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Homeless encampments in San Bernardino County mountains target of new ban
Public safety and code enforcement officials in San Bernardino County are ramping up efforts to vacate homeless people in the mountains and canyons in the aftermath of a Board of Supervisors ban on encampments in areas of high fire danger. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2021-09-17
 
LA County’s tighter coronavirus vaccine rules spark at least one organizer to cancel ‘mega-event’
The Los Angeles County Department of Health’s anticipated changes to its coronavirus-spurred health order has led at least one event organizer to cancel, citing a lack of resources to carry out the new mandate. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2021-09-17
 
Truckers, longshore workers to clock more hours as LA, Long Beach ports try to reduce cargo backlog
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will expand terminal gate hours for truckers, and nighttime and weekend hours for longshore crews in an effort to get freight moved out more quickly as a more than yearlong cargo surge has left dozens of ships waiting outside the harbor — threatening to cause a retail shortage ahead of the holiday shopping season. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2021-09-17
 
1,000 Long Beach residents have died from COVID-19 since pandemic began
Long Beach has surpassed 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began, officials reported on Friday, Sept. 17, the same day they updated a health order mandating bars, clubs and other similar businesses require customers to be vaccinated when indoors. The death toll — representing the highest number of people to die from a single event in Long Beach history — underscores the damage the pandemic has wrought while the updated health order illustrates the lingering severity of COVID-19. [Article]
by , Long Beach Press Telegram. 2021-09-17
 
Coronavirus: L.A. County reported 1,823 new cases and 25 new deaths, Sept. 17
Los Angeles County public health officials reported 1,823 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 1,440,721 as of Friday, Sept. 17. The total number of cases represents 14.4% of Los Angeles County’s population. Officials reported 25 new deaths linked to the coronavirus, for a total of 25,799 deaths since tracking began. The total number of deaths represents 0.26% of Los Angeles County’s population. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2021-09-17
 
Some LAFD firefighters have lengthy commutes – as far away as Florida
More than 100 Los Angeles city firefighters live out of state and make commutes from as far as Florida, Texas, and Tennessee, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2021-09-17
 
LA County Mandates COVID Shots For In-Home Care Workers
In-home health aides perform intimate, everyday tasks such as feeding and bathing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They are paid through the state’s regional center network, but those jobs have so far not been included on any of the state health department’s coronavirus vaccine requirements. [Article]
by , . 2021-09-17
 
Why Your 'Recyclables' Aren’t Getting Recycled And Can End Up On Your Beach Instead
It turns out, even those of us who fancy ourselves as responsible recyclers are contributing to all the waste in the ocean. And misinformation is a big reason why. [Article]
by , . 2021-09-17
 
Gov. Newsom Signs New Housing Bills Expanding Zoning Density
Following the defeat of the recall effort against him, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a pair of controversial housing bills. [Article]
by , . 2021-09-17
 
Environmental Nonprofit Develops New Plan To Reduce At-Home Water Usage
An environmental nonprofit is putting together a plan to reduce daily at-home water usage in L.A. from a statewide average of 86 gallons to just 13 gallons. [Article]
by , . 2021-09-17
 
College Financial Aid Applications Drop 15% Among Undocumented Californians
Some 7,000 fewer undocumented California students applied for financial aid for college during the pandemic — a 15% drop since 2019, according to data from the California Student Aid Commission. [Article]
by , . 2021-09-17
 
As L.A. COVID cases dip, why is there a new vaccine mandate?
Even as coronavirus cases fall in L.A. County, health officials this week announced new vaccine requirements for a variety of entertainment and leisure venues. The steps are prudent, experts say, and aimed at preventing — or at least lessening — an expected fall or winter wave. The arrival of the busy holiday season will bring people together from all over, and colder weather will increasingly push gatherings and recreation indoors, heightening the risk of transmission. “This is a reasonable path forward that will position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said this week. Gov. Gavin Newsom also called for caution this week, despite the improving COVID-19 numbers statewide. Newsom pointed out that it “was around this time last year we started to see that stabilization and decline as well.” “We need to be vigilant,” he told reporters. “Of course, the best way to mitigate that ... is to continue our vaccine efforts.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-09-17
 
To avoid new COVID surges, L.A. needs more vaccinations
The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in Los Angeles County is so slow that there’s a risk of a “cycle of repeated surges every few months,” Los Angeles County’s public health director warns. There was an increase in vaccinations in late July and early August as the effects of the Delta surge became apparent, but that boost in weekly vaccinations has started to fade, according to data from the county Department of Public Health. “In order to avoid a cycle of repeated surges every few months, we’ll need to see a significant increase in vaccination coverage,” public health director Barbara Ferrer said as she made comments while introducing a forthcoming health order to require proof of vaccination for customers at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges countywide. In Los Angeles County, 75.7% of residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 66.9% of residents of all ages have received at least one shot and 59.3% are fully vaccinated. Dr. George Rutherford, a UC San Francisco epidemiologist and infectious diseases expert, has estimated that a community would need to have about 84% of the population vaccinated against COVID-19 to reach “herd immunity,” which occurs when enough people have immunity to interrupt sustained transmission of the disease. Immunity can be obtained not only through vaccination, but also by surviving an infection. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-09-17
 
What is the future of street medicine after COVID-19?
Inside the white van parked in the concrete bed of La Canada Verde Creek, Wendy Ruvalcaba rooted in her bag for her phone as it chimed. “Tell me you found her,” the nurse said in answering the call. Ruvalcaba and the rest of the street medicine team had spent hours trundling down the creek that Wednesday in their Los Angeles County Department of Health Services van. They had gotten five people vaccinated against COVID-19 that day, climbing the steep slopes of the channel in this industrial stretch of Santa Fe Springs to offer the shots to people living in tents and under tarps. They had stopped to offer medical care for swollen or twisted limbs, distributed meals wrapped in plastic, and handed out medicine that could reverse a deadly overdose. But the nurse had been holding out hope, as the hours passed, that they would find her: the woman who had been booted from one encampment after another because of her screaming. The woman whose belly was steadily swelling. “This is like the 10th time I’ve stopped to try to find her,” Ruvalcaba said a few minutes before getting the call and hustling up the embankments to a makeshift shelter tucked away under a rumbling overpass. Street medicine has been around in Los Angeles for years as health providers have tried to reach the surging numbers of people on the streets — more than 66,000 countywide in the last count. The Street Medicine Institute has tallied more than two dozen such programs across California. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-09-17
 
California's job growth triples the nation's
California last month added jobs at three times the rate of the nation, as teachers returned to classrooms, entertainment venues reopened, and vacationers traveled despite a surge in COVID-19 infections. Payroll jobs in the state grew in August by 104,300 to a total of 16.63 million, accounting for 44% of U.S. job growth, officials reported. At 0.6%, California’s monthly job growth was triple the 0.2% national pace. The nation’s employment recovery was unexpectedly slow last month as vaccination rates in many states lagged behind that in California. As of this week, two-thirds of California’s population is at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19. Nonetheless, with the coronavirus’ Delta variant continuing to spread and vaccine resistance persisting, the state’s recovery may remain uneven, economists said. “California’s economy is now coping with larger concerns about the Delta variant than in the second week of August, when the jobs data was collected,” said Lynn Reaser, an economist with San Diego’s Point Loma Nazarene University. “The impact of school reopenings on infection rates and a weakening in consumer confidence could weigh on the near-term economic outlook.” By last month, the Golden State had recovered just 62% of the 2.7 million jobs it lost in March and April 2020, when the pandemic took hold. The state’s unemployment rate remains high, at 7.5%, a slight dip from July’s 7.6% but down significantly from 12.3% a year earlier. Nationwide, joblessness in August stood at 5.2%. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-09-17
 
What just happened with single-family zoning in California?
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed two bills meant to make it easier to build more housing in California. The first, Senate Bill 9, makes it possible to build more than one housing unit on land that was previously designated for only one unit. The second, SB 10, allows for denser development near public transit corridors, such as bus and train lines. Here’s an explanation of the concepts and the new laws. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-09-17
 
Orange County School Districts Grapple With COVID-19 Testing for Students
While state public health mandates call for students and staff to wear masks indoors, officials have largely left testing students for COVID-19 up to school districts — causing many Orange County parents to wonder if testing is required or not. [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2021-09-17
 
Orange nonprofit serving the unhoused can stay open after judge grants temporary restraining order
The city of Orange will not be able to forcibly shut down a nonprofit serving homeless people after a judge granted a temporary restraining order a day before Mary’s Kitchen was required to clear out of its location. In his decision, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter said the requested order established that clients of Mary’s Kitchen “are likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary relief.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-09-17
 
Santana: Is Orange County Poised to Depoliticize Its Public Health Officer?
One of the earliest victims of the COVID-19 pandemic in Orange County was the independence of residents’ chief medical advocate and doctor, the Public Health Officer. Norberto Santana, Jr. A pioneering leader in the nation’s rising nonprofit news movement and an award-winning journalist. Santana has established Voice of OC as Orange County’s civic news leader, uncovered truths across Southern California governments for more than two decades and reported on Congress and Latin America. Subscribe now to receive his latest columns by email. [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2021-09-17
 
Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks City of Orange from Evicting Mary’s Kitchen
At the 11th hour, a federal judge has temporarily barred the City of Orange from its controversial eviction of a longstanding homeless soup kitchen, which has operated off city property for decades. [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2021-09-17
 
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