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Yaroslavsky: Extension of term limits makes mockery of Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky

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Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky slammed his colleague today for pushing a proposal that would extend term limits for sitting supervisors.

A plan to extend term limits for Los Angeles County supervisors resulted in an argument today at the Hall of Administration, with one elected official arguing that the proposal makes a mockery of his colleagues.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich submitted a motion Friday evening that asks for a charter amendment to extend term limits from three, four-year terms to five. Those existing term limits were approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2002 and were not retroactive, which means most supervisors, like Antonovich, have spent more than three terms in office.

A vote on whether to place the charter amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot was delayed for one week. If three supervisors agree to place it on the ballot, it would take a majority vote of the electorate to pass. 

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky criticized proposed ballot language that suggests voters would somehow be limiting the time supervisors spend in office.

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Baby girl surrendered to Pomona hospital

Safe Surrender

Safe Surrender Program

A newborn girl was turned into a Pomona hospital today under Los Angeles County's Safe Surrender Program.

A newborn girl was turned into a Pomona hospital today as part of Los Angeles County’s Safe Surrender Program. 

The infant was brought in by her mother, who had concealed her pregnancy and called ahead to the hospital to inquire about surrendering a baby, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe’s office. 

The baby is in protective custody and will be placed with a family by the Department of Children and Family Services.

“The Safe Surrender program was created to give a mother, no matter what the situation, a safe, secure and anonymous way to get her child into safe hands and to protect a baby from abandonment,” Knabe said. “Thanks to the Safe Surrender program, this baby girl has a second chance at life and hope for a bright future.”

This is the third surrender in 2012. In Los Angeles County, infants who are no more than 72 hours old and who do not show any signs of abuse may be turned into hospital emergency rooms and fire stations.

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