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394,162 Los Angeles County homeowners live mortgage-free. Here are towns with the most!
In Los Angeles County, 394,162 homeowners don’t have the monthly pain of the house payment — mortgage-free living. My analysis of 2012-2016 Census Bureau housing data found an average 26.3 percent of the county’s 1,499,576 owner-occupied residences did not have a mortgage on the property. Only seven California counties had a smaller share of mortgage-free homes. Statewide, 27.8 percent of owners live mortgage-free. Inyo County was tops with 53.5 percent free and clear; San Benito County was lowest at 22.5 percent. Here are Los Angeles County’s communities with the highest share of mortgage-free living, and rank, among the state’s 500 most-populous towns: [Article]
by JONATHAN LANSNER, Pasadena Star News. 2018-05-23
 
Ready to vote in the June 5 primary? Here’s when and where you can cast a ballot early or by mail in Los Angeles County
The listed date for California’s mid-term primary is June 5, but that’s actually the final day of an election process that started in early May, for a ballot that includes everything from local races to governor and U.S. senator. If you’ve already made up your mind, there are plenty of ways to cast your ballot early. Here are the options for voters registered in Los Angeles County. (See also: Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County) [Article]
by NIKIE JOHNSON, Los Angeles Daily News. 2018-05-23
 
Community Invited to Review Draft Homelessness Plan
City representatives in conjunction with the Malibu Homelessness Strategic Plan Community Advisory Group will present the City’s draft Strategic Plan on Homelessness for community review on Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The Strategic Plan is designed to improve the effective use of existing resources, align our local efforts with those of the Los Angeles County region and balance the need to protect public safety while addressing the humanitarian and long-term needs of homeless individuals. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, LA Streetsblog. 2018-05-23
 
Mixed Reactions To Starbucks Allowing Non-Customers To Use Restrooms
HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — Everyone is welcome at your neighborhood Starbucks. This includes just hanging out or using the bathroom. The policy change comes five weeks after two black men who did not purchase anything were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks. CBSLA’s Chris Holmstrom headed to Hollywood Boulevard to get local reactions to the policy change. Related: Starbucks Overhauls Bathroom Policy After Racial Firestorm “I’ve definitely done it. So I don’t see a problem with it,” said Nicole McDonald. “I think it should have always been that way, especially because of the way racism is you know,” said Desiree Mollere. But some customers have other concerns. “If you go into a business and you just sit there and you don’t buy anything you are taking up space at the table,” said Melrose Larry Green. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, KABC Los Angeles ABC 7 News. 2018-05-23
 
LA County Votes to Reduce, Eliminate Marijuana-Related Convictions
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to back legislation that would automatically remove or reduce certain cannabis-related convictions. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis recommended support for AB 1793. The bill sponsored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, would shift the work of identifying cases eligible for dismissal or misdemeanor status to the Department of Justice, rather than individuals convicted. "Thousands of eligible people around the state may be unaware of the opportunity to erase cannabis-related convictions and start anew," Solis said. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, KNBC Los Angeles. 2018-05-23
 
LA County Moves to Clear Pot-Related Convictions
LOS ANGELES (CN) – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to develop guidelines to fast-track removal or reduction of cannabis-related convictions for county residents, many of whom face barriers to employment, housing and public benefits due to their records. The motion, first introduced by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas in February, directs the Office of Cannabis Management to develop countywide recommendations on cannabis-related decriminalization, including resentencing and reclassification rules for future sentencing legislation. [Article]
by MARTIN MACIAS JR, LA Observed. 2018-05-23
 
Metro Board to Vote on Contract to Design L.A. River Path Gap Closure
This Thursday, the Metro board of directors is expected to vote on a contract for work to close the ~7.5 mile gap in the L.A. River bike/walk path through downtown L.A. and Vernon. Today the L.A. River has a patchwork of intermittent bike/walk paths alongside just over half of its ~50 mile length. The longest bikeway stretch is in southeast L.A. County, where the trail extends ~17 miles from Atlantic Avenue, in the city of Vernon, all the way to the river’s mouth in Long Beach. Upstream, the city of L.A. has a handful of river paths, the longest of which is just north of downtown Los Angeles, where the Glendale Narrows path extends about eight miles from Griffith Park to the Cypress Park neighborhood. [Article]
by JOE LINTON, LA Streetsblog. 2018-05-23
 
Family to sue Los Angeles County, sheriff over misrouted 911 calls that resulted in child's death
A severe asthma attack left family members of an 11-year-old frantically calling 911, but they said five calls were redirected to the wrong number and the child died. The family's attorneys filed a claim against Los Angeles County and Sheriff Jim McDonnell. It happened Christmas Eve last year, Ashley Flores suffered a severe asthma attack. Her oldest sister, 16-year-old Dulce, called 911 five different times as her family waited for help. [Article]
by JADE HERNANDEZ, KABC Los Angeles ABC 7 News. 2018-05-23
 
L.A. County to review real estate leases involving former employee who admitted accepting bribes
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ordered a review Tuesday of all leases negotiated by a former county employee who cooperated with the FBI after admitting to taking bribes. According to a federal complaint filed earlier this month, the unnamed employee accepted bribes from a Beverly Hills real estate developer, Arman Gabaee, who was arrested last week. The employee accepted "numerous bribes" not just from Gabaee but also others not named in the complaint, the document said. So far Gabaee is the only county landlord to have been arrested and charged with a crime. Over a six-year period, Gabaee gave the employee about $1,000 a month in exchange for a lease worth $45 million, nonpublic information and other benefits, according to the criminal complaint. [Article]
by ADAM ELMAHREK, Los Angeles Times. 2018-05-23
 
Proposed neighborhood council incites age-old debate: What will become of Westwood?
For decades, Westwood Village was a lively Los Angeles destination, drawing crowds of UCLA students and others to its movie theaters, restaurants, bars and live entertainment. But that began to change in the late 1980s, first when a young woman walking along a crowded Westwood street was fatally shot by a gang member, shattering the sense that the area was safe. In the years that followed, the closing of some movie theaters, and the rise of other entertainment centers, such as Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade and the Century City mall, steered people elsewhere. The neighborhood has struggled for years to recapture its original charm. "In the last several decades, every effort that has been made to inject energy into Westwood has fallen flat," said Zev Yaroslavsky, a faculty member at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a former L.A. city councilman representing Westwood. "It's a conundrum. I can't explain it now, and I couldn't figure it out when I was a councilman." Now a new effort has surfaced. A group led by UCLA students is seeking to carve a new neighborhood council out of the existing council's boundaries — one that would serve the historic village and the UCLA campus. [Article]
by ALEJANDRA REYES-VELARDE, Los Angeles Times. 2018-05-23
 
Audio: From racist films to unethical land grabs, these 3 people shaped LA's future
Los Angeles is now home to millions of people, but building a city of this size in Southern California was something that took a lot of ingenuity — and even a little trickery. The local landscape is paradise for a lot of modern Angelenos, but back in 1900, when Los Angeles was just starting to be developed, that was not the case. The area lacked natural resources and was cut off from trading routes, which made it a pretty unlikely place for a major metropolis.  "To overcome those problems took some creative thinking and I contend a certain amount of dishonesty," said Gary Krist, author of the new book, "Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination and the Invention of Los Angeles."  [Article]
by EMILY HENDERSON, KPCC Southern CA Public Radio. 2018-05-23
 
Orange County’s health care director details care and resources provided to homeless people at Anaheim motel
A memo from Orange County Health Care Agency Director Richard Sanchez issued publicly late Tuesday, May 22, responds to 101 Comments at the Baymont Inn & Suites motel. In the May 16 memo written to the Board of Supervisors, Sanchez outlines adult crisis residential services he said are being provided under a contract with Telecare Corp.: Crisis intervention that includes assessment, evaluation and counseling to “provide emotional support, help members to manage symptoms, cope with stressors, and address maladaptive behaviors that impact their ability to maintain and sustain housing.” Case management to link clients to medical appointments, help access benefits, and obtain identification and birth certificates. Scheduled appointments with an on-site nurse practitioner or a psychiatrist whose accessibility was increased from once a week to five days a week beginning May 9. Medication needs are called in to a pharmacy for pickup by Telecare staff. A weekly $25 grocery voucher and, as of May 17, a daily hot breakfast and distribution of lunches to all residents. [Article]
by THERESA WALKER, Orange County Register. 2018-05-23
 
Homeless People Determined to Have No ‘Serious Mental Illness’ to Be Evicted From Anaheim Motel | KTLA
Homeless individuals deemed to have no serious mental illness will be asked to leave an Anaheim motel being rented by Orange County, officials said on Tuesday. Authorities moved to clear a homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River in 2017. In February, they relocated more than 700 people staying there into motels, according to the Los Angeles Times. The county has been renting the Baymont Inn & Suites on Beach Boulevard in Anaheim as part of that move. [Article]
by KRISTINA BRAVO and CHIP YOST, KABC Los Angeles ABC 7 News. 2018-05-23
 
County Grand Jury Report Finds Missed Opportunities On Stadium Revenue
A "simple internet search" possibly could have saved the city of San Diego $125,000 in commission fees for securing new naming rights to the Mission Valley stadium last year, according to a grand jury report released Tuesday. The San Diego County Grand Jury found that city staff had the "knowledge and expertise" to seek new naming rights for the stadium. Instead, officials contracted a third party, Fox Sports College Properties, to issue a request for naming proposals after Qualcomm's naming rights expired in May 2017 following the San Diego Chargers' departure for Los Angeles. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, KPBS - San Diego. 2018-05-23
 
POT REVENUES NO JACKPOT YET FOR CALIFORNIA
May 22, 2018 (San Diego) – Pot sales in California have not yet been a jackpot for state revenues since legalization of recreational cannabis in January. New Frontier Data, a data analysis firm, has lowered their projections for legal pot sales this year in California from $3.8 billion to $1.9 billion – or only half what was projected. So why are fewer Californians buying legal weed that anticipated? Even though it’s now legal to use and grow up to six plants statewide, the new law allows each city and county to make their own rules on whether or not to allow commercial growing, distribution and sales. Most cities have opted to ban all marijuana businesses, as is the case in the East County cities of Santee and El Cajon.  [Article]
by MIRIAM RAFTERY, East County Magazine. 2018-05-23
 
registering to vote
May 22, 2018 (San Diego) - A new law allows voters who missed the voter registration deadline on May 21 to register on a later date and vote on that same day. However, San Diego County residents who want to take advantage of the Conditional Voter Registration law for the June 5 gubernatorial primary election must visit the Registrar of Voters office in Kearny Mesa to do so. [Article]
by TRACY DeFORE / PRESS RELEASE, East County Magazine. 2018-05-23
 
Allegations social workers failed children
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -  There are disturbing allegations that the foster system in San Diego County failed children it was supposed to protect. Critics question whether the rules of confidentiality designed to protect children are doing more to shield social services from scrutiny. "My children are going to have to live a lifetime trying to get over and deal with this trauma,” said Melanie.  10News is not sharing Melanie’s last name to protect her adopted children. She is an adoptive mother and foster parent. "I became a foster parent because I did want to make a difference in children's lives that didn't have families,” she said. [Article]
by ADAM RACUSIN, KFMB-TV - CBS8-San Diego. 2018-05-23
 
County launches program to help seniors, people with disabilities fight summer heat
(KGTV) -- There is already some solace for seniors and disabled San Diegans seeking relief from the heat this summer. They're called "Cool Zones."  The Cool Zones program, initiated by County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, has established a network of more than 115 Cool Zone sites. Cool Zones are designated, air-conditioned buildings, identified by a Polar Bear Cool Zone logo. [Article]
by MARIE ESTRADA, KFMB-TV - CBS8-San Diego. 2018-05-23
 
Del Mar stands firm against 'planned retreat'
Del Mar’s City Council agreed Monday night that “planned retreat” will not be part of its long-term strategy for dealing with sea-level rise, despite the state Coastal Commission’s urging to include the idea. Planned retreat, also called “managed retreat,” is a strategy of removing seawalls, roads, homes and other structures gradually over the years in advance of rising sea levels. It’s “the door that lets the vampire in,” said resident Laura DeMarco, urging the council to reject the idea. “It really endangers this entire community.” The California Coastal Commission, which holds regulatory sway over the shoreline, strongly encourages all coastal cities to include the strategy of planned retreat, along with other possible tactics such as sand retention, beach replenishment and river-channel dredging. Del Mar, San Diego County’s smallest city, has about 600 low-lying homes on the northern end of town near the San Dieguito River that could be affected by the retreat policy. Nearly all of the city’s shoreline is protected by seawalls and rock revetments. [Article]
by PHIL DIEHL, San Diego Union-Tribune. 2018-05-23
 
Free pet adoptions this weekend for military members, their families, and veterans
Military members, veterans and their families can adopt a dog, cat or rabbit from county shelters this weekend — for free. As the region marks Memorial Day, the County Animal Services waiving pet adoption fees for military members. The offer is for to current, former or retired service members and immediate family members of those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, the county said in a news release issued Tuesday. The county says the adopted animals “go home spayed or neutered, with current vaccinations, a microchip, a dog license and a free vet exam within the first 10 days.” [Article]
by TERI FIGUEROA, San Diego Union-Tribune. 2018-05-23
 
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