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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Board Passes Hahn-Kuehl Motion to Begin Implementation of Proposition 64—Legalized Cannabis in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles, CA — Today, in a motion co-authored by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Sheila Kuehl, the Board voted to take steps to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework for legalized cannabis coordinated with existing state laws in preparation for the implementation of Proposition 64 next January.

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Supervisor Hahn Announces Metro Considering Plan to Accelerate West Santa Ana Branch

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn released the following statement regarding Metro’s decision to move forward with additional review of unsolicited proposals to accelerate the West Santa Ana Branch transit line project by 14-15 years:

“I campaigned on the promise that I would fight to accelerate the West Santa Ana branch project. I made it clear from my first day in office that this was my priority as a new Metro Board Member and I am happy to announce that Metro is now considering plans to move this project forward by 14-15 years. The West Santa Ana Branch project is not only important to my constituents who will have a new transportation option; it is also a vital piece of the goal of connecting the greater Los Angeles County region by a transit system worthy of the 21st century.”

Supervisors Hahn and Ridley-Thomas Fund Strategic Effort to Address Homelessness in South Bay

Los Angeles, CA — Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a program initiated by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Mark Ridley-Thomas to fund a continued partnership with People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) and South Bay Cities to strategically address homelessness in the South Bay.

The partnership was first initiated in 2016 between LA County, PATH and the South Bay Cities Council of Governments. The program funds targeted outreach to homeless encampments throughout the South Bay, builds a detailed registry of people living at each encampment to help with triaging of resources, and connects homeless residents with permanent housing, mental health services, and substance abuse services. The motion passed today renews this partnership with $210,964 in new funding.

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Supervisor Hahn Secures Funding for New Los Nietos Community and Senior Center in Whittier

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn secured funding from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to move forward with plans to remodel and renovate the Los Nietos Community and Senior Center in the unincorporated area of South Whittier.

“Los Nietos Community and Senior Center is so important to local residents,” said Supervisor Hahn. “I am so glad that I can help to get Los Nietos the upgrades it needs to make the local community proud and serve as many people as possible.”

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