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75 Law Professors and Scholars Call on LA County DA to Stop Seeking the Death Penalty |
On Wednesday, a group of more than 75 law professors and other legal experts issued an open letter urging Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey to put a stop to the death penalty system in LA. Months after California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a moratorium on the death penalty and dismantled the state’s execution chamber, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey has continued to seek the death penalty in certain murder cases. [Article]
by , . 2019-07-19
 
L.A. County health officials confirm 15th measles case - Story | KTTV
LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) -  Los Angeles County health officials have confirmed another case of the measles in a local resident, the 15th of the year in the county. Right now officials say there is no known risk of the person exposing anyone else. [Article]
by , . 2019-07-19
 
Unemployment Steady in L.A. County as Jobs Grow, Workforce Shrinks | Los Angeles Business Journal
L.A. County’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.5% in June — the combined effect of a modest gain in jobs and several thousand people leaving the labor force. The state Employment Development Department reported July 19 that the unemployment rate was unchanged from May’s figure, which was revised down a notch to 4.5%. The rate has hovered between 4.5% and 4.7% for more than a year, all near record lows and indicating an economy near full employment. [Article]
by , . 2019-07-19
 
The Mouse That Roared | Los Angeles Business Journal
When it comes to the market capitalization of L.A.’s publicly traded companies, it’s Disney’s galaxy. For the year ended June 30, the 131 companies on the Business Journal’s annual list of publicly traded companies ranked by market cap had an overall gain of 12% to $765.7 billion, outstripping the single-digit percentage gains on the broader national markets over that same period. [Article]
by , . 2019-07-19
 
One of Us Serves All of Us - San Marino Tribune
Unbeknownst to his neighbors and friends, one of our very own San Marinans for the past year has risen each weekday morning, donned a business suit (with requisite power tie) grabbed a cup of coffee and ridden the local roller coaster known as the 110 Freeway, destination Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Building, located next to Los Angeles City Hall. Then it’s hand-to-hand combat with a flood of lawyers, law enforcement officers, plaintiffs and defendants, all vying for the first available elevator that will deliver them to one of the building’s 19 floors. [Article]
by , . 2019-07-19
 
Sheriff Alex Villanueva Interview: LA County's Trumpian Top Cop
he sheriff had made up his mind. Despite knee pain that his publicist described as “bone rubbing against bone,” Alexandro “Alex” Villanueva was going to gut it out and walk the length of the route on his own power. For Villanueva, a union man who rails at privilege and has gone to great lengths to show his loyalties to the rank and file, riding in a golf cart was as unsuitable as showing up on horseback. It was a damp Sunday morning in May, and he was standing in the middle of Ocean Boulevard with a dozen uniformed sheriff’s deputies when the roar of motorcycle engines from a club called Dykes on Bikes signaled the start of the gay pride parade of Long Beach. Amid a sea of bouncing bodies and waving rainbow flags, Los Angeles County’s new sheriff walked and winced and waved. [Article]
by , . 2019-07-19
 
California payrolls surged in June, but the labor force shrank - Los Angeles Times
California hiring surged in June, powered by especially strong growth in residential and commercial building as mortgage rates continue to drop. The state added 46,200 jobs, including 11,900 in construction, as employers in nine of the state’s 11 major sectors grew their payrolls, the Employment Development Department reported Friday. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-07-19
 
Sheriff Alex Villanueva's son was hired to be a deputy seven months after his father took office - Los Angeles Times
When Alex Villanueva appeared onstage in December to be sworn in as Los Angeles County sheriff, his son was standing nearby cheering him on. Now, 33-year-old Johannes Jared Villanueva is working for the department as a deputy sheriff trainee, on track to graduate from the academy in November. The son, an Army veteran, was hired in June despite a record that department watchdogs said would generate scrutiny. It comes as the sheriff is facing questions about other hiring decisions. In 2009 and 2010, the younger Villanueva was the subject of two bench warrants for failing to comply with a court-ordered treatment program tied to his 2009 conviction of a misdemeanor DUI in San Diego County, resulting in an extension of his probation until 2015, according to court files. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-07-19
 
These are the most expensive homes ever sold in Los Angeles - Los Angeles Times
The recent nine-figure sale of the Manor in Holmby Hills has pushed the L.A. County price record further into the stratosphere, but it’s just the latest eye-popping number for a high-end market that has seen its fair share of mega-deals through the years. Here’s a look at L.A.’s most expensive sales historically. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-07-19
 
Health data say Glendale Unified kindergarten students are generally well vaccinated - Los Angeles Times
Newly released data from the California Department of Public Health list 17 kindergarten programs in Glendale Unified’s 20 elementary schools as safe in terms of preventing an outbreak of vaccine-preventable diseases . District officials claim three additional schools labeled as “vulnerable” reached the safe status by winter. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-07-19
 
Trump administration backs off threat to audit California wildfire fighting agreement - Los Angeles Times
A growing dispute between the Trump administration and California firefighting agencies over millions of dollars in back pay has ended with both sides agreeing to maintain an existing cooperation agreement, according to officials. At stake was more than $9 million of a total $72-million reimbursement request that California made of the U.S. Forest Service after helping to battle wildfires on federal lands in 2018. Those fires included the Camp fire that killed 85 people in November 2018 and the Carr fire that killed a Redding firefighter and seven others that summer. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-07-19
 
Accounting for Opioids in Orange County | OC Weekly
About 700 people die every year in Orange County due from drug and alcohol overdoses. That’s according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Of those 700 deaths, not quite 470 were “related to opioid use.” And of those, 262 are “related to prescription opioids.” If you’re curious about where people in Orange are getting those prescription pills, you might want to check out the Washington Post‘s new opioid database, which draws from Drug Enforcement Agency records. The database accounts for the sale of nearly 400 million oxycodone and hydrocodone pills from 2006 through 2012. [Article]
by , . 2019-07-19
 
Sacramento Report: Police Shooting Case Highlights What AB 392 Would Change - Voice of San Diego
Last week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived a civil lawsuit against a San Diego Police Department Officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in the Midway district in 2015. Though San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s bill to change the standards guiding police use of deadly force is not yet law – and would not apply to this case even if it becomes law – the appellate court’s ruling drove home just how differently officer-involved shooting cases might be evaluated in the future. [Article]
by , Voice of San Diego. 2019-07-19
 
Nuclear waste moves from wet pools to dry storage at San Onofre – Orange County Register
It took the better part of two days, but Canister No. 30 — a 50-ton behemoth full of spent nuclear waste — was successfully moved from a fuel-handling building, rolled across the bluff on a giant transporter, then inserted into its steel-and-concrete vault in the Holtec Hi-Storm UMAX dry storage system at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The delicate, deliberate dance was originally projected to wrap up by early morning Wednesday, July 17, but finished up about 6 a.m. Thursday. And as far as majority owner and operator Southern California Edison is concerned, thats just fine and dandy. I talk about taking a very careful approach and our workers did exactly that they worked in a slow, safe, methodical manner, and in a couple of places where they questioned things, we stopped the work and made sure their questions were answered, said Doug Bauder, vice president of decommissioning and chief nuclear officer at San Onofre. For example, the crane in Unit 3, where Canister No. 30 has been loaded and waiting for its Holtec home for nearly a year, needed an adjustment. That work was finished, the canister was lowered and loaded onto a transporter, but as workers were hand-tightening a series of bolts, they encountered a bit of resistance. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-07-19
 
California’s housing shortage is somewhere between 2.5 million … and zero – Orange County Register
California’s housing shortage is nowhere as big as you think. In an age where statistics can be weaponized, pro-development types will toss out the biggest shortfall guestimate they can find to make their point: Only more construction will prune California’s high cost-of-living. Conversely, those who prefer slower growth will quote more modest shortage estimates — or even deny there’s any shortfall — to suggest reasons why we shouldn’t rush to boost new homebuilding. Of course, there’s an alternative universe: Reality. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-07-19
 
District raises water and sewer rates, despite protests - Ramona Sentinel
After objections from the public and lengthy discussions, Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors approved four types of rate increases recommended by staff. The first action -- to adopt an ordinance increasing water rates and fees -- was approved 3-2 with President Jim Robinson and directors Thomas Ace and Bryan Wadlington in favor, and directors Jim Hickle and Jeff Lawler opposed. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-07-19
 
Seamless Communication Helps County Fire Agencies Fight Fires As One - NBC 7 San Diego
Eight different fire departments responded to the Vista Fire that sparked Thursday in Dehesa underscoring the strong, coordinated effort among San Diego County fire fighting agencies. “There’s no longer communication issues which we have come across in the past. We don’t have boundaries for these agencies,” said Captain Thomas Shoots, a public information officer for Cal Fire. [Article]
by , KNSD NBC San Diego. 2019-07-19
 
North Park business owners push back against mayor's plan to remove parking
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - North Park business owners are pushing back against Mayor Kevin Faulconer's recent decision to remove upwards of 400 parking spots from 30th Street. The extra space would make way for protected bike lanes from Howard to Juniper, helping the city achieve climate action goals. [Article]
by , . 2019-07-19
 
TB diagnosed in San Diego airport employee | fox5sandiego.com
SAN DIEGO — A San Diego International Airport employee was diagnosed with tuberculosis, the County of San Diego Communications Office reported Friday. [Article]
by , KSWB - Fox News San Diego. 2019-07-19
 
Foster kids to surf with cops at annual Urban Surf 4 Kids event | fox5sandiego.com
SAN DIEGO — Federal agents and local law enforcement officers will meet with dozens of foster children Saturday for Urban Surf 4 Kids’ annual ‘Surf with a Cop’ event at La Jolla Shores. [Article]
by , KSWB - Fox News San Diego. 2019-07-19
 
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