Harbor–UCLA Medical Center
Harbor–UCLA Medical Center is a 570-bed public teaching hospital located at 1000 West Carson Street in Torrance, California within Los Angeles County, United States. Harbor–UCLA Medical Center is funded by the County of Los Angeles, serves as the Level I Trauma Center for the South Bay area. A medical facility was opened on the site in 1943 as the U. S. Army's Port of Embarkation Hospital, a receiving point for the wounded returned from the Pacific theater during World War II. Situated on a tract of 80 acres, it had an administration building and a large number of barracks wards arranged under the cottage system. In February 1946, the county purchased the facility from the Federal Government in order to decentralize the activities of the Los Angeles County General Hospital, one of the largest institutions of its kind in the world, founded a branch hospital to serve the Harbor and Long Beach; the Los Angeles County Harbor General Hospital began its affiliation with UCLA School of Medicine in 1951.
Construction of the present eight-story hospital building was completed in 1962 on the easterly portion of the grounds, at Carson Street and Vermont Avenue, replacing a number of the wooden barracks and cottages comprising Harbor General. Affiliation with the UCLA School of Dentistry was established in 1972. In 1978, the name of the hospital was changed to Los Angeles County Harbor–UCLA Medical Center in order to draw attention to its working relationship with the UCLA School of Medicine; the main building was portrayed as Rampart General Hospital in the popular TV series Emergency!. Harbor–UCLA Medical Center is home of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, one of the largest independent, not-for-profit biomedical research institutes in the United States. Known as Harbor-UCLA Research and Education Institute, the LA BioMed has been conducting biomedical research, training young scientists and providing community services, including childhood immunization, nutrition assistance and anti-gang violence programs over the past 50 years.
Pioneering research in many fields such as reproductive endocrinology, infectious diseases and respiratory medicine has brought worldwide attention to the Harbor-UCLA campus. Among the major milestones are: In 1984, Harbor-UCLA was the first institution in the world to achieve successful pregnancies using the technique of ovum transfer; the research team was directed by Dr. John Buster that performed history's first embryo transfer from one woman to another resulting in a live birth and led to the announcement on February 3, 1984. In the procedure, an embryo, just beginning to develop was transferred from one woman in whom it had been conceived by artificial insemination to another woman who gave birth to the infant 38 weeks later; the sperm used in the artificial insemination came from the husband of the woman. This scientific breakthrough established standards and became an agent of change for women suffering from the afflictions of infertility and for women who did not want to pass on genetic disorders to their children.
Donor embryo transfer has given women a mechanism to become pregnant and give birth to a child that will contain their husband's genetic makeup. Although donor embryo transfer as practiced today has evolved from the original non-surgical method, it now accounts for 5% of in vitro fertilization recorded births; this work established the technical foundation and legal-ethical framework surrounding the clinical use of human oocyte and embryo donation, a mainstream clinical practice, which has evolved over the past 25 years. Building upon Dr. Buster's groundbreaking research and since the initial birth announcement in 1984, well over 47,000 live births resulting from donor embryo transfer have been and continue to be recorded by the Centers for Disease Control in the United States to infertile women, who otherwise would not have had children by any other existing method; the discovery by A. F. Parlow, PhD of the molecular structure of the human follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone.
The Parlow Pituitary Hormone and Antisera Laboratory produces purified pituitary components which are used in research and therapy around the world. One of the hormones produced, human growth hormone, is used to prevent severe growth retardation in thousands of children around the world. Dr. Delbert Fisher was the first to comprehensively characterize the ontogenesis of fetal thyroid development, he went on to conceptualize and develop a simple effective newborn screening test for congenital hypothyroidism, including developing the micro assay methods that made it possible to screen on a national scale. Internationally renowned genetics research to help treat and prevent short stature, led by Dr. David Rimoin, he was responsible for early work on disorders of growth hormone metabolism, for expanding the knowledge of dwarfism and developing the $2.2 million Skeletal Dysplasia Center at Harbor-UCLA. Dr. J. Michael Criley's cardiac research into improved cardiac resuscitation techniques and better training of emergency paramedics, leading to the country's first hospital-based paramedic training program.
A major discovery in defining the basic biochemical defect in a skin disease, known as x-linked ichthyosis. Dr. Larry Shapiro's discovery that this was a hereditary disease was a significant breakthrough and led to improved treatment strategies. Dr. Michael Kaback's advances in developing and improving screening for Tay–Sachs disease, an inherited, fatal disorder. Harbor-UCLA has become the headquarters for the California and international screening programs for the disease. Definitive studies of lung surfactant have resulted in saving the lives of thousands of premature
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 127 acres, is an arboretum, botanical garden, historical site nestled into hills near the San Gabriel Mountains, at 301 North Baldwin Avenue, California, United States. It is open daily and only closes on Christmas Day and admission fees can be found on the Arboretum's website; the Arboretum is located across the street from the Santa Anita Park, the horse racetrack, the shopping mall Santa Anita Fashion Park, now known as Westfield Santa Anita. The Arboretum is sited on a remaining portion of the Rancho Santa Anita, one of the Mexican land grants of Southern California. Rancho Santa Anita was unusual in that it was located above a large part of the Raymond Basin aquifer. Three sag ponds and numerous springs were found in the area and the only remaining one is now called Baldwin Lake. Lacy Park in the city of San Marino once was another sag pond and the precise location of the third is not known but may have been on the grounds of the Huntington Library and Botanic Garden.
As a consequence of the relative abundance of water, it was important area in prehistory as a year round source of water, the body of water known as Baldwin Lake and the other sag ponds attracted both waterfowl and other animals as well as Native Americans. Not the presence of water and game created a permanent Native American habitation in the area and is believed to have been the location of the Tongva village of Aleupkigna; the exact location of the village is unknown. The close proximity to the nearby San Gabriel Mission may have led to the construction of a small seasonal dwelling at the Arboretum site for shepherds or hunters which led to the construction of a modest adobe structure. In 1839, the grant to Rancho Santa Anita was awarded to his Tongva wife, Victoria. Reid was an educated Scotsman known for a series of letters describing Tongva culture. Otherwise Reid was best known for his role in the 1849 California Constitutional Convention. Afflicted with tuberculosis, he died at the age of 43.
A series of short term owners of the property, Rancho Santa Anita, followed. Subsequent owners of Rancho Santa Anita were. With each transition, beginning with the sale to Rose and Wolfskill, a portion of the ranch was sold off; every owner in some ways typifies the history of southern California during the period. Agricultural innovation is a feature which persisted taking advantage of the climate and the new crops that it made possible as well as a growing body of consumers and new markets opened by transportation innovations; the site's modern history began in 1875 when Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin purchased Rancho Santa Anita and constructed its buildings and grounds. Baldwin's influence was a strong presence on the site. A certain flamboyance was evident in the creation of a showcase at Santa Anita. Baldwin in some ways anticipated the development of Las Vegas creating Arcadia as a kind of prototype destination resort; the Oakwood Hotel, the Santa Anita racetrack and the creation of Arcadia as an independent city made it possible for Baldwin to become its first Mayor.
The first liquor license was issued to his oldest daughter Clara Baldwin. This becomes more significant when one understands that Pasadena, which borders Arcadia, was dry from its founding in 1886. A major motivation for incorporation being the banning of liquor in the city. Although many towns in southern California were dry, commercial viticulture flourished around the San Gabriel Mission since mission days. Baldwin started an award winning winery to supply the thirsty tourists, sold land to settlers as well as running a private water company and brick works. A partnership with Henry E. Huntington and the Santa Fe Railroad insured that passengers could arrive by rail from Los Angeles and other locations as well as bringing freight, such as building supplies and taking away ranch produce for sale; the arboretum itself began in 1947 with California and Los Angeles jointly purchasing 111 acres to create an arboretum around the Baldwin site. By 1949, the first greenhouse had been constructed and the site's plants inventoried.
In 1951, the first 1,000 trees were planted, in 1956 the arboretum was opened to the public. Ongoing construction of gardens and greenhouses took place during the 1950s and 1960s, in 1975-1976 the Tropical Greenhouse was opened and the Prehistoric and Jungle Garden completed. Construction and renovation of both greenhouses and gardens has continued to this day. In 1994, the original name of the garden was changed from Los Angeles State and County Arboretum to The Arboretum of Los Angeles County; the arboretum's plants are grouped by geography with gardens for South American, South African and Asiatic-North American plants. Other displays include the Aquatic Garden, Demonstration Home Gardens, Garden for All Seasons and Jungle Garden, Native Oaks, Herb Garden, the Palm and Bamboo collection; the gardens serve as the home for summer concerts featuring the Pasadena POPS, under the direction of Principal POPS Conductor Marvin Hamlisch. In addition, the arboretum is home to a flock of some 200 peafowl, which are descendants of original birds imported by Baldwin from India.
The peafowl is a symbol of the city of Arcadia. The first record of peafowl in what is now the United States was the introduction by Frances Sinclair on Kaua’i I. Hawai‘i, in 1860; however the first reported introduction into the continental United States occurred in 1879, when Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin brou
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States. Its collections include nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts and cover 4.5 billion years of history. This large collection is comprised not only of specimens for exhibition, but of vast research collections housed on and offsite; the museum is an association of three Los Angeles area museums: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, The Page Museum at The La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park and The William S. Hart Ranch and Museum in Newhall, Santa Clarita, California; the three museums work together to achieve their common mission: "to inspire wonder and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds." NHM opened in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, United States in 1913 as The Museum of History and Art. The moving force behind it was a museum association founded in 1910, its distinctive main building, with fitted marble walls and domed and colonnaded rotunda, is on The National Register of Historic Places.
Additional wings opened in 1925, 1930, 1960, 1976. The museum was divided in 1961 into The Los Angeles County Museum of History and Science and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. LACMA moved to new quarters on Wilshire Boulevard in 1965, the Museum of History and Science was renamed The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History; the museum renamed itself again, becoming The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. In 2003, the museum began a campaign to transform its visitor experience; the museum reopened its seismically retrofitted renovated 1913 rotunda, along with the new Age of Mammals exhibition. In 2010, its Dinosaur Hall opened in July 2011. A new Los Angeles history exhibition, Becoming Los Angeles, opened in 2013; the outdoor Nature Gardens and Nature Lab, which explore L. A. wildlife opened in 2013. The museum maintains research and collections in the following fields: Annelida Anthropology and Archaeology Ethnology Crustacea Echinoderms Entomology Herpetology History Ichthyology Invertebrate paleontology Malacology Mammalogy Mineralogy Ornithology Vertebrate paleontologyThe museum has three floors of permanent exhibits.
Among the most popular museum displays are those devoted to animal habitats, pre-Columbian cultures, The Ralph M. Parsons Discovery Center and Insect Zoo, the new Nature Lab, which explores urban wildlife in Southern California; the museum's collections are strong in many fields, but the mineralogy and Pleistocene paleontology are the most esteemed, the latter thanks to the wealth of specimens collected from The La Brea Tar Pits. The museum has 30 million specimens representing marine zoology; these include one of the largest collections of marine mammal remains in the world, housed in a warehouse off site, which at over 5,000 specimens is second in size only to that of The Smithsonian. The museum's collection of historical documents is held in The Seaver Center for Western History Research; the museum hosts regular special exhibitions which advance its mission. Recent special exhibits have included Pterosaurs; the museum hosts a butterfly pavilion outside every spring and summer and a spider pavilion on the same site in the fall.
Over the years, the museum has built additions onto its original building. Dedicated when The Natural History Museum opened its doors in 1913, the rotunda is one of the museum's most elegant and popular spaces. Lined with marble columns and crowned by a stained glass dome, the room is the home of the first piece of public art funded by Los Angeles County, a Beaux Arts statue by Julia Bracken Wendt entitled Three Muses, or History and Art; this hall is among the most distinctive locales in Los Angeles and has been used as a filming location. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County official website William S. Hart Ranch and Museum George C. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits Review of the Museum's new Dinosaur Hall at the New York Times, July 19, 2011Slide show of exhibit
Los Angeles County Superior Court
The Superior Court of Los Angeles County is the California superior court located in Los Angeles County. It is the largest single unified trial court in the United States; the Los Angeles County Superior Court operates 47 courthouses throughout the county. As of 2017, the Presiding Judge is Daniel Buckley. Sherri R. Carter is the Executive Officer/Clerk. With 5,400 employees and an annual budget of $850 million, the superior court operates nearly 600 courtrooms throughout the county; when California declared its statehood in 1849 and became a part of the United States, the first California Constitution authorized the legislature to establish municipal and such other courts as it deemed necessary. The 1851 California Judiciary Act divided the state into districts, placing Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego counties into one district; each district had its own court, below which were county and justice of the peace courts. Judge Agustin Olvera of the Los Angeles County Court and Judge Jonathan R. Scott of the Los Angeles Justice of the Peace Court were the first judges of these lower courts.
The district court system was burdened by the vast expanse of the district. District judges were required to hold court proceedings; because of the distances district court judges had to travel to conduct trials and the sudden growth in population due to the California Gold Rush, the district court system became ineffective and non-responsive to the needs of its constituency. In 1879, California adopted a new constitution and with it a revised court system; the district courts became appeals courts below the State Supreme Court. To take over the district courts' original function, the county superior courts were created; the new Superior Court of Los Angeles County began with two judges: Ygnacio Sepulveda and Volney E. Howard. In 1905, juvenile delinquency and dependency hearings were put under the superior courts' jurisdiction, as were mental health hearing in 1914; the superior courts' jurisdiction came to include all civil, felony criminal, family law, juvenile delinquency and dependency, probate cases in its county.
Throughout its history, the superior court had had a close relationship with the county’s many municipal courts. By 1971, the superior court assumed responsibility for coordinating and scheduling court interpreters for all courts in the County and by 1973 the Court had implemented a countywide system to process the payment of court-appointed attorneys. By 1974, all jury services in the county had been consolidated. In 1986, county-wide uniform criminal Local Court rules and uniform exhibit processing procedures were adopted to ensure consistency in how criminal cases were handled through the court system. By 1988, the Municipal and Superior Courts began to cross-assign cases to ease the county’s judicial backlog. In 1993, the superior court adopted the municipal courts’ automated criminal case processing system. In 1993, the superior court was administratively unified with several of the municipal courts, and by 1999, seventeen more municipal courts had joined. On January 22, 2000, in accordance with Proposition 220 passed in 1998, the judges of the municipal and superior courts voted to merge into the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.
On November 14, 2012, Lee Smalley Edmon, presiding judge of the L. A. County Superior Court, announced the closing of ten courthouses, including those in Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Huntington Park, Whittier and San Pedro due to budget cuts; the Los Angeles Superior Court mission statement is "The Los Angeles Superior Court is dedicated to serving our community by providing equal access to justice through the fair and efficient resolution of all cases" Alhambra Courthouse, First Street and Commonwealth Avenue 626 841 1944 c Roberts Airport Courthouse, 105 and 405 freeway intersection Catalina Courthouse, Catalina Island, one part-time courtroom Bellflower Courthouse Beverly Hills Courthouse Burbank Courthouse Chatsworth Courthouse Compton Courthouse Downey Courthouse East Los Angeles Courthouse El Monte Courthouse Glendale Courthouse Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse, Long Beach Hollywood Courthouse Huntington Park Courthouse Inglewood Courthouse Long Beach Courthouse Malibu Courthouse Metropolitan Courthouse, Los Angeles Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse, Lancaster Norwalk Courthouse Pasadena Courthouse Pomona Courthouse North Pomona Courthouse South Redondo Beach Courthouse San Fernando Courthouse San Pedro Courthouse San Pedro Courthouse Annex Santa Clarita Courthouse Santa Monica Courthouse Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Downtown Los Angeles, 100 courtrooms, largest courthouse in the United States Torrance Courthouse Van Nuys Courthouse East Van Nuys Courthouse West West Covina Courthouse West Los Angeles Courthouse Whittier Courthouse Alfred J. McCourtney Juvenile Justice Center, Lancaster Central Arraignment Court Central Civil West Courthouse Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center David V. Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center Eastlake Juvenile Court Edmund D. Edelman Children's Court, Monterey Park Inglewood Juvenile Courthouse Los Padrinos Juvenile Courthouse, Downey Mental Health Courthouse Sylmar Juvenile Courthouse The court uses the California Court Case Management System v3, exposes services to the public such as the Criminal Defendant Index, Civil Party Name Search, Civil Case Document Images, Traffic Ticket Online Services, e-File Small Claims, Divorce Judgment Documents.
The difference between CCMS and these other services is similar to the difference between the federal CM/ECF and PACER sys
South Coast Botanic Garden
The South Coast Botanic Garden is a 35 hectare garden in the Palos Verdes Hills, in Palos Verdes, United States, about 16 km south of Los Angeles International Airport. It has over 150,000 landscaped plants and trees from 140 families, 700 genera, 2,000 different species, including flowering fruit trees, Coast Redwoods and Pittosporum, it is rich in plants from Australia and South Africa. Its gardens include the Water-wise Garden, Herb Garden, English Rose Garden, Garden of the Senses. A small lake and stream bed attract various birds such as ducks, geese and herons. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded; the present garden site was operated as an open pit mine from 1929 until 1956, producing over one million tons of crude diatomite. With declining production, the land was sold in 1957 to the County of Los Angeles for a sanitary landfill, in use until 1965. However, starting in 1961, an experiment in land reclamation began when County Board of Supervisors approved a motion establishing 87 acres as the site of the South Coast Botanic Garden, landscaped over 3.5 million tons of refuse, in a classic example of land recycling.
The Sanitation District in cooperation with other County agencies carried out initial planning and contouring. Operating responsibilities were given to the Los Angeles County Department of Arboreta and Botanic Gardens. In April 1961, the first large-scale planting took place on completed fill overlooking Rolling Hills Road, with over 40,000 plants donated by individuals and the County Arboretum; the site presents unusual difficulties in gardening. First, its soil is composed entirely of diatomaceous earth. Second, because of the diverse nature and thickness of the fill, settling rates vary throughout the garden resulting in frequent irrigation system breakage. Third, heat is caused by decomposition of organic matter below the soil surface, it is accompanied by the production of gases carbon dioxide and methane. List of botanical gardens in the United States South Coast Botanic Garden SeeTheGlobe.com article on Visiting the South Coast Botanic Garden
Los Angeles County Hall of Records
The Los Angeles County Hall of Records, a rare high-rise by Richard Neutra, sits in the northern end of the Civic Center in Downtown Los Angeles. An exemplar of modernist architecture, the building includes louvers similar to the Kaufmann Desert House. Additionally, the screen to the right of the louvres was a feature by sculptor Malcolm Leland to incorporate ornamentation into modernist buildings; the Hall of Records was estimated to cost $13.7 million in 1961. Counter proposals were made by the Los Angeles County Chief Administrative Officer to preserve the old Hall of Records and move it to the Temple Street location, however, it was estimated that the cost of moving the building would be prohibitively high--$1.5 million to move, much more to renovate. Envisioned as two separate buildings, one for storing records and the other for workers and Alexander combined the buildings into one; the T-shaped building has odd number floors on the north side, with double high ceilings and tall windows.
The records block on the south side, has floors at 8-ft intervals. No vital records accessible to the public are in the building, the windowless south records block designed for storage has been converted to office cubicles. In 1991, the County Recorder's office moved to Norwalk following merging the office with the County Registrar and County Clerk by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; the Hall of Records houses offices for the Alternative Public Defender, Probation Department, Regional Planning, Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney. The Los Angeles County archives are below the building, there are publicly accessible tunnels to the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration. There are terraces on the 13th and 15th floors, at ground level; the upper terraces were designed for lounge with panoramic views of downtown. Accessible from the 13th floor, they are only accessible to workers; the escalators from the ground through 3rd floor are flanked by grilles and screens designed by Malcolm Leland known for his work in the ModulArt movement.
The building was designed to be energy efficient, with large aluminum louvers on the south face running the height of the building. They turned with the angle of the sun throughout the day to allow more indirect light into the building. No longer operable, they are now locked in one position; the Temple Street side of the building features a Mosaic Mural titled Topographical Map of Water Sources in County of Los Angeles by Joseph Young. The mural and reflecting pool were restored in 2007; the Civic Center/Tom Bradley subway station serviced by the Metro Purple Line and Metro Red Line is directly behind the Hall of Records. The original design drawings were praised as "contemporary and at the same time unusual" by County Engineer John A. Lambie in 1958. David Gebhard and Robert Winter describe the design of the building as "disorganized" in their guide to Los Angeles Architecture; the Los Angeles Times called the Hall of Records "Striking" in the week. The building was nominated for the 1964 R. S. Reynolds Memorial Award by the American Institute of Architects.
Reyner Banham's Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, mentions the Hall of Records in passing, in the midst of a broader critique of downtown Los Angeles as "where the action cannot be". Banham concludes his thoughts on downtown with the following, placed below an image of the Hall of Administration: "They are, frankly, a gutless–looking collection but not gracious with it. Above all they are not Los Angeles, but memorials to a certain insecurity of spirit among timid souls who cannot bear to go with the flow of Angeleno life." Analysis of Richard Neutra's Los Angeles Hall of Records Building by Barbara Lamprecht Flickr Set of the Hall of Records by Kansas Sebastian County Arts Commission site on Hall of Records
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is the five-member governing body of Los Angeles County, United States. The people of Los Angeles County on April 1, 1850 asserted their newly won right of self-government and elected a three-man Court of Sessions as their first governing body. A total of 377 votes were cast in this election. In 1852, the Legislature dissolved the Court of Sessions and created a five-member Board of Supervisors. In 1913 the citizens of Los Angeles County approved a charter recommended by a board of freeholders which gave the County greater freedom to govern itself within the framework of state law; as the population expanded throughout the twentieth century, Los Angeles County did not subdivide into separate counties or increase the number of supervisors as its population soared. As a result, the concentration of local administrative power in each county supervisor is high with the population of the county at ten million residents; each supervisor represents more than two million people.
A local nickname some use for the Board is the "five little kings." Supervisors are elected to four-year terms by a vote of Los Angeles County citizens who reside in the supervisorial district. Supervisors must be voters in the district they represent. Elections for the 1st and 3rd districts coincide with California's gubernatorial elections, while those for the 2nd, 4th and 5th districts coincide with the United States presidential election. Supervisorial terms begin the first Monday in December after the election. Unseating an incumbent supervisor is extraordinarily difficult, due to the prohibitive cost of mounting a successful challenge in districts of such enormous geographical and population size. To curb the powers of the five supervisors, Los Angeles County voters passed Measure B in March 2002 with a majority of 64%, to limit the supervisors to three consecutive four-year terms. If a supervisor fills a vacancy, the unexpired term counts towards the term limit if there are more than two years left to serve.
The provisions of the measure were not retroactive, meaning that the term limit clock for supervisors who were serving at the time the measure passed would start with the next election. Don Knabe, Mike Antonovich, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke could continue to serve until 2016, while Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky could continue to serve until 2014; the chair of the Board of Supervisors has the option of calling herself mayor. The title has drawn criticism. However, those who support the use of the title say that all five members of the Board of Supervisors act as "mayors" or chief executives for the millions of people who live in unincorporated areas. Only Mike Antonovich used the "mayor" title when chairing the Board to represent and promote Los Angeles County when dealing with international diplomacy and trade. Otherwise, all other chairs have used the title chair, chairman, or chairwoman, depending on their preference; until the chief executive officer was the appointed individual heading the county but had little power as supervisors retained the right to fire and hire department heads and directly admonished department heads in public.
Based on an ordinance authored by Supervisors Knabe and Yaroslavsky that took effect in April 2007, the CEO directly oversees departments on behalf of the supervisors, although the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, District Attorney, Auditor-Controller, Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors continue to be under the direct purview of the Board of Supervisors. The change was made in response to several candidates either dropping out or declining to accept the position to replace former Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen. Antonovich was the lone supervisor to oppose the change, stating that such a move would lead to a more autocratic form of government and disenfranchise the 1.3 million who live in unincorporated areas. However, this was rescinded in 2015 and the CEO has returned to a facilitation and coordination role between departments. Departments continue to submit recommendations and agenda items to the Board to be adopted and ratified, the Board directly manages relations with the department heads instead of going through the CEO, as would be the case in a council-manager system prevalent in most of the county's cities.
In 2016, the CEO further recommended, the Board approved, transferring positions considered "transactional" and focusing the CEO on "strategic" initiatives and long-term, structural issues. The Board meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Board Hearing Room at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration in Downtown Los Angeles. On Tuesdays following a Monday holiday, Board meetings begin after lunch, at 1:00 p.m. Board meetings are conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order, the Brown Act, the Rules of the Board; the Chief Executive Officer, the County Counsel and the Executive Officer, or their deputies, attend each Board meeting. The regular agendas for the first, second and fifth Tuesdays of the month are a consent calendar, that is, all items are automatically approved without discussion, unless a Supervisor or member of the public requests discussion of a specific item; the fourth Tuesday of the month is reserved for the purpose of conducting required public hearings, Board of Supervisors motions and department items continued from a previous meeting, have time constraints, or are critical in nature.
Since Board meetings are considered Brown Act bodies, a Board agenda is published 72 hours before the Board meeting is convened