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SCG Los Angeles County Watch

Publication date: 
Friday, September 27, 2019

 

Last Updated:  Friday, December 13,  2019 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019:

Developing a Maternal Mental Health Pilot Program in El Monte - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Solis

Instruct the Director of Mental Health to develop a joint Departments of Mental Health-Public Health Maternal Mental Health Initiative (MMHI) in El Monte to focus on linguistically-appropriate and culturally-sensitive public awareness, outreach and engagement to pregnant and postpartum women and their supports, using promotoras and community health workers, as appropriate, and to link the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program providers and Health Neighborhood partners providing relevant services, including medical, mental health, intimate partner violence and substance use services.

 

Incarcerated Parents Project for Foster Child Visitation Contract Amendment - PASSED

Motion by Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect

Authorize the Director of the Children and Family Services to execute an amendment to the Incarcerated Parents Project contract with Friends Outside in Los Angeles County to extend the contract for a three -year term with an annual contract amount of $104,218, effective February 1, 2020 through January 31, 2023, and an aggregate amount of $312,654, for Foster Child Visitation; execute amendments to change contract terms and conditions, increase the annual contract amount up to 25%, if necessary, to accommodate any unanticipated increase in the level of service or expansion of services contingent upon the availability of funding.

 

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019:

Pedestrian Plans for Disadvantaged Communities in Unincorporated County - PASSED

Motion by Department of Public Health

Authorize the Director of Public Health to accept a forthcoming agreement from the State Department of Transportation (Caltrans), to support the Pedestrian Plans for Disadvantaged Communities in Unincorporated Los Angeles County Project - The Project will incorporate a community-driven and culturally-competent approach to pedestrian planning and program development with the following core components: 1) tailored, culturally competent outreach; 2) community participatory planning via collaboration with key agencies, community leaders, and residents; and 3) data collection and analysis. The Project will be implemented in the following four unincorporated communities: East Los Angeles, East Rancho Dominguez, Florence-Firestone, and Willowbrook/West Rancho Dominguez-Victoria.

 

Legal Action to Protect Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Recipients  - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Solis and Hahn 

Instruct County Counsel to analyze the rule published by the United States Department of Agriculture on December 4, 2019 slashing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for approximately 700,000 people, and analyze possible litigation options on behalf of the County pertaining to SNAP; and file a lawsuit as plaintiff or co-plaintiff in litigation challenging the rule, or as amicus to existing litigation, as deemed appropriate by County Counsel.

 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019:

Addressing the Shortage of Mental Health Beds - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Barger

Adopt the Director of Mental Health’s October 29, 2019 report entitled, “Addressing the Shortage of Mental Health Hospital Beds,” and approve the recommended actions for the Board, which includes a two-year pilot to procure up to 500 mental health treatment beds.

 

Los Angeles County Welcomes Refugees - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Solis

Declare Los Angeles County as a Welcome County and affirm the support of resettling refugees no matter their race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality or country of origin; Instruct the Director of Public Social Services, in collaboration with the Executive Director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Director of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services and community-based organizations, to develop and implement a linguistically, culturally and immigration-sensitive Refugee Outreach and Education plan to serve refugees eligible for Refugee Employment and Acculturation Services.

 

 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019:

Opposing Increased Fees for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services  - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Solis and Hahn 

Direct the Executive Director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs, in coordination with County Counsel, to draft a comprehensive County response opposing the proposed rule, “United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements,” to express the significant financial burden that the proposed fees would place on vulnerable and low-income immigrants.

 

Opposing the Federal Administration's Sanctioned Discrimination by Health and Human Services Grantees - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Solis 

Direct the Chief Executive Officer to send a five-signature letter to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (U.S. DHHS) and the Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation, declaring the County’s opposition to the proposed rule entitled, “Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources’ Health and Human Services Grant Regulation,” which would eliminate protections against discrimination based on several factors, including sexual orientation and gender identity among others, in programs funded by grants from the U.S. DHHS.

 

Urgent Housing Initiative for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Barger and Hahn 

Direct the Chief Executive Officer to develop a process by which all steps necessary to implement the urgent housing plan, including permitting, zoning and approval processes, are streamlined and expedited; Identify ongoing and one-time funding for capital projects to be used for the development of homeless housing; Identify a housing expert from the private sector to provide oversight for the development and implementation of the plan.

 

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019:

Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors Seeking Asylum in the United States - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Solis

Direct the Chief Executive Officer, in consultation with relevant County Departments, to send a five-signature letter to the Department of Justice to rescind the Matter of A-B decision, which declared that asylum seekers presenting claims based on domestic violence will “generally” no longer qualify for relief; send a five-signature letter to the Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation, to declare the County’s opposition to the Matter of A-B- decision, recommend that they instruct the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security not to use appropriated funds to implement the Matter of A-B- decision.

 

Countywide Mental Health Services for Veterans - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Ridley-Thomas and Barger

Instruct the Director of Mental Health to hire 40 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) staff to provide direct support and services to veterans and/or family members, with the requested FTEs to be tasked to expand veteran services throughout the County through the development of North and South County Veteran Services Teams; and in addition to peer support, the Director will hire 12 new staff to provide clinical and administrative support for the Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN) initiative, with special hiring consideration for all VPAN positions to be given to veterans with lived experience, at a total estimated annual cost of $6,468,200 for salaries and services and supplies, annually, allowing the Director to hire a total of 52 items for the advancement of services for veterans throughout the County.

 

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019:

Addressing the Ongoing Board and Care Crisis - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Hahn and Kuehl  

Develop a strategy that will preserve existing bed capacity and that will expand the number of people benefitting from the Housing for Health and the Department of Mental Health enhanced rate programs; Instruct the Directors of Health Services and Mental Health to collaborate with the Chief Executive Office’s Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations Division to identify and report back on opportunities for advocacy at the State level to improve funding for ARFs and RCFEs; Collaborate with the Center for Strategic Partnerships to engage philanthropy to increase financial support for ARFs and RCFEs serving low-income individuals.

 

Establishing a Shelter in the San Gabriel Valley - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Solis and Barger

Instruct the Director of the Homeless Initiative (CEO) to work with the Directors of Mental Health, Health Services, Parks and Recreation and Public Works, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, to report back to the Board in 30 days on the feasibility of a 75 to 100 bed, year-round interim housing shelter that would provide basic medical and mental health services at the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, and also identify ongoing funding for all costs associated with a year-round interim housing shelter.

 

 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019:

Bellflower Shelter/Interim Housing for Homeless Individuals - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Hahn 

The City of Bellflower (Bellflower) recently signed a settlement agreement with U.S. District Court Judge David Carter to become one of the first cities in the Los Angeles Gateway area to commit to siting a shelter where wraparound services will be provided for homeless individuals. The proposed Bellflower Shelter/Interim Shelter will provide 50 beds. Motion would direct the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to amend Attachment II of the Board’s approved allocation plan adopted on December 18, 2018, to include the Bellflower Shelter/Interim Shelter on the list of proposed Fourth District projects eligible for funding through the Interim Housing Capital Housing Pool; and direct the CEO to transfer $700,000 from the 4th District's Provisional Financing to the Department of Health Services for the Bellflower Shelter/Interim Shelter.

 

 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019:

Assessing the Health Care Needs of People Experiencing Homelessness to Address Rising Mortality Rates - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Ridley-Thomas and Solis

Instruct the Director of the Department of Public Health, in coordination with the Directors of the Departments of Health Services and Mental Health, the Medical Examiner-Coroner, the Chief Executive Officer, and the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to conduct a health needs assessment of people experiencing homelessness to understand their experiences accessing health, mental health, and substance use services and engaging in treatment, by deploying staff to speak directly with people across Los Angeles County; . Report back to the Board of Supervisors, in writing, within 120 days with a set of recommendations, informed by findings from this assessment, on steps that can be taken to decrease mortality among people experiencing homelessness and improve treatment outcomes.

 

Los Angeles County Shelter Crisis Declaration Extension - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Hahn 

Declare that a shelter crisis continues to be in effect in the County. The declaration provides that the shelter crisis is extended for an additional year, from October 30, 2019 through October 31, 2020. Find the proposed actions, which would extend a previous Shelter Crisis Declaration, are not subject to the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") because they are activities that are excluded from the definition of a project by Section 21065 of the California Public Resources Code and Sections 15061(b)(3) and 15378(b)(5) of the State CEQA Guidelines ("Guidelines") because they are organizational or administrative activities of government that will not result in direct or indirect physical changes to the environment.

 

Domestic Violence Examinations - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Barger and Kuehl 

Instruct the Director of Public Health and the Chief Executive Officer, in coordination with the Director of Health Services, the Sheriff, the District Attorney, and other County Departments, as needed, to report back to the Board in 120 days with an understanding of the nature and extent to which these domestic violence exams are being done currently; recommendations on how to increase the availability of voluntary family violence exams, including how to provide family violence exams using trauma informed practices while prioritizing safety and confidentiality for survivors. Include a landscape analysis of best or promising practices that have been implemented in other jurisdictions, including input from family violence survivors and family violence service providers.

 

Expanding Reach and Increasing Diversity of Los Angeles County Home Visiting Programs to Improve Access for Women at Highest Risk - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Solis 

Direct the Department of Public Health, in consultation with the Departments of Mental Health, Health Services, and Children and Family Services and First 5 Los Angeles to conduct and report on an assessment of unmet needs for home visiting services for vulnerable women in Los Angeles County, including data on the number of women of childbearing age who are homeless (sheltered or non-sheltered), incarcerated, or engaged in treatment for substance abuse or mental health needs. Include recommendations for new home visiting models to serve high-risk women in the County, based on a review of current home visiting models, other models of supportive care for pregnant and parenting women, and models of outreach to high-risk populations and provide a summary of potential funding needs and streams for an appropriate level of services to meet the needs of high-risk groups.

 

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019:

Los Angeles County to Join Legal Opposition to Proposed HUD's Rule Impacting Mixed Status Families - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Solis

Instruct County Counsel to file and/or join as plaintiff or as amicus in litigation opposing the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Proposed Rule, “Housing and Community Development Act of 1980: Verification of Eligible Status,” published in the Federal Register on May 10, 2019 (Docket No. FR-6124-P-01), which would prohibit “mixed-status” families - households that have eligible and ineligible household members - from receiving public housing assistance, as deemed appropriate by County Counsel.

 

Opposing the Federal Administration's Attempt to Exacerbate Food Insecurity - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Solis 

Instruct County Counsel to file and/or join as plaintiff or as amicus in litigation opposing the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Proposed Rule, “Housing and Community Development Act of 1980: Verification of Eligible Status,” published in the Federal Register on May 10, 2019 (Docket No. FR-6124-P-01), which would prohibit “mixed-status” families - households that have eligible and ineligible household members - from receiving public housing assistance, as deemed appropriate by County Counsel.

 

Homeless Hiring Initiative for Lead Based Paint Mitigation - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Barger and Hahn 

Instruct the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Development Authority to implement the Local and Targeted Worker Hire Policy for the Countywide Lead-Based Paint Hazard Mitigation Program (Program) to maximize job opportunities for individuals who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness; implement a goal of 15 percent employment for those meeting the HUD definition of homeless.

 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019:

Los Angeles County Youth Climate Commission - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Solis and Kuehl

Direct the County Chief Sustainability Officer, in collaboration with stakeholders, to report back within 60 days on steps and framework to establish a Los Angeles County Youth Climate Commission that is comprised of a total of 25 commissioners, with five commissioners appointed from each supervisorial district, and that is representative of the geographic and socioeconomic diversity of the region to ensure that the most disadvantaged and impacted communities are included.
 

Limiting Single-Use Plastics in Los Angeles County Unincorporated Areas - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Kuehl and Hahn 

Contract with researchers at UCLA’s Luskin Center to complete within three months a report addressing management of single-use plastic food service ware waste in Los Angeles County covering the prevalence of single-use plastics in the waste stream and extent to which plastics are being recycled and successfully marketed; within five months of the adoption of this motion, engage stakeholders and use results of the report to draft a recommended ordinance for Board consideration that would reduce or eliminate the use of single-use plastics.
 

Los Angeles County Youth Climate Commission - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Kuehl and Solis 

Direct the County Chief Sustainability Officer, in collaboration with stakeholders, to report back within 60 days on steps and framework to establish a Los Angeles County Youth Climate Commission that is comprised of a total of 25 commissioners, with five commissioners appointed from each supervisorial district, and that is representative of the geographic and socioeconomic diversity of the region to ensure that the most disadvantaged and impacted communities are included.
 

Identifying, Supporting and Serving American Indians and Alaska Natives who are at Risk of or Experiencing Homelessness - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Hahn and Solis 

Direct the County Chief Sustainability Officer, in collaboration with stakeholders, to report back within 60 days on steps and framework to establish a Los Angeles County Youth Climate Commission that is comprised of a total of 25 commissioners, with five commissioners appointed from each supervisorial district, and that is representative of the geographic and socioeconomic diversity of the region to ensure that the most disadvantaged and impacted communities are included.

 

California State Child Welfare Services/Case Management System Contract Amendment - PASSED

Department of Children and Family Services 

Authorize DCFS to execute an amendment to a contract with International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) to extend the contract through November 30, 2022.

 

 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019:

One-Time Housing Funds for Whole Person Care Pilots - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Hahn  

As part of the application process for the California Department of Health Care Services’ $100 million in State General Funds for One-Time Funding of active Whole Person Care Pilot programs to provide housing services, the County of Los Angeles must adopt this resolution, authorizing the submission of the application and the receipt of grant funds of up to $36,139,682.34. Funds received are intended to be used for capital investments in housing projects which will result in new beds for individuals who are mentally ill and experiencing homelessness as well as new rental subsidies so that housing will be affordable.

Los Angeles County to Join Legal Opposition to the Final Rule on Public Charge Inadmissibility - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Solis and Kuehl 

Instruct County Counsel to file and/or join as plaintiff or as amicus in litigation opposing the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Final Rule on Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2019.

 

Stemming the Rise in Hate and Violence - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Solis and Hahn 

Authorize the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services and Executive Director of the Commission on Human Relations, to enter into agreements with one or more consultants, as needed, to assist with the implementation of the Anti-Hate Initiative (AHI) including, but not limited to, the AHI’s Countywide marketing and outreach campaign and community capacity building and response-to-hate services and support; Request the Executive Director of the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee (CCJCC) work with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and criminal justice agencies in Los Angeles County to build upon the Best Practice Recommendations for Law Enforcement Agencies developed by CCJCC.


Opposition to HUD's Proposed Implementation of the Fair Housing Act's Disparate Impact Standard  - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Solis and Hahn 

Send a five-signature letter to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) opposing its proposed rule entitled, “HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard,” as it would adversely affect the establishment and advancement of integrated communities across Los Angeles County and the nation.

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019: 

Responding to the Immediate Need to Support Foster Youth Who Identify as LBGTQ+ - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Solis 

Create and implement training for prospective caregivers, caregivers and providers with the Departments of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and Probation on LGBTQ+ identity development, providing support and knowledge of related resources in the community; training for employees with DCFS and Probation on LGBTQ+ identity development, providing support and knowledge of related resources in the community; prevention and intervention services that minimize family rejection when such services are necessary. Provide a status report on the implementation of the expanded capacity of transitional housing and how the additional capacity will meet a variety of needs, including the needs of youth who identify as LGBTQ+.

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019: 

Access to Voting for Residents Experiencing Homelessness - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Solis 

Instruct the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, to conduct outreach to homeless service providers regarding Voting Solutions for All People; assess homeless shelters, facilities adjacent to or in close proximity to shelters, and other venues that serve residents experiencing homeless to serve as vote centers or to establish pop-up vote center services for the Presidential Primary Election on March 3, 2020, and the Presidential General Election on November 3, 2020.

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019: 

Creation of a Countywide Microloan Program - PASSED

Motion by Supervisor Solis

Instruct the Director of Consumer and Business Affairs and the Chief Executive Officer, in collaboration with the Center for Strategic Partnerships to research, design and present recommendations and an implementation plan for a Countywide microloan program that is inclusive and accessible to a wide range of existing or new entrepreneurs, in particular communities that are economically underserved. Recommendations shall be developed using a stakeholder process, which includes philanthropy, the private corporate sector, community-based entities and mission-driven financial institutions

 

Study the Creation and Funding of a Comprehensive Civil Justice Defense Program - PASSED

Motion by Supervisors Solis and Kuehl 

Direct the Chief Executive Officer, or her designee, in coordination with the Public Defender with the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs to study the feasibility of creating a new Civil Defense Justice Unit within the Public Defender Office and possible integration or coordination of existing efforts underway such as legal representation for tenants and the LA Justice Fund pilot project.


 

 

 

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