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Sheriff Cliques

As a part of the Board’s fiscal oversight responsibilities, it is important to understand the full extent to which the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has been involved in claims, lawsuits, and other settlements where sworn members of LASD were alleged, proven, or acknowledged to be members of a secret society, clique, station group, or informal “gang”.

In light of this, the Board approved my motion, co-authored by Supervisor Solis, asking for a compilation of that information.

The motion also calls for a study of whether any Corrective Action Plans adopted in response to these claims identified actions that would diminish or bar violent clique, station group, secret society, or Sheriff gang activity.

Preventing Additional Measles Cases in LA County

In light of the current measles outbreak in LA County, the Board approved a motion authored by Supervisors Solis and Hahn to send a 5-signature letter in support of SB 272 (Pan) requiring the state to develop and make available a standardized, statewide medical exemption request form for children with physical or medical conditions that prevent them from getting immunizations.

Because there is no regulatory body to review the validity of such exemptions, such a role is left entirely in the hands of physicians. This bill would change that.

Additionally, the motion directs the Department of Public Health (DPH) to devise a plan for preventing additional measles cases in LA County, like healthcare provider engagement, early diagnoses and vaccinations, and community outreach.

Support for LGBTQ Youth

The Board adopted my motion, co-authored by Supervisor Solis, instructing the Directors of Children and Family Services, Mental Health, Public Health and Health Services, and the Chief Probation Officer to inform the Board on the implementation of LGBTQ+ youth services and programs based on the recommendations made in a June 2018 report on the issue.

This often underserved population becomes involved in these County departments in numbers higher than their percentage in the population. Services need to take their experiences into account. Effective program design and implementation is often a matter of effective communication between community members and departments.  This motion assists that process.

Multifamily Housing

The Board voted today on a resolution that will issue $14 million in mortgage revenue bonds to BlueGreen LLC to finance the acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of a 55-unit supportive multifamily rental housing development in West LA.

Located in the Veterans Administration Center in unincorporated West LA, this project will provide opportunities to many who would benefit from supportive housing.

In a region like ours, where housing is limited and expensive, this is an essential step for the County to maintain its dedication to supportive housing efforts, especially for our veterans.

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Every year, Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed around the world. This week, the Board commemorated (above) the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. The Nazis also killed millions of others, including Roma (Gypsies) and Slavs, political and religious dissidents, people with disabilities, and gays and lesbians.

Yom HaShoah was first observed in 1953 after being signed into law by Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion. Every year, people all over the world light memorial candles and recite the Mourner’s Kaddish (prayer) in memory of those who died.

Today, the majority of Holocaust survivors in California live in LA County. Unfortunately, antisemitism is not a hateful relic of the past but rather, still a part of our society today. With events like the recent shootings in the Poway Synagogue or the Pittsburg Synagogue, this day of remembrance remains all too relevant.