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Governor proposes civil commitment

first_imgCivil Commitment Prevents the Release of Violent Sexual PredatorsMontpelier-Governor Jim Douglas has called on the legislature tocreate an end of sentence review process for sex offenders designed tothoroughly review the offender’s offense history, involvement and progressin sex offender treatment, and mental health status.The Governor said the review would include the possibility of involuntarycivil commitment to the Vermont State Hospital for those who have failedto complete treatment and who meet a legal definition of a sexuallyviolent predator to be established in the legislation.The sex offender registry bill championed by the Governor and victim’srights advocates in the last legislative session included a provisionsponsored by House Republicans requiring a committee to study civilcommitment and other enhancements of Vermont’s sex offender laws.”In June, we were all delighted when the bill passed and the legislaturejoined us in reaffirming and strengthening the rights of families all overVermont to protect their children and neighborhoods,” Douglas said. “Atthat time, Vermont took an important and necessary step in strengtheningits sex offender registry. Stronger sex offender laws give tools toparents and concerned citizens so they can be more aware of the locationof convicted sex offenders, especially sexually violent predators.”Governor Douglas added that an end of sentence review to evaluateconvicted sex offenders is a reasonable step that must be taken.”Last spring, we took an important step,” Douglas said. “Vermont must takeanother important and necessary step by ensuring that the most dangerousand violent sex offenders are not released into our communities until, andunless, there has been a determination that the offender does not pose adanger to the public. That is exactly what a civil commitment statutewould do.”last_img read more

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Drought Busters respond to 400-plus complaints in less than a month

first_imgThe new water guard was revived Nov. 14 to encourage residents to reduce usage voluntarily after the city’s driest year on record. And despite recent rains, a water predicament looms for Los Angeles. The city now buys nearly 70percent of its water – double its normal purchases – from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to make up for losses from mountain water supplies. The snowpack in the Sierras was recently only 4percent of the 10inches normal for this time of year. If voluntary cutbacks don’t work, city officials say, they may resort to water rationing. “Don’t think this mayor and this council won’t be prepared to use citations and require mandatory conservation efforts, if necessary,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has declared. Since the team’s revival, the Drought Busters have responded to more than 400 complaints, 95percent involving water cascading over sidewalks from daytime sprinkler use or people hosing off driveways. Both are banned under city ordinances. Busters wield no broken-sprinkler bazookas, leaky-faucet zappers or restaurant water-glass smashers. Instead, Crossley and fellow Drought Buster Lisa Gonzalez fan out across the Valley each to seek out the worst water waste at up to 50 homes and businesses. “It’s been very positive; we’re being positive,” Gonzalez said recently before her rounds. “We’re just raising awareness.” On a foray through Van Nuys that day, Crossley steers his white Prius in a search for wet gutters – sure signs of daytime watering or broken sprinkler heads. On Radford Avenue, he stops at an apartment building with leaking sprinklers, its yard turned to mush. On Burbank Boulevard, he spots standing water and stops by a school to investigate a storm-drain torrent. He’s nice. He’s presentable. And he aims to help, not to scold or wag his finger. At home, the 37-year-old father said, he practices what he preaches and has installed the latest “smart” sprinklers. Even his kids must conserve. “I’m constantly on them to turn the water off while they brush their teeth,” Crossley said with a smile. “That and I knock on the door while they’re taking their showers and say, `Are you washing or just standing?”‘ On Fulton, he stops his car in front of a yellow-and-green apartment building. The sprinklers soon erupt. And so does the broken pipe – with enough water to contain a salmon run. “It’s waste,” Crossley said. “This is what we’re looking for. … This’ll be another letter or phone call to the management company.” Although he has no jurisdiction about leaks inside the building, he said he would include them in his report. One resident complained of a broken heater. A former manager complained of slumlord conditions in which nothing is ever fixed. KRC Management, which manages the property, did not respond to a request for comment. Meanwhile, Crossley and his fellow Drought Busters said they’ll continue to educate residents. “I like to be the nice one,” Crossley said. “If there’s something going on, like sprinklers running in the afternoon, we’ll stop and say, `Hi, how are you doing?”‘ Not everyone, however, is happy with the Busters’ response to needlessly wasted H2O. Bertie Duffy has long been peeved about neighbors in an apartment building up the hill who overwater the yard and send water cascading into the street in front of her Studio City home. So on Nov. 15, she called the new Drought Buster hotline, with follow-up letters to the DWP, the mayor and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. “So far, I’ve received no response,” said Duffy, who lives in the 11700 block of Laurelcrest Drive. “The water is still running … at least twice a day, down the middle of the street.” A DWP official said the agency has a policy of investigating the cause of complaints before following up with callers. While the apartment manager disputes the water waste, DWP spokesman Joe Ramallo said, the department has found there was inadequate drainage. A letter has been mailed. “We did look into it and are following up on it,” Ramallo said. “We are very seriously considering beginning to issue citations for prohibited (water) uses soon. “This kind of water waste has to stop.” REPORTING WASTE, SAVING WATER To report water waste, call 800-DIAL-DWP, or e-mail droughtbusters@ladwp.com. Here are some tips to save water: Retrofit indoor-plumbing fixtures with low-flow devices. Repair any leaks. Keep showers to less than five minutes. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Turn water faucets off tight. Run the dishwasher and washing machines only when full. Install pool and spa covers to minimize water loss. Do not hose down driveways, sidewalks and other paved surfaces, unless for health or sanitary reasons.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – Shortly before noon, sprinklers shot skyward across an apartment lawn, followed by a whoosh of water discharged by a broken pipe. Within minutes, a flood of precious water had spilled across the sidewalk and into a neighboring yard. “It’s terrible,” said Sonia Ramos, 44, a resident of the complex in the 6300 block of Fulton Avenue. “A lot of water wasted. This building – we told the manager, but they don’t care. Where I live, the sink is leaking; the toilet is broken and leaks constantly for the past six months.” Enter the city’s Drought Busters. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsRevived last month, the team’s six Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees already have responded to hundreds of complaints, hoping to stem the needless flow. But instead of issuing citations for prohibited water use – as they did during the previous dry spell – these water pinchers simply advise residents to waste less. Or, in the case of the profligate apartment complex, call and notify the owner to fix water problems. “This is sad,” said Rick Crossley, a San Fernando Valley Drought Buster standing before the gusher on Fulton. “It’s one thing to just see sprinklers spraying over, but this is gallons.” The Drought Busters of the 1990s were credited with causing a 30percent drop in water usage in Los Angeles during that dry stretch. last_img
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