Established in 1850 as one of California's original 27 counties, Los Angeles County is the most populous in the nation, serving nearly 10 million residents spread out across over 4,000 square miles - almost 27 percent of California's population. As a subdivision of the state, the County is charged with providing numerous services that affect the lives of all residents, including law enforcement, tax collection, public health protection, public social services, elections and flood control.

 

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  • Juliana Sorelli
    commented 2020-06-18 14:40:38 -0700
    I m contacting you about the demolition of the Rancho Los Amigos Historic District.
    Why is the County investing funding in a massive expansion of operations during this time when other pressing community needs are great and resources are scarce. Where is the accountability? Most buildings that are being destroyed could simply be repurposed, why destroy the history of the county?
    Please ensure that demolition can only proceed once the project is funded and building permits are issued. This is a real shame that so many projects are happening all around while we are in a global health and social crisis.
  • James Krampert
    commented 2020-05-18 14:06:04 -0700
    Ms. Hahn – I am concerned that number of daily Covid-19 cases and deaths continues to increase in LA County in spite of the lockdown policy that has been in place since mid-March. Since early April, the 7 day moving average for daily confirmed cases has increased from over 400 per day to a range of 600 to 800 cases per day. Similarly, the the 7 day moving average for deaths has increased from the low 20’s in mi-April to around 40 per day. It is only reasonable to ask if this policy is working for LA County. If there is data that shows the policy is working, I don’t know what it would be. Meanwhile, it is clear that the lockdown policy is causing significant economic distress and will put significant pressure on local governments to provide services. As a county supervisor, I think you should encourage a review of the lockdown policy and investigate why LA County cases and deaths continue to increase.
  • Laurel Van Fossen
    commented 2020-05-15 01:56:57 -0700
    Please stop the stay-at-home orders, and open up the schools! The lockdown is ineffective, and not worth destroying the state. I went to school before a polio vaccine, survived the Hong Kong flu, and probably this virus in January (I host 2 students from China in my home). Protect the elderly, but please stop ruining everyone else’s lives and livelihoods!
  • Don Herman
    commented 2020-05-03 12:02:37 -0700
    20 Actions for Government to move forward with the pandemic issue:

    1. Cite proven scientific evidence to justify any burdensome policies created in the name of public health against the pandemic. Stop ignoring science, trampling on your constituent’s constitutional rights, and bypassing legislative protocols. It is essential to prove, and the burden is on the government to do so, that the rights violations or restrictions are absolutely necessary. Doing so on fear, theory, or opinion is not enough.

    2. Encourage individuals to social distance:

    a. If sick, stay at home and don’t go to work
    b. If family member sick, stay at home
    c. If child sick, don’t send to school
    d. Frequently wash hands and avoid touching face
    e. If sick, don’t board a plane
    f. Wear face masks in public where danger of infection exists for individual and others. Scientist T Jefferson has proven wearing mask helps prevent the spread.
    g. If you have germs don’t expose yourself to elderly

    3. Bulk up hospitals and supplies and have hospitals have a policy to keep them stocked. Even the Imperial College London model says social distancing is a temporary measure and will not prevent people from eventually contracting the virus. Consequently the hospitals should be ready.

    4. Apply as many resources as possible to find a mitigating treatment. Don’t be political about this, let the science and medical practitioners get these out to the public as soon as they find what will work.

    5. Send kids back to school, open summer camps, let them play sports and be outside as it has been found that kids don’t transmit the virus. Studies in the UK, Netherlands, and Iceland, and specifically the London Royal College of Pediatrics have found that there have been zero cases in the world where children under the age of 10 have transmitted the virus to an adult. Even in contact tracing by WHO. 0.0% cases In the Netherlands has been from source patients under the age of 18.

    6. Encourage people to go outside. Science shows sunlight and exercise are necessary for physical health and wellness. The department of Homeland Security has announced that sunlight, heat, and humidity kills the virus. Studies in Germany, Hong Kong, & Taiwan found that transmission of the virus rarely if ever happens outdoors via casual contact.

    7. Stop fear mongering. Stop saying 2 million people would have died without lockdown because we now know that isn’t true based on what we have learned about the death rate of the virus. Dr. Scott Atlas of Stanford University ran the fatality numbers and found that most people are not at risk of death from the virus. Death rate is 0.1% to 0.5% not 3.4% as original models expressed. The elderly and those with underlying health conditions are at risk but the vast majority of people do not die of covid19.

    8. Release the algorithms used in the models to forecast deaths and to develop public policy. All models to date have been wrong, yet public policies are implemented based on these models. Since we have seriously impacted so many constituent’s jobs and their businesses, we should be willing to share with them these calculations with our constituents in this self-governing country.

    9. Do not ban elective surgeries. Thanks to this ban more people will die as a result of other health conditions that are not being treated than from covid. This policy is threating to bankrupt hospitals that we so essentially need to be solvent at a time like this.

    10. Let young healthy people build herd immunity. People under 50 are at very low risk of dying should they contract covid19.

    11. Run constant, continuous, and wide spread antibody testing so we have the information we need such as prevalence rate, hospitalization rate, and fatality rates in order to best resource the fight of infection. New York, LA County, Santa Clara County, Diamond Princess cruise, a Kansas County, and dozens more have shown through antibody testing the infection fatality rate is 0.1% to 0.5% when all cases (with asymptomatic) are included.

    12. Track excess deaths. Compare the current number of deaths with the average number of deaths for a time period for an area, state, county, or country.

    13. Do not code probable covid19 deaths without a positive test. This is misleading to the public and it skews the numbers.

    14. Quarantine the sick and their family members.

    15. Lock down nursing homes and/or allow families to remove their residents. 50% of covid19 fatalities in Delaware, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Colorado were in nursing homes. Minnesota had 73%. Prevent nursing homes from receiving patients that are covid19 positive.

    16. Keep at risk populations at home, if they want to stay home so they aren’t exposed.

    17. Stop with the corona virus bailouts and any pork included. Unemployment benefits cannot be >100% of regular pay as there is not incentive to return to work.

    18. Stop depending on China for manufacturing of essential items and medical supplies. China threatened to cut off medical supplies.

    19. Lift the lockdowns. Stop government mandated extreme social distancing because it is deadly to our economy and leads to death from suicide, medical issues, and child abuse. Germany and Switzerland studies showed that individual social distancing flattened their curve and lockdowns did marginally nothing. Stanford’s Dr. Rogers ran data to find US States lockdown has no impact on deaths. There is no proof that short term lockdowns work to stop the virus.

    20. If new data is discovered with contradicts current policies, change the policies. It’s ok to be wrong, just don’t prolong. Don’t be afraid to change or let political hubris prevent changing. New learnings have not been appropriately reacted to with regards to policies.
  • Tom Brozenec
    commented 2020-04-12 09:09:46 -0700
    Dear Supervisor Hahn,
    I am writing to strongly protest the actions of LA County in extending the county’s ‘stay home’ order until May 15 (and potentially beyond). According to an article published in the Daily News on April 10 (written by Ryan Clark), the order was extended until May 15 based on statistical models developed by a team of modeling experts led by Dr Roger J. Lewis at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. The same article indicated that there were no assurances from any officials (per a quote in the article from Dr. Barbara Ferrer) that the order would be lifted even on May 15. In other worse, this order seems to be indefinite!
    You are apparently basing your decisions on statistical models. And yet these models have not, at least to my knowledge, been made public. Moreover, the models certainly have not been validated; there are no validated models of coronavirus infection because it is a novel virus. This is self-evident. Furthermore, we the public only see the bottom-line numbers coming out of these models. The Daily News article reports that these models indicate three different possibilities:
    1. Social distancing maintained at current levels – 29.8% of LA County infected with COVID-19 by August 1,
    2. More physical distancing measures put in place (these measures were not detailed in the article, but this is troubling to me…. what additional liberties do you plan to curtail by fiat?) – 5.5% of LA County infected with COVID-19 by August 1,
    3. Measures reduced now – 95.6% of LA County infected with COVID-19 by August 1.
    It would hard for me to over-state how absolutely absurd these numbers appear to be; firstly, because they are provided with too many significant figures (29.8% as opposed to 30%… really? You expect us all to believe you know these numbers with that much precision?). Secondly, all statistical models provide not only a nominal value, but also a confidence interval associated with that nominal value. How wide are the confidence intervals in the model? I regularly look at the University of Washington model results at the IMHE website that have become so well-known in recent weeks and I see that those models have very large confidence intervals. Given the fact that COVID-19 is a “novel” (i.e. new) virus, I would expect that Dr. Lewis’ confidence intervals are similarly wide. Why is that level of uncertainty not as well publicized as the nominal values? Or, as I suspect, is it not true that the 95.6% number cited is a worst-case number at the farthest extreme of the confidence interval? If that is the case (as I suspect it almost certainly must be), then your office and Dr. Ferrer and Christina Ghaly are all engaged in fear mongering of the worst kind. This is shameful and it must stop.
    You and your fellow supervisors of LA County have, with this order, effectively curtailed many of our civil liberties which we as Americans (at least historically) have held dear. I cannot take a walk on the beach. I cannot jog along the beach. I cannot surf. I cannot walk into a Chipotle or a grocery store without a face mask. I cannot attend Easter church services… for the first time in my life! All of these actions are outrageous and amount to a declaration of martial law (full martial law, I suppose, will accompany the “more physical distancing measures” now being apparently considered). Yet, where is the dire threat that would justify such extreme actions? Where? Show me actual data; not models… I want data! How many deaths (either “due to” or “with” COVID-19) have actually occurred? The IMHE model projects 1,616 total deaths throughout the entire state by August 4. To date, the entire state has recorded 666 deaths (either “due to” or “with” COVID-19). Per the Daily News article, there have been 425 deaths (“due to” or “with” COVID-19) to date in LA County… in a county with a population of 10 million souls.
    You have disrupted the lives of 10 million people and destroyed livelihoods and businesses, all due to the deaths of 425 individuals (0.00425% of the population) and some kind of model-induced fear about what might happen in the future? This is madness and public policy making at its worst. Just to provide some appropriate context: How many people in LA County have died in traffic accidents this year? How many from cancer? How many from heart disease? How many from suicide? How many from all causes? How much of an increase over a normal year do the 425 COVID-19 deaths represent? I suspect there’s been no overall increase at all!
    Given the extreme decisions that you are making using models as a basis, I believe it only fair that you instruct Dr. Lewis to make public all the inner details and assumptions of his model so that it can be reviewed by experts and lay persons alike. It is not fair that one model that has not been reviewed nor made public should be used to make such consequential decisions. You hope to save lives by your actions; yet, the actions you’ve taken have already had extremely deleterious consequences for millions of people. How many people have lost businesses which took years to build? How many people have lost jobs? How many people are now depressed and anxious? How many (sadly) will commit suicide or turn to drugs with devastating consequences? And perhaps most serious of all: How damaging to our traditions and customs of freedom and liberty to find that large portions of our population would willingly (like docile sheep) submit to arbitrary suspensions of their freedoms for what amounts to indefinite periods of time?
    I implore you… I beg of you, to reconsider this course of madness. We are not in the midst of the black death of the 14th century. Our health care system is the most amazing ever devised by mankind supported by incredible technological capability. Why would we lose our nerve and confidence now? Martial law and lock downs are not the answer in a nation that was founded on liberty and freedom. Our society needs to function again. Only quarantines of the weak and vulnerable need take place; and these can be voluntary and recommended, not forced. Coercion is NOT the American way. Like it or not, this population will need to eventually obtain herd immunity against COVID-19. There is no other way. You simply cannot shut down society for 18 months until a vaccine is in place. No sane individual thinks that can happen. If you tried, the results would be much worse than even that ridiculous worst-case 95.6% number predicted by Dr. Lewis’ model.
    Wisdom should take precedence over expertise at this time. Wisdom would demand that we balance our legitimate concern with the spread of COVID-19 with other concerns which are equally important: mental health, economic health, civic health, and religious health. So far, in this situation, all our public officials from President Trump all the way down to the LA County Board of Supervisors have failed us, the public, by their lack of wisdom and perspective and by too heavy a reliance on unproven models and by succumbing to fear and panic. Our public health experts (Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx, Dr. Lewis, et al) have also failed us…. By an exclusively monomaniacal focus on a single virus as opposed to holistic views of health. Also, we the public have failed ourselves… we’ve failed by giving into fear; we’ve failed by accepting government edicts from above without question, like docile sheep. This must all end and it must end quickly. I urge you and your fellow supervisors to reconsider your current course of action and reverse course.
    Sincerely,
    Tom Brozenec, Ph.D.
    El Segundo, CA
    (310) 503-7952 (mobile)
  • Patrick Meehan
    commented 2020-03-30 14:48:49 -0700
    Patrick Meehan, M.D.
    13 Tiburon Court
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
    831-325-3273

    Dear Dr. Ferrer and Supervisor Hahn:

    I am a local physician with a long history of having worked in public health, including as health officer for both New Hampshire and Georgia and as director of emergency preparedness at CDC after 9/11 and during the anthrax era. I would suggest that the decision by LA County to close beaches, bike paths, etc. makes no sense from a public health perspective. I am not aware of evidence to suggest that passing by someone on a path poses any risk of coronavirus. By closing trails, bikers are forced onto the street and run the risk of injury having to mingle with cars. Many people use trails like the Strand for transportation. My own step daughter was visiting from Santa Monica (I am in Manhattan Beach) the afternoon this decision was made, forcing her to go home on busy streets, mingling with vehicles. By limiting venues, people are forced to congregate in less available spaces (which I have already witnessed in our neighborhood). Or they just cannot exercise which, from a public health perspective is important and may help maintain proper health and fitness so that if they are infected perhaps they will run less risk of severe complications. There have not been crowds at our beaches and there is plenty of room on our beaches for adequate social distancing. Seeing lifeguards ordering surfers out of the ocean yesterday baffled me since there is no conceivable way that that activity poses a risk of contracting coronavirus.

    I strongly urge the County of Los Angeles to reverse the decision to close all beaches, bike and walking paths. I am happy to discuss if you wish.

    Respectfully,

    Patrick Meehan, M.D.

    Cc: Mayor Garcetti
    LAC Board of Supervisors
  • Fitzwilliam Anderson
    published this page 2019-10-09 16:56:15 -0700