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LA County Supes Vote to Keep Pregnant Teens Out of Lockup |
In February 2018, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted to look at ways to better support pregnant women and girls in the county’s jails and juvenile lockups. Acknowledging that incarcerated pregnant girls and women often live in poor conditions before giving birth and being separated from their babies, the February motion, authored by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn, directed the Department of Health Services to report back to the board in 90 days with data on the number of pregnant women and girls in sheriff’s department or probation custody, as well as information about their crimes and sentences, and the number of women and girls who gave birth while in custody, and who took custody of the infants. [Article]
by , . 2018-12-12
 
Los Angeles County Has Agreed to Try to Fix Its “Jail to Skid Row” Problem – Mother Jones
When Derrick Thomas, a veteran in his 50s who’s been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, paranoid schizophrenia, and traumatic brain injury, was released from the Los Angeles County jail at 2 a.m. a few years ago, officers told him he’d be rearrested if he didn’t get off jail property. Thomas did not have a place to go, but just a short walk away from the looming jail buildings was Skid Row, the city’s roughly 50-block homelessness “containment” zone. That’s where he spent the night, under cardboard.  [Article]
by , . 2018-12-12
 
L.A. County Approves Centennial at Tejon Ranch Project | San Fernando Valley Business Journal
By a 4-to-1 vote, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday morning to approve the massive Centennial master-planned community project at Tejon Ranch and bring 19,000 new dwellings to the Southern California region. [Article]
by , . 2018-12-12
 
Supervisors OK 19,000-home development at Tejon Ranch - Los Angeles Times
After nearly 20 years of planning, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a massive development near the Tejon Pass that has become a centerpiece of the debate over how California should develop in an era of worsening wildfires and growing urban sprawl. The Centennial project would add 19,000 homes in the northwestern corner of Los Angeles County, a sparsely populated area 70 miles from downtown L.A. that is also far from other job centers. The development has pitted environmental groups, which argue it will destroy an important natural habitat and worsen greenhouse gas emissions as residents commute by car to faraway cities, against a private landowner and residents who say it will bring badly needed housing and services to the region. The vote on the project also comes on the heels of catastrophic wildfires that tore through the communities of Paradise, Calif., and Malibu, raising questions about whether homes in the state should continue to be built in fire-prone areas near wildland. All of the Centennial project site would sit within “high” and “very high” fire hazard severity zones as identified by state officials. Backers said Centennial is designed to address many of critics’ concerns. “This is not just another ‘sprawl’ project,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the district where Centennial will be located. She said the development will help meet the state’s housing needs, create long-term jobs and go “above and beyond” existing environmental requirements. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-12-12
 
Supervisors approve 19,000-home housing project – Santa Clarita Valley Signal
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave Tejon Ranch developers the green light Tuesday to start building more than 19,000 homes near the Kern County line as part the Centennial Project. [Article]
by , . 2018-12-12
 
Speed limits are going up in L.A. so that police can write more tickets - Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles officials on Tuesday raised speed limits on more than 100 miles of streets, saying the increases are the best way to quickly resolve a years-long problem that has prevented police officers from ticketing speeding drivers across the city. Despite concerns from neighborhood groups, the City Council voted unanimously to raise the speed limit on well-known thoroughfares, including portions of Mulholland Drive, San Vicente Boulevard and Reseda Boulevard. Most of the increases were of 5 miles per hour. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-12-12
 
California college students who want abortions were slapped in the face by Jerry Brown - Los Angeles Times
It takes a particularly privileged, out-of-touch person to tell California college students that it’s no big inconvenience for them to travel up to seven miles to obtain an abortion pill. What happened to your common sense, your compassion and your desire to help young women make better lives for themselves? Why did you align yourself with the forces that would turn back the clock on women’s rights? In September, our outgoing governor received a bill that would have required health centers at University of California and Cal State University campuses to provide students with pills that can terminate pregnancies of up to 10 weeks. This would make life easier for the 500 or so Cal State and UC students who seek medication abortions each month. Private funds would cover the cost of training clinic staff for these abortions, which require one visit to obtain pills and a second visit to make sure they worked. For reasons that are not remotely defensible, Brown vetoed the bill. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-12-12
 
Is California Failing Its Most Vulnerable Adults? | FiveThirtyEight
s she waited for her meal during a routine trip to a fast-food restaurant in Northern California’s Bay Area in July of last year, a woman with a developmental disability was lured away from her adult day care group. The staffer overseeing the group ordered food, but it wasn’t until after he ordered that he realized the woman was missing. C1, as she is identified in state investigation records, was found 30 minutes later in the back seat of a car with a registered sex offender who was later charged with sexual battery, according to the investigation report. [Article]
by , . 2018-12-12
 
After losing job, missing LADWP payment, she’s being evicted from San Fernando Gardens public housing – Daily News
A 25-year-resident of the San Fernando Gardens public housing development in Pacoima said Monday she is being evicted by Los Angeles city’s public housing agency because she fell behind on her utility bill, and should be given another chance to stay in her home. Elva Flores, 50, stood outside her apartment Monday morning to share her plight, and to urge the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), which operates the public housing development, to overturn its decision to evict her. Flores, speaking in Spanish, said through a translator that she “will be homeless” if she is forced out of her apartment. Even though she missed a deadline to pay her Los Angeles Department of Water and Power utility bill, which was roughly $700, she has been paying her apartment rent on time, she said. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2018-12-12
 
Too Little, Too Much | Hidden Brain : NPR
Have you ever noticed that when something important is missing in your life, your brain can only seem to focus on that missing thing? Two researchers have dubbed this phenomenon scarcity, and they compare it to tunnel vision, blinding you to the big picture. When you're hungry, it can be hard to think of anything other than food. When you're desperately poor, you may constantly worry about making ends meet. When you're lonely, you might obsess about making friends. Today we'll explore why, when you're in a hole, you sometimes dig yourself even deeper. [Article]
by , . 2018-12-12
 
LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to host town halls for those affected by massive Woolsey fire – Daily News
Los Angeles County residents affected by the destructive Woolsey fire are invited to attend two upcoming town halls about recovering from the disaster. L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl is hosting one Thursday evening in Calabasas and another Sunday afternoon in Malibu in the wake of one of the worst wildfires in county history. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2018-12-12
 
L.A. County supervisors renew reward in deadly 2015 shooting of LBCC football player • Long Beach Post
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors renewed a $10,000 reward today for information on the 2015 shooting death of a 22-year-old former Long Beach City College football player who was gunned down in Willowbrook. Advertise with the Post Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended extending the reward, set to expire Jan. 10, in the shooting death of Kejon Atkins. [Article]
by , . 2018-12-12
 
Metro’s latest plan to get more of your money – Daily News
You have to hand it to government bureaucrats: They’re good at what they do. Government bureaucrats know how to protect their jobs and their budgets. True professionals, they can defeat the plans of any elected official and survive unscathed. Consider the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, better known as Metro, which has just unveiled a proposal for “congestion pricing” of freeway driving. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2018-12-12
 
Rockfish make a remarkable recovery off California coast, prompting federal officials to raise catch limits - Los Angeles Times
Locally caught red snapper was once a staple on Southern California menus and a vital part of the state’s fishing industry. But overfishing took its toll, resulting in federal restrictions nearly two decades ago to prevent their extinction. But with stocks rebuilding faster than anticipated, federal officials on Tuesday boosted catch limits by more than 100% for some species of rockfish in a move they said would help revive West Coast bottom trawlers and sportfishing fleets. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-12-12
 
A wet start to winter brings piles of snow to California mountains and high hopes for water supply - Los Angeles Times
In a good sign for California’s water supply, the Sierra Nevada has been blanketed by heavy snow thanks to a series of recent storms. The snowpack measured 106% of average, according to the state’s snow survey taken late last week. That’s more than double the 47% of average measured on the same day last year. The Sierra Nevada is a key source of water for California, which is still recovering from years of drought conditions. Two storms beginning on Thanksgiving brought up to 2 feet of snow in parts of the northern Sierra, said Emily Heller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. In the southern Sierra, the snowpack was recorded as high as 125% of average. Some areas northeast of Bakersfield reached up to 200% of average levels of snowpack. The Sierra Nevada is likely to be on the drier side for the next few days, the weather service said, but a storm toward the end of this weekend may bring 6 to 15 inches of snow. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-12-12
 
California is dominating other states in electric vehicle adoption - Axios
This new Energy Department chart provides a helpful way of seeing how electric vehicle adoption in California is far ahead of other states. Map from DOE Vehicle Technologies Office's latest "Fact of the Week" The big picture: Cumulative electric vehicle sales in the U.S. recently topped 1 million. According to the pro-EV coalition Veloz, over 500,000 of them were in California, which is by far the nation's largest auto market. [Article]
by , . 2018-12-12
 
Jerry Brown's Exit Interview: Don't Say He Didn't Warn You : NPR
If all the world goes to hell, don't say Jerry Brown didn't try to warn you. "The climate [change] threat is real. It's a clear and present danger," the unconventional and legendary Democrat who will soon term out as California governor told NPR's Ari Shapiro Tuesday in an interview airing on All Things Considered. "And it's going to get here much sooner" than many people realize. "It's damn dangerous," Brown said of a possible nuclear war destroying much of the world in mere moments. "And I would say most politicians are 100 percent asleep with respect to this particular issue." He also discussed a booming economy that has nevertheless left many working Americans (and Californians) behind: "The engine of capitalism, which is so powerful — it has its negative, dark side as well as its bright and shiny side." [Article]
by , . 2018-12-12
 
Zillow will buy your home directly. And it just brought the service to Southern California - Los Angeles Times
Selling your home can be a headache. There’s the real estate agent to find, the open houses to hold, the bids to weigh. And then, at the very end, there’s the wait for something that may not even happen: financing. A growing number of companies are looking to simplify and speed the process. Zillow, Opendoor and others are buying homes directly from consumers in select markets across the country, pitching a hassle-free experience in which you pick your own closing date. On Tuesday, Zillow announced it will bring its direct-buy program to California for the first time, beginning early next year in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Zillow Offers will then be in eight markets across the country, including Las Vegas, Phoenix and Denver. It plans to expand further but declined to say whether that includes more California markets. Other similar companies — known in the industry as i-buyers — are already here. Opendoor, a San Francisco firm, advertises its services in the Inland Empire and Sacramento. Redfin will buy your home in the Inland Empire, as well as San Diego and Orange counties. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-12-12
 
Orange County organizations will survey homeless population in January - Daily Titan
As part of a partnership with Orange County, City Net is planning a countywide Point-in-Time count in 2019, where hundreds of volunteers will count and survey individuals who are homeless in Orange County. The 2019 Orange County Point-in-Time will help City Net, a nonprofit organization who works to end street-level homelessness in a city or region, better understand the demographics of people who are homeless. The survey will be conducted on Jan. 23 and 24 and donations will be distributed to those surveyed. [Article]
by , . 2018-12-12
 
Home flipping hits 3-year low – another signal the housing market is losing heat? – Orange County Register
Home flips across the U.S. have hit their lowest level in more than three years. Flips were down 12 percent in the 3rd quarter of 2018 from a year ago at that time, hitting a 3.5 year low, an analysis from Irvine-based Attom Data Solutions shows. It was the lowest number since the first quarter of 2015. “Home flipping acts as a canary in the coal mine for a cooling housing market because the high velocity of transactions provides home flippers with some of the best and most real-time data on how the market is trending,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM. “We’ve now seen three consecutive quarters with year-over-year decreases in home flips.” Sign up for The Home Stretch newsletter. Get weekly housing news on affordability, renting, buying, selling and more. Subscribe here. That last happened in 2014, following the mortgage rate hike in the second half of 2013, Blomquist said. Still, he noted, the latest streak can’t compare to the 11 consecutive quarters with year-over-year decreases in flips from Q2 2006 through Q4 2008 and the last housing crash. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2018-12-12
 
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