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LA County Supes Approve a New Youth Council and Take an Important Step Toward Nixing Criminal Justice Fees |
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to create a youth advisory panel to give the county’s young people a voice on the policies and programs that impact vulnerable kids and families in Los Angeles. [Article]
by , . 2019-04-19
LA county, city Homelessness Resource Fair looks to connect solution-minded residents with frontline providers – Daily Breeze
In the San Fernando Valley, an Encino group embarked on its own homeless count in the Sepulveda Basin. Sherman Oaks residents shouted down a city councilman over a proposed homeless shelter. On the coast, in San Pedro, a shelter opened despite neighborhood protests. In the midst of it all, L.A.’s mayor this week offered a mix of hope and ambition when it comes to those loving without a home: “We will get there. We will get there,” he said. Amid frustration and hope on the issue, LA county and city governments have combined to organize a first-of-its-kind Homeless Resource Fair this Saturday, hoping to connect residents from throughout the region who want to be part of a solution on homelessness with agencies that are on the frontlines of the problem, which has enveloped L.A. [Article]
by , Daily Breeze. 2019-04-19
Travelers Warned Again of Measles Exposure at LAX After 3rd Confirmed Case at Airport | KTLA
For the third time in two months, public health officials are warning travelers of possible measles exposure at Los Angeles International Airport after an infectious person traveled between terminals there. [Article]
by , . 2019-04-19
Gov. Newsom visits Downey to take stand against drug costs — The Downey Patriot
DOWNEY – California Governor Gavin Newsom was in Downey on Wednesday, joining Los Angeles County leaders at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center to draw a hard line in the sand against expensive prescription drug and medication costs. [Article]
by , . 2019-04-19
Metrolink Offers Free Rides on Earth Day - Sierra Madre Weekly
Metrolink has urged Southern California commuters to leave their cars at home on Earth Day and pledge to take public transportation. To make that easier, Metrolink will provide free rides on its regional rail system on Monday, April 22. [Article]
by , . 2019-04-19
LCF Council to discuss possible Devil’s Gate safety plan on first day of truck hauling - Los Angeles Times
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council could soon discuss creating a community safety plan related to the county’s impending Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, after a contingent of parents, students and educators requested the city help minimize the project’s impacts. Starting May 7, a convoy of diesel trucks will begin hauling away nearly 2 tons of sediment from Hahamongna Watershed Park, taking 400 daily round trips along portions of Oak Grove Drive and Berkshire Avenue eight months a year over a four-year period. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-04-19
Planned Canoga Park homeless housing facility poised for purchase as LA County vote draws near – Daily News
Los Angeles County leaders are on the cusp of purchasing a Canoga Park facility that aims to help homeless people move toward more permanent housing. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors plans to vote next week, April 23, on a motion filed by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, directing the county to finalize the purchase of a former mental-health facility at 7621 Canoga Ave. slated for homeless housing. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-04-19
The [expletives] are flying at Board of Supervisors meetings. We counted them - Los Angeles Times
For decades, the weekly meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been family-friendly, orderly affairs — humdrum public discussions of the appointments, motions and ordinances that keep Los Angeles County’s $30- billion government in motion. Lately, though, those discussions have turned offensive. To the exasperation of supervisors, historically called the “five little kings” for their expansive powers, the county’s business is now increasingly interrupted by slurs, epithets and profanity from the public — an issue that’s long been a headache for their colleagues at City Hall and one the supervisors, for all of their power, seem powerless to stop. According to a Times analysis of a decade of board transcripts, the number of profanities uttered has escalated sharply since the beginning of the year. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-04-19
Garcetti’s budget would spend more money on street repairs and homelessness - Los Angeles Times
Anticipating a rise in business and property tax revenue, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is looking to spend more money on homelessness, street repairs and police overtime next fiscal year. Garcetti on Thursday unveiled his $10.6-billion proposed budget for the city, a spending plan that relies on increased cannabis sales in Los Angeles and state money to help the city’s homeless population. In a sign of the ongoing crisis, the mayor told reporters his budget makes “another year of record investment” to help the tens of thousands of people who live on the city’s streets. Spending on homelessness would reach $457 million, up from $429 million, according to Garcetti and his aides. Those figures include revenue from Proposition HHH, the 2016 voter-backed initiative to build affordable housing, as well as the value of city properties set aside for new housing or sold to raise money. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-04-19
‘Will I get measles?’ How to protect yourself, and other questions - Los Angeles Times
Measles is back. The United States declared measles eradicated in 2000 as the number of people infected each year fell to zero. But this year, 555 people have already come down with measles nationwide as of April 11. That’s 1½ times as many measles cases as there were all last year in the U.S. California is one of 20 states where people have fallen sick with measles this year. As of Thursday, 23 people have been diagnosed with the disease, mostly in the northern half of the state. As numbers continue to climb, we decided to answer some questions that Californians may have about measles, especially if they’re worried about catching it. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-04-19
California gives out too many tax breaks. And it’s losing billions on them each year - Los Angeles Times
Do they create jobs? Lure businesses to California? Keep them here? Help companies expand? Fight climate change? Our legislators and governors should have been asking these questions all along and demanding answers. They’ve long yammered about conducting more oversight of just about everything the state does, but they invariably lose interest. There’s no political reward in wonky studies. But there’s lots of political risk in closing loopholes and requiring certain interests to pay higher taxes. It takes only a simple majority vote in the Legislature to create a tax break. But it requires a difficult two-thirds vote to cancel the break and raise a tax. Doesn’t make sense. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-04-19
A quake every 3 minutes: California shaken by 10 times more temblors than previously known - Los Angeles Times
California has experienced 10 times more earthquakes than previously known, according to groundbreaking new research that has helped scientists better understand the region’s seismology. Scientists documented 1.8 million earthquakes in Southern California over the last decade — with 90% of them newly discovered and so small they had long been undetectable to modern computing systems. Previously, only 180,000 earthquakes were on record for the last 10 years. Researchers now have a better ability to identify undiscovered faults, detect patterns of moving earthquake swarms, and identify faint clusters of foreshocks that occur before a larger earthquake. “We see incredible details,” Caltech seismologist Zachary Ross said of the newly discovered earthquakes he outlined in a study released Thursday in the journal Science, of which he was the lead author. “We start to see new faults emerging.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-04-19
Move Over, San Andreas: There’s an Ominous New Fault in Town | WIRED
U.S. ROUTE 395 is a geologic master class disguised as a road. It runs north from the arid outskirts of Los Angeles, carrying travelers up to Reno along the eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada. On the way, they pass the black cinder cones of Coso Volcanic Field and the eroded scars of a mighty 19th-century earthquake near Lone Pine. In winter, drivers might see steam rising from Hot Creek, where water boils up from an active supervolcano deep underground. About an hour from the Nevada border, Mono Lake appears, with its bulbous and surreal mineral formations known as tufa towers. Even for someone with no particular interest in rocks, these are captivating, otherworldly sights. But for James Faulds, Nevada’s state geologist, they are something more—clues to a great tectonic mystery unfolding in the American West. If he’s right, all of this, from the wastes of the Mojave Desert to the night-lit casinos of Reno, will someday be beachfront property. [Article]
by , . 2019-04-19
After separation at the border months ago, some migrant families tearfully reunite - Los Angeles Times
The Honduran cattle herder rubbed his hands nervously, perched on the edge of his seat in the baggage claim area of San Diego International Airport, scanning the crowd. Suddenly, a curly-haired teenager caught his eye. “That’s my son,” he said, his mouth widening into a grin as he launched himself toward an embrace that had been nearly a year in the making. “Don’t cry,” he whispered as he hugged the boy, who had surpassed him in height since the two were apprehended last May by U.S. immigration agents. Redin, 39, and his 16-year-old son, also named Redin, were split up that same night. A month later, the father was deported back to Honduras and the boy was shuttled to a youth detention facility in Texas. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-04-19
U.S. appeals court upholds most of California’s ‘sanctuary’ laws - Los Angeles Times
A federal appeals court decided unanimously Thursday that most of California’s so-called sanctuary laws can continue to be enforced, rejecting the bulk of a lawsuit brought by the Trump administration. The decision, authored by a Republican appointee on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, was a sweeping victory for California. The court’s only concern about the legality of the three sanctuary laws was that no costs should be imposed on the federal government. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-04-19
Santa Margarita Water District Director Resigns from Orange County LAFCO | Voice of OC
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA (April 10, 2019) – Santa Margarita Water District Director, Charley Wilson, today announced his resignation from the Orange County Local Agency FormationCommission (“OC LAFCO”). Director Wilson has served on the Commission since 2000. [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2019-04-19
O.C. panels in holding pattern over proposed general aviation upgrades at John Wayne Airport after Newport Beach objects - Los Angeles Times
Orange County’s Airport Commission and Board of Supervisors have delayed votes until May on proposed changes to general aviation offerings at John Wayne Airport after Newport Beach objected to what it considers the last-minute release of a key section of the project’s environmental review. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-04-19
Supervisor Bartlett Delivers State of South County Address | Dana Point Times
Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett presented a series of updates on issues pertaining to the 5th District in the State of South County Address & Dinner on Thursday, April 11 at the Laguna Hills Community Center. [Article]
by , . 2019-04-19
Orange County adds 6,018 people as population growth slows to one-third the national pace – Orange County Register
Orange County’s population growth has slowed to a point where it’s now running one-third the national pace. Fresh U.S. Census Bureau stats show the county with 3,185,968 residents as of July 1, 2018 — No. 6 among U.S. counties. But the county’s population grew by only 6,018 in a year, ranking it just 43rd among the 100 most-populous counties in terms of people added. And on a percentage basis, population growth was 0.19% in 2018 — No. 69 of the largest counties — and not even one-third of the 0.6% national pace. The county’s growth is down slightly from 2017 when it added 9,243 people, a 0.29% gain, and it’s significantly slower than the 2010-to-2018 average annual pace of 21,176 — 21st highest among the Top 100 counties. My trusty spreadsheet put this population change into some perspective while noting population growth has cooled regionally and nationwide … [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-04-19
San Diego County Jails Under Scrutiny For Numerous Deaths | KPBS
When Ivan Ortiz died shortly after trying to kill himself in March at San Diego Central Jail, he was the fourth person to die in a county jail in six weeks. San Diego journalist Kelly Davis covers criminal justice and vulnerable populations and has written about deaths in the jail system. Her recent story in The Guardian highlights whether county jails are able to adequately care for medical and mental health needs of its prisoners. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2019-04-19
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