared to join the effort until they can fully assess the commission's vision and the accompanying cost.
January 15, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A senior aide to an L.A. County supervisor has joined the race for an open seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education. Alex M. Johnson, 33, is the assistant senior deputy for education and public safety for Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “I believe that the children in our community have been left behind by a school system that has failed to address their needs,” Johnson said Wednesday, in confirming his bid. The supervisor's aide was widely expected to enter the increasingly crowded field as the preferred candidate of Ridley-Thomas.
April 22, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles County supervisors have begun weighing recommendations to dramatically rework the safety net for tens of thousands of abused and neglected children, including what would be the most significant reorganization of county government since 2007. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection has said a linchpin of a proposed package of reforms is the creation of a new child welfare czar. The executive would have broad powers to move money and people across departmental lines to support a more unified and effective approach to the protection of children, the panel said.
April 14, 2013 | By Jason Song
Two Los Angeles County supervisors want to temporarily eliminate filming fees at downtown's newly opened Grand Park to drum up Hollywood interest in the site. The other three, however, are wary of dropping fees, fearing it could close off parts of the sloping park to people who are flocking to the yoga classes and outdoor concerts. "I don't know why [eliminating fees] would be warranted or justified," said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. "Green space is at a premium in urban areas, and the public should have first priority.
September 19, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
On Thursday, county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and a delegation of business and labor leaders traveled to San Francisco to urge the University of California's Board of Regents to approve an agreement that would end the state's most pressing public health problem. Three years ago, federal regulators began the process of closing down Los Angeles County's scandal-plagued King-Drew Medical Center in Willowbrook, leaving South L.A. without a public hospital. The regulators had no choice, but the fact remains that, ever since then, the mainly African American and immigrant Latino people of the area have been without even the vestigial care the old facility provided.
April 30, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County supervisors met behind closed doors Tuesday to consider terminating their decades-long relationship with Teens Happy Homes, a private foster care provider found by officials to have repeatedly misused funds and placed children in homes where they were abused. "The contractor should lose any contract it has," Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said in an interview Tuesday. "They are an irresponsible, unsafe provider. We'll discuss it in executive session. " No action was announced publicly after the session, but one source familiar with the discussion said Department of Children and Family Services Director Philip Browning was instructed to prepare options to correct the problems.
February 6, 2014 | By Robert Greene
One reason to oppose returning a Christian cross to the Los Angeles County seal after an absence of 10 years is that the seal debate wasted enough time a decade ago. Another reason is that, when push comes to shove, it's just not right to feature a single religion's most recognizable symbol on an official government emblem. And the third reason is the time and money that taxpayers would have to spend on the inevitable lawsuit challenging the placement of the cross as unconstitutional.
October 10, 2010 | By Connie Rice
On a classroom wall of the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall where Los Angeles County houses ? and is supposed to help ? juvenile offenders, there is a sign that reads "No Reading Newspapers, No Cell Phone Use and No Alcohol Consumption During Class. " The message is for the staff. The sign was posted after the Department of Justice found serious problems with the county's Department of Probation, including staff members drinking on the job and retaliating against whistle-blowers.
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