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Vic April 24, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Thanks for your insightful input, Nancy.
Stephanie April 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm
All I want to say is this: I said months ago that there was a ban on gun research and no oneRead More believed me. I don't care what his studies say. I'm just glad this article finally says in it's first sentence what I have been saying for a long time. Small victory for moi! I'm off for some ice cream!
Rodger Higgins April 24, 2014 at 11:51 pm
Oldtimer -- They took away all of the weapons in Britain and now they have the highest incidence ofRead More knife stabbings in the world. It is not the guns it is the evil in the thugs that causes these deaths. If a thug knows you are armed he will not cross you but if they know you don't have a weapon you are game to them. Direct your research to the thugs and their families to get to the root of the problem, not the law abiding person.
The seal of Los Angeles County. Courtesy of Los Angeles Couty.
Don April 23, 2014 at 09:37 am
I thought there was already a department called "Child Protective Services." Hmm are theyRead More disbanding this inept group after they prosecute all the criminal activity of neglect and disregard amongst themselves and starting a new "get it right" group. Naw didn't think so. Just another way gov't will fleece the public by adding another tier of bureaucracy that will take years to evolve where they'll once again tell you and me they're still earning from their mistakes. My answer: No. Fire the inept. Prosecute those who committed criminal acts within their job; hold the rest accountable to protect those they are chartered to protect
A different Paul April 23, 2014 at 10:18 am
DCFS- the Department of Children and Family Services. The department has lots of issues- but at theRead More same time there are a lot of hard workers who care deeply about what they do. The department administration needs to better support the workers so they CAN do their jobs. The challenge lies in changing the way the department is run- more case workers will help immensely- that will be implemented by Fall. But the case workers need to be trained in organizational skills (filing etc.- sounds mundane but critical when you do not want children to get lost in the shuffle).
Pamela Conley Ulich April 23, 2014 at 05:30 pm
I believe it is time for action, not further study. It is time for respect, not dismissiveness.Read More The Commission unanimously concluded that a "State of Emergency" exists in the current child protection system. Reform will only take as long or as little time as 3 votes on the Board of Supervisors decide it will take. If elected to serve the 3rd District, I will implement the recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon task force, and not ask for yet another study. The report uncovers the fact that 4 months have transpired since the Commission issued its interim recommendation which everyone agreed was both urgent and able to be implemented with current resources - - - the recommendation that medical screening exams should be performed on detained children under the age of one. (see p. 12) How could the Board fail to act at least on this one simple recommendation? LA County Supervisors can use their discretionary funds to implement the hiring of a Child Welfare Chief/Czar before more innocent children become the next victims. LA County voters will be given the opportunity to vote for 2 new Supervisors in the June primary and in November this year. I hope and pray that the newly elected Supervisors will make protecting children a priority.
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R. A. Velasquez April 15, 2014 at 08:59 am
Well, it's been until 10pm or later most of the last six years. I didn't go there last year. TheirRead More phone number is supposedly 818-374-5650, so I'd call them and see if they can confirm or disavow staying until 10 or midnight anymore.
OldTimer April 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm
Yes folks. Keep paying your taxes and voting. You can see how well that formula has worked for usRead More in the past. I might even toss in a tip for Uncle Sam this year and ask him to apply it to more foreign aid. I heard that Ukraine needs some bailout money. Either that or give it to a to a too big to fail bank so that they can pay this year's executive bonuses. Six of one, half dozen of the other.
Autumn April 15, 2014 at 04:00 pm
Like I've said before: To all the idiots who voted an idiot not for one term but 2! Sit back andRead More enjoy the ride!!!!
Los Angeles County officials want to train foster parents, social workers and other caregivers to spot signs of sexual exploitation in children. Patch file photo.
Charles Murray March 26, 2014 at 09:05 am
Despicable and disgusting. But it's not surprising in the least that the system allows things likeRead More this to go on, based on how any government agencies seem to operate (or fail to operate as it may be). Although I cannot judge any particular foster family or group home, I have seen too many situations where the fostering feels money-motivated. Therefore, it would make sense that such "foster parents" would allow these kids to be exposed to such abuses, as long as the dollar is king. Shame.
Henry Xavier March 26, 2014 at 09:52 am
There are other avenues that Churches have known well before the city's have been alerted ofRead More exploration of minors in various ways. Now the city's have considered to use churches to help solve this problem. One of them is called the "Dream Center". Your contribution to Angelus Temple is greatly appreciated to stop this, as we continue on the right path. We have tours of the "Dream Center" on Sunday near Echo Park downtown L.A. Henry
mimi March 26, 2014 at 05:49 pm
I can assure you that social workers, probation officers, foster parents and employees of groupRead More homes are well versed in the signs of sexual exploitation of children. The problem isn't lack of education or not knowing what to look for. The issue is ENFORCEMENT Of the laws that protect minors from predators. The system is broken, corrupt and in need of a complete overhaul. Until and unless that happens, nothing is going to change. One more training class will assuage the guilt of those who should be reporting the crimes instead of looking the other way.
The MWD will spend millions to let you know there's a drought in California. Photo Credit: Getty.
Stan Jacobs March 12, 2014 at 11:47 pm
Here we go again! Millions spent for publicity that will be reimbursed by the consumer. Rates willRead More be increased in order to influence more conservative use of domestic water. When consumers do succeed in reducing water consumption the Water companies will cry to the PUC to allow them to increase rates again because of loss of revenue caused by reduced consumption. History does repeat itself and the consumers don't learn!
Stan Jacobs March 12, 2014 at 11:54 pm
Plus they want you to use less water so that the developers can continue their building projects. IfRead More we don't have enough for the present population why are they inducing more growth?
rob March 13, 2014 at 07:03 am
As long as we have money grabbing politicians, city councilmen, etc. etc. our problems will continueRead More to grow. The city government in San Juan are into it just for the money, they can care less about our city and the people. They have other issues they need to take care of. Traffic issues downtown are crazy, even dangerous. I sat at Del Obispo and Alipaz going towards town on Del Obispo, the traffic back up was horrible, especially when the train signal turns red at the tracks and you sit and sit while people are blocking intersections, making illegal uturns because they cant handle the gridlock. What is crazy is the cross traffic going west bound on Alipaz is only 2-3 cars yet we sit forever at the red light. Yep, this is our city council at it's best. JOKE
Twitter photo of an orca whale in captivity.
Pam Williams March 10, 2014 at 09:23 am
This movement is well over-due. It is unfortunate that human fatalities have brought this injusticeRead More to light. If humans need to be entertained and amazed at animals go see them in the while and be amazed at their beauty.
Marshall Thompson March 10, 2014 at 10:01 am
We might also want to consider a ban on the proposed "entertainment tiger" facility in theRead More 90254 area near Pt. Mugu. Captive tigers are planned to be kept and trained for TV & movies. Ask ourselves: "What would the tigers want?" as well as considering the extreme danger of having these powerful "top-of-the-food-chain" carnivores in our neighborhood. People already freak out when a coyote or cougar eats little Fluffy in the front yard.
Marshall Thompson March 10, 2014 at 08:26 pm
90265, rather. Typing skills bad.
ace February 24, 2014 at 05:18 pm
let's build more houses and more industrial/commercial properties and worry about the water later.
Fortified- AKA Mungo Jerry February 24, 2014 at 06:44 pm
As they make it more difficult to live outside the urban area, cut off water to farms, the buildingRead More will be more centralized.....Agenda 21. Cutting off water to outside areas is in the framework.....
Stan Jacobs February 24, 2014 at 09:25 pm
Ace - We have done that, now you are seeing the consequences.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in a change to union member benefits that could save the county $840 million.
MICHAEL ZITTERMAN February 20, 2014 at 05:35 am
Scott, actually, you are on tg something! It is, absolutely, wrong to give extra benefits toRead More government employees, since we, all, are working for USA, Inc., i.e., we are ALL government employees. I will post a piece on UNIONS. mz mikiesmoky@aol.com
MICHAEL ZITTERMAN February 20, 2014 at 05:41 am
TRADE AND SERVICE UNIONS DEFINITION: A number of persons joining together for someRead More common purpose. TYPES OF UNIONS: Private and public FACTS: Private and public unions negotiate with employers to obtain specific goals for those persons being represented. Subjects for negotiations include wages, benefits, and working conditions. If negotiations result in additional costs to an employer: a.A private employer will absorbed those costs or will pass some or all to the customers. b.A public employer will have its “rainy-day” funds reduced or will raise additional revenue from its taxpayers. ANALYSIS: a.If a private employer absorbs additional negotiated costs, margins will be affected, which will reduce taxable income, which will cause a reduction in the value of the employer’s business. If the employer passes on the additional costs to its customers, it would be inflationary and the customers would have less spendable funds for other expenditures, which may adversely affect the economics. In most instances of higher costs, those costs will be passed on to the customers. b.If a public employer raises additional revenue from its taxpayers, the taxpayers will have less spendable funds and that may adversely affect the economics. c.When a politician, economist, or anyone else calls for high-paying union jobs, they are implying that there be a shift of wealth from customers to the high-paying union jobs. mz February 26, 2011
Sheri Haas February 20, 2014 at 06:23 am
Nick, huh?
The Santa Monica Mountains. Patch file photo.
David Armstead February 20, 2014 at 04:29 pm
When will you people learn that Heal the Bay and others are bad. They consistently are in favor ofRead More and fight for total restriction on property and oceans that exclude everyone but their scientists. So the only people who can enjoy the freedoms we all used to have to enjoy our environment we live in and around except for them. Do not support these groups.
A no-burn order goes into effect at midnight tonight. Patch file photo.
Ben Dover February 20, 2014 at 10:21 am
Stoked - are your kids taunted at school for smelling like unicorns and fairy dust ?
maureen February 20, 2014 at 11:35 am
It appears that both "Stoked" and "Bend Over" are shills and are here toRead More misdirect the conversation into name-calling. California's AQMD may be getting their directions from the corrupt and over-reaching EPA. Check out this: EPA's Wood-Burning Stove Ban Deals Blow to Rural Homes http://youtu.be/IWRv8jeu5MY
Stoked February 20, 2014 at 01:07 pm
Yes Maureen, you caught me. I am here along with my partner Mr Dover in hopes that we can dupe theRead More public into thinking that there is no government corruption. I actually have information that the AQMD is getting their directions from Al Gore. Or was that Alf from Melmac? (let this be the first Alf reference of 2014) My hat is off to Mr Dover for being able to pinpoint the aroma of unicorns and fairy dust... After all these years I thought that it was peanut butter.
The Agoura Hills City Council will consider a resolution urging the community to forgo rodenticides to protect wildlife. Patch file photo.
Meril Platzer February 12, 2014 at 07:33 am
Agoura Hills City Council resolution to discourage the sale of Anti-rodenticides is a small stepRead More forward however it does not go far enough. There should be no selling of anti-rodenticides and or a phasing out period.
brenna February 12, 2014 at 04:39 pm
in addition they should commit to not using Roundup which poisons our environment, the people &Read More the animals.
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jo ann mondrus-eichelberger January 24, 2014 at 04:59 pm
It's no wonder Agoura received an F….with that smoke shop on the corner of Lake Lindero &Read More T.O. Blvd. We tried very hard to have that removed after seeing all the "kids" hanging outside, and inside of that shop to no avail. I hope the Mayor, and the City Council take note of this F. Shame on the city for such unacceptable marks no unnecessarily. :(