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Southern California Edison reaches $210 million settlement with LA County, Malibu over Woolsey fire claims – Daily News
ROSEMEAD — Southern California Edison will pay $210 million to settle litigation filed by various public agencies, including Los Angeles County and the city of Malibu, over the 96,000-acre Woolsey Fire that destroyed more than 1,600 structures, the utility announced Wednesday. The resolution, which still needs court approval, is part of an overall $360 million settlement with nearly two dozen agencies affected by the 2018 Woolsey Fire, the 2017-18 Thomas Fire that burned in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and the resulting 2018 Montecito mud flows that killed at least 20 people. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-11-14
 
Undocumented, uninsured Korean Americans find safe havens in nonprofit clinics – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Steve Kang says he’s just lucky he didn’t fall sick during his first 15 years in the United States. The 48-year-old came to Southern California from South Korea on a travel visa in 2002. He says he stayed for what he believed would be opportunities to improve his life. But he’s remained undocumented and without health insurance since he arrived. In 2017, though, he found the Kheir Clinic in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, which largely serves those in need in the surrounding community. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2019-11-14
 
Can more money, new dwellings really stem California’s homeless problem? – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Californians are about to find out whether money and new apartment-style dwellings can do much about the state’s expanding and seemingly intransigent problem with homelessness. As ad hoc encampments proliferate, featuring everything from small pop tents to excrement in the streets and chop shops where parts are taken from stolen bicycles and sold, politicians have begun throwing money at the depressing scene. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2019-11-14
 
Pasadena Now » Barger Encourages Restaurants and Delivery Services to “Seal The Meal” | Pasadena California, Hotels,CA Real Estate,Restaurants,City Guide... - Pasadena.com
In the wake of a recent media report on unsafe food handling during deliveries in Los Angeles County, the Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger directing county departments to develop an educational outreach campaign on safe food handling for delivery platforms and restaurants. [Article]
by , . 2019-11-14
 
Pasadena Now » County Adopts Barger Initiative for City Homelessness Funding | Pasadena California, Hotels,CA Real Estate,Restaurants,City Guide... - Pasadena.com
The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis that adopts a framework and associated funding to help cities address their individual homelessness challenges. [Article]
by , . 2019-11-14
 
Garcetti and Harris-Dawson Open Affordable Housing Units - Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel | Black News
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson joined residents, community members and partner organizations from across Los Angeles to celebrate the grand opening of Rolland Curtis Gardens on Nov. 7. [Article]
by , . 2019-11-14
 
Poll: Homelessness is L.A.'s biggest problem - Los Angeles Times
As people living in tents, RVs and makeshift shelters become a fact of life in neighborhoods far and wide, homelessness is now an all-consuming issue in Los Angeles County, with 95% of voters calling it a serious or very serious problem, according to a new poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Business Council Institute. The near-unanimous opinion that homelessness ranks as a top concern marks a sharp change from earlier surveys of Los Angeles voters over the past dozen years, said Fred Yang of Hart Research, the Washington, D.C., polling firm that conducted the survey. Only traffic congestion and housing affordability — at 88% and 85%, respectively — came close to rivaling the near universal concern over homelessness. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-11-14
 
California pulls back clean-vehicle rebates to point them at lower-income buyers - Los Angeles Times
Starting in December, those looking to buy electric vehicles with a price tag of more than $60,000 won’t qualify for California’s clean-vehicle rebate. The rebate is also disappearing for plug-in hybrids with less than 35 miles of all-electric range. The California Air Resources Board approved these changes, effective Dec. 3, as part of a move to distribute the state’s resources toward lower-income communities, and away from wealthy buyers. Standard rebates for fully electric vehicles that qualify will be reduced from $2,500 to $2,000, while the rebate for plug-in hybrids will drop from $1,500 to $1,000. Rebates for fuel-cell vehicles will fall from $5,000 to $4,500. Rebates for low- to moderate-income buyers will stay at $4,500 for EVs, $3,500 for plug-in hybrids and $7,000 for fuel-cell vehicles. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-11-14
 
USC student deaths: Possible drug overdoses, tainted narcotics probed - Los Angeles Times
USC President Carol L. Folt confirmed Wednesday that police investigators are looking into drug overdoses as a potential cause of death among some of the nine students who have died this semester. While Folt would not elaborate on the scope of the inquiries or circumstances of the individual deaths, citing federal student privacy laws, she said USC is working with the Los Angles Police Department on the cases and “doubling down” on education and outreach over drug abuse. Three of the nine deaths have been ruled suicides, but the cause or causes in the remaining cases have not been officially determined. Investigators are trying to determine whether any student deaths are connected with tainted drugs, said sources who spoke to The Times on the condition on anonymity because they were not authorized to comment. The sources stressed that no links to tainted drugs have yet been confirmed. Autopsies and toxicology tests are still pending in a number of the deaths. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-11-14
 
9 student deaths: In delicate balancing act, USC tries to quell rumors - Los Angeles Times
The email arrived near midnight Saturday. USC President Carol Folt informed the campus community about a recent series of student deaths. She said she wanted to keep the university informed but also clear up rumors and misinformation. “People are searching for answers and information as we attempt to make sense of these terrible losses,” Folt said. “There is a great deal of speculation about the causes of these deaths and most are being attributed to suicide. This is not correct.” Faced with the deaths of nine students since Aug. 24, USC administrators are engaged in a delicate balancing act as they notify students, attempt to quell rumors, offer mental health resources and also try to avoid triggering students who may be in the midst of a mental health crisis. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-11-14
 
California will still require rooftop solar panels on new homes - Los Angeles Times
State officials declined Wednesday to approve a program that would allow new homes to be built in Sacramento without rooftop solar panels — handing at least a temporary victory to clean energy advocates, who said the program would cripple California’s first-in-the-nation home solar mandate. The California Energy Commission postponed a decision on a controversial proposal from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District after hearing from dozens of solar industry representatives, environmental activists and utility ratepayers. Under SMUD’s proposal, home builders would be allowed to take credit for electricity produced at existing solar farms, rather than installing solar panels on new single-family homes and low-rise multifamily buildings. Building industry officials urged approval of the program, saying it would help keep California’s already-high housing prices from rising even further. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-11-14
 
Flu Activity Continues To Rise Across San Diego County, Flu Shots Advised | KPBS
Lab-confirmed flu cases increased countywide last week for the second consecutive week, county health officials announced Wednesday. The county Health and Human Services Agency confirmed 74 flu cases, an increase of 22 cases over the revised 52 confirmed the previous week. The county confirmed 30 cases during the week of Oct. 20-26. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2019-11-14
 
Factoring Mental Health Into Wildfire Emergency Plans And More Local News (San Diego News Matters) | KPBS
It's wildfire season in California, and though risk will eventually die down, the trauma these fires inflict on families can linger for a lifetime. Hear why some psychologists say mental health ought to be part of residents' emergency plans. Plus, San Diego may have to cut spending by nearly $84 million next year — that's the prognosis in a new report on the city's financial outlook. And, more cannabis dispensaries are coming to North County. In the last month two have opened in Vista with more on the way. Find out how the new shops are doing. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2019-11-14
 
New Vista Pot Shops Among The First To Open In North County | KPBS
More cannabis dispensaries are coming to North County. Two have opened in Vista and more are on the way. One of the new shops is Tradecraft Farms, where store manager Mary Boyd says sales are growing. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2019-11-14
 
California Regulators Order Inquiry Into Power Outages | KPBS
California regulators opened a formal investigation Wednesday into pre-emptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state in October, drawing strong rebukes from public officials and residents who said the shut-offs were too broad and poorly executed. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2019-11-14
 
Assaulting His Wife Wasn’t Enough to Lose His Law Enforcement Job. Assaulting Another Officer Was. - Voice of San Diego
Imperial County Sheriff’s correctional officer Richard Edward Sotelo closed the bedroom door and pulled his wife onto the bed, face down. [Article]
by , Voice of San Diego. 2019-11-14
 
Carmel Valley resident publishes book to help seniors improve balance - Del Mar Times
A local physical therapist and Carmel Valley resident has released a book to help the growing aging population with one of the biggest challenges they face: balance. “I started listening to the needs of my patients and started doing some research,” said Cesare, who had an office in Del Mar for three years, and has lived in Carmel Valley for three years. [Article]
by , Del Mar Times. 2019-11-14
 
County receives $75,000 for pedestrian safety education programs - Village News
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today that it received a $75,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to improve pedestrian safety countywide. [Article]
by , . 2019-11-14
 
San Diego County appeals $12.6M jury verdict even after judge cuts damages nearly in half - The San Diego Union-Tribune
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has decided to appeal a $12.6 million jury verdict awarded earlier this year to a North County man who suffered life-altering brain damage while in Sheriff’s Department custody. The decision to challenge the jury verdict — one of the largest ever issued against San Diego County — came after Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer reduced the award handed down in late July to just over $6.4 million. The appeal also follows the judge’s denial last month of the county’s motion for a new trial. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-11-14
 
Mark Watton, who helped pioneer historic pact to protect region's water supply, to retire - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Longtime Otay Water District General Manager Mark Watton, regarded as one of the architects of the historic water-transfer agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District, will retire next year. Watton, who has represented the water interests of Otay, the county and the state for more than 30 years, said he intends to step down in late February. “Looking back on my career, I’m fully satisfied,” he said. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-11-14
 
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