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Board of Supervisors Approves Multimillion Dollar Parks and Recreation Assessment

Jonathan Tolliver |
February 4, 2015 | 3:19 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

MacArthur Park (John Coke/Creative Commons)
MacArthur Park (John Coke/Creative Commons)
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved millions of dollars in new funding for comprehensive assessment of parks and recreational areas during its Tuesday meeting.

Supervisor Hilda Solis, 1st District, said the assessment could be a step toward greater park access for minorities. All 88 cities and unincorporated parts of the county are being surveyed for the report. 

Solis said a recent study showed 60 percent of Latino children do not know how to swim.

“Construction will hopefully save lives,” she said.

The Board also discussed bingo during its Tuesday meeting.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, 3rd District, praised the passage of a measure that will expand remote-caller bingo throughout the county by increasing the number of sites where winning numbers can be called.

Remote-caller bingo games allow number callers to beam in to monitors, allowing players to play along off-site. Gaming was only allowed at two sites prior to the measure. 

The Board also raised the ceiling on the maximum amount of money players can win from the game. They specified that county proceeds from the game should go to non-profits. 

Supervisor Kuehl characterized some game operators as “not super honest,” and said she hopes the new measure will weed them out.

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