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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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NEWS
September 24, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
What a difference a week makes. Last Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors considered various proposals that would expand the number of beds for mentally ill inmates as part of a new jail construction plan. This week, the supervisors heard from state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), who outlined how increased state funding earmarked for mental health and substance-abuse treatment could be used to help reduce the county's jail population. Steinberg's visit is yet another reminder that before the supervisors ask taxpayers to spend $1 billion to build a new jail, the county ought to consider some alternative ways to deal with overcrowding, including diversion programs for those mentally ill inmates who pose no public safety threat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Gloria Molina this week 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.
NEWS
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.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
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.
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