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SUP. BURKE, CHAIR: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AND WOULD MARQUIS DREW COME FORWARD?
JAMES HOLT: OKAY. JAMES HOLT. I'M HERE FROM MANNA MANOR GROUP HOME. I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF OUR GROUP HOME THAT HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR THE PAST 23 YEARS. OUR PROGRAM SERVES BOTH D.C.F. AND JUVENILE DELINQUENTS. AND WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THEM. WE HAVE 6 HOMES, 36 CHILDREN. AND I DO UNDERSTAND THAT WITH THE SPA 8 THAT THEY WERE LEANING TOWARDS PROBATION ONLY. BUT WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO SERVE THESE CHILDREN. WE HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL RATE OVER THE PAST 23 YEARS. WE'VE HAD SOME 3,500 CHILDREN THAT HAVE COME THROUGH. SOME OF THEM HAVE GONE ON TO COLLEGE. SOME HAVE THAT HAVE BEEN REUNITED WITH THEIR FAMILIES. AND OUR CONCERN IS THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO SERVE THESE CHILDREN. WE SERVE SOME FRAGILE CHILDREN, MEDICALLY FRAGILE CHILDREN. AND WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THEM. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT WITH THE SPA 8 THAT THEY WERE LEANING TOWARDS PROBATION. BUT LIKE WE WERE A 9 LEVEL AND WE SERVED CHILDREN AT LEVEL 14 FOR MANY YEARS. SO I COME HERE TODAY WITH AN APPEAL THAT WE COULD BE ABLE TO HELP THESE CHILDREN. IT'S A JOB, BUT IT GOES FURTHER BEYOND A JOB BECAUSE I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR WELFARE. AND THIS IS SORT OF A TRAUMATIC THING FOR THEM RIGHT NOW NOT KNOWING WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, WHAT'S GOING TO TAKE PLACE. AND WE ARE THE FAMILY. WE SEE THAT THEY GO TO SCHOOL, DO THEIR HOMEWORK, TAKE THEM TO DOCTORS AND EVERYTHING. IT IS A FAMILY GROUP. SO THIS IS MY APPEAL TO YOU TODAY AND COMING HERE ON BEHALF FOR OUR CHILDREN, IF WE COULD CONTINUE TO SERVE THEM AND CONTINUE TO MEET THEIR NEEDS. THANK YOU.
SUP. BURKE, CHAIR: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LINA PHILIPP?

LINA PHILIPP: YES, GOOD AFTERNOON. SORRY. I GOT OVER A PAPER THAT MORE OR LESS I WANT IT TO BE GIVEN, PLEASE.
SUP. BURKE, CHAIR: I'M GOING TO ASK MARQUIS DREW AND JANET BELL TO ALSO COME FORWARD.
LINA PHILIPP: FOR THE LAST 23 YEARS, WE HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THE TWO PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE, WHICH IS ABUSE AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN AND JUVENILE AND DELINQUENT CHILDREN. BUT ON JUNE 30TH WE FINALLY RECEIVED A REGISTERED LETTER IN HERE, WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN AUGUST THE PROCESS, AND IF WE HAVE THIS PROCESS LAST AUGUST, THEN THERE SHOULD BE NO COMPLICATIONS OR ANYTHING. BUT THEY DID AN ADDENDUM 6 WHEREIN THE SPA 8'S ONLY FOR PROBATION YOUTH CHILDREN. I'M A REGISTERED NURSE FOR THE LAST 35 YEARS AND I CAN'T TURN MY BACK ON THESE CHILDREN, BUT THEY BECOME PART OF MY LIFE. AND RIGHT NOW WE GOT CHILDREN THAT DOESN'T KNOW WHERE TO GO. I MEAN, THEY HAVE BEEN BEGGING ME. I CAN JUST SAY I JUST HAD A STROKE AND I SAY LEAVE IT, I'LL BACK IT UP. BUT WITH THE CHILDREN BEGGING AND ASKING "LINA, THIS IS OUR HOME. WHAT IS OUR FUTURE?" BECAUSE THEY'RE HOPING, WE GOT ONE CHILD IN HERE WHO USED TO BE ONE OF OUR CHILD, AND RIGHT NOW IS ONE OF OUR STAFF. BUT THE THING IN HERE IS, WHY LIMIT US TO PROBATION YOUTH ONLY WHEREIN WE'RE SERVING D.C.F.S. AND PROBATION AT THE SAME TIME. AND I WENT TO THE MEETING LAST THURSDAY AND BLANCHET, THEY TOLD ME, "PROBATION YOUTH ONLY, LINA, AND THAT'S IT." AND THAT HURTS. AND I'M HERE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP. BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN DOING FOR 23 YEARS. WE DIDN'T RECEIVE ANY LETTER OF NOTIFICATION LAST YEAR. AND THEY SAID THEY'RE GOING TO DO A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION ABOUT IT. BUT FINALLY WHY IS IT THAT JUNE 30, I WAS ABLE TO GET A REGISTERED MAIL? WHY DID THEY NOT DO THIS LAST AUGUST? SO I'M ASKING FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN. I MYSELF, ONCE I HAVE THIS RUNNING, I'M GOING TO BE RETIRING. AND I'M GOING TO BE ASKING SOME OF THE STAFF TO WORK. AND PLUS THE THING WE HAVE 30 EMPLOYEES WHO ARE WORKING FOR MANNA MANOR, TOO. PLEASE CONSIDER THAT. PLEASE, DEAR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. THANK YOU.
SUP. BURKE, CHAIR: I THINK THERE'S SOMEONE HERE FROM D.C.F.S., I THINK THEY HAVE GONE OVER THIS WITH HER AND THERE WAS AN AUDITOR REPORT. BUT IS THERE SOMEONE FROM D.C.F.S. AND PROBATION THAT CAN GO OVER IT WITH HER AGAIN AND PERHAPS TALK TO SOME OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE, TOO. YES, DAMIEN GOODMAN?
DAMIEN GOODMAN: GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAME CHAIR. THERE ARE TWO DOCUMENTS BEING HANDED OUT TO YOU. MY NAME IS DAMIEN GOODMAN, I'M HERE REPRESENTING THE SOUTH LOS ANGELES COALITION OF 18 HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS COMMUNITY-BASED GROUPS AND BLOCK CLUBS THAT COMBINED MAKE UP THE CITIZEN'S CAMPAIGN TO FIX THE EXPO RAIL LINE. ONE OF THE DOCUMENTS BEING HANDED OUT TO YOU TODAY IS AN ARTICLE FROM 2007 IN THE "LOS ANGELES TIMES." THE TITLE IS "BOY, 14, KILLED BY TRAIN, IS MOURNED." I'M GOING TO READ FROM IT. "A DAY AFTER 14-YEAR-OLD LAVERT BAKER, JR. LOST HIS LIFE AFTER BEING STRUCK BY AN M.T.A. TRAIN, HIS FAMILY MEMBERS GRAPPLE WITH WHETHER HIS LOSS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED. "HE WAS MY HARDEST," FATHER LAVERT, SR. SAID. "I LOST A BIG PART OF MY HEART YESTERDAY." THE TEENAGER WAS HIT THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN WATTS AS HE WALKED HOME FROM SCHOOL. WITNESSES SAID HE WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TRAIN TRACKS WHEN WARNING LIGHTS STARTED BLINKING AND THE CROSSING GATES LOWERED. A SPOKESMAN FOR M.T.A., WHO OPERATES THE TRAIN SAID AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY. BY CHANCE, LAVERT'S 15-YEAR-OLD SISTER WAS A PASSENGER ON THE TRAIN BUT DID NOT LEARN THAT IT WAS HER BROTHER WHO HAD BEEN STRUCK UNTIL SHE HAD ARRIVED AT A RELATIVE'S HOME IN EAST LOS ANGELES. OF THE 13 SIBLINGS, LAVERT AND MONISHA SHARED A SPECIAL BOND BECAUSE OF THEIR CLOSENESS IN AGE, THE OLDER BAKER SAID. "THE TWO WERE LIKE THIS," HE SAID, HOLDING HIS INDEX AND MIDDLE FINGER TOGETHER. THE TEENAGER TOOK THE SAME ROUTE TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY, HIS FATHER SAID. THE OTHER BAKER WAS AT HIS HOME, LESS THAN A MILE FROM THE CROSSING, WHEN RESIDENTS RUSHED TO TELL HIM ABOUT THE ACCIDENT. BAKER SENIOR FOUND HIS SON ON THE GROUND AS THE CROWD BEGAN TO GATHER. HE RUSHED TO HIS SIDE AND HELD HIM DESPITE OFFICIALS ASKING HIM TO STEP ASIDE. LAVERT WAS TAKEN TO ST. FRANCIS MEDICAL CENTER IN LYNWOOD AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT 4:11 P.M. AT THE ACCIDENT SCENE, LAVERT'S FATHER SET UP A MEMORIAL CANDLES IN THE SHAPE OF A V THURSDAY NIGHT. FRIENDS AND FAMILY ON FRIDAY DESCRIBED LAVERT AS A WELL-LIKED AND AMBITIOUS TEAM, WHO WAS A VIDEO GAME FANATIC AND LIKED TO PLAY FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL. HE WANTED TO BE AN ELECTRICIAN AND TO GO TO COLLEGE. "HE ALWAYS SHOWED ME HE WANTED TO GO TO COLLEGE", HIS FATHER SAID. "HE WOULD SAY 'YOU JUST WATCH, DAD. I'M GOING TO BE THE FIRST ONE.'" LAVERT IS ONE OF OVER A DOZEN YOUTHS THAT HAVE BEEN INJURED AND KILLED IN BLUE LINE ACCIDENTS THAT I'VE BEEN ABLE TO CONFIRM BECAUSE THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY WILL NOT GIVE ME THE INFORMATION. TODAY THE OTHER ITEM THAT YOU HAVE BEFORE YOU IS THE HOLDING PEN AT DORSEY HIGH SCHOOL WHERE YOU GUYS ACTUALLY-- OR THE M.T.A. ACTUALLY CONSIDERS THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO HERD 700 STUDENTS IN A PERIOD OF 15 MINUTES INTO AN AREA CONFINED, WHERE THE DOOMSDAY SCENARIO IS A TRAIN BLOWING THROUGH THE CROSSING GATES AND HITTING THAT HOLDING AREA. COLUMBINE, VIRGINIA TECH, I DON'T WANT TO ADD DORSEY TO THAT LIST. THERE ARE FEW OPPORTUNITIES YOU HAVE TO SAVE LIVES. THE GREAT SEPARATION OF THAT CROSSING IS ONE.

SUP. BURKE, CHAIR: THANK YOU. MARQUIS DREW WOULD YOU PLEASE COME FORWARD AND STATE YOUR NAME, PLEASE?
DANIEL SNYDER: DANIEL SNYDER. GOOD AFTERNOON, SUPERVISORS. I'M HERE TO SUPPORT MANNA MANOR REQUEST THAT THIS COMPANY STAY OPEN. I HAVE STAYED WITH MANNA MANOR FOR NINE YEARS AS THE CLIENT AND NOW AS A CHILDCARE WORKER. I'M VERY GRATEFUL THAT LINA PHILIPP TOOK ME IN AND HELPED ME GROW INTO THE PERSON THAT I HAVE BECOME AND NOW I WANT TO GIVE BACK. ON BEHALF OF ALL MANNA MANOR CLIENTS, BESIDES OF THE FAMILY THAT THEY HAVE, MANNA MANOR, THE STAFF INCLUDING ME, IS THE FAMILY THAT THEY DEPEND ON WHEN TIMES ARE GOOD OR BAD, DAY IN AND DAY OUT. FOR THOSE CLIENTS THAT HAVE BEEN WITH MANNA MANOR FOR A WHILE, CLOSING MANNA MANOR WOULD BE TAKING HALF OF THEIR LIVES AWAY AND THE FUTURE THAT MANNA MANOR HAS TO OFFER. SO PLEASE HELP US.
SUP. BURKE, CHAIR: THANK YOU. THERE'S SOMEONE BACK THERE WHO WILL EXPLAIN IT TO YOU. PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME. AND HAS MARQUIS DREW COME FORWARD? YES. AND JANET BELL? ARE YOU JANET BELL? DANIEL SNYDER. THAT'S YOU FOLKS, ALL RIGHT. WHO IS GOING FIRST?
MARQUIS DREW: HELLO. MY NAME IS MARQUIS DREW. I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF MANNA MANOR. I'VE BEEN IN MANNER MAN OR FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS. AND THIS GROUP HOME HAS REALLY HELPED ME ACHIEVE A LOT. I CAME THERE AS A DELINQUENT. AND I JUST GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL. I'M GOING TO BE STARTING COLLEGE SOON. AND I CAME HERE TO ASK YOU IF YOU CAN DO ANYTHING IN ALL YOUR POWER TO HELP THE GROUP HOME STAY OPEN BECAUSE I'VE SEEN IT DO WONDERS FOR A LOT OF KIDS. AND I KNOW THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF KIDS OUT THERE THAT CAN BENEFIT FROM GROUP HOMES LIKE THIS. ONCE AGAIN, IF THERE'S ANYTHING YOU GUYS CAN DO TO HELP THIS GROUP HOME STAY OPEN, IT WOULD JUST MEAN A LOT. THAT'S ALL I GOT TO SAY.

SUP. BURKE, CHAIR: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. STATE YOUR NAME.

JANET BELL: MY NAME IS JANET BELL. AND I LIVE IN MANNA MANOR, TOO. I'D LIKE TO SAY THAT THIS GROUP HOME IS MY HOME, IT'S MY FAMILY. IT HELPED ME REUNITE WITH MY SISTER AND MARQUIS IS LIKE A BROTHER TO ME, AND LINA, ANITA, EVERYBODY, THAT'S MY FAMILY. AND I'D LIKE TO KNOW, I HOPE YOU GUYS CAN HELP US WITH KEEPING THE GROUP HOME OPEN BECAUSE IT HELPS THE KIDS AND EVERYTHING LIKE WITH SCHOOL, THEY ATTEND MY MEETINGS, EVERYTHING I NEED, I ASK, THEY CAN GIVE IT TO ME. THAT'S LIKE ISSUES THAT SINCE WE'VE BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM OUR FAMILY IT'S JUST BETTER BECAUSE WE'VE GOT A NEW FAMILY AND THEY'RE THERE FOR US. BUT IF THEY'RE TAKEN AWAY, THERE'S NO ONE THERE FOR US TO BE WITH US. AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU AND I HOPE YOU CAN HELP US TO KEEP MANNA MANOR OPEN.
SUP. BURKE, CHAIR: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
SUP. BURKE, CHAIR: THAT CONCLUDES PUBLIC COMMENT.
CLERK SACHI HAMAI: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL CONVENE IN CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: ITEM NUMBER C.S.-1 CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL REGARDING EXISTING LITIGATION, ITEM NUMBER C.S.-2 CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL REGARDING INITIATION OF LITIGATION ONE CASE. ITEM C.S.-4 DEPARTMENT HEAD PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND ITEM NUMBER C.S.-5 CONSIDERATION OF APPOINTMENTS TO POSITION OF AUDITOR-CONTROLLER AND CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR, MICHAEL J. HENRY DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL, AS INDICATED ON THE POSTED AGENDA. THANK YOU.


REPORT OF ACTION TAKEN IN CLOSED SESSION ON JULY 22, 2008

CS-1. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - EXISTING LITIGATION (Subdivision (a) of Government Code Section 54956.9) City of Santa Clarita v. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Case No. CV 04-7355 AHM

This case challenged the County's approval of Cemex mining project in Soledad Canyon. (08-1700)
Action Taken: The Board of Supervisors authorized the County Counsel to file a motion in Federal District Court to seek attorney fees from the City of Santa Clarita incurred in this case.
The vote of the Board was as follows:
Ayes: Supervisors Molina, Burke, Yaroslavsky and Knabe.

Noes: Supervisor Antonovich.


CS-2. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - ANTICIPATED LITIGATION (Subdivision (c) of Government Code Section 54956.9) Initiation of litigation (one case) (08-1701)

Action Taken: The Board of Supervisors authorized the County Counsel to initiate litigation. Once formally commenced, the action, the defendants and other particulars will be disclosed to any person upon inquiry.


The vote of the Board was unanimous.
]CS-3. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - ANTICIPATED LITIGATION (Subdivision (b) of Government Code Section 54956.9) Significant exposure to litigation (one case) (08-0070)
In Open Session, the Board continued this item two weeks to August 5, 2008.

No reportable action was taken on items CS-4 or CS-5.

I, JENNIFER A. HINES, Certified Shorthand Reporter

Number 6029/RPR/CRR qualified in and for the State of California, do hereby certify:

That the transcripts of proceedings recorded by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors July 22, 2008

were thereafter transcribed into typewriting under my direction and supervision;

That the transcript of recorded proceedings as archived in the office of the reporter and which

have been provided to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as certified by me.

I further certify that I am neither counsel for, nor related to any party to the said action; nor

in anywise interested in the outcome thereof.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 24th day of July 2008 for the County records to be used only for authentication purposes of duly certified transcripts

as on file of the office of the reporter.

JENNIFER A. HINES



CSR No. 6029/RPR/CRR




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