Commission to investigate LA child welfare agency

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles officials have voted to create a citizen’s blue ribbon commission to investigate and improve the county’s troubled child welfare agency.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday’s vote was prompted by the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez in May, the latest in a series of high-profile abuse cases.

The boy’s mother and her boyfriend have been charged with torture and murder in his death.

Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe opposed the commission, saying the county has already received hundreds of recommendations in a strategic plan developed nine months ago.

Knabe says the department gets pulled in 99 directions every time there is a public relations crisis.

It’s unclear what kind of access commission members will have to case files.

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