Politics

Social workers accuse DA of criminalizing child welfare work

Following the protest outside, the group converged on the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, April 12. Photo courtesy: SEIU 721 Facebook page. View the complete album of photos here.

LOS ANGELES – Dozens of county social workers protested in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, accusing District Attorney Jackie Lacey of criminalizing child welfare work by bringing child abuse charges against four of their colleagues. Two former county social workers and their supervisors were charged March 28 of child abuse and falsifying records stemming from…

Incumbents prevail in Lancaster election

Angela Underwood Jacobs, R. Rex Parris, Ken Mann.

LANCASTER – The Lancaster voters have spoken. Incumbent R. Rex Parris defeated his two challengers Tuesday, garnering more than 67 percent of the votes for mayor of the city of Lancaster. Specifically, Parris won with 4,950 votes, while his closest competitor, David Paul, trailed with 1,891 votes. Challenger Gualberto “Wally” Melendez finished last with 531…

No-grow ordinance takes effect in unincorporated Los Angeles County

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a ban on growing cannabis in unincorporated areas of the county,  including Quartz Hill, Littlerock and Lake Los Angeles. Effective immediately, the ordinance bans the cultivation, manufacturing, laboratory testing and distribution of medical marijuana for 45 days, while zoning officials study the…

Minimum wage bill signed into law

Gov. Jerry Brown

LOS ANGELES – In front of a boisterous downtown Los Angeles crowd of legislators, union leaders and workers who have been fighting for increased salaries, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Brown, during a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan State Building, said…

Legislature approves minimum wage hike

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LOS ANGELES – The state Legislature on Thursday approved a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. The proposal now moves to Gov. Jerry Brown, who plans to sign it during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday in downtown Los Angeles. “California is proving once again that it can…

Election debates set for Lancaster City Council, mayor

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LANCASTER – The League of Women Voters Antelope Valley is sponsoring election debates for the City Council and Mayoral Office of the city of Lancaster.   “Here’s a great chance to see the candidates together, stating their positions, responding to questions, and being available afterward to meet all of them personally,” said League of Women…

Runner not seeking re-election

Sen. Sharon Runner

SACRAMENTO – Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to the California State Senate. Her current term ends in December 2016. Runner underwent a double lung transplant in 2012 and recently celebrated her fourth anniversary with new lungs. But medical challenges during the cold and flu season have become more difficult…

County to establish Medical Marijuana Dispensary Enforcement Team

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors vowed Tuesday — in a 4-0 vote — to crack down on illegal marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas, including Quartz Hill, Littlerock and Lake Los Angeles. Supervisor Michael Antonovich recommended setting up an enforcement team of representatives from the Department of Regional Planning, Sheriff’s Department,…

Video: Governor’s 2016 State of the State Address

CA Gov Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO – California Governor Jerry Brown delivered his 2016 State of the State address Thursday morning in Sacramento. Brown vowed to “focus on how we pay for the commitments we have already made,” invest in “ways that will not lock in future spending” and keep California “prepared and vigilant” for a “profoundly uncertain” future. View…

Palmdale seeks applicants for Planning Commission

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PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Council is accepting applications for two planning commissioners, one in District 1 and one in District 4, for terms to expire in June of 2016. The deadline to return applications is Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. Applications must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office, located at 38300 Sierra…

In memory of Larry Chimbole

Larry Chimbole

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) adjourned the floor session Thursday, Jan. 7, in memory of Palmdale’s first mayor, Larry Chimbole, who passed away Nov. 10. Calling Chimbole “one of my favorite Antelope Valley Democrats,” Lackey detailed the qualities that made Chimbole an outstanding public servant. – Previous related story: Palmdale’s first mayor, Larry Chimbole,…

Toys delivered to Antelope Valley Academy for Autistic Children

[L to R] State Sen. Bob Huff, student Christian Barillas, and Assemblyman Tom Lackey. [contributed]

LANCASTER – State Sen. Bob Huff, R-San Dimas, teamed with Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, and state Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, to help deliver electronic goodies to the Academy for Advancement of Children with Autism, Antelope Valley campus. The group delivered seven LeapFrog Brand LeapTV Educational Gaming Systems and 13 LeapFrog brand LeapPad3 Learning Tablets to…

L.A. County joins VoteCal

Secretary of State Alex Padilla joined Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean C. Logan on Monday to deploy VoteCal – the new statewide voter registration database that will bring together data previously managed at the local level. [contributed]

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles is one of 38 California counties that have joined VoteCal, an online voter database that allows residents to register to vote online, check the status of vote-by-mail ballots and find their polling places, authorities announced. Los Angeles County, along with Glenn, Fresno, Kern and Napa counties, launched VoteCal on Monday.…

County considering gun regulations

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to consider new ways of preventing violence in the community and workplace, including potential gun buyback programs and stricter controls on rapid-fire weapons. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas proposed that the sheriff, district attorney, probation chief and health officials develop a set of recommendations within…

Banks named Air Pollution Control Officer

Bret Banks [contributed]

LANCASTER – The governing board of the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District has appointed Bret Banks Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO) of the local regulatory air agency. Banks — who will also serve as the AVAQMD’s executive director — will report directly to the governing board beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Banks will be responsible…

Assemblyman Lackey joins developmental disabilities community for day-of-action

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LANCASTER- As part of a statewide Day-of-Action, Assemblyman Tom Lackey and hundreds of advocates rallied at Desert Haven Enterprise in Lancaster, calling on Governor Jerry Brown to increase funding to support state services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Joining Lackey in the call to action was former NFL and UCLA Star Wendell Tyler, whose son…

L.A. County supervisors vote to welcome refugees

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors formally declared that it will welcome Syrian and other refugees fleeing persecution to a “new, peaceful and productive life in Los Angeles County.” The vote was 3-1 on Tuesday, with Supervisor Michael Antonovich dissenting and Supervisor Don Knabe abstaining. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl…

Antonovich draws criticism over “Muhammad” comment

Supervisor Antonovich [left]. Palmdale resident Kamal Al-Khatib [right]

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich is in trouble with Muslim community leaders over a comment he made in the aftermath of the San Bernardino County massacre. In a speech to constituents after the shooting, Antonovich said, “The first thing I asked about this incident, was the guy named Muhammad?” It upset…