Monday, August 31, 2009

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, 9/1/09


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 2pm



2:06 – 2:39

Fall Fight Preview: Healthcare Moves to Congressional Center Ring

While the summer has proven an extended preview of the emotion and hysteria surrounding the healthcare reform effort, the true fight starts on Sept. 8th, the day Congress reconvenes from its August recess.  That is when the Democrats will try to salvage the “public option” for government-run insurance and the Republicans will offer their own alternatives for reform—or just try to torpedo any Democratic proposal.  How will the healthcare fight in Congress unfold?  Patt talks to two of the combatants.



Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles; vice-chair of the House Democratic Caucus


Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia’s 6th District; chairman of the House Republican Study Committee; M.D., former orthopedic surgeon and professor of medicine at Emory University

  • Rep. Price’s healthcare reform bill is entitled “Empowering Patients First Act” and was just introduced at the end of July.



2:41 – 2:58:30

Chula Vista Brings California a Little League Championship

The Chula Vista-Park View Blue Bombers accomplished something that is remarkably rare in California sports history—winning a Little League World Series.  The first California team to take the championship since 1993, the Blue Bombers came from behind against Taiwan to win the title game after a drama-filled tournament.  Now back home the Blue Bombers have a victory parade to look forward to, and of course bragging rights for West Coast baseball.  



Ric Ramirez, coach of the Chula Vista championship team




Jonathan Serviss

Producer, Patt Morrison Program

KPCC 89.3 FM / Southern California Public Radio

NPR Affiliate for Los Angeles

626.585.7821 /


Supervisors to Recognize Pomona students for "No Haters Here" Work

County of Los Angeles

Community and Senior Services

Office of Communications

3175 W. 6th Street, Suite 302 – Los Angeles, CA 90020


                     Cynthia D. Banks, Director



CONTACT:  Patricia Senette-Holt

                     (213) 738-2065

For Immediate Release                                                                                                       

September 1, 2009






Zerohour No Haters Here!’ School Initiative


Who:    Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina (1st District); Sheila K. Balk, Diversity and Social Justice Teacher/GSA Advisor, Pomona High School; Elizabeth Sotomayor and Marisela Guzm├ín, members of Pomona High’s Diversity & Social Justice Class; Evangelina Salas and Clara Caudle, representing Pomona High School Parent Action Team; Roger Fasting, Pomona High School Principal; Yo-Landa Brown, Children’s Planning Council SPA 3;  Cynthia Banks, Director, Community and Senior Services; and Robin Toma, Assistant Director, Community and Senior Services and Human Relations Commission Executive Director.


What:   Board of Supervisors Scroll presentation to Pomona High School for its participation and outstanding commitment to the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations’ “Zerohour’ Initiative.


When:  Tuesday, September 1, 2009

            9:30 a.m.


Where:  Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room 381B

              Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

              500 West Temple Street

              Los Angeles, CA  90012


Why:    To pay tribute to Pomona High School administrators, teachers, students, parents and community supporters who have worked together with the Human Relations Commission to bring about improved human relations on campus through the Commission’s Zerohour No Haters Here! Initiative.  They include such efforts as the Diversity and Social Justice class, a zerohour student campus action team, the Parent Action Team, and a host of actions that have integrated human relations and collaboration among students of different affinity groups.  The Human Relations Commission reached out to Pomona High School, along with others, and Pomona High School was the first school to adopt the zerohour distinguished school model in its current form.


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Bios of firefighters who lost their lives in the fire


The following Media Advisory is for the two firefighters who lost their lives on the “Station Fire”. 

Michael D. Brown
Public Information Officer
Los Angeles County Fire Department
(323) 881-2472 Ofc.
(213) 247-0070 Cell





Contact:  Tony Bell, Communications Deputy

Office:     (213) 974-5555   Cell: (213) 215-5176



  August 31, 2009                                                                                                         For Immediate Release


antonovich launches interactive station fire map





LOS ANGELES COUNTY – To ensure that residents affected by the Station Fire have access to updated information on evacuation and pet evacuation centers, Supervisor Antonovich has launched an interactive Google map of the Station Fire, which can be accessed by visiting


The map will give residents:

·              Locations of evacuation centers for families and individuals

·              Location of evacuation centers for animals

·              Latest evacuation orders for communities affected by the fire.


Fire information is also available 24 hours a day by calling 211 or (626) 821-6700.





factsheet for Sept. 1 election: 51st Assembly District





Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
Fact Sheet

September 1, 2009

51st State Assembly District Special Primary Election





The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) will be conducting the 51st State Assembly District Special Primary Election on September 1, 2009.  The purpose of the election is to fill a vacancy for the unexpired term of office ending at midnight on November 30, 2010, resulting from the resignation of office by Assemblymember Curren Price Jr.





Ballot Groups:                                                  1

Vote at Poll Precincts:                                    146

Vote by Mail Precincts:                                  12

Average Voters per Precinct:                        1237

Active Registered Voters:                              180,543* 

Pollworkers:                                                     600 

Check-in Centers:                                          4 RR/CC troubleshooter pairs will be transporting the ballots to Norwalk

Vote by Mail Ballot Return Deadline:          Tuesday, September 1st, by 8:00 p.m.

Sample Ballot Translations:                          4 – Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese

Estimated Cost of Election:                           $1,228,000

*Figure as of 8/13/09



All eligible registered voters in the district were automatically mailed Sample Ballot booklets.  Voters may also access Sample Ballot contents interactively on the RR/CC website and clicking View Sample Ballot in the Online Services box of the main page.



The deadline to request a Vote by Mail ballot was Tuesday, August 25, 2009.  Under special circumstances, a voter may request an emergency Vote by Mail ballot beginning Wednesday, August 26th through Election Day, Tuesday, September 1st at RR/CC Headquarters, 12400 Imperial Hwy., Room 3002, Norwalk, CA 90650.



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Voters may check the status of their Vote by Mail ballot online at by clicking the Mail Ballot Status button in the Quick Links box on the main page.  Additional information regarding this service or any question regarding Vote by Mail voting can be obtained by calling the Vote by Mail Section at (562) 466-1323 weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by accessing the RR/CC website at

Deadline for voted ballots to be received by the RR/CC - Tuesday, September 1st, by 8:00 p.m.

NOTE:  To be counted, voters must return their voted ballots by mail with sufficient time for delivery to the RR/CC by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1st (postmarks are not acceptable), or in person to the RR/CC Headquarters, 12400 Imperial Hwy., Room 3002, Norwalk, CA 90650, no later than 8 p.m. on September 1st.

Replacement Ballots – If voters damage or lose their ballot, a replacement ballot may be requested by contacting the Vote by Mail Section at (562) 466-1323, weekdays, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or in person at the RR/CC Headquarters, 12400 Imperial Hwy., Room 3002, Norwalk, CA 90650, prior to Election Day.  

For additional information regarding Vote by Mail voting, voters may call the Vote by Mail Section at (562) 466-1323, weekdays, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by accessing the RR/CC website at



Deadline to register to vote - Monday, August 17th

Registration status may be checked online at by clicking the Voter Registration Status button in the Quick Links box on the main page or by calling the RR/CC at (562) 466-1310 or (562) 466-1323.



If any candidate receives a majority of all votes cast at the Special Primary Election he or she shall be declared elected and the Special General Election on November 3, 2009 shall not be held.

If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast at the Special Primary Election, the name of the candidate of each qualified political party who receives the most votes cast for all candidates of that party shall be placed on the Special General Election ballot as the candidate of that party. (E.C. § 10706)




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Voters will be using the InkaVote Plus voting system at all voting precincts on Election Day. 

InkaVote Plus enhances the existing InkaVote optical scan system.  The enhanced system allows disabled voters, including those who are blind and visually impaired, to cast a ballot privately and independently using an audio headset.  Additionally, InkaVote Plus voting equipment will be available at all 146 voting precincts on Election Day to provide:

s error-detection for all voters prior to casting the ballot, i.e. allowing voters the opportunity to correct a mistake, such as voting for too many candidates in a race or casting a blank ballot; and

s a audio voting option for voters with visual impairments and/or voters who prefer translation assistance in designated languages.



On Election Night, semi-official election results will be available at:

RR/CC website

Click the Election Results tab in the Quick Links box on the main page.

Results will be updated on a continuing basis until all precinct ballots are counted.  Semi-official Vote by Mail election results may be available at approximately 8:15 p.m.; As precinct ballots arrive during the evening, updated cumulative results will be available and posted on the RR/CC website.

Election night results are always semi-official.  Additional ballots are counted in the days following the election including:

1)  Vote by Mail ballots received through the mail at the RR/CC office or dropped off at the polls on Election Day.  Vote by mail ballots must be individually signature-verified and then opened prior to tabulation;

2)  Provisional ballots cast at the voting precincts on Election Day by persons whose eligibility to vote cannot immediately be verified.  Provisional ballots must be individually researched to determine eligibility;

3)  Damaged ballots that the RR/CC is unable to process through the election tally equipment and must be duplicated prior to tabulation; and

4)  Ballots containing write-in votes which must be individually reviewed to determine if the write-in vote is for a qualified/unqualified write-in candidate.



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Semi-official precinct results will be available after NOON in the RR/CC Election Information Section, by phone and on the RR/CC website.  Telephone hours on the day after the election are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Telephone Numbers:                      Public (562) 466-1310

                                                                        Media (562) 462-2648 or (562) 462-2726


RR/CC Website:                      or to directly access the Statement

                                                      of Votes Cast Election Results page go to






During the period Wednesday, September 2, 2009 – Friday, September 4, 2009, the RR/CC will conduct the official canvass of election returns.


The last day for the County Elections Official to certify the election results to the Secretary of State is Friday, September 4, 2009.  (E.C.  §§ 15301 & 15372)






Lowering of Flags





The Board of Supervisors has ordered that County flags on all County buildings be lowered to half-staff in memory of the two Los Angeles County firefighters who were killed in the line of duty on Sunday, August 30,.



The flags are to remain lowered until the end of the day of the scheduled funeral services.




Friday, August 28, 2009

Patt Morrison for Mon 8/31/09


Monday, August 31, 2009

1-3 p.m.



1:00 – 1:30

Assembly's Plan on Prisons - Stalemate Broken?



1:30 - 2:00




2:00 – 2:30




2:30 – 3:00

No Toilet Paper for a Year……Are you Crazy?

Colin Beavan, his wife Michelle, their two year old child and their dog (how did we get dragged into this?) lived for one year in New York City without leaving a carbon footprint.  What was life like without ANY modern conveniences? Well for starters, no a/c in New York in the summertime (What? I’m out!), no take-out food, no dishwasher, and no elevator (they live on the top floor of a nine story building).  Wait…it gets worse, they couldn’t generate any trash (try that with a two-year old), nor could they buy anything new, and their food had to be grown within a 250-mile radius of the city.  Beavan blogged about life “off the grid” and, of course, it launched them into a book deal and a doc. Colin and Michelle weigh in with their sides of the story.


PATT:  "No Impact Man," the documentary, opens in Los Angeles and New York  on September 11 and nationwide a week later.  The book comes out on September 8. 


WEB: "No Impact Man," the documentary, opens in Los Angeles and New York  on September 11 and nationwide a week later.  The book comes out on September 8.




Colin Beavan, (BEH-vun) visiting scholar at New York University, writer of the blog.



Michelle Conlin, wife of Colin and partner in the No Impact experiment. She is a senior writer at Business Week, where she covers the working life. 







Air Quality Alert for this weekend

The Air Quality Alert has been extended to cover this weekend.

Applications Available For Music Center Spotlight Awards Program



Leticia Rhi Buckley








August 28, 2009





All Southern California High School Artists Invited to Apply


            LOS ANGELES —The Music Center of Los Angeles County invites Southern California high school performers, artists, and photographers to apply for the 22nd Annual Music Center Spotlight Awards. The program is one of the nation’s most acclaimed performing and visual arts education programs for teens, offering training in the arts and awarding over $100,000 in scholarships annually to finalists, honorable mentions, and semifinalists.


            The Music Center Spotlight Awards program is free and open to all students who attend high school in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties at time of deadline.  Applications and information are available at or by calling (213) 972-3300.    Performing Arts applications must be received online or postmarked by no later than Thursday, October 1, 2009. Visual Arts applications must be received online or postmarked by no later than Tuesday, December 1, 2009.    


            The Music Center Spotlight Awards program has launched numerous professional careers—fourteen finalists are Presidential Scholars and many have joined or performed with professional companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.   Many alumni return to the program and participate as judges and master class instructors.


            High school students audition in the Performing Arts categories of ballet, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental, and jazz instrumental before professional judges who then select 15 semifinalists in each category. All semifinalists attend master classes and audition to become one of two finalists in each art form.  The 12 performance finalists—two from each category—will compete at the 22nd Annual  Music Center Spotlight Awards Gala Performance on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Grand Prize Finalists, (1st place and runner-up), receive $5,000 and $4,000 scholarships.  Honorable Mentions receive $250 scholarships and Semifinalists receive $100 scholarships.


The Visual Arts categories are photography (black/white, color and digital) and two-dimensional design (works of art with height and width but no depth, using drawing, painting, computer generated or mixed media).  All visual arts participants will be invited to attend master classes and museum tours. Grand Prize Finalists, (1st place and runner-up), receive $5,000 and $4,000 scholarships, and will be showcased at a Southern California gallery.  1st place and runner-ups are announced onstage at the Music Center Spotlight Awards Gala Performance at the Ahmanson Theatre.


            Frederic M. Roberts is founding chairman of the Music Center Spotlight Awards and Walter Grauman is creator/executive producer.


                        For more information about the Music Center Spotlight Awards program, call 213-972-3300 or visit






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                           Board of Supervisors, County of Los Angeles  


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

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

Live videofeed, English and Spanish, Telco #948075      Audio - (213) 974-4700

                                                                                        (877) 873-8017 ext. 111111# English

                                                                                                               ext. 222222# Spanish

Agenda and supporting documents:

Agenda Highlights:                                                               Aug.  28, 2009     


Sept. 1 Agenda Highlights

(Meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.) 


Scroll presented to Rafer Johnson, founder of Special Olympics Southern California.


Miniature donkey to join supervisors for recognition of 87th anniversary of the Los Angeles County Fair, set to open Sept. 5.


Approval asked to spend up to $1.9 million to complete sound insulation for 44 homes in Lennox.  (Item 1-D)


Proposal would provide $864,180 to acquire land and develop related recreation facilities and public access in Baldwin Hills.  (Items 1-P, 31)


Supervisor Don Knabe asks response to California Coastal Commission’s review of Marina del Rey development and preparation of plan for future redevelopment of the area.  (Item 2)


Noting significant regulatory changes in well water approval process and construction of onsite wastewater treatment systems, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich recommends establishment of technical committee to advise Public Health Services Department on such issues. (Item 6)


Supervisor Gloria Molina proposes establishment of $10,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for accident that killed pedestrian Pauline Squires in Azusa in 2004.  (Item 8)


Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas asks creation of task force to study foster care policy issues.  (Item 9)


Board asked to approve responses to the 2008-09 recommendations of Grand Jury.  (Item 23)


Action would authorize construction of 278-unit senior apartment complex and senior-assisted and independent living facility in Altadena.  (Items 25, 26)


Supervisors act on proposal to increase budget by $1.79 million to convert irrigation of Los Amigos Golf Course to reclaimed water.  (Item 32)


Proposal calls for spending up to $90,000 to assist in developing a groundwater model for the Alamitos Barrier Project in Long Beach and Seal Beach.  (Item 34)


Proposal would develop projects to increase water supply reliability in East Raymond Basin in Arcadia and Sierra Madre area.  (Item 35)


Board asked to award $898,000 construction contract for San Pedro Community and Senior Services Center addition, and revise project budget to $1.97 million.  (Item 36)


$529,166 contract proposed for development of 27,480-square-foot Gage Avenue Neighborhood Park in Florence-Firestone.  (Item 37)


Proposal calls for allowing film company to develop documentary on lives of attorneys who work in the Office of the Public Defender. (Item 45)


Supervisors asked to authorize $96,000 plus waiver of $10,350 disability claim to settle lawsuit filed by Probation Department employee Drennan Cannon in disability discrimination and retaliation case.  (Item 48)


$140,000 settlement recommended in lawsuit by Hydra-Quip Corp. seeking deposit refund.  (Item 49)


Ordinance would establish standards for the Foothill Boulevard corridor in La Crescenta-Montrose to improve appearance.  (Item 53)


Update to be given by Sheriff’s Department on untested sexual assault kits.   (Item 62)


Report scheduled on discussions to assist in the reconstruction efforts led by President Ma-Ying-jeou of Taiwan.  (Item 63)


Ordinance would expand zones in which wineries and tasting rooms are permitted.  (Item 64, cont. from 8/25)


Supervisors in closed session consider candidates for lead attorney for Children’s Special Investigation Unit, county counsel, and Department of Health Services’ independent review services officer.  (Items CS-2, CS-3, CS-4)


declaration of emergency -- fires


Attached is the Governor’s state-of-emergency proclamation regarding the fires in  Los Angeles County. 




State of California - Office of the Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger



State of Emergen


State of Emergency - Los Angeles and Monterey Counties



by the

Governor of the State of California

            WHEREAS on August 26, 2009, fires started in Los Angeles County and continue to burn; and

            WHEREAS on August 27, 2009, fires stared in Monterey County and continue to burn; and

            WHEREAS the fires have burned approximately 13,000 acres, and have threatened structures, destroyed homes, and have forced hundreds of people to be evacuated and sent to emergency shelters; and

            WHEREAS the circumstances of these fires, by reason of their magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of any single county, city and county, or city and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and

            WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the California Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exist due to the fires in Los Angeles and Monterey Counties.

            NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the state Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist within Los Angeles and Monterey Counties.

            IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that all agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) and the State Emergency Plan, and that CalEMA provide local government assistance under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act.

            I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 28th Day of August 2009.


Health Advisory: Practice Safe Clean-up After Fire

Coroner announcement: Michael Jackson



Attached you will find a press release from The Department of Coroner officially announcing the final cause and manner of death for Mr. Michael Jackson.


There will be no on camera appearances from the PIO/Media representatives for the Department of Coroner.


The complete Coroner report will remain on Security Hold until further notice at the request of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney. 


There will be no parking of media vehicles on the grounds of the Department of Coroner or LAC+USC Medical Center.  All media vehicles must park on Marengo Street, Workman Street, Narva Street or Mission Road. 


Craig R. Harvey, F-ABMDI

Chief Coroner Investigator & Chief of Operations

Department of Coroner

County of Los Angeles

1104 North Mission Road

Los Angeles, CA 90033

FAX (323) 224-3920





Cooling centers open due to heat alert

Public Health has upgraded from a Heat Advisory to a Heat Alert,
triggering the opening of Cooling Centers throughout Los Angeles County.

Please see the following link for a list of Cooling Centers:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Patt Morrison for Fri 8/28/09


Friday, August 28, 2009




1:00 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:40

Look For The G.M. Logo—And You Won’t Find It

General Motors, whose thinned brand lineup now includes Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC, has decided to remove its “G.M. Mark of Excellence” logo from the cars it produces. After years of financial problems and a high-profile bankruptcy this summer, it’s not surprising that the G.M. name has fallen in consumers’ esteem. Is G.M. looking to fly under the radar for a while?



David Welch, Detroit bureau chief for Business Week magazine




1:40 – 2:00

NFL vs. Twitter: First Down and Ten

The NFL is tackling Twitter, Facebook, and instant videos, teams have already tried banning them, and it’s only pre-season. What limits should be set and how can the NFL realistically maintain this kind of control of their players and fans?



Mark Sullivan, senior associate editor of PC World



Representative of NFL


Representative of Miami Dolphins



2:00 – 2:20

Ahoy, Great Garbage Patch of the Pacific! (Part II)

Two separate expeditions launched off the California coast this week, headed for...the great Pacific Garbage Patch! The expedition, led by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD and the ocean-health nonprofit Project Kaisei, will document the scope of the problem and call global attention to disastrous ocean pollution.



Miriam Goldstein (STINE), Chief Scientist with the Scripps Expedition



Mary Crowley, founder of the ocean-health nonprofit Ocean Voyages Institute and director of the Kaisei project, which is currently on expedition near the garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean.





2:20 – 3:00

Comedy Congress

Just when politics is enough to make you cry, it's usually best to laugh instead. Comedy Congress proudly dredges the depths of political humor, both intentional and unintentional, to bring you the news you’d probably rather forget.  Remember, the truth hurts far less when it's told by comedians.



Ben Gleib, regular performer at the Hollywood Improv; recently named one of “Six Comedians who Could be Comedy’s Next Big Thing” in Esquire; regular performer on the E! Network’s “Chelsea Lately”; writer for; and according to his autobiography, a former Lakers girl



Maz Jobrani, founding member of the “Axis of Evil” Comedy Tour, which has toured the world; starred in the ABC comedy “Knights of Prosperity”; recurring roles on Fox’s “24” & HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; appeared on “The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno” and frequently on Comedy Central.


  • Maz will be headlining the Hermosa Beach Comedy & Magic Club on Saturday, Aug. 29th, for two shows.  After that he hits the road for more dates around the world in NYC, Canada, Ireland and Australia.


Dave Anthony, seen on “Late Friday”, “The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn”, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, appearing on this season on HBO’s “Entourage”, and writer of the blog “Stop All Monsters.”