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There’s a tool to predict homelessness—and L.A. County is refusing to use it • Long Beach Post
The Economic Roundtable, one of the nation’s most reputable nonprofits studying issues of social and environmental justice, announced this week that it has created a tool that could predict—with an accuracy of about 82 percent—the probability of someone falling into long-term, chronic homelessness but the County of Los Angeles wants nothing to do with the diagnostic tool. [Article]
by , . 2019-03-22
 
Tim Murakami Named L.A. County Undersheriff
Timothy Murakami took over as second-in-command at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Monday. Previously assistant sheriff, Murakami will serve as undersheriff effective immediately, according to LASD spokeswoman Nicole Nishida. He replaces Ray Leyva, a department veteran who had come out of retirement to help incoming Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s transition. Leyva told ABC7 that he was informed of the staff change by Villanueva on Monday morning. [Article]
by , . 2019-03-22
 
SCV Senior Center Founder Russ Cochran Remembered By Family, Community — Hometown Station | KHTS FM 98.1 & AM 1220
Cochran was a longtime resident of the Santa Clarita Valley who helped positively impact the lives of seniors, children, those struggling with alcohol and drug addictions, domestic violence victims and musicians since the 1970s. Cochran was born in Ontario, Calif. on March 27, 1932. He mainly lived in foster homes until he was 15, when he moved in with his aunt and uncle.   During the time Cochran was in foster care, he was a ward of the court, and a judge gave him a violin and paid for lessons in an effort to keep him active and off the streets.   [Article]
by , . 2019-03-22
 
Can we have nice things? New super bloom rules hope to tame crowds and traffic - Los Angeles Times
Can Southern Californians have good things? We might find out this weekend when officials impose new rules meant to control rampant crowds going to see this year’s epic super bloom of wildflowers in Lake Elsinore. Officials said several detours and road closures will be in place this weekend to improve the heavy traffic the super bloom is drawing, and shuttles will transport all visitors to the poppy fields at a cost of $10, double last weekend’s fare of $5. The shuttles will run between 6:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. No animals will be allowed on the buses. Mayor Steve Manos said he hopes the fare increase, combined with the expected spending by visitors to the city will allow Lake Elsinore to break even on its expenses managing the weekend influx. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-03-22
 
Fired LA County Deputy Claimed Accusations Were 'Domestic Vengeance' - NBC Southern California
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department concluded that a former deputy accused in a domestic violence complaint, "refused to accept responsibility for his conduct," and should be terminated. "Society cannot countenance a law enforcement officer who lies," the Sheriff's internal affairs unit wrote in a 2017 memo about Caren "Carl" Mandoyan, who was recently reinstated by Sheriff Alex Villanueva. [Article]
by , KNBC Los Angeles. 2019-03-22
 
VIEWPOINT: Your financial future: less for you, more for the city
I have attended the 10 or so meetings of Claremont's Future Financial Opportunities Committee. This committee was rammed through council by staff on the consent agenda last July, with no prior commission or council consideration and, in fact, no discussion by anyone—public or councilmembers—at the meeting where it was approved. While the members were appointed by then-mayor Opanyi Nasiali, the residents who chose to apply seemed to have a particular interest in expanding the revenue side of the city balance sheet, through taxes if necessary, or through raiding the Claremont Colleges cookie jar if possible. Several members of the committee were notably enthusiastic about that latter possibility. [Article]
by , . 2019-03-22
 
Opinion: Oh No! The Cannabis Drama of Modesto and WeHo
A wise man – my grandfather – would break out a great line when he heard complaining about an unfair situation: “There are only three ‘fairs’ in life: World’s Fair, state fair, county fair.” Rex Branom’s wisdom has been bouncing around my mind these last few days after learning about the drama behind two California cities awarding valuable commercial cannabis licenses to hopeful applicants. Because in Modesto and West Hollywood, there are legitimate accusations of how the processes were unfair. [Article]
by , . 2019-03-22
 
Officials warn of measles exposure at LAX — again - Los Angeles Times
For the second time this month, Los Angeles County public health officials are warning travelers that a person with measles flew into Los Angeles International Airport. The person arrived at LAX on March 5 and traveled through Los Angeles County while infectious. “We may continue to see measles cases that travel through L.A. County, so it is important if you or someone you know has been exposed to or has measles to contact your healthcare provider by phone right away before going in,” Dr. Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County Health Officer, said in a statement. “People who may have been exposed to measles and who have not been immunized, may receive measles immunization and be protected from developing the disease. Getting immunized is the best way to keep from getting and spreading measles.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-03-22
 
Trump might limit states’ say in offshore drilling plan. Here’s how - Los Angeles Times
When President Trump proposed opening nearly the entire U.S. coastline to more offshore oil and gas drilling, the backlash from states seeking exemptions was swift. Governors, Republican and Democratic, and state legislatures up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines protested so vigorously that the administration promised to consult with them before finalizing any plans. Instead, Trump is quietly laying the groundwork to weaken a decades-old federal law that empowers California and other states to slow and even stop offshore development in federal waters. “Republicans are always supposed to be in favor of states’ rights,” said Richard Charter, who has worked on oil issues for 40 years and is a senior fellow at the marine conservation nonprofit Ocean Foundation. “But this is in fact an effort to take away states’ rights when it comes to offshore drilling.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-03-22
 
More California students may be banned from using cellphones at school under new bill - Los Angeles Times
California students could be restricted or banned from using smartphones at school under a bill by a state lawmaker who says the devices can interfere with classroom learning. The measure by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) would require school boards to adopt policies that limit or prohibit the use of cellphones on school grounds, leaving it up to them what their rules would do. “To the extent that smartphones are becoming too much of a distraction in the classroom, I think every school community needs to have that conversation as to when is too much of a good thing getting in the way of educational and social development,” Muratsuchi said Wednesday after introducing the bill. Many school districts have already banned the use of cellphones, said Muratsuchi, a former Torrance school board member. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-03-22
 
A new study says it can predict homelessness. But L.A. County doesn’t want to use it - Los Angeles Times
Hoping to lower the cost of mitigating homelessness by preventing people from becoming homeless in the first place, a Los Angeles research group says it has created a screening tool that can predict who is likely to become chronically homeless after losing a job or leaving the foster-care system. The Economic Roundtable published a report Wednesday, offering its statistical model as a way for Los Angeles County workers to target their resources early to keep people from sliding into long-term homelessness. But county officials are declining to use it. Instead, they have accused the Roundtable — a nonprofit that has conducted extensive studies on homelessness — of misusing millions of records from county and state agencies, including statistics on employment, healthcare and homelessness, as well as involvement in the criminal justice and foster care systems. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-03-22
 
Newsom to declare California wildfire emergency. Here are some details on his plan - Los Angeles Times
Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to declare a state of emergency in California on Friday and waive environmental regulations to expedite nearly three dozen local forest management projects to protect communities from the deadly wildfires that have decimated communities up and down the state. A preview of the governor’s order, obtained by The Times, shows that Newsom plans to suspend environmental laws and rules that would otherwise apply to the projects. He also would halt the state’s competitive bidding process for work and direct the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to team up with the California National Guard to immediately begin reducing trees and shrubs in and around 200 cities and towns. The governor’s action marks the latest effort by the state to offset the possibility of catastrophe after back-to-back years of fatal wildfires that killed more than 100 people and burned nearly 2 million acres in total. The projects will cost a total of $35 million, which will be paid with forest management funds in the 2018-19 budget. “The increasing wildfire risks we face as a state means we simply can’t wait until a fire starts in order to start deploying emergency resources,” said Newsom, who was expected to make the announcement in Lake County on Friday morning. “California needs sustained focus and immediate action in order to better protect our communities.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-03-22
 
Women surfers push beyond equal pay—even if it means letting men into the water, too | CALmatters
Women surfers scored a big win in California last year when an obscure government commission decided it would only lease a public beach to the Mavericks global surf competition if men and women were awarded the same amount of prize money. Experts said the precedent could compel equal pay at marathons, bike races, skateboard contests—any athletic events on public land. A lawmaker put the idea into a bill that, if approved, would require equal prize money for men and women at any sporting event on state-owned property. It all seemed to be good news in the long fight for gender equality for women athletes, whose male peers have long been paid far more. [Article]
by , CalMatters. 2019-03-22
 
Gov. Newsom may prohibit new death sentences, setting up possible conflict with Becerra - Los Angeles Times
A week after issuing an executive order imposing a blanket moratorium on the execution of California death row inmates, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he is considering a plan to prohibit any new death sentences in local criminal cases. Newsom’s pronouncement could create conflict with another top Democratic leader, state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, who has supported capital punishment, even though the governor said he wants to work collaboratively with the attorney general. Newsom reiterated his desire to abolish the death penalty and said he hopes to work with Becerra and others to determine whether, as governor, he can act “on behalf of the people in this state to no longer prosecute death.” “There is a protocol of death and an administration of death in the state of California, and it consumes the court’s time, it consumes the criminal justice system, it exhausts the soul and the pocketbook,” Newsom said during a conference call with reporters from ethnic news outlets Tuesday. “I would ultimately like to shut down that system of death.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-03-22
 
Energy regulation, climate change policy, is impacting local firms, LA County business leaders say – Daily News
Energy experts and business leaders gathered at OUE Skyspace above downtown Los Angeles Thursday to discuss the impact of California energy policy on the state’s economy and businesses. Panel members at the forum, held by the Los Angeles County Business Federation, framed the discussion as balancing the need for affordable and reliable energy and the push to meet California’s ambitions climate goals. Those state targets include requiring all California’s electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2045 and reducing total carbon emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-03-22
 
California’s patchwork of care for the undocumented: Where you live matters – Daily News
In the outpatient waiting room at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Spanish and Chinese chatter spills from pharmacy windows as other patients doze on chairs or play on their phones. When the overhead speaker beckons, they step forward with stacks of paperwork and walk out with brown paper prescription bags. The room is bustling with patients using Healthy San Francisco, one of California’s most comprehensive county health programs for people who don’t qualify for state or federal insurance because of their immigration status. Other counties cover fewer people, offer only basic services, or exclude the undocumented entirely. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-03-22
 
LAUSD continues to struggle to stay afloat as it waits for new revenue, latest financial report shows – Daily News
School board members have approved L.A. Unified’s latest budget, even though the district is still far from being financially sustainable. The revised fiscal stabilization plan lays out the district’s response to county concerns about deficit spending, inadequate reserve levels and reliance on non-guaranteed funds to keep itself afloat. But instead of providing clarity, the latest budget highlighted the district’s deepening reliance on new funding sources as it struggles to correct its ballooning deficit and to meet future minimum reserve requirements that could shield it from a county takeover. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-03-22
 
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center’s ‘village’ project aims to expand mental health and short-stay capacity at Sylmar campus – Daily News
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center officials are proposing to expand mental health and medical services at its Sylmar campus as part of a plan to better address the needs of patients who now frequent and fill up the hospital’s emergency room, but may need other kinds of care. The new facilities would be in a proposed section of the medical center campus described by county officials as a “restorative care village,” which are aimed at patients who need a place to stay to recuperate from their ailments, and who need closer or more convenient access to ongoing health care. Similar villages have been proposed at other county-run hospitals, such as the LAC + USC Medical Center and the Martin Luther King, that often serve as healthcare safety nets for working class and low income patients. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-03-22
 
Family sues LA County after son shot, killed by deputy in Pico Rivera – Whittier Daily News
Relatives of a man who was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies in Pico Rivera in 2018 after leading them on a chase are suing Los Angeles County, alleging the killing was unjustified. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday, March 19, by Carmelo Pizarro Sr. and Maria Reza, parents of Carmelo Pizarro. Pizarro’s minor daughter also is a plaintiff and her interests are represented through her mother, Esmeralda Esteban. “Carmelo Pizarro is but one of many recent victims of a disturbing trend featuring unarmed citizens shot dead by sheriff deputies employed by the county of Los Angeles,” according to suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. [Article]
by , Whittier Daily News. 2019-03-22
 
Lake Elsinore wildflower fields will reopen — along with $10 weekend shuttles, new parking rules – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
The dazzling poppy fields of Lake Elsinore will be open again this weekend. But this time, those flocking from across Southern California and around the world to see the orange hillsides filled with the official state flower, Eschscholtzia californica, will have an army of workers keeping them company — and some new rules. After several weekends that turned chaotic when hundreds of thousands of visitors descended on Walker Canyon off the 15 Freeway, the city announced Thursday, March 21, that it would mount a massive effort to control crowds and address other problems. The city closed off access Sunday, March 17, before reopening it the next day. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2019-03-22
 
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