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January 12, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County officials pushed back Tuesday against Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget, saying they want to meet with the local delegation to Sacramento to call attention to the pain that the cuts will cause close to home. William T Fujioka, the county's chief executive, said local leaders are concerned about whether state officials "truly understand the impact" of the proposed cuts to welfare, healthcare, prisons and other services. "All I see in this proposed budget are numbers," he said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
As Los Angeles County and union negotiators bargained in a building on the grounds of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Tuesday evening, more than 100 county workers held a candlelight vigil outside the downtown landmark and called on the county to meet their demands. “Let's make some noise for those upstairs to let them know we're here and we will not be moved,” the Rev. William Smart of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference cried into a bullhorn, addressing members of SEIU 721, the largest public-employee union in the county.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County supervisors took the unusual step Tuesday of curtailing the power of their chief executive, William T Fujioka, who has struggled to overcome breakdowns in child protective services that contributed to tragic instances of harm and even death for youths. Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich, Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky voted to place the Department of Children and Family Services, as well as the troubled Probation Department, under direct oversight of the county board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Feeling backed against a wall by petitioners from an AIDS activist group, Los Angeles City Council members agreed Wednesday to place a measure on next year's ballot asking if voters want the city to create an independent health agency. But then they agreed to also file a lawsuit challenging the validity of such a measure. Council members said they were forced to place the initiative before voters because petition gatherers had successfully qualified it for the ballot. Their only other option was to adopt it immediately, ending five decades of contracted health services provided by county-run clinics, a step the majority said they were reluctant to take.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Four years ago, Los Angeles County supervisors embarked on an ambitious effort to streamline management of the nation's largest local government, choosing an experienced public sector executive, William T Fujioka, to become the region's most powerful behind-the-scenes bureaucrat. Now, that bold experiment in improving government accountability has devolved into an ugly retreat and recriminations, with a majority of the county's elected supervisors in effect kneecapping their top manager and stripping him of major responsibilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles county officials said Monday that the county would lose an estimated $1.4 billion over the next seven months for health and social services programs if the state goes forward with its plan to defer such payments starting next week. The projected shortfall is too large for the county to cover for more than a short period -- even as some lawmakers caution that numerous programs such as welfare and foster care are mandated by law -- the county's chief executive warned in a memo to Los Angeles County supervisors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2011 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County leaders Thursday put the county at risk of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds when they voted to scrap years of planning for a vast emergency communications system and restart the search for companies to build the complex project. The drastic decision came three years after officials from the county and the many independent cities within its borders launched the massive project, which is expected to cost about $700 million to design and build.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2010 | By Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles County supervisors tapped Cal Remington, the former head of Ventura County's Probation Department, to be the acting leader of their troubled agency. The temporary appointment comes as the current chief, Robert Taylor, retires Friday. Taylor's relationship with the board has been severely strained in recent weeks after a series of management lapses. Remington has been asked to conduct a top-to-bottom assessment of the department before the permanent chief is appointed later this year, according to William T Fujioka, the county's chief executive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2009 | By Teresa Watanabe
For a time, the Fujiokas of Los Angeles lived a life of almost unimaginable abundance for a Japanese immigrant family in the early 20th century. There were white mink stoles and a Steinway grand piano, beachfront property and vacations to Catalina, even enough money to sponsor an Indianapolis 500 racer. Then came Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and suddenly, the family lost nearly everything. They lost their freedom when patriarch Fred Jiro Fujioka was hauled away by the FBI and other family members were sent to a desolate Wyoming internment camp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2009 | Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles County has lacked permanent leadership for its extensive network of public hospitals and clinics for more than a year, and that appears unlikely to change any time soon. A lengthy search for a new Department of Health Services head resulted in a single finalist -- Bob Sillen, former leader of the state prison healthcare system -- but county supervisors have rejected him, aides to two supervisors said this week. Sillen arrived in Los Angeles last week for his final interviews backed by William T Fujioka, the county's chief executive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
This post has been corrected. Please see note below for details. Feeling backed against a wall by petitioners from an AIDS activist group, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to place a measure on next year's ballot asking whether voters want the city to create an independent health agency. But the council also agreed to file a lawsuit challenging the validity of such a measure. Council members said they were forced to place the proposal before voters because petition gatherers had successfully qualified it for the ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2013 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Two Los Angeles County supervisors, frustrated by what they see as a lack of progress in finding a plan to improve the county's troubled jail system, convinced their colleagues on Tuesday to approve hiring an outside consultant to help speed up the pace. The consultants would provide basic information, including a description of existing facilities, a profile of inmates and construction options, that could be compared to plans already submitted by county Chief Executive William T Fujioka.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2011 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County leaders Thursday put the county at risk of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds when they voted to scrap years of planning for a vast emergency communications system and restart the search for companies to build the complex project. The drastic decision came three years after officials from the county and the many independent cities within its borders launched the massive project, which is expected to cost about $700 million to design and build.
OPINION
July 8, 2011
The Board of Supervisors just can't seem to decide how to run its overburdened county. Several years ago the members reluctantly, but wisely, put a chief executive in charge so that county department directors could answer to a single person instead of being pulled in five different directions. Then, two months ago, they reasserted direct jurisdiction over the two departments most in need of unfettered, decisive and accountable leadership — the Probation Department and the Department of Children and Family Services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Four years ago, Los Angeles County supervisors embarked on an ambitious effort to streamline management of the nation's largest local government, choosing an experienced public sector executive, William T Fujioka, to become the region's most powerful behind-the-scenes bureaucrat. Now, that bold experiment in improving government accountability has devolved into an ugly retreat and recriminations, with a majority of the county's elected supervisors in effect kneecapping their top manager and stripping him of major responsibilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County supervisors took the unusual step Tuesday of curtailing the power of their chief executive, William T Fujioka, who has struggled to overcome breakdowns in child protective services that contributed to tragic instances of harm and even death for youths. Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich, Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky voted to place the Department of Children and Family Services, as well as the troubled Probation Department, under direct oversight of the county board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2009 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
In the latest step toward creating a new Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, Los Angeles County supervisors unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday to partner with the UC Board of Regents to reopen the hospital by 2013. "This is going to be a good partnership for them and, more importantly, for the clients we serve," Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. The regents voted Nov. 19 to approve the agreement and provide 14 to 20 full-time physicians in addition to medical oversight for the proposed inpatient hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County officials pushed back Tuesday against Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget, saying they want to meet with the local delegation to Sacramento to call attention to the pain that the cuts will cause close to home. William T Fujioka, the county's chief executive, said local leaders are concerned about whether state officials "truly understand the impact" of the proposed cuts to welfare, healthcare, prisons and other services. "All I see in this proposed budget are numbers," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2010 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County officials are planning to replace the embattled chief of the Department of Children and Family Services, according to high-level officials familiar with the matter, moving to address the problems of an agency they have declared to be in crisis. Trish Ploehn, who has headed the department for four years, will probably be reassigned elsewhere in the county, according to the sources, who asked not to be identified because the move concerned a personnel decision that had not been made public.
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