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It’s Get the Bills Out of the First House Season in the California Legislature, and we approved motions to put the Board on record in support of two great pieces of legislation.

Thanks to the efforts of the Voting Systems Assessment Project, overseen by our Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, LA County is well on its way to modernizing and replacing an outdated voting system that serves the largest and most diverse electorate in the country. We passed a motion I co-authored with Supervisor Hahn in support of AB 668, the Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2018, which will authorize the issuance and sale of bonds up to $450,000,000 for replacing aging voting systems throughout the state.

I also teamed up with Supervisor Kathryn Barger to support AB 279, which allows organizations that serve children and adults with developmental disabilities in LA, San Diego and other high-cost areas to receive adjustments to their rates to meet the minimum wage increases in these communities.

For 23 years, J. Patrice Marinade has provided a constant succession of rich cultural experiences to the residents of LA County as the Robert H. Ahmanson chief curator of European Art at LACMA.

During his tenure, he organized and curated countless exhibitions, including the hugely successful exhibition on Caravaggio, which was acclaimed by critics and visitors alike, and Renaissance and Reformation: German art in the Age of Durer and Cranach, his final exhibition at LACMA.

Patrice is stepping down, and, this week, the Board officially honored and thanked him for his dedication to enriching arts and culture in our county. I wish him the best in his future endeavors as he becomes LACMA’s Curator Emeritus.

The motion that created our Health Agency also required sequenced reports from our three health departments on how Health Integration is progressing. At the meeting we received this report from the Director of the Health Agency and Department Heads on three significant aspects stemming from the integration of the Departments of Mental Health, Health Services, and Public Health.

And, finally, we adjourned in memory of three entrepreneurs who created iconic institutions in the Third District, and who recently passed away.

Lucy Casado was the owner of the landmark Mexican restaurant Lucy’s El Adobe Cafe across the street from Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. She also helped create the Mexican American Political Association, and was a passionate and outspoken advocate for Latino and immigrant rights.

Marilyn Lewis co-founded the Hamburger Hamlet chain which opened on Sunset Boulevard in 1950 and pretty much pioneered the gourmet burger. Marilyn also opened Kate Mantilini in Beverly Hills, and had a prestige clothing line, Cardinali, that helped dress Marlo Thomas in her TV hit “That Girl.”

Known as the “King of the Sunset Strip,” Mario Maglieri was the owner of famed Sunset Strip clubs Whisky a Go Go, and the Rainbow Bar and Grill. The Whisky opened in 1964 and showcased countless rock acts, among them The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses. In 1972, Mario opened the Rainbow which became a haven for hundreds of musicians.