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City of Malibu, LA County Raise Minimum Wage to $13.25 | News | malibutimes.com
The minimum wage was raised on July 1 to $13.25 for all companies within Malibu that have 25 or more employees. During a city council meeting on March 28, 2016, the wage ordinance was adopted and established. The minimum wage increase started gradually, beginning with $10.50 per hour on July 1, 2016, and will end up being $15 per hour by 2020. Under Malibu’s ordinance, businesses with more than 25 employees are required to meet local minimum wage requirements, such as giving $14.25 per hour starting in 2019, and $15 starting in 2020. [Article]
by , . 2018-07-20
 
Collaborative efforts emerge to tackle homelessness in Los Angeles County – Santa Clarita Valley Signal
While L.A. County and Santa Clarita officials continue their battle to end homelessness, the region is making use of several programs to alleviate the problems and encourage collaboration, county officials said in a release Tuesday. The county is working with the Community Development Commission/Housing Authority, or CDC/HACoLA, an agency focused on subsidized housing and community development, to increase ways to incentivize homeowners to expand housing opportunities for homeless people in the county. [Article]
by , . 2018-07-20
 
Court asks Chiquita Canyon to pay fees, penalties – Santa Clarita Valley Signal
The courts sided with Los Angeles County, dismissing a portion of the proceedings in a lawsuit filed by Chiquita Canyon earlier this week, county officials announced Thursday. Part of the legal dispute is expected to be continued in June 2019 at a future court date. “The court also ordered Chiquita to pay the county $11.6 million in Bridges and Thoroughfares (B&T) fees in addition to $83,746 in penalties for its failure to pay one of the CUP traffic and road mitigation fees in a timely manner,” according to a statement by county officials released Thursday. [Article]
by , . 2018-07-20
 
Sheriff’s Department Melts 3,500 Guns At 25th Annual Gun Destruction Event
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department melted more than 3,500 guns recovered from around the county Thursday as part of a program running for a quarter-century aimed at removing guns from the streets of cities such as Santa Clarita. LASD Chief Eric Parra presided over the destruction at Gerdau Steel Mill in Rancho Cucamonga Thursday morning. [Article]
by , . 2018-07-20
 
LA County airports to receive $36 million for infrastructure projects | abc7.com
Four Los Angeles-area airports, including LAX, will receive $36 million in grant funding for infrastructure improvements from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a statement released by the agency this week. LAX will get $11 million from the funding, $5 million of which is allotted for a taxiway and another $6 million for an aircraft apron. The Hollywood Burbank Airport will receive $5.2 million to repair an aircraft apron and a taxiway, Van Nuys Airport will receive $9.2 million for taxiway reconstruction, and the General William J. Fox Airport in Lancaster was offered $10.6 million to rebuild a runway. [Article]
by , . 2018-07-20
 
Board of Supervisors Issues Posthumous Tribute To Former Public DefenderMichael P. Judge
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has issued a tribute to Michael P. Judge, public defender from 1994-2010, who died Tuesday. The board late Tuesday declared: “Mike Judge was a remarkable leader of the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office for 17 years. He was a transformative force in diversifying the office and creating a more inclusive management structure. He established the office’s first Public Integrity Assurance Section and ably managed the challenges of California’s Three Strikes law, working tirelessly to make sure all Public Defender clients were effectively represented. This wasn’t just a job for him. His legacy lives on in his many policy achievements and in the many attorneys he coached and mentored throughout his career. His lifetime of public service was a rare gift to the people of Los Angeles County. We will not forget him.” [Article]
by , . 2018-07-20
 
We're Exploring LA County's 88 Cities. Here's Your Guide To Torrance And All Its Breweries: LAist
TORRANCE: 'THE BEER-MUDA TRIANGLE' Torrance is just northwest of Long Beach, mostly landlocked but with an arm that juts out to reach the Pacific Ocean. It was named for Jared Torrance, whose development company designed the city in the 1920s. That company planned it with industries to the east and homes to the west. That way, winds blowing from the Pacific wouldn't push industrial smoke into people's windows. But nowadays, it's not the winds that are brewing in the city — it's beer. [Article]
by , . 2018-07-20
 
County launches online system to connect homeless people with assistance
When someone spots a homeless person who needs help, there are many places to call: The police, a City Council office, a homeless services provider such as PATH, the L.A. City 311 line, or the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. What happens with each call could be different, depending on the resources the person fielding it happens to be networked with. Those working in the system concede that it is cumbersome, if not chaotic. At last, there will be one place for every call for help to go and one system to get it into the right hands. It’s not a telephone number, but an internet address: www.la-hop.org. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority unveiled the Homeless Outreach Portal, an online reporting system that can be used by computer, tablet or phone, and is translated into the seven most widely spoken languages in Los Angeles County. The website is a central entry point to Los Angeles County’s expanded homeless outreach system. Based on the location entered into the online form, the report will be quickly routed to one of the 500 outreach workers now on the streets. Information on the condition of the person will help get the request to the right kind of outreach team, whether generalists or physical or mental health specialists. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-07-20
 
Supervisor Barger and LCF officials put heads together on local, regional issues
La Cañada Flintridge City Council members had the ear of Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger during a special meeting Wednesday, where they discussed regional and statewide issues that could affect residents and sought help on advancing key local initiatives. The two-hour breakfast meeting covered topics ranging from Metro’s plans for the 710 Freeway to funding sound walls along the Foothill 210 Freeway to the possible repeal in November of a new gas tax that’s earmarked millions for the city. Barger and senior staff members fielded questions and shared updates on news and legislative efforts that may aid the city. For example, although La Cañada has been excluded from Metro funding potentially available to cities impacted by the 710 for traffic mitigation measures, fronting money from the future sale of some 500 properties previously owned by Caltrans might allow for the construction of sound walls. “I would ask you to let us navigate the bureaucracy of Metro with you,” Barger said. The supervisor vowed to work with city officials on issues of joint concern, such as repair of the crumbling Flint Canyon Trail in areas that fall within the county’s jurisdiction. La Cañada City Manager Mark Alexander estimated full restoration could cost $4 million to $5 million. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-07-20
 
Developer tests a new way to fund housing for the homeless: private financing
Sometime this fall, 32 homeless people will move into a supportive housing project now rising on Colden Avenue, a transitional street of apartments and aging houses in South Los Angeles. Soon after that, another group of people who are not homeless, and in fact quite well off, will also begin receiving benefits from the nine-unit apartment building. Fifty-six equity holders who financed the project will begin to see their first returns, expected to be about 5% annually. The $3.6-million housing project, built from shipping containers, is an experiment in using private investment to create homeless housing. Its backers, led by a family-owned Westside real estate investment company, hope to replicate it to produce thousands of units financed entirely by people willing to accept a modest return on money invested in a socially beneficial purpose. After its completion, the building will function much like the permanent supportive housing that is being constructed with subsidies from the city’s $1.2-billion Proposition HHH bond. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-07-20
 
New online tool allows LA County residents to access homeless ‘outreach’ services – Daily News
The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Thursday unveiled an online portal for the general public, first-responders and service providers to provide information on homeless persons on the street and request outreach. The portal, dubbed LA-HOP, is funded by Measure H, the county measure approved by voters last year and expected to raise $355 million annually for 10 years for homeless programs through a sales tax increase. Officials said the portal takes the guesswork out of figuring out geographic boundaries by routing requests and tracking the response. An outreach coordinator in each region serves as the “air traffic controller” for all requests and deploys the most appropriate outreach team to the site, which officials said will reduce response times to those in need. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2018-07-20
 
Covered California’s health insurance premiums will rise 8.7% in 2019
Premiums in California’s health insurance exchange will rise by an average of 8.7% next year, marking a return to more modest increases despite ongoing threats to the Affordable Care Act. The state marketplace, Covered California, said the rate increase for 2019 would have been closer to 5% if the federal penalty for going without health coverage had not been repealed in last year’s Republican tax bill. The average increase in California is smaller than the double-digit hikes expected around the nation, due largely to a healthier mix of enrollees and more competition in its marketplace. Still, health insurance prices keep growing faster than wages and general inflation as a result of rising medical costs overall, squeezing many middle-class families who are struggling to pay their household bills. The 8.7% increase in California — 9% in most parts of Southern California — ends two consecutive years of double-digit rate increases for the state marketplace. In 2018, premiums rose an average of 12.5% statewide. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-07-20
 
California's political watchdog panel balks at lifting donor limits for legislative leaders
California’s political watchdog panel deadlocked Thursday over allowing legislative leaders to accept much larger campaign contributions, after several open-government groups said the proposal raises “important concerns” about increasing the influence of special interests. The California Fair Political Practices Commission split 2-2 on a motion to endorse legislation that would allow the four top Democratic and Republican leaders in the Legislature to accept individual campaign contributions of up to $36,000 per source for races they are targeting, up from the current $4,400 limit. Commissioner Frank Cardenas was unwilling to support the new bill, which he said has been fast-tracked without the normal committee hearings “as quickly and as quietly as possible to get something done which would otherwise face the scrutiny [of the public].” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-07-20
 
Orange County Water District Approves Water Purchase Agreement Term Sheet with Poseidon Water | Voice of OC
Fountain Valley, CA – Tonight the Orange County Water District (“OCWD”) Board of Directors voted to approve an amendment to the 2015 water purchase agreement term sheet with Poseidon Water for the purchase of 56,000-acre feet per year of drinking water from the proposed Huntington Beach Desalination Project (“Project”). “This is a great step forward for the ratepayers,” said Orange County Taxpayers Association President and CEO Carolyn Cavecche. “The new agreement further shifts financial risk and responsibility to the private sector, protecting ratepayers and keeping Orange County on track for water independence.” The key components of the new term sheet include: [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2018-07-20
 
National debate about immigrant detainees leads to a swell of OC volunteerism
This summer Sandy Lillard started losing sleep. A lawyer from Laguna Niguel, Lillard had always been interested in immigration issues, but when the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy was rolled out in April, leading to the separation of thousands of immigrant and asylum-seeking parents from their children, she realized she had to do something to support these families. “I’m not sleeping at night,” said Lillard. “I’m thinking, ‘You have to do something, I can’t just sit here and read about it on Facebook; I can’t just hear about it on the news.’” So earlier this month Lillard attended a volunteer orientation for Friends of Orange County Detainees , a nonprofit that organizes social visits to the approximately 1,000 immigrant detainees held at two facilities in Orange County. That night she was among more than 100 prospective volunteers gathered at Irvine United Congregational Church — nearly 10 times the usual monthly turnout. While organizers expected a larger-than-normal crowd, the size still surprised them. “We had as many volunteers tonight as we usually have in a year,” said Peggy Thompson, a member of group’s leadership team. Sheryl Hagen, also a member of FOCD’s leadership team, said that the main reason for the sudden surge in interest is what people are seeing on the news every day. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-07-20
 
Ex-prosecutor urges Sacramento County D.A. to avoid joining Golden State Killer case with Orange County
Sacramento County’s district attorney risks fumbling the prosecution of the suspected Golden State Killer if she lets the case become consolidated with other homicides in Orange County, a former prosecutor in the Orange County office said in a letter this week. Mike Jacobs, in a letter to Sacramento County Dist. Atty. Anne Marie Schubert this week, said Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas would put her cases “in jeopardy either by being reversed on appeal or subjected to sanctions as a result of prosecutorial misconduct.” He has endorsed Rackauckas’ opponent in the November election and once worked under him. Jacobs, who was fired by Rackauckas in 2001 but was later reinstated and is now a private defense attorney, pointed to the county’s missteps in the prosecution of Scott Dekraai in his reasoning. Dekraai became Orange County’s worst mass shooter when he gunned down seven people including his ex-wife in a salon in 2011, but missteps by sheriff’s deputies and prosecutors prevented Rackauckas’ office from prosecuting the case. Dekraai was tried by the state attorney general’s office and ultimately sentenced to life in prison. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-07-20
 
North County Leaders Use Summit To Explore Ways To Solve Housing Crunch | KPBS
Suburban cities in San Diego’s North County need to let go of their small-town identities if the region is to meet its housing needs. That’s one of the conclusions of the North County Housing Summit held Thursday. Several hundred North County leaders met at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido to look for ways to address the growing housing affordability problem. Regional planners estimate San Diego County will grow from 3.3 million to 4 million people by 2050, and finding places to build housing for them all will be a challenge. North County will not grow as fast as the county as a whole, Jim Miller of SANDAG said. But the number of houses in North County has to increase by 26 percent in the next three decades to meet the needs of the growing population. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2018-07-20
 
Opinion: Homelessness Is Spilling into San Diego’s Residential Neighborhoods - Times of San Diego
San Diego’s elected officials have spent decades trying to tackle the homeless crisis, but the problem still exists today and does not appear to be getting better anytime soon. San Diego County has the fourth largest homeless population in the United States with an estimated 9,160 homeless people. We are behind only New York City, Los Angeles County and King County in Washington. With so many people experiencing homelessness it is unrealistic to think that building a handful of apartments will eradicate the crisis and it often appears that is how our local government is electing to handle the problem. [Article]
by , Times of San Diego. 2018-07-20
 
County says initial finding of infected mosquito is no reason for panic
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County environmental health officials announced they have found the first sample of mosquitoes to test positive for the West Nile virus this summer. The sample was collected last week in the Santee area. Chris Conlan, who supervises the county’s vector control program said the results should not be cause for panic or concern. [Article]
by , KUSI - San Diego. 2018-07-20
 
Supervisor Cox Assumes National Leadership Post - imperialbeachnewsca.com: News
County Supervisor Greg Cox was sworn as President of the National Association of Counties (NACo), an organization that represents 3,069 counties across America at the 2018 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee. As President, Cox will lead the association in its efforts to shape national policy discussions on critical issues facing counties. “I’m deeply honored and appreciative of the opportunity to take on this new challenge,” said Cox. “No level of government impacts people more directly than county government and it is critical for local government voices to be heard at the national level.” [Article]
by , . 2018-07-20
 
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