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L.A. County supervisors vote to hire 'child protection czar'
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a sweeping reform of the county's troubled child protection operation, creating an independent office charged with improving how the region's abused and neglected children are treated.
The move marks the biggest change in the way the county shields threatened children since the Department of Children and Family Services was created 26 years ago. And it comes after a series of child deaths generated outrage because the victims were supposedly under the watch of social workers.
June 10, 2014
Willow Smith Scandal Investigation Closed From Lack of Evidence
Case closed regarding an investigation of Willow Smith's relationship with Moises Arias.
"There has been no evidence presented that Willow has ever been in any danger around Moises, or that she has ever been physically or emotionally abused," a source told RadarOnline. "It's likely the investigation will remain open for the next two weeks out of an abundance of caution, with no findings of reprimand against Will and Jada. Willow is a very well adjusted, smart, and articulate young lady."
June 6, 2014
You Won't Believe What Warning Labels Might Start Appearing In California Grocery Stores
Western Journalism has covered the ongoing push among leftist California bureaucrats to include health warning labels on sugary drinks sold in the state.
After failing to attract legislative support for a soda tax last year, state Sen. Bill Monning backed a bill that would spell out what many would conclude are the obvious results of overindulging in such beverages. That proposal moved forward last week when the California Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of the warning label implementation.
June 1, 2014
Hunters fire near Yosemite National Park now threatens 100 homes
An out-of-control wildfire burning in Mariposa County west of Yosemite National Park has burned one residence and is now threatening more than 100 others as dozens of residents evacuate, officials reported Tuesday.
The Hunters fire started Monday about 3:30 p.m. in the Hunters Valley area near Lake McClure and quickly grew to about 500 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. By Tuesday morning, it had grown to roughly 900 acres and was just 10% contained.
May 27, 2014
'Pillowcase Rapist; to be released into Calif. community despite protests
A judge on Friday ordered that a serial rapist be released to live in a Los Angeles County community in spite of a host of vocal protests.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown issued a brief order saying that Christopher Evans Hubbart, 63, must be released by July 7, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement. With several severe restrictions that include 24-hour GPS monitoring, Hubbart will be allowed to rent a small house in a remote area in Lake Los Angeles, near the city of Palmdale.
May 23, 2014
Child welfare advocate knows the system firsthand
Stephanie Krol's memories of her earliest years are blessedly spare and remarkably benign. She remembers going back and forth between foster care and street life with her mother, who was homeless and often resorted to prostitution.
She remembers being separated from her siblings, shuffled among strangers and unfamiliar homes. She remembers attending three different schools by the time she was 6. But mostly she remembers the kind art teacher who went out of her way to give a lonely little first-grade girl a chance to shine - and wound up changing both of their lives.
May 12, 2014
Rim Fire Leaves Lasting Impression at Yosemite
Those who venture to Yosemite National Park for the arrival of spring are getting shocked on the drive to the park: The sight of the Rim Fire zone feels like getting punched in the gut.
Along Highway 120, east of Groveland as you approach the park's Big Oak Flat entrance station, nearly everybody stops at the Rim of the World lookout on the left. From there, you can see how the Rim Fire burned nearly everything in your view, 402 square miles or 257,314 acres from August to October, the third-largest fire verified in California history.
March 18, 2014
Coping with mothers who neglect their kids
It's a story whose elements are all too familiar. It's easy to deem it another indictment of our failing child welfare system:
A drug addict who has already lost six children to the foster care system is jailed after her two little boys wander into a liquor store alone, hungry and looking for food. The toddlers - 2 and 3 years old - are wearing soiled diapers and dirty clothes. It takes police two days to track down their mother whose rap sheet includes arrests for prostitution and theft. Sidnicka Wilson, 32, is nabbed several miles away, with, according to police, a crack pipe and cocaine.
March 17, 2014
Los Angeles mother charged with child abuse over wandering toddlers was under county oversight
LOS ANGELES - The mother of two toddlers who were found wandering alone in soiled diapers through the streets of South Los Angeles last week was under the supervision of county child protective services.
32-year-old Sidnicka Wilson, who has pleaded not guilty to child abuse and other charges, was enrolled in a program designed to help parents like her keep their children while learning to care for them better.
March 12, 2014
Does medical marijuana equal bad parenting?
Shawnee Anderson's voice is shrill, quavering -- on the edge of desperate. She clutches her 11-month-old son, Sage, while trying to comprehend the situation unfolding in front of her.
Her boyfriend -- Sage's father, Aaron Hillyer -- is in handcuffs. "Why are you doing this?" she pleads with police officers standing on the lawn outside her home. "Your baby doesn't need to be subjected to marijuana," an officer replies, in an audio recording made by Anderson on her cell phone...
March 12, 2014
'Polio-like' Cluster in California Has Eerie Echoes
Here's something worth knowing about the cluster of "polio-like illnesses" identified by doctors in the San Francisco area: Some of the first outbreaks of actual poliomyletis in the United States more than a century ago happened in the same area.
s history repeating itself? Are more cases on the way, and not just in California? It's a question worth asking, and far more important to public health than headline-grabbing measles and whooping cough outbreaks. But don't hold your breath, because the real answer may say more about the nature of modern illness than most mainstream medical "experts" would care to consider.
February 25, 2014
Updated: Los Gatos Woman Finds Dead Mountain Lion
Young puma is found under deck of home on Old Ranch Road in mountainous community; cause of death unknown, but no foul play, sign of attack, bullet, or road burn is detected.
UC Santa Cruz's Pumas Project field biologist Chris Fust said today determining the cause of death of a young mountain lion found on Old Ranch Road in the Los Gatos Mountains will be difficult since the animal was too far decayed.
December 5, 2013
Girl allegedly kidnapped from Alaska two years ago discovered in Los Angeles foothills
Glendale police found a 7-year-old girl who had been kidnapped in Alaska two years ago when they pulled over a car in La Crescenta on Thursday for a suspected seatbelt violation, officials said.
Police reportedly observed three adults and two girls, a 3-year-old and 7-year-old, in the vehicle which was traveling eastbound on Foothill Boulevard, near New York Avenue, at about 2:40 p.m., according to Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.
November 15, 2013
Fire-spotting Satellite Needed, Researchers Argue
With another record-setting wildfire season coming to a close in the United States, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley argue it's time to invest in a fire-spotting satellite.
This year, California's firefighting arm, called CAL FIRE, responded to more than 6,000 wildfires, or 1,600 more than average -- a number that is expected to rise in coming years due to global warming, Stephens said. "If we had information on the location of fires when they were smaller, then we could take appropriate actions quicker and more easily, including preparing for evacuation," said fire expert Scott Stephens.
October 23, 2013
A Billion Board Feet of Slightly Singed Timber
Logging fire-damaged trees on Federal land in California's Yosemite and Stanislaus national forests could be quickly okayed under legislation introduced by Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Calif.).
With an estimated 1 billion board feet of quality timber charred by the quarter-million-acre Rim Fire, lumber and logging companies are seeking rights to fell trees in Yosemite Park and Stanislaus National Forest, about 100 miles east of San Francisco. The Rim Fire flamed out around Sept. 26.
October 15, 2013
Old SF buses to be turned into homeless showers
A San Francisco woman has a refreshing idea to help the homeless: Portable showers on old city buses.
After a retrofitting, the buses will have shower stalls and be driven to homeless nonprofits, where people will receive toiletries and towels. The first one is scheduled to start rolling in March.
October 15, 2013
Calif. is first state to ban lead ammo for hunting
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will make California the first state to ban lead bullets for all types of hunting.
The Democratic governor says in a signing message Friday that lead ammunition poses a threat to wildlife. He says the bill protects hunters by allowing the ban to be lifted if the federal government ever prohibits non-lead ammo.
October 15, 2013
Salvage logging bill sparks controversy
SAN ANDREAS - Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay, this week introduced a bill to speed salvage logging within the 400-square-mile burned area of the Rim Fire.
McClintock says the bill is needed because lawsuits by environmentalists or regulatory hurdles could otherwise delay such logging so long that the wood inside dead trees would no longer be usable. At least one environmentalist, however, says he supports massive salvage logging. John Buckley, executive director of Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center, says McClintock's bill could actually spark resistance to legitimate salvage logging because it contains provocative provisions that would allow logging within wilderness areas in Yosemite National Park.
September 29, 2013
Morning Report: Female Inmates on the Fire Lines
Unlike their counterparts behind bars up and down the state, the female inmates who live in an obscure North County town called Rainbow get chances to see real rainbows in the backcountry. Not to mention trees, birds, snakes, scorpions - and fire.
In a new story, we spend time with these inmates (some of whom just went to fight Yosemite's mammoth Rim Fire) and learn how prisoners land in fire crews in the first place. Inmates have long served on fire crews here, and they've long faced danger. In 1956, as we wrote in a recent history flashback, seven honor camp inmates, three other firefighters and a prison guard were killed in a local backcountry wildfire. It remains one of the deadlist wildfires for firefighters in U.S. history.
September 23, 2013
Fox Company kept birds flying during Rim Fire
MATHER, Calif. - As of the early morning of Sept. 6, the Rim Fire in California's Yosemite National Park had burned a total of 246,350 acres, making it the third largest wildfire in the State's history.
At the fire's most ferocious peak, more than 15 rotary-wing aircraft from the California National Guard were participating in water drops and aerial firefighter transportation. Flying in less than optimal conditions through thick smoke, close to flames taller than the area's famous sequoias, the CNG successfully assisted in the 80 percent containment of what seemed to be an unconquerable wildfire.
September 21, 2013
Restoration team tackles Rim Fire
Even before the Rim Fire's perimeter was secured, Burned Area Emergency Response teams were working inside fire containment lines and they've unearthed some good news.
"BAER specialists concluded that the amount of high severity burn is fairly low given time of year and comparison to other fires," the BAER team said. These specialized teams take action within one year of a wildland fire to stabilize and prevent further degradation to natural and cultural resources, to minimize threats to life or property resulting from the effects of a fire or to repair, replace or construct physical improvements necessary to prevent degradation of land or resources.
September 20, 2013
Rim Fire fight: Confidence growing
Fire authorities showed increased confidence in the Rim Fire fight over the weekend, ending crew night shifts and reducing their estimate of the number of structures threatened to zero.
The fire has now burned 256,169 acres, up only 311 acres since Friday evening, according to the Stanislaus National Forest. "The only spread now is in the northeast, between Cherry Lake and Hetch Hetchy," Gibbs said. No structures were considered threatened this morning, down from 1,285 over the weekend.
September 16, 2013
Fire Destroys Mariposa County Home
At 11:43 Sunday morning, September 15, 2013 fire resources from across Mariposa and eastern Madera counties were dispatched to a vegetation fire on Tavis Road in the Bootjack area.
Betty Wilson, the homeowner, was in the back yard working in her garden when she began smelling smoke. At first that smell was not alarming because, for the past several weeks, she had smelled smoke from the Rim Fire. A brief time later she noticed smoke coming from the rear of the home. When she opened the back door to investigate she saw a room full of fire rolling across the ceiling and spreading in all directions.
September 16, 2013
Majority of Fawns have Tumors
We had a group of deer come through our property yesterday. I've been monitoring the fawns, I think they have a nesting spot not too far from here...
I've been an avid deer watcher since moving to these parts back around 2000 or so. This is the first time I've noticed any tumors. Out of the four fawns who came by yesterday three had tumors. They were born with them, the tumor weren't something that came up overnight.
September 8, 2013
Thieves Are Kindred Spirit for California Government
When someone embezzles more than $300,000 from a business, that company is not likely to hire back the embezzler and give her a promotion. But such is not the case with the state of California, which even changed the rules so the embezzler could get a new
As a recent report noted, Carey Renee Moore (then going by the name Carey Renee Aceves) embezzled $320,000 from the state's Department of Child Support Services "by using her position to purchase, among other things, a television, a hot tub and gazebo and electronics, pornographic videos, handcuffs, chains and whips. Moore falsified records to cover up the purchases and sold some items to buy a $65,000 Lexus."
September 5, 2013
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