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Supervisors ban use of glyphosate by county departments – Santa Clarita Valley Signal
County supervisors, citing the same number of worrisome scientific studies that convinced them in March to place a 30-day ban on the use of glyphosate, have banned the controversial herbicide from being used by county work crews anywhere in the county. [Article]
by , . 2019-05-22
 
LA County Votes Again on Locking Out Unlicensed Cannabis Owners - NBC Southern California
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a plan to crack down on unlicensed cannabis businesses, including locking and sealing premises and potentially shutting off utilities. [Article]
by , KNBC Los Angeles. 2019-05-22
 
L.A. County considers funding eviction defense for low-income renters - Story | KTTV
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to consider funding legal representation for low-income renters at risk of eviction. [Article]
by , . 2019-05-22
 
LA County Votes to Ban Official Travel to Alabama in Response to Abortion Ban - NBC Southern California
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to prohibit official travel to Alabama for one year in response to that state's recently approved abortion ban. The motion, recommended by Supervisor Hilda Solis, makes exceptions for travel related to emergencies and other matters where the ban would seriously harm county interests. [Article]
by , KNBC Los Angeles. 2019-05-22
 
After killings of 2 boys in LGBTQ-linked cases, audit finds major flaws in L.A. County child protection - Los Angeles Times
A long-awaited state audit of Los Angeles County’s troubled Department of Children and Family Services found major shortcomings that placed vulnerable children in harm’s way. The audit was launched last year after the high-profile slayings of two boys who had been the subject of child abuse investigations before their deaths in what prosecutors said were LGBTQ-linked cases. The audit found that the Department of Children and Family Services did not complete investigations of neglect accurately or quickly enough, allowing children to remain in unsafe and abusive situations. It also said the DCFS used “inaccurate” assessments to determine child risk and didn’t always do criminal background checks of those living in homes where children were placed. “The department has allowed children to remain in unsafe and abusive situations for months longer than necessary because it did not start or complete investigations within required time frames,” the state auditor’s office concluded. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-05-22
 
Thousands gather at abortion-rights rallies across U.S. in opposition to antiabortion laws - Los Angeles Times
Thousands of abortion-rights activists rallied across the nation Tuesday in opposition to a recently approved ban on the procedure in Alabama and other legislative efforts seen as challenges to Roe vs. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Organizers behind the #StopTheBan rallies included Planned Parenthood Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Women’s March. More than 400 rallies were planned throughout the country, most notably on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. At least 20 rallies were planned throughout California in cities including San Diego, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and San Francisco. In downtown Los Angeles, activists gathered in Pershing Square. And in West Hollywood, which was declared a pro-choice city in 1991, crowds united outside City Hall. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-05-22
 
Watchdog group wants Sheriff Alex Villanueva to further separate his department from ICE - Los Angeles Times
A watchdog group voted Tuesday to urge Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva to do more to distance his department from the work of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying the sheriff’s policies still allow for federal immigration contractors to take custody of inmates from inside the county jails. In February, Villanueva began blocking ICE agents from accessing the secure parts of the county courthouses, Sheriff’s Department stations and county jails for the purposes of civil immigration matters and removed some of the criteria that would qualify a convicted inmate for transfer to ICE custody. He has also barred ICE from conducting interviews with inmates regarding their immigration status. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-05-22
 
At 80, Union Station tries to reinvent itself for a rail future - Los Angeles Times
For two decades, Traxx was a top draw at Union Station — an Art Deco-themed restaurant with white linen tablecloths and a mahogany bar that reflected the history and architectural grandeur of its home. But the restaurant closed this month after struggling to compete with myriad upscale bars and eateries in a resurgent downtown Los Angeles. “It’s a younger market now. They want to drink and hang out in a cool place,” former server Paul Kanemitsu said of the decline in customers. “We’re a little more mature.” The closure of Traxx underscores the struggle Union Station is facing as it finds itself at a crossroads in its 80th year. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-05-22
 
May is proving to be a wet blanket for California — and more rain is on the way - Los Angeles Times
The calendar shows it’s almost Memorial Day — typically beach weather in Southern California — but gray skies are signaling that unusually chilly temperatures and rain will stick around a bit longer during a month that has already broken precipitation records. The forecast this month has been a doozy in California with rain, hail and snow falling across much of the Golden State two months after the end of winter. Large swaths of the state, including parts of Los Angeles, have seen two to five times more precipitation than is normal for this point in May, according to the National Weather Service. A series of back-to-back low-pressure systems is expected to bring light rain and cooler temperatures to the Southland on Wednesday and Thursday. Los Angeles could see some scattered showers Tuesday but nothing measurable, said Lisa Phillips, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “We can’t rule out that some areas might see a sprinkle or two, but we’re not expecting great accumulation,” she said. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-05-22
 
LA River residents warned to brace for 100-year-flood - Curbed LA
The Atwater Village Neighborhood Council is warning thousands of residents living along the LA River that they may be at risk for flooding—and might be required to obtain flood insurance in the next two years. A 13-mile stretch of the river, from Barham Boulevard to First Street, is in danger of experiencing what experts call a 100-year flood, meaning there’s a 1 percent chance of a major flood every year, according to a 2016 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study. [Article]
by , . 2019-05-22
 
California to form homelessness task force, and this LA County supervisor will help run it – Daily News
LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced the formation of a task force to fight the state’s homelessness crisis and appointed Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg as co-chairs. “No Californian can say homelessness is someone else’s problem — it affects us all,” Newsom said. “Homelessness is a matter of statewide concern, but solutions will come from the local level.” Ridley-Thomas said he was looking forward to working with the task force. “It is time for all levels of government to intensify our efforts, and take urgent and swift action to combat homelessness,” he said. “Los Angeles County is the epicenter of these crises, accounting for about 40 percent of the state’s homeless population. In 2017, we declared a state of emergency and won voter approval of Measure H, creating an unprecedented funding stream for addressing homelessness. But given the dire shortage of affordable housing, the situation remains tenuous.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-05-22
 
LA County DCFS failing to protect children from abuse, state auditors find – Daily News
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services allows children to remain in unsafe and abusive situations longer than necessary — sometimes for months — by failing to complete neglect investigations accurately and on time, according to a California State Auditor report released Tuesday. Auditors determined the department’s social workers completed 72% of safety assessments on time in 2017 and 2018.They also found several instances in which social workers prepared and submitted assessments without actually visiting the child’s home. “Even if supervisors had identified and corrected many of these issues upon review, we found that they often completed such reviews long after social workers had made decisions regarding children’s safety,” the auditors said in the 43-page report. The audit’s findings and recommendations will be beneficial in ensuring that children are better protected, said Bobby Cagle, director of the Department of Children and Family Services for the past 18 months. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-05-22
 
The Woolsey fire trapped a woman in her home. These LA County fire captains jumped in: ‘We can take that call.’ – Daily News
It’s uncertain what would have happened to a 71-year-old woman trapped alone in her hillside home during last fall’s deadly Woolsey fire, if it wasn’t for the little blue detection dot on a mapping app two fire captains followed to her burning home. Los Angeles County fire captains Peter Finnerty and Christopher Siok were scouting the burning hills around noontime on Nov. 9 when they overheard a 9-1-1 call from Cheryl Jordan-Poole. The captains, who have been fighting wildfires for a combined 40 something years, knew they needed to rescue Jordan-Poole, who lived below Zuma Ridge about one mile from Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, a city where all of its residents were eventually evacuated. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-05-22
 
California high-speed rail agency sues Trump administration for canceling grant - Los Angeles Times
California’s high-speed rail agency announced Tuesday it is suing the U.S. Department of Transportation and its senior officials over the Trump administration’s decision to terminate a $929-million grant for the state’s beleaguered bullet train. In a 20-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court, the state effectively in effect accuses the administration of playing politics with a decision that contradicts federal regulations and makes faulty allegations about the project’s lack of progress. The decision this month by the Federal Railroad Administration, a part of the Transportation Department, was made “in violation of its own procedures and policies, was arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion, and contrary to law, and threatens to wreak significant economic damage on the Central Valley and the State,” the complaint says. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-05-22
 
Trump opens new war with California over wildfires, seeking to slash payments for firefighting on federal land - Los Angeles Times
The relationship between President Trump and California has long been fraught, but in the aftermath of the state’s deadliest wildfire season, the acrimony is burning hotter than ever. In November, as crews battled the Camp and Woolsey fires, Trump blamed the state for “gross mismanagement of the forests” and delivered this ultimatum: “Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” Then, while visiting the devastated town of Paradise later that month, Trump suggested California could eliminate the threat of wildfire by “raking.” Now, the Trump administration has taken matters a step further. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-05-22
 
Board Of Supervisors OK Program To Hire More People With Intellectual Disabilities | KPBS
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a program that will allow county government to hire more people with intellectual disabilities. With its unanimous vote, the board directed Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer to develop an enhanced employment program and also pursue funding for it. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2019-05-22
 
County Grand Jury Recommends Increased Safety Training For School Shootings | KPBS
The San Diego County grand jury recommended Tuesday that the region's school districts increase funding for training and resources to prepare for and prevent school shootings. The recommendation came in a report released Tuesday, titled "School Safety in San Diego County — How Prepared Are We for Another Active School Shooting?", in which it's recommended that all county school safety plans address how to handle active shooter situations. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2019-05-22
 
DA Calls For De-Escalation Training For Police Who Encounter Mentally Ill | KPBS
The more than 5,000 law enforcement officers in San Diego County will soon get training on how to better respond to people facing a mental crisis. A study by the San Diego County District Attorney found over the past 25 years 80% of officer-involved shootings included people who had drug or mental health issues. Last year there were more than 53,000 calls for service involving a mental health challenge. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2019-05-22
 
San Diego Asks for Federal Aid as Border Patrol Flies in Hundreds of Migrants From Texas | The California Report | KQED News
San Diego officials asked for additional resources from the federal government on Monday to help deal with hundreds of migrant families expected to be flown to San Diego from Texas in the coming weeks. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Friday that they would begin sending flights of between 120 and 135 migrants to San Diego from the Rio Grande Valley, saying Border Patrol stations there are overwhelmed by a surge in migrant apprehensions [Article]
by , . 2019-05-22
 
How Kevin Faulconer Touched Off a Historic Debate About San Diego’s Transportation Future - Voice of San Diego
One of the great peculiarities of the situation at the San Diego Association of Governments is that the agency’s chairman, Steve Vaus, the mayor of Poway, is not on board with the vision the agency itself is selling to the region. SANDAG’s executive director, Hasan Ikhrata, is not just at odds with Vaus, but with many other board members too. And that isn’t just something we have never seen at SANDAG. That’s unusual at any organization. [Article]
by , Voice of San Diego. 2019-05-22
 
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