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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 21, 2014 – 12:00 am

In an otherwise lackluster campaign season, California’s most interesting political duel may be one for a rare vacancy on the five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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LA County Seal

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/31/14, 9:53 PM PDT | Updated: 46 secs ago

Tuesday’s primary election for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to be among the most competitive in recent history.

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LATimes: County supervisors vote to require electronic campaign finance data

LA County Seal

Abby Sewell
May 28, 2014

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to require candidates to file their campaign finance reports electronically, allowing the public to see them quicker.

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LATimes: L.A. County supervisors vote to move forward on $2-billion jail plan

LA County Seal

By Abby Sewell
May 6, 2014

After years of debate about how to best modernize the county’s aging and troubled jail system, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday for a $2-billion plan to replace the deteriorating downtown Men’s Central Jail and create a new women’s jail.

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LADailyNews: LA County unveils $26-billion budget, plans hiring spree

LA County Seal

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 04/14/14, 11:15 AM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

Los Angeles County’s budget officials on Monday unveiled a proposed $26.1 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2013-2014 that calls for hiring about 1,300 new employees — mostly nurses and social workers — as well as funding for reforms in the troubled jail and child welfare systems.

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LATimes: Candidate Shriver wants overhaul of L.A. County campaign finance laws

By Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell
April 13, 2014, 5:15 p.m.

Bobby Shriver, the first Los Angeles County supervisorial contender in 18 years to opt out of voluntary campaign spending limits, is calling for a major overhaul of county election laws, including lifting fundraising restrictions on candidates who use personal wealth to help pay for their campaigns.

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LATimes: Civilian oversight of L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is floated

LA County Seal

New inspector general will work with interim sheriff to study setting up a civilian commission that would oversee the department.

By Abby Sewell
February 25, 2014, 6:12 p.m.

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to ask the newly appointed inspector general of the Sheriff’s Department to work with interim Sheriff John L. Scott to study setting up a civilian commission that would oversee the department.

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LATimes: NBC’s Maria Shriver won’t step down to support brother’s campaign

Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver watches her older brother, Bobby Shriver, address supporters at a campaign event in Santa Monica. (Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times / February 22, 2014)

By Catherine Saillant
February 22, 2014, 7:35 p.m.

NBC correspondent Maria Shriver said she sees no need to step down from her news job while campaigning for her brother, Bobby Shriver, a candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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LA County Seal

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 02/20/14, 8:13 PM PST | Updated: 9 hrs ago

Realizing they both have a lot to lose if public employee retirement costs continue spiraling out of control, Los Angeles County and its labor unions have agreed to what they called “sweeping reforms” that could save as much as $840 million over the next 30 years.

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LATimes: D.A. probes work on Ridley-Thomas’ garage

Mark Ridley Thomas Garage

County crews performed work on the garage of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ private home, installing drywall, an air conditioner, appliances and a security system, according to sources familiar with the job. (Paul Pringle / Los Angeles Times / December 31, 2013)

By Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard
February 11, 2014, 10:30 p.m.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is looking into whether thousands of dollars in taxpayer money was misspent on improvements to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ home last year, an office spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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LATimes: Solis, Kuehl have fundraising lead in L.A. County supervisors’ race

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Solis, the former U.S. Labor secretary, raised $518,000 and has $433,000 cash on hand. Kuehl, a former state senator, raised $429,400 and has $300,000 in cash.

By Catherine Saillant
February 3, 2014, 8:23 p.m.

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl have a considerable fundraising jump over their rivals for two open seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, new campaign reports show.

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LATimes: Ridley-Thomas obtains building permit to renovate garage

Security system at supervisor's home

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas applied for a building permit Friday to renovate what appears to be an improperly converted garage at his Leimert Park home by adding a carport and removing a section of the detached building. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

By Jack Leonard and Paul Pringle
January 31, 2014, 8:09 p.m.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas obtained a building permit Friday to renovate what appears to be an improperly converted garage at his Leimert Park home by adding a carport and removing a section of the detached building.

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LATimes: New L.A. County interim sheriff vows to continue department reforms

Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
January 28, 2014, 6:07 p.m.

The newly named interim sheriff of Los Angeles County, current Orange County Undersheriff John L. Scott, said Tuesday that he would continue the momentum of reform in the department.

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LATimes: Mark Ridley-Thomas acknowledges home improvements by county workers

Security system at supervisor's home

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas says he reimbursed the county for work done in addition to the installation of a taxpayer-funded security system.

By Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard
January 22, 2014

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas acknowledged Tuesday that a taxpayer-funded project to install a security system in a converted garage at his home involved improvements “over and above” that job, but said he reimbursed the county for the upgrades.

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LATimes: Work at Ridley-Thomas’ residence went beyond security system

Security system at supervisor's home

A taxpayer-funded project to provide a home security system for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas included extensive improvements to his garage that involved a week of work and upgrades to the building’s electrical service, according to interviews and records. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / March 24, 2013)

By Jack Leonard and Paul Pringle
January 19, 2014, 8:50 p.m.

A taxpayer-funded project to provide a home security system for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas included improvements to his converted garage that involved a week of work and upgrades to the building’s electrical service, according to interviews and records.

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LATimes: City probing county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ garage

Mark Ridley Thomas Garage

County crews performed work on the garage of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ private home, installing drywall, an air conditioner, appliances and a security system, according to sources familiar with the job. (Paul Pringle / Los Angeles Times / December 31, 2013)

By Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard
January 16, 2014, 8:13 p.m.

Los Angeles city building inspectors launched an investigation Thursday into whether county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has an illegally converted garage at his Leimert Park home, where government employees recently performed thousands of dollars worth of work.

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LADailyNews: Slew of candidates set to run for L.A. County sheriff

Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Beatriz Valenzuela, Press-Telegram,
Greg Yee, Press-Telegram and Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze
Posted: 01/07/14, 8:05 PM PST |

Those who decide to run to be head of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department will face a series of issues that will test their leadership.

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LA County Seals

The decision could face legal challenges, critics warn, over the constitutionality of including a religious symbol in the logo.

By Abby Sewell and Seema Mehta
January 7, 2014, 9:17 p.m.

A divided Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to add a cross back to the county’s official seal, despite warnings the decision would invite legal challenges.

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LATimes: L.A. County hired dozens rejected by the Sheriff’s Department

LA County Seal

Those hired by other L.A. county agencies included an officer who cut a man’s neck with a knife in an off-duty fight, records show.

By Ben Poston and Robert Faturechi
December 29, 2013

Dozens of police officers rejected for jobs at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after investigators found evidence of dishonesty or past misconduct were given positions elsewhere in county government, according to interviews and internal hiring records reviewed by The Times.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am

A seat in Congress is one of the nation’s most sought-after political prizes, and once elected, a member rarely gives it up voluntarily.

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LA DailyNews: L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca summoned to explain questionable hires

Lee Baca

In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca holds a press conference at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles to respond to the findings and recommendations of the Citizens’ Comission on Jail Violence. (Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/18/13, 5:50 PM PST |

It was not only the Sheriff’s Department that absorbed troublesome officers from Los Angeles County’s now defunct police force despite knowing about their previous misconduct – several other county agencies did the same, including those charged with public safety.

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LATimes: Sheriff Baca admits shortcomings in hiring problem officers

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Sheriff Lee Baca’s comments come a day after L.A. County leaders demanded he investigate his hiring practices in response to an L.A. Times investigation last weekend. The Times found that the Sheriff’s Department hired dozens of officers from a disbanded county police force in 2010 even though investigators had found significant misconduct in their backgrounds. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Bob Pool and Robert Faturechi
December 4, 2013, 2:39 p.m.

Under fire for hiring dozens of officers with histories of serious misconduct, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca acknowledged Wednesday shortcomings in the way his agency handled the process.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Giant Los Angeles County needs more supervisors

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 – 12:00 am

Los Angeles County is home to more than a quarter of California’s population, and nearly 60 percent of its residents are Latino.

However, just one of the county’s five supervisors is Latino, and Gloria Molina was elected to the board 22 years ago only because the U.S. Justice Department interceded in redistricting and declared that not creating a Latino seat would violate the Voting Rights Act.

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LATimes: L.A. County sued for not disclosing spending on sheriff’s lawsuits

LA County Seal

By Abby Sewell
October 31, 2013, 6:05 p.m.

A local resident and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing Los Angeles County for refusing to disclose how much it has spent defending lawsuits against the county sheriff’s department.

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LADailyNews: Sheriff Baca will fight liability in jail beating case

Lee Baca

In this 2010 file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca speaks after being sworn into office at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Los Angeles. (File photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News

Posted: 10/18/13, 7:42 PM PDT | Updated: 22 mins ago

The decades of problems within the Los Angeles County jail system took a new turn this week when a federal-court jury decided Sheriff Lee Baca should be held personally liable for the injuries suffered by an inmate in 2009.

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LADailyNews: L.A. County tries to put more eyes, ears on Sheriff’s Department

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By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 09/17/13, 6:53 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

Saying the troubled Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department should be placed under greater scrutiny, the county Board of Supervisors stepped up its search for an inspector general Tuesday but stopped short of creating a proposed citizens oversight commission.

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LATimes: L.A. County supervisors OK pay hikes for deputies, probation officers

LA County Seal

The agreement will provide a 6% raise in three increments of 2% between this month and January 2015 for more than 13,000 employees.

By Abby Sewell
July 23, 2013, 10:30 p.m.

With Los Angeles County government’s revenue on the mend, the Board of Supervisors approved the first pay hike in five years for sheriff’s deputies and probation officers.

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DailyBulletin: Los Angeles County officials urge local control of ONT

Ontario International Airport

An Alaska Airlines jet takes off from Ontario International Airport near the Ontario Convention Center. (File photo)

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/30/2013 11:37:47 AM PDT
Updated: 04/30/2013 07:36:59 PM PDT

Related: Two Los Angeles County supervisors push for local control of ONT | ONT special section
View: Agenda item | Agenda amendment | Ontario letter | ARSAC letter

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has joined more than 100 government entities and officials calling into question the management of L.A./Ontario International Airport and advocating it would be better under local control.

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DailyBulletin: Two Los Angeles County supervisors push for local control of ONT

LA County Seal

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/29/2013 11:10:55 AM PDT
Updated: 04/29/2013 07:05:51 PM PDT

View: Agenda item

Special Section: Ontario airport Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich are recommending that the agency that oversees LA/Ontario International Airport return it to local control.

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DailyBulletin: Don Knabe questions LAWA on settlement agreement

LA County Seal

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/11/2013 12:43:00 PM PST
Updated: 02/11/2013 11:16:50 PM PST

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe plans to introduce a motion today that would force Los Angeles World Airports to comply with a 2006 settlement that required the agency to redistribute air traffic throughout the region.

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Last year, Assessor John Noguez estimated that the county property tax base would grow by almost $18.7 billion for the next fiscal year. But he revised that figure to $5.1 billion last week. The drop could lead to cuts in law enforcement, education and other services.

 

By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
April 10, 2012

Los Angeles County could receive almost $50 million less than expected in property taxes next year, according to the latest estimates, which could lead to cuts in law enforcement, education and other services.

Last year, Assessor John Noguez estimated that the county property tax base would grow by almost $18.7 billion for the next fiscal year. But he revised that figure to $5.1 billion last week.

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Frank C. Girardot, Staff Writer
Created: 09/30/2011 05:03:08 PM PDT

Local officials are bracing for a radical realignment of the state penal system that will place thousands of low-level felons in county jail rather than prison.

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DailyBulletin: Supervisors to vote on redistricting

Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Created: 09/26/2011 09:25:30 PM PDT

An overflow crowd is expected today as the Board of Supervisors tackles the once-a-decade task of redrawing Los Angeles County’s voting boundaries and decides whether to give Latinos more political clout.

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DailyBulletin: L.A. County supervisors differ on redistricting

Back to drawing board

Staff Reports
Created: 08/20/2011 08:28:05 PM PDT

Los Angeles County supervisors are confronted with numerous options for redrawing district boundaries, but they are increasingly unlikely to have the final say on the fate of the lines.

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LATimes: Vernon’s rocky finances worry L.A. County supervisors

Board orders an investigation of Vernon’s books amid concerns that an effort to dissolve the city might unfairly burden county coffers.

By Garrett Therolf and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
August 17, 2011

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to order an investigation of Vernon’s finances amid worries that an effort to dissolve the city might unfairly burden county coffers.

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DailyBulletin: DCFS director resigns

Interim leader’s last day Sept. 16
Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Created: 08/02/2011 08:33:04 PM PDT

The county’s troubled Department of Children and Family Services will undergo yet another leadership change, after the resignation this week of acting director Jackie Contreras.

She is the agency’s third chief in eight months to step down; her last day is Sept. 16.

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DailyBulletin: OpEd: State’s Trojan horse for county, cities

Mike Antonovich

 

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich
Created: 06/29/2011 08:30:33 PM PDT

Democrat and Republican governors across the country are working to cut costs and lower taxes, but Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to level California’s $26 billion deficit – the result of several years of out-of-control government spending – is a “realignment” proposal that not only extends the previous administration’s ineffective tax hikes, but also irresponsibly shrugs the state’s financial burden onto the shoulders of cash-strapped county and municipal governments, creating a real threat to California’s economic recovery and public safety.

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The Sun: Superintendent to resign

Delgado

San Bernardino City Unified
Delgado to take job with L.A. County
Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/07/2011 10:53:00 PM PDT

Arturo Delgado, the superintendent of San Bernardino City Unified School District, is leaving to become the Los Angeles County superintendent of schools.

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DailyBulletin: County switches control

Supervisors to oversee 2 departments directly
Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Created: 05/17/2011 09:34:50 PM PDT

A month after one of his deputies sparked the anger of Los Angeles County supervisors by defying a direct order, the board voted Tuesday to seize authority over two troubled departments from county CEO Bill Fujioka.

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DailyBulletin: Supervisors seek relief

L.A. County pays millions to homeless
Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Created: 04/20/2011 09:06:26 PM PDT

Faced with the prospect of further budget cutbacks, two Los Angeles County supervisors who represent Inland Valley cities proposed a new plan this week to control the rapid growth of welfare payments to the poor.

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DailyBulletin: No service reductions in budget

L.A. County’s CEO unveils $23.3B plan
Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Created: 04/18/2011 09:00:40 PM PDT

Los Angeles County’s chief executive officer unveiled a $23.3 billion proposed budget Monday that closes a $221 million gap mostly through one-time solutions, while avoiding new furloughs or laying off county workers.

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DailyBulletin: County seeks to lock in funding

Tracy Garcia, Staff Writer
Created: 03/07/2011 10:04:28 PM PST

In response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to shift certain state programs to local governments, Los Angeles County supervisors have voted to seek a state constitutional amendment to ensure a steady funding source for programs moved to local control.

Earlier this year, Brown proposed a series of “realignments” to cut costs, including making local governments responsible for state programs such as:

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Governor’s budget plan spurs $155 million in borrowing

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County joined a growing list of agencies Tuesday that are scrambling to counteract Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment in California.

During a special meeting, the Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized up to $155 million in bonds to fund a host of projects throughout the county’s unincorporated areas. Redevelopment was the meeting’s sole topic.

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DailyBulletin: Los Angeles County delays reform

Troy Anderson, Staff Writer
Created: 10/19/2010 08:26:00 PM PDT

Despite learning Tuesday that Los Angeles County faces a $26 billion tab over coming decades to cover pension and retiree health care costs, the Board of Supervisors delayed pursuing reforms to the retirement system after unions threatened legal action.

The supervisors were preparing to consider a series of reforms that included raising the county’s minimum retirement age and asking employees to contribute more to their plans.

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DailyBulletin: Vote on pensions expected

Supervisors may seek talks to reduce benefits
Troy Anderson and Liset Marquez, Staff Writers
Created: 10/18/2010 08:46:56 PM PDT

Pension reform proponents are skeptical about the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ proposed changes to the county pension system – a move some contend would save the county $200 million per year.

The board is expected to vote today on whether to direct Chief Executive Officer Bill Fujioka to begin negotiations with county unions to modify the pension system.

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L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
September 3, 2010 | 2:47 pm

Welfare payments to children of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County increased in July to $52 million, prompting renewed calls from one county supervisor to rein in public benefits to such families.

The payments, made to illegal immigrants for their U.S. citizen children, included $30 million in food stamps and $22 million from the CalWORKS welfare program, according to Los Angeles County figures released Friday by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

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DailyBulletin: Pension group seeks more

L.A. County sees $200M shortfall
Troy Anderson, Staff Writer
Created: 06/28/2010 08:28:10 PM PDT

Stung by an $8 billion pension fund loss last year, Los Angeles County supervisors will be asked today to spend an additional $200 million to shore up its wilting retirement system.

If the money is approved, the taxpayer tab for county employees’ pensions would soar in the fiscal year beginning Thursday from $787 million to $987 million.

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DailyBulletin: Cuts may rise in L.A. County

$1.2B shortfall could up layoffs
Troy Anderson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/18/2010 10:06:15 PM PDT

Facing an additional loss of $1.2 billion in revenue based on the state’s latest budget forecast, Los Angeles County might have to lay off more workers than it had originally expected, two supervisors warned Tuesday.

Following a Board of Supervisors’ discussion Tuesday about the impact of the state’s revised $83.4 billion budget, Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Michael Antonovich said layoffs might be unavoidable.

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DailyBulletin: L.A. County plans up to 130 layoffs

Troy Anderson, Staff Writer
Created: 04/19/2010 07:01:34 PM PDT

Los Angeles County’s $22.7 billion spending plan for next year will require up to 130 layoffs and additional cuts in public services to cover an anticipated $511 million shortfall, officials said Monday.

This includes reduced hours at public libraries, consolidation of services at health clinics, the closure of a jail at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, reducing sheriff’s overtime costs and Assessor’s Office cuts, which could delay home appraisals.

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By Garrett Therolf

April 19, 2010 | 1:52 p.m.

Los Angeles County Chief Executive William T Fujioka said Monday he was grappling with a $510.5-million budget shortfall that could lead to the layoffs of about 100 workers, even with negotiations underway with labor leaders that could yield compromises.

“This will be the worst year,” Fujioka said at a news conference Monday, predicting that the economic downturn would continue to ease and that pressure on the county would ease greatly in coming years.

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LATimes: L.A. County supervisors exonerated on pet project spending

Prosecutors say they did not break the law even though there was no public vote on the use of millions in taxpayer dollars. A complaint was filed after The Times disclosed the expenditures.

By Garrett Therolf

April 7, 2010

Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday that county supervisors did not break the law when they spent millions of taxpayer dollars on pet projects without a public vote or discussion.

The district attorney’s inquiry began in response to a complaint received last month after The Times detailed some of the $3.4 million per year that each of the five supervisors receives to spend at his or her discretion.

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LATimes: L.A. County supervisors spend millions on pet projects

From chauffeurs to charities to parties, the five-member board hands out money from its discretionary accounts with little oversight.

By Garrett Therolf

March 10, 2010 | 5:40 p.m.

As Los Angeles County supervisors prepare to carve deeply into everything from public safety to social services, they also are spending millions in taxpayer dollars to burnish their public images, pay for chauffeurs, hold parties for friends and lobbyists and support pet projects.

Each supervisor receives $3.4 million a year to spend as he or she sees fit, without any public vote or scrutiny.

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