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Thursday, January 12, 2023
Barger Gives $40,000 to Fund Door of Hope’s Homeless Prevention Work in Communities Surrounding Pasadena
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger presented a $40,000 check to Door of Hope, a non-profit organization located in Pasadena that helps families overcome homelessness, yesterday afternoon while meeting with its management team, caseworkers, and board members.
The funds will be used to extend Door of Hope’s services to communities surrounding the city of Pasadena, including Altadena and South Pasadena. The organization’s goal is to serve 190 families this year.
“Door of Hope is running a successful homelessness prevention program that’s continuing to grow and is helping stabilize families,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “I am a proud supporter of their mission to end family homelessness, and commend their successful client-centered approach. I wholeheartedly know these funds will be put to good use and, most importantly, will help struggling families in this part of my district thrive.”
“Supervisor Barger has been a great advocate in addressing the homelessness crisis,” said Reverend Megan Katerjian, Door of Hope’s Executive Director. “She is taking a proactive approach by supporting prevention and understanding the vital role that faith-based organizations can play in this endeavor.Read More »
Thursday, January 5, 2023
Caltrans Activates Statewide Electronic Highway Signs Due to Severe Weather
In response to the oncoming powerful storm, this morning Caltrans activated approximately 1,200 electronic highway signs statewide to display urgent safety messaging.
“Safety is always Caltrans’ priority, so as a violent storm deluges our state, today we activated our electronic message signs to advise everyone to avoid unnecessary travel during the peak of the storm,” said Caltrans Director Tony Tavares. “If travel cannot be postponed, we urge motorists to drive slowly, allow themselves plenty of time and be especially alert.”
Earlier today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation throughout California to support the ongoing response to recent winter storms. Caltrans has activated its district emergency operation centers and is working with local partners to respond to the storm and be poised to recover from its damage. In addition, the department is:
• Prioritizing staffing, with more than 4,000 crew members working 12-hour shifts.
• Placing equipment at critical locations to prepare for flooding and mudslides to quickly respond to emergencies.
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Potentially Damaging Storm
CITY NEWS SERVICE
Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency throughout California Wednesday in advance of a major winter storm expected to dump potentially damaging amounts of rain.
According to the governor’s office, the declaration will bolster emergency response efforts while authorizing the mobilization of the California National Guard for disaster response. It also directed Caltrans to request immediate assistance from the Federal Highway Administration to expedite road repairs due to the storms.
“This state of emergency will allow the state to respond quickly as the storm develops and support local officials in their ongoing response,” Newsom said in a statement.
According to the governor’s office, state fire and rescue personnel have been pre-positioned across the state to quickly respond to emergencies such as mud and debris flows, flooding and landslides.
The state Health and Human Services Agency was also working with local agencies to assist with efforts to notify vulnerable populations — such as the homeless and the disabled —Read More »
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
LA County Board Demands Phase-Out of Pepper Spray at Juvenile Halls
CITY NEWS SERVICE
Nearly four years after calling for the elimination of pepper spray at its juvenile halls, a frustrated Board of Supervisors Tuesday ordered its Probation Department to develop a plan to phase out its use in select housing units within 45 days while ensuring staffers are trained on other de-escalation techniques.
The board initially voted in February 2019 to eliminate the use of pepper spray in juvenile halls, but its use has persisted. In fact, a report released by the Probation Oversight Commission in November found that its use has actually escalated.
According to the report, pepper spray was deployed at Central Juvenile Hall and Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall a total of 232 times between June and September of this year.
The report stated that the majority of young people being sprayed are identified by the county as “developmentally disabled,” kids who identify as victims of commercial sexual exploitation, and young people who are emotionally challenged.Read More »
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
LA County Extends Eviction Moratorium Until End of January
CITY NEWS SERVICE
Los Angeles County will extend its eviction moratorium and tenant protections until at least Jan. 31, with the possibility of stretching them through June and creating a financial relief program for small landlords, under a measure approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
“The purpose of my motion today is to align with the city of L.A.,” said Supervisor Holly Mitchell said, who authored the motion calling for the extension of county protections — which were set to expire at the end of the year — until Jan. 31.
The Los Angeles City Council has already voted to end the city’s eviction moratorium and tenant protections on Jan. 31.
Mitchell’s motion also cited the surge of the “respiratory illness trifecta” of COVID-19, the flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, that could create further burdens for renters during the winter. Tenant protections were enacted by the county and many other jurisdictions at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and its public-health lockdowns that forced many people out of work.Read More »
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Supervisor Barger Dedicates $1M to Deter Holiday Crime
Funds will increase law enforcement services in Fifth District communities
Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced she will provide up to $1 million in discretionary funding to boost law enforcement services in unincorporated areas in her district.
Her announcement comes as the busy holiday shopping season approaches – and, along with it, an increased threat of crime.
“This month’s busiest holiday shopping days are quickly approaching and the threat of increased criminal activity is real,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “Last year’s smash-and-grab crime wave taught us we need to be ready to prevent theft before it happens. The funds I’m allocating to Sheriff stations in the Fifth District will help provide more law enforcement patrols and increase their presence in the communities I represent. Everyone deserves to feel safe during the holidays, whether they work in retail, are out shopping for loved ones, or simply enjoying time off at home.”
Sheriff Robert Luna reacted to Supervisor Barger’s announcement,Read More »
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Incoming County Sheriff Luna Announces Leadership Appointments
CITY NEWS SERVICE
Incoming Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said Wednesday a 28-year department veteran will serve as his interim undersheriff, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the history of the sheriff’s department.
April Tardy currently serves as chief of the department’s Central Patrol Division.
Luna also announced that Jason Skeen, currently the commander of Personnel Command, will serve as his interim chief of staff. Skeen is also a 28- year department veteran.
The appointments are both considered interim during Luna’s transition into the office beginning Monday. A swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for Saturday.
“Both of these talented and experienced law enforcement leaders share my vision of a sheriff’s department that is effective, compassionate and constitutional, and I look forward to serving with them starting on December 5th,” Luna said in a statement.
As undersheriff, Tardy will be the department’s second-in-command.
“I’m honored that Sheriff-elect Luna has confidence in me to serve as undersheriff of the L.A.Read More »
Monday, November 21, 2022
CHP Announces Four-Day Thanksgiving Holiday Maximum Enforcement Operation
CITY NEWS SERVICE
California Highway Patrol officers will be out in force over the Thanksgiving weekend, on the lookout for people driving drunk or impaired, or violating other traffic laws, authorities announced Monday.
“As millions of people venture out for the Thanksgiving holiday, the CHP is preparing for one of the busiest travel weekends in the nation,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said in a statement.
“Enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities, but please celebrate responsibly, wear your seat belt, and always designate a sober, nondrinking driver,” Ray said.
The CHP’s “maximum enforcement period” will begin at 6:01 p.m. Wednesday and continue through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
“As with every holiday, the CHP will work to keep motorists safe as they travel to gatherings with friends and family,” Ray said. “Our officers will be on patrol to take enforcement action as necessary and to provide assistance to motorists who are stranded or in need of help on the side of the road.”Read More »
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Villanueva Concedes, Luna Is New Sheriff in Town
A defiant Sheriff Alex Villaneuva conceded defeat Tuesday in his re-election bid, but in doing so, he again lashed out at his critics for pushing what he called “false narratives” about his leadership of the department.
Villanueva has been consistently trailing former Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna as results from last week’s election continued to be tallied.
“I want to wish the incoming sheriff well,” Villanueva said during an afternoon news conference.
But in his news conference, Villanueva blamed his loss on what he called a sweeping misinformation campaign and the use of “false narratives” focused on issues including alleged deputy gangs, his alleged resistance of oversight by the county and Civilian Oversight Commission and other allegations of internal harassment and retaliation against purported whistleblowers.
He said he was victimized by a “weaponized political machine” operated by the county, which he described as a “corrupt criminal enterprise.”
He then rattled off a list of what he called major accomplishments during his tenure,Read More »
Monday, November 14, 2022
Altadena Town Council Votes Are In!
The votes have been tallied and the results of the Altadena Town Council are in! There were 11 candidates running for six of the eight census tracts. With almost 300 votes cast for Census Tract representatives, the winners are as follows:
Roderick Anthony Bryce
The Council would like to thank everybody who decided to run and all the Altadena residents who took the time to come out and vote. It is your participation and involvement that make Altadena the incredible town that it is!
There will be an upcoming special election for Census Tracts 4601 and 4603.01. Information about how to apply for one of the two open seats will be forthcoming.
Any questions or concerns can be addressed to Sylvia Vega,Read More »
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