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Little Girls to Magnificent Women:

Coordinating Council for Child Guidance By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter

For Carole Keen, the issue of guns in schoolchildren’s hands is a familiar one. She remembers when nearly fifty years ago the principal at Carson Street Elementary School told her a boy’s mother found a gun in his underwear drawer. The mother was, Keen recalls, “Petrified…she didn’t know

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what to do.” “There were absolutely no human services here in the ‘60s, somebody who could work with children’s mental health at the school,” she explains now. As a founder of the Carson Coordinating Council, Keen found there were no funds for “any kind of mental health worker” in the Los Angeles Unified School District. However, her friend and fellow founder, Gil Smith, was mayor of the then-new city

of Carson, which was in the process of becoming a block grant city. Keen was also a member of the committee working through the block grant process. Through the efforts of Keen and Smith, the coordinating council contracted with the LAUSD for a part-time social worker. So began the Carson Child Guidance Program, the first of its kind in the district. Originally a $30,000 Community Development Block Grant helped fund the program. “The schools collectively wept [with Carson City Limits/ to p. 6

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The Local Publication You Actually Read March 8 - 21, 2013

It was telling sign that most of the leaders invited to attend the Feb. 23 leadership forum on the threat posed by Rancho LPG Storage Facilities did not attend—though some did send staff—while those who did show up were the ones with the least overt power to do anything. Los Angeles Unified School Board member Richard Vladovic kicked things off, speaking as a passionate and worried voice of concern. “I represent 100,000 students all the way from central city south,” Vladovic said. “But more importantly, I’ve lived here for 66 years, and during that time, there’s been four major explosions there,” he said. “Accidents happen” was a frequent refrain as he spoke, just as it had been last June when Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino convened a meeting of representatives from city departments and regulatory agencies. “When I sat here at the last meeting,” Vladovic recalled, “and every expert in the world was here, and I heard each one of them say, ‘that’s not my job, that’s not my job,’ and no one wanted to own up, what I said to them, ‘folks, accidents happen, and then we’re all going to make excuses.’” Anchoring the event, Dr. Carl Southwell, president of the Risk and Policy Institute, gave a presentation on the potential risks of terrorist attack on Rancho LPG, which he explained was the largest such above-ground storage tank for liquid petroleum gas. Typically, he explained, liquid propane gas is “stored in underground salt mines” where the lack of access to oxygen makes it much safer. But that’s “not practical in California,” he explained. He described a two-stage event, with the explosion of the first tank setting off the second one—a highly plausible sequence that’s not considered by the Environmental Protection Agency or any other oversight agency. “A facility like this shouldn’t be built near population centers,” Southwell said. “The best response to a disaster is to try to prevent one.” Three councilmembers from Rancho Palos Verdes attended. Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Duhovic said it was a matter the city of Rancho Palos Verdes takes “very, very seriously,” although they lack significant legal jurisdiction. He echoed Vladovic’s recollection of the meeting last June calling it “shocking how many people were pointing fingers at one another.” “The jurisdiction of your safety is within our city,” said Council member Jim Knight. “We will do what we can.” Duhovic and Knight both discussed Rancho’s obfuscation of its apparent lack of insurance to cover any off-site damage. “We’re going to work to get answers,” Duhovic said. “I’m in complete agreement,” Councilmember Brian Campbell said. “We’ve got the moral and ethical jurisdiction.” Numerous homeowner and neighborhood council leaders were in attendance as well. All are awaiting a hearing before the Public Safety Committee of the Los Angeles City Council expected later this month.


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