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LA County supervisors will probably be voting shortly to end the 287(g) immigration enforcement program in the county jails. Here's a look at the political dynamics behind the decision.
A change in Los Angeles County elected leadership last year paved the way for the end of a controversial collaboration between sheriff's deputies and federal immigration officials in the county jails.
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The story of one family's struggles with the fragmented and often impenetrable California mental health system, and its tragic ending.
Cynthia Hernandez was thinking about the missing dog when she awoke early that September morning in her family's two-story tract home, tucked away in a residential enclave north of a busy commercial corridor in Chino.
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Yes, though deinstitutionalization was well underway by the late 70s.  I worked in a small locked facility (technically a specialized skilled nursing facility) where most of the patients were under family or court-appointed conservatorship , and I'd agree that it has generally gotten harder to get to the conservatorship step (not necessarily called that in other states, but the same idea).  The civil liberties issues are real, of course, but sadly the individual experiencing untreated psychosis is not particularly "free" either.
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Audit confirms cheating on L.A. County firefighter hiring exams.
An audit probing allegations of cheating in the Los Angeles County Fire Department's hiring process found that high-ranking officials improperly shared job interview questions and answers that were supposed to be confidential.
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In a slight departure from my normal local government beat, I wrote this piece in today's L.A. Times about Jisr az-Zarqa, the last Arab village remaining on the coast of Israel.
The freeway that hugs Israel's Mediterranean coast doesn't have an entrance or exit for Jisr az-Zarqa. To reach the Arab village, people use a one-lane tunnel that passes under the highway.
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A look at the push-pull over key decisions as Los Angeles County prepares for an unprecedented change in leadership.
The final weeks of elected officials' terms are typically spent packing up boxes, exchanging goodbyes, and handing out proclamations to constituents and loyal staff members.
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Just in time for Labor Day -- +Catherine Saillant and I look at the realignment of power in Los Angeles County that could strengthen labor's hand.
As the final push begins to fill a key seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors , union leaders, elected officials and political analysts are anticipating a realignment of power that could strengthen the hand of organized labor in decisions affecting a wide array of public services and the region's largest employer.
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Los Angeles County supervisors will likely vote today to approve a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations that the sheriff's department targeted minorities -- and particularly those in the Section 8 housing program -- in the Antelope Valley.
Los Angeles County supervisors are expected to vote Tuesday on a settlement ; with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations that sheriff’s officials systematically targeted racial minorities in the Antelope Valley.
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Criminal defendants who have been found incompetent to stand trial because of mental illness or developmental disabilities often face lengthy waits in county jails before they are sent to state hospitals for treatment. State and county officials, attorneys, advocates and mental health professionals agree that the persistent backlog is a problem, but haven't been able to agree on a solution.
In January 2014, Edward Lamont Mason allegedly attacked and injured a woman with a baseball bat.
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ICYMI: My story over the weekend about the conditions in the county animal shelters and the larger debate over animal welfare policy.
The stocky Chihuahua mix strained at his collar, unhinged by the cacophony of yelps coming from the Downey animal shelter's kennels. The young man at the other end of the leash was equally unsettled. Clearly he had misgivings about leaving Charlie in this shabby place, where his pet would have about a 1 in 3 chance of getting out alive.
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Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to set up a civilian oversight commission to oversee the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, marking a major milestone for the troubled law enforcement agency.
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My look at the tortured 20-year history of Los Angeles Unified School District's attempts to implement an integrated student information system.
With a few taps on a computer keyboard, a student's entire school history from kindergarten to high school graduation was supposed to show up on the screen. That perfect score on a third-grade spelling test, that trip to the principal's office for talking too much in class, that day of ditching math as a senior.
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The way that James Foley died is horrific and it matters, but let's not let that overshadow the work he did in his life. GlobalPost has put together a compilation of his work for them in Libya and Syria. These stories and videos are what he gave his life for, so let's honor him by reading and watching them.
Although he was killed by Islamic State militants, Jim's quest to chronicle modern war lives on through his selfless journalism.
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What a sad, terrible loss.
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