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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.
January 16, 2014 | By Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard
Los Angeles city building inspectors launched an investigation Thursday into whether county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has an illegally converted garage at his Leimert Park home, where government employees recently performed thousands of dollars worth of work. The Los Angeles Building and Safety Department opened the probe less than a day after The Times reported that county crews installed a security system, drywall, an air conditioner and other appliances in Ridley-Thomas' detached garage.
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.
January 7, 2014 | By Seema Mehta, Abby Sewell and Jack Leonard
Sheriff Lee Baca's surprise retirement prompted two parallel furors on Tuesday - among county leaders, who must quickly pick an interim replacement, and among potential candidates who are reassessing a field that was dramatically altered by the departure of the 15-year incumbent. Los Angeles County supervisors were preparing Tuesday afternoon to meet in private to begin discussions to pick an interim sheriff. Early support appeared to be building around Terri McDonald, a well-regarded assistant sheriff who was brought in from the state prison system to reform the county's troubled jails.
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 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.
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.
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.
March 19, 2010 | By Jack Leonard and Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles County prosecutors are examining whether county supervisors broke the law when they spent millions of taxpayer dollars on pet projects without a public vote or discussion. The inquiry began in response to a complaint received last week when The Times detailed some of the $3.4 million per year that each of the five supervisors receives to spend at his or her discretion, said Head Deputy Dist. Atty. David Demerjian, who oversees the district attorney's public integrity division.
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