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Reform Judge Michael Nash Seeks the New Child Protection Czar Job

(The writer is the founder of Fostering Media Connections, the publisher of The Chronicle of Social Change and a lecturer at USC Price School of Public Policy.) For more than a year, Los Angeles County, home to the world's largest child-protection system — protecting kids from physical and sexual abuse,......

Foster-Child Power

In October, on the eve of big cuts to the state’s child-welfare system, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger boasted of signing other bills to help foster youths in 2...

War of Words Over Station Fire

Helicopters corkscrew down to the surface of Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley as the unstoppable Station Fire pushes up a mile-high billow of smoke. Along ...
Credit: Illustration by Jim Rugg

L.A.'s Reefer Revolution

The skinny, redheaded teenager looks skittish as he approaches a 21-year-old homeless youth we will call Ricky. The pale boy is looking for weed, and passes Ric...

DWP Slush Fund

On March 25, L.A. Superior Court Judge Kenneth Freeman handed down a tentative ruling against the city’s practice of skimming 5 percent off the top of Angelenos...
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