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.
Voters in the San Fernando Valley received Jan Perry mailers attacking Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. But, Latino voters got ads in support of the mayor. The Perry campaign calls it politics 101.
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Today is Friday, Feb. 15 and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
How does Jan Perry feel about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa? Well, the answer will depend on who you are, according to the Los Angeles Times. Conservative voters in the San Fernando Valley received mailers attacking the mayor, while Latino voters got mailers that appear more supportive of Villaraigosa. "This is not rocket science. This is campaign 101," a campaign consultant told The Times.
The city of Los Angeles has an $85 million tab for police overtime and when officers burn off the time, it is the equivalent of having 400 to 700 cops off the street, reports the Daily News. To address the issue, Jan Perry wants to change the structure of officers' schedules, while Eric Garcetti wants to use new revenues to pay for overtime.
NBA Hall of Fame point guard Magic Johnson is delivering one more assist — an endorsement of Mike Feuer in his campaign for city attorney.
The basketball great recorded a radio ad for Feuer, who is running against incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, attorney Greg Smith and attorney Noel Weiss. The spot will air on KHLH 102.3 FM and KHHT 92.3 FM.
“Mike Feuer will crack down on crime with neighborhood prosecutors, who’ll work with police and local leaders to get gangs and guns off our streets and away from our schools. And he’ll help prevent crime with after-school programs, and gang and drug prevention,” Johnson says in the ad.