CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 |
Los Angeles County officials were alarmed by Tuesday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear Gov. Jerry Brown's appeal of court-ordered prison crowding caps, fearing that if the state is forced to release prisoners early, the county's ability to monitor them would be strained and public safety would be jeopardized. State officials have said they have no intention of releasing prisoners early and are working to transfer inmates to private prisons or find other solutions. County probation chief Jerry Powers said Tuesday that though he didn't believe California would be forced to release prisoners early, under the worst case scenario, 1,000 to 1,200 could be released to Los Angeles County. He said that state officials have assured the county that if it had to release prisoners early, they would not be placed under the supervision of the county probation department but would be on state parole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 |
In an unusual display of brinkmanship, Los Angeles County Supervisors nearly derailed a plan for $362.4 million in spending over disagreements about how to handle $75 million slated for capital projects and maintenance throughout the county. The supervisors were slated to approve a supplemental budget Tuesday, which included money for a variety of programs including a plan for reforms in the county's jails that was approved earlier in the same meeting. It also included funding to hire additional social workers, and proceed with a contract for 500 jail beds at a facility in Kern County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2013 |
In response to a scathing report about a lack of government oversight and improper payments to taxpayer-funded rehabilitation clinics, a local official is calling for a review of Los Angeles County's authority over such contracts and its ability to end payments to clinics that are breaking the law. "This is an embarrassment to all concerned, the notion that contracts were being awarded and renewed to contractors who had deficiencies and we didn't...
March 6, 2013 |
If you have the money and the desire, certain parts of the Hollywood Bowl can be renamed after you and your loved ones under a new plan from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The orchestra received approval from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to pursue a plan that would allow the selling of naming rights for certain sections of the historic outdoor music venue. Money raised from the naming rights would go toward improvements to the Bowl's infrastructure. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The orchestra shell and the Bowl itself will not be renamed.
February 6, 2012 |
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors oversees a vast operation: It incarcerates thousands of inmates; it cares for children whose parents have abused or neglected them; it runs hospitals, clinics, beaches, harbors, parks and a welfare system. So it's no surprise that the board's meetings draw animated commentary. What is surprising is what those commenters want to talk about. At a recent meeting of the board, the first member of the public to comment was Eric Preven, who calls himself "The County Resident from District 3. " He used his allotted time to raise questions about the county's legal bills and to complain that a report about those bills had been delayed.
February 2, 2012 |
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky shot a torpedo at NBCUniversal's $3-billion "Evolution Plan," saying he opposes the company's proposal to build housing on part of its famous back lot in Universal City. The supervisor asked Universal Studios President Ron Meyer in a letter to abandon plans to develop nearly 3,000 condominiums and apartments at the east end of the studio's property. Yaroslavsky's district includes Universal City. The addition of such housing would have "considerable downside to Universal and to our local economy," Yaroslavsky said in the letter, dated Tuesday.