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County to establish Probation Oversight Commission

LOS ANGELES — Following up on a promise made nearly two years ago, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Oct. 1 to establish a Probation Oversight Commission with subpoena power through the Office of Inspector General. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas first championed the probation watchdog to replace the longstanding Probation Commission. “Reforming the Probation 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…

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Supervisors to remove lead-based paint near Exide plant

LOS ANGELES — The county Board of Supervisors voted April 17 to use $5.2 million from the Aliso Canyon gas leak settlement with Southern California Gas Co. to clean up lead-based paint in homes around the now-shuttered Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon. Supervisor Hilda Solis said families in Bell, Maywood, Commerce, Huntington Park, Los Read More…