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Safety study of schools proposed

Supervisor wants districts surveyed for their compliance

Posted: January 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is pushing for a countywide examination of school safety plans in the aftermath of December’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that left more than two dozen dead.

Ridley-Thomas’ motion, which members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to consider at their meeting Tuesday, would instruct the county superintendent of schools to conduct a survey of each of the county’s 80 school districts to see whether they are in compliance with their mandated safety plans.

All the superintendents of Santa Clarita’s four elementary school districts have said their districts are in full compliance with mandated safety plans.

Ridley-Thomas’ motion would also direct the county chief executive officer, William T. Fujioka, to work with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and Internal Services departments to conduct a similar safety review of all county facilities.

The final component of the motion would have Fujioka work with the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee to convene a task force charged with identifying and recommending strategies to reduce gun violence in the county.

That task force would include representatives from the law enforcement and mental and public health entities and would examine how to enforce existing gun laws, propose revisions to those laws and target stigmas associated with mental health illness and treatment.

Fujioka would give a report to the board on the findings of that task force within 90 days.


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