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Pitchess Expansion And Acton Water Rate Increases On Board Of Supervisors Agenda

county_seal_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyAt the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, the Sheriffs Department is going propose a $1.4 billion reconstruction plan, known as the Master Jail Plan.

“They are going to ask the Board’s permission to clarify the many different options available because the price tag is quite large but we are willing to explore different options to expand jails and the whole jail plan,” said Nicole Nishida, LASD Public Information Officer.

Included in the options is an expansion of The Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic.

“Pitchess was looked at as far as expanding Pitchess so we could downsize Men’s Central Jail, but at this time nothing is defined,” Nishida said.

 


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Nishida says the reconstruction plan is being spurred forward because the Men’s Central Jail is antiquated and because Governor Brown has chosen to move prisoners from state prisons to county facilities. That plan is referred to as realignment.

 

Nishida believes the Board is receptive to reconstruction.

“They are very interested in this plan but like I said the price tag is hefty. I think we just need to create some options and see where it goes from there,” said Nishida.

In related news, Fifth District Supervisor Michael Antonovich is proposing a motion to authorize “the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence, and each of its members, to have access equivalent to that of the Board of Supervisors to confidential and privileged information and documents, as the Commission deems necessary and appropriate to carry out its responsibilities.”

On October 18, the Board created the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence and charged it with the responsibility and authority to review the nature, depth and cause of the inappropriate use of force in the County jails and to recommend corrective action as necessary.

“This Board is committed to providing the Commission with the resources it will need to successfully and quickly complete its work. Moreover, in charging the Commission with this critical responsibility, the Board recognizes the necessity for the Commission, and each of its members, to access the documents it deems relevant and necessary to conduct a thorough review and develop comprehensive recommendations,” said Antonovich.

On November 18, the Commission held its first meeting and will reconvene on December 9.

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works is asking the Board of Supervisors for a rate increase for Waterworks Districts in Acton, Antelope Valley, Malibu, Val Verde and the Marina Del Rey water system.

The purpose of the recommended action is to adjust water rates to offset inflation and wholesale water cost increases.

For Acton, the average monthly water bill is expected to increase from $50.35 to $52.71.

The rate increase will generate additional annual revenue in water sales of approximately $40,805 in Acton.

The rate change would become effective 30 days after adjustment notices are sent to customers.

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