Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Initial results: Feb. 16 AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS--Board meeting still in session


                           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 or

                                                                                                   (877) 873-8017 ext. 111111# English

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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. 16, 2010


Final Actions: Feb. 16 Agenda Highlights

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


Supervisors asked to approve $2 million contract for the design and preparation of construction documents for the initial phase of the Hacienda Heights Community and Recreation Center project.  (Item 1-D) APPROVED


Board approval sought to proceed with the civic park portion of the Grand Avenue development project.  (Item 6) APPROVED, 4-1 WITH ANTONOVICH OPPOSED


Proposal would enter into agreement with JWCH Institute, Inc. allowing participating County departments to share client information regarding the types of social services being provided to individuals in the Skid Row area. (Item 7) APPROVED


Action would eliminate the Children’s Council, resulting in annual savings of  $1.4 million and $330,000 in department staff, services and support costs.  (Items 9, 54, 55, 56, 57)APPROVED


Agreement would allow completion of energy-efficiency projects in county facilities, resulting in gas and electricity savings.  (Item 11) APPROVED


Acceptance of $1.2 million grant would fund program to prepare low-income, unemployed, underemployed and other target populations for careers in renewable energy/energy efficiency industries.  (Item 13) APPROVED


Military and Veterans Affairs, experiencing 39 percent higher workload due to increasing number of veterans and families needing assistance, asks to add four employees to help veterans returning from Iraq/Afghanistan with mental health issues.  (Item 14) APPROVED


$980,000 proposal would fund electronic document management computer system for the Department of Public Social Services to reduce inconsistencies and errors.  (Item 15) APPROVED


$86,000 proposal would fund costs to hold the Second Annual California Mental Health Advocacy conference at the Wilshire Grand Los Angeles Hotel.   (Item 20) APPROVED


Acceptance of federal Stimulus $10 million grant would provide substance abuse treatment for criminal offenders convicted of nonviolent drug offenses, including a drug court-like model that will provide enhanced treatment services.  (Item 23) APPROVED


Approval sought to begin initiating agreements with key partners for obesity and tobacco control prevention efforts throughout the County in anticipation of the County receiving $40 million grant.   (Item 24) APPROVED, EXCEPT FOR RECOMMENDATION 5, WHICH WAS CONT. BY PUBLIC HEALTH TO 2/23


$4.8 million proposal would fund remaining work to be completed for the Special Enforcement Bureau Replacement Facility project, upping total budget to $16 million; and approve $21.4 million budget for the Biscailuz Center Refurbishment Training Academy Phase II project.  (Item 32) APPROVED


Acceptance of $180,000 grant would purchase hazardous materials equipment to achieve “Haz Mat Type I” rating to participate in the state’s hazardous materials mutual aid system.   (Item 46) APPROVED


$1.3 million proposal would fund refurbishment of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station, including reestablishing 911dispatch center to improve emergency response to community.   (Item 47) APPROVED


Discussion scheduled on ways to control overtime usage at the Sheriff’s Department by implementing additional policies and controls, in response to Auditor-Controller’s report.   (Item 58, cont. from 1/19, 1/26) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER CONT. TO 3/2


Board asked to appoint Donald H. Blevins as chief probation officer at salary of $227,000, effective April 19.  (Item 59-C) APPROVED


Supervisors meet in closed session to discuss Katie A. federal lawsuit, which alleges failure to adequately provide for foster care children.   (Item CS-1) COUNTY COUNSEL CONT. TO 3/2


Supervisors meet in closed session to discuss lawsuit arising out of claims of retaliation by Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Patrick Gomez.  (Item CS-2)  


Board considers candidate for director of health services.  (Item CS-5)




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