LA NOW Episode #41 Air Date: February 21, 2011 Hosted by: Mike Dinow 1. Nearly 13 percent of local emergency rooms visits last year were in County hospitals, now one of those hospitals, Olive View—UCLA Medical Center, has a new, state of the art emergency department to meet the growing demand. 2. Rates of depression are on the rise locally and the Department of Public Health is working to raise awareness. 3. The County may need as many 40,000 medical volunteers to respond to a large-scale natural disaster, now the Department of Health Services is working to pre-register workers through the Disaster Healthcare Volunteer program. 4. One of the top librarians in the country is a County employee, but it’s her work outside, not inside, the Lawndale Library that received national recognition. 5. Two local beaches managed by the Department of Beaches and Harbors ranked among the top ten local filming locations in 2010. 6. Visitors to the Natural History Museum can meet the latest addition to the museum’s puppet troupe, a life-sized saber-toothed cat, one of the Los Angeles’ most ferocious extinct predators. - Los Angeles County Channel