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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.
May 21, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles County Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Gloria Molina were unable to win majority support for their push to sever all ties to a foster care contractor with a history of substantiated child abuse and financial malfeasance. Under the supervisors' proposal, the county board had been scheduled to take a public vote Tuesday on the county's relationship with Teens Happy Homes, a contractor that has received up to $3.6 million per year and cared for more than 1,100 foster children in recent years.
April 30, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County supervisors rejected a bid Tuesday from several Santa Clarita Valley school districts and a water district hoping to consolidate elections in a bid to avoid the kind of voting rights lawsuits that other local governments have been hit with. The measure failed on a 2-2 vote, with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining. County election officials opposed the change, arguing that shifting the districts to November even-year elections would exceed their ability to conduct elections.
February 11, 2014 | By Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is looking into whether thousands of dollars in taxpayer money was misspent on improvements to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' home last year, an office spokeswoman said Tuesday. Newly released records show that a contractor charged the county $6,239 to perform work during a project to install a security system that included replacing interior walls in Ridley-Thomas' converted garage and trenching the property for an electrical upgrade.
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 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.
July 14, 2013 | Jim Newton
It's perfectly understandable that county supervisors are frustrated by the continuing travails of the Department of Children and Family Services. Its failings have profound consequences: children who die because they are left with abusive parents; children placed in foster care situations that are dangerous or even deadly. So the supervisors' impulse to hold the department accountable is commendable. The lack of progress at DCFS is "completely unacceptable and frankly embarrassing," Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas told me last week.
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.
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.
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