Child Welfare Records: The Latest LA Confidential

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Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said yesterday, "The obsession with leaks… exceeds the obsession with child deaths."  He was the lone dissenter in a 4-to-1 vote to investigate what was called the "inappropriate disclosure of confidential child welfare information."  At issue is a series in the LA Times on the deaths of children in families that are supposed to be under the scrutiny of the County's child welfare officials.  Dissenter Zev Yaroslavsky said after the vote, "all the energy that is spent on that is energy that is not spent on trying to figure out what's going wrong in the Department of Children and Family Services." We hear from a Times reporter , Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who voted for the investigation, and an advocate of open government.

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Guests:
Garrett Therolf - UC Berkeley and Common Sense News - @gtherolf, Mark Ridley-Thomas - LA County Board of Supervisors - @mridleythomas, Terry Francke - General Counsel, Californians Aware

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Frances Anderton