Los Angeles, CA — Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn pushed for commonsense reform to allow EMTs and paramedics to bring patients to mental health urgent care centers and sobering centers.
Under current California State law, law enforcement personnel are allowed to transport intoxicated patients or patients experiencing mental health episodes to sobering centers or mental health centers but bars Emergency Medical Technicians or paramedics from doing so. Instead, EMTs and paramedics are required to bring these patients to the emergency room, which is often not the best place for these patients and only contributes to overcrowding.
“The bottom line is that if people like you and I can take an individual to a sobering center or a mental health urgent care center,” said Supervisor Hahn, “why can’t a highly trained medical professional do the same?”
In an impassioned speech, Supervisor Hahn stood outside City Hall and addressed the 750,000 L.A. County residents who streamed into Downtown L.A. on Saturday morning to protest President Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric on his first full day of office. She vowed to lead by example and defend the progressive values and civil rights of all L.A. County residents at every single turn:
Nancy Paulikas is fifty-five years of age and suffers from early onset Alzheimers. During a trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with her family, she wandered off and is still missing. We must find Nancy and reconnect her with her loving husband. Please share the missing poster with your friends and family, especially doctors and nurses, as sheriffs believe she may be a “Jane Doe” in a mental health facility, shelter, or hospital. The following links provide more information:Read more
Los Angeles, CA — Today, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Janice Hahn’s motion to study the County’s cybersecurity preparedness. Her motion comes after recent news that LA County employees had been the target of a phishing attack.
“Cyberattacks are not going away any time soon,” said Supervisor Hahn. “In fact, we should expect them to increase and become more sophisticated. We need to know where the County is vulnerable to cyberattacks and what we can do to protect the public’s sensitive and personal information.”Read more
San Pedro, CA — Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn announced that a baby boy was safely surrendered at a hospital in Pomona. The baby is the 8th to be surrendered in 2016 and the 150th to be surrendered since LA County’s Safe Surrender Program began in 2001. The program was launched and championed by Supervisor Hahn’s predecessor, former LA County Supervisor Don Knabe.
“The surrender of this baby boy marks an incredible milestone for the Safe Surrender program and is a testament to the work of my predecessor, Don Knabe,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “His Safe Surrender program has now saved the lives of 150 babies and given them the opportunity to grow up with loving families. As a new member of the Board of Supervisors, I hope to build on his work and champion this life-saving program. We must continue to raise awareness so that any mother in LA County who finds herself in a desperate and impossible situation knows that they can get their baby to safe hands in a way that is safe, secure, and anonymous.”Read more
Los Angeles, CA — Today, Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis offered a motion they have coauthored to create a fund to provide legal representation for Los Angeles County undocumented immigrants who are facing deportation but are unable to afford a lawyer.
“Undocumented immigrants facing deportation proceedings find themselves in terrifying circumstances that could alter the rest of their lives,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “And yet—the majority of them do not have any legal representation in their court proceedings. Due process is one of this country’s most central principles. It is one of the many reasons America is already great. Due process for all is something we should aspire to and we should start now.”Read more
Los Angeles, CA — Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn (District 4) instructed the Office of the County Counsel to file a public nuisance lawsuit against Anaplex, a metal plating business in the city of Paramount. The County’s Department of Public Health determined Anaplex to be emitting unsafe levels of chromium 6, a known human carcinogen.Read more
Los Angeles, CA — Today, in her first motion as a member of the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Hahn joined Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to offer resolution to include a sales tax initiative on the March ballot to address the homelessness crisis. The resolution passed with unanimous support.Read more