County to develop plan to use $12 million in federal stimulus funds
Los Angeles, CA -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has directed the county staff to come up with a plan for how to use more than $12 million in federal stimulus funds for homeless prevention programs.
To be eligible to receive the funds, the county must submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by May 18 on how best to use the money.
At Supervisor Don Knabe’s recommendation, the board directed county CEO William Fujioka to develop that plan. “The plan should be innovative without creating a new bureaucracy, and should be mindful of the one-time nature of these funds,” Knabe said. Knabe suggested that the plan focus on programs that would complement the county’s current homelessness prevention strategies.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Los Angeles County Supervisors went on record as being opposed to any effort to undo the president's national healthcare plan.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas proposed that the board direct its legislative advocates to "take immediate and necessary action to preserve the Affordable Care Act of 2010,'' saying that the move was a "matter of (the county's) self interest.''
Should the United States Congress fail to enact legislation that will trim the national budget by Friday, $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will go into effect.
Known as sequestration, these cuts are, according to the Congressional Research Service, largely across-the-board spending reductions that will impact most programs within the federal budget.
However, it is important to note that there is no current federal budget. Instead, the country’s fiscal house is running on a continuing resolution that funds programs at the previous budget’s rate.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will take the oath of office for a second supervisorial term at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, while simultaneously making history as the first African American chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
The Board of Supervisors pledged this week to seek to expand programs designed to keep foster youth from ending up in the county’s probation system.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department had hoped to get approval for a $1.22 increase in the annual tax that homeowners pay for fire services, but the Board of Supervisors demanded more information about the department’s fiscal woes before taking any action.
Supervisor Don Knabe grilled fire Chief Daryl Osby, expressing concern about the department’s operating deficit for the coming year.