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State Regulators Consider Distributing Credits to SDG&E Customers Earlier This Year – NBC 7 San Diego
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers will be getting sizable state climate credits applied to their utility bills early this year amid increased gas costs in the wake of a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) meeting on Thursday. [Article]
by , KNSD NBC San Diego. 2023-02-03
 
Water Authority Awarded $3M from State's Urban Drought Relief Grant Program - Times of San Diego
The San Diego County Water Authority was awarded $3.3 million Thursday by the state’s Department of Water Resources for installation of high-efficiency toilets and smart irrigation controllers. [Article]
by , Times of San Diego. 2023-02-03
 
Yreka could get farm-to-fork market. Mount Shasta has new hotel
Shoppers in search of local farm products or artisan crafts may want to keep downtown Yreka on their radar.  Organizers are at work setting up a market space to feature local products often found at farmers markets and similar venues. The venture, known as the Farm to Fork Market, began last year with discussions with farmers market vendors and others about the idea of small farmers, artisans and similar groups coming together to begin working collaboratively toward a project that puts their products in front of consumers year-round.  A steering committee was put together, which identified a space in downtown Yreka as a possible location.  [Article]
by , Siskiyou Daily News. 2023-02-03
 
Jump Aboard This Jet and Track an Atmospheric River
The interior of the plane looked like a cross between a private luxury jet and a space mission control room. [Article]
by , Government Technology. 2023-02-03
 
LA County to offer telehealth therapy to all 1.3 million public school students – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
All 1.3 million K-12 public school students in Los Angeles County will soon have access to free virtual therapy sessions in a new effort to tackle the youth mental health crisis head on. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2023-02-03
 
City of West Hollywood to Host Public Hearing on Access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) by Individuals at High Risk of HIV Transmission
The City of West Hollywood will host a public hearing to gather input from community members about whether individuals at high risk for HIV transmission are able to effectively access medications approved as part of FDA-approved protocols for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). [Article]
by , . 2023-02-03
 
Suit Seeks to Establish Builder’s Remedy in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills has long ranked as one of California’s most difficult places to build new homes, a sentiment borne out by its population data: In 1990, the city had 31,935 residents. Last July, a Census estimate counted 31,896. [Article]
by , . 2023-02-03
 
Manufacturer recalls eye drops after possible link to bacterial infections : NPR
The producer of a brand of over-the-counter eye drops is recalling the product after a possible link to an outbreak of drug-resistant infections, U.S. health officials said Thursday. [Article]
by , . 2023-02-03
 
L.A. County bacterial infections possibly tied to eye drops - Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County has reported four cases of an extensively drug-resistant bacterial infection that has caused blindness, hospitalization and one death nationwide. Nationally, 55 cases of this rare strain of bacteria have been identified in 12 states, prompting federal health officials to advise people to stop using over-the-counter eye drops that could be linked to the outbreak. A majority of confirmed patients used eye drops, according to a health alert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Individuals reported the use of more than 10 brands of eye drops, and some used multiple brands, but most used EzriCare Artificial Tears — an over-the-counter eye drop packaged in multidose bottles that has no preservatives. In a statement posted to its website this week, EzriCare said the product is manufactured in India by Global Pharma Healthcare PVT Ltd. “As of today, we are not aware of any testing that definitively links the Pseudomonas aeruginosa outbreak to EzriCare Artificial Tears,” the statement from Wednesday reads. “Nonetheless, we immediately took action to stop any further distribution or sale of EzriCare Artificial Tears.” EzriCare said that “to the greatest extent possible, we have been contacting customers to advise them against continued use of the product.” It was not immediately clear whether the L.A. County cases were associated with eye drops. The L.A. County Department of Public Health is urging laboratories that have identified this bacteria over the past 13 months to submit specimens to county public health officials for further analysis. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2023-02-03
 
County Board Chair touts quality of life, mental health during annual speech | KPBS Public Media
County Board of Supervisors Chair Nora Vargas focused on improving life for families, a stronger economy, better infrastructure and mental health care, and combating homelessness during Wednesday's State of the County speech. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2023-02-03
 
9th Circuit upholds reforms in California prisons - Los Angeles Times
Citing a “staff culture of targeting inmates with disabilities” within California prisons, a federal appellate court on Thursday upheld the legality of a set of measures aimed at improving the behavior of correctional officers. The reforms, first ordered by a federal District Court judge in 2020 in response to prisoner complaints in a long-standing lawsuit against the state, include a requirement that officers in six state prisons wear video cameras and that the number of stationary cameras in prisons be increased. They also require the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to add more supervisors to prison staffs, and improve processes for investigating, tracking and disciplining officers who abuse prisoners. On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals largely upheld the lower court’s orders, finding the mandated changes were necessary in light of persistent abuse of disabled prisoners and the state’s “prior failures to improve their accountability systems in the absence of specific, court-ordered instructions.” The ruling is the latest twist in a class-action lawsuit filed in 1994 by prisoners with physical and mental disabilities who alleged the abuse they suffered because of their disabilities violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The panel’s findings also were another acknowledgment that the prisoners’ long-standing claims remain unresolved, in part because the state agency has not done enough to stop the abuse. “In both of its orders, the district court found not only ongoing violations of class members’ rights at the prisons, but also a common source of those violations: the lack of sufficient accountability measures to address officers’ misconduct, which fostered a staff culture of targeting inmates with disabilities,” Circuit Judge Michelle Friedland wrote for the appellate court. “The record amply supports both conclusions.” Friedland, an Obama appointee, was joined in her decision by senior Circuit Judge Susan Graber, who was appointed by former President Clinton, and Circuit Judge Eric Miller, a Trump appointee. Vicky Waters, a CDCR spokeswoman, said the department was still reviewing the court’s decision but claimed many of the mandated reforms were already in place. The department has expanded the use of surveillance and body-worn cameras “across prisons in the state” and has increased staff training, she said. In January 2022, it also issued new regulations for investigating staff misconduct allegations, she added. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2023-02-03
 
Peace and Healing Centers Now Open Across LA | LAist
Topline: Nine Peace and Healing centers across Los Angeles County are now open to bring mental health services and other resources to the communities impacted most by systemic racism. [Article]
by , . 2023-02-03
 
Column: Voters in Kevin de León's district support recalling him. Now comes the hard part - Los Angeles Times
Kevin de León has started his 2023 just the way he wants: slithering his way back to a sense of normalcy. He’s showing up to City Council meetings and posting updates on social media as if the last 2 1/2 months of last year didn’t happen — as if a leaked tape that captured him, two other councilmembers and a labor leader uttering bigoted nonsense hadn’t upended L.A. politics. Gone is the councilmember who spent his December trying to rehabilitate his image by handing out freebies to constituents, physically and rhetorically slamming activists who tried to shame him into resigning, and appearing on national and local media to reiterate why he was staying put. Quieted are those same activists, who en masse disrupted the first couple of City Council meetings De León attempted to attend with their bodies and jeers and are now fewer in number, resigned to booing whenever De León enters the council chambers. Quieter are De León’s fellow councilmembers, many of whom demanded he step down in the wake of the leak and who walked out when he returned to City Hall after a two-month break. Now, they just grit their teeth and hold their noses during meetings as they continue with city business, lest their constituents suffer because of one deluded, defiant colleague. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2023-02-03
 
Warning delivered to Huntington Beach City Council as it again considers suing state over housing mandates - Los Angeles Times
Battle lines are being drawn on the Huntington Beach City Council as it continues to explore how to handle the state’s daunting Regional Housing Needs Allocation numbers. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2023-02-03
 
A temporary fix could be on the way | Editorial | avpress.com
By now you’ve probably experienced the sticker shock that came in the form of your natural gas bill for January. [Article]
by , . 2023-02-03
 
How LA County Will Make Mental Health Therapy Available For Students | LAist
It should be no surprise to anyone that our young people are going through a lot right now. In just the past few years, they’ve had to navigate the isolation of the pandemic and learn remotely, they’ve had to deal with the effects of climate change, they’ve witnessed police brutality and a rise in other violent acts, like mass shootings. Throw in the effects of social media and it is a lot for anyone to process, let alone a still-developing mind. [Article]
by , . 2023-02-03
 
USDOT Announces First Grants from its Safe Streets and Roads for All Program – Streetsblog California
Anew USDOT program, the Safe Streets and Roads for All Program, announced its first grants yesterday. The announcements covered the first $800 million of the $5 billion, five-year program. California communities are set to receive $133 million. [Article]
by , . 2023-02-03
 
OC’s Top Public Health Official is Resigning; No Permanent Replacement Yet
Orange County’s top public health official is on her way out the door. [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2023-02-03
 
Metrolink improvements project to increase number of trains by 2030
Metrolink’s Antelope Valley Line between Los Angeles and Lancaster, going through Santa Clarita, will increase the number of weekday trains from 15 to 30 by 2030, according to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials.  [Article]
by , . 2023-02-03
 
San Diego Unified’s students increasingly missing school | KPBS Public Media
Tens of thousands of San Diego Unified students have missed so many school days they’re now considered chronically absent, which poses a threat to their learning and to the district’s financial resources. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2023-02-03
 
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