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LA County inches toward 24,000 coronavirus deaths; 20 more reported Saturday
Los Angeles County reported 415 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 additional deaths on Saturday, May 8, while the number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals ticked up a bit. Saturday’s figures brought the county’s totals to 1,235,422 cases and 23,995 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. According to state figures, there were 400 people hospitalized with the virus as of Saturday in Los Angeles County, up from 379 on Friday. The number of those patients in intensive care increased from 86 to 87. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2021-05-10
 
With 5 more coronavirus deaths reported, LA County climbs to 23,999 total
Los Angeles County reported 248 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths on Sunday, May 9, though health officials say the relatively low numbers likely reflect reporting delays over the weekend. According to state figures, there were 389 people hospitalized with the virus as of Sunday in Los Angeles County, down from 400 on Saturday. The number of those patients in intensive care increased from 87 to 90. Sunday’s figures brought the county’s totals to 1,235,561 cases and 23,999 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2021-05-10
 
Bill asks: How many children marry in California?
If you are younger than 18 in California you can’t get a tattoo, buy a Lottery ticket, or visit a tanning bed. But you can get married. California is one of only 11 states that has no minimum age requirement for marriage. With an OK from a parent and a judge, it’s estimated that a couple thousand minors get married in California each year — most often a younger girl wedding an older man. But weak data collection laws mean we don’t know exactly how many minors get married, or their ages, or the ages of their spouses. And activists who want to curb child marriage say that lack of data has helped sink previous efforts to ban the practice in California. With no hard numbers, opponents can simply insist it’s not a real problem. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2021-05-10
 
Top five states for the sensibly vaccinated
That winter resurgence of COVID-19 in our state? California kicked its butt. Here in mid-spring, we’re on our way out from under. In January, over 500 Californians a day were dying of the disease. By early May, it’s under 100 a day. New cases a day were averaging over 40,000 back in mid-winter; today it’s under 5,000. Last Sunday was the first day since the pandemic hit us hard 14 months ago that Los Angeles County reported zero new hospitalizations. We did it right. We grumbled, as did everyone else. But, really, was it the hardest thing in the world to dispense with the hugs and the handshakes? Kids — yeah, we missed those hugs. But we were investing in the future — which is here. I get to hike with, and hug, our daughter whenever we want. Because we masked up. We socially distanced. We sat 10 feet away on the front lawn, and made guests bring cocktails and mixed nuts. Not ideal, but we survived. [Article]
by , Pasadena Star News. 2021-05-10
 
Trapped at the Crossroads Between Domestic Violence and Homelessness
When Catalina arrived at the shelter as a domestic violence victim, she was eight months pregnant. Her significant other had beaten her, kicking her abdomen during the end stage of her pregnancy. She arrived at the shelter with little more than her purse.   Catalina’s story is  one of thousands of  domestic violence victims’ experiences, incidents that increased exponentially during the Age of COVID-19. [Article]
by , . 2021-05-10
 
Pushing Through the Pandemic: How a Local Domestic Violence Agency Stayed True to Its Mission
At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, domestic violence support organizations in Riverside County scrambled to adjust how they provided services to their clients. The pandemic presented new challenges that forced the organizations to find creative ways to live up to their missions and keep offering critical resources to their clients whose lives depend on them. By the time the Coronavirus crisis hit the United State in 2020, it had been building like a giant wave at sea spotted from  a distant shore.  Then, in January 2020, the storm hit. The world heard about a new coronavirus variant in Wuhan, China causing a “strange” pneumonia and a great deal of concern. By the end of January the first cases of the virus were reported in the United States and economies around the country and across our state shuttered to prioritize keeping people safe. .  [Article]
by , . 2021-05-10
 
COVID-19 Cases and Deaths are Down Among Blacks in Los Angeles County
In Los Angeles County the total number of diagnosed Black cases are 45,333 with 1,838 deaths. Current Covid-19 cases and deaths among Blacks are at the levels experienced in the fall of 2020 before the surge. New cases are decreasing at a slower rate than experienced after the January 2021 peak. [Article]
by , . 2021-05-10
 
All City-Run Vaccination Sites Will Now Be Appointment-Free
Los Angeles residents will now have greater access to the coronavirus vaccine. [Article]
by , . 2021-05-10
 
As of Monday, L.A. offers appointment-free COVID vaccinations
Appointments are no longer needed for Angelenos to get COVID-19 vaccinations at any site run by the city, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Sunday. “We stand at a critical juncture in our fight to end this pandemic, and our City will keep doing everything possible to knock down barriers to vaccine access and deliver doses directly to all Angelenos,” Garcetti said in a statement. The move is intended to give people who don’t have the time or technological resources to navigate online booking platforms a chance to get the shot. Vaccinations are free. It comes a week after the city stopped requiring appointments for some walk-up and mobile locations. Now, appointment-free options are also available at the city’s drive-through sites — the Crenshaw Christian Center, Hansen Dam and Dodger Stadium — which are open Monday through Saturday. People can still sign up ahead of time if they prefer. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-05-10
 
Low COVID-19 rates, deaths continue for Los Angeles County
COVID-19 deaths and cases continued to drop in Los Angeles County , the Department of Public Health reported Sunday, even as the region approached a grim new marker of 24,000 deaths from the pandemic. The count, which could be low because of delays in weekend reporting, included five deaths, 248 new cases and 400 hospitalizations. The daily positivity rate for those who seek testing continues to be low in Los Angeles County, at 0.5%. Not all individuals who carry the virus are tested. “While transmission is low and we continue to see declines in cases, hospitalizations and deaths, we are approaching the terrible milestone of 24,000 COVID-19 deaths in L.A. County,” said L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer in a statement Saturday. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-05-10
 
Editorial: There is no drought
Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency last month in Sonoma and Mendocino counties because of severe drop-offs in the winter rains that once had been counted on to fill reservoirs in the Russian River watershed, north of the San Francisco Bay Area. Like most other California reservoirs, those human-made lakes were built in the 20th century, an unusually wet period when compared with more than a thousand years of climate records reconstructed from studies of ancient tree rings and geological evidence. The two formerly verdant counties were among the state’s hardest-hit regions in last year’s record-setting wildfire season that included the August Complex fires, which erupted not just because of years of intensifying summer heat drying out the trees and the ground beneath them but also, ironically, because of fierce summer storms and accompanying lightning. The August Complex followed the 2019 Kincade fire, which burned much of Sonoma County, and the 2018 Mendocino Complex fires, which at the time made up the state’s largest recorded wildfire incident. Before that was the 2017 Tubbs fire, which destroyed significant portions of Santa Rosa — following California’s wettest year on record. So much rain fell that winter that the ground could not absorb it all, yet the summer was so hot that it desiccated the forests. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-05-10
 
'I will not be quiet': Teens speak out about anti-Asian attacks at L.A. event
Jenna Dupuy said she was shocked when it happened, even amid the outpouring of news about such attacks: a man spewing hateful slurs against Asians and assaulting her, fracturing her shoulder and ankle and dealing her a concussion. Dupuy, who uses both “she” and “they” pronouns, said that before the attack, the man had harassed them for hours with sexual comments about being Asian — and no one had interrupted his threats and abuse until he physically hurt them. “This happened because I am an Asian woman,” the 18-year-old Puerto Rican and Korean American told a crowd at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. The attack at a skate park was rooted in “the xenophobia and racism that comes from the decades of ‘yellow peril’ stereotypes but also because of the fetishization” of Asian women. “But I am an Asian woman, and I will not be quiet, and I will not be submissive, and I will not be subservient,” Dupuy told the cheering crowd, a black boot visible on their right ankle. “And you are going to listen to me.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-05-10
 
Opinion: Forcing California schools to reopen burdens teachers, minority communities
When it comes to the topic of reopening schools, teachers should be the leading voices in the room. But as it stands, California’s legislators have barely paid any attention to them. In response to the pressure of reopening public K-12 schools by Gov. Gavin Newsom, five California teachers unions presented a written plan Feb. 3 with several requisites for reopening classrooms. [Article]
by , . 2021-05-10
 
No-show high school students reject COVID reopening rules
During the first week of in-person learning at Panorama High School, drama teacher Patricia Francisco stood in the mini-theater talking on Zoom to her acting class. Two stage lights brightened her face as she spoke to her camera. Students were logging in from home, or from classrooms scattered around campus. Most appeared as black boxes on her screen. “You guys who are on campus — I’m so proud of you for being here,” she said. “Those of you who are at home — we can succeed in any environment that we are ending up in.” Except for her voice, the room was silent. Only three students were physically in the class — and they weren’t paying attention to her as they attended other online classes while wearing noise-canceling headphones. Returning to school in Los Angeles Unified, the nation’s second-largest school district, means sitting in one classroom all day, two or three days a week, with little intermingling or movement. This “Zoom in a room” option for in-person schooling — the format for high school in Los Angeles and San Francisco — has failed to draw back the vast majority of students. Although official attendance data have not yet been released, a survey of L.A. Unified parents indicated that about 17% of high school students would come back to campus. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-05-10
 
Rosen: We Must Get Orange County Women on Their Feet and Back to Work
Thirty years ago, I founded Working Wardrobes to help women overcome challenges and find meaningful employment.  Our work has evolved to help all at-risk populations find jobs.  Today, we have come full circle – our founding mission of helping women has never been more critical to the survival of our community, and to the financial and emotional health and well-being of the people who live here. [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2021-05-10
 
Anaheim To Discuss Joining Cities Offering Hero Pay To Grocery, Retail and Drug Store Workers
Anaheim grocery, retail and drug store workers could earn an additional $3-$5 an hour for working during the pandemic as the City Council on Tuesday will discuss requiring some businesses to offer a hazard wage increase.  [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2021-05-10
 
Why California’s economy needs more bad news
What’s feels like bad news for your wallet may actually be good news for California’s economy. As the year started, I concluded in a column that certain “negative” trends could actually be foreshadowing economic recovery from the pandemic smackdown. With 2021 one-third complete, I’m reviewing seven economic benchmarks I suggested we should be watching. You may wince at some signposts of a healthier California business climate. Stuck in traffic? Yup, this is good economic news. Rising prices for gasoline, rent and loans suggest there are more upbeat consumers who are willing to pay up. But too few job seekers, flat hotel prices and no evictions also suggest there’s still room for improvement. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-05-10
 
Will My Sense Of Smell Ever Return? Olfactory Insights From COVID And Beyond
About 25 years ago, after a particularly bad cold, I suddenly lost my sense of smell — I could no longer sense the difference between sweaty tennis shoes and a fragrant rose. Since then, my olfactory discernment comes and goes, and most of the time it's just gone. I always figured there wasn't much I could do about that, and it hasn't been terrible. My taste buds still work, and I adore fine chocolate. [Article]
by , KPCC Southern CA Public Radio. 2021-05-10
 
Column: History pegs Cruz Reynoso as a defeated judge. Let’s remember him as a fighter
In 1940s Orange County, future California Supreme Court justice Cruz Reynoso was just a teen trying to fight racism when he wrote to the U.S. postmaster general. His family lived in a rural part of La Habra, where the Ku Klux Klan had held the majority of City Council seats just a decade earlier and Mexicans were forced to live on the wrong side of the tracks. Reynoso’s parents and neighbors had to travel a mile to the post office for their mail because the local postmaster claimed it was too inconvenient to deliver letters to their neighborhood. Reynoso didn’t question this at first — “I just accepted that as part of the scheme of things,” he’d tell an oral historian decades later, in 2002. But one day, a white family moved near the Reynosos and immediately began to receive mail. The teenage Cruz asked the postmaster why they were able to receive mail, but his Mexican family couldn’t. If you have a problem with this, the postmaster replied, write to her boss in Washington D.C. So Reynoso did. He gathered dozens of signatures for a petition and sent it off to the U.S. postmaster general asking for a change. A couple of months later, Reynoso received a response: His neighborhood would begin to receive mail. “To me, it was sort of a confirmation of what I was reading in our textbooks, that we are a democracy,” Reynoso proudly recounted to the oral historian. La Habra’s postmaster wasn’t as happy. When Reynoso went to thank her for what he assumed was her help in the matter, she blew him off. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-05-10
 
Orange County adds 8 million-dollar ZIPs, loses 8 housing bargains
Orange County added eight million-dollar Orange County neighborhoods in the year ending in March as the pandemic era’s rapid home-price appreciation left eight fewer “affordable” ZIP codes with sales prices under $600,000. My trusty spreadsheet, filled with Orange County homebuying stats from DQNews/CoreLogic, found 22 of the county’s 83 ZIP codes with median selling prices above $1 million vs. 14 a year earlier. Total closed sales of all residences — existing and new homes; single-family houses and condos; at all prices — were 3,895. That’s up 39% in from the locked-down scarred March 2020. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-05-10
 
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