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Hahn Congratulates Dr. Carmen Estrada Schaye on Presidential Appointment

San Pedro, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is congratulating her long-time friend and commissioner, Dr. Carmen Estrada Schaye, on her appointment today by President Joe Biden to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Dr. Estrada Schaye is a resident of Rolling Hills who had previously served as Hahn’s appointee to the Los Angeles County Women and Girls Initiative Governing Board and currently serves as her appointee to the Los Angeles County Small Business Commission.

“I want to congratulate my friend, Dr. Carmen Estrada Schaye, on this prestigious appointment by President Biden to the Fulbright Scholarship Board,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “I have known Carmen for decades and I know how seriously she takes public service. She has repeatedly stepped up to serve as my commissioner at the local level and now she will be serving at the pleasure of the President.”

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board supervises the Fulbright Program and certain programs authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act and for the purpose of selecting students, scholars, teachers, trainees, and other persons to participate in the educational exchange programs. Appointed by the President, the 12-member Board meets quarterly in Washington, DC. The Board establishes worldwide policies and procedures for the Program and issues an annual report on the state of the Program. Board members include Donna Brazile and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson.

“I’m proud and honored to be a member of the Fulbright Scholarship Board and I shall represent the values and educational achievements of our country,” said Dr. Carmen Estrada Schaye.

Dr. Carmen Estrada Schaye earned a doctorate in Institutional Management at Pepperdine University, preceded by two master’s degree and a BA cum laude from Cal State Northridge. She was an Assistant Professor at Cal State University. Estrada Schaye also served as a community college Dean of Academic Affairs. Estrada Schaye is the recipient of the California State Senate Woman of Distinction, which recognizes trailblazing women for their impact on their communities.

Estrada Schaye is currently the national first Vice President of Diversity for the National Women’s Political Caucus in Washington, DC. She conducts a monthly symposium on women’s issues featuring state and nationally prominent women and serves as a Commissioner for Supervisor Hahn on the the LA County Small Business Commission. She formerly served as a Commissioner for Supervisor Hahn on the Los Angeles County Women and Girl’s Initiative. Estrada Schaye teaches NWPC National Diversity Campaign Training and was instrumental in developing a nationwide curriculum for diversity campaign instruction. In Los Angeles she was recently the President of Center Theater Group Affiliates at the West Coast’s largest theater complex. She is a businesswoman who owns Historic Home Restorations, a company dedicated to the restoration and preservation of historic residences throughout the United States. She co-created and actively manages with her husband, Dr. Gordon Schaye, Grant Rivers Productions LLC in Los Angeles, devoted to the production of original films and TV programs.

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Supervisors Require New Training Regarding First Responder Photographs

Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn regarding new trainings for LA County Firefighters, paramedics, and Sheriff’s deputies about new County policies prohibiting photographs of human remains.

Hahn’s motion is a follow-up to a previous motion she authored August, shortly after a jury ordered Los Angeles County to pay $35 million to Kobe Bryan’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, and Chris Chester for failing to prevent the taking and sharing of photos of their deceased loved ones at the site of a 2020 helicopter crash.

“Our failure to prevent those photos from being taken hurt Vanessa Bryant and Chris Chester as well as LA County taxpayers who ultimately had to foot the bill of the massive settlements,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “It is important that have new policies for our first responders on the books, but those policies will only be as effective as the training that comes along with them. We need all our current first responders and every new hire to be educated about what these new policies mean and trained explicitly in what is expected of them.”

Both the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department have new policies that explicitly address prohibited behavior regarding photographs and recordings at scenes where human remains are present. The Sheriff’s Department adopted a new policy in July 2020 regarding the photographing of human remains which requires personnel to preserve the dignity and privacy of the deceased and their family and prohibits photographs of human remains unless by certain authorized personnel. The Fire Department has not yet implemented their new policy, but it has been finalized and has gone through the review process with labor. They plan to implement the new policy in January 2023. The new policy will address all types of employee photography, the use of recording devices, and posting on social media. It also strictly prohibits photographs of deceased persons or human remains.

“As first responders, it is imperative we provide the highest level of care while maintaining the trust and confidentiality of the people we proudly serve,” said Los Angeles County Interim Fire Chief Anthony C. Marrone. “Passing this motion solidifies our ongoing commitment to the communities we swore an oath to and will allow us to continue preserving an individual and family’s rights to dignity and privacy.”

Hahn’s motion, which was approved today in a 5-0 vote, directs the Fire Department and requests the Sheriff’s Department to report back in writing in 45 days with their plans to develop and implement training of the new policies pertaining to on-scene and incident photography. The reports will detail how each department plans to train both new hires and current employees on the new policies in a way that will provide all department members with clear guidance on the application of the new policies.

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Supervisors Vote to Create new Office of Environmental Justice and Climate Health

Los Angeles, CA – During their meeting today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a motion put forth by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis to create a new Los Angeles County Office of Environmental Justice and Climate Health. The Office will operate within the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and will be tasked with proactively addressing the impacts of industrial pollution and climate change on communities in Los Angeles County.

Speaking to the Board, Supervisor Hahn said that since being elected, the communities she represents have been confronted with one environmental justice crisis after another, from carcinogenic hexavalent chromium emissions from metal plating plants in Paramount, to noxious fumes from an animal rendering plant in Vernon. Neighborhoods she represents continue to deal with lead contamination from the former Exide battery recycling plant.

“It is time we get proactive,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “We’ve seen the terrible toll that industrial pollution has had on vulnerable communities and, increasingly, those same communities are also bearing the brunt of the heat waves caused by climate change. With this new office, we will not only better help these communities in crisis, but craft policies of the future that will help us protect them.”

The Office of Environmental Justice and Climate Health will be staffed with employees from the Department of Public Health’s Toxicology and Environmental Assessment Branch and an interim director for the new office will be appointed within the next 30 days. The Office will first create its Strategic Plan, which is expected to be ready in nine months. The Strategic Plan will finalize the priority policy areas of focus, in consultation with community stakeholders and the Community Prevention and Population Health Task Force.

“Communities across Los Angeles County are crying out for justice: environmental justice,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District. “While this Board has stepped up to elevate and prioritize environmental justice, it is critical that we take bolder steps in our actions to respond decisively. This motion helps to do just that by creating transformative changes to the environmental and climate health of our residents.”

In April, Hahn and Solis led the Board in adopting Environmental Justice and Climate Health as a Board priority, and directed the Department of Public Health to produce a plan to create the Office. The vote formally adopts the roadmap in the Department’s October 2022 report entitled, “Evolving and Advancing the Board Directed Priority: Environmental Justice and Climate Health,” which called for the creation of the Office of Environmental Justice and Climate Health.

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Hahn Appoints CSULB Student Clarissa Peña to LA County Youth Commission

Los Angeles, CA – Today LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn appointed California State University Long Beach student and former foster care youth Clarissa Peña to serve on the County’s Youth Commission.

“We established the Youth Commission to make sure that young people with experience in our County’s foster care and juvenile justice systems are at the forefront of helping us make those systems better,” said Supervisor Hahn. “Through her own experience in foster care, Clarissa has the expertise to help us do better by the kids in our charge. I am proud to appoint her to the Los Angeles County Youth Commission and I know she will do great work.”

Peña entered the County’s foster care system at nine years old after experiencing homelessness with her family. She spent another ten years in foster care, switching between home placements and moving schools frequently, before settling at Jordan High School in North Long Beach. Peña graduated Jordan High with over 600 hours of community service with California Youth Connection. In Fall 2021, she was able to move out of her last group home and into on-campus housing at California State University Long Beach, where she is pursuing a science track as her area of study. She also currently works with the California Youth Commission as a Core Organizer.

“First I would like to thank Supervisor Hahn for appointing me to the Los Angeles County Youth Commission,” said Peña. “I’m honored to represent District 4 since I was raised in cities such as Long Beach, Whittier, and South Gate throughout my time in the child welfare system. From my lived experience, I hope to uplift the voices and experiences of those who have been system impacted, who have experienced homelessness, and part of the Latinx community. I am excited for this opportunity and I look forward to connecting with the youth of Los Angeles County!”

Established in 2020 by the Board of Supervisors following a motion by Supervisor Hahn and Sheila Kuehl, the Youth Commission is a youth-led organization that advises the Board on all matters related to youth policy. It also promotes youth participation in County affairs and policy development. Its members are all young people ages 18 to 24 with lived experience in the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems.

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Department of Mental Health will Expand Student Trainee Opportunities

Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have unanimously approved a proposal by Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to expand the number of student trainee opportunities in the Department of Mental Health as a strategy to recruit more mental health professionals to the department.

“We are in the middle of a sea change in how the County responds to and treats mental health crises, sending more mental health teams into the field to help deescalate crisis situations, and opening more facilities where people can recover,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “But this progress is threatened by a lack of mental health professionals who can fill these new positions. Luckily, there are plenty of students who are studying to get in these fields, and we should start working with them now so they are ready to fill jobs in LA County when they graduate.”

To meet the mental health needs of our communities, Los Angeles County has committed to expanding available mental health services, including innovative programs like the Psychiatric Mobile Response Teams (PMRT), Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (HOME) teams, and Therapeutic Transport Vans. The County is also working on expanding the number of mental health beds available to ensure that everyone who needs a space to stabilize and recover from a mental health crisis can get the help they need.

However, the success of these programs is threatened by a shortage of mental health staff. There is currently a 28% vacancy rate at the County’s Department of Mental Health, and the department is facing challenges in recruitment and retention, at least in part due to the increase in demand for mental health professionals across the nation, state, and here in Los Angeles County.

“This motion is about fixing a big gap that we have in our mental health services system – we simply don’t have enough qualified mental health clinicians to meet the need that exists in our County,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who co-authored the motion. “I’m hopeful that increasing the number of County training sites for students will both expand their access to the diverse training sites within our Department of Mental Health and also help us attract new local talent. This has the potential to be a ‘win-win’ situation.”

Hahn and Barger’s motion, which passed today, directs Dr. Lisa Wong, the Interim Director of the County’s Department of Mental Health, in collaboration with the Department of Human Resources, to report back in 90 days with a plan to expand the number of training sites for students in key mental health-related fields to enhance recruitment and retention of mental health clinicians.

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Board Votes to Stock County Libraries with Lifesaving Narcan

Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn which will stock LA County Libraries with naloxone, also known as Narcan, the life-saving antidote to fentanyl poisoning and opioid overdose. The County will also explore making LA County Libraries official distribution sites for naloxone kits for residents to pick up.

“Narcan is easy to use, anyone can carry it, and it saves lives,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “Fentanyl poisonings are on the rise, and we should make sure Narcan is at our County Libraries where so many young people spend time after school. Parents are scared and want to know how they can get Narcan to keep in case of an emergency so I want to explore making our libraries Narcan kit distribution sites.”

Narcan is easy to use without medical training and won’t harm someone if that person is not suffering from fentanyl poisoning or opioid overdose. The CDC says it is always better to use it in the case of a suspected overdose.

Hahn’s motion, which passed today, does two things. The first is that it immediately directs the Department of Public Health to assist the Los Angeles County Library with obtaining naloxone and maintaining the availability of naloxone on-site at County libraries to reverse opioid overdose as well as offer training to Los Angeles County Library staff volunteers on how to identify overdose and safely administer naloxone.

Second, it directs the Department of Public Health, the Department of Health Services and the Los Angeles County Library to explore the feasibility of making libraries naloxone distribution sites. At a recent LA County Department of Public Health townhall on fentanyl, worried parents asked repeatedly about where they can get naloxone/Narcan to have in case their own child is a victim of fentanyl poisoning.

Should the plan to make libraries naloxone distribution sites move forward, naloxone could be obtained through the State of California’s Naloxone Distribution Project. The program was created to combat the growing number of opioid-related deaths by providing naloxone to certain organizations, including libraries. Naloxone kits provided through these distribution sites are completely free to the public.

Read Supervisor Hahn’s full motion here: http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/e95c45ef-784c-49a4-a06b-69243371cc9e.pdf

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Hahn Urges Constituents to take Precautions against Avian Flu

Long Beach, CA — Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is urging her constituents to take steps to prevent the spread of avian flu after the Department of Public Health confirmed eight cases of the disease in birds in Los Angeles County, including at least five cases in her district in Long Beach and Cerritos. Avian flu currently poses low risk to humans but is highly contagious among birds and is responsible for deadly outbreaks in wild bird populations and at poultry farms.

“So far, experts have identified eight birds with avian flu in LA County and there are undoubtedly many more birds infected,” said Supervisor Hahn. “We need to take simple precautions to help prevent the spread of this virus among birds and to protect ourselves and our pets.”

The Department of Public Health recommends the following precautions:
• Avoid contact with wild birds, even if they don’t look sick.
• Avoid surfaces that may be contaminated with saliva or feces from wild or domestic birds.
• Keep dogs and other pets away from wild birds.
• Take down birdfeeders and birdbaths that may lead birds to congregate.
• Do not handle sick or injured birds. Contact your local animal control agency for help.
• Bird owners should seek veterinary attention for their own animals if they seem sick.
• People with backyard chickens, ducks or other poultry should remove water and food sources that feed wild birds (bird feeders, bird baths, etc.).
• People with backyard flocks should keep poultry feed away from wild birds and rodents.
• People who handle pet birds or backyard poultry should thoroughly wash their hands and clean and disinfect footwear before and after coming into contact with their birds.

Wild birds infected with avian flu may have no symptoms or may have neurological signs (including swimming in circles, head tilt, or tremors), respiratory distress, or sudden death. Domestic birds may have swelling of the head and eyes, diarrhea, weakness, respiratory distress, and loss of appetite.

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Hahn Calls for Council President Nury Martinez to Step Down

San Pedro, CA – Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn has released the following statement reacting to the leaked audio of a conversation between Los Angeles City Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Gil Cedillo, and Kevin De Leon, and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera and calling for Nury Martinez to step down from her position as Council President:

“The racism, bigotry, and cruelty revealed in this leaked audio is appalling. Words matter. The anti-Black prejudice on display in this conversation compromises the confidence any residents had in these councilmembers’ leadership. Councilwoman Nury Martinez must step down from her position as President of the council immediately, before her colleagues have to do it. And how sad that Mike and Sean’s young son Jacob, who is the grandson of the late great ILWU labor leader Dave Arian, was was the brunt of such heartless and vicious words. What this city now needs is a Truth and Reconciliation process with real accountability and repair. I love this city and we need to find a pathway forward where all people can feel represented equally.”

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New $30 Million Program will Improve Bus Service in Southeast LA

Los Angeles, CA – Today the Los Angeles County Metro Board of Directors unanimously approved a proposal by Supervisor Janice Hahn to create a “Southeast LA Transit Improvement Program.” The new $29.5 million program will deliver bus shelters, lighting, and real-time bus arrival information at bus stops throughout Southeast LA communities.

“Many of my constituents in Southeast LA depend on our buses — and they tell me how hard it is to wait for the bus at stops that don’t have shade from the sun or lighting at night,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “They don’t know when the next bus is coming, and sometimes they don’t even have a place to sit. With this new, nearly $30 million program, we are going to improve bus stops across Southeast LA, adding things like shelters, lighting, and screens with real-time arrival information, and we will make taking the bus a safer and more pleasant experience.”

This new program comes after Hahn led the Metro Board in reversing a long-standing plan to widen the 710 freeway this past May. The widening plan had received strong pushback from local environmental and community advocates and was not supported by state and federal transportation agency partners. Instead, Hahn is leading a new effort at Metro that will invest in improving transit and mobility for residents living and commuting along the 710 corridor stretching from the Ports of LA and Long Beach to the Southeast LA communities, while cleaning the air and improving goods movement for the Ports.

“Over the year, Metro has made precedent-setting progress on re-imagining the 710 South corridor. We have shifted our focus from moving cars and goods to serving residents with equity in mind. In line with this shift in focus, the Metro Board has passed Supervisor Hahn’s motion which helps to advance several projects that improve mobility throughout the corridor, including an active transportation project in East Los Angeles. We must continue to uplift projects like these through the work of the 710 South Task Force,” said Metro Board Member and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, representing the First District, who co-authored Hahn’s motion to accelerate the new SELA Transit Improvement Program.

“Today’s action is a step in the right direction to ensure that the mobility, prosperity, and safety needs of residents are met,” said Metro Board Director and Whittier City Councilmember Fernando Dutra who also co-authored today’s motion. “I am excited about these opportunities and appreciate the work led by our residents, locally elected officials, and community organizations.”

The new program also received support from local leaders who called into the Metro Board meeting.

“Our neighbors, comadres, and students deserve to have quality bus service,” said Bell Councilmember Ali Saleh. “They ride these buses regularly and don’t have any other ways to get to places like work or the grocery store. Some of our residents wait hours for buses. Supervisor Hahn’s motion is exactly the type of investments that we need to be making in our SELA region.”

“As community leaders, we need to continue advocating for our residents who do not have the luxury of driving a car,” said Lynwood Councilwoman Marisela Santana, also Vice President of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. “What I continue to hear from residents is the need to invest in better bus service and this motion does that.”

“A lot of our SELA cities, like Huntington Park, don’t have enough resources to make these critical investments in our communities,” said Huntington Park Councilmember Karina Macias, “so this motion gives us the support that we need to improve bus service for our most vulnerable riders. “

To fund the Southeast LA Transit Improvement Program, Metro will pursue grant funding which is currently available at unprecedented levels at both the state and federal level. New improvements to bus stops can be expected to be made in late 2023 and early 2024.

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Local Real Estate Broker Serves as Hahn Appointee to Assessment Appeals Board

Downey, CA – Downey-based commercial real estate broker Gil Legaspi serves as Supervisor Janice Hahn’s appointee to the Los Angeles County Tax Assessment Appeals Board.

“The Tax Assessment Appeals Board has an important role as an impartial arbiter that settles disagreements between taxpayers and the Assessor’s Office,” said Supervisor Hahn. “As my appointee to this Board, Gil Legaspi needs to not only understand tax law, he needs to be someone that the taxpayers can trust to make a fair decision.”

Gil Legaspi is a Commercial Real Estate Broker and entrepreneur. For 22 years, Gil has represented investors in the acquisition, management, and development of commercial investment properties. In addition to his role on the Appeals Board, Legaspi also serves on the Legal Affairs Board of the Downey Association of Realtors, as an Ambassador to the Downey Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Downey Rotary Club.

“I am very grateful to Supervisor Janice Hahn for the appointment to the LA County Tax Assessment Appeals Board and I am looking forward to serving Los Angeles County for many years to come,” said Legaspi.
The LA County Tax Assessment Appeals Board is a 3-member panel created by the Board of Supervisors to hear and settle property tax assessment disputes between taxpayers and the County Assessor’s Office. Acting in a quasi-judicial capacity, the Board is charged with making impartial decisions to settle these disputes as well as equalize the County’s property tax roll.