L.A. County Board May Reconsider Structure of Homeless Services Agency

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 17 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is scheduled Tuesday to consider a suggestion that changes are needed in tracking the results of more than $400 million in spending on dozens of initiatives aimed at curbing homelessness, including restructuring the agency that manages that spending.In a motion pointing to the results of a recent audit of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Janice Hahn said a new governance model may be needed, though the motion does not specify just what solution might be proposed.“LAHSA was created before homelessness reached crisis proportions, and while it has bulked up personnel and scaled up operations in recent years, its governance model has remained stagnant,” Ridley-Thomas said in a statement.“Perhaps it is time to explore new governance models with the goal of ensuring that we are best serving the thousands of homeless individuals and families who need help.”Hahn echoed that sentiment.“We need a new model that allows LAHSA to take on this crisis more effectively and treat it with the sense of urgency it demands,” Hahn said.The agency has already gone through a major leadership change, with longtime CEO Peter Lynn stepping down in December after five years leading LAHSA. Heidi Marston, the acting executive director, was formally appointed to the role in June after a nationwide search.The chair of the LAHSA commission said in June that Marston was up for the challenge.“Heidi Marston is the exact person we want to reform an entrenched system — she’s brave, energetic and unflappable. She has a commanding mastery of the details of how a bold homeless services system should work,” LAHSA Commission Chair Sarah Dusseault said.“She came to LAHSA for a challenge and relentlessly led our unprecedented COVID-19 response — housing thousands of seniors in weeks. She will continue the momentum of systemic change and racial justice. I’m proud to announce that her leadership of this organization will continue.”Ridley-Thomas and Hahn’s motion was apparently written in response to an audit of internal controls over performance reporting that covered July 2018 through June 2019.During that time period, LAHSA and its contractors provided services to about 70,000 people who were either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, according to an August 26 letter to the Board of Supervisors from Auditor-Controller Arlene Barrera“We noted various opportunities for LAHSA to improve and strengthen internal controls,” Barrera wrote.LAHSA was initially unable to provide some documentation, like detailed lists of clients served, and sometimes overstated program outcomes, according to the letter.The homeless services agency said it is called on to provide more than 100 performance metrics, some of which aren’t consistent with system-wide data normally reported and which require a complex series of data queries.“Based on the sample selection by the AC, only 11 of these clients had inadequate supporting documentation, indicating less than 1% of error across all 19,909 clients that were reported,” the agency wrote in response to one finding, using the abbreviation for auditor-controller.LAHSA has historically cross-referenced results with individual case files to ensure accuracy in reporting outcomes, but more staffing is needed to do that work, according to the agency. It told Barrera it has made substantial improvements since the audit and planned to fully implement other recommendations by this month.The audit followed a 2018 review that also found management deficiencies and led to routine monitoring of LAHSA’s systems.“The need for oversight and accountability were embedded into the law that created Measure H; the public should have confidence in the systems designed to track performance,” Ridley-Thomas said.“Accurate and reliable data is crucial to making sure we are making the most of our resources, given the scale of the homeless crisis.”The motion by Ridley-Thomas and Hahn seeks recommendations for alternative governance models and a recap of outstanding issues, asking Barrera, the new acting CEO Fesia Davenport and County Counsel Mary Wickham to report back in 30 days.The proposed Measure H funding recommendations for the 2020-21 fiscal year are set to be reviewed by the board Sept. 15.The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is scheduled Tuesday to consider a suggestion that changes are needed in tracking the results of more than $400 million in spending on dozens of initiatives aimed at curbing homelessness, including restructuring the agency that manages that spending.In a motion pointing to the results of a recent audit of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Janice Hahn said a new governance model may be needed, though the motion does not specify just what solution might be proposed.“LAHSA was created before homelessness reached crisis proportions, and while it has bulked up personnel and scaled up operations in recent years, its governance model has remained stagnant,” Ridley-Thomas said in a statement.“Perhaps it is time to explore new governance models with the goal of ensuring that we are best serving the thousands of homeless individuals and families who need help.”Hahn echoed that sentiment.“We need a new model that allows LAHSA to take on this crisis more effectively and treat it with the sense of urgency it demands,” Hahn said.The agency has already gone through a major leadership change, with longtime CEO Peter Lynn stepping down in December after five years leading LAHSA. Heidi Marston, the acting executive director, was formally appointed to the role in June after a nationwide search.The chair of the LAHSA commission said in June that Marston was up for the challenge.“Heidi Marston is the exact person we want to reform an entrenched system — she’s brave, energetic and unflappable. She has a commanding mastery of the details of how a bold homeless services system should work,” LAHSA Commission Chair Sarah Dusseault said.“She came to LAHSA for a challenge and relentlessly led our unprecedented COVID-19 response — housing thousands of seniors in weeks. She will continue the momentum of systemic change and racial justice. I’m proud to announce that her leadership of this organization will continue.”Ridley-Thomas and Hahn’s motion was apparently written in response to an audit of internal controls over performance reporting that covered July 2018 through June 2019.During that time period, LAHSA and its contractors provided services to about 70,000 people who were either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, according to an August 26 letter to the Board of Supervisors from Auditor-Controller Arlene Barrera“We noted various opportunities for LAHSA to improve and strengthen internal controls,” Barrera wrote.LAHSA was initially unable to provide some documentation, like detailed lists of clients served, and sometimes overstated program outcomes, according to the letter.The homeless services agency said it is called on to provide more than 100 performance metrics, some of which aren’t consistent with system-wide data normally reported and which require a complex series of data queries.“Based on the sample selection by the AC, only 11 of these clients had inadequate supporting documentation, indicating less than 1% of error across all 19,909 clients that were reported,” the agency wrote in response to one finding, using the abbreviation for auditor-controller.LAHSA has historically cross-referenced results with individual case files to ensure accuracy in reporting outcomes, but more staffing is needed to do that work, according to the agency. It told Barrera it has made substantial improvements since the audit and planned to fully implement other recommendations by this month.The audit followed a 2018 review that also found management deficiencies and led to routine monitoring of LAHSA’s systems.“The need for oversight and accountability were embedded into the law that created Measure H; the public should have confidence in the systems designed to track performance,” Ridley-Thomas said.“Accurate and reliable data is crucial to making sure we are making the most of our resources, given the scale of the homeless crisis.”The motion by Ridley-Thomas and Hahn seeks recommendations for alternative governance models and a recap of outstanding issues, asking Barrera, the new acting CEO Fesia Davenport and County Counsel Mary Wickham to report back in 30 days.The proposed Measure H funding recommendations for the 2020-21 fiscal year are set to be reviewed by the board Sept. 15. 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County Board May Reconsider Structure of Homeless Services Agency By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO, City News Service Published on Monday, August 31, 2020 | 6:47 pm Top of the News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Ukwuani, Aniocha-South, Ethiope-West Lead Medals Table

first_imgDELTA SPORTS FESTIVALAfter three days of activities at the on-going 6th Delta Sports Festival, three local government areas, Ukwuani, Aniocha-South and Ethiope-West are occupying the top of the medals table.The festival will be rounded up tomorrow with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa expected to perform the closing ceremony at Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium. The medals table made available by the Technical Sub-committee yesterday saw Ukwuani seating on top with 18 medals made up of 10 gold, five silver and three bronze while Aniocha-South has 23 medals made up of nine gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals. Ethiope-West has 13 medals made up of six gold, two silver and five bronze medals.Seating in the fourth position is Warri-South with 14 medals (five gold, one silver and eight bronze), Burutu in the fifth position with four gold, seven silver and five bronze, just as Ughelli-North is sixth with three gold, four silver and two bronze medals.Oshimili-North has three gold, three silver and four bronze, just as Aniocha-North has three gold, two silver and two bronze, while Ika-North-East has two gold, four silver and six bronze medals.Meanwhile, Ebele Agbha from Ika-North-East won three gold medals in the women’s 48kg, while Ukamaka Dominic won three gold medals in the 63kg. Adaobi Onyia has also won three gold medals for Aniocha-South. The weightlifting event is taking place at Asaba Stadium.In athletics event holding at Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium, Ineh Neyiwa from Warri-South, who wrote his name in gold, winning the men’s triple jump on Day-two of the competition, yesterday added the long jump gold medal with a leap of 7.13 metres.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Stolen car recovered

first_imgDiamond robberyThe Police have recovered a car which was stolen during a robbery at Block X Diamond, East Bank Demerara.Reports are the car was stolen at about 01:30h when armed bandits invaded the Diamond property.Ranks acting on information received, swooped down at a location in North Ruimveldt at about 17:15h on Tuesday where they found the motorcar which bore fake registration plates. The car was parked on the public road. However, no one was arrested.Just recently, three men appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for carjacking and aiding a carjacking.Edwin Angus along with Mahendra Lall and Munesh Persaud were all remanded to prison for the offences. They alleged stole the Allion motorcar belonging to Anthony Pickett from Princes Street, Georgetown.The car was later found in Essequibo.last_img read more

OMBUDSMAN CONFIRMS: NO EVIDENCE OF CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR BY TRAGIC GARDA

first_imgTHE GARDA Ombudsman has confirmed its investigation into a garda sergeant who took his own life “found no evidence of criminal behaviour or a breach of discipline”.A file on Sgt Mick Galvin confirming this was due to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions as a matter of procedure.But no-one told Sgt Galvin – and last Thursday he took his own life at Ballyshannon Garda Station. The father of three had feared prosecution and the loss of the job he loved. His widow Colette said he “lived” for his job and had been subjected to a “horrendous” Ombudsman investigation.However the Ombudsman has confirmed today that Sgt Galvin had been cleared – with the letter to the DPP a formality.There is considerable anger in Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo over the death.The Ombudsman has decided to have the case examined by an external auditor, possibly a retired judge. Sgt Galvin was interviewed under caution on May 20, and a decision to recommend no prosecution was taken just days before his death.He was laid to rest in St Claire’s cemetery in Manorhamilton on Sunday where Colette Galvin received a standing ovation from hundreds of gardai in attendance. OMBUDSMAN CONFIRMS: NO EVIDENCE OF CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR BY TRAGIC GARDA was last modified: June 2nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deathOMBUDSMANSgt Mick Galvinlast_img read more

Chelsea v Leicester line-ups: Terry decision, Blues trio injured, Foxes rotate

first_imgChelsea boss Antonio Conte has resisted the temptation to recall John Terry following his injury for the game with defending champions Leicester.Conte has made only one change from the side which beat Hull before the international break, keeping three at the back.Willian is on compassionate leave following the death of his mother, and Pedro comes in.Minor muscular injuries to Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas and John Mikel Obi have ruled them out, with Ola Aina and Dominic Solanke on the bench.Oscar is not involved as he has flown to Brazil due to family illness.Leicester have made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Southampton, with the midweek Champions League tie in the back of their mind.Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Danny Simpson all drop to the bench, with Jeffrey Schlupp, Ahmed Musa and Luis Hernadez coming in.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard.Subs: Begovic, Aina, Terry, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Solanke, Batshuayi.Leicester: Schmeichel; Hernandez, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Albrighton, Drinkwater, Amartey, Schlupp; Musa, Vardy.Subs: Zieler, Simpson, King, Mahrez, Gray, Ulloa, Slimani. See also:Chelsea development side held by LeicesterChelsea v Leicester: five key battlesConte on Batshuayi, Hazard’s role, Leicester, Man Utd, Kante and three at the backFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Stallion forces draw on leader Meralco

first_imgF2 steadies ship in time, turns back fighting Sta. Lucia Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FC Meralco Manila dropped points for the second straight match after the Sparks were held to a 1-1 stalemate by a gritty Stallion Laguna side Saturday night in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Playing their third game in eight days, the Sparks ran out of steam after a strong start, allowing Stallion substitute Jess Melliza to equalize at the hour-mark for a second consecutive draw.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Meralco, which battled the Davao Aguilas to a 2-2 stalemate in Tagum City last Wednesday, remains on top of the table with 17 points from seven matches. A first victory remained elusive for Stallion, which has three points from six matches, although coach Ernie Nierras’ men finally ended a three-game scoreless spell.“For us, it’s a setback,” said Sparks coach Aris Caslib, who missed James Younghusband (injury) and Simon Greatwich (suspension). “We were expecting young players to step up for this game, but the demands of the match were very high.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSkipper Phil Younghusband gave the Sparks the lead from the penalty box in the 14th minute but Stallion tied the match in the 60th minute when Fitch Arboleda set up Melliza for the equalizer. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

22 days agoLiverpool legend Carragher: Alexander-Arnold capable of playing in midfield

first_imgLiverpool legend Carragher: Alexander-Arnold capable of playing in midfieldby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher says Trent Alexander-Arnold is capable of playing in the midfield in the future.Alexander-Arnold’s delivery from the right flank has become a consistent and dangerous weapon for Jurgen Klopp’s side over the past few years, but despite that there is still a belief that the youngster will one day move into midfield.”He’s probably one of the best young players in the world if you think about what he has done,” Carragher told Viasport.“If you talk about [Kylian] Mbappe and he’s won the World Cup, but as a defender and playing at this level and how important he is to the team, he is possibly the most creative player in the team from right full-back.“He has a lot of responsibility at a young age and he’s not going to be a superstar, he is a superstar.“His strengths are that he can handle the ball and he is the most creative player in the team, just look at his assists.“People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne type player.”He has more quality now that Liverpool ‘s midfield players and you think about the crosses that De Bruyne puts in from the right midfield position and maybe that’s a position where Trent could play.“But at the moment you wouldn’t think about moving position because he is playing so well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoMan City boss Guardiola: Gallardo deserved FIFA nomination

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Gallardo deserved FIFA nominationby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is full of praise for Marcelo Gallardo.The River Plate coach is being linked with Ernesto Valverde’s job at Barcelona.And Pep told TNT: “What Gallardo has done with River is incredible, at the level of results, giving them consistency every year despite the fact that players leave and he continues to be … there are things that I cannot explain much, we are nominated as three coaches for the best of the year and he is not there. “It seems that there is only Europe, I do not understand how he is not nominated and not only for a year also for what he has done, I hope one day I can face one of his teams, it would be very nice.” last_img read more

15 days agoReal Madrid captain Ramos open to playing for Spain in Olympics

first_imgReal Madrid captain Ramos open to playing for Spain in Olympicsby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos admits he’d be open to playing for Spain in the 2020 Olympics.Spain have never usually opted for such veteran players to make up their Olympic squads, but this seems to be something Ramos is really keen on.El Mundo reports that this would be a dream for the centre-back.”If the chance to go to Tokyo comes up, it would be tremendously exciting for him,” is the view of those close to the player.Spain have already qualified thanks to the Under-21s’ performances at this summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship and each competing nation is permitted to include three over-23s in their Olympic squad. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Consumer safety group unveils its worst toys list

first_imgBOSTON – Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holidays.World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH, unveiled the top 10 list Tuesday at a Boston children’s hospital. The non-profit organization has been releasing the lists for more than four decades.WATCH claims fidget spinners contain small parts that can be a choking hazard, Mattel’s Wonder Woman sword has the potential to cause blunt-force injuries and Marvel’s Spider-Man drone has multiple rotating blades that can lead to eye and other bodily injuries.The Toy Association, an industry trade group, dismissed the list as “needlessly frightening” to parents because all toys sold in the U.S. meet “rigorous” safety standards. It also criticized the organization for not testing the toys it focuses on.National toy safety standards are “inadequate,” as can been seen by the high number of recalls each year, WATCH President Joan Siff said.The non-profit says there have been at least 15 recalls representing nearly 2 million units of dangerous toys since December.Siff stressed the toys named each year have common hazards that the group sees year after year. She pointed to the “Pull Along Pony” by Tolo Toys that’s marketed for children over age 1 but has a 19-inch cord.“We don’t need a testing lab to know that’s a strangulation and entanglement hazard,” she said.With consumers increasingly doing their holiday shopping online, it’s more important than ever to have the most current information about the safety of a toy online, Siff said.For example, Hallmark’s Disney-themed “Itty Bittys” plush stacking toy for babies was recalled over the summer due to fabric pieces that posed a choking hazard. But the toy still is readily available online because many web sales are rarely monitored for recalls, Siff noted.Among the other toys that made this year’s list is Nerf’s “Zombie Strike” crossbow, which the organization says poses the risk of eye and face injuries because it uses a pressurized, pull back lever to shoot soft projectiles.Razor’s “Heel Wheels” are strapped onto children’s shoes to turn them into improvised roller skates but pose a burn risk because they include “real sparking action.”And “Slackline” is a tightrope-like device by Brand 44 meant to be anchored between two trees that WATCH says can lead to severe injury and death.last_img read more