by Pearl Castillo
At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved premium rates for health plans; approved agreements for Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system equipment at Oat Mountain and Tejon Peak; approved an amendment to the Joint-Use Agreement between the Fire Department and the Santa Clarita Community College District (SCCCD); adopted an amended ordinance affecting Department positions; and issued proclamations.
The Board approved the proposed premium rates for health plans sponsored by the County and the Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 for the period of January 1 through December 31, 2017.
And, the Board also approved a request to delegate authority to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or their designee for site access agreements, to allow for the installation, operation and maintenance of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperability System (LA-RICS) LMR system. The new 150-180 foot towers at Oat Mountain will be leased until August 31, 2026, and November 4, 2024 for Tejon Peak site.
Additionally, the Board approved an amendment to the Joint-Use Agreement for Use of Shared Facilities between the Fire Department and SCCCD for the Del Valle Regional Training Center. The approval eliminates the Fire Department’s minimum obligation of 500,000 annual training hours, and relieves the Fire Department’s obligation to reimburse SCCCD as a result of the reduction of training hours.
In other news, the Board approve an ordinance to adjust the number of positions in the Fire Department’s Executive, Administrative, Prevention and Special Services bureaus. For specifics, see pages 9-10 of the ordinance.
Finally, the Board proclaimed September 2016 to be “National Suicide Prevention Month”; Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 to be “National Hispanic Heritage Month”; and Sept. 15 as “Imagine a Day without Water.” There are over 43,000 suicide deaths a year, surpassing the amount of unintentional drug overdoses, motor vehicle crashes and homicides in the Los Angeles County. Suicide awareness increases education and improves responsiveness to help prevent and reduce suicide rates within the County. National Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the history, culture and contributions of the American citizens who are of Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, Central and South American descent. The Imagine a Day without Water Campaign is a national effort to bring awareness to the importance of having access to clean water and water infrastructure in the United States. Organizations across the country participated in efforts to raise awareness about the crucial need for water infrastructure on Thursday, Sept. 15.