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Board chastises sheriff over $63 million budget deficit

LOS ANGELES — The county Board of Supervisors took Sheriff Alex Villanueva to task Oct. 1 for a $63 million budget deficit, with county the CEO citing escalating overtime as a driving factor. The discussion came as the board approved $3 billion in additions to the countywide budget, which now totals $36 billion. Supervisors Hilda Read More…

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Supervisors move forward on rent control ordinance

LOS ANGELES — The county Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Sept. 10 to move forward on a permanent rent control ordinance for unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who had consistently opposed rental controls in favor of easing development-related regulations, voted in agreement with her colleagues. “I feel as though a compromise Read More…

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County health officials report first vaping death

E-cigarettes blamed for increase in lung ailments LOS ANGELES — County public health officials announced Sept. 6 the county’s first known death of a person stemming from the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping — the fourth such death nationwide. Dr. Muntu Davis, the county’s health officer, said the patient was an “older adult who had Read More…