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‘Draconian behavior:’ City Council responds to Supes’ vote upholding new COVID-19 measures
Santa Clarita announced plans to file an amicus brief in support of an ongoing lawsuit to block Los Angeles County’s ban on outdoor dining, which went into effect the day before Thanksgiving.  [Article]
by , . 2020-11-25
L.A. County takes first steps toward new youth justice department
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to take the first steps in transitioning to a rehabilitative, ‘care-first’ model of juvenile justice, a plan expected to ultimately move funding and responsibility out of the probation department and into a new Department of Youth Development by 2025. The move was based on a set of recommendations laid out in a report titled Youth Justice Reimagined, produced by the county’s Youth Justice Work Group. It calls for reducing the overall size and scope of the juvenile probation system and investing in community-based resources. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2020-11-25
As 4,311 more coronavirus cases are reported, L.A. County officials get earful on restaurant closures
On the eve of a ban on outdoor dining, the outcry from business owners and their advocates continued to grow throughout Los Angeles County where officials are taking steps beyond state guidelines as new coronavirus cases were skyrocketing at rates not yet seen. Daily statistics propelled by the surge, meanwhile, showed no sign of relenting. County public health officials posted another 49 coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and another 4,311 cases, while 1,682 people are hospitalized. The county now has a cumulative total of 7,543 deaths due to the virus, and 378,323 cases since the pandemic began. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2020-11-25
Australia crushes COVID-19 second wave with aggressive lockdowns
Australia became one of the few countries in the world, and one with many similarities to Canada, to beat back a second wave of COVID-19 and bring its case count near zero. [Article]
by , . 2020-11-25
UCLA nurses hold vigil to protest working conditions, highlight safety concerns
Dozens of UCLA Health nurses gathered outside a UCLA hospital Monday evening at a vigil to protest their working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. [Article]
by , . 2020-11-25
L.A. stay-at-home rules take shape as COVID-19 spike worsens
With coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths surging at an alarming rate, Los Angeles County officials Tuesday began to outline a new limited Safer at Home order aimed at slowing the virus spread while sticking with an outdoor dining ban amid a growing outcry. The new restrictions are looking increasingly likely as daily coronavirus infections spike to unprecedented levels, increasing stress on hospitals amid concern more people will be infected during the Thanksgiving holiday. But it also appears that a new stay-at-home order that had been suggested as a possibility last week would fall far short of the one imposed during the first months of the pandemic in the spring. The March order closed all but essential businesses and left many people at home except for trips to such places as supermarkets and medical offices. But officials suggested Tuesday the new rules would allow many businesses to remain open but with limited customer capacity. More details might be provided today. “We are not completely shutting down everything,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-11-25
Daily California coronavirus cases triple as pandemic worsens
California’s average daily number of new coronavirus cases has tripled in the last month, a Times analysis has found, as pandemic conditions deteriorated dramatically around the state. The coronavirus is now infecting more Californians daily than at any previous point in the COVID-19 pandemic, raising concerns about a new peak in coronavirus-related deaths by Christmas. As of Saturday night, California was averaging more than 11,500 new coronavirus cases a day over the last seven days, more than triple the number a month earlier, on Oct. 21, which was nearly 3,200, according to a Times analysis. Even during the summertime surge, which led to the season with California’s worst COVID-19 death toll, the average daily number of coronavirus cases over a seven-day period never exceeded 10,000. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-11-25
Travelers arriving in L.A. must sign COVID quarantine form
As coronavirus cases continue to surge throughout Los Angeles, out-of-state travelers arriving in the city by air and train must now sign a form acknowledging the state’s 14-day quarantine advisory, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday. The new form will be required beginning Wednesday, in time for the last waves of Thanksgiving travelers coming through Los Angeles International Airport and Van Nuys airport, and on trains arriving at Union Station. Signs will remind travelers of the requirement, and airlines will notify their passengers as well, Garcetti said. Failure to fill out the form could result in a fine of up to $500. “If there’s any way you can avoid travel, cancel those plans,” Garcetti said. “Emergencies and essential work travel should be the only excuse that we get on a plane anywhere right now.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-11-25
L.A. to create new juvenile justice system focused on 'care'
After years of incremental reform, Los Angeles County is moving to dismantle the largest youth justice system in the country in favor of a “care-first” model that would look less like prison and would emphasize emotional support, counseling and treatment. The plan calls for children and young adults who have committed crimes to be served in home-like settings, and includes 24/7 youth centers and support teams that establish relationships with young people who might otherwise be locked in facilities far from home. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday took the first steps to transition juvenile probation to a proposed new Department of Youth Development, in a three-phase approach that will take at least five years. Similar approaches have been tried in San Francisco; Houston; New York City; King County, Wash.; and Oregon. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-11-25
LA County tramples over liberty, economy with outdoor dining ban
The difference between public health and public relations is that one pertains to health and one pertains to persuasion. The latest decrees in the government’s ongoing emergency management of the COVID-19 threat seem aimed at sacrificing the restaurant industry on the altar of public relations, targeting an industry that’s easy to abuse because it can’t exist without health permits and liquor licenses. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2020-11-25
Smoller and Moodian: Four Takeaways From the 2020 General ElectionVoice of OC
Here are four takeaways pertaining to Orange County from the historic 2020 general election. [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2020-11-25
Buena Park Approves Senior Housing Complex; Construction Expected to Start in the Next Year
The Buena Park City Council has approved a 66-unit affordable senior apartment homes community, a project that city officials say will help combat the growing need for senior housing. [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2020-11-25
Family law attorney helps domestic violence victims navigate complex legal landscape
Pro bono work for a lawyer isn’t a California state bar requirement, but one firm has made it part of its mission to encourage its attorneys to take on some domestic violence cases without charge. Farzad & Ochoa Family Law Attorneys, a firm with Santa Ana and Mission Viejo locations, began practicing family law exclusively about a decade ago. Most of its clients seek out the firm for complex divorces and custody work. But like local domestic violence resource centers, the firm has experienced an uptick in calls from victims of domestic violence — one to two calls per week has risen to about four to six — during the coronavirus pandemic. Robert Farzad, the firm’s managing partner, said there are three common cases: ongoing victims whose abusers have escalated violence, victims with no history of domestic violence experiencing it for the first time during the pandemic, and spouses or parents who live together but have gotten so sick of each other they ask the firm what may qualify as domestic violence in order to initiate a separation. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-11-25
At L.A. airports, Thanksgiving travelers mask up amid COVID-19
It’s Thanksgiving week at Los Angeles International Airport, and you could almost forget a pandemic is raging, aside from the masks obscuring travelers’ faces. On Monday morning, people shuffled through check-in lines less than six feet apart and clustered around luggage conveyors awaiting their bags. Their presence defied both logic and health guidelines: governors and public officials have been pleading for weeks for people to stay home amid a rapid surge of coronavirus cases. But for some, the temptation to be with loved ones at the tail end of a trying year of fire, flood, politics and plague is too great. “I weighed my options and felt that where I was going and who I would be with, I’d be safe,” said Kim Motz, who arrived on a Southwest flight from San Antonio to visit her daughter and 1-year-old grandson. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-11-25
New COVID-19 dashboard shows few cases at Orange County schools
A coronavirus database recently launched by the Orange County Health Care Agency shows a relatively low number of confirmed cases at schools since in-person instruction resumed in mid-August. The agencyís dashboard for schools displays the cumulative number of confirmed cases per week from Aug. 19 through Nov. 14 for in-person instruction at elementary, middle and high school and college campuses in the county. The dashboard notes the cases are of Orange County residents. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2020-11-25
COVID-19 restrictions to boost e-commerce holiday sales
If ever there was a shopping holiday whose time has come, it has to be Cyber Monday. With COVID-19 cases on the rise and California brick-and-mortar retailers facing stiff restrictions as a result, online buying is expected to get a boost this holiday season. A growing number of consumers have turned to online shopping in recent years, buoyed by deep discounts and the convenience of fast delivery. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2020-11-25
Pandemic Expert Says California’s COVID-19 Tier System Doesn’t Work
Weeks before the state rolled out its color-coded tier system for reopening counties, a pandemic expert warned reopening the economy so soon would eventually just lead to more shutdowns. [Article]
by , KNSD NBC San Diego. 2020-11-25
San Diego County sets a COVID hospitalization record as new surge hits home
San Diego County set a new hospitalization record on Tuesday with 518 confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients in local hospital beds, topping the previous high of 509 set on July 17. The numbers in the count released by the county lag by one day. A more recent count kept by the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties showed the number of hospitalized COVID patients had already grown to 576. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2020-11-25
Editorial: Be thankful a vaccine is on the way and get ready to work together to beat this coronavirus
Itís hard to be thankful when the coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it causes, have killed 260,000 Americans in 10 months, and a third wave has led to 16 straight days of record hospitalizations and 2,000 deaths in a single day for the first time since May. Itís hard to be thankful when the coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it causes, have killed 260,000 Americans in 10 months, and a third wave has led to 16 straight days of record hospitalizations and 2,000 deaths in a single day for the first time since May. [Article]
by , San Diego Union-Tribune. 2020-11-25
Hospitals Feeling The Stress Of COVID Surge
The rise of COVID-19 cases in San Diego is part of a pattern being seen statewide and that will put increasing strain on the health care system in coming weeks. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2020-11-25
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