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April 20, 1986
The Jeffrey Foundation will honor Sybil Brand at a birthday luncheon at 11 a.m. May 8 at the Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. "This Is Your Life, Sybil Brand" will be filmed with Debbie Maffett and Bob Seagren of television's "P.M. Magazine" as hosts. Several celebrities are expected to attend. A silent auction and fashion show will feature celebrity models. Tickets are $50 each. Reservations can be made by calling (213) 479-0929.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
For months, Los Angeles County jail officials have been waiting to reopen a long-shuttered women's facility to help ease some of the overcrowding that plagues the rest of the massive and violence-prone system. But 14 months after the Board of Supervisors voted to spend more than $100 million to refurbish the Sybil Brand Institute, an antiquated structure on a hilltop near East Los Angeles, not a bit of work has been accomplished.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2004 | Dennis McLellan and Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writers
Sybil Brand, the philanthropist and civic leader for whom the new Los Angeles County jail for women was named in the early 1960s in recognition of her extensive efforts to improve conditions for imprisoned women, has died. She was believed to have been 104. Brand, who once was characterized in The Times as "a curious mix of soft-hearted generosity and stubborn determination," died Tuesday of natural causes at her home in Beverly Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2006 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Responding to a variety of pressures, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will propose today that the county spend more than $300 million to add thousands of beds to improve conditions in its aging and overcrowded jail system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1993
A Lancaster woman held on theft-related charges at Sybil Brand Institute escaped from jail and was discovered missing early Saturday. Sherrie Pike, 35, apparently fled the four-story county prison for women sometime before midnight Friday. Pike, who was being held in lieu of $58,000 bail since her arrest Nov. 21 by Antelope Valley deputies, was due in court for a hearing Tuesday. Authorities said Saturday they had not determined how Pike escaped the 1,900-prisoner Eastside Los Angeles facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2004
A memorial service for philanthropist and civic leader Sybil Brand will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. March 14 at the Jeffrey Foundation children's center, 5470 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. The Jeffrey Foundation, which offers child care and counseling for special-needs children and families, was one of Brand's favorite charities. Brand died Feb. 17. She was 104.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1992
Sybil Brand, namesake of the Eastside women's jail, was honored on her 90th birthday this week for 50 years of service to Los Angeles County. The guest list to the buffet at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion included the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Sherman Block and Cardinal Roger M. Mahony. Brand spearheaded an effort to pass a bond issue that underwrote construction of more jails and juvenile halls, which were needed to help ease crowding in the county system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1988 | IRIS SCHNEIDER, Times Staff Writer
When Lelia Mrotzek went to her 20-year high school reunion last year, classmates joked that they weren't surprised to find she was spending her time in jail. It was the part about doing it as a chaplain that surprised them. Mrotzek, 38, whose round baby face and upbeat demeanor bely her 10 years of service as the Protestant chaplain at Sybil Brand Institute, was prepared for her classmates' reactions. "I was a rowdy teen-ager," she said, acknowledging that she was heading down the wrong path.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
For months, Los Angeles County jail officials have been waiting to reopen a long-shuttered women's facility to help ease some of the overcrowding that plagues the rest of the massive and violence-prone system. But 14 months after the Board of Supervisors voted to spend more than $100 million to refurbish the Sybil Brand Institute, an antiquated structure on a hilltop near East Los Angeles, not a bit of work has been accomplished.
OPINION
June 22, 1997
Re "At Twin Towers, Paper Helps Keep the Peace," June 9: I find it so amazing that Los Angeles wants its prisoners to be comfortable during renovation at Sybil Brand jail by moving them to a brand-new facility (Twin Towers) for three years, while we here at John Adams Middle School (not far away) must endure the noise, inconvenience and dangers of renovation on our campus buildings. Is there no one who cares about our students, teachers and staff to house us somewhere during renovation?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2006 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said Sunday that he is negotiating with county officials for a dramatic increase in funding for the troubled jail system, beginning with a $300-million infusion to reopen the shuttered Sybil Brand facility and to make other improvements aimed at reducing violence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2004
A memorial service for philanthropist and civic leader Sybil Brand will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. March 14 at the Jeffrey Foundation children's center, 5470 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. The Jeffrey Foundation, which offers child care and counseling for special-needs children and families, was one of Brand's favorite charities. Brand died Feb. 17. She was 104.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2004 | Dennis McLellan and Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writers
Sybil Brand, the philanthropist and civic leader for whom the new Los Angeles County jail for women was named in the early 1960s in recognition of her extensive efforts to improve conditions for imprisoned women, has died. She was believed to have been 104. Brand, who once was characterized in The Times as "a curious mix of soft-hearted generosity and stubborn determination," died Tuesday of natural causes at her home in Beverly Hills.
OPINION
June 22, 1997
Re "At Twin Towers, Paper Helps Keep the Peace," June 9: I find it so amazing that Los Angeles wants its prisoners to be comfortable during renovation at Sybil Brand jail by moving them to a brand-new facility (Twin Towers) for three years, while we here at John Adams Middle School (not far away) must endure the noise, inconvenience and dangers of renovation on our campus buildings. Is there no one who cares about our students, teachers and staff to house us somewhere during renovation?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 1996
In her article "The Starlets Next Door" (June 9), Irene Lacher quotes critic and author Michael Medved as saying, "The public's response to 'Last Dance' indicates that people like their female sex symbols to do glamorous stuff and not necessarily to be in hard-hitting, depressing dramas where they don't wear makeup." The reason "Last Dance" was a failure was simply because it was a bad film and not because the usually glamorous Sharon Stone was makeup-less. Perhaps Medved should take another look at Jessica Lange in "Frances," Michelle Pfeiffer in "Frankie & Johnny," Olivia de Havilland in "The Snake Pit," Joanne Woodward (in her glamour years)
NEWS
May 8, 1994
Sybil Brand, widely known for her efforts to improve conditions for women and juvenile prisoners, will be honored at a luncheon May 15 at the Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood. Brand, who turns 92 today, is slated to receive a humanitarian award from the Los Angeles branch of the Women's American ORT, a nonprofit organization that supports vocational and technical training around the world. Admission to the luncheon is $50.
NEWS
February 21, 1993 | DUKE HELFAND
Three more names were added to the Promenade of Prominence last week in a ceremony that organizers called an effort to "blend the races together in recognition of role models." New granite-carved plaques were placed in the promenade's sidewalk Wednesday in honor of Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, educator-philanthropist Sybil Brand and Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center Director Bill Coggins.
NEWS
May 8, 1994
Sybil Brand, widely known for her efforts to improve conditions for women and juvenile prisoners, will be honored at a luncheon May 15 at the Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood. Brand, who turns 92 today, is slated to receive a humanitarian award from the Los Angeles branch of the Women's American ORT, a nonprofit organization that supports vocational and technical training around the world. Admission to the luncheon is $50.
OPINION
January 2, 1994
I would like to respond to the letter regarding the release of female prisoners from the Sybil Brand Institute for Women (Dec. 21). Sybil Brand Institute does care about the women in its custody; and this concern continues when those women are released from confinement, whether it is pursuant to a court order or at the completion of their sentence. Those inmates who are released by order of the court are released in the afternoon or evening, and always before midnight. Those who are released at the completion of their sentence are released each morning after breakfast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1993
One evening recently, I was at Sybil Brand to observe a lineup. I was disturbed to find that women are being released from custody at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. and with no apparent assistance to reach home, relatives or a safe place. The jail is in East Los Angeles, some distance from any main thoroughfare. Taxis stand waiting to pick up passengers, and I think there is a bus stop in the vicinity--both of which are helpful if the woman has money for transportation. A young girl from Bakersfield was released, far from home, with no one to meet her and was obviously distressed.
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