Lancaster Vice-Mayor Marvin Crist held a forum in the city on Wednesday, when residents gathered to debate the project.
The panel was created after the deaths of several children in the care of L.A. County.
Family and friends of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy investigators say was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend gathered Wednesday evening at an emotional memorial service in Sylmar.
Gabriel Fernandez had suffered a skull fracture, several broken ribs and severe burn marks over various spots of his body before he was hospitalized last month, according to the LA County Sheriff’s Department.
Gabriel Fernandez died after documents showed at least six complaints of child abuse and brutality were filed with Los Angeles County DCFS.
The boy’s mother, 29-year-old Pearl Fernandez, and her boyfriend, 33-year-old Isauro Aguirre, were arrested Thursday after police say they beat the child so badly inside their Palmdale apartment that he is now in critical condition.