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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.
The ICE seasonal skating rink in Santa Monica. Patch file photo.
forty9er_angel@yahoo.com April 22, 2014 at 07:46 am
Ridiculous
Kage25x April 22, 2014 at 07:48 am
Really flashbacks, nightmares and a wheelchair? Why couldn't she use crutches or those cool newRead More scooters. Give me a friggen break. Her "career" isn't going well. She's really showing her greed. $50.00 bucks says she's doing the Santa Monica stairs this morning.
RB Meg April 22, 2014 at 10:02 am
Get the case details on www.casetree.com
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!!!!
Twitter photo of an orca whale in captivity.
Tom Jackson April 10, 2014 at 11:49 pm
The real sad news is America is on tract to become a third world country because of our ability toRead More ignore the real life threatening issues and focus on the ridiculous . I care nothing about the claimed mistreatment of the killer whales at sea world simply because some bleeding hearts out there think they are being mistreated. I have gone for decades and have seen how dedicated these trainers and handlers are. Millions of people have been introduced to the wonders of the killer whales through these shows. I see nothing wrong with this. I suggest we work on taking care of the millions of less fortunate humans that can't feed themselves or get a job to support themselves. I don't see the importance of worrying about the fact that the whales dorsal fin leans to one side because of being confined to a tank. Simply unbelievable. This whale issue is dead as far as I am concerned. I heard a funny saying the other night coming out of a liberal Hollywood comedy show on cable. It was let's Nuke the gay whales for Jesus. I think it says it all.
trixabelle8 April 11, 2014 at 02:42 am
America is on it's way to becoming a third world country, but not because kind people want the worldRead More to be a better place. It is because massive corporations are legally treated like people and not held responsible for paying their share of taxes in this country and because selfish ignorant people like you bury their heads in the sand and repeat all the sound bytes they hear on fox news instead of helping to change anything. Get educated and open your mind.
robin April 11, 2014 at 03:31 pm
YOO - HOO ground control to a-hole tom jackson...... It is people like you with your mental stateRead More of thinking is the mere reason this world is falling apart and going extinct. I would just LOVE to put you into a small cage and have trainers educate others that pay to see you being poked and prod to perform tricks for food. Let your mental madness begin!!! I would laugh my a>>> off. Let's nuke the a-holes like tom for world peace and survival!!!
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 Los Angeles City Council called for an investigation into whether fracking caused Monday's earthquake. Photo credit: Jonathan Oyama
Amar Rao March 20, 2014 at 01:23 pm
As Lucy Jones of Caltech observed, this is highly unlikely; the earthquake was at three times theRead More depth of the deepest well in the VA area. Please rely on science here just as much as we would in the climate change arena.
venicebeachpress.com March 21, 2014 at 04:54 am
Brentwood resident. Fracking not cta, stay on point. Fracking laws in ca are non existant. They doRead More nothing but allow crazy fracking. If you take the position that destroying our planet and gutting out the ground for oil and greed is cool then so be it. I disagree and think your ignorance is your problem. And yes jerry wood, greedy pigs you dummy!
Mara T March 23, 2014 at 12:09 am
Use wave energy then.. Oil is only still used due to corporate greed, CA clearly is ready for anRead More alternate source.
Twitter photo of the anti-fracking rally held in Long Beach today.
laura cipollari March 14, 2014 at 08:35 am
Starks - you're stark raving mad. try lifting a book, bra.
John Starks March 14, 2014 at 08:55 am
@laura Do you even read? Or do you just get information from the daily show and spew it out of yourRead More butt as your own. Why are you trifling with me?
martin marteen March 16, 2014 at 07:50 pm
Hot and heavy. I generally find that the "truth"lies somewhere in between. We must acceptRead More the facts, good and bad. However we must make reasonable decisions based on realistic needs. Those who want to minimize use of fossil fuels, I am with you. But it seems you have the wrong approach. I also agree with those who are in favor of fracking. How to reconcile the diametrically opposed views? You must control population, you must control utilization, control waste, and the rest will come naturally. No demand will lead to no fracking, peacefully. Those who oppose being exposed to second hand smoke, are also the ones that spew out the most pollution into the air by driving huge SUV's for miles and miles daily, negating their goal and seem disingenuous. Same with a host of other issues. On that of that they create a hypochondriacal society, who ask for more and more health care, and then wonder why health care prices keep going up, and blame Hospitals or Drs. or any one "else". None of us are perfect nor is whatever we espouse.
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.
Paul Conrad's "Chain Reaction" sculpture in Santa Monica. Patch file photo.
andy k. liberman February 26, 2014 at 05:11 pm
Good point Riley. Now that the ART is on track to be preserved-- isit not time to STOP NUCLEARRead More WEAPONS. Isn't that the issue, both for the Corporation of Santa Monica, it's citizens, and the denizens of the planet? Let's not again mistake the pointer for the thing being pointed at!!
Keith Martin Kaucher February 27, 2014 at 08:24 pm
City Council wasting money again as usual. I could bring in three heavy metal chassis fabricationRead More guys from the car shops I work with and have them clean and re-weld and reinforce that thing for about $15K +/- and they'd have it done in less then a week.
Riley February 28, 2014 at 11:17 am
@Keith Martin Kaucher - here's the thing - the money was raised by private citizens, anchored by aRead More large donation from Mr. Norman Lear. Over $100,000 was raised privately from 100's of citizens, to help restore and preserve this piece. I thought the study had already been done and that the money was to go to the restoration. Does anyone know what the facts are?
The current homeless population in Santa Monica is 742, according to the latest count. Patch file photo.
Keith Martin Kaucher February 27, 2014 at 09:29 pm
That's funny, that so called "Conservative Fantasy" came directly from one of theRead More officers I had to call to my shop to get some drunken homeless guy off my stoop last year, just so I could enter my building. Mr LIBERALman, If you're so concerned about these 742 people, why not rent some of them rooms in your home, not enough room you say, then let them set up tents in your back yard, let them use your bathroom facilities, and cook them hearty meals at your expense, but don't piss in the wind and try to tell me it's raining, because I know what I know first hand. Mr. Liberalman, until you've had to physically fight one of these guys in your business parking lot like I have, just trying to get into your office, and then had to drive all the way back to your house to get another shower to wash the stench off and change your clothes, or had the pleasure of scraping their feces off the sidewalk in front of your office building 20 times a year, I don't really care about your bleeding heart, Boo Hoo "742 homeless is 742 too many" opinion. Instead of watching the liberal based news, try talking to the cops on homeless patrol get the facts straight from the men and women that deal with this everyday. Yet another liberal living in a safe little ivory tower dictating policies that don't work in the real world.
Glenn E Grab March 4, 2014 at 10:40 am
Andy, if you're so concerned about he homeless, let them stay at your house....
Zil Liz Zil April 19, 2014 at 02:04 pm
i'm homeless and stay in santa monica sometimes. the city is really tough on the homeless. mostRead More homeless are not as bad as the above commenters are saying. most are sane and do some kind of work for a living. they don't run around on drugs, defecate in the street, or beg for money. a standout few do, but that's like damning your entire family for a bad uncle or rude aunt. not fair, and not realistic.
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 Mungo Jerry 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.
Los Angeles County transit officials are celebrating a financial promise of $670 million to help build the regional connector in downtown Los Angeles. Patch file photo.
martin marteen February 22, 2014 at 11:07 pm
Is that just make sure we have enough congestion in S.M. ? Yep we don'have enough people.
martin marteen February 22, 2014 at 11:08 pm
P.S. Our crime rate is low so we need to import somemore.
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?