LOCAL GOVERNMENT (County of Los Angeles): Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Office of Child Protection, search for "child welfare czar": "Some L.A. County officials frustrated by delays in child welfare czar search" ....
* Los Angeles Times: "Some L.A. County officials frustrated by delays in child welfare czar search" - From the LAT:
Some Los Angeles County officials voiced frustration Tuesday at what they considered to be delays in the search for a new child welfare czar.
The Board of Supervisors agreed in June to create an Office of Child Protection to coordinate efforts by the various agencies responsible for responding to suspected child abuse and other child welfare concerns.
The move was recommended by a blue ribbon commission the board appointed last year to look at changes in the county's child protection system after the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez, allegedly at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend. Grand jury testimony released Monday gave graphic detail on months of torture the boy endured before his death. According to the testimony, reports of suspected abuse were investigated by deputies and social workers on several occasions, but none resulted in Gabriel being removed from the family.
The county hired a search firm two months ago to find a director to head the new child protection office. But Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky — who is retiring this year because of term limits along with Supervisor Gloria Molina — said at a meeting Tuesday that the firm was operating "too slowly and is responding to too many people." "My frustration is at the rate we're going, two members of this board are going to leave this board having had six months to approve an Office of Child Protection person and not have him hired," he said.
Yaroslavsky suggested that there might be an intentional attempt to delay the selection until he and Molina are replaced by new board members in December..............................