Board Watch: Hermosa Beach, LA-RICS and More

By September 9, 2016LACoFD News
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by Pearl Castillo

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At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved several Fire Department-related items and issued four proclamations.

The Board approved a feasibility study for providing fire protection, paramedic and incidental services to the city of Hermosa Beach, as well as gave the Fire Chief the OK to open negotiations with the city. The non-binding feasibility study set preliminary parameters for service levels and costs. If Hermosa Beach contracts with the Fire Department, LACoFD will operate the city’s only fire station for an estimated cost of $4.9 million in the 2016-17 fiscal year.

The Board also delegated authority to the Fire Chief to approve and execute further amendments to the agreement between the Fire Department and the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (LA-RICS). Under the agreement, LA-RICS will give the Department 175 portable radios and accessories, and the Department will pay a one-time incidental fee of $3,800 to program the radios.  The radios will enhance the Department’s existing communications equipment and will be distributed to the field.

In addition, the Board authorized the Fire Chief to extend 30 existing master agreements for fire fleet maintenance and repair services until Dec. 31 to provide more time to establish new contracts. The cost of the extended agreements will not exceed $925,000.

In other news, Board introduced 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.

The Board proclaimed September 2016 as “Deaf Awareness Month” and “Kinship Care Month.” Throughout Deaf Awareness Month, activities and events will be held to bring awareness to deaf issues. Kinship Care Month recognizes relative caregivers who provide children with stable homes during times of crisis.

Sept. 6-11 is “American Begonia Society Week,” which recognizes the Southern California branches of the American Begonia Society.

“AIDS Walk Los Angeles Day,” as well as the 10k AIDS Walk Los Angeles, will take place on Oct. 23. County employees are encouraged to participate in the 10k walk, which will start and end at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.