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LA County to Offer Rebuilding Workshops for Woolsey Fire Survivors - NBC Southern California
Los Angeles County will offer customized workshop sessions to help Woolsey Fire survivors living in unincorporated areas navigate their way through the rebuilding process, it was announced Thursday. "The process of rebuilding a home lost to a wildfire can feel overwhelming," Los Angeles County Public Works Director Mark Pestrella said. [Article]
by , KNBC Los Angeles. 2019-02-22
 
Debris removal operations completed for 35 LA County properties | Malibu Surfside News
Fire debris has been removed from 35 properties in Los Angeles County and 11 properties in Ventura County, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services announced Wednesday, Feb. 20. [Article]
by , . 2019-02-22
 
Charlotta Bass: The newspaper publisher who crusaded for fair housing - Curbed LA
In 1944, Anna and Henry Laws built their dream home, a two bedroom house with a red-tiled roof on 92nd Street in the semi-rural neighborhood of Watts. They had purchased the land over a decade before and had scrimped and saved in order to construct the house. In October, when they moved in, “there wasn’t a black face around,” one family member later told the Los Angeles Times. [Article]
by , . 2019-02-22
 
LA's Sheriff Says Jail Reform Has Failed. We Went Inside To Find Out: LAist
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says reforms designed to reduce violence by deputies in the jails are a failed "social experiment." He claims attacks on guards are up, and his deputies feel the new rules keep them from fully defending themselves. Villanueva has argued his deputies need a freer hand to use force. [Article]
by , . 2019-02-22
 
Fixing our broken juvenile justice system – Daily News
Young people should be defined by their best achievements in life, not by their worst mistakes. Incarcerating children does not work. Our juvenile justice system in the United States is broken and Governor Newsom’s announcement gives me further confidence that we are on the correct path forward in the state of California. His intention to move juvenile justice out of corrections jurisdiction and into the hands of government health and human service providers is a giant stride toward equity and compassion in our treatment of young offenders. Approximately 60,000 children are currently confined in juvenile detention and correctional facilities in this country, with hundreds of thousands more on probation. Los Angeles County is home to the largest probation department in the nation. Many young people who’ve been confined face a myriad of challenges when they return home, including difficulty re-enrolling in school and finding jobs. Many of these young people are returning to an unstructured or unstable family environment where the household is low-income, the parent(s) are under-employed, at-risk of homelessness and food instability and located in a low-income high-crime community. A high percentage of kids are faced with the usual challenges in their adolescence, as well as having been victims of crime, experienced trauma, gang exposure, health and mental health challenges, substance use disorders and discrimination due to race, ethnicity, sexual/gender orientation and/or immigration status. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-02-22
 
Snow comes to L.A., with powder in Malibu, Pasadena, West Hollywood - Los Angeles Times
Xavier Bias walked out of the Whole Foods Market in Pasadena and saw another woman looking to the ground puzzled at the white stuff covering the sidewalk. The woman wasn’t sure exactly what she was looking at. But Bias, who is originally from the East Coast, quickly set her straight. It was snow. “People didn’t know what it was,” Bias said. “I was like, no, this is snow.” It was that kind of day in some parts of Southern California, where snow dropped at extremely low elevation levels, creating a winter wonderland for a short while. Snow fell in Malibu, Pasadena, West Hollywood, Northridge, San Bernardino, Thousand Oaks and other unexpected places. Snow level hit the 1,000-foot mark, bringing tiny bits of the white stuff into neighborhoods that had not seen snow in decades. But the show was fleeting, lasting in most cases a few minutes before the sun melted anything that had hit the ground. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-02-22
 
From the Archives: In 1949, Angelenos get a rare taste of snow at home - Los Angeles Times
For four consecutive days in 1949, snow fell in Los Angeles. From Jan. 9 through Jan. 12, much of Southern California received measurable snowfall. In 1999, on the 50th anniversary of the 1949 snowfall, Los Angeles Times columnist Cecilia Rasmussen wrote: On Jan. 10, 1949, in the middle of the worst housing shortage in Los Angeles history, more than half an inch of snow covered the Civic Center. The San Fernando Valley was pelted with the unfamiliar white stuff for three days, accumulating almost a foot. The Rose Bowl was transformed into "a dishpan full of milk," by one account. An Alhambra hardware store put up a sign that said, "Snow Plows for Rent — Hurry!" A snowman appeared in Eagle Rock, wearing a sombrero, and the city of Reno, Nev., sent L.A. a snow shovel. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-02-22
 
Following L.A., Oakland teachers strike for smaller classes and better pay - Los Angeles Times
Oakland teachers are headed to the picket lines Thursday morning, the latest group of educators to demand better wages, smaller class sizes and stronger support staff by walking out of schools. Representatives of the Oakland Education Assn. and Oakland Unified School District met Wednesday morning, and no agreement was reached, said Keith Brown, the president of the teachers union. The district, he said, offered nothing “that will dramatically increase the quality of education for our students.” The Oakland Education Assn. represents about 3,000 teachers at 86 schools. Teachers plan to picket in front of schools beginning at 6:30 a.m. before heading to a rally at City Hall at 11:30 a.m. followed by a march to the school district central office. The union has raised concerns similar to those by United Teachers Los Angeles. More than 30,000 nurses, counselors and librarians went on a six-day strike in January, prompting concessions from the Los Angeles Unified School District, including raises, decreases in class sizes and a commitment to keeping a full-time nurse in every school. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-02-22
 
Southern California doctors arrested in opioid prescription crackdown - Los Angeles Times
A yearlong investigation by federal drug agents has resulted in criminal charges against several physicians and other healthcare providers accused of writing bogus prescriptions or selling painkillers and other drugs on the black market. Dubbed Operation Hypocritical Oath — a play on the Hippocratic oath taken by doctors — the investigation targeted dozens of healthcare professionals in California, Nevada and Hawaii, many of whom came under suspicion because records showed they were prescribing an unusual amount of narcotics, said Bill Bodner, deputy special agent in charge for the Drug Enforcement Agency in Los Angeles. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-02-22
 
California attorney general says police transparency law should apply to older incidents - Los Angeles Times
A landmark new police transparency law should apply to internal investigations of officer shootings and misconduct cases that occurred before this year, California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra argues in a new court document. In a legal briefing for a pending state Supreme Court case, Becerra says state legislators intended for the public to know about all investigations of shootings or confirmed cases of sexual assault and lying while on duty by officers within a department’s possession when they passed Senate Bill 1421 last year. “That goal could not be achieved if all records of prior conduct were excluded from the law’s coverage,” said the briefing, which was filed on Wednesday. California attorney general sued over release of records of police shootings and misconduct probes » Becerra, however, has not followed his own legal opinion. He is refusing to release records held by the attorney general’s office from incidents that occurred prior to Jan. 1 when the law took effect. Becerra has said he wants courts to definitively interpret that the law applies to records of older incidents before he makes public those held by the attorney general’s office. Last week, a First Amendment group sued Becerra for his refusal to disclose the information. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-02-22
 
After Trump administration reopens their cases, Christian refugees from Iran land in L.A. - Los Angeles Times
Nearly a dozen Iranians who had been denied asylum in the United States despite a special program for religious minorities have landed in Los Angeles after having their cases reconsidered, attorneys said. The refugees, who sought entry under the decades-old Lautenberg-Specter program, arrived last week, said Kate Meyer, an attorney with the International Refugee Assistance Project. Their applications were initially declined by the Trump administration last February — an unprecedented move for a program with a near-100% acceptance rate, Meyer said. In all, the cases of 87 Iranian applicants were denied. The government did not provide a reason for the denials at the time, saying it was “a matter of discretion.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-02-22
 
Trump administration confirms it has ended fuel-economy talks with California - Los Angeles Times
Already-faltering negotiations between the Trump administration and California aimed at resolving a dispute over fuel-economy standards have broken down completely, the White House said Thursday. “The Trump administration has decided to discontinue discussions” with the California Air Resources Board about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to scale back the standards, the White House said in a statement. The board had been meeting sporadically with officials from the White House, EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in hopes of persuading them not to roll back the Obama-era regulations. Both sides blamed the other for the breakdown in talks. “Despite the administration’s best efforts to reach a common-sense solution, it is time to acknowledge that CARB has failed to put forward a productive alternative,” the White House statement said. “Accordingly, the administration is moving forward to finalize a rule later this year with the goal of promoting safer, cleaner, and more affordable vehicles.” California officials said the Trump administration’s efforts to reach a compromise were less than genuine. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-02-22
 
National Enquirer’s biggest investors include California taxpayers and state workers - Los Angeles Times
The National Enquirer has been one of President Trump’s most controversial allies, delivering scathing coverage of his opponents to supermarket checkout lines and funneling $150,000 to one of his alleged mistresses to buy her silence. So it will probably come as a surprise to many California state employees and taxpayers to learn they were helping fund those efforts. During the 2016 presidential campaign, California’s massive public pension fund, CalPERS, was one of the biggest investors in the debt-laden owner of the National Enquirer, according to public records reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Through an investment managed by a New Jersey hedge fund, California’s public pension fund appears to have owned as much as one-third of American Media Inc., the National Enquirer’s parent company, in 2016. It is not clear whether CalPERS continues to hold a major stake in the tabloid publisher. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-02-22
 
County of Orange Social Services Agency receives Crown Communities Award | Orange County Breeze
The County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) is pleased to announce it has been honored with the 2018 Crown Communities Award presented by American City & County magazine. SSA was recognized for its simulation training program, the first of its kind in the state specifically designed for Adult Protective Services (APS) workers. Since 2004, American City & County magazine has bestowed the awards acknowledging cities and counties throughout the country for their ground-breaking accomplishments. This year, SSA was one of six programs to win this prestigious accolade. [Article]
by , OC Breeze. 2019-02-22
 
OC Human Trafficking Task Force releases 2019 report, says 25 percent of 415 victims were minors | abc7.com
Orange County law enforcement officials are warning human traffickers and prostitution rings to stay away. A task force set up to help fight modern-day sex and labor slavery announced it's seeing an increase in the number of victims it helps. Last year, the task force helped 415 human-trafficking victims and more than 25 percent of those were minors, officials said in an annual report released Thursday. [Article]
by , . 2019-02-22
 
It’s time to take John Wayne’s name off the Orange County airport - Los Angeles Times
Most people familiar with the life story of John Wayne are aware that the late movie star was a dyed-in-the-wool right-winger — after all, he was still making a movie glorifying America’s conduct of the Vietnam War (“The Green Berets,” 1968) well after the country had begun to get sick of the conflict. But the resurrection of a 1971 interview Wayne gave to Playboy magazine has underscored the sheer crudeness of the actor’s feelings about gay people, black people, Native Americans, young people and liberals. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s impossible or immoral to enjoy Westerns and war movies starring John Wayne; that’s a personal choice. But it certainly undermines any justification for his name and image to adorn a civic facility. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-02-22
 
San Diego County's Long-Time Water Chief Retires | KPBS
The San Diego County Water Authority's General Manager notified the region's water board on Wednesday that she is retiring. Maureen Stapleton has held the top job at the agency for more than two decades. She led the Water Authority through the complicated settlement negotiations surrounding the Colorado River. That deal cleared the way for a huge water transfer with the Imperial Valley that provides a significant chunk of local drinking water. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2019-02-22
 
'The Great Flood of 1916': Could history repeat itself at the Sweetwater Dam?
(KGTV) - The heavy rainfall of early 2019 has been a welcome sight for many in San Diego County hoping for an improvement in California’s drought conditions. However, with that rainfall comes some concern about the structural integrity of county dams and the potential for catastrophic flooding on par with a devastating event that happened over 100 years ago in the South Bay. [Article]
by , . 2019-02-22
 
Mega storm could cause billions in damage to California, report shows
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego may be seeing more rain than usual this winter, but a panel of scientists recently hypothesized that the storm of all storms could cause billions in damage, destroying vital infrastructure statewide. A report on "the big one" of all storms, called ARkstorm, has the potential to destroy water supplies, damage the state's power grids and topple agriculture, according to the United States Geological Survey report . The storm would virtually leave California in the dark for some time. [Article]
by , . 2019-02-22
 
Five mountain school districts to close for second consecutive day Friday due to snow, icy roads - The San Diego Union-Tribune
he same five rural mountain school districts in San Diego County that closed Thursday will remain shut down for another “snow day” Friday, authorities said. Campuses in the Julian Union School District, Julian Union High School District, Mountain Empire Unified School District, Spencer Valley School District and Warner Unified District will be closed Friday due to inclement weather, according to the county Office of Education. Campuses in many of the same districts have been closed or started late on several previous dates this month because of snow and icy roads. The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for San Diego County’s inland valleys and foothills that went into effect at 10 p.m. Thursday and was expected to expire at 9 a.m. Friday. Forecasters said overnight temperatures were expected to drop into the 20s and 30s in many areas. The temperature had already fallen to 30 degrees Thursday afternoon in Julian, where at least eight inches of snow had fallen as of about 3:30 p.m. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2019-02-22
 
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