Supervisor Hahn Seeks Program to Better Recover Individuals with Alzheimer’s and Autism Who Wander

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn launched the “Bringing Our Loved Ones Home Task Force,” to explore options for establishing a Countywide program aimed at expediting the recovery time of individuals who often wander from their families and caregivers such as individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or autism.

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Supervisor Hahn and Supervisor Barger Seek Review of Probation Policies in Wake of Shooting of Whittier Police Officer

Los Angeles, CA — In the wake of a shooting that left Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer dead and another officer injured, Supervisor Janice Hahn and Supervisor Kathryn Barger are seeking more information as to the circumstances that led to the release of the gunman from jail, including a review of his criminal history and the policies and procedures used to identify his potential risks to public safety.

“I attended last night’s prayer vigil and it was powerful to see so many people come out to support their law enforcement community,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “But there was a lot of concern last night amongst the community members about how this tragedy happened and whether or not it could have been prevented.”

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Supervisor Hahn Champions Equal Access to Mental Healthcare for API Community

Los Angeles, CA—Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn offered a motion to improve access to a system of culturally appropriate and accessible mental health services for Asian-Pacific Islander residents of L.A. County. Her motion will build on existing partnerships with community-based organizations and provide increased outreach to the API community with the ultimate goal of connecting API residents who need treatment with highly trained clinicians who speak their language and understand their culture.

Asian-Pacific Islanders, or APIs, are the fastest-growing immigrant group in California and now make up over fifteen percent of Los Angeles County’s population. Language barriers and culturally specific stigmas surrounding mental health prevent many, however, from receiving the mental healthcare they deserve. As a result, many APIs don’t receive the care they need. In fact, API patients make up just four percent of the total patients who receive care from the Department of Mental Health.

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Supervisor Hahn to Partner with Local San Gabriel Valley Businesses in Battle against Homelessness

Los Angeles, CA — As a part of her ongoing effort to combat homelessness in Los Angeles County, Supervisor Janice Hahn is hosting a Business Summit in San Gabriel Valley where entrepreneurs, owners of local businesses, community leaders, homeless advocates and the general public will share expertise with each another, speak with policy experts, and join forces to end homelessness in Los Angeles County.

This summit stems from Hahn’s belief that partnering with business leaders is key to addressing the homelessness epidemic:

“Business owners are born problem solvers; they’re innovative, dedicated, and won’t stop until they find a solution,” said Supervisor Hahn. “That’s why it’s imperative that the County of Los Angeles taps into this incredible network and work together to end homelessness in our communities."

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Supervisors Take Action After Hundreds of Missed Payments to Foster Youth and Families

Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn and Supervisor Hilda L. Solis took action to address an ongoing problem delaying payments to foster parents and foster youth in Los Aneles County.

Since December 2016, hundreds of foster parents and youth have reported missed payments from the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Problems with a recent change to the payment system that distributes funds have caused the payment delays. Today the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn and Supervisors Hilda L. Solis, to expedite delayed payments and resolve the issue.

“These delays began in December and the fact that they have not been remedied is unacceptable,” said Supervisor Hahn. “They have impacted foster parents, group homes, and youth in extended foster care. Group homes depend on this money to pay their staff and foster parents and youth depend on these payments to survive. I am hopeful that we can resolve these system issues quickly and recommit ourselves to unwavering support of our foster youth and foster parents.”

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Supervisors Proclaim February 19, 2017 as a Day of Remembrance

Today, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed February 19, 2017 as a Day of Remembrance to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 which authorized the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. The motion was cosponsored by Supervisor Janice Hahn and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and passed with unanimous support.

“We cannot forget the injustice that Japanese-Americans endured at the hands of our government in the name of national security,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “While we can never take back what victims went through in the internment camps, we can tell their stories and recommit ourselves to standing up for the rights of all communities so that history does not repeat itself.”

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Supervisors Approve Traffic Signal at Site Where Boy Was Struck By Car

Los Angeles, CA — Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to approve and expedite a new traffic signal at the East Whittier intersection where a boy was struck by a car on his way home from school last Thursday. Supervisor Janice Hahn, who represents the unincorporated community of East Whitter, offered the motion in response to last week’s accident and it was approved with unanimous support.

“It is our duty to protect the children in our community and I worry that this intersection is particularly dangerous for the hundreds of school children that cross it every day to get to and from school,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “Since the accident last Thursday, members of the East Whittier community have reached out to my office to express concern about this intersection. I have instructed the County to work as quickly as possible to install the signal to prevent any more children from being injured.”

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Supervisors Launch County Temporary Worker Registry Pilot Program

Los Angeles, CA — Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the implementation of a 24-month Temporary Services Registry pilot project starting in April of this year. The motion, offered by Supervisor Janice Hahn and Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, aims to create an alternative for the County’s reliance on private temporary worker agencies and a pipeline for residents to become full-time permanent County employees.

“In my first 60 days as Supervisor, I have become increasingly concerned with the number of services and functions that we contract out to private companies,” said Supervisor Hahn. “I am hopeful that our own County temporary worker registry will be a practical and affordable option to address our immediate staffing needs and a way to connect talented, capable workers with full-time permanent employment with LA County.”

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Supervisor Hahn Releases Statement on ICE Raids Across LA County

Los Angeles, CA—Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn released the following statement in response to reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had arrested 160 people across Los Angeles County and Southern California in immigration raids:

“Reports of ICE raids in homes and workplaces are alarming and only add to widespread fear among our local immigrant communities. Information from ICE has been limited and I am deeply concerned about reports that individuals with no criminal history outside of their immigration status were swept up in the raids.

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Supervisor Hahn Demands Immediate Action After East Whittier Boy is Struck by Car

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn called for the immediate installation of a new traffic light in East Whittier at the site where a young boy was hit by a car yesterday while walking home from elementary school.

Yesterday at 3:14 pm, a driver failed to stop at a crosswalk between Candlelight and First Avenue in East Whittier and struck a seven-year-old boy as he walked home from school. After paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital, the boy was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where he is currently being treated for serious injuries.

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