ANTONOVICH BACKS DOWN ON GROUP HOMES.Byline: Lee Condon Daily News Staff Writer
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Michael Dennis Antonovich (born 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors representing the Fifth District, which covers northern Los Angeles County, the Antelope, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, and parts of the San Fernando and San says he no longer will push for the County of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. to reopen two youth group homes in Van Nuys that were closed last year after complaints of mismanagement mis·man·age
tr.v. mis·man·aged, mis·man·ag·ing, mis·man·ag·es
To manage badly or carelessly.
mis·manage·ment n. , poor supervision, drug use, rioting and sex among residents.
Van Nuys residents and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky Zev Yaroslavsky (born December 21, 1948) is a Los Angeles County politician. He served on the Los Angeles City Council from 1975 until 1994, when he was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He was preceded in both offices by Edmund D. Edelman. , whose district includes the community, were opposed to reopening the site.
``The community there is opposed to it,'' Antonovich said. ``We're going to work with Supervisor Yaroslavsky to find other sites in the county.''
Yaroslavsky said the priority right now has to be correcting major problems at MacLaren Children's Center in El Monte El Monte (ĕl mŏn`tē), city (1990 pop. 106,209), Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1912. A residential, industrial, and commercial city in the San Gabriel Valley, El Monte manufactures furniture, electronic equipment, semiconductors, , before going out to find new sites. But nixing Pride House and Lion's Gate is important.
``You don't have to put this right in the heart of a neighborhood,'' Yaroslavsky said. ``There are inappropriate sites and appropriate sites.''
Van Nuys residents told the Board of Supervisors last week that the group homes were a menace to their neighborhoods because the youths housed there were allowed to roam the neighborhood in search of drugs and sex.
Antonovich pulled a motion he had been planning to introduce at the supervisors meeting this week. In it he asked that the supervisors start negotiating to buy or lease Pride House and Lion's Gate from the state.
``It's a tremendous relief for the neighborhood,'' said Don Schultz For the Marketing expert, see .
Don Schultz is a former president and a former vice-president of the United States Chess Federation. He was born in New York in 1937 and currently lives in Florida. He was elected vice-president on August 14 2005. , president of the Van Nuys Homeowners Association.
Last week, Yaroslavsky came out strongly against the proposal after complaints from residents. Los Angeles City Councilman Joel Wachs Joel Wachs served for several terms as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 2nd district. He was first elected by defeating incumbent James B. Potter.
While in office, Wachs chaired the Public Works Committee and vice-chair of the Environmental Quality & Waste Management and representatives of the Van Nuys Division of the Los Angeles Police Department "LAPD" and "L.A.P.D." redirect here. For other uses, see LAPD (disambiguation).
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If Antonovich decided to continue pushing for Pride House and Lion's Gate, he would have had to go against the wishes of the supervisorial district where the group homes are located.
Antonovich suggested using Pride House and Lion's Gate because county officials are trying to come up with ways to relieve overcrowding overcrowding
overcrowding of animal accommodation. Many countries now publish codes of practice which define what the appropriate volumetric allowances should be for each species of animal when they are housed indoors. Breaches of these codes is overcrowding. at MacLaren. MacLaren serves as the county's home of last resort for children who have been taken from unfit parents, mentally ill children and juvenile offenders.
Peter Digre, director of the Department of Children and Family Services, studied the issue at the request of Antonovich and suggested the homes could be used to care for mentally ill adolescents. While the combined homes have a 180-bed capacity, Digre suggested capping the total population at 40.
Residents who live nearby were relieved when the site was closed down, contending the children were allowed to roam their neighborhoods and caused plenty of problems.
The two group homes are located in two buildings on opposite sides of a three-acre, 180-bed ``Children's Campus'' on Saticoy Street, just west of Sepulveda Boulevard.
Built in 1991, Pride House and Lion's Gate were constructed as part of an ambitious $12 million project, in which the county partnered with a private developer and a nonprofit company.
It was built in the first place to ease overcrowding at the MacLaren Children's Center.