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Stalked, Cornered, Hit, Sexually Assaulted, Yelled At: These Are The Stories Of Women Riding LA Metro: LAist
Women take Los Angeles County public transit more than men, but the experiences, needs, and safety concerns of women have been chronically overlooked. These findings were revealed and examined in a first-of-its-kind study by Metro called "Understanding How Women Travel," which found that females faced "outsized burdens and risks" navigating its transit network. [Article]
by , . 2019-12-05
 
How To Raise Money For The Homeless By Sleeping Outside (At A Free Rose Bowl Concert): LAist
The World's Big Sleep Out wants you to grab your sleeping bag and bundle up for the homeless. This Saturday's charity event is trying to raise awareness — and money — for fighting homelessness around the world. Los Angeles's piece of this will be held at the Rose Bowl, featuring a free outdoor concert (and a 50 percent chance of rain). [Article]
by , . 2019-12-05
 
Pasadena Now » County to Identify More Beds for Mental Health Treatment | Pasadena California, Hotels,CA Real Estate,Restaurants,City Guide... - Pasadena.com
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to improve access to mental health treatment in Los Angeles County by adopting a two-year pilot program to procure up to 500 beds for those in need of care. [Article]
by , . 2019-12-05
 
Atmospheric river storms getting worse, causing billions in damage - Los Angeles Times
Atmospheric river storms like the one pounding California this week are becoming more intense and cost Western states roughly $1 billion in damage annually, according to a report on the weather phenomenon. The storms, which carry moisture from the tropics to the mid-latitude regions, have caused some of California’s biggest deluges. But when a storm passes, what’s left in its wake? In the study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, scientists found that from 1978 to 2017, atmospheric rivers caused $42.6 billion in flood damage in 11 Western states — 84% of the estimated total water-related damage of $50.8 billion. That’s roughly $1.1 billion in damage done by atmospheric rivers every year. “Research has shown that these storms are going to become more intense over the coming decades,” said Tom Corringham, one of the authors of the study by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-12-05
 
Despite rain, L.A. County turns out to remember its unclaimed dead - Los Angeles Times
Most of the people who attended Los Angeles County’s ceremony Wednesday for the unclaimed dead didn’t know each other, much less the 1,457 individuals buried together at the Boyle Heights cemetery under the plaque marked 2016. Still, despite pelting rain that forced them to huddle under canopies and umbrellas, they stopped to remember those who died and whose cremated remains have been in the county’s possession for the past three years. Father Chris Ponnet, director of spiritual care at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, began the interfaith service — which he has led for 15 years — with a reference to the Mr. Rogers film, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” The film asks the question: “Won’t you be my neighbor?” Ponnet said. “That’s what we are celebrating today. These were our neighbors.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-12-05
 
U.S. government sues LADWP over Creek fire - Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power equipment was responsible for one of several fires that broke out in Southern California in late 2017 and destroyed dozens of homes, according to a federal lawsuit. In the complaint, filed Tuesday against the LADWP, the federal government alleges the utility failed to clear brush beneath its equipment off Little Tujunga Canyon Road in the hills above Lake View Terrace in the Angeles National Forest before a fire began Dec. 5, 2017. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-12-05
 
Community policing is topic of AV survey | News | avpress.com
Antelope Valley residents are encouraged to participate in the Antelope Valley Community Policing Survey. The second annual survey is part of a settlement agreement between the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Department of Justice. [Article]
by , . 2019-12-05
 
Bonding Leads to Business Growth - Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel | Black News
General engineering contractor Rod Edison had a dream of landing a big construction contract. [Article]
by , . 2019-12-05
 
Here’s how LA’s transit network changed over the last decade - Curbed LA
It’s been a wild decade for anyone getting around Los Angeles. A $1 billion widening project on the 405 opened—and produced disappointing results. Ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft shook up the travel habits of many Angelenos, while navigation apps led drivers on increasingly circuitous routes. And, of course, electric scooters began popping up on sidewalks, roadways, and in the Pacific Ocean. [Article]
by , . 2019-12-05
 
County supes OK ‘911 tax’ for March ballot – Santa Clarita Valley Signal
A 6-cent-per-square-foot parcel tax, to aid the Los Angeles County Fire Department in hiring more firefighters and paramedics and replacing safety gear and life-saving rescue equipment, has been unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors to be added to the March 2020 ballot for voters to decide.  [Article]
by , . 2019-12-04
 
Kathryn Barger named chair for Board of Supervisors – Santa Clarita Valley Signal
County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the 5th District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley, was passed the gavel Tuesday as chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for 2019-20.  [Article]
by , . 2019-12-04
 
Opinion: On Ongoing Issues, West Hollywood City Council Members Need to Come Out of Hiding
So, who is negotiating the City of West Hollywood’s plans to subsidize the annual L.A. Pride Festival and Parade? Who is discussing the city’s spending and its budget and whatever issues, if any, are involved with that? Who is talking with County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office about ways for West Hollywood to collaborate with Los Angeles County in dealing with homelessness? And who is working with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority on plans for routing the Crenshaw extension through the City of West Hollywood? [Article]
by , . 2019-12-04
 
LA County Will Add 500 Badly Needed Mental Health Treatment Beds: LAist
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to add 500 mental health treatment beds over the next two years, as part of a larger effort to increase services for Angelenos who need psychiatric help. [Article]
by , . 2019-12-04
 
An LA Doula Program For Black Moms Derails After Accusations Of Racial Insensitivity: LAist
A promising local program that provided doula services for African American women in Los Angeles County is no longer taking clients after a number of contentious staff departures. Some of the women were fired, and at least one other left in solidarity. [Article]
by , . 2019-12-04
 
State leaders hear ideas for ‘immediate’ responses to homelessness crisis at LA Skid Row meeting – Daily News
Amid news of dismal public opinion about how Los Angeles leaders have handled the homelessness crisis, a committee hearing held by state lawmakers in Skid Row on Tuesday opened with some sobering statistics. Over the past six years, the number of homeless people who have died in Los Angeles County nearly doubled from 536 deaths in 2013 to 1,047 deaths in 2018. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-12-04
 
Pasadena sues itself, trying to escape cannabis ballot initiative – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Pasadena is asking a judge to erase a controversial ballot initiative from next yearís ballot. And itís doing so by suing its own officials. Yes, this is highly unusual. No, the cityís isnít blaming its employees for the proposed measure which, officials have said, would subvert the cityís marijuana laws to legalize currently illegal cannabis stores. Right now, the ballot initiative ó signed by more than 9,100 Pasadenans ó is slated to appear on the March ballot, but city officials are asking the courts to strike it and be quick about it. To make changes to the ballot, officials need a decision from the judge by Christmas Eve, legal filings say. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2019-12-04
 
L.A. County voters will decide on tax hike for firefighters - Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County firefighters on Tuesday won approval to ask voters for more money to help their sprawling department tackle increasingly destructive wildfires and a growing volume of medical calls. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place a proposed parcel tax on the March ballot. The tax would apply to residents in the department’s coverage area, which spans 58 cities and the county’s unincorporated areas. Fire Chief Daryl Osby, who has led the 4,600-member department and its $1.3-billion annual budget since 2011, told the supervisors before the vote that the money was critical to maintaining service amid added strain from wildfires and emergency calls. He has overseen the launch of a public campaign to raise awareness about the stresses facing the department. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-12-04
 
Free weekend shuttles with 12 stops to begin in Griffith Park - Los Angeles Times
Weekend visitors to Griffith Park who go car-free will be able to explore attractions other than the observatory without spending a dime or breaking a sweat. A new hop-on, hop-off shuttle will stop at a dozen locations throughout the park, including Travel Town and the Autry Museum. The GP Parkline shuttle service, which Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled Tuesday, will begin operation Saturday. It will run from noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Park visitors can now take a daily DASH bus from Metro’s Red Line Vermont/Sunset station to the Greek Theatre and Griffith Observatory. The shuttle will provide access to more destinations within the park. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-12-04
 
Column: Addicted mothers like Chelsea Becker a break, not prison - Los Angeles Times
I had conflicting reactions to the story of Chelsea Becker, the 25-year-old Hanford, Calif., meth addict who delivered a stillborn baby boy in September: revulsion, sadness, pity, sympathy. An autopsy showed that the baby, Zachariah, had what prosecutors allege were “toxic levels” of methamphetamine in his system. Becker is now in jail on suspicion of murdering him. My colleague Alexandra Wigglesworth, who reported the story, visited Becker in jail, where she’s being held in lieu of $5 million bail. “I didn’t kill my baby,” Becker sobbed during their visit. “I wish it could have been me instead.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-12-04
 
Column: We should be ashamed, but when it comes to Amazon, we just can't help ourselves - Los Angeles Times
Amazon hasn’t divulged exactly how much it hauled in on Cyber Monday, but the company did say it had its biggest sales day ever. And CNN Business reported that the day’s sales from all sources topped $9 billion, a 17% increase over last year’s haul. One-third of the purchases were made on smartphones. I suppose this is good news in some quarters, consumer optimism being high and all that, but I’m pretty sure we are now one or two packages away from the end of the world. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a pang of nausea at the news of our impulsive, record-setting gluttony and bad taste. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-12-04
 
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