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LA’s reality TV production levels dip below last quarter – Daily News
Television and film production continue to face challenges following the impacts of the dual writers and actors strike last year as local on-location filming declined by 12.4% year-over-year from April through June, according to a report released on Wednesday, July 17. FilmLA, a partner film office for the city and county of Los Angeles as well as other local jurisdictions, released two reports covering regional film production activity and sound stage production, respectively. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2024-07-17
 
To help the poor, we must remove barriers to social mobility and improve tax climates – Daily News
In conversations about income mobility—a staple of the 2024 election—there is no consensus about the main barriers to mobility. There is a persistent confusion among academics and policymakers about intertwining income mobility, poverty, and income inequality. There is a correlation between income mobility and inequality, but it may well be that there are barriers and variables affecting both at the same time. There has been no causation demonstrated in the economic literature one way or the other.  However, if there is a consensus (albeit misguided), in our current academic and policy conversations, it is that the main way we should combat inequality and improve mobility are either through taxing the rich or increasing transfers to the poor and tweaking the welfare system.   [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2024-07-17
 
When are Redding emergency cooling centers open for extreme heat?
Shasta County health officials don't always open emergency cooling centers when summer temperatures skyrocket. Why not? The heatwave that hit Redding and most of Northern California in late June and early July is just the start of what climatologists predict will be a hotter-than-average summer. Shasta County closed several emergency cooling centers last week, even though temperatures of at least 110 degrees were in the forecast. That prompted some North State residents ask on social media: Why doesn't the county keep emergency cooling centers open whenever the mercury soars, or keep permanent cooling centers open later in the day? [Article]
by , Redding Record Searchlight. 2024-07-17
 
Paramount Library reopens with a grand celebration after $4.8 million renovation – Press Telegram
The Los Angeles County Library celebrated the grand reopening of its Paramount branch on Wednesday, July 17 — after a $4.8 million renovation. The Paramount Library underwent an extensive modern, state-of-the-art renovation, including new seating, technology, meeting and study spaces, accessibility-friendly features and more that tailor to the diverse needs of the local communities, according to the press release. Attendees at the grand-reopening ceremony had the opportunity to explore the facility, and enjoy refreshments, giveaways and family-friendly activities. [Article]
by , Long Beach Press Telegram. 2024-07-17
 
Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade is a retail relic. - Los Angeles Times
Once Santa’s Monica’s signature destination for shopping and dining, the Third Street Promenade is showing its age. Its decline has left the promenade’s landlords and city officials trying to counter years of stagnation, public safety concerns and fast-changing retail norms in an attempt to breathe new life into it. The climb back to commercial viability is steep. Foot traffic at the pedestrian mall that teemed with locals and tourists during its heydey in the 1990s has been thinning for years, dropping by more than a third since 2019. “For rent” signs front a discouraging number of empty stores. The reasons for the Promenade’s troubles are many and layered. While, like many shopping districts and malls, it took a beating during the pandemic as shoppers stayed at home, its economic troubles predate COVID-19. The Promenade, which has had few improvements since a renovation 35 years ago, was allowed to grow “tired and old,” real estate consultant David Greensfelder said. Its scale also presents challenges, as the mall’s unusually large stores are hard to fill in an era when many big retailers are reducing their footprints. And issues and perceptions around public safety are also at play. The Promenade’s reputation took a hit in May 2020 when protests in response to the murder of George Floyd devolved into violence and ransacking of stores. Over 100 businesses, many of them on or near the Promenade, were damaged or destroyed, said Santa Monica Mayor Phil Brock. In the years since, crime trends have been mixed in the city with robbery and shoplifting rates up slightly last year compared to 2022 and declines in several other categories. High-profile robberies in the region and an increase in the number of people living on the street in Santa Monica, meanwhile, have contributed to the sense among some that the Promenade is unsafe. “We’re not only trying to fight the actual crime that’s occurring because it is, but we’re also trying to rehabilitate this perception of safety in Santa Monica,” said Santa Monica Police Lt. Ericka Aklufi. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-07-17
 
California’s wildfires are burning far more land so far this year than in 2023 | LAist
So far in this year’s California’s wildfire season, about 20 times more acres of land have burned than around this time last year. [Article]
by , . 2024-07-17
 
Ports container volumes rise on strong trade activity – Press Telegram
US West Coast ports are closing out the first half of the year with strong trade volumes, boosted by an early peak season, solid consumer spending, and threats of a labor strike at East and Gulf Coast ports. The Port of Los Angeles handled 4.7 million 20-foot container equivalent units in the first half of 2024, 14.4% more than the same period last year, according to data out Wednesday. Imports ticked down 1.5% in June compared to the same month last year, while exports climbed more than 13% and empty container volumes fell 4.6%. [Article]
by , Long Beach Press Telegram. 2024-07-17
 
LAX Metro/Transit Center Station scheduled to open in November 2024
Metro's long-awaited LAX/Metro Transit Center Station is scheduled to make its debut in November 2024, according to a staff report unearthed by @numble. [Article]
by , . 2024-07-17
 
Free air purifiers available for Boyle Heights and East LA residents | LAist
Free in-home air purifiers are now available for qualifying Eastside residents as part of the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s residential air filtration program. The program is open to residents of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, Eastern Coachella Valley and some areas on the west side of Commerce. [Article]
by , . 2024-07-17
 
As wildfires spread, here’s how to protect your home from blazes – Daily News
As a warmer, dryer climate triggers wildfires in places where such peril was once unthinkable, scores more people are faced with the prospect of fending off disaster. More than 7 million homes in the US are already exposed to fire risk, a figure seen climbing to nearly 13 million over the next 30 years, according to a 2022 study. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2024-07-17
 
One of the oldest substance abuse, behavioral treatment centers finds new digs in Pasadena
Before Bruce Boardman, CEO of the Social Model Recovery Systems, cut the ribbon on a brand new outpatient facility in central Pasadena for treating people for substance abuse and mental illness, he mentioned he’d been working for the group for 34 years. But that’s less than half the time the treatment program he works for, the Pasadena Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, has been in existence. “It was founded in 1949 by Katherine K. Pike. Amazing, right? 75 years,” said Daniel Lugo, program director during a brief ceremony on the front lawn of the treatment center’s new facility on Mentor Avenue north of Green Street, on Wednesday, July 17. [Article]
by , Pasadena Star News. 2024-07-17
 
L.A. County wants to give evicted tenants free lawyers. Landlords say it won't help - Los Angeles Times
When attorneys appear in L.A. County courtrooms ready to fight over an eviction proceeding, they typically stand next to the landlord. That could change if county supervisors approve a “right to counsel” ordinance, which would pair lawyers with struggling renters in unincorporated L.A. County, home to one million residents. On Tuesday, the supervisors voted to advance the plan, which they will need to approve once more before it becomes law. They praised the plan as a way to shift the power dynamic between landlords well-versed in housing law and tenants who are not. Supervisor Holly Mitchell, who introduced the proposal last year alongside Supervisor Hilda Solis, said she believes legal aid is out of reach for too many tenants. A 2019 analysis found that landlords had lawyers in 88% of L.A. County eviction cases, compared with 3% of tenants. The report was prepared by the Los Angeles Right to Counsel Coalition, which advocates for policies similar to the one before the supervisors. Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who has criticized recent county policies as overly favorable to renters, called the proposal “balanced.” Tenant advocates say the status quo gives landlords a far better shot in the courtroom, dooming tenants to losing their homes. More than a dozen jurisdictions, including New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia, have passed versions of right to counsel laws in recent years. L.A. County is poised to join them. If the ordinance clears another vote, it will take effect at the start of 2025 and apply to renters earning less than 80% of the area median income. That’s about $110,000 for a family of four. But landlord groups contend that inevitable evictions will only be delayed, since the vast majority of cases churning through the courthouses do not stem from a landlord misinterpreting the law. Most of the time, the tenant is there because they have fallen far behind on rent. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t do any good,” said Daniel Yukelson, executive director of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles. “It just runs up the cost of housing because landlords have to pay for these extended legal proceedings.” The program would cost about $21 million in its first year, according to a county report. County officials plan to contract with nonprofit legal aid groups to provide the lawyers. Many of the tenants who advocated for the policy Tuesday told the supervisors that they were at risk of losing their homes because of unpaid rent. One said her rent had just jumped from $800 to $3,000 after the property was purchased by an investor. A South L.A. woman choking back tears said she had been living in her car for 18 months with her family and dog because she had no money. A 51-year-old said she was a month late on rent and couldn’t find steady work to pay it back because she was undocumented. All three women spoke in Spanish through an interpreter. Studies show that Latino and Black renters in L.A. County are the ones most likely to face eviction. Some landlord advocacy groups contend that the dollars used to hire lawyers could go further if put toward tenants’ overdue rent. “Providing a taxpayer-funded attorney to a tenant who did not pay their rent does not stop the eviction,” said Joshua Howard with the California Apartment Assn. “Those funds would be better used to provide rental assistance to prevent the eviction process from ever starting.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-07-17
 
COVID viral activity at 'very high' level in CA, CDC wastewater data show; LA County cases, hospitalizations double in past month - ABC7 Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- COVID-19 continues to mutate leaving us all more susceptible, and new data is showing just that. According to the CDC, California's wastewater has reached a "very high" level for COVID viral activity for the first time since last winter. Arkansas, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon and Texas have also recorded "very high" levels. Los Angeles County's Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer says L.A. County specifically is finding similar data. [Article]
by , . 2024-07-17
 
Housing market shift gradually pushing up locked loan rates – Daily News
More older lower-rate mortgages are being replaced by newer borrowing with higher financing costs, gradually pushing up the average loan rate for US homes, Intercontinental Exchange Inc. data show. Four million first-lien mortgages originated since 2022 have a rate above 6.5%, and about 1.9 million these have a rate of 7% or higher, according to the ICE Mortgage Monitor Report. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2024-07-17
 
The results are in: Some of the best and worst beaches are in SoCal | LAist
SoCal, once again, didn’t do so great on Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Report Card. While most beaches are safe to swim in summer, two in L.A. County were among the top ten most polluted in the state based on bacteria levels. [Article]
by , . 2024-07-17
 
Legal fight grips succcessful Pasadena startup behind COVID tests - Los Angeles Times
A script for a biopic called “Overnight Billionaire” recounts the extraordinary life of Charles Huang, a Chinese villager who overcomes long odds to educate himself and become a Hong Kong corporate analyst. After immigrating to Los Angeles, Huang builds a COVID-testing company that is key to the United Kingdom weathering the pandemic. The draft concludes on a high note, with a TV host acknowledging to the now-fabulously wealthy Huang that his story is “one in a billion.” Reality has been less rosy for the real-life Huang. After securing a lucrative testing deal with the British government, Huang and his partners have become embroiled in multiple legal disputes over at least $2 billion Pasadena-based Innova Medical Group earned in profits during the pandemic. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-07-17
 
Here’s Long Beach’s water quality grades after record amount of rainfall – Press Telegram
After heavy rain during the winter months in Southern California, an annual water pollution report showed low water quality for city beaches along Long Beach’s waterfront. Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit in Santa Monica, released its 34th annual “Beach Report Card” on Wednesday, July 17. The annual report examines the amount of pollution at beaches along the West Coast to help keep people safe when visiting the beach. [Article]
by , Long Beach Press Telegram. 2024-07-17
 
He replaced his lawn with drought-tolerant plants to withstand heat - Los Angeles Times
Water-hungry lawns are symbols of Los Angeles’ past. In this series, we spotlight yards with alternative, low-water landscaping built for the future. The temperature was in the 90s in West Hills, but that didn’t deter an astonishing number of monarch butterflies, hummingbirds and bees from feeding on the California-friendly plants — sages, salvias and flowering milkweed — in Eric Augusztiny’s front yard. Pollinators, however, aren’t the only ones who call the front yard home. “This is our buddy, Lizzy,” Augusztiny said with a smile as he and his wife, Lise Ransdell, greeted an enormous lizard who crawled out from under a large salvia ‘Desperado’ plant. “It’s just a postage stamp suburban yard, but there’s a lot going on here,” Ransdell said of the yard’s abundant wildlife, which counts rabbits, skunks, raccoons and possums as visitors. It wasn’t always like this. When Augusztiny purchased the home in 1996, the traditional yard looked like many others on his street with a Bermuda grass lawn, assorted shrubs and an apricot tree. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-07-17
 
Tustin makes another plea for emergency assistance after toxic hangar fire | LAist
It's been eight months since the Tustin hangar fire, but the City Council Tuesday night confirmed that the emergency is far from over. The council renewed the city's local emergency proclamation to address the ongoing toxic impacts of the fire. [Article]
by , . 2024-07-17
 
California's billion-dollar hydrogen hub project is approved
The leaders of California’s embryonic hydrogen hub announced Wednesday that they have signed a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy worth billions. The California hub is part of a $7-billion federal project to build the infrastructure for a “clean” hydrogen economy to replace fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The California hub — known as ARCHES, or the Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems — will net $1.2 billion of that federal money, with plans to bring in another $11.2 billion in private investment. California was awarded hub status in October. Private participants include oil and gas companies, labor unions, fuel cell makers, electric utilities, truck manufacturers and more. A hydrogen hub is a network of hydrogen production plants, trucks and pipelines for distribution, and customers that include long-haul fuel cell trucks and buses, port equipment and electric generators. ARCHES is the first of seven U.S. regional hubs to sign a contract with the Department of Energy. In a news release, ARCHES Chief Executive Angelina Galiteva called the hub “a monumental step forward in the state’s effort to achieve its air qualify, climate and energy goals, while improving the health and well-being of Californians, and creating green jobs across the state.” ARCHES board member Bill Burke was even more effusive: The hub’s creation serves as “a testament to our collective dream of a sustainable future where clean energy and equal opportunity uplift every community and provide equitable advancement for the future of our workforce. Together, we are planting seeds of change and nurturing a brighter, more inclusive tomorrow.” Whether ARCHES can deliver remains to be seen. Clean hydrogen is enormously expensive, with prices far too high to compete against fossil fuels in a competitive market economy. The aim is to subsidize the cost of hydrogen fuel until the industry reduces costs and grows big enough to stand on its own. Galiteva said hydrogen fuel prices could be competitive by 2032. Some environmentalists are wary of hydrogen, claiming it’s not as clean as its proponents make it out to be. That issue is sure to be debated as ARCHES moves forward. Depending on how the hydrogen is made, it could provide cleaner energy alternatives for hard-to-decarbonize sectors, such as steelmaking and cement production. California’s hydrogen projects will be located around the state, though heavily concentrated in the Central Valley. Trucks and pipelines will carry hydrogen to end users. The money will be handed out to dozens of individual, although tightly coordinated, projects. They’ll include 10 hydrogen production sites, truck fueling stations, replacement of diesel-powered cargo-handling equipment at the state’s major ports and experimental prototypes for uses such as ocean shipping. ARCHES said 220,000 well-paying jobs will be created, with special attention to disadvantaged communities. The hub “will create thousands of union careers while providing continued employment for for existing skilled and trained union members,” said Chris Hannan, president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California and a member of the ARCHES board. Reduction in local pollutants will result in $2.95 billion per year in decreased healthcare costs, ARCHES said. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-07-17
 
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