Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky wants the board to consider tearing down part of the troubled Men's Central Jail and building a facility to house mentally ill and drug addicted inmates, which he says would offer all prisoners a better chance of rehabilitation while potentially saving the county millions of dollars.
Supervisors have been struggling over what to do with their aging and overcrowded jails for more than a year. Sheriff Lee Baca, who oversees the nation's largest jail system, initially called for spending nearly $1.4 billion to replace or renovate the Men's Central Jail and the adjacent Twin Towers, but the price tag was more than supervisors would accept.
Several supervisors recently expressed frustration over what they saw as a lack of progress in finding solutions and also complained that they were not getting timely and accurate information from county employees, including county Chief Executive William T Fujioka.
In addition to the high cost, Yaroslavsky opposed the earlier plans, saying they did not do enough to help rehabilitate prisoners.
Bucking longstanding patterns in the United States, more poor people now live in the nation's suburbs than in urban areas, according to a new analysis.
As poverty mounted throughout the nation over the past decade, the number of poor people living in suburbs surged 67% between 2000 and 2011 — a much bigger jump than in cities, researchers for the Brookings Institution said in a book published today. Suburbs still have a smaller percentage of their population living in poverty than cities do, but the sheer number of poor people scattered in the suburbs has jumped beyond that of cities.
Authors Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube cited a long list of reasons for the shift.
More poor people moved to the suburbs, pulled by more affordable homes or pushed by urban gentrification, the authors said. Some used the increased mobility of housing vouchers, which used to be restricted by area, to seek better schools and safer neighborhoods in suburbia. Still others, including immigrants, followed jobs as the booming suburbs demanded more workers, many for low-paying, service-sector jobs.
Firefighters from Los Angeles and Orange counties were being dispatched Monday night to help with rescue operations in Oklahoma, where a massive tornado left dozens dead and many others injured. The number of fatalities has been revised down to 24, including 9 children.
Two members of the Los Angeles Fire Department's command staff were being sent to work with federal officials as part of command team, the agency said in a statement.
A firefighter who is a licensed paramedic with the Orange County Fire Authority was also en route to Oklahoma as part of an incident support team, an agency spokesman said. The team includes includes firefighters from several California fire departments.
Fire officials said that more Southern California rescuers may be needed, depending on how the situation unfolds Tuesday.
"We've alerted everybody to prepare and be ready," Capt. Jon Muir of the Orange County Fire Authority told The Times. "This is what we train for."
Click on the photo above for more images from the tragedy.
Apple Inc. has used an elaborate web of offshore subsidiaries to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes on $44 billion in foreign income over the past four years, a Senate investigation has found.
Many of the tactics, such as cost-sharing arrangements, are common among large multinational corporations seeking to shift profits to countries with lower tax rates. The investigation did not find Apple violated any laws.
But three of its subsidiaries in Ireland claim to have no responsibility to pay income taxes to any country, according to a 40-page, bipartisan report released Monday by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
One of those subsidiaries, Apple Operations International, which has no employees but reported $30 billion in income from 2009-2012, has not filed an income tax return in any country for the past five years, the investigation found.
When the national healthcare law takes full effect next year, millions of Americans risk disrupted health coverage because of common life events: getting married or divorced, having children or taking on a second job.
As their family incomes change, so too will their eligibility for public insurance programs. And if nothing is done, policymakers warn, many low-income patients will lose access to their doctors and medications during this massive game of health coverage pingpong.
Policymakers and healthcare industry leaders across the nation are paying close attention to the issue and working to close the coverage gaps before Jan. 1, said Alan Weil, executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy.
UPDATE: 37 people have been confirmed dead from today's tornado, with 60 more injured.
A tornado warning has been issued for three counties in southern and central Oklahoma.
In addition to a tornado, large destructive hail up to baseball size is expected with this storm. Locations impacted include Pauls Valley, Stratford, Paoli, Byars and Whitebead.
Authorities say an elementary school in an Oklahoma City suburb took a direct hit from a mile-wide tornado.
Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department says the school suffered "extensive damage" on Monday afternoon. He did not say which school was hit.
Neighborhoods in Moore, Okla., are flattened and blown apart, with shards of wood and pieces of insulation strewn everywhere. Television footage also showed first responders picking through rubble and twisted metal in the suburb south of Oklahoma City.
Check out the video coverage of the devastation caused by the powerful tornado that touched down today.
A labor union that represents federal officers who vet immigration applications has decided to oppose the immigration overhaul winding through the Senate, saying provisions in the bill could lead to fraud.
The proposed legislation would “damage public safety and national security and should be opposed by lawmakers,” Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, said Monday.
The union announced its opposition as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee spent a fourth day debating proposed amendments to the bipartisan bill.
Senators considered changes to provisions for granting asylum to refugees, increasing the number of judges and staff at immigration courts, and creating a pathway to legal status for millions of immigrants. The judiciary committee could vote on the bill as early as Wednesday.
The National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council represents about 12,000 staff and officials at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that would process potentially millions of applications by immigrants seeking legal status if the bill is approved.
A student may be responsible for two incidents of vandalism involving graffiti targeting African-American students at Agoura High School. On Sunday, racially derogatory graffiti was found painted on the walls of the school.
Officials painted over Sunday's graffiti without warning parents. But the culprit struck again Wednesday and targeted five specific African American students in a so-called "hit list" painted in the boy's bathroom. The latest writing on the wall claimed the five students would be the first to die.
Larry Misel, Agoura High School's principal, doesn't believe the messages left across campus Sunday and Wednesday were racially motivated. Misel said one theory being investigated is the possibility a student could be responsible for the graffiti. "We do not believe this has anything specifically to do with a racial incident, but rather a motivation for somebody to get what they thought they needed," said Misel.
Officials believe the student was trying to create the perception of a hostile environment at Agoura High School. The student was trying to get around CIF regulations so that he or she could transfer to another school to play sports.
Augora High School has a population of over 2,100 students. Officials say 31 of those students are African-American.
After a contest for mayor of Los Angeles that has consumed the better part of two years, the two finalists, their staffs, the media and a largely disinterested electorate doubtless would welcome an end to the drama Tuesday, election day.
But the large number of Angelenos voting by mail, the apparent tightness of the race and the peculiarities of the City Clerk's ballot-counting procedures open the possibility that the winner might not be known for days, or even weeks.
Although the campaigns of city Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti still hope a winner will emerge May 21, Loyola Marymount University political scientist Fernando Guerra sees a "very high" chance of a delayed outcome.
"My sense is that the election is getting tighter and tighter and that it's going to be won by 1% or 2%," said Guerra, who oversees an exit poll on the municipal election. Others caution against projections in what is expected to be a very low turnout election, with perhaps 25% of the city's 1.8 million registered voters likely to cast ballots.