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Wednesday
Aug202014

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..............................

Wednesday
Aug202014

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Zoo, parking, "L.A. Zoo's $6 'preferred parking' causes rush on free spots on park's fringe"; development, "L.A. revives a denser vision for Woodland Hills' Warner Center"; L.A. Dept. of Water and Power, Patt Morrison interview with Marcie Edwards, "L.A.'s water ruler, DWP chief Marcie Edwards, on keeping the city hydrated" ....

***Various items relating to doings in and/or around Los Angeles City Hall....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. revives a denser vision for Woodland Hills' Warner Center"

* Daily News: "L.A. Zoo's $6 'preferred parking' causes rush on free spots on park's fringe"

* Los Angeles Times (Patt Morrison):  "L.A.'s water ruler, DWP chief Marcie Edwards, on keeping the city hydrated"

Wednesday
Aug202014

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles City Council approval, Jay Z Street Fest, details, compensation to the city, ticket cost, anticipated attendance: "Jay Z's Made in America Street Fest Approved by L.A. City Council" ....

* LA Weekly (Dennis Romero):  "Jay Z's Made in America Street Fest Approved by L.A. City Council" - From the Weekly:

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the Jay Z-curated Made in America festival, which is scheduled to take place at Grand Park and on adjacent streets.

The vote came late in the game, with the two-day concert planned for Aug. 30 and 31, only 10 days away. The details were negotiated in secret by the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, and approval for the event was proposed by councilmen Herb Wesson and Curren Price.

A rough sketch of the deal between the city and concert giant Live Nation says.............................

Wednesday
Aug202014

SACRAMENTO: University of California study, water rights, water allocations, water availability: "California allocates vastly more water than supplies allow, study shows"; also, "Rights to California surface water far greater than average runoff" ....

***University of California study, water rights, water supplies....

* Sacramento Bee:  "California allocates vastly more water than supplies allow, study shows"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Rights to California surface water far greater than average runoff"

Wednesday
Aug202014

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, proposal, prizes as incentive for voting, reaction: Op-Ed, Harold Meyerson, "How to boost voter turnout in L.A. -- and it isn't offering prizes"; commentary, Steve Lopez, "Idea of an L.A. Voteria is gaining currency" .... 

***Following up on earlier item noted here (Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, proposal, prizes as incentive for voting)....

* Los Angeles Times (Op-Ed: Harold Meyerson):  "How to boost voter turnout in L.A. -- and it isn't offering prizes"

* Los Angeles Times (Steve Lopez):  "Idea of an L.A. Voteria is gaining currency"