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County Board of Supervisors Approves Rent Measure | KABC-AM
California voters rejected Proposition 10, the rent control measure on the November ballot, but in LA County the controversy continues. The LA County Board of Supervisors has approved an emergency rent- control measure in unincorporated areas of the county. Dan Yukelson, executive director of the Apartment Association of Greater LA, says it’s a bad idea. [Article]
by , . 2018-11-16
 
SoCal Edison Is Spending Millions To Make Sure Its Power Poles Are Safe From Birthday Balloons: LAist
Two minutes before the Woolsey Fire broke out last week, ultimately becoming the largest fire on record in L.A. County, there was a brief outage at a nearby Southern California Edison substation. It's too soon to tie that event to the devastating fire that ignited shortly afterward — investigators have just gotten started on the cause — but there's reason to take a hard look at power lines. That's because electric utilities' equipment starts about 10 percent of all wildland fires in California. Those fires are responsible for an outsized portion of acres burned — up to 50 percent — because they often occur during the worst conditions, high temperatures, high winds and low humidity. [Article]
by , . 2018-11-16
 
There is a big fire insurance crisis almost upon our state – Daily Breeze
Californians already know about the wildfire crisis that’s been afflicting this state for the last few years, highlighted by a rash of huge blazes and the evacuations of at least 250,000 persons. It’s caused by a combination of climate change, forestry practices and the seemingly endless human drive to build more and more houses in increasingly remote and fire-prone areas. But many may not realize that a fire insurance crisis is also almost upon us. Sure, state legislators led by incoming state Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara worked much of the year to protect victims of the huge 2017 fires that hit the wine country, Ventura County and parts of San Diego County. Homeowners burned out in this year’s firestorms in Shasta, Butte, Ventura, Los Angeles and rural parts of Mendocino, Lake, Orange and Riverside counties, could also benefit from what they’ve done — essentially expanding from one year to two the time when insurance companies cannot cancel fire coverage in burned-out areas or their nearby peripheries. The clock starts running on that time when the governor declares a state of emergency in a fire area. But there’s nothing to prevent insurance companies from lowering their risks by canceling policies on homes and other buildings in fire-prone areas that have not yet burned. [Article]
by , Daily Breeze. 2018-11-16
 
L.A. County sheriff’s team violated civil rights of drivers on 5 Freeway, inspector general says - Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County’s inspector general said Thursday that a Sheriff’s Department team that pulled over thousands of innocent Latino motorists on the 5 Freeway in search of drugs violated the constitutional rights of drivers, and he questioned the reason for the unit’s existence. In a damning verbal report to the department’s civilian oversight panel, Max Huntsman criticized Sheriff’s Department officials for inadequate supervision of the highway drug unit and for failing to take heed of several federal court rulings that found the deputies on the team violated the rights of motorists by detaining them longer than was reasonable. Adding that “the initial premise of this drug enforcement team was flawed,” Huntsman said the department had no evidence the unit had had a measurable impact on the flow of drugs from Mexico. “The system is inherently built to violate the constitutional rights of a vast number of people passing through the I-5 Freeway,” Huntsman said. “That’s a problem.” Huntsman began his investigation of the team after a Times analysis last month found that 69% of drivers stopped by the deputies were Latino and that two-thirds of them had their vehicles searched — a rate far higher than motorists of other racial and ethnic groups. Cars belonging to all other drivers were searched less than half the time, according to the newspaper’s analysis of Sheriff’s Department stop data. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-11-16
 
California Rights Groups Are Demanding Answers About a New, DHS-Backed Surveillance Program - Pacific Standard
California rights groups are calling for greater transparency over a state-run program, funded by the Department of Homeland Security, that would pay non-profits to surveil the communities they serve. The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services announced Monday it had selected five organizations across the state to receive $125,000 each to participate in the Preventing Violent Extremism Non-Profit Pilot Grant Program (PVE). The announcement comes months after the federal government's failed attempt to establish a similar surveillance program in Los Angeles. In August, following the protracted advocacy of a broad coalition of community organizations, the Los Angeles Mayor's Office rejected $500,000 in federal funding for the government's Countering Violent Extremism program. Los Angeles had been one of three cities across the nation targeted as pilots for the program. [Article]
by , . 2018-11-16
 
High-speed rail state panel backs preferred bullet-train route through the San Fernando Valley – Daily News
California’s proposed high-speed rail route in the Southland came into greater focus Thursday, after a state panel gave its backing to its staffers’ preferred, 82-mile route between Palmdale and Anaheim. The California High-Speed Rail Authority board voted to agree with staff’s recommendation for the preferred routes of three segments, despite pleas from San Fernando Valley residents and people from other areas to delay or do away with the plans to build the project in their communities. A 38.4-mile portion of the preferred route between Palmdale and Burbank has long been the most contentious, with multiple route options being considered over the years. That route, known as SR-14, would tunnel under Sylmar and Pacoima, and run along the surface or at an elevation in Sun Valley, before going underground again near the Burbank Airport. This option was chosen over two others that would affect communities further east, such as Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills and Sunland-Tujunga. The Palmdale-to-Burbank section is the only section that strays from existing rail corridors. All three route options will be studied as part of an environmental impact review. A draft of the review’s findings is anticipated to be released in late 2019. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2018-11-16
 
Southern California unemployment at 4.2%, but above U.S., state – Orange County Register
Southern California bosses added 109,600 workers in the 12 months ended in October — that’s 97 consecutive months of year-over-year gains — but the region’s 4.23 percent unemployment rate stood above the nation and the rest of the state. Here are 12 trends to know about the Southern California job market for October, gleaned by my trusty spreadsheet from the state’s Employment Development Department’s monthly report: October (seasonally unadjusted) data compared with a year ago and the average of the previous five years … [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2018-11-16
 
Aging population spike could be far worse than first projected. Are we ready? – Orange County Register
A year after a federally mandated study warned of an increasing senior population plagued by a lack of services, a series of new reports reveals the growing silver tsunami could be even worse than forecast. One new report from the Census Bureau explains the sweep of the problem in troublesome terms: “The 2030s are projected to be a transformative decade for the U.S. population. “By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65,” the bureau states. “This will expand the size of the older population so that one in every 5 residents will be retirement age.” The heart of the problem, essentially, is two-fold. First, state and federal funds fail to match the increase in senior care needs. Second, there is a dwindling percentage of younger workers to fill the gap. The Council on Aging — Southern California, which serves seniors in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, explains the math. “The needs of seniors is growing exponentially,” cautions Lisa Wright Jenkins, CEO for the Council on Aging. Yet the senior population, she explains, “is the only population group that is growing.” If the silver tsunami analogy seems over the top, consider that my review of U.S. Census data over the last five years confirms an alarming spike in the older population. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2018-11-16
 
With astonishing speed, Santa Ana gets 200-bed homeless shelter up and running in a month – Orange County Register
In what may be one of the fastest openings of an emergency homeless shelter, Santa Ana and its business and nonprofit partners took just 28 days to turn a vacant industrial building into an airy facility decorated with colorful murals and furnished with rows of new beds. On Thursday morning, Nov. 15, officials proudly showed off the 200-bed Red Hill Avenue shelter they’ve named “The Link,” which was set to accept its first guests Thursday night. Homeless provider Mercy House will operate the facility and offer clients services from meals, laundry and showers to mental health and addiction counseling and help finding jobs and permanent housing. The shelter has beds for 90 men and 60 women in separate areas, a smaller room for up to five couples, and 40 beds in a family room. Up to 30 guests may keep a dog or cat with them. Clients must have ties to Santa Ana and will be referred to the shelter by homeless service providers, the county health care agency and Santa Ana police. “This facility, I believe, really embodies what’s possible when you don’t accept no for an answer,” Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido told local officials, homeless advocates and media. “Other cities are now not going to be able to say you can’t do it.” The county and surrounding region have been struggling with a growing number of homeless and the public complaints they often provoke. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2018-11-16
 
Santa Ana Opens New Interim 200-Bed Homeless Shelter | Voice of OC
Santa Ana Thursday unveiled its new 200-bed interim homeless shelter, dubbed The Link, that has beds for single men and women, limited beds for couples and space for families. Mayor Miguel Pulido said during the news conference, the opening of the shelter will help give U.S. District Judge David O. Carter some leverage over Orange County cities in a lawsuit against the county for evicting people from the Santa Ana Riverbed in January without providing enough shelter beds. [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2018-11-16
 
Orange County Launches New Landlord Incentive Program, Funds $250,000 for United to End Homelessness Rental Pilot Effort
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Federal and local housing leaders, including Neal Rackleff, Assistant Secretary, Planning and Development at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Chairman Andrew Do, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Susan B. Parks, CEO, Orange County United Way, as well as 30 community and business leaders came together today to announce Orange County’s first-ever landlord incentive program designed to help house chronically homeless individuals.  [Article]
by , . 2018-11-16
 
Unemployment Up to 2.9% | Orange County Business Journal
Orange County’s unadjusted unemployment rate rose to 2.9% in October from a revised 2.8% in September and down from year-ago estimate of 3.2%, according to the state Employment Development Department. California’s unemployment rate was 4%, and the U.S.’s was 3.5%. The most recent October numbers for the county, state and U.S. aren’t seasonally adjusted. Orange County's lowest-ever unemployment rate was 2.2% in December 1999. OC nonfarm employment increased by 14,800 jobs month-over-month to 1.65 million. [Article]
by , . 2018-11-16
 
SANDAG Considers Future Of Buena Vista Lagoon | KPBS
San Diego County’s regional planners could end years of debate on Friday and settle the uncertain future of the county’s only coastal freshwater lagoon. The Buena Vista lagoon between Oceanside and Carlsbad has been a point of friction for years, but the San Diego Association of Governments, SANDAG, appears close to a major decision. San Diego County has several coastal lagoons. In most, tidal ocean waters blend with fresh water draining out of local watersheds creating saltwater habitat. But not the Buena Vista Lagoon. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2018-11-16
 
Outgoing Supervisor Horn to be honored at Economic Development Council luncheon | Valley Roadrunner
North County Economic Development Council’s “Excellence in Economic Development Awards Luncheon” December 7 will spotlight the region’s top businesses and will present retiring Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn with the North County Steward Award.  The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Cal State University San Marcos Student Union Ballroom, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road San Marcos. Hundreds of the North County’s top business leaders will gather to celebrate the growth of the region’s economy and recognize eight outstanding economic development achievements from throughout the region.  [Article]
by , Valley Center-Roadrunner. 2018-11-16
 
Family Blames Mental Health and Justice System for Daughter’s Tragic Death - NBC 7 San Diego
Monica Rittel was mentally ill and a heavy drug user. She’d been in and out of San Diego County's jail and mental health system, along with private rehab programs for more than a decade. And she died a gruesome death just hours after her most recent release from the County Psychiatric Hospital. Monica’s mother, Sylvia Castelluzzo, remembers her eldest child as healthy and smart as a whip. “A great baby,” Sylvia recalled. “Fun, happy, and gifted in everything. Her teachers were grooming her for great things.” But Monica’s parents said all that changed, seemingly overnight. “We lost her right about the time she turned 16,” Sylvia said. “She became like a stranger.” [Article]
by , KNSD NBC San Diego. 2018-11-16
 
Voting 'Supercenters' Could Replace Neighborhood Polling Places if San Diego County Adopts Voter's Choice Act - NBC 7 San Diego
San Diego County voters could see the end of their neighborhood polling places by the 2020 Presidential Election if the county decides to adopt a measure passed by the state legislature.  Five counties in California have already adopted the Voter's Choice Act, which was passed by the state legislature in 2016. The act allows a county to decide that all registered voters within their limits would get mail-in ballots 28 days before the election. The voter would then drop the postage-paid ballots in the mail, in drop boxes or at "Vote Centers" instead of going to polling centers to fill out a ballot on Election Day.  [Article]
by , KNSD NBC San Diego. 2018-11-16
 
San Diego County unemployment increases slightly despite non-far - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego County's unadjusted unemployment rate rose slightly in October, although total nonfarm employment increased by more than 10,000 jobs, the California Employment Development Department announced on Friday. The county unemployment rate ticked up from an adjusted 3.2 percent in September to 3.3 percent in October, but is down from 3.6 percent in October 2017. Total non-farm employment increased in October by about 10,700 jobs, while agricultural jobs decreased by 300 month-over-month. Non-farm employment now totals 1,492,100. [Article]
by , KFMB-TV - CBS8-San Diego. 2018-11-16
 
Why school districts must focus on financial plans - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Only one of 42 public school districts in San Diego County enjoys a positive balance sheet, Spencer Valley Elementary in Santa Ysibel. The balance sheets of the other 41 districts are dipped in red ink, some substantially. The scoring comes from my recent report, “Financial Soundness Rankings for California’s Public School Districts, Colleges & Universities.” It reviewed the financial soundness of all 944 California public school districts. The rankings derive from each district’s latest Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which you should be able to find on their respective websites. In each CAFR, look for the “Basic Financial Statements,” starting with the page titled “Statement of Net Position.” Look at the top row for “Government Activities.” Then look down the column to where it says, first “Net Position,” then “Unrestricted.” That’s the number you want: the Unrestricted Net Position, or UNP. The number will either be positive or, with parentheses around it, negative. I also divide the UNP by the district’s population to get a per-capita UNP. If negative, that’s the amount each person in the district is in hock for, whether or not your children attend school. Citizens should be concerned about the trajectory of these negative balances, commonly attributed to unfunded pension liabilities. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2018-11-16
 
San Diego gains jobs as unemployment rate stays low in October - The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego County’s record low unemployment rate held steady in October and was led by gains in education hiring for the start of the school year, according to state labor data released Friday. The county’s local non-adjusted unemployment rate in October was 3.3 percent, up 0.1 percent from the previous month. A year ago, the rate stood at 3.6 percent. In the past 12 months, San Diego employers added 26,000 jobs, with most in professional and business services. That’s up from 16,600 jobs at the same time last year. “The market is solid right now,” said Alan Gin, economist at University of San Diego. “Job growth is not spectacular — not in the 30,000 range — but the unemployment rate is low. And it could be that job growth is not in that 30,000 range because there is just not enough workers.” Government hiring led gains between September and October with 7,200 jobs, mainly for education. In the big picture for the year, professional and business services have made up more than half of the job gains in San Diego for the year, with 16,400 new positions. The typically high-paying job category includes architecture, legal services and scientific research. Other growing industries have been manufacturing with 5,600 jobs, educational and health services with 4,600 jobs and government with 3,500 jobs. Leisure and hospitality jobs had the biggest loss year-over-year, with a reduction of 4,000 jobs. The loss was led by 5,200 job losses in accommodation and food services. But, the loss was offset by a gain of 1,200 jobs in arts, entertainment and recreation. Gin said losses in the hospitality sector have been ongoing for more than a year and could be result of a correction after a large ramp up in hiring around two years ago. The trade, transportation and utilities sector — including positions in grocery stores, retail and storage businesses — has lost the second-most jobs at 1,700. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2018-11-16
 
Inland programs helping those with special needs get $133,077 in grants – San Bernardino Sun
The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties recently awarded $133,077 in grants to 15 local nonprofit groups. The grants were made possible by Field of Interest funds at the foundation. While the foundation holds and distributes funds as grants and scholarships, individual donors make such assistance possible. Donations are invested in funds that are pooled into a growing fund for a general community need or created as a specific fund with distributions directed by the donor. Field of Interest Funds support nonprofit groups that work on a specific issue, area or region that’s important to donors. The four Field of Interest funds are: the Seraphim Fund, which aids women and children; the Fred and Eva V. Stebler Fund, which provides for treatment and care of indigent children in Riverside County with an emphasis on children with special needs; the James Bernard and Mildred Jordan Tucker Fund, which supports those who use wheelchairs; and the Irene S. Rockwell Fund, which benefits Perris. [Article]
by , San Bernardino County Sun. 2018-11-16
 
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