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Los Angeles County Reports, Resources, Comment: April 27 to May 1

I started compiling and sending out selections from Los Angeles County Supervisor agendas in 2016, thinking the effort might be useful to the movement for humane and rational reform of the criminal justice system. The agendas are made public three business days before the meetings (with items often added only one day before), so alerting people to what was coming might help our work,

I provide this to give us a fuller grasp of the tangle of beliefs and practices involved in a system with results which so obviously contradicted some of its stated goals, and did so much harm.

Observing the system in its local form, watching, listening, and sometimes meeting and commenting to the people who direct the system, I thought would enable me to get a fuller grasp of the tangle of beliefs and practices involved in a system with results which so obviously contradicted some of its stated goals, and did so much harm.

I soon realized that widening the focus from “public safety” and “law enforcement” to the social context was necessary for understanding, and for well-focused action. So I added other issues to the weeklies, and occasional reports, citations and links to articles, books, or broadcasts—and my own musings. I often pose questions for readers in an effort to provoke thinking—mine and theirs. One big one: “What justifies the community imposing the serious deprivation of human rights inherent in confinement on someone? And what obliges the community to do so?

Fifty-two years ago, shortly after I began my two-and-a-half years of federal imprisonment (after declining to use a graduate student draft deferment and refusing all orders of the draft system) I took a walk around the yard of the first of my several prisons. Who among the people I had met so far in the jails had done as much harm to humanity as the U.S. .President (Johnson at that time, but you can fill in the blank with any other)? Yet I couldn’t think that imprisoning LBJ would be worthwhile or helpful. Maybe you think it would have. All I cared was that he not be able to do any more harm. And if not him, what was the meaning of imprisoning all the others? What was this system all about, the imprisonment system, and the determinedly unequal social/economic system which it helped to uphold?

Enjoy the mix of detail and perspective, resources and questions.

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Joseph Maizlish
Joseph Maizlish has been a public affairs activist in one way or another since eight years old when he flummoxed his father with the question: “Daddy, why are some people paid more for working than other people?” A history graduate student, a prisoner (1968-71), an automotive mechanic and shop manager, a Marriage and Fam. Therapist since 1991, mediator, and now volunteers on the Steering Comm. of the L.A. Regional Reentry Partnership. He posts now and then on his site

Apr. 27 - May 1, 2020 Selected Los Angeles County items, reports, resources, comment

“But extreme inequality and poverty are pre-existing conditions in this public health emergency. Not least, all that uncollected tax revenue could have funded a much more responsive public health system.”

Chuck Collins, “Let's Stop Pretending Billionaires Are in the Same Boat As Us During This Pandemic,” Collins details the “uncollected tax revenue” in the article. Is there a social/environmental ill to which inequality does not contribute?

  1. Agendas:
    A. Board of Supervisors, Tues., April 28, 9:30 a.m.
    B. Cluster meetings of Supervisor Assistants (Teleconferences);
  2. II. Reports, resources, comment, events:
    A. Articles/Editorials on the budgetary effects of pandemic spending in L.A. and CA; and a Letter calling large accumulations of wealth SOCIETY’S savings
    B. Santa Clara County declines to mandate masks because of burden on law enforcement. Must public policy mean enforcement?
    C. NY Times editorial “No one deserves to die in jail of COVID-19”
    D. Remarks by Orange Co. D.A. Todd Spitzer, on virus, jails, releases, and others
  3. I.Agendas To subscribe to notices of some County meetings and agendas:
  4. Board of Supervisors, Tues., April 28, 9:30 a.m. How to “attend:” Phone (877) 873-8017, Enter when prompted. Access Code for English: 111111 Access Code for Spanish: 222222, To view via web:
    Public comment will be only by surface or email, and must arrive at Supervisor offices by 5 p.m. on the day before the meeting. E-mail to: or surface mail to: Attention: Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Board Operations Division, Executive Office 500 West Temple Street, Room 383 Los Angeles, CA 90012.
    (Board regular and supplementary agendas: Audio/video, transcripts, official proceedings:

COVID-19-related items, economic, housing, health, data, families, tenants

Health & Public Safety

  • 2, p.4, Sups. Solis/Kuehl: Declare April 2020 “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” and April 29, 2020 “Denim Day,” in partnership with Peace Over Violence to encourage residents to wear jeans in solidarity. Motion:
    Comment: For the origin of “Denim Day” and its relationship to sexual assault, see the motion. The motion also remarks on a current factor in hazard in homes:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles County has instituted “Safer at Home.” While this critical and necessary response is working successfully to protect many in Los Angeles County, we must also recognize that there are some for whom home is not safe because of sexual violence.”

(The motion describes the unsafety “because of sexual violence” The hazards include other abuses and violence, and direct and indirect impacts on children).

  • 3, p.5, Sups. Solis/Hahn: Prioritizing the Needs of Los Angeles County Frontline Healthcare Workers. The Offices of Emergency Management, CEO, and others, to report with a comprehensive plan for various supports for all first responders and frontline healthcare workers. Motion:
  • 4, p.6, Sups. Solis/Barger: Support of Youth in Foster Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Children and Family Services, with others in and outside County government to report with a plan for implementing Gov. Newsom’s Order and his investment for youth in foster care and families. Motion:
  • 6, pp.7-9, Sup. Ridley-Thomas, Prioritizing the Health and Safety of Those Living and Working in Skilled Nursing Facilities: Thomas: Instruct the County’s Legislative Advocates in Sacramento to work to expedite the consideration of State orders, guidelines and requirements for the safe and sustained operations of SNFs during the COVID-19 crisis, and report every two weeks with a status: (The list of guidelines includes many worker protections). Motion:
  • 8, p.9, Sups. Kuehl/Solis, Impact of Stimulus Payment on General Relief Applicants and Recipients: To protect General Relief payment recipients from being affected when recipients also receive stimulus program payments.
  • 14, p.12, and 36, p.28, Sups. Hahn/Solis: Worker Protections: An interim urgency ordinance requiring employers with over 500 employees nationally and located within the unincorporated County areas to provide 80 hours of paid, supplemental sick leave for full-time employees and up to two weeks’ pay for part-time employees for COVID-19-related reasons, to ensure that workers who have symptoms can stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 without an impact to their livelihood. [and other features]. :”Documentation not available at the printing of the agenda.”
    Ordinance: The ordinance link is to a page with the message NOTE: Documents currently not available. Contact the Executive Office for additional information
    Comment: How can the public provide meaningful comment to the Board before 5 p.m. on the day before the Board meets and votes on adoption of an ordinance when (1) the ordinance has either not been posted by then or was posted only on that day, and (2) there is no comment opportunity during the Board’s meeting? Worker protection is urgent, and so is public inclusion (aren’t we the workers they’re protecting?).
  • 15, p.13, Los Angeles County Sups. Hahn/Kuehl: Expanding Testing in Congregate Living Environments: Health Services and others to report on a plan for expanding access to appropriate, high-quality testing [for COVID-19], with a focus on skilled nursing facilities and homeless housing facilities. Motion:
  • 16, p.14, Sups. Hahn/Kuehl, General Election 2020 Vote By Mail, Adopt the provisions of the state’s Voter’s Choice Act, accelerate provisions for mailing a ballot to every eligible voter starting with the November 3, 2020 election, and send a Board letter to L.A. County’s representatives in the CA legislature and the Congress urging funding and support for implementation. Motion:
  • 17, p.15, Sup. Hahn: Digital Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The CEO and others to report with a plan for digital connectivity and training to communities that lack it (for application for economic relief programs).
  • 18, p.15, Sup. Hahn, Authorize Litigation against the City of Norwalk to Protect People Experiencing Homelessness from COVID-19 and to Prevent Interference with Project Roomkey and Related Programs, opposing Norwalk’s emergency moratorium on the use of hotels or motels for programs intended for the isolation and quarantine of persons testing positive for, exhibiting symptoms of, or at high risk for contracting COVID-19.
  • 40-A, Supp. p.2, Sups. Solis/Kuehl: Calling for an end to discriminatory practices in blood donations: For a Board letter to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration calling for an end to requiring a three-month waiting period before blood donations for plasma purposes from people who have recovered from COVID-19 if they are gay, bisexual, or have had sex with men.
  • 40-B, Supp. p.3, Sups. Solis/Barger: L.A. County Together: In Service of Our Neighbors: Instruct the Office of Emergency Management to explore a partnership with L.A. Works and report days with recommendations for an online centralized resource for residents to access volunteer opportunities related to COVID-19; a list of volunteers and their skills accessible to qualifying organizations; and streamlining donation intake for relevant items.
  • 40-C, Supp. p.3, Sup. Solis, Supporting Community Clinics and Health Centers During the COVID-19 Crisis: Board letter to U.S. .Health & Human Services requesting that allocation formulas for the newly added $75 billion in COVID-19 funding ensure that sufficient new funding is awarded to health and behavioral health centers.
  • 19, p.16, Sups. Barger/Solis, Safely Reopening Los Angeles County. Direct the CEO and others to report in seven days with measures needed for containment of COVID-19 and needed prerequisites for relaxing the Safer at Home Order; and a plan to engage the business community and our labor partners in plans and preparations.

Law Enforcement:

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Recommended Articles

  • 9, p.10, Sups. Kuehl/Solis, and 33, p.27: Response to the Sheriff’s Request to Transfer Funds from Provisional Financing Uses, Lift the Hiring Freeze and Realign Budgeted Revenues. And Realignment of Sheriff’s Departmental Budgeted Revenues,
    Board Letter:
    Comment: These are budgetary rearrangements are to fulfill the Board’s demanded return by the LASD of unauthorized overspending of County funds, and release of the conditions and limitations imposed on LASD by the Board pending that return.

Three reward extensions or reestablishment in murder investigations, Sup. Ridley-Thomas:
● 40-E: $10,000 in the murders of Richard Williams and Boston Farley fatally shot in Compton May 15, 2016 Motion:
● 40-F. $10,000 in the murder of Demetrius Bracken, fatally shot in City of Compton December 30, 2018 Motion:
● 40-G. $10,000 reward in the murder of Estephan Hernandez fatally shot in Compton September 28, 2017 Motion:

Economic recovery and development:

County Budget:

  • 46, p.34, Fiscal Year 2020-21 Recommended Budget: Consider the CEO’s recommendations, order revisions, additions and changes as deemed necessary, and set Wednesday, May 13, 2020 as the date that public budget hearings will begin. NOTE: Documentation not available at the printing of the agenda.
    Comment: The link is to a list of other links for the budget documents, but each goes (as of Friday evening April 24) to pages saying “Pending Submittal of Documentation.” (See the comment on items 14/36 above). If the CEO’s proposed revisions are worth having Board action on in advance of the later budget hearings, then the public meeting statute and good sense suggest there ought to be a meaningful opportunity for informed public comment before the Board acts on the initial revisions.
  1. Cluster (subject area) meetings led by Supervisor deputies. Here are selected items. For the full agendas of these and other clusters, see and click on cluster name.
  2. Health & Mental Health, Wed., April 29, 10:00 a.m. (A closed conference with legal counsel will begin at 9:30).
    Teleconference Call-In Number: (323) 776-6996 Conference ID: 495545110#
    ● IV. a. DHS: Approval of Mutual Aid Cooperative Agreements for Emergency Medical and Health Disaster Services
    ● IV. b. DHS: Approval of Delegations of Authority for Contracting Actions in Support of the Department of Health Services' Efforts to Respond to The Novel Coronavirus pandemic
    ● IV. c. DHS: Approval of Various Contract Extensions in Support of the Department of Health Services' Efforts to Respond to The Novel Coronavirus
  3. Public Safety, Wed., April 29, 10:00 a.m.
    Teleconference Call-In Number: (323) 776-6996/ Conference ID: 791844381#
    ● 3. A. Contract cities briefing (LASD serving cities under contract with the County)
  4. Family & Social Services, Wed., April 29, 1:30 p.m.
    Teleconference Call-In Number: (323) 776-6996/ Conference ID: 747311624#
    ● II. a. Department of Public Health(DPH): Presentation on Domestic Violence Program Service Update During COVID-19 Emergency
    ● II. b. DPH Presentation on Early Childhood Education Program Service Update During COVID-19 Emergency.
  5. Reports, resources, comment, events
  6. Articles/Editorials on local and CA budgetary effects of COVID-19 related spending, and a Letter suggesting there are far greater savings than we realize:

Editorial: “This California town has the coronavirus testing program we all need. We should be thankful they do”
Ideally, the financial burden of testing should be borne by the government, not by communities’ members. Not every city or neighborhood has the wherewithal of Bolinas.

Editorial: Coronavirus is wiping out L.A.'s budget. We need federal help - and so do other cities

“L.A. school district confronts $200 million in coronavirus costs and a grim budget future”

“Coronavirus crisis could trigger huge California deficits, lawmakers are told”

A letter to the L.A. Times suggesting we consider large accumulations of wealth to be society’s savings.
“Jurisdictions and Individuals are digging into savings, maybe exhausting them and burdening their futures. Yet society has significant ”savings” – in the form of the very large private accumulations of financial wealth. They are collected from all of society, but subject to the decision-making of very few. Relatively little of those savings are available to society’s basic and urgent needs. And partly as a result, California, L.A. County, and City, and jurisdictions worldwide are in grave budgetary trouble.
“Whether it is possible, or desirable, or worth attempting to change in some way the control of decision-making about that wealth, or prevent its accumulation in the first place are not my points here. My suggestion here is more modest: simply that we recognize that wealth as being, morally speaking, our common savings. Joseph Maizlish

  1. Do people respond only to “enforcement?” Santa Clara County declines to mandate masks: From radio KPFA news April 20:

Santa Clara County officials declined [to require wearing of masks, as other counties had done], saying they urge people to wear face coverings, but it would put too much of a strain on police agencies to enforce a requirement. Los Angeles and Riverside Counties had already announced such requirements.

Comment: Urging is fine. Might it be formalized into law, even if the law prescribes no penalties besides the inherent ones: danger to safety, health and life?
I’d welcome your comments.

  1. NY Times editorial “No one deserves to die in jail of COVID-19”
    “Attorney General William Barr has already ordered the Bureau of Prisons to make more inmates at federal facilities eligible for home confinement, prioritizing those at federal facilities with outbreaks of the coronavirus in Louisiana, Connecticut and Ohio. State and local prisons should follow suit.”
    Comment/Questions: What ought to be the standards for deciding who should be released first to “de-crowd” jails and who later as long as reaching a safe population size for the specific institution requires further releases? How ought the standards for safe conditions in a jail or other institution be determined? What conditions, if any, should be part of which releases? How should the services and support to be provided to each released person be decided? Will the people to be released have input into those decisions? How can a jurisdiction avoid discriminating among people for release on the basis of who has a home to go to and who needs a residence? (Some of those questions seem good ones for how people are dealt with in the system in the first place, virus or no).
    I’ll summarize your comments and put some in the next issue.
  2. Talk by Orange County D.A. Todd Spitzer on a variety of topics, including COVID-19, the jails, releases, and the relationship to victims. Minutes 6:30 to 31:52 of

For past previews:
Comments, corrections, questions are invited.

Contact info L.A. County Supervisors’ offices: 500 W. Temple St., L.A. 90012.
To find your district:
Sup. Hilda Solis 1st Dist. Rm. 856 (213) 974-4111
Sup. Mark Ridley-Thomas 2nd Dist. Rm.866 (213) 974-2222
Sup. Sheila Kuehl 3rd Dist. Rm. 832 (213) 974-3333
Sup. Janice Hahn 4th Dist. Rm. 822 (213)-974-4444
Sup. Kathryn Barger 5th Dist. Rm. 869 (213) 974-5555