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‘They should have done it earlier,’ says San Fernando Valley pub owner, as outdoor dining returns
Angela Marsden, owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill in Sherman Oaks, was watching the TV news on Monday afternoon, Jan. 25, when she learned Los Angeles County would follow the state’s lead and allow restaurants to serve diners outdoors once more. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2021-01-26
 
Harvest Rock Church Wins One, Loses One
Lawyers for Harvest Rock Church won a split decision in the church’s latest court battle for an injunction that would allow the Pasadena church to hold indoor services while its lawsuit is decided. [Article]
by , . 2021-01-26
 
Pasadena Unified Seeks to Continue Emergency Powers for Superintendent During Pandemic
Almost a year ago, California was placed under a state of emergency due to COVID-19, effectively resulting in Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) giving the district superintendent the power to take any action necessary so school could continue, while ensuring the health and safety of students and school staff. [Article]
by , . 2021-01-26
 
Shawn Morrissey Promoted to Senior Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement at Union Station Homeless Services
Union Station Homeless Services announced today the promotion of Shawn Morrissey, to Senior Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement, as a senior member of the organization’s Executive Team reporting directly to CEO Anne Miskey. [Article]
by , . 2021-01-26
 
COVID: Destroying Jobs and Increasing Homelessness
The COVID pandemic has given birth to a brutal recession. A new report from the Economic Roundtable predicts job loss from this recession will cause homelessness in Los Angeles to skyrocket. [Article]
by , . 2021-01-26
 
How California COVID stay-at-home order ending affects L.A.
Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that the state is rescinding its coronavirus stay-at-home order, officials in Los Angeles County said they plan to take advantage of the relaxed restrictions — allowing for the immediate reopening of personal care services and outdoor dining at restaurants later this week. The news, though positive, came with a repeated caveat: The county is not out of the woods yet, and unless residents and businesses remain vigilant and take steps to protect themselves and those around them, the progress can easily be erased. “We’re anxious, as is everyone, to move forward,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said during a briefing Monday. But, she stressed, “this all depends on all of us” and, if the county’s coronavirus situation starts deteriorating again, “we’ll be in the horrible position of once again needing to backtrack.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-01-26
 
With survival at stake, L.A. restaurants rush to reopen
Few people came to symbolize the frustration, fear and anger of restaurant owners to the ban on outdoor dining than Angela Marsden, owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill in Sherman Oaks. When Los Angeles County imposed the rules in the wake of a deadly spike in COVID-19 in November, she became world famous for a video she posted in which she tearfully described how the ban was upending her business and questioning the fairness of closing her down while catering services for a Hollywood shoot operated nearby. “I’m losing everything. Everything I own is being taken away from me, and they set up a movie company right next to my outdoor patio, which is right over here,” she said in the viral video. “And people wonder why I’m protesting and why I have had enough.... We cannot survive. My staff cannot survive.” On Monday, Marsden was again fighting back tears — this time of joy and anxiety — as she talked about being able to reopen. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-01-26
 
L.A. officials say they're working to make 2020 violence an 'anomaly,' but relief remains elusive
Los Angeles officials on Monday outlined efforts to interrupt last year’s deadly surge in gun violence, with Mayor Eric Garcetti expressing hope that the intense bloodshed of 2020 would be “an anomaly and not a trend.” In his first extended comments on last year’s violence and the city’s path out of it, Garcetti noted that reductions in some crime categories — and in violent crime overall — were overshadowed by the fact that nearly 100 additional people were killed compared to the previous year, with 350 homicide victims in total. “It was a year in which, overall, if you’re an Angeleno, you were less likely to be a victim of crime, and yet more families than we’ve seen in a decade had the worst crime that affected their family: that of losing a loved one,” Garcetti said. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-01-26
 
Eight more L.A. County children contract COVID-related MIS-C
Eight more children in Los Angeles County have contracted an inflammatory condition connected to the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 62, county public health officials announced Saturday. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, is serious but relatively rare. In L.A. County, it has disproportionately affected Latino children. No further details about the eight new cases were available. Children are generally less vulnerable to the coronavirus than adults and usually remain asymptomatic. The inflammatory reaction that results in MIS-C usually develops two to four weeks after exposure to the virus. Symptoms of MIS-C can include a persistent fever, pain in the abdomen or neck, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, bloodshot eyes, low blood pressure and exhaustion. Inflammation of body parts, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs, is also a possible symptom. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-01-26
 
New COVID vaccine eligibility guidance uses age-based list
In a significant reshuffling of vaccine eligibility guidelines, California officials said Monday they will be shifting who is prioritized in the next round of COVID-19 inoculations to focus on age rather than specific occupations considered higher risk. The modifications announced Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom leave unchanged the current priority list, which focuses on healthcare workers and residents 65 and older before expanding to teachers, farmworkers and first responders. But there will be shift in who gets the vaccine after them. Under the original plan’s tier structure, Tier 2 workers in manufacturing, transportation and commercial and residential settings along with incarcerated people and the homeless would be prioritized. Under the new plan, the next priority would be people under 65 years old. No details about the criteria were released Monday, but they could end up focusing on people over 50 first. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-01-26
 
California reopening brings risks, potential economic rewards
  Gov. Gavin Newsom’s abrupt move to lift stay-at-home orders — allowing outdoor dining and other business activities to resume — represents a gamble that California can avoid another deadly coronavirus surge in the coming months despite a slow, frustrating rollout of the vaccine and the looming threat of more contagious strains of the virus taking hold across the state. After a catastrophic fall-and-winter surge left about 20,000 dead, California is rapidly bending the curve as new cases fall and hospitalizations decline. COVID-19 hospitalizations began to fall about 2½ weeks ago, and much of this progress can be attributed to residents changing their behavior by avoiding travel, staying at home more and following the new rules. The question now is whether California can keep cases down even as activities such as dining, cosmetology and travel pick up. Lifting the stay-at-home order should be a boost to some restaurant owners and other merchants whose businesses have been battered by cycles of closure since the pandemic began and who placed enormous pressure on the governor to ease restrictions as campaigns gather signatures to recall him from office. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-01-26
 
Denmark's coronavirus sequencing shows U.K. variant cases exploding
Like a speeding car whose brake lines have been cut, the coronavirus variant first spotted in Britain is spreading at an alarming rate and isn’t responding to established ways of slowing the pandemic, according to Danish scientists who have one of the world’s best views into the new, more contagious strain. Cases involving the variant are increasing 70 percent a week in Denmark, despite a strict lockdown, according to Denmark’s State Serum Institute, a government agency that tracks diseases and advises on health policy. “We’re losing some of the tools that we have to control the epidemic,” said Tyra Grove Krause, scientific director of the institute, which this past week began sequencing every positive coronavirus test to check for mutations. By contrast, the United States is sequencing 0.3 percent of cases, ranking it 43rd in the world and leaving it largely blind to the variant’s spread. [Article]
by , . 2021-01-26
 
5 places reopening after California's stay-home order lifted
Startled by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Monday rollback of statewide COVID-19 rules, local officials, park rangers, hoteliers, restaurateurs and others are scrambling to reopen lodgings, campgrounds and restaurants. Some — such as the Inn at Death Valley — will restart within days. For others, including the campgrounds at Joshua Tree National Park, it’s likely to be a few weeks. Most California state park campgrounds remain closed. A spokesman said the agency was consulting with state and local health officials and “appreciates the public‘s patience as it prepares to increase access” to the state park system. Now that the state has stepped back from the Regional Stay Home order that banned overnight vacations and closed restaurant dining rooms and patios in most of the state, county officials are deciding what businesses can open and how they will be allowed to operate. Here are some places that are starting to reopen as a result of Monday’s action. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-01-26
 
Short Term Rentals See Countywide Crackdown Following Resident Complaints
Cities across Orange County are finding ways to handle the rapidly expanding business of short term rentals, rooms or whole homes rented for just a few nights in residential areas that have left resident’s with split opinions on the issue.  [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2021-01-26
 
Orange County housing’s year-end surge: Sales up 17.7%, prices rise 8.2%
Orange County’s housing market concluded a remarkable 2020 with sales up 17.7% from December 2019 as prices rose 8.2% in a year. Historically cheap interest rates and limited inventory made house hunting tricky for buyers seeking more space. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-01-26
 
O.C. restaurateurs ready to offer patio dining again as restrictions lift
Roll out the heaters, set the tables and open all the umbrellas: Patio dining is back. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Monday announcement ending stay-at-home orders and a curfew in California means local restaurants will be able to offer outdoor service again, even though Orange County remains in the most restrictive purple tier. Local restaurateurs riding a see-saw of ever-changing dining restrictions happily found themselves on the upside again. “To say we are excited about the reopening of on-premise outdoor dining would be an understatement,” Chief Executive Officer Mike Colonna of Norms Restaurants wrote in an email. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-01-26
 
Orange County supervisors relax public comment rules to settle ACLU lawsuit
The Orange County Board of Supervisors has agreed to change its rules for public comment, allowing speakers to criticize individual officials and use aliases, to settle a 2019 lawsuit by a homeless advocacy group. The settlement reached earlier this month resolves complaints the county was violating free speech and transparency laws by shielding themselves from public comment. The suit was filed in April 2019 by the American Civil Liberties Union and law firm Kirkland & Ellis on behalf of the People’s Homeless Task Force. According to the agreement, the county must pay $75,000 to cover the task force’s legal expenses. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-01-26
 
Air quality agency allows for more cremations in Orange County
Officials with the South Coast Air Quality Management District said on Monday, Jan. 25, it has lifted restrictions on the number of cremations allowed in Orange County as officials try to address a backlog of cremations. Limitations were previously suspended in Los Angeles County and the order is being extended there. The order signed Monday by Wayne Nastri, executive officer of South Coast Air Quality Management District, comes as the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency confirm the growing backlog of cremation cases within each county constitutes a threat to public health. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-01-26
 
Foundation grants $229K to help cities with age-friendly programs
Five San Diego County cities will get a boost in establishing age-friendly programs for older residents, thanks to nearly $230,000 in grants made recently by The San Diego Foundation. According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, the population of San Diegans 65 and older is expected to double between 2000 and 2030. To prepare for this shift, the foundation is helping local municipalities adapt with its Age-Friendly Communities Program. Carlsbad, Chula Vista, La Mesa, National City, San Diego and the County of San Diego have been assisted with technical assistance grantmaking and support. The grants come as California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a Master Plan for Aging, which outlines a 10-year blueprint for leaders to create a California where everyone has the opportunity to age with dignity and independence in the place that they call home. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2021-01-26
 
New councilman helping La Mesa prepare to declare a climate emergency
La Mesa City Councilman Jack Shu, a longtime advocate for the environment, has persuaded his colleagues on the City Council to declare a climate emergency. Earlier this month, the newly elected official helped create a draft resolution, with the help of others in the community, that won suuport from the rest of the City Council. In it, Shu wrote that “the scale and scope” of the climate crisis has led to an urgent need for people to be made aware of the dangers related to growing extreme weather conditions. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2021-01-26
 
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