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A different Paul April 23, 2014 at 09:20 am
Being fairly familiar with DCFS, there will be significant improvement when each caseworker has noRead More more than 24 children to see each month. When a case worker has up to 58 children on their case load it is difficult to do real social work. Cases (children) get lost in the masses of paperwork. DCFS is in the midst of hiring more workers with the intent of getting cases down to 24 by Fall. In addition to a more sensible socialworker/child ratio, the workers and administrators need better training. There are administrators whose focus is more on paperwork than on child safety. It is imperative that case workers be taught good organizational skills- it is one thing to understand social work and care- but if your files are a mess and scattered all over your desk, you will be hampered in what you can do and your stress level will be higher than it needs to be. If DCFS had classes in basic organizational skills, it would make a profound change in the workers ability to do their job- and would probably help with retention. Also, the administrators need to respect the case workers who are out on the front lines. Administrators are supporting players- not rulers over petty fiefdoms. And support staff need to be more focused on helping social workers with copies, faxing, whatever, than on filing their fingernails. It seems that the support staff forget that their job is still helping children even if they are not on the front lines. Social work is tough business. If a social worker is buried in bureaucracy, they will not be able to do what is most important- focus on child safety first.
Jill McKeon April 23, 2014 at 09:21 am
They all have blood on their hands. Shame, shame, shame on the County Board of Supervisors for notRead More dropping everything and focusing like a non-stop laser on this issue. How many children have to die under the supervision of the County of Los Angeles before the Supervisors will do something!!!
Don April 23, 2014 at 09:37 am
I thought there was already a department called "Child Protective Services." Hmm are theyRead More disbanding this inept group after they prosecute all the criminal activity of neglect and disregard amongst themselves and starting a new "get it right" group. Naw didn't think so. Just another way gov't will fleece the public by adding another tier of bureaucracy that will take years to evolve where they'll once again tell you and me they're still earning from their mistakes. My answer: No. Fire the inept. Prosecute those who committed criminal acts within their job; hold the rest accountable to protect those they are chartered to protect
Patch file photo.
R. A. Velasquez April 15, 2014 at 08:59 am
Well, it's been until 10pm or later most of the last six years. I didn't go there last year. TheirRead More phone number is supposedly 818-374-5650, so I'd call them and see if they can confirm or disavow staying until 10 or midnight anymore.
OldTimer April 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm
Yes folks. Keep paying your taxes and voting. You can see how well that formula has worked for usRead More in the past. I might even toss in a tip for Uncle Sam this year and ask him to apply it to more foreign aid. I heard that Ukraine needs some bailout money. Either that or give it to a to a too big to fail bank so that they can pay this year's executive bonuses. Six of one, half dozen of the other.
Autumn April 15, 2014 at 04:00 pm
Like I've said before: To all the idiots who voted an idiot not for one term but 2! Sit back andRead More enjoy the ride!!!!
Twitter photo of an orca whale in captivity.
Tom Jackson April 10, 2014 at 11:49 pm
The real sad news is America is on tract to become a third world country because of our ability toRead More ignore the real life threatening issues and focus on the ridiculous . I care nothing about the claimed mistreatment of the killer whales at sea world simply because some bleeding hearts out there think they are being mistreated. I have gone for decades and have seen how dedicated these trainers and handlers are. Millions of people have been introduced to the wonders of the killer whales through these shows. I see nothing wrong with this. I suggest we work on taking care of the millions of less fortunate humans that can't feed themselves or get a job to support themselves. I don't see the importance of worrying about the fact that the whales dorsal fin leans to one side because of being confined to a tank. Simply unbelievable. This whale issue is dead as far as I am concerned. I heard a funny saying the other night coming out of a liberal Hollywood comedy show on cable. It was let's Nuke the gay whales for Jesus. I think it says it all.
trixabelle8 April 11, 2014 at 02:42 am
America is on it's way to becoming a third world country, but not because kind people want the worldRead More to be a better place. It is because massive corporations are legally treated like people and not held responsible for paying their share of taxes in this country and because selfish ignorant people like you bury their heads in the sand and repeat all the sound bytes they hear on fox news instead of helping to change anything. Get educated and open your mind.
robin April 11, 2014 at 03:31 pm
YOO - HOO ground control to a-hole tom jackson...... It is people like you with your mental stateRead More of thinking is the mere reason this world is falling apart and going extinct. I would just LOVE to put you into a small cage and have trainers educate others that pay to see you being poked and prod to perform tricks for food. Let your mental madness begin!!! I would laugh my a>>> off. Let's nuke the a-holes like tom for world peace and survival!!!
Poster warns that marrying to help someone's immigrant status is a crime. Courtesy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Pepsi1gurl March 30, 2014 at 09:04 am
Does Gay Marriage qualify for a Green Card? If not if we were to imprison both participants in thisRead More scam it would solve two problems. Fraud and illegal immagration. Or put them in interment Camps for a year and then see if they are still "married"
U - M March 30, 2014 at 09:21 am
Why don't you keep your homophobe vomit to yourself, " Pepsi1gurl".
David March 30, 2014 at 02:46 pm
Why would any rational person want to get married in a church anyway?
Los Angeles County officials want to train foster parents, social workers and other caregivers to spot signs of sexual exploitation in children. Patch file photo.
Charles Murray March 26, 2014 at 09:05 am
Despicable and disgusting. But it's not surprising in the least that the system allows things likeRead More this to go on, based on how any government agencies seem to operate (or fail to operate as it may be). Although I cannot judge any particular foster family or group home, I have seen too many situations where the fostering feels money-motivated. Therefore, it would make sense that such "foster parents" would allow these kids to be exposed to such abuses, as long as the dollar is king. Shame.
Henry Xavier March 26, 2014 at 09:52 am
There are other avenues that Churches have known well before the city's have been alerted ofRead More exploration of minors in various ways. Now the city's have considered to use churches to help solve this problem. One of them is called the "Dream Center". Your contribution to Angelus Temple is greatly appreciated to stop this, as we continue on the right path. We have tours of the "Dream Center" on Sunday near Echo Park downtown L.A. Henry
mimi March 26, 2014 at 05:49 pm
I can assure you that social workers, probation officers, foster parents and employees of groupRead More homes are well versed in the signs of sexual exploitation of children. The problem isn't lack of education or not knowing what to look for. The issue is ENFORCEMENT Of the laws that protect minors from predators. The system is broken, corrupt and in need of a complete overhaul. Until and unless that happens, nothing is going to change. One more training class will assuage the guilt of those who should be reporting the crimes instead of looking the other way.
Twitter photo of Al Muratsuchi landing a simulated F-18.
David Hadley March 22, 2014 at 02:49 pm
Assemblyman Muratsuchi and the Democratic majority in the state legislature do everything they canRead More to drive aerospace and other manufacturing businesses out of California, then they issue press releases begging for Federal contracts. It is time to change the way we do business in Sacramento - please learn more about my assembly campaign at www.DavidHadley.com.
The Los Angeles City Council called for an investigation into whether fracking caused Monday's earthquake. Photo credit: Jonathan Oyama
Amar Rao March 20, 2014 at 01:23 pm
As Lucy Jones of Caltech observed, this is highly unlikely; the earthquake was at three times theRead More depth of the deepest well in the VA area. Please rely on science here just as much as we would in the climate change arena.
venicebeachpress.com March 21, 2014 at 04:54 am
Brentwood resident. Fracking not cta, stay on point. Fracking laws in ca are non existant. They doRead More nothing but allow crazy fracking. If you take the position that destroying our planet and gutting out the ground for oil and greed is cool then so be it. I disagree and think your ignorance is your problem. And yes jerry wood, greedy pigs you dummy!
Mara T March 23, 2014 at 12:09 am
Use wave energy then.. Oil is only still used due to corporate greed, CA clearly is ready for anRead More alternate source.
Twitter photo of the anti-fracking rally held in Long Beach today.
laura cipollari March 14, 2014 at 08:35 am
Starks - you're stark raving mad. try lifting a book, bra.
John Starks March 14, 2014 at 08:55 am
@laura Do you even read? Or do you just get information from the daily show and spew it out of yourRead More butt as your own. Why are you trifling with me?
martin marteen March 16, 2014 at 07:50 pm
Hot and heavy. I generally find that the "truth"lies somewhere in between. We must acceptRead More the facts, good and bad. However we must make reasonable decisions based on realistic needs. Those who want to minimize use of fossil fuels, I am with you. But it seems you have the wrong approach. I also agree with those who are in favor of fracking. How to reconcile the diametrically opposed views? You must control population, you must control utilization, control waste, and the rest will come naturally. No demand will lead to no fracking, peacefully. Those who oppose being exposed to second hand smoke, are also the ones that spew out the most pollution into the air by driving huge SUV's for miles and miles daily, negating their goal and seem disingenuous. Same with a host of other issues. On that of that they create a hypochondriacal society, who ask for more and more health care, and then wonder why health care prices keep going up, and blame Hospitals or Drs. or any one "else". None of us are perfect nor is whatever we espouse.
The MWD will spend millions to let you know there's a drought in California. Photo Credit: Getty.
Stan Jacobs March 12, 2014 at 11:47 pm
Here we go again! Millions spent for publicity that will be reimbursed by the consumer. Rates willRead More be increased in order to influence more conservative use of domestic water. When consumers do succeed in reducing water consumption the Water companies will cry to the PUC to allow them to increase rates again because of loss of revenue caused by reduced consumption. History does repeat itself and the consumers don't learn!
Stan Jacobs March 12, 2014 at 11:54 pm
Plus they want you to use less water so that the developers can continue their building projects. IfRead More we don't have enough for the present population why are they inducing more growth?
rob March 13, 2014 at 07:03 am
As long as we have money grabbing politicians, city councilmen, etc. etc. our problems will continueRead More to grow. The city government in San Juan are into it just for the money, they can care less about our city and the people. They have other issues they need to take care of. Traffic issues downtown are crazy, even dangerous. I sat at Del Obispo and Alipaz going towards town on Del Obispo, the traffic back up was horrible, especially when the train signal turns red at the tracks and you sit and sit while people are blocking intersections, making illegal uturns because they cant handle the gridlock. What is crazy is the cross traffic going west bound on Alipaz is only 2-3 cars yet we sit forever at the red light. Yep, this is our city council at it's best. JOKE
Typhus is spread by bacteria-infected fleas. Patch file graphic.
Kathy Sena February 28, 2014 at 06:13 am
This is an example of why Patch needs LOCAL reporting and editing. No offense AT ALLl to the currentRead More editor, who has waaay too much territory to cover and who must reply on things such as City News Service. The former editor of Patch, Liz Spear, would have known the history on the story, would have checked the facts and would have had local sources to interview. If Patch wants to truly be a local news service in each of its areas, this is what is required. If Patch continues down this path, more and more people will just ignore it, I predict. (Also, there's a typo in the headline...) Again, wishing the current editor all the best. She just has way too much to cover. No human can really cover all of L.A. and Orange Counties...
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 28, 2014 at 07:05 am
Thank you Kathy. When I saw CNS's error, I was really upset. I'd like to think I would NOT make thisRead More mistake had I reported it myself. I am writing up to seven stories a day, but do depend on the wire service to fill in the gaps. HOWEVER, there is a great plan afoot, and hyper-local is the focus. I personally don't think it's fair that our company bleed millions of dollars while we came up with this plan, so I understand why we had to temporarily shrink to come up with it. Remember, this is a Band-Aid. The healing will come!
ace February 24, 2014 at 05:18 pm
let's build more houses and more industrial/commercial properties and worry about the water later.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 24, 2014 at 06:44 pm
As they make it more difficult to live outside the urban area, cut off water to farms, the buildingRead More will be more centralized.....Agenda 21. Cutting off water to outside areas is in the framework.....
Stan Jacobs February 24, 2014 at 09:25 pm
Ace - We have done that, now you are seeing the consequences.
The retaining wall at 18th Street as it currently exists. Photo courtesy the city of Manhattan Beach.
Psychic One February 21, 2014 at 03:49 pm
BTW the state fish is the Golden Trout.
DJCBRIT February 21, 2014 at 10:03 pm
the wave in the first picture (as all waves are going in the same direction unlike one otherRead More proposal. I think the fish make it seem more like an aquarium than an entrance to a beach and sea.
Doc Weiller February 26, 2014 at 09:47 am
Its absolutely amazing what City Council spends their money on .. meanwhile The Beach Reporter andRead More every fast food joint in town is littering the town with newspapers and flyers. Would be nice if they met to discuss keeping the beach clean instead of creating a facade.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in a change to union member benefits that could save the county $840 million.
MICHAEL ZITTERMAN February 20, 2014 at 05:35 am
Scott, actually, you are on tg something! It is, absolutely, wrong to give extra benefits toRead More government employees, since we, all, are working for USA, Inc., i.e., we are ALL government employees. I will post a piece on UNIONS. mz mikiesmoky@aol.com
MICHAEL ZITTERMAN February 20, 2014 at 05:41 am
TRADE AND SERVICE UNIONS DEFINITION: A number of persons joining together for someRead More common purpose. TYPES OF UNIONS: Private and public FACTS: Private and public unions negotiate with employers to obtain specific goals for those persons being represented. Subjects for negotiations include wages, benefits, and working conditions. If negotiations result in additional costs to an employer: a.A private employer will absorbed those costs or will pass some or all to the customers. b.A public employer will have its “rainy-day” funds reduced or will raise additional revenue from its taxpayers. ANALYSIS: a.If a private employer absorbs additional negotiated costs, margins will be affected, which will reduce taxable income, which will cause a reduction in the value of the employer’s business. If the employer passes on the additional costs to its customers, it would be inflationary and the customers would have less spendable funds for other expenditures, which may adversely affect the economics. In most instances of higher costs, those costs will be passed on to the customers. b.If a public employer raises additional revenue from its taxpayers, the taxpayers will have less spendable funds and that may adversely affect the economics. c.When a politician, economist, or anyone else calls for high-paying union jobs, they are implying that there be a shift of wealth from customers to the high-paying union jobs. mz February 26, 2011
Sheri Haas February 20, 2014 at 06:23 am
Nick, huh?
A no-burn order goes into effect at midnight tonight. Patch file photo.
Ben Dover February 20, 2014 at 10:21 am
Stoked - are your kids taunted at school for smelling like unicorns and fairy dust ?
maureen February 20, 2014 at 11:35 am
It appears that both "Stoked" and "Bend Over" are shills and are here toRead More misdirect the conversation into name-calling. California's AQMD may be getting their directions from the corrupt and over-reaching EPA. Check out this: EPA's Wood-Burning Stove Ban Deals Blow to Rural Homes http://youtu.be/IWRv8jeu5MY
Stoked February 20, 2014 at 01:07 pm
Yes Maureen, you caught me. I am here along with my partner Mr Dover in hopes that we can dupe theRead More public into thinking that there is no government corruption. I actually have information that the AQMD is getting their directions from Al Gore. Or was that Alf from Melmac? (let this be the first Alf reference of 2014) My hat is off to Mr Dover for being able to pinpoint the aroma of unicorns and fairy dust... After all these years I thought that it was peanut butter.
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Duke Noor January 28, 2014 at 08:43 pm
Seeger may have been a great musician, changing folk music forever. But when he meets his Maker,Read More he'll have a tough time. By his own admission, he was a red diaper communist baby, someone who was brought into the party by his parents and raised under what the Comintern called Party Discipline. That meant you followed the orders of the Kremlin, no questions asked. And that's exactly what Pete Seeger did. He claimed that he 'drifted' out of the party in the 1950's', but he never once lifted his voice to oppose Soviet tyranny! Of course mainstream media will never report any of this! Sad!
Bonfire at Dockweiler Beach.
Edgar January 28, 2014 at 07:04 am
The AQMD has been one of the key contributors of industry moving out of California with their NaziRead More Storm Trooper tactics and self-perpetuating jobs by getting into every ones knickers. Yes we all want clean air but who polices this long out of control agency that seems to answer to no one. I hope the get their ass burned in a fire pit of public backlash. Since they have chased out all of industry they are now looking for any way to keep their jobs by invading sacred grounds of the public.
Phil Reimert January 28, 2014 at 02:07 pm
We should keep a few vestiges of our former un-regulated lives. Dockweiler is he closeest beachRead More that still allows bonfires and they tend to counteract the foul odor from Hyperian--sort of like lighting a match in the bathroom.