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Gondola project from Union Station to Dodger Stadium gets first approval from LA Metro – Daily News
A proposed 1.2-mile aerial tramway that would transport baseball fans to Dodger Stadium via sky-high gondolas above Chinatown and other neighborhoods in northeast Los Angeles received a major boost on Thursday, Feb. 22. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2024-02-23
 
LA wants to use ‘master leasing’ approach to housing for homeless – Daily News
LOS ANGELES — The City Council moved forward Friday on plans to begin a “master leasing” program in the city — picking up an approach already in use by LA County to expand the number of available units for unhoused residents. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2024-02-23
 
DWR raises State Water Project allocation to 15% for 2024 – Chico Enterprise-Record
CHICO — After the most recent storm systems came with a significant amount of precipitation, the California Department of Water Resources announced Wednesday that it would be upping its allocation to the State Water Project from 10% to 15%. In the announcement, DWR Director Karla Nemeth said assessments will continue over the remainder of the rainy season to determine if additional increases are possible. This increase means an additional 200,000 for the State Water Project. “We will continue to assess our State Water Project allocation forecast as more storms materialize in February and March,” Nemeth said. “This season is an important reminder of our extreme conditions and shift to bigger, flashier storms and the need to continue increasing the state’s ability to capture and store stormwater when it comes as rain instead of snow.” [Article]
by , Chico Enterprise-Record. 2024-02-23
 
Extend CEQA relief across California, not just specific regions or for specific projects – Daily News
State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, has for years been one of the most pro-housing leaders in the California Legislature, unafraid of the NIMBYs, proud to be a YIMBY. This month he added to his pro-growth portfolio by introducing Senate Bill 1227, narrowly targeting an area of downtown San Francisco to spur revitalization there with 10-year temporary exemption from the strictures of CEQA — the California Environmental Quality Act. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2024-02-23
 
Migrants left on San Diego streets after Welcome Center closure | KPBS Public Media
After San Diego County shut down its Migrant Welcome Center this week, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have once again begun dropping migrants off on San Diego streets. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2024-02-23
 
Pocket park debuts at 318 N. Mathews Avenue in Boyle Heights
A ribbon-cutting ceremony held on February 15 marked the official debut of a new pocket park in Boyle Heights. [Article]
by , . 2024-02-23
 
Barger aims to bolster fire insurance | News | avpress.com
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion Tuesday introduced by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to direct the county chief executive office to support legislation that will further stabilize California’s fire insurance market and enhance protections for homeowners. “In response to the devastating wildfires and escalating climate and sustainability concerns, the state legislature and the governor have actively pursued legislation to address these pressing issues,” the proposed motion said. “However, the implementation of these laws has exposed increasing disparities between the intended effects and the actual impact, often resulting in contradictions with existing legislation.” [Article]
by , . 2024-02-23
 
EPA Orders Chiquita Canyon Landfill To Fix Its Odor Problem | LAist
Federal authorities have ordered Chiquita Canyon landfill to fix its longstanding odor problem that's been fueled by a fire that's been smoldering deep inside it. [Article]
by , . 2024-02-23
 
Chiquita Canyon Landfill leaks pose imminent danger, EPA says - Los Angeles Times
Federal officials have ordered operators of Chiquita Canyon landfill to take immediate steps to protect human health and the environment, saying the smoldering Castaic facility poses an imminent danger to nearby communities due to noxious odors and hazardous liquid waste. The action taken Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency comes amid growing calls to shut down the facility. “This order reflects EPA’s commitment to ensuring landfill operators mitigate noxious odors and comply with federal law to prevent public exposure to hazardous wastes,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Martha Guzman. “Today’s order is the result of local, state, and federal collaboration to better protect the health of nearby residents as well as the surrounding environment.” The source of the growing crisis is a heat-generating chemical reaction that probably began deep within the landfill in May of 2022. Extreme heat and growing pressure within the dump have caused piping-hot, contaminated water to spill onto the surface, or occasionally erupt like a geyser. This polluted water has contained cancer-causing benzene above federal standards, making it liquid hazardous waste, according to environmental regulators. Officials have also raised concerns that toxic fumes are drifting into neighboring communities and polluted water has been discharged into nearby waterways due to heavy rains. The landfill’s operator, Waste Connections Inc., says many of the EPA directives are already in the process of being implemented. Although tests showed benzene levels in excess of federal standards as early as August, the landfill continued to send truckloads to two facilities that are unauthorized to handle hazardous waste, according to the EPA. In late January, landfill officials informed the facilities — Avalon Premium Tank Cleaning in Los Angeles County’s West Rancho Dominguez neighborhood and Patriot Environmental Services in Orange — that the polluted water contained “somewhat elevated” levels of benzene. In addition, the landfill acknowledged that some of this chemical-laced water produced enough flammable vapor to be ignitable. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-02-23
 
Metro board approves Dodger Stadium gondola | Urbanize LA
After a marathon hearing, Metro's Board of Directors has voted to approve the construction of an aerial gondola system connecting the Dodger Stadium parking lots with Los Angeles Union Station continue - but with a laundry list of conditions. [Article]
by , . 2024-02-23
 
California Distributes Stockpile Of Abortion Pills Before They Expire | LAist
A high-stakes legal battle last year over a widely used abortion pill prompted California to stockpile one of two drugs used in medication abortions. [Article]
by , . 2024-02-23
 
L.A. forgot Times journalist Frank del Olmo. So did the school named for him - Los Angeles Times
Staff members at Frank Del Olmo Elementary were puzzled when I asked about the school’s namesake. His name was all around us, after all. On the fanciful mural of books, a falcon (the school mascot), a quill pen and ink well with the slogan “Make a Difference in the World.” On school T-shirts advertised for sale on banners in English and Spanish hanging from a fence. On the framed, fancy city proclamation signed in 2006 by then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to mark the opening of this boxy, two-story, three-acre school on the edge of Historic Filipinotown. But I couldn’t find much that told the world who Frank del Olmo was. A trailblazing reporter, columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Times. The first Latino on the paper’s masthead. A founding member of the California Chicano News Media Assn. An inductee into the National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame. A longtime champion of the oppressed, and a burr to the powerful. I visited Frank del Olmo Elementary on Tuesday to pay my respects, a day after the 20th anniversary of his death from a heart attack at just 55 outside his office at the old downtown Times headquarters, which drew condolences from then Mexican President Vicente Fox and Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel García Márquez. At Del Olmo’s funeral, then-Times editor John Carroll told an audience of nearly 900 that the paper and Los Angeles would “always remember” Del Olmo. We didn’t. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-02-23
 
LA’s Winter COVID Surge Ebbs | LAist
Testing wastewater for coronavirus is the best metric we have to estimate how much virus is circulating. The level of coronavirus in L.A. County’s wastewater has dropped to 30% of last winter’s peak — that’s down 22% from the previous week. [Article]
by , . 2024-02-23
 
Laid-off JPL workers spark surge of job seekers at Long Beach ‘Space Beach’ job fair – Daily News
Around 400 job-seekers, at least half of whom were affected by a recent JPL laid off, attended a job fair at Long Beach Friday, Feb. 23. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2024-02-23
 
Metro-adjacent apartments rising at 205 W. Duarte Road in Monrovia
In Monrovia, construction is underway for yet another large apartment complex next door to the city's Metro A Line station. [Article]
by , . 2024-02-23
 
Opinion: California wants to make your healthcare less expensive - Los Angeles Times
Californians have racked up billions of dollars in medical debt. Two years ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature granted authority to a new agency, the Office of Health Care Affordability, to rein in health costs that were racing ahead of residents’ ability to pay. But this effort is in danger of being watered down before it can benefit them. This month, the Office of Health Care Affordability proposed limiting healthcare spending growth to no more than the projected growth in household income — 3% per year over the next five years. For comparison, the median household income in California has grown by an average of 3.5% since 2013, while healthcare spending in the state over the same period grew by an average of 5.5%. The agency will take public comments until March 11 and plans to announce a final healthcare spending cap on June 1. If the state’s hospital and doctor associations have their way, it will look very different in the end. I study healthcare markets, but California families don’t need a professor to tell them health costs can be ruinous. Last year, the California Health Care Foundation found that more than half the state’s residents had skipped or postponed some type of healthcare in the previous 12 months due to cost. Many who did seek care incurred costs they could not afford. Thirty-eight percent of Californians and over half of those with low incomes report having medical debt. A 2023 study found that medical debt contributed to 41% of personal bankruptcies in the U.S. Healthcare providers seem to feel that all this economic pain is unfortunate but not their fault. They contend that if California caps spending increases to 3% per year, it will reduce services, increase waiting times and discourage referrals. They argue that the Office of Health Care Affordability is too willing to sacrifice access and quality in the name of limiting cost. Healthcare providers would rather see any spending cap be based on their costs of providing services. But that would effectively reward providers for higher costs and California residents would be subject to continued unsustainable growth in healthcare spending. A cap linked to household income fairly enforces affordability and puts pressure on providers to limit excess costs that unfairly burden residents with high premiums and deductibles. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-02-23
 
LA begins work to secure graffiti-covered downtown high-rise development – Daily News
LOS ANGELES — The work to fence off an abandoned luxury skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles and clean up the surrounding sidewalk has begun, City Councilman Kevin de León announced Friday. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2024-02-23
 
FEMA online portal for disaster assistance opens | KPBS Public Media
San Diego residents who were affected by the Jan. 22 storm were urged Friday to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2024-02-23
 
L.A. River restoration takes a small step forward near Downtown
Recent investments in bridges and public parks have brought human beings improved access to the Los Angeles River. The next big project will work on access for the living creates who literally call the river home. [Article]
by , . 2024-02-23
 
Alliance San Diego's voter mobilization efforts impacted by January flooding | KPBS Public Media
The San Diego nonprofit organization Alliance San Diego is working extra hard to make sure under-resourced communities are informed about the March 5 primary election and have access to voting resources. The flooding on Jan. 22 made their efforts more challenging. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2024-02-23
 
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