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Its design has been scorned, but L.A. Live has been crucial to downtown's resurgence
When the NBA All-Star Weekend returned to Los Angeles in February for the third time since 2004, it was no lucky fluke for the city. It’s a running joke in the basketball league, Commissioner Adam Silver said, that if team owners can’t have the annual showcase in their own cities, they want to have it at Staples Center and the adjacent L.A. Live complex in downtown L.A. “The team owners love it,” Silver said, citing the $3-billion complex of hotels, restaurants, meeting rooms and other facilities. “It’s turnkey to bring the All-Stars to L.A.” The trio of NBA All-Star games highlights how big events such as awards shows, concerts and movie premieres seem almost routine as L.A. Live marks its 10th anniversary. But the creation of one of the region’s largest economic engines, which was built by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz’s AEG, was years in the making — and there was nothing certain about its success. For decades, planners lamented the state of the beaten-down blocks near the Los Angeles Convention Center. The neighborhood south of the downtown Financial District had once been filled with stately Victorian homes. But by the latter half of the 20th century, it was an unwelcoming expanse of parking lots interspersed with small, run-down apartment buildings and shabby storefronts. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-06-22
 
Behind the Criminal Immigration Law: Eugenics and White… — ProPublica
Amid a bipartisan backlash, President Trump has tried repeatedly to shift blame to Democrats for his own administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, which has resulted in more than 2,300 migrant children being taken from their families along the U.S.–Mexico border. “The Democrats have to change their law — that’s their law,” Trump told reporters on Friday. The president didn’t specify which law he was talking about. But the statute at the center of his administration’s policy is the work of Republicans — with origins dating back all the way to World War I — albeit with substantial Democratic support along the way. Known originally as the “Undesirable Aliens Act,” the statute would not exist without support from, respectively, a eugenicist and a white supremacist. [Article]
by , . 2018-06-22
 
Garcetti joins mayors' protest outside Texas holding facility for migrant teens
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and a group of bipartisan mayors protested outside a government-run camp for migrant teens in Texas on Thursday, calling on the Trump administration to reunite families forcibly separated after crossing illegally into the United States. At a news conference near the camp in Tornillo, a rural border town southeast of El Paso, Garcetti said: “It is time to reunify families, and it is time to fix a broken immigration system. We must do those two things.” The mayors’ protest came a day after President Trump signed an executive order meant to end the separations, a policy that had drawn widespread condemnation from Democrats, some Republicans and religious leaders. Even with the order, it remains unclear what will happen to the 2,300 children already separated from their parents. With no formal protocols in place for reunification, the group of mayors and immigration advocates wants assurances that the youths will return to their families. “Children aren’t poker chips. They are people, and we demand that Washington fix the mess that it’s created,” Garcetti said, standing alongside more than a dozen other mayors in Tornillo. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-06-22
 
For a day, I was one of the millions of Americans without a bank account. It was humbling
Two and a half miles of walking, two failed attempts to cash a $15 check, one toy left behind at a checkout counter and $14 in fees for financial transactions that ordinarily wouldn’t cost me a dime. That was my tally after a recent, frustrating morning in Hollywood spent standing in lines, filling out forms and wondering if I’d have enough money or time to get it all done. The exercise wasn’t for fun. Rather, I was participating in a sort of financial scavenger hunt that aims to replicate how life works for the millions of Americans — about a quarter of all households — who either don’t have bank accounts or still rely on storefront check cashers, payday lenders and prepaid debit cards to manage their money. The event, called FinX — as in “financial experience” — was held this month during an annual conference organized by the Center for Financial Services Innovation and attended by executives from banks, credit unions and financial technology firms, as well as consumer advocates and even federal regulators. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-06-22
 
In a setback to Republican leadership, House postpones vote on a second immigration bill after voting down first
With the family separations crisis still boiling on the border, the House on Thursday voted down a conservative immigration bill and abruptly postponed a vote on a more moderate proposal pitched as a compromise between battling Republican factions, an embarrassing setback for House leaders. The first bill collapsed in a 193-231 vote, and the vote on the second was pushed back until next week to avoid back-to-back defeats. Both bills were largely seen as partisan measures with almost no path to becoming law, the latest failure in Congress to reach consensus on how to repair what both parties agree is a broken immigration system. The first bill would have provided nearly $25 billion for a border wall, made steep cuts to legal immigration programs, and provided temporary legal status for young people brought into the country as children. The second would go further by offering the so-called Dreamers a pathway to citizenship. That proved too much for Republican hard-liners, who vowed to block the moderates’ bill. In House races across the country, immigration has become a contested issue, with Republicans wary not to alienate conservative voters and possibly depress turnout in the November midterm election. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-06-22
 
Black Babies Die At Twice The Rate Of White Babies. My Family Is Part Of This Statistic: LAist
She didn’t cry like I thought she would. I’d asked my sister Nicole to talk about the babies she lost nearly 20 years ago. She only made it to four months when her body started to go into labor the first time. “I think I remember hearing [him make] a sound,” she said, “but he was so small.” He didn’t make it. She made it to five months the second time. “He lived for a week, which actually is kind of worse than the other one,” she said. “Because you have more attachment. You think he's going to be okay.” Here’s what you need to know about my sister: she cries all the time. She cries out of pride when she hears me, her baby sister, on the radio. She cries from the rollercoaster of emotions triggered while watching “Chopped” or “The Voice.” [Article]
by , . 2018-06-22
 
Revamped jail means tailored treatment of inmates with mental health issues – Santa Clarita Valley Signal
County supervisors voted Tuesday to renovate county jails, approving $2.21 billion to build a new Men’s Central Jail, and $12 million to renovate the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. Citing medical and mental health services urgently needed for a growing number of inmates, The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of a budget set up for jail renovation — called the Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility Construction and Renovation Project — and the report detailing its anticipated impact on the environment. The upgrades are also expected to provide additional health services for inmates with mental health and substance abuse problems, according to officials. [Article]
by , . 2018-06-22
 
Take Two® | Slideshow: We're exploring LA County's 88 cities. First stop: Cerritos | 89.3 KPCC
Los Angeles County has 88 cities, and KPCC/LAist plans to explore them all. We're recruiting listeners and readers to take us to the neighborhoods they live in and love. From Long Beach to Lancaster, follow our journey here and on the radio with Take Two. Today, we head to Cerritos. The city is probably most well-known for the Cerritos Auto Square dealership. But before cars showed up, cows ruled the city. Cerritos was called Dairy Valley before 1967 because of the hundreds of dairies that dotted the landscape. The population of humans boomed in the 1970s, making it the fastest growing city in California at the time. It was mostly driven by an influx of immigrants from China, Korea, and the Philippines. Now, it has the third largest Asian community in L.A. County. Out of the 50,000 people who live there today, more than 6 in 10 identify as Asian. [Article]
by , KPCC Southern CA Public Radio. 2018-06-22
 
San Diego County Water Authority unveil new outreach program - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8
SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - On the first day of summer, the San Diego County Water Authority unveiled a new outreach program that highlights the value of safe and reliable water supplies for the region. The Water Authority, its 24 member agencies, and partners from leading industries gathered Thursday aboard the USS Midway to launch the year-long Brought to You by Water program. [Article]
by , KFMB-TV - CBS8-San Diego. 2018-06-22
 
It's time for your second Hepatitis A vaccine -
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A timely and, very necessary reminder:  If you got a Hepatitis A shot last year, you need a booster to stay protected. A good sub-headline today:  Who remembers that during the height of the Hepatitis A out break last fall, and the large public vaccination events that were going on, that six months “after” the vaccination, a booster shot is need to continue long-term protection. Thanks to the County’s public health people, we are passing along the reminder.  Because while the first dose is considered 95% effective, it will eventually begin to decrease.  A second shot boosts immunity for between 20 and 40 years.  If you were vaccinated before December 1st, it’s time for a booster shot.  After, December, same rule applies– six months, a booster. [Article]
by , KUSI - San Diego. 2018-06-22
 
North County cycling advocates join Regional Bike Summit – The Coast News Group
REGION — Since Douglas Alden was a young kid, he pedaled his bike around Solana Beach and the surrounding areas to get where he needed to go. “It’s always been a part of my DNA,” Alden said. “I biked to school when I was in elementary and junior high. I went to UCSD and lived at home and rode my bike to the university.” Four decades later, Alden still holds this same passion for cycling, riding to work at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography down in La Jolla several days a week. He also chairs BikeWalk Solana, an organization that helps the city establish cycling and pedestrian guidelines in Solana Beach by educating the community and raising awareness. [Article]
by , . 2018-06-22
 
Study shows most dangerous spots for bicyclists are Pacific Beach, downtown, Rosecrans Street, Escondido - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Local bicyclists face the most risk of injury crashes in Pacific Beach, downtown San Diego, Rosecrans Street and parts of Oceanside and Escondido, an analysis of law enforcement collision data from 2010 through 2016 shows. Other dangerous areas include Coast Highway in Encinitas, Palm Avenue east of Imperial Beach, University Avenue in North Park, Loma Portal, Mission Beach, Coronado beach and West H Street in Chula Vista. Escondido’s crash hotspots are Washington Street at Broadway and Valley Parkway’s intersections with Midway Drive and Rose Street. In Oceanside, the most dangerous spots are Coast Highway at Eaton Street and Mission Avenue. The analysis is part of a project launched by local attorney Michael Bomberger, who says he wants to help bicyclists ride more safely by making them aware of dangerous areas. Another goal is pressuring the county government, San Diego and other cities to accelerate creation of more protected bike paths and more striped bike lanes on local streets, said Bomberger, whose law practice focuses on injured cyclists. The lack of cycling infrastructure across the county has become a more glaring problem in recent years as cities encourage more people to commute by bicycle to reduce traffic congestion and fight climate change. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2018-06-22
 
County shutters East County pot dispensary - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Authorities raided an illegal Spring Valley marijuana dispensary Wednesday, seizing its stock and shuttering the building that housed it. Deputies and county code-compliance officers served an abatement warrant late Wednesday morning at Gas House 64 on Troy Street, according to San Diego County Sheriff's officials. During the operation, the personnel seized “a large amount” of processed cannabis, edible products containing the drug, paraphernalia and business equipment, Sgt. Matt Cook said. “The dispensary was unoccupied, and no arrests were made,” the sergeant said. “County code compliance secured the illegal dispensary by boarding up all doors and surrounding the location with a temporary fence.” In March 2017, the county Board of Supervisors banned marijuana businesses in all unincorporated San Diego-area communities, though two existing medical-cannabis dispensaries — one near El Cajon and another in Ramona — were granted waivers allowing them to operate for five more years before closing. The vote was 3-2, with Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts voting against the prohibition. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2018-06-22
 
New Coastal Roots Farm executive director shares goals, history - Encinitas Advocate
Coastal Roots Farm has selected a new leader with nearly two decades of nonprofit experience in San Diego County. Javier Guerrero joined Coastal Roots Farm on June 4 as the Encinitas-based organization's Executive Director. Guerrero is the first person to hold this title since the farm was established in 2014. In his new role, Guerrero is tasked with helping Coastal Roots Farm continue to provide high-quality produce to the community, educational programs, community programs, partnerships and more. Guerrero recently sat down with the Encinitas Advocate to discuss his excitement for his new position, his goals and his history in nonprofits in the county. [Article]
by , Del Mar Times. 2018-06-22
 
Grant to help county improve on AP testing | Schools | highlandnews.net
Some 400 high school students and 50 teachers from San Bernardino County will benefit from a two-year Growing Inland Achievement grant through a partnership with the University of California, Riverside’s Graduate School of Education. The purpose of the grant will be to offer supplemental teaching and support for Advanced Placement (AP) students countywide, joining Riverside County students and teachers who have participated in the program during the past two academic years. [Article]
by , Highland News. 2018-06-22
 
Inyo Supervisors approve agreement with LADWP - Sierra Wave: Eastern Sierra News
Just before Inyo’s Board of Supervisors approved the settlement agreement with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power over wells and mitigation in the Five Bridges area, Supervisor Matt Kingsley admitted there were “subtleties in this agreement.” That was an understatement. Months of Technical Group meetings ending in a deadlock, generally left the regulars in the audience scratching their heads. The agreement allows LADWP to proceed with the two-month test with defined environmental protections. It also clears up issues that floated to the surface during the nearly year-long process after Well 385 was modified to pull from the deep aquifer. [Article]
by , Sierra Wave. 2018-06-22
 
Grand Jury: County's Lerdo jail facility in need of repairs | News | bakersfield.com
The Kern County Grand Jury released a report Thursday, citing several issues regarding the Sheriff's Office's Lerdo Jail facility. The jury noticed various areas of the facility that needs repairs as well as a few health and safety concerns related to the jail’s kitchen. The jury also found problems related to the road that leads to the facility during a recent investigation. “We get these reports quite frequently, and they always make recommendations that require more money, which I understand, but there’s just not enough money right now,” said Sheriff Donny Youngblood. The report said the road leading to the jail, located 14 miles north of Bakersfield at 17365 Industrial Farm Road, is in need of major repairs but did not provide any specifics on what those needs are. Youngblood said he isn’t aware what road issues the jury is referring to. [Article]
by , Bakersfield Californian. 2018-06-22
 
Merced County Times | Merced News, Photos, Events & More
Merced County CEO James Brown this week introduced a $626.7 million proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19 — a sweeping document that highlights the need for overall fiscal stability, public safety upkeep, building on economic development advances, and a new strategic approach to combating the region’s homeless problems. “This is a critical time for the county,” Brown told the Board of Supervisors during their meeting Tuesday. “The outlook is positive, and we continue to be cautiously optimistic. Locally, the economy continues to improve and see steady improvement in employment figures and permit activity. We are also seeing increased interest from outside investors in the local area which is good. The economy appears to be in good shape right now, and the overall Assessment Roll for next year is up 6 percent, which is strong and just a little bit higher than last year.” (See figures on Page 2) The budget proposal — which will serve as a temporary operating plan until the final version later this summer — represents a decrease of $7.1 million from last year’s final budget of $633.8 million. The decrease is primarily due to the completion of the Behavioral Health Center project in April. [Article]
by , Merced County Times. 2018-06-22
 
Elder abuse awareness is target of action by Mariposa County Board of Supervisors | Mariposa Gazette
County supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe (right) is shown handing a proclamation to Sheila Baker (middle) and Baljit Hundal (left) of Mariposa County Human Services. Photo by Matt JohnsonThe elderly population is one of the most vulnerable groups in Mariposa County. In fact, in California, as many as 50,000 cases of elder and dependent adult abuse go unreported every month. For every reported case of elder or dependent adult abuse, as many as four go unreported. With that in mind, the Mariposa County [Article]
by , Mariposa Gazette. 2018-06-22
 
County Eyeing Plans For Demo Of Former Strip Club | myMotherLode.com
Sonora, CA –- A demolition is in the works for the blackened, partially destroyed nightclub motel complex that housed Rosalinda’s Gentlemen’s Club in Jamestown. As reported here, the Highway 108 establishment near OByrnes Ferry Road went up in flames in the early hours back on March 13. The fire incident was broadly seen as suspicious as it involved the two separate buildings, which are located across a parking lot from each other, however the official determination is not yet released. [Article]
by , My Mother Lode. 2018-06-22
 
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