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Study: Quakes set off movement on long-dormant fault | Around The State |
PASADENA (CNS) — The two Ridgecrest earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks that jolted the Southland in July occurred in a domino-like sequence of ruptures on a web of connecting faults, sparking the first significant movement in 500 years along a major Mojave Desert fault, according to a report released Thursday by Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. [Article]
by , . 2019-10-18
Pasadena Scientists Discover Unprecedented Movement of Major SoCal Fault for the First Time on Record
Geophysicists from Caltech and JPL in Pasadena say the recent Ridgecrest earthquake sequence in July may have triggered movement on the Garlock Fault, on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert, which the scientists say is capable of producing a magnitude 8 earthquake. [Article]
by , . 2019-10-18
SoCal Policy Forum tackles housing affordability and homelessness at first live event in Pasadena – Pasadena Star News
Tackling the issues of the region’s housing affordability and homelessness, the Southern California News Group, in partnership with the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside, chaired the first live public meeting of the SoCal Policy Forum at Pasadena City College’s Westerbeck Hall on Thursday evening. The group, first convened by SCNG in July, is a collection of respected local experts brought together to share their ideas on solving the problems facing Southern California in the days and years ahead. [Article]
by , Pasadena Star News. 2019-10-18
With earthquake threat ever-present, ShakeOut Day in the San Fernando Valley is all about ‘Drop, Cover and Hold’ – Daily News
LOS ANGELES — With a smile, first-grader Juan Sierra, 6, did the “Drop, Cover and Hold” during an earthquake drill on ShakeOut Day at Stanley Mosk Elementary School in Winnetka. He was not alone. Millions of residents in Los Angeles and Orange County — joined by millions more across the state and globe — took part in the exercise for the 12th Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, designed to encourage preparedness for a major temblor. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-10-18
LA’s towing practices challenged by Woodland Hills man living in RV, who lost his SUV to an impound auction – Daily News
A Woodland Hills man who lives in a recreational vehicle challenged the city of Los Angeles’s car towing practices in Los Angeles County Superior Court this week, after his SUV was hauled off and auctioned, leaving him with thousands of dollars of debt and hours of community service to pay off parking tickets on that car. Attorneys for Joseph Safuto, who said their client ended up homeless after becoming disabled in an auto accident two years ago, filed an amended complaint in court Tuesday contending that his constitutional rights were violated. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-10-18
Are we really stuck with the big private utility companies? – Daily News
There is no public polling on this issue, but anyone who travels around California can sense that many, if not most, electric customers would like to be rid of big utility companies like Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, yet they fear possible consequences if those firms disappear. Reader T.J. in Nevada County put it this way: “PG&E is far from perfect, but when you think of them gone, what have we got left?” The answer is: plenty. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-10-18
What can California’s utilities learn from San Diego’s planned blackouts?
The head of Pacific Gas and Electric, Bill Johnson, recently admitted that his utility did a poor job of overseeing the scheduled blackouts in the Bay Area last week. Millions of residents there were left in the dark for days. In a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission, Johnson said PG&E “cannot become the status quo.” [Article]
by , . 2019-10-18
It Takes Partnerships to Recruit and Retain Foster Parents
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) operates the largest child welfare agency in the nation. With this comes a great responsibility, and I am extremely grateful to work each day with some of the most dedicated and passionate people in the child welfare arena. [Article]
by , Chronicle of Social Change. 2019-10-18
Uber Starts Rollout of Text-to-911 Safety Feature - NBC 7 San Diego
Ride-hailing service Uber debuted a text-to-911 feature on its phone app Thursday in Los Angeles County, Minnesota and Indiana, allowing riders and drivers to quickly and discreetly contact law enforcement in the event of an emergency. [Article]
by , KNSD NBC San Diego. 2019-10-18
L.A. sues housing developers for fraud on city-backed property - Los Angeles Times
Accusing a prominent affordable housing developer of using a city-financed property “as a personal bank account,” Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer on Wednesday sued the company and several others, alleging they misappropriated millions of dollars of public money. The lawsuit stems from a $2.3-million loan issued by the city in 1999 to finance the acquisition and development of Richard N. Hogan Manor, a 51-unit housing project at 5500-5528 S. Figueroa St. The money was distributed through the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund program, according to the lawsuit. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-10-18
Metro Blue Line will become the A Line when it reopens - Los Angeles Times
The oldest light-rail line in Los Angeles County will reopen next month with a new look and a new name. Portions of the 22-mile Blue Line have been closed since the end of January, when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority began a $350-million renovation. When the train between Long Beach and downtown L.A. reopens Nov. 2, it will be called the A Line — the first of Metro’s rail routes to be rechristened under a naming policy approved last year. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-10-18
Cheating scandal causes uproar among pharmacists - Los Angeles Times
Cheating, protests and outrage have upended the otherwise buttoned-up world of pharmacy in California. California officials have invalidated more than 1,000 pharmacists’ test scores because of cheating on a state exam, a move that has caused an uproar among pharmacists who say they have lost wages and job opportunities as a result. Layla Mina, 28, of Anaheim said her job offer to be a pharmacist at CVS was rescinded because she could not become licensed without her exam scores. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-10-18
Unprecedented movement detected on California earthquake fault capable of 8.0 temblor - Los Angeles Times
A major California fault capable of producing a magnitude 8 earthquake has begun moving for the first time on record, a result of this year’s Ridgecrest earthquake sequence destabilizing nearby faults, Caltech scientists say in a new study released in the journal Science on Thursday. In the modern historical record, the 160-mile-long Garlock fault on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert has never been observed to produce either a strong earthquake or even to creep. But new satellite radar images now show that the fault has started to move, causing a bulging of land that can be viewed from space. “This is surprising, because we’ve never seen the Garlock fault do anything. Here, all of a sudden, it changed its behavior,” said the lead author of the study, Zachary Ross, assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech. “We don’t know what it means.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-10-18
California defies recession fears to post job growth, record low unemployment - Los Angeles Times
California’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest it has been in four decades as the Golden State outpaced the nation in job creation last month. Joblessness stood at 4% in September, less than any month since the current methodology was introduced in 1976, state officials reported. That was down from 4.1% in August and a year earlier. Year over year, state payrolls grew by 320,000 jobs, to a total of 17.53 million. That was a 1.9% growth rate, compared with 1.4% nationwide. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-10-18
Committee Considers ‘Cost of Homelessness’ - Newport Beach News
Addressing the “cost of homelessness” during a presentation Tuesday, officials found that it’s more economical to provide housing and services than keeping people on the streets. About two dozen people attended the Newport Beach Homeless Task Force Committee meeting, held in Council chambers at the Civic Center. [Article]
by , . 2019-10-18
Preparing Homes for the Next Fire - Laguna Beach Local News
The City of Laguna Beach and the nonprofit, Laguna Friends of Architecture, will present a program to inform homeowners how to improve the fire resistance of their homes from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Susi Q Center, 380 Third Street. Doors open at 6 p.m., presentations will run 6:30-8:30 p.m., and a Q&A will run from 8:30-9 p.m. [Article]
by , . 2019-10-18
An 87 hour work-week for $4 an hour: Caregiver abuse is widespread in California - Los Angeles Times
A chain of Orange County residential care homes for the disabled paid their workers as little as $4 an hour and made them work more than 87 hours a week, according to a federal lawsuit. In a settlement announced Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Labor said the facilities in Mission Viejo and Lake Forest were assessed $1.1 million in back wages and penalties for 66 workers after falsifying records and intimidating workers. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-10-18
Fentanyl seizures in O.C. set to double for third year in a row, sheriff says - Los Angeles Times
The amount of fentanyl seized in Orange County this year is set to double for the third year in a row after a major bust this week, the sheriff’s department said. In an operation on Wednesday, 18 pounds of the synthetic opioid pain reliever were seized, officials said. That’s nearly half the total amount of the drug confiscated in the county in all of 2018, they said. In addition, five pounds of heroin, half a pound of methamphetamine and a loaded semiautomatic handgun were seized. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-10-18
SCE gets OK for $4.4 billion demolition of nuclear power plant in San Onofre – Orange County Register
CHULA VISTA — Impassioned activists beseeched the California Coastal Commission to spare San Onofre’s spent fuel pools from destruction, raising the specter of an “apocalyptic nightmare” — crippled canisters stuffed with dangerous radioactive waste, stranded on an abandoned beach because the pools that could have helped repair or repackage the spent atomic fuel no longer exist. Southern California Edison countered that such pools are, indeed, available for emergencies as radioactive fuel from San Onofre is moved from wet to dry storage, where experts say it is safer. That process is when canister damage can occur — as evidenced by last year’s near-miss — but once all the waste is inside the “concrete monolith,” officials said, the fuel pools will be unnecessary. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-10-18
Weedmaps, facing pressure to work only with legal cannabis shops, lays off a quarter of its workforce – Orange County Register
Two months after online cannabis directory Weedmaps promised it would stop listing illicit marijuana businesses, the Irvine-based company abruptly laid off 25% of its workforce. More than 100 people across the country, from a writer in Orange County to a policy expert in Massachusetts, were affected by Wednesday’s cuts. “Today was my toughest day during my tenure as CEO,” wrote Weedmaps’ leader, Chris Beals, on Twitter as he announced the cuts. Beals declined to discuss if, or how, the layoffs were connected to the financial hit that Weedmaps presumably faces if it follows through on a promise to drop hundreds of unlicensed advertisers from its site by the end of the year. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-10-18
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