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Governor Jerry Brown's office on Friday issued a report of his parole decisions from 2012.
Last year, Governor Jerry Brown approved parole for 377 prisoners convicted of murder, rejected another 91 recommendations for parole, and returned two cases to the Board of Parole Hearings for review.
That puts Brown's parole approval rating at over 80 percent for the second consecutive year, and on the opposite end of the spectrum from former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who rejected most parole recommendations for murderers.
The statistics were part of a report issues Friday by the governor's office.
California law says the governor can only overturn parole recommendations for murderers still deemed a threat, and cannot measure that threat on just the heinousness of the original crime.
Riordan, who served from 1993 until 1999, remains popular among white conservative voters in the city, many of whom reside in the Western San Fernando Valley. They are also high propensity voters. They’d cast ballots for dogcatcher, if L.A. had one. Will they listen to Riordan?
In a statement, Riordan praised James as “the only candidate capable of creating real pension reform for the City of Los Angeles.”
Lakers forward Metta World Peace joined Democratic Congresswoman Grace Napolitano on Capitol Hill Friday.
A California Democrat on Capitol Hill has recruited L.A. Lakers forward Metta World Peace to help lobby for a mental health bill.
Congresswoman Grace Napolitano has been pushing for years for federal funding for mental health services in schools. She says, somehow, "we need to start the ball rolling."
The Norwalk Democrat has enlisted a man who knows something about moving the ball down the court. The former Ron Artest, who says he’s been in counseling since he was 13, is an outspoken advocate for seeking mental health services. He says he wants people to know "it's okay if you need help."
Napolitano’s bill would provide grants for school-based, free mental health services to students K-12. It's part of a package of measures backed by House Democrats to try to reduce gun violence.
World Peace, who came to Washington after the Lakers’ home game Thursday night, says the issue hits home for many athletes. He says it's "definitely a topic of discussion" among NBA players because "a lot of athletes grew up in violent neighborhoods." He says "it’s something that we wish we could change."
Napolitano says the challenge is finding the $200 million in mental health funding included in her bill. Al Franken has sponsored a similar measure in the U.S. Senate.
Eric Garcetti recently asked his opponents – and specifically Wendy Greuel – to sign a pledge that would blunt the impact of outside money.
An independent group backed by Rick Jacobs of the Courage Campaign and Mary Jane Stevenson, who organized for President Obama in California, will raise money on behalf of Garcetti. With the primary just two and a half weeks away, the “Lots of People Who Support Eric Garcetti for Mayor 2013” PAC will focus its efforts on mobilizing voters for the May 21 runoff.
Garcetti and his main rival, City Controller Wendy Greuel, are the presumptive favorites to advance to the runoff.
Doctors at California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville, Calif., see inmates in a modern medical clinic.
California's new prisons chief says the new inmate mental health facility in Vacaville is reason to end nearly two decades of federal oversight of psychiatric care at the state’s correctional system.
Corrections Secretary Jeff Beard made his comments during a media tour of the $24 million California Medical Facility that can povide intensive outpatient mental health therapy for 600 inmates.
“I’ve been around this system and visited over 20 institutions," he said. "I can assure you there is not a deliberate indifference to the needs (of inmates).”
“People are being identified, people are being properly placed, and people are given the level of care that they need,” said Beard.
Poor care led to federal court action
In 1995, a federal judge agreed with inmates in a class action lawsuit that California's correctional system failed to provide adequate medical care to prisoners, including those with schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and other severe mental illnesses.