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San Fernando Valley’s last orange grove could be historic landmark - Curbed LA
The Los Angeles City Council took steps today to preserve a San Fernando Valley citrus ranch that officials say is the last of its kind. “A lot of folks don’t realize the Valley was once this great agricultural center,” said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield at a committee hearing last week. “This property is literally the last remaining commercial orange grove—not just in the Valley, but in the city of Los Angeles.” [Article]
by , . 2019-08-16
Homeless aid portal largely unused | News |
LANCASTER — Antelope Valley residents who want to help connect people experiencing homelessness with outreach services have an option, but not many people are using it. The Los Angeles County Homeless Outreach Portal, also known as LA-HOP, provides a streamlined county-wide web-based portal designed to assist people experiencing homelessness in L.A. County with voluntary outreach services. [Article]
by , . 2019-08-16
Lime and County Bike Coalition Partner for Safety Academy -
Lime will partner with Spoke, the Santa Monica chapter of the  Los Angeles County Bike Coalition (LACBC)  to host Santa Monica “First Ride Academy,” where residents can learn how to safely operate and ride scooters for the first time. [Article]
by , . 2019-08-16
Unemployment Steady in L.A. County Despite Seasonal Job Losses | Los Angeles Business Journal
L.A. County’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.5% in July for the third month in a row, despite a huge seasonal drop in jobs in the education sector as summer break kicked in. [Article]
by , . 2019-08-16
Innovative Reachout to Homeless - South Pasadena Review
It was a combined South Pasadena and neighboring agency effort as civic officials gathered at Holy Family Catholic Church on Wednesday, Aug. 7 to share water-repellent and heat-absorbing sleeping mats with those who live on the street. The mats, made of repurposed surgical fabric stitched together, are a part of the non-profit “du cOeuR” Project, which is rapidly expanding in its mission since its 2017 inception to help comfort the homeless while recycling the durable material that would otherwise go to waste in landfills. [Article]
by , . 2019-08-16
How Los Angeles, the $653 Billion City, Benefits from Prop 13’s Predictability
LA WATCHDOG--The 2019 Assessment Roll for the 790,556 properties in the City of Los Angeles rose to a record $653 billion, an increase of $42 billion, or 6.8%, from 2018.  This will increase General Fund revenues by at least $100 million, money which will help pay for a portion of the three year, 18% increase in salaries that were approved by the City Council last week without any discussion or public input.  At the same time, County Assessor Jeffrey Prang announced that the assessed value for the County’s 2.4 million parcels increased to over $1.611 trillion, an increase of $94 billion, or 6.2%.  [Article]
by , CityWatchLA. 2019-08-16
Decarbonization in Homes and Businesses at What Cost?
ENERGY POLICY-The California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) plans to make all homes and businesses use electricity only means electricity will need to take up the duties that natural gas has been performing, and provide continuously uninterruptable power as California is on a path toward 100% renewables and “zero-carbon” sources in electricity by 2045. [Article]
by , CityWatchLA. 2019-08-16
L.A. County Woman Receives Governor's Pardon - Los Angeles Sentinel
Gov. Gavin Newsom has granted pardons to seven people, including Susan H. Burton, a former inmate from East L.A. who now helps other women transition from prison to society. [Article]
by , . 2019-08-16
Editorial: More amateur moves from L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva - Los Angeles Times
As a candidate for Los Angeles County sheriff, and continuing after his election late last year, Alex Villanueva repeatedly accused prior Sheriff’s Department officials of committing crimes. He claimed (without evidence) that previous Sheriff Jim McDonnell wanted to fire lots of deputies just to show the press and the public that he had a high “body count” and would be considered a reformer. He claimed (without evidence) that McDonnell’s administration routinely trumped up charges against innocent deputies, then ordered investigators to invent facts to support the allegations and ignore facts that refuted them. He claimed (without evidence) that McDonnell and especially one of his constitutional policing advisors, attorney Diana Teran, undermined the discipline appeals process by selectively blocking evidence that came before the Civil Service Commission on appeal. He claimed (without evidence) that McDonnell “outsourced” his entire discipline system to Teran, who he said then went on a vendetta against deputies she didn’t like. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-08-16
Column: California shows all states how to protect patients from Trump's attacks on Obamacare - Los Angeles Times
Covered California, the state’s Affordable Care Act exchange, announced some good news a few weeks ago. On July 19, the exchange said average premiums on its health plans would rise an average of 0.8% for 2020, the lowest annual increase in its history. In some regions, rates would increase even less or fall; customers who shop around when enrollment for 2020 plans opens on Oct. 15 could reduce their premiums by as much as 16.5%, depending on their home location, the exchange said. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-08-16
California has the biggest legal marijuana market in the world. Its black market is even bigger - Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO —  California is on track to post a record $3.1 billion in licensed cannabis sales this year, solidifying its status as the largest legal marijuana market in the world, according to a study released Thursday by financial analysts who advise the industry. Legal sales are up significantly from an approximate $2.5 billion in 2018, the first year of licensed cannabis sales in California, according to the analysis by sales-tracking firms Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics. After a rocky start in 2018, retailers that have survived California’s tough licensing, testing and packaging regulations are “battle hardened” and stronger because of an influx of investment that has allowed them to take advantage of the state’s large population and pent-up demand for legal products, said Tom Adams, managing director and principal analyst for BDS Analytics. “Any market in the world would be ecstatic about a 23% growth rate,” Adams said. “That is fabulous for any industry to have that kind of growth.’’ [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-08-16
Climate Resiliency Bill AB 1011 approved by California Legislature | Orange County Breeze
In an effort to incentivize nonprofits to undertake projects that provide habitat restoration and improved public access to coastal resources, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D–Laguna Beach) is working with the Coastal Commission on AB 1011 to provide fee-waivers to nonprofits. This legislation was unanimously approved by the Senate (39-0) and is now headed to the Governor’s desk for signature. [Article]
by , OC Breeze. 2019-08-16
Resolution Urges Feds to Act on California’s Nuclear Waste | Dana Point Times
California State Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Bill Monning (D-Carmel) have introduced Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 11 this week that urges Congress and President Donald Trump to approve legislation that would prioritize the removal of spent nuclear fuel from decommissioned nuclear sites in areas with large populations and high seismic hazards. Bates represents the 36th Senate District in the California Legislature, which covers South Orange County, North San Diego County, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. [Article]
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‘Light Force 38’ returns to Wilmington with 18 firefighters and paramedics, 8 years after budget cuts closed it down – Daily Breeze
When Los Angeles city budget cuts pulled a hook-and-ladder engine and pumper truck from Wilmington’s Fire Station 38 eight years ago, the protests were emotional. Wilmington residents — living adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles, several refineries and three freeways — relied on those emergency services. But the 2011-12 budget cuts went forward, despite the impassioned pleas. [Article]
by , Daily Breeze. 2019-08-16
Prosecutors allege sexual harassment retribution at Los Angeles County DA’s Office – Orange County Register
n September 2017, just two months before Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey formed a task force to investigate widespread allegations of sex abuse in the entertainment industry, her office was beginning to wrestle with its own #MeToo moment. With trepidation, a deputy district attorney submitted a confidential memorandum to an internal affairs investigator that would alter the career trajectory of Edward Miller, a star prosecutor with the Public Integrity Unit. It also put Lacey squarely in the cross hairs of controversy. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-08-16
Homebuying drops 20% in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano – Orange County Register
Homebuying in inland South County — including Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and San Juan Capistrano — fell 19.7% as Orange County sales slumped to the slowest pace in eight years. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-08-16
Judge dismisses 4 of 5 cities from South Orange County homeless lawsuit – Orange County Register
U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson dropped four of five south Orange County cities from a lawsuit filed earlier this year on behalf of homeless people and three advocacy groups assisting them. Anderson’s ruling, dated Monday, Aug. 12, also ordered lawyers for the homeless people to amend their complaint against San Clemente, which remains a defendant along with the county. It’s unclear how — or if — the ruling will change the broader question of creating adequate homeless services in south county. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-08-16
Orange County to pay nearly $300,000 to former jail nurse who was prevented from treating inmate – Orange County Register
Orange County will pay $299,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former jail nurse who alleged that a sheriff’s deputy prevented her from treating an inmate and then warned her not to tell anyone. The Board of Supervisors approved the settlement on Tuesday, Aug. 13, in a closed-door session, said attorney Yani Henriks, who represents licensed vocational nurse Jennifer Westfield. Westfield was hired by the county Health Care Agency in 2011 to work in the central jail. She resigned in August 2016 because she felt unsafe working with the deputy, identified only by his last name in court documents. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-08-16
New retail plan for Dana Point Harbor has been approved by city, now it’s time for public to weigh in – Orange County Register
More green open spaces, a surf museum and a unique mix of retail and restaurants are all part of an updated plan for the $330 million renovation of Dana Point Harbor. The first phase of the plan, concentrating on the harbor’s commercial core — also including a three-level parking structure and two hotels — has been signed off by the city of Dana Point, which means developer Dana Point Harbor Partners can move forward with the land-side development. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-08-16
Mosquitoes in Buena Park and Santa Ana test positive for West Nile virus, but still no human cases reported – Orange County Register
The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District issued alerts this week that mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus have been detected in Buena Park and Santa Ana. Inspections of routine insect traps — on Aug. 7 near Crescent and Western avenues in Buena Park and on Aug. 12 at Fairhaven Cemetery in Santa Ana — brought the number of positive tests for the virus in mosquito samples so far this year in Orange County to three. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-08-16
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