Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Final Actions: Agenda Highlights (Board still in closed session)


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

        Oct. 6, 2009


Final Actions: Oct. 6 Agenda Highlights

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


Supervisors Don Knabe and Michael D. Antonovich ask plan be developed by Oct. 27 to spend $7.9 million to deter fraud in the In-Home Supportive Services program if $1.5 million can be identified to qualify for the state/federal funding.   (Item 2)  APPROVED


Action would instruct all County departments, agencies and commissions to exercise their emergency preparedness plans during “The Great California Shake Out” on Oct. 15.  (Item 5) APPROVED


Board asks for timeline to implement recommendations from independent review to improve the Juvenile Court School program run by the County Office of Education.  (Item 7, cont. from 9/22) ANTONOVICH CONT. TO 10/13


Supervisor Gloria Molina requests expedited claims process be developed to resolve any outstanding payments owed to security guards who worked at County facilities for company that went bankrupt.  (Item 9, cont. from 9/22, 9/29) KNABE REFERRED TO CLOSED SESSION


Approval sought for the 50th Annual Los Angeles County holiday celebration program, to be held on Dec. 24 at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, at cost of $449,000.  (Item 10) ANTONOVICH CONT. TO 10/13


Motion would reject plan to consolidate the Board of Governors of the County Arboreta and Botanical Gardens with the Parks and Recreation Commission, with reduction of meetings of the commission from monthly to quarterly.  (Item 11)  APPROVED,  4-1, WITH KNABE OPPOSED


Proposal would deny plans to build wireless telecommunications facility on commercial building on Foothill Boulevard in La Crescenta.  (Item 13)  APPROVED


Action would allow County to spend $3.87 million in unclaimed property tax overpayments from 2000-04.  (Item 15) APPROVED


Proposal would designate qualified private and public hospitals as “approved stroke centers,” allowing paramedics to transport stroke victims to these facilities instead of the nearest hospital.  (Item 16) APPROVED


$200,000 settlement, plus waiver of $47,765 in medical bills, proposed in lawsuit alleging Probation Department employee Theresa Beck was subjected to disability discrimination and was not reasonably accommodated. (Item 31) COUNTY COUNSEL CONT. TO 10/20


$90,000 settlement, plus waiver of $374,586 in medical bills, proposed in lawsuit filed by Craig Ginsburg arising from slip and fall incident at the Acton Rehabilitation Center. (Item 32) COUNTY COUNSEL CONT. TO 10/20


$150,000 settlement recommended in lawsuit alleging deprivation of educational/mental health services and use of inappropriate physical restraint by the Department of Children and Family Services. (Item 33) COUNTY COUNSEL CONT. TO 10/20


Board asked to approve $220,000 settlement in lawsuit filed by Rafael Martinez for injuries received in automobile accident involving Sheriff’s Department employee. (Item 34) COUNTY COUNSEL CONT. TO 10/20


$140,000 settlement proposed in lawsuit by Willie Woods, who accused the Department of Children and Family Services of racial discrimination, retaliation and failure to investigate. (Item 35) COUNTY COUNSEL CONT. TO 10/20


Report recommends against transferring any current Department of Public Health programs to other departments.  (Item 38, cont. from 9/22) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER CONT. TO 11/10


Recommendations proposed to reform the General Relief welfare program.  (Item 39, cont. from 6/22, 7/21, 9/29) APPROVED AS AMENDED


Action would encourage employees to make donations to assist victims of the recent tsunami in Samoa and American Samoa.  (Item 40-B)   APPROVED


Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas asks report on Mitrice Richardson, who has been missing since being released from custody from Sheriff’s Department substation in Calabasas at 1:25 a.m. Sept. 17; procedures on releasing persons after normal business hours, who are alone, who have no visible means of transportation and who may have disabilities or impairments that could pose a risk to themselves; and recommendations for improvements to the procedures.  (Motion introduced at meeting.)  APPROVED


Recommendation calls for director of public health and county forester/fire warden to meet with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Navy to develop a clean-up plan for Morris Dam – site of torpedo testing since 1939 -- to ensure protection of public health and the environment.  (Motion introduced at meeting.)  APPROVED


Supervisors meet in closed session to consider lawsuit by Malibu Canyon challenging County’s determination that its tentative subdivision map had expired under state law. (Item CS-1)





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