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An Increased Focus on Domestic Violence in LA County
For most of my adult life, I have been focused on protecting women and children who are victims of domestic violence. In fact, my participation in advocacy and writing legislation to provide more support and empower victims was what led me to seek public office in the first place.
Domestic and intimate partner violence continues to affect thousands and thousands of women in LA County each year. The continuing scale and widespread impact of this problem led me to introduce a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Solis, to intensify the County’s efforts to address domestic and intimate partner violence.
The motion relocates the County’s Domestic Violence Council to the Department of Public Health and provides permanent funding and dedicated staff to support the work of the Domestic Violence Council. It also encourages coordination among agencies and community partners, placing a focus on collaboration through a public health lens.
Individuals who experience domestic violence are especially vulnerable to a variety of risks, which makes this framework an essential part of providing support and resources to these victims. The report back will also evaluate the use of technology and data collection methods to ensure streamlined decision-making and help among service providers.
Care Harbor Week Coming to LA County!
From November 17th through the 19th, the REEF Exposition Hall will once again be transformed into a free clinic for County residents!
Hundreds of doctors and nurses will be on hand to carry out a wide range of services including primary care, preventative screenings, immunizations, and women’s health services. Dental care and vision exams, along with referrals to off-site providers and appointments, will also be offered.
Event wristbands will be available for pick up next Saturday at Ted Watkins Park Fieldhouse and next Sunday at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Individuals seeking care must have a wristband to access the clinic, so be sure to stop by one of these two locations and pick yours up!
Please see CareHarbor’s FAQ for further wristband pickup instructions.
Protecting the Health of Our Residents from Serious Environmental Risk
Facilities that emit toxic chemicals and substances can pose serious health risks to nearby communities. Last year, the South Coast Air Quality Management District found unsafe levels of known carcinogenic materials in many areas of the County adjacent to polluting facilities.
While the Department of Public Health (DPH) has been responsive in issuing health directives to companies that are found to contribute to these hazardous conditions, they currently do not have the means to enforce compliance.
To deal with this inability, we approved a motion by Supervisors Hahn and Barger to evaluate DPH’s authority to limit or prevent facilities from releasing substances and toxic air emissions that pose a threat to the health of LA County residents. The motion uses DPH’s ability to shut down businesses that contribute to the spread of communicable diseases as a model for proposed actions regarding known environmental risk.
The motion requests a report back on the feasibility of strengthening DPH’s enforcement authority within 90 days.
Keeping LA County Residents Safe
What happened on October 31 in New York was a horrific and senseless act of violence. While this attack did not target LA County, it is a reminder of the risks we face living in a major metropolitan city.
In response to this tragic event, we approved a motion by Supervisor Hahn that highlights our commitment and responsibility to keeping the public safe. The motion calls on the CEO and the Department of Public Works, Beaches and Harbors, Parks and Recreation, and the Sheriff’s office to conduct a security evaluation of ‘soft targets’ in the County such as public bike paths, promenades, and walking trails.
The feasibility study, requested within 45 days, would set the groundwork for expanding and strengthening existing security operations and law enforcement networks to protect LA County residents from potential acts of violence in public areas.
Clearing out Devil’s Gate Dam
The iconic Devil’s Gate Reservoir in the Arroyo Seco region of Los Angeles County has served as a longstanding landmark for the area, as well as an important way to keep the surrounding communities safe from flooding and dangerous debris runoff.
Back in 2009, the Station Fire that burned for several days in the Angeles National Forest caused a large amount of sediment to flow into the reservoir. This has significantly diminished its capacity to safely contain another major debris event.
As a result, the Los Angeles County Flood Control District designed the Devil’s Gate Sediment Removal and Management Plan, back in 2014, to restore the reservoir’s flood control capacity. Since the initial Plan was developed, thorough assessments have been conducted to ensure as much existing vegetation and trail space as possible are preserved during implementation.
At Tuesday’s meeting, we approved a motion that will further the Plan’s progress as well as identify potential sources of funding for the project. To read more about LA County Flood Control District’s Sediment Removal and Management Projects, click here.