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Angry parents and neighborhood residents are fighting bitterly over a Westside Charter school. They plan a confrontation at tomorrow’s meeting of the LA Unified School Board. Also, mentally ill prisoners are being denied their constitutional right to health care in Los Angeles County jails. Rat-infested cells and abusive guards have led to suicides that could have been prevented. That’s after 17 years of broken promises, according to the US Justice Department, which will seek a court order to enforce needed improvements. Will County officials go along or fight an agreement? What about a $2 billion new jail?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, fifty years after the Civil Rights Movement, there’s new controversy over the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The US Supreme Court has ruled that it’s out of date.  Now, some states are accused of renewing discrimination in voting. The Supreme Court has invited new legislation. What's happening in Congress? We hear from Vermont's Democratic Senator and others.

The Feds Tell LA County Enough Is Enough 14 MIN, 2 SEC

After the so-called Rampart Scandal revealed widespread corruption in the LAPD, reforms were achieved under a federal consent decree entered into by the City of Los Angeles in the year 2000. It took 12 years before federal supervision ended. After 17 years of promises to improve, the US Justice Department says LA County jails are still denying the constitutional rights of mentally ill inmates. A scathing report says deficiencies include deplorable environmental conditions and inadequate — sometimes abusive — treatment. It contends some of 15 suicides in the past 30 months might have been prevented. Now it wants a court-enforceable "consent decree" is needed to make any progress. Last month, the Board of Supervisors voted to build a new jail for a cost of $2 billion — but that won't be completed for ten years. 

Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County Board of Supervisors (@mridleythomas)
Peter Eliasberg, ACLU of Southern California (@ACLU_SoCal)
Gerald Chaleff, Commanding Officer of the Consent Decree Bureau

Del Rey Residents Keen on Forcing Out New Charter School 11 MIN, 36 SEC

After a year of increasingly angry disputes with neighbors in Los Angeles' Del Rey area, east of Marina del Rey and near Mar Vista. Parents whose kids go to Citizens of the World Charter School plan to show up at tomorrow's meeting of the LA Unified School Board. Citizens of the World occupies three portable classrooms unused by Stoner Elementary, and the complaints of local residents began with increased traffic. They claim the Charter School parents have been "dismissive" and "elitist." Now, the School District says Citizens of the World has failed to meet the deadline for its application to stay -- and even expand — next year.

Amy Dresser Held, Citizens of the World Charter Schools

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