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Jill McKeon April 23, 2014 at 09:21 am
They all have blood on their hands. Shame, shame, shame on the County Board of Supervisors for notRead More dropping everything and focusing like a non-stop laser on this issue. How many children have to die under the supervision of the County of Los Angeles before the Supervisors will do something!!!
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).
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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!!!!
Poster warns that marrying to help someone's immigrant status is a crime. Courtesy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Pepsi1gurl March 30, 2014 at 09:04 am
Does Gay Marriage qualify for a Green Card? If not if we were to imprison both participants in thisRead More scam it would solve two problems. Fraud and illegal immagration. Or put them in interment Camps for a year and then see if they are still "married"
U - M March 30, 2014 at 09:21 am
Why don't you keep your homophobe vomit to yourself, " Pepsi1gurl".
David March 30, 2014 at 02:46 pm
Why would any rational person want to get married in a church anyway?
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.
Vic Santoro March 8, 2014 at 08:06 am
Water shortage. Roads in horrible condition. Taxpayer money being wasted on boondoggle projectsRead More (e.g., high speed rail to nowhere). Why do our state legislators waste their time and our money on nonessential legislation. By VicS.
Debra March 8, 2014 at 08:36 am
We must move forward on this! These mammals are being harmed for the sole purpose of bringingRead More entertainment to the public. Let's stop this now!
The recent rains in Southern California didn't make much dent in the current drought, water experts said. Patch file photo.
Eric Maundry March 6, 2014 at 07:13 pm
Pettis is in debt up to his ears. It only makes sense that he is SCAG prexy. He is a financialRead More imbecile. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130706/NEWS01/307060024/Greg-Pettis-drew-private-pay-while-public-business
Robert J. Sutton March 7, 2014 at 09:20 am
Of coarse the rain was meaningless. How would our left leaning State pass another big water rateRead More increase or another Bond issue for Billions of tax payers money if you puppets did not lay the ground work. Bob Sutton
Twitter photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
andy k. liberman March 7, 2014 at 06:21 am
Ironic Natanyahu of all people calling for tolerance. And what about his and Israel's intolerance ofRead More Palestinians and their right to thrive and exist?
John jones March 10, 2014 at 10:37 pm
A lot of educated whiners on the Westside.
andy k. liberman March 10, 2014 at 11:01 pm
No "John Jones", not enough.
The property where Prince Abdulaziz ibn Abdulaziz al Saud wants to build a 60,000 square foot compound. Facebook photo.
Arthur Hughes March 4, 2014 at 08:38 am
This is another example of overreach by our city officials. It does not surprise me at allRead More considering the nonsense that councilman krekorian has inflicted on the neighborhood over on Colfax. Shameful how our elected public servants inflict punitive actions on the populace of this city without any real reasons other than their own bruised egos!!
Paul March 4, 2014 at 09:47 am
The Prince will humble Infidels who cross him!
John Kosen March 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm
Please understand. 1. (" Leave BH alone ...") Benedict Canyon is NOT Beverly Hills. IRead More grew up in BH. I live in Downtown now. 2. Councilman Paul Koretz of District 5 is Benedict Canyon. Councilman Paul Krekorian is District 2. It seems you need to be "Paul" to get anywhere in LA. 3. I fully agree that we should have the rights to impose what we want on people of the kinds we don't like moving into our neighborhoods. Who cares if we are supposed to have equal rights under the law, regardless of race, creed, religion, gender, sexual preference, etc.? Who cares if this Prince paid for his property with US Dollars? Who cares about about any of it if I don't like it? It is all about me and about our right to find any liberal interpretations of the law (with help from your local Councilman) to stop this foreign invasion. LA is not the land of the free and fair. It is the land of the local Lords! Three Cheers for Martha Karsh!!! Then again, the more lawsuits LA loses, the less resources we have to take care of the rest of us non-Rich folks. Why is it bad to create more jobs by allowing this house to move forward? How is stopping this Prince going to improve the lives people down here? I don't get it.
Watch out for Oscar-related street closures. Patch file photo.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 27, 2014 at 10:24 pm
Dan Morin, just got the street closures for WeHo this evening. I may do a separate post, but IRead More wanted you to see them first. :-) Academy Award Event Street Closures There will be two Academy Award related street closures in West Hollywood on Sunday, March 2nd. They are as follows: San Vicente Blvd. will be closed between Santa Monica Blvd. and Melrose Ave between 2:00 pm on Sunday and 4:00 am on Monday. On Sunset Blvd., between Horn Ave. and La Cienega Blvd., the westbound traffic lanes will be used for both eastbound and westbound travel. This traffic activity will take place between 2:00 pm on Sunday and 4:00 am on Monday.
George February 27, 2014 at 10:37 pm
The golden era of Hollywood is when the stars where deserving of famous, rich etc.... but thoseRead More years have LONG gone. One of the truly deserving films Nebraska should win all the nominations but it won't.
George February 28, 2014 at 09:38 am
Hoping the rain spoils the vain egotistical, rich pig party.
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 Carlos Danger 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 Beverly Hills City Council decided to regulate e-cigarettes the same as tobacco products. Patch file photo.
Gilbert Ross February 21, 2014 at 02:39 pm
I wonder if you folks censor comments for no particular reason other than it might dispute yourRead More editorial or "civic" POV? My comment, above, disappeared at some point. I wonder why? Gil Ross MD/ACSH
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 21, 2014 at 03:57 pm
I see it. Nothing was censored. It's still on the page.
Gilbert Ross February 22, 2014 at 03:01 pm
OK my mistake Ms. Arevalo. Thanks. And it's nice to know there are MD on the BH City Council. Again,Read More my bad. That being said, they are still dead wrong, as is anyone else who wants to deny access to ex-smokers trying to quit by using safe effective e-cigarettes by tagging them as "cigarettes", "smoke" and/or "tobacco." Just plain wrong, on its face. As an MD myself, I can assure you that having the degree does not automatically make anyone insightful on matters not close to their expertise. Look at the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society: those organizations, for reasons of their own unknown to me (but I do know, having nothing to do with sound science or health) oppose suggesting to smokers that they try e-cigarettes. Why the heck not? Beats me. Funding support from Big Pharma? Could be. A survey taken not long ago among UK physicians found that 38% believe that nicotine caused cancer and other toxic cigarette effects. It does not. It is addictive but not toxic. So MDs are as wrong as anyone else. In sum: it make the opposite of sense to ban or restrict e-cigarettes when we desperately need an effective cessation aid to lower the devastating toll of SMOKING! Why is this mania for banning e-cigarettes so widespread?
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?
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.
Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California. (Max Whitaker/Getty Images)
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Rep. Henry Waxman. Patch fie photo.
Victoria Ordin January 30, 2014 at 04:13 pm
Wow. So will Miss Woo Woo, aka Marianne Williamson, have a chance? Any word on other candidates forRead More Democrats? If this is indeed a shock and unexpected, you can be sure she'll be spouting some insufferable drivel on her FB page. It comes up on my ticker occasionally when someone likes something she's said. Oy :)