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Supervisor Janice Hahn calls for communities to do more to solve homeless crisis
In her first State of the County speech since winning election 11 months ago, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn called on cities to reject “NIMBYism” when it comes to one of the region’s biggest problems, rising homelessness. “What we really need to do is to build more homes people can afford,” Hahn said, addressing a crowd that included some 60 public officials from nearly 40 cities and unincorporated areas that make up her sprawling Fourth District. “But we have also seen communities unleash huge backlashes against affordable housing projects.” [Article]
by DONNA LITTLEJOHN, Daily Breeze. 2017-10-19
 
California and other states seek emergency order to stop Trump administration from cutting off healthcare subsidies
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra asked a federal court Wednesday to issue an emergency temporary restraining order to block the Trump administration from cutting off cost-sharing subsidies that help reduce the price of healthcare for millions of Americans. A week after California and 17 other states filed a lawsuit challenging the decision on its merits, the same attorneys general requested a restraining order to avoid immediate harm to millions of people who get subsidized healthcare through the Affordable Care Act, Becerra said. “The actions of the president of the United States to deny people affordable healthcare insurance, or make it so they will pay more money out of pocket for that health insurance, is not only irresponsible but it is illegal,” Becerra said at a news conference. [Article]
by PATRICK McGREEVY, Los Angeles Times. 2017-10-19
 
Climate of Opinion: Semi-Tropical Southern California
Alta California in the 1790s was the edge of the world. For Spanish officials and missionaries, the coast of California was a forlorn place that bred hypochondria. But it wasn’t strange. It had aspects of home. Spain’s Mediterranean shore and California from San Diego to Santa Barbara are analogous landscapes, first cousins by way of climate. Los Angeles may have been a cluster of mud brick hovels during the last years of the 18th century, without even a proper church, but it had the same short, warm winters and long, warm summers as Valencia with its palaces and basilicas. [Article]
by D. J. WALDIE, KCET - SoCal Public TV. 2017-10-19
 
One in Four L.A. Hospital Patients Readmitted Within 30 days
A quarter of patients admitted to Los Angeles County hospitals are readmitted within 30 days, the highest rate in the state for any county with more than one hospital, according to a recent study. An analysis by Dexur.com found that the average 30-day readmission rate for more than 100 L.A. County hospitals between October 2015 and September 1016 was 24.5 percent. This compares with an average readmission rate in California of 20.9 percent, and a nationwide rate of 21.8 percent, according to the New York-based research group. The rates were based on readmissions for any medical cause. [Article]
by DANA BARTHOLOMEW, Business Journal. 2017-10-19
 
To discourage homeless encampment, Santa Ana is banning structures and other property at Civic Center
SANTA ANA — In a month, city officials hope to clear an encampment of homeless people from the city’s Civic Center, using a ban on structures and other belongings the City Council approved Tuesday night. Council members said Santa Ana has done a considerable amount to address homelessness through its housing opportunity ordinance, needle exchange program and more, but the time had come to bring balance to the Civic Center. “It’s not a black and white issue, it’s a human issue,” Councilman David Benavides said. “At this point, we need to take a both-hand approach – both working compassionately to look at ways we can provide housing and services, and also looking to set up regulations to ensure there’s a balance.” [Article]
by JONATHAN WINSLOW, Orange County Register. 2017-10-19
 
Orange County needs a new water supply
For the last hundred years, Orange County benefited from an abundance of water flowing down the Santa Ana River. Sparse populations upstream allowed a plentiful amount of water to flow downstream where Orange County Water District captured it and stored it in our groundwater basin; not so today. In the last 25 years the population of San Bernardino and Riverside counties has boomed. They now use more Santa Ana River water and instead of discharging all of their treated wastewater, they recycle it, which means less water for us in Orange County. In addition, droughts have impacted both our local water supplies as well as our imported supplies from the Colorado River and northern California. [Article]
by SHAWN DEWANE / OPINION, Orange County Register. 2017-10-19
 
LA County leaders take a step toward rent control at mobile home parks
In an effort to try to keep people from being evicted from their homes, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to look into restoring an expired ordinance that could control rising rents at mobile home parks. The motion, authored by supervisors Janice Hahn and Sheila Kuehl will ask county departments to examine the feasibility of such an ordinance, which could affect 102 mobile home parks in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.  A report is due back in 60 days. [Article]
by SUSAN ABRAM, Los Angeles Daily News. 2017-10-18
 
L.A. moves to ban pepper spray, tiki torches, gas masks and other items from protests
Alarmed by spasms of violence at protests in Charlottesville, Va., and Berkeley, Los Angeles lawmakers soon could impose new restrictions on what people can bring to public demonstrations and meetings in the city. L.A. already bans protesters from toting wooden planks more than 2 inches wide and a quarter-inch thick. Under rules proposed by Councilman Mitch Englander, the city also would prohibit such items as pepper spray, water cannons, Tasers, bricks, hammers, cans of spray paint, gas masks, drones or improvised shields made of metal, plastic or wood. The rules also would ban glass and plastic bottles that are filled with liquids that are alcoholic or not consumable, as well as any toxic waste or caustic or flammable material in any kind of container. And they would bar demonstrators from carrying tiki torches — which were hoisted earlier this year by white nationalists marching at the University of Virginia — near people or buildings. All of the proposed restrictions would extend to public meetings as well. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2017-10-18
 
LAPD becomes nation's largest police department to test drones after oversight panel signs off on controversial program
After months of often-heated debate, a civilian oversight panel Tuesday signed off on a yearlong test of drones by the Los Angeles Police Department, which will become the largest police department in the nation to deploy the controversial technology. The Police Commission’s 3-1 vote prompted jeers, cursing and a small protest that spilled into a downtown intersection just outside the LAPD’s glass headquarters — evidence of the opposition police have faced in recent weeks as they tried to reassure wary residents that the airborne devices would not be misused. The use of drones — or “small Unmanned Aerial Systems,” in police-speak — has become a contentious issue for law enforcement in Los Angeles, where the nation’s largest sheriff’s department has flown one since January. Advocates say camera-mounted drones could help protect officers and others by collecting crucial information during high-risk situations or searches without risking their safety. For many privacy advocates and police critics, however, the drones stir Orwellian visions of unwarranted surveillance or fears of militarized, weapon-toting devices patrolling the skies. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2017-10-18
 
County approves $1.7-million settlement over jail suicide - LA Times
The daughters of a mentally ill man who jumped to his death in a Los Angeles jail in 2014 will receive $1.7 million under the terms of a settlement approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Eric Loberg, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and appointed a legal conservator after being found “gravely disabled,” was placed in custody of the county Sheriff’s Department in November 2014. ADVERTISING Despite his history of mental illness, refusal to take medication and a request from the county’s Office of the Public Guardian that he be placed in mental health housing, Loberg was housed in a less secure, two-tier unit at Twin Towers Correctional Facility, according to the complaint filed in district court and a case summary provided to the board. A week later, he jumped headfirst to his death, the complaint says. “This case represents a perfect storm of deliberate indifference,” attorney Ronald Kaye said by phone Tuesday. “First and foremost he should never have been in a jail setting. … Secondly, they completely dropped the ball in providing him with psychiatric intervention.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2017-10-18
 
County strategizes to aid homeless people with mental illnesses
To better serve Los Angeles County’s homeless population with mental illnesses, the Department of Mental Health reported back to the Board of Supervisors with a game plan. In April, Supervisor Kathryn Barger directed the department to take six months to think of ways to help those with disabilities who are unable or unwilling to accept help. The department came back with recommendations on Tuesday. [Article]
by GINA ENDER, . 2017-10-18
 
A similar past, a hoped-for future: Two lawyers each strive to open their own LA charter schools
For TyAnthony Davis, circumstance stopped dictating destiny in the fourth grade. One day he was pulled out of class and taken to the cafeteria to do what seemed to him, as a child, like some puzzles. He did well. Very well. His IQ got him transferred from the struggling school in his poor Fresno neighborhood into a program for gifted and talented children. From there, it was a straight line to Yale University and later Harvard Law and a fast-track career in mergers and acquisitions. [Article]
by BETH HAWKINS, Los Angeles Daily News. 2017-10-18
 
Los Angeles county officials cracking down on counterfeit cellphone chargers
Cellphone chargers are something we all have, and most people have more than one. But counterfeit chargers have a 99 percent failure rate and could cause injury. "Counterfeit chargers can cause shock, can cause fire," Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said. Feuer is taking action against L.A. businesses who sell counterfeit cellphone chargers. The counterfeit chargers look almost identical to Apple's USB chargers. [Article]
by JOSH HASKELL, KABC Los Angeles ABC 7 News. 2017-10-18
 
A third of California's fire evacuees still waiting to go home | 89.3 KPCC
Even as many of the thousands of people forced to evacuate from the deadliest wildfires in California's history were being allowed to return to their homes, yet another fire has started in the Santa Cruz mountains. Authorities said 60 people were still missing on Tuesday from the fires that have killed at least 41 people, destroyed more than 6,000 homes and burned through some 200,000 acres of the state. [Article]
by SCOTT NEUMAN, KPCC Southern CA Public Radio. 2017-10-18
 
Newport Beach developer group wins county contract and 66-year lease for $200 million Dana Point Harbor revitalization – Orange County Register
A $200 million overhaul of Dana Point Harbor is expected to include buildings with gabled standing seam metal roofs, open plazas, unique restaurants and shops, two hotels and possibly a surf museum. The long-awaited plan, a proposal by the Dana Point Harbor Partners LLC development group, was unanimously approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Oct. 17. It was a milestone in a harbor revitalization plan that has gone on for nearly two decades. [Article]
by erkia. RICHIE, Orange County Register. 2017-10-18
 
Rising rents a symptom of California’s housing crisis
The high cost of home ownership is continuing to drive up the cost of renting, according to a recent report by the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate. Declining home ownership rates, falling vacancy rates, an increasing population and job growth in Southern California will all contribute to rising rents over the next two years. Practically, this means average rent increases of $149 a month in Orange County, $136 a month in Los Angeles County and $124 a month in the Inland Empire. While each of the four counties are experiencing similar problems, there are also distinct problems. [Article]
by EDITORIAL, Orange County Register. 2017-10-18
 
LAEDC Includes 9 Sites in L.A. Region Bid for Amazon’s Second Headquarters
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. has submitted the official Los Angeles metropolitan area proposal to Amazon.com in response to its search for a second corporate headquarters. The proposal contains nine sites throughout Los Angeles County, each of which meets the specific requirements listed in the Amazon request for proposal, the LAEDC said early Wednesday. The organization was selected by city and state leaders to compile the various proposals into a single submission to the online retail giant. Seattle-based Amazon has set a Thursday deadline to receive proposals from cities and metro area leaders from throughout the United States. [Article]
by NEIL NISPEROS, Business Journal. 2017-10-18
 
Lake Forest to look into possibility of recovering utility costs
LAKE FOREST — The city has plans to perform an audit into its utility bills to make sure it isn’t overpaying, though that process will be delayed by up to three months. After receiving proposals from four firms to perform the service, the City Council voted 4-0-1 Tuesday, Oct. 17 to ask for a more focused request because only one of those four firms had extensive experience in California. Two of those firms were based in New York, with limited work in California. The last, which was disqualified for not including mandatory information required in the instructions, was based in Arizona. [Article]
by NATHANIEL PERCY, Orange County Register. 2017-10-18
 
How Orange County’s wealthiest people made $5 billion in a year
The rich get richer. The annual accounting of America’s biggest fortunes by Forbes magazine shows 10 Orange County-bred fortunes with a combined net worth of $51 billion. These local riches rose in value by $5.3 billion from 2016 (a 12 percent jump) after increasing by $4.2 billion (10 percent) in 2015. These fortunes are decidedly tied to real estate and technology. It was a decent year for property owners and developers, but it was a crazy-good 12 months for investments in the world of electronics. And the local list of America’s wealthiest had one constant: Irvine Company owner Donald Bren was once again Orange County’s wealthiest resident. [Article]
by JONATHAN LANSER, Orange County Register. 2017-10-18
 
Amazon adding first Orange County brick-and-mortar store next year near UCI
University Center, the retail center serving UC Irvine students and the adjacent college community, will soon be home to Orange County’s first Amazon storefront. The 3,150-square-foot space, set to open in early 2018, will have a counter for fetching packages and a wall of self-serve Amazon lockers accessed by a security code, said the Irvine Co., which owns the center. Amazon Prime or Student Prime subscribers get the “extra benefit of faster delivery for certain items when placing orders through Amazon’s online store,” the Irvine Co. said. [Article]
by NANCY LUNA, Orange County Register. 2017-10-18
 
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