Tuesday, August 18, 2009



                           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–(877) 873-8017 ext. 111111# English

                                                                                                                           ext. 222222# Spanish

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

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

        Aug.  18, 2009            


Final Actions: August 18 Agenda Highlights

(Unless otherwise noted, vote was 5-0.) 


The Los Angeles South Agency Aquatic team honored for winning the 2009 USA State Swim Championship.


Members of L.A. County Fire, Park and Recreation Department and Sheriff’s Department honored for the attempted rescue of a drowning victim in Lake Piru in Ventura County.


Damien High School Speech and Debate Team honored for winning the National High School Speech and Debate Championship.


The 2009 Nisei Week Queen and her court honored.


Report scheduled on discussions with the University of California regarding opening Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Hospital. (Item S-1, 12 p.m.) COMBINED WITH ITEM 14 AND APPROVED


$8.1 million in stimulus funds proposed for various energy efficiency/conservation rehabilitation projects for existing buildings, and infrastructure improvements that provide basic services for residents.  (Item 1-D, 1-H) APPROVED


Proposal would require vending machines in County facilities, other than Sheriff’s custody facilities, to offer only healthy food and beverages, and report in 30 days on setting priorities to improve nutritional programs countywide. (Item 2, cont. from 7/7, 7/14, 8/4)  APPROVED WITH AMENDMENTS, INCLUDING ONE TO EXCLUDE BEACHES AND HARBORS FOR UP TO THREE YEARS FOR ITS CURRENT NEGOTIATED SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT


Proposal would ask First 5 LA organization to help preserve the Black Infant Health Program by contributing $766,058 in funding, with a match of $575,713 federal money, in effort to address the disparities in birth outcomes between African American women and other races.  (Item 3) APPROVED



Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas requests joint County independent investigation into the deaths of Dae’von Bailey, Jasmine Granados and Lars Sanchez, three children who had a previous contact with the Department of Children and Family Services.   (Item 4) APPROVED


Board support requested for California Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s election day registration bill, which would allow citizens to register and vote on the same day, in effort to increase participation in the democratic process.  (Item 5) YAROSLAVSKY CONT. TO 9/8


Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s $350,000 proposal would fund development of a Master Plan for capital improvements and programming at the Ford Theatre. (Item 6) APPROVED


Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich proposes establishing technical advisory committee to help review /advise about proposed ordinances and guideline changes relating to water treatment devices and septic tanks. (Item 8) ANTONOVICH CONT. TO 9/1


$353.8 million proposal would fund construction cost associated with resuming inpatient services at Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital.  (Item 14) APPROVED


Approval sought to construct an equestrian facility and riding academy in Agua Dulce to provide therapeutic programs for disabled and special needs children.  (Item 19, cont. from 7/14) COUNTY COUNSEL CONT. TO 9/8


$3.9 million proposal would fund purchase of medical imaging system that would allow viewing at all County health facilities using a Web-based browser.  (Item 22) APPROVED


$1.4 million proposal would fund refurbishment of the community center and tennis courts at Athens Park in Los Angeles.  (Item 27, 28) REFERRED BACK TO CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE


$8.3 million proposal would fund repaving project at Compton/Woodley Airport.  (Item 29) REFERRED BACK TO CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE


Acceptance of additional $9.5 million grant proposed as part of the Big Tujunga Dam Seismic Rehabilitation and Spillway Modification Project, upping total to $16.8 million.  (Item 35) APPROVED


$474,615 proposal would fund construction of security gate system/fencing at juvenile hall facility in Sylmar.  (Item 39) YAROSLAVSKY CONT. TO 9/1


$529,166 proposal would fund construction of the Gage Avenue Neighborhood Park in the Florence-Firestone area.  (Item 42) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE REMOVED ITEM


Acceptance of $1 million grant would fund purchase of equipment and operating costs for the Fire Department’s urban search and rescue programs.  (Item 44) APPROVED


Status report scheduled on automating file-keeping system for inventory in Sheriff’s Central Property and Evidence Unit, including number of untested sexual assault kits. (Item 51)  YAROSLAVSKY CONT. TO 9/1


Status report scheduled on hiring the lead attorney for the Children’s Special Investigation Unit.  (Item 52) REFERRED BACK TO CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE


Report scheduled on effectiveness of software-based safety and risk assessment tool used by social workers to predict the likelihood of child abuse; and existing caseloads ratios compared with surrounding counties, with recommendations for improvements.   (Item 53) RIDLEY-THOMAS CONT. TO 8/25


Proposal would implement new fees for facilities/services provided at Marina del Rey and other County beaches, including parking fees, to offset operating costs and raise $2.3 million in revenue annually. (Item 54, cont. from 7/28, 8/11) APPROVED WITH KNABE AMENDMENT TO RETAIN NEW REVENUES IN BEACHES AND HARBORS DEPARTMENT


Recommendation calls for report at Aug. 25 meeting on progress in enhancing Family and Child Index to better track and serve at-risk children and families.  (Item 55-A) APPROVED


Report asked within 15 days on implementation plan to use Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Funds to continue services and avert employee layoffs, as well as prevention of closure of private businesses.  (Item 55-B)  APPROVED


Agreement would increase contract by $3.9 million to $5.5 million for automation plan for inefficient jail inmate information system.  (Item 55-C)  APPROVED


Board in closed session discusses lawsuit relating to allegations of civil rights violations related to plaintiff’s arrest and detention.   (Item CS-2)


Board in closed session considers candidates for the position of Department of Health Services independent review services officer.  (Item CS-7)





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