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Whittier finds a (partial) homelessness fix
About 48,000 people live on the streets in Los Angeles County.  But there’s good news — due to the courage of civic leaders in Whittier, 120 fewer will be sleeping outside tonight. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2020-09-28
 
Still no post-Labor Day surge of COVID-19 cases
Los Angeles County reported 1,236 new cases of COVID-19 and 18 additional deaths today, bringing the county’s totals to 266,988 cases and 6,504 fatalities. [Article]
by , . 2020-09-28
 
L.A. County sees decline in coronavirus hospitalizations
Los Angeles County saw a continued decline in the number of people with serious cases of COVID-19 this weekend, with fewer than 700 patients hospitalized on Sunday. There were three times as many COVID-19 hospitalizations during the summer surge. The reduction in the most serious cases came as the county reported 815 new cases overall and 10 deaths for the day. These are declines from past highs, but the lower numbers may reflect a lag in weekend reporting, the county said. There were 692 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Sunday, compared with 1,100 in late August and more than 2,200 in mid-July. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-09-28
 
Column: She died on a sidewalk near where she grew up. She was L.A.’s 959th homeless death this year
Sylvia Maglia, 63, was well on her way to becoming a statistic in a region where, each year, we break records for the number of people who die on our streets. She was deteriorating quickly in Granada Hills, anchored in her regular spot outside a real estate office on Balboa Boulevard, just south of San Fernando Mission Boulevard. “She was skin and bones, and she refused to eat,” said Sandra, a homeless woman who lives on the pavement near a Target store less than a block away. “She was very sick.” Pilar Schiavo, a Chatsworth resident who takes water and food to homeless people in the western San Fernando Valley and lobbies for more shelter beds and housing, recalls stopping to see Maglia on the wretchedly hot Labor Day weekend, when the mercury hit 118 in Granada Hills. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-09-28
 
Coronavirus: Do hotel workers deserve extra job security?
Bleary-eyed and snack-deprived, I stumbled toward Terminal A at John Wayne Airport at 5:30 in the morning. It was a ritual I practiced at least once a month before the coronavirus, my runway of choice to seek stories across the country. This time, the final destination was closer: the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. A group of laid-off airport and hotel employees were going to hold a rally at John Wayne, then visit the legendary Sunset Strip hotel where John Belushi died to meet their unemployed peers. Afterward, some planned to caravan to Sacramento and demand a meeting with Gov. Gavin Newsom. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-09-28
 
School-issued computers a lifeline for Southern California schoolchildren during pandemic
As this weird fall of distance learning unfolds, new data show that the great majority of schoolchildren in Southern California’s major metro areas are staring at computer screens issued by their school districts — not at devices belonging to their families. And while “internet deserts” persist, the vast majority of adults in households with children — some 90 percent or more, depending on how you calculate it — said they had internet access paid for by their families, according to the latest Household Pulse Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. Only a fraction said their Internet access was provided by school districts. Perhaps disturbingly, though, 6 percent in the Los Angeles area and 8 percent in the Riverside area did not report anything regarding internet access. A similar sliver — 5 percent in L.A. and 4 percent in Riverside — reported nothing for computer access. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2020-09-28
 
Coronavirus state tracker: Where every California county is in the state tier system
According to the California Department of Public Health several counties could be lowered by a tier on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Once a county is lowered, or raised, a tier it must remain there for at least three weeks. A county must also meet criteria for the next tier in daily coronavirus positive cases per 100,000 and testing positivity – meaning the rate at which tests are coming back positive – for two consecutive weeks in order to progress down a level. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2020-09-28
 
Some Orange County teacher unions still negotiating with districts about safety as schools’ reopening approaches
At least two Orange County teacher unions are negotiating with their school districts about classroom conditions as more campuses head toward reopening to in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. Unions representing teachers in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and Capistrano Unified School District are negotiating memorandum of understandings with their districts, school officials said on Friday, Sept. 25. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2020-09-28
 
Timmy Solomon, a guide through the Rehab Riviera system, dies of overdose at 31
Timmy Solomon, whose drug treatment odyssey was profiled in Southern California News Group’s law-changing Rehab Riviera series, died in early September. The 31-year-old overdosed at a house in Buena Park the morning of Sept. 2 and was rushed to La Palma Intercommunity Hospital where he was pronounced dead. SCNG profiled Solomon in 2017 while he was living on the streets of Orange County, part of the wave of young people dipping in and out of addiction treatment facilities and sober living homes in Southern California. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2020-09-28
 
Orange County remains on track for state's third tier for reopening
The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 10 deaths and 165 new coronavirus infections in the latest set of numbers released on Saturday. The death toll in the county due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, now stands at 1,214. Total cases in the county climbed to 53,069. Patients who required hospitalization because of the virus were at 156, with 47 of those patients being treated in intensive care units. An additional 9,986 tests were reported, bringing the total number of tests administered during the pandemic to 838,045. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-09-28
 
Californians back racial justice but are not rushing to reinstate affirmative action
This summer, it seemed the planets might be aligning to repeal California’s 24-year-old ban on affirmative action. Widespread street protests over the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis had fueled a national reckoning with racism, discrimination and other social-justice problems. Poll after poll of public opinion showed rising acknowledgement of racial inequality and the need to address it. The novel coronavirus was having a disproportionate impact on people of color. And California was in a sustained demographic and political shift — more diverse, less conservative — away from what it was in 1996, when voters approved Proposition 209, a constitutional amendment outlawing racial or gender preferences in public employment, education and contracts. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2020-09-28
 
San Diego charter schools sue state seeking funding for thousands of students
Three San Diego charter schools sued California Thursday, saying the state is denying them funding for thousands of new students who want to enroll. The lawsuit was filed by the Classical Academies, Springs Charter Schools and The Learning Choice Academy in San Diego and by some students who attend or want to attend those schools. It seeks class action status to include the 310 non-classroom-based charter schools in California that served 195,000 students last school year. Charter schools are public schools run independently of school districts. Non-classroom-based charter schools specialize in independent study, online learning and home schooling. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2020-09-28
 
County surpasses 1,000 coronavirus cases among nursing home residents
As San Diego County surpassed the 1,000-case milestone for nursing home residents infected by COVID-19 this week, some facilities are preparing to resume indoor visitations more than six months after they were suspended due to the pandemic. Families of loved ones living in some of the region’s skilled nursing facilities have been able to video chat, or have window or patio visits. But depending on the space, staffing and technological abilities of each nursing home, family members may have gone months without seeing loved ones in person. Encinitas resident Anne Artz’s mother-in-law moved into The Cove at La Jolla at the beginning of March as she was recovering from pneumonia. Artz and her husband have been able to have video chats and window visits with Shirley Artz, but they haven’t been able to visit face-to-face. “Steve and myself are feeling very disconnected from our parents,” she said. “I don’t think phone calls and Facebook or anything like that (are the same). It’s not really healthy, and it’s really kind of sad that the last six months we haven’t had that physical interaction.” [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2020-09-28
 
COVID-19 infection rates become weekly 'nail-biter' for local businesses: Can they outlast pandemic?
As the county’s public health officer this week methodically reeled off the latest COVID-19 case rates, it quickly became clear that business owners’ greatest fears of yet another shutdown of indoor operations would not be realized. “We made it through a nail-biter here today,” county Supervisor Jim Desmond said of the news that San Diego had escaped having to leave its red-tier reopening status for the state’s most restrictive purple tier. “It’s kind of a small victory.” But was it? After six months of navigating the dips and surges of the novel coronavirus and nervously monitoring California’s ever-changing rules for what is and isn’t safe to reopen, local restaurants, bars and gyms are questioning how much longer — if at all — they and their employees can outlast the pandemic. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2020-09-28
 
California mayor, Mexican governor argue over sewage spills
The mayor of Imperial Beach, Calif., and the governor of Baja California are engaged in an ongoing public feud over cross-border sewage spills, which have been a problem for years and resulted in polluting local communities in the United States and making people ill. Mexican Gov. Jaime Bonilla has held three separate news conferences this month demanding Mayor Serge Dedina apologize for his public criticisms of Mexico’s inability to stop sewage from flowing into the U.S. Bonilla publicly insisted that his administration has already fixed the problem by repairing broken pumps and clearing trash along the Tijuana River Valley. However, Dedina pointed out that Tijuana’s overburdened sewage system continues to discharge contaminated water from a pump station six miles south of the border. Until that is fixed, he said, cross-border sewage flows will continue. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-09-28
 
GoFundMe a go-to for struggling businesses, families, pet owners
Some are to help laid-off restaurant workers or struggling breweries. Others are to keep dance studios open. Several are for smaller, personal expenses such as veterinarian bills. But the online fundraisers all have one thing in common. Each of the GoFundMe posts are from a person, business or organization hurting financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of local relief efforts related to COVID-19 can be found on GoFundMe by searching “San Diego COVID” or “San Diego coronavirus,” and most appear to be aimed at helping small businesses such as restaurants and shops struggling during the pandemic. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2020-09-28
 
SD County Reports 330 New COVID-19 Cases, No New Deaths
San Diego County public health officials confirmed 330 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, increasing the region's total to 46,331, but no new deaths, with that total remaining at 775. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2020-09-28
 
Solana Beach to establish rental relief program
Solana Beach will establish a financial relief program aimed at tenants who have fallen behind on their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [Article]
by , Del Mar Times. 2020-09-28
 
San Diego County reports 279 new COVID-19 cases, one new death
San Diego County public health officials confirmed 279 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death Sunday, increasing the region's totals to 46,610 cases and 776 fatalities. [Article]
by , . 2020-09-28
 
Valley students kayak across Salton Sea to raise awareness on environmental issues
On Saturday morning three valley high school students set out on the Salton Sea, kayaking from one side to the other in an effort to raise awareness on the environmental plight and public health issues brought on by California's largest lake. [Article]
by , . 2020-09-28
 
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