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Kathryn Barger Pushes Hard for Change in L.A.’s Child Protection System
On Sept. 11, I visited the wood-paneled offices of Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger for a wide-ranging discussion about the state of child welfare in the county and her district. Adding to the doleful sentiment of this were new revelations regarding the latest high profile child tragedy to strike the county: the still mysterious July death of 4-year-old Noah Cuatro. [Article]
by , Chronicle of Social Change. 2019-09-20
 
Will LA Metro Be Ready To Take The Heat Of Climate Change? It's 'Complicated': LAist
As global temperatures rise, Southern Californians will be faced with new realities to complicate our postcard-perfect weather. Summerlong heat waves could become the new normal throughout the region, according to scientists — and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority is taking notice. [Article]
by , . 2019-09-20
 
Here's What Happens When You Report A Sexual Assault In Los Angeles: LAist
LADYist has heard your questions about sexual assault and what happens afterwards. One thing is clear: Many women don't know what a rape kit is. A "rape kit" is a group of bags and envelopes filled with evidence collected from your clothes and body during an exam by a forensic nurse, and also a series of paper forms and photographs. [Article]
by , . 2019-09-20
 
Arroyo Fest will shut down the 110 Freeway in 2020 - Curbed LA
In the fall of 2020, if all goes as planned, the 110 Freeway will be shut down from just east of the 5 Freeway to its terminus near Pasadena for people to walk, bike, and move around—without cars—for an afternoon. [Article]
by , . 2019-09-20
 
Sheriff's deputies sue county, accusing Banditos colleagues of beatings, withholding backup - Los Angeles Times
The Banditos walked around the East Los Angeles sheriff’s station handing trainees empty envelopes with a request: By the end of the day, fill them with money. They’d sometimes get up to $2,000 at a time, so-called “taxes” they’d later use for a vacation to Thailand and other personal expenses. The allegations are included in a lawsuit filed against Los Angeles County this week by eight Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who say they were routinely harassed by the Banditos, a clique of predominantly Latino deputies who wear tattoos of a skeleton with a sombrero, bandoleer and pistol. Its members’ monikers include “the Godfather,” “Big Listo” and “Bam Bam,” according to the lawsuit. Members of the gr [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-09-20
 
Whooping cough case reported at Santa Clarita high school - Los Angeles Times
A student at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita has been diagnosed with whooping cough, according to a letter distributed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Santa Clarita Valley Signal reported. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-09-20
 
Opinion: Why a one-size solution to L.A.'s homelessness crisis is destined to fail - Los Angeles Times
Homelessness is the Rorschach test of humanitarian crises: We all see what we want to see. Some identify the core problem as the lack of affordable housing or inadequate rent control laws. Others fault the lack of quality treatment for people struggling with mental illness, addiction, rampant economic inequality or the plague of mass incarceration. As someone who spends his days providing services to our homeless neighbors, I can tell you every one of those things plays a role. There are as many reasons for homelessness as there are people sleeping on sidewalks. And that means we need a wide range of approaches to solving the problem, aimed at addressing the needs of individuals. We simply can’t force all homeless people into a relatively narrow set of solutions. In recent years, the focus has been primarily on building more permanent supportive housing to get people off the streets and provide them with services that will keep them housed. That approach is absolutely essential, but it can’t be the only one. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-09-20
 
Column: In landmark session, the California Legislature shows what progressive lawmaking looks like - Los Angeles Times
California is often identified as one of the most liberal states in the union — perhaps the most liberal. In the session just ended, its Legislature showed its willingness to live up to that standard. Among the measures passed in Sacramento were bills to enforce worker employment rights at “gig economy” firms such as Uber and Lyft; to require that student athletes be paid for the commercial use of their names and likenesses; to enforce childhood vaccination rules; to mandate access to abortion pills at state colleges and universities; and to place caps on rent increases and predatory interest rates on loans. What makes many of these legislative initiatives important is that they run counter to trends in other states and in Washington. The assault on abortion rights is in full cry in statehouses across the Midwest and South and in the Trump administration. Worker rights to good pay, safe workplaces and unionization are undermined by the refusal of Trump’s National Labor Relations Board to prevent employers from classifying their workers as “independent contractors” in order to limit their pay, benefits and organizing rights. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-09-20
 
Laguna Beach rebuts O.C. grand jury conclusion that it doesn’t have enough public trees - Los Angeles Times
The city of Laguna Beach says an Orange County grand jury report was too generalized in its assertion that Laguna doesn’t have enough public trees. A letter the City Council authorized Tuesday night addresses several findings in the grand jury report issued earlier this year. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-09-20
 
Homeless cleared from Newport Beach bus station - Los Angeles Times
A homeless encampment at the Newport Beach transportation center was cleared late Wednesday as police officers began trespassing enforcement requested by the Orange County Transportation Authority. Up to a dozen tents had been at the Avocado Avenue bus station near San Joaquin Hills Road and MacArthur Boulevard at any given time, set up under shade structures where riders wait for buses or on the pine-shaded dirt slope curving around the station’s northeast edge. By Thursday afternoon, all were gone, although a few people sat or lay on the pavement, surrounded by their belongings, mostly in plastic bags. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-09-20
 
High housing costs, homelessness still plague Orange County – Orange County Register
Orange County has gotten older, smarter, more politically active and more prosperous in the past two years, an annual barometer of economic and civic life found. Family financial stability improved, as did third-grade performance and high school graduation rates. Opioid use declined slightly, resulting in fewer hospitalizations and fatal overdoses. But even in affluent, picturesque Orange County, one out of every eight residents lives in poverty, thousands are homeless and residents grapple with runaway housing costs. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-09-20
 
Orange County, following Costa Mesa’s lead, may regulate sober living homes – Orange County Register
Asserting that local governments have the right to protect the character of single-family neighborhoods, the Orange County Board of Supervisors soon will consider tougher rules for addiction treatment facilities and sober living homes. Modeled after Costa Mesa’s ordinance — which faced ferocious legal challenges but was upheld by the courts — Supervisor Don Wagner hopes the county’s version will serve as a model for local governments throughout California. “Essentially, what it does is give the enforcement agencies additional opportunities to make sure (sober living) homes are good neighbors,” Wagner said. “The folks in them are, in many cases, trying to get their lives back in order. And you don’t want to interfere with that. But at the same time, we’re trying to protect the character of the neighborhoods. You have to strike a balance.” [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-09-20
 
Rate of jail inmate deaths in San Diego County far exceeds other large California counties - The San Diego Union-Tribune
More than 130 people have died in San Diego County jails since 2009, the year Bill Gore took over as sheriff. That’s an average higher than one inmate per month, every month, over the past 10 years. Some are claimed by natural causes — chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes often found in people who end up in jail. Others are murdered or overdose on drugs. Dozens have taken their own lives even though Gore and his top command staff say they do everything they can to identify suicidal inmates and treat mental illness. “The Sheriff’s Department is committed to keeping inmates safe and is continuously looking for best practices in the delivery of mental health care,” the department said in a video posted on its website in May. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-09-20
 
In California, jails are now the mental health centers of last resort - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Almost one in three San Diego County jail inmates is prescribed medication to treat mental illness, making Sheriff Bill Gore one of the most prolific providers of behavioral health services in the region. Last year alone, Gore spent more than $5.6 million on pharmaceutical drugs for the 5,600 or so people behind bars on any given day — approximately $1,000 per inmate, or one-fifth of the sheriff’s entire budget for medical, dental, psychiatric and other contracted health care services. Sheriff’s officials say they do the best they can to treat the sick people who make their way into custody and to reduce the number of suicides and other in-custody deaths. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-09-20
 
County Sheriff's Department questions national standard when counting jail mortality - The San Diego Union-Tribune
When it comes to calculating the suicide rate of jail inmates, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department prefers a different approach than one widely used by experts, oversight groups and federal agencies such as the Bureau of Justice Statistics. A 2018 consultant’s report for the department found the formula used to calculate suicide rates should, among other things, be adjusted to account for a jail system’s racial makeup, since young white men are more likely to commit suicide. It also found that the number of inmates passing through a jail should be taken into consideration for high turnover facilities like San Diego’s. The more widely used method for calculating suicide rates divides the number of suicides by a jail system’s average daily population, then multiplies the result by 100,000 for a rate per 100,000 inmates. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-09-20
 
Some jail deaths are excluded from annual reports - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Not all deaths in custody count as in-custody deaths. The standards for reporting are unclear, experts say. Even the medical examiner sometimes disagrees with the sheriff about which deaths should be classified as in-custody. The San Diego Union-Tribune’s review found the sheriff reported two deaths as jail fatalities, even though the decedents were never booked into jail. The review also found three deaths classified as in-custody deaths by the medical examiner or the Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board that were not reported as such by the sheriff to the state. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-09-20
 
La Mesa offering energy saving tool kits with freebies - The San Diego Union-Tribune
In line with the city’s Climate Action Plan goals, La Mesa residents now have the chance to borrow a city-sponsored tool kit for a two-week period that will help them save energy, conserve water and reduce waste. The Do-It-Yourself Energy Saving and Sustainability Tool Kits are now available for checkout at both La Mesa City Hall and the Helix Water District. The kits come with freebies including dimmable LED light bulbs, a water-saving, low-flow shower head and two faucet aerators, plus weatherstripping to seal leaks in windows and doors. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-09-20
 
Carlsbad allocates $674,500 to build strawberry fields trail - The San Diego Union-Tribune
A new public trail with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon got the go-ahead and almost $700,000 for construction this week from the Carlsbad City Council. The 8-foot-wide, decomposed granite pathway would be built along the lagoon’s southern shore and around or through the Carlsbad strawberry fields, part of the site formerly proposed for a luxury shopping mall that was defeated by outraged residents in a special citywide 2016 election. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-09-20
 
California approves controversial plan to save Amazon and other tropical forests using corporate cash - The San Diego Union-Tribune
California has put its stamp of approval on a hotly contested blueprint for funneling corporate dollars into developing nations to slow the destruction of the Amazon and other tropical rainforests around the world. The state’s top air-quality regulators approved the so-called Tropical Forest Standard on Thursday, which outlines minimum requirements for developing a carbon-offset program aimed at slowing deforestation in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. The idea is to provide an economic incentive that outweighs the financial lure of activities that drive deforestation, such as mining, palm oil production and cattle ranching. In exchange for payments, companies would be able to burnish their environmental credentials, claiming reductions in greenhouse gas on a ton-for-ton basis. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-09-20
 
With Navy chief's blessing, ‘Grand Central’ planning starts in earnest for NAVWAR property - The San Diego Union-Tribune
A theoretical airport transit hub, sometimes called “San Diego Grand Central Station,” became more tangible with the head of the Department of the Navy visiting San Diego on Thursday to give the federal government’s go-ahead on planning efforts to redevelop one of its most recognizable properties. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer joined Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the San Diego Association of Governments’ Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata at a media event where they signed an agreement that lays the foundation to remake the Naval Base Point Loma, Old Town Complex. The contract, which supersedes a prior memorandum of understanding, means SANDAG and the Navy can move forward with parallel planning and environmental review efforts of the 70-acre site. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-09-20
 
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