SACRAMENTO – The County of Los Angeles along with six other agencies added their names to a burgeoning list of opposition against Assembly Bill 1250. The proposed legislation is a blatant political power play by two of the state’s largest public employee unions at the cost of public safety, health and social service programs for California’s most vulnerable residents.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, County of Los Angeles Probation Department, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services; County of Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services, and Los Angeles County Public Health all have expressed their concerns and submitted opposition letters to the author of AB 1250 and members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
From the LA County of Board of Supervisors: “AB 1250 would have a significant impact on Los Angeles County’s ability to contract out for services, especially in the areas of health, mental health, children’s services, public works services, and criminal justice programs.”
From LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell: “In the wake of realignment, sheriffs and counties have met with vigor the obligations that stem from housing more inmates for longer terms. AB 1250 will hurt the people and jails they are trying to serve; inmates and our communities at large.”
From the LA County Probation Department: “… the County would be forced to eliminate service delivery options and change existing countywide contracting processes.”
From the LA County Department of Public Works: “… this bill would impact various services that are essential to the County, such as emergency debris removal, vehicle, and equipment repair, and catch basin cleanout services.”
From LA County Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services: “The delivery of human and social services would be significantly affected by AB 1250.”
From the LA County Department of Public Social Services: “… AB 1250 jeopardizes the delivery of vital services that many county residents depend on, including health and social services, public safety and other county services.”
From LA County Public Health: “AB 1250’s requirements would impact several hundred contracts that LACDPH relies upon to ensure culturally competent services to vulnerable populations for substance abuse treatment and prevention, HIV/AIDS and STD services …”
AB 1250 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee when the California State Legislature reconvenes on August 21.
Please click here to read the opposition letters from the seven LA county agencies.