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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.
Patch file photo.
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?
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 traffic on PCH during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Malibu last week.
Zuma Skipper March 12, 2014 at 08:44 am
Sure is Hellwood, all the Feds need to do is site a "National Security" concern and theyRead More can do whatever they deem necessary to protect us from ourselves.
Joseph Delano March 12, 2014 at 11:30 am
Well at least it was a REAL world leader in Mr. Netenyahu and not "Bathhouse Barry" onRead More another one of his never ending fundraising trips. Then I would be really pissed.
hellwood March 12, 2014 at 01:13 pm
...so how many terrorists did the feds find while "legally" searching the citizens, withRead More probable cause being the size of their vehicles? ...and how much danger were the citizens in if this much security was necessary?
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.
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
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 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.
Malibu Lagoon. Photo by Wendi Werner.
Stuart Ebert February 14, 2014 at 09:17 pm
The ultimate solution to California's water supply crisis is to restore the climate to what it wasRead More 30-40 years ago. Anything less is really a band-aid treatment. Current conditions are way more than a "drought" that will self-correct in a few years. This is the real deal and is nothing less than a catastrophe. Obama finally hinted a the seriousness today. If we don't restore the climate the government will have to intervene with a drastic program of climate engineering - and it won't be pretty. Looking a this whole "Polar Vortex" story I think the engineered weather has already started.
Officials from Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County, nonprofits and business are coming together to get a poster out into the public that they hope will reach victims of human trafficking.
Jennifer February 11, 2014 at 07:39 am
Please note the valiant work or our local organization Freedom Road Project Malibu to combat humanRead More trafficking and to educate our community about the subject.
Jennifer February 11, 2014 at 07:42 am
www.freedomroadproject.org/
Cities served by the Water Basin Municipal Water District should have enough water to last the year, officials said today. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Katherine Row February 9, 2014 at 11:09 am
Will the West Basin Municipal Water District official's announcement give Malibu residents a falseRead More sense of security? There's enough water to last 'til December 31, 2014. Then what? The bank account's empty. Next year's snowpack, if there is one, won't melt 'til Spring 2015. What if we instituted conservation measures now in case the drought continues? What if Mr. Mulholland's LA water were to be redirected back to the agricultural and residential areas that need it more than our lush landscapes, spotless cars and dirt-free driveways? What if we stretch the 10 1/2 months of water we have left instead of running up to the wire?
Hans Laetz February 7, 2014 at 09:01 am
Scott, Jonathan, Marilyn: installing underground lines in just the Malibu area alone would approachRead More $100 million. There are 14 million poles in California. Putting lines underground doesn't stop with the installation, either. They don't last long. The existing underground lines along Trancas Canyon Rd were just replaced after 50 years of service because they deteriorated. Fire area rules are next on the agenda. U
Hans Laetz February 7, 2014 at 09:04 am
Undergrounding lines in windy, fire prone areas will be on the agenda.
Hans Laetz February 7, 2014 at 09:04 am
Undergrounding lines in windy, fire prone areas will be on the agenda.
The Pico-Kenter storm drain. Photo courtesy of Heal the Bay.
Stuart Ebert February 5, 2014 at 06:05 pm
So it sorta goes like this: The enviros want to capture stormwater runoff and use it for drinking .Read More . . except there's no rain. The enviros want to hand out rainbarrels so that everyone can collect and reuse runoff . . . except there's no rain. The enviros want to remove dams everywhere . . . except the rivers are drying up because there's no rain. Hydroelectric power supplies will be reduced in the future . . . because there's no rain. Well, you get the picture.
Stuart Ebert February 5, 2014 at 06:24 pm
Mark Gold and his "sustainability" or is it subsistence? pals are now working on a grandRead More plan to have everyone in L.A. drinking recycled sewage effluent. No more imported water. What's next? Soylent Green? Welcome to the dystopian vision of the enviros: unemployment, homelessness and despair.
Stuart Ebert February 5, 2014 at 06:33 pm
What I really like is when an enviro tells me that "We live in a desert." Oh really. No,Read More it's BECOMING a damned desert. It used to be a wonderful Mediterranean Climate. The best climate in the country. In the world. Governor Moonbeam thinks we can "conserve" our way out of this mess. 20%? 30%? But what if water supplies are reduced 70%?