Tuesday, February 3, 2009

FINAL ACTIONS: Feb. 3 Agenda Highlights


                                    AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS

                           Board of Supervisors, County of Los Angeles  


Contact:  Judy Hammond, Director of Public Affairs, (213) 974-1363

                 Brian Lew, Assistant Director, (213) 974-1652


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Agenda and supporting documents:  http://bos.co.la.ca.us/Categories/Agenda/AgendaHome.asp

Agenda Highlights: http://ceo.lacounty.gov/press.htm


                          Feb. 3, 2009              


Final Results: Feb. 3 Agenda Highlights

(Unless otherwise indicated, vote was 5-0 to approve.)


City of Arcadia honored for being named by BusinessWeek magazine as “One of the Best Cities in the Nation in Which to Raise Kids.”


Report scheduled on status of the state budget, the proposal to defer/delay payments to the County, and recommended actions to prevent or mitigate such impacts.  (Item S-1, 11 a.m.) ASKED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER TO COME BACK IN TWO WEEKS WITH A PROPOSED STATEGY TO DEAL WITH BUDGET ISSUE


Financial status report to be given on Department of Health Services.  (Item S-2, 11:30 a.m.) INSTRUCTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER TO REPORT IN 30 DAYS ON OPTIONS FOR RANCHO LOS AMIGOS HOSPITAL


Reestablishment of $25,000 reward proposed for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) responsible for the strangulation murders of Veronica Ultreras and her 3-year-old   daughter, Cynthia, in Los Angeles on Jan. 2, 1993.   (Item 4)  APPROVED


Supervisors Don Knabe and Zev Yaroslavsky request Economy and Efficiency Commission assess the effectiveness of the County’s strategic planning process. (Item 5) APPROVED


Proposal calls for reestablishing $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) responsible for the shooting deaths of five persons at homeless encampment along 405 Freeway at Santa Fe Avenue off-ramp on Nov. 2, 2008.  (Item 7) APPROVED


Board asked to approve agreement with City of Los Angeles to establish a joint authority to improve efficiency/responsiveness of public safety departments in the region through the use of electronic information sharing.   (Item 13) APPROVED


$432,000 proposal would provide grants to eligible child care providers to increase participation in various Steps to Excellence Project pilot communities.  (Item 14) APPROVED


Approval sought to appoint Jon Sanabria as acting planning director, effective Feb. 3, at an annual salary of $174,000.   (Item 17) APPROVED


$443,000 proposal would implement improvements to the employment discrimination complaint process, including hiring seven additional employees, in effort to gain greater accountability and minimize risk/liability to the County.  (Item 18)  CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE CONT. TO 3/3


Proposal would increase annual contract limit from $2 million to $4 million annually to allow County departments to better plan/design/implement/support the computer systems that rely on Microsoft technologies.  (Item 20) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE REFERRED BACK TO CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICE


Board asked to approve annual salary of $214,000 for Wendy L. Watanabe, the new auditor-controller. (Item 22) APPROVED


Expenditure of $20.38 million over two years proposed to support needs of children and families during the recession to ensure their safety and well-being.  (Item 26) APPROVED


Acceptance of $7.6 million grant would enhance the healthcare community’s ability to respond to natural and man-made disasters.  (Item 27) APPROVED


Mental Health Department seeks approval of $69.7 million information technology plan to improve service. (Item 30, cont. from 1/13) APPROVED AS AMENDED BY MOLINA FOR PERIODIC REPORTS AND DEVELOPMENT OF PLAN TO ENSURE COMPATIBILITY OF COUNTY SYSTEMS


Recommendation calls for hiring Siemens Traffic Solutions for $390,820 to prepare a detailed design for Atlantic Boulevard/Interstate 710 corridor traffic management improvement project.  (Item 36) APPROVED


$750,000 proposal would fund additional cleanup required due to increased trash/debris deposits in the collection system at mouth of river in the Long Beach Outer Harbor area, upping total budget to $1.2 million.  (Item 37) APPROVED


Project calls for spending estimated $850,000-$1 million in Topanga to build retaining wall and reconstruct Greenleaf Canyon Road pavement damaged during the 2005 rainstorms.  (Item 42) APPROVED


Approval sought for parkway tree planting project in East Los Angeles at cost of between $400,000 and $470,000.   (Item 43) APPROVED

Board asked to approve spending estimated $1 million - $1.4 million to replace the Vasquez Canyon Road Bridge over Bouquet Creek.  (Item 44) APPROVED


$10,000 proposal would fund legal costs for deputy district attorney involved in a State Bar inquiry regarding alleged misconduct. (Item 47) APPROVED


Amendment would allow Sheriff’s Department to implement electronic monitoring by using global positioning satellite, providing jail overcrowding relief.  (Item 48) APPROVED


Probation Department asks to spend $100,000 to provide canine contraband detection services to assist in eliminating narcotics at juvenile halls, camps and a secured placement facility. (Item 49) APPROVED


Proposal would allow production company to develop and produce documentary focusing on law enforcement technology advancements being explored by the Sheriff’s Department.   (Item 50) SHERIFF CONT. TO 2/10


Acceptance of $216,000 of surveillance products from Unisys Corporation would expand video surveillance technology at the Century Sheriff’s Station in the Florence/Firestone area.  (Item 51) APPROVED


$195,000 settlement proposed for lawsuit concerning allegations of false arrest and excessive force by Sheriff’s Department. (Item 60) COUNTY COUNSEL CONT. TO 2/10


$475,000 settlement proposed for lawsuit concerning allegations of excessive force and wrongful death by sheriff deputies. (Item 61) COUNTY COUNSEL CONT. TO 2/17


Board asked to adopt ordinance that would impose residency/loitering restrictions on registered sex offenders in the unincorporated areas of the County.  (Item 62) APPROVED


Report scheduled on revised recommendations approved by the Board regarding use of $44.8 million to improve and expand public-private partnership health clinics.  (Item 65) APPROVED 4-1 WITH KNABE OPPOSED, AS AMENDED BY ANTONOVICH TO ALLOCATE $2.7 MILLION IN 2007-08 YEAR-END UNSPENT FUNDS AND ANY 2008-09 AND 2009-10 YEAR-END UNSPENT PPP FUNDS TO SPA 2 TO ADDRESS ISSUES OF INEQUITY


Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, responding to media reports that a convicted rapist had been hired by the County as a hospital x-ray technician, asks for report at 2/10 meeting on status of actions taken related to the management of criminal background investigations.  (Motion introduced at meeting)  APPROVED



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