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L.A. County on Kardashian fireworks show: Never again
Angered by Khloe Kardashian’s early morning fireworks show off Marina del Rey last week, Supervisor Don Knabe on Tuesday called on Los Angeles County’s fire chief to develop a plan to prevent such disruptive events in the future. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Knabe’s motion directing Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby to come up with a corrective action plan and report back to the board in one month “to ensure that an event of this nature is not repeated.” “It is outrageous that a show of this nature was allowed to occur very late on a weeknight in an area impacting so many residents,” Knabe wrote in his motion. [Article]
by SARAH FAVOT, Los Angeles Daily News. 2015-09-02
L.A. County Supervisors to review car wash water use
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to analyze the county’s car wash policies and to potentially limit county vehicle cleaning to once per month. Supervisor Don Knabe called for the assessment after this news organization revealed the supervisors washed their cars up to three times a week, and they had no limits on the frequency of cleaning. The vote ordered county departments to develop a policy for once-monthly washing and to provide a report on the subject within 30 days. It would also evaluate using recirculated water at the car wash at county headquarters. [Article]
by MIKE REICHER, Los Angeles Daily News. 2015-09-02
Los Angeles County creates new electronic music taskforce, calls for reforms
Though downscaling saved Hard Day of the Dead, electronic music festivals in Los Angeles County haven’t escaped the chopping block. The board of supervisors voted Tuesday to reinstate a county task force aimed at developing new requirements for festivals at county-owned venues. “Ultimately, in the interest of public safety, a ban of electronic music festivals at county-owned properties remains a possibility that will continue to be evaluated,” the joint motion by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Michael Antonovich reads. The task force will include representatives from county counsel, the sheriff’s department, public health, health services and the fire department, according to Solis. [Article]
by JASON HENRY, San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2015-09-02
Supervisors sign off on historic preservation ordinance
Hoping to add protections to historic places in unincorporated areas of the nation’s most populous county, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a historic preservation ordinance. The ordinance approved Tuesday creates a county Register of Landmarks and Historic Districts and outlines procedures to allow property owners to seek historic designation for their properties or to create community historic districts, according to Edel Vizcarra, planning deputy for county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. [Article]
by LUKE MONEY, The Signal. 2015-09-02
Supervisors OK opening county ballot to local agencies
Reversing a previous policy, Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to consider consolidating elections on county ballots during even-numbered years. Two years ago supervisors turned down a collection of Santa Clarita Valley school districts and a water district that asked to combine their November elections in odd-numbered years with November elections in even-numbered years, when voter turnout is higher. [Article]
by LUKE MONEY, The Signal. 2015-09-02
Op-Ed Why a car-centric transportation plan is folly for L.A.
The knock on L.A.'s Mobility Plan 2035 is that it will slow down traffic. After the City Council approved the blueprint, the community group Fix the City wrote that "MP2035 is not a mobility plan, it is a plan designed to create immobility." It has a point. The city wants to redesign several thoroughfares to accommodate bikes and buses. As a result, grades for some streets' "level of service" — the flow of automobile traffic — are likely to fall. Here's the thing: Mobility, in the form of faster vehicle operating speed, isn't the key to a superior transportation system. After more than 40 years as a transportation engineer, I'm very aware that most of the traditional measures of transportation efficiency focus on mobility, often expressed as "delay per capita" or "dollars wasted while waiting in traffic." But what really matters is access. Access — to shopping or work — can be improved by increasing the speed with which we travel between destinations or by decreasing the distance separating them. But we have to choose. Mobility and proximity are in combat with one another. The more mobility we create, the more distant destinations grow — because free-flowing traffic encourages sprawl. The closer destinations are to one another, the slower transportation gets — because density leads to congestion. Which choice is superior? [Article]
by SAM SCHWARTZ / OPINION, Los Angeles Times. 2015-09-02
Kardashian fireworks scare sparks 'corrective action plan' from fire chief
It’s not a perfume or another reality TV show, but the Kardashians have now inspired a “corrective action plan.” Angry over a fireworks show that Khloe Kardashian threw in Marina Del Rey last month for her NBA star boyfriend, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors has ordered its fire chief to figure out a way to stop something like that from happening again. Fire Chief Daryl Osby has a one-month deadline to report back with “a corrective action plan to ensure that an event, like the private, permitted fireworks show in Marina Del Rey that occurred very late on a weeknight in an area impacting many residents, is not repeated.” [Article]
by JOSEPH SERNA AND VERONICA ROCHA, Los Angeles Times. 2015-09-02
Rave operator 'irresponsible,' L.A. County supervisor says
Los Angeles County supervisors had harsh words for the operator of a rave at the county fairgrounds as they weighed a ban on future electronic dance music events or new restrictions on how they are run on county land. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Tuesday that the organizers of an August rave at the Fairplex were irresponsible for failing to keep ravegoers safe. If the events can’t be held without drugs on the site, Antonovich said, they should be banned from county-owned land. “If raves are only going to exist when drugs and alcohol are available, then they are no longer welcome in Los Angeles County’s facilities,” Antonovich said in an interview. “People who are involved in promoting this are irresponsible for not having these safeguards in place," he said. "So they forfeited their right to continue operating if they're going to continue to ignore these types of controls that would prevent death and injury of those who attend.” Supervisor Hilda Solis said the health and safety of people attending events on county property is paramount. “No one should have to lose their life by attending a music event at one of our facilities,” Solis said. [Article]
by RONG-GONG LIN II, Los Angeles Times. 2015-09-02
L.A. County officials approve $25,000 reward in dog burning attacks
The malicious burning of dogs, mostly in Lancaster, has prompted Los Angeles County to offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the culprits. Most of the dogs targeted in the attacks have been pit bulls, but a golden retriever was also injured. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s motion for the reward in connection with at least seven attacks since July on dogs in both L.A. and Kern counties. Dogs have been found with long burns on their back. Authorities believe they may be caused by a caustic chemical. Two of the dogs were so severely injured that they were euthanized. The similar injuries and proximity of the attacks have led officials to believe that the same person or persons may be involved. While animal control officers occasionally encounter stray animal abuse cases, it’s “not anything with this number of animals in a short period of time. It’s not something we see regularly at all,” said Derek Brown, deputy director of L.A. County animal control. Antonovich said several burned dogs have been brought to the Lancaster shelter, which is in his district, over the past month. He called the burnings "depraved acts of cruelty." [Article]
by JOSEPH SERNA, Los Angeles Times. 2015-09-02
One in three O.C. homes for sale are priced above $1 million
If you think you’ll never find an “affordable” local home, this may depress you further: One-in-three Orange County homes listed for sale are priced at $1 million or more. Yes, part of that eye-catching number is due to inflation – a huge run-up in home prices in recent years that created more million-dollar homes. But some of it is attributable to intriguing trends this summer that are driving the upper crust of Orange County real estate. [Article]
by JONATHAN LANSNER , Orange County Register. 2015-09-02
With ocean rescues on the rise this summer, lifeguards get prepared to save your life
SEAL BEACH - The swimmer flails his arms, then floats face down in the water just north of the Seal Beach Pier. One lifeguard, armed with a red flotation buoy, sprints from his tower and swiftly swims toward the swimmer. Another lifeguard jumps from the wooden pier, as three rescue boats with sirens blaring and a guard on a personal water craft head out to try and save the victim’s life. This dramatic mock rescue staged by the Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Seal Beach Lifeguards Tuesday morning showcased how a day at the beach can turn tragic in minutes. [Article]
by LAYLAN CONNELLY, Orange County Register. 2015-09-02
FRENCH VALLEY: Supervisors bring back taxi voucher program
Reversing its decision of just two weeks ago, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors revived a program that gives taxi vouchers to Southwest Detention Center inmates released after hours. The program and its $100,000 funding price tag were approved 4-1 by the board on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Fourth District Supervisor John J. Benoit voted against the plan. [Article]
by ALEX GROVES, Riverside Press-Enterprise. 2015-09-02
RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors back plan to hire deputies -- in theory
Riverside County supervisors Tuesday, Sept. 1, asked county staff to find a way to hire more deputies to patrol unincorporated communities, but stopped short of setting a specific ratio of deputies to residents. Supervisors Marion Ashley and Chuck Washington, with Sheriff Stan Sniff’s backing, had asked their colleagues to re-start an effort to gradually boost the ratio to 1.2 deputies per 1,000 residents. The ratio, which currently stands at 1.04 per 1,000, has risen and fallen over the years as the county weathered the Great Recession. [Article]
by JEFF HORSEMAN, Riverside Press-Enterprise. 2015-09-02
Adelanto jail plan dead
ADELANTO — Mayor Pro Tem Jermaine Wright on Tuesday welcomed Los Angeles County Supervisors' rejection of a controversial jail plan that was touted by its developers as an injection into the city's lagging economy. Supervisors rejected the plan to house more than 3,200 of their overflow inmate population at a proposed facility to be built in Adelanto, the Los Angeles Times reported. Former L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley made the pitch on behalf of developers Doc Crants and Buck Johns. [Article]
by SHEA JOHNSON, Victorville Daily Press. 2015-09-02
Initial results show El Mirage residents against special tax increase
EL MIRAGE — Initial ballot results indicated that voters in El Mirage, or San Bernardino County Service Area 70, Zone P-6, voted against a proposed ballot measure that calls for an increase to the CSA's special tax for recreation and park services. Nearly 75 percent of voters stood against the measure that would increase the tax from its current $9 per parcel to $12 per parcel, with an annual increase of 3.75 percent thereafter for inflation, according to unofficial election results released by the county. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, Victorville Daily Press. 2015-09-02
ICE officers arrest 244 criminals in Southern California, including 43 in San Bernardino County
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in the Los Angeles area arrested more than 240 criminals and individuals who pose a threat to public safety last week, a record number for a four-day ICE operation in the Southland, authorities said. All 244 of the foreign nationals taken into custody by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers during the enforcement action, which concluded Thursday, had prior criminal convictions. The majority (56 percent) had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges and drug violations. The remaining arrestees had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, Fontana Herald News. 2015-09-02
County leaders continue to feud over audit
When county supervisors flat-out refuse to receive an audit performed on one of their own departments, you know you’ve got a spat on your hands that’s going to take time to resolve. And that’s exactly what happened Tuesday as Kern County officials continued to wrangle over how to address some financial mistakes made by the Department of Human Services. At issue is an Auditor-Controller’s office audit of Human Services’ internal controls for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 fiscal years and a separate, April 2015 finding by Human Services that it had miscalculated what revenue would be coming in for a variety of programs. The errors resulted in a $5.3 million shortfall. [Article]
by CHRISTINE BEDELL, Bakersfield Californian. 2015-09-02
Kern supervisors hold hearing on synthetic drugs
FILE - Synthetic drugs, specifically spice and bath salts, are seen seized and in Drug Enforcement Administration custody following a June 26, 2013, series of raids in Bakersfield, Calif. The Kern County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on a rule that will ban the sale, advertising and packaging of synthetic drugs, usually known as spice or bath salts. The ordinance takes affect Oct. 2. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, Bakersfield Now. 2015-09-02
County supervisors want to put squeeze on squatters
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Kern County has an ordinance that deals with squatters living in foreclosed property, but now county leaders want more rules aimed at this problem. Supervisor Mike Maggard worries some situations may fall through the cracks of the current ordinance, and the board wants to see if there could be more tools. Maggard had been approached by a neighbor who says there are people living in a house that's been abandoned, but it's apparently not officially in foreclosure. Chris Gonzales tells Eyewitness News he sees plenty of debris and items stacked up in the yard and next to the house, and nearby neighbors worry about illegal activity. He thinks the property's in some kind of "limbo," and that's why the county hasn't been able to act on his concerns. [Article]
by CAROL FERGUSON, Bakersfield Now. 2015-09-02
Groundwater management coming soon
The massive undertaking of trying to regulate the use of groundwater has begun in Tulare County. Last year, the state Legislature, in what some called a knee-jerk reaction to the drought, passed legislation beginning the process to regulate the pumping of water from the underground. Fernandez insuranceLalanne's Water basins have until June 30, 2017 to implement requirements of the act which basically limits groundwater pumping to no more than what can be replenished. If a basin can not sustain its groundwater supply, then the state can step in. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, Recorder Online. 2015-09-02
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