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Edison completes river excavation, sand replenishment in Del Mar - Del Mar Times
Southern California Edison finished its excavation of the mouth of the San Dieguito River this week, moving an estimated 16,000 cubic yards of sand onto the beach in Del Mar. [Article]
by , Del Mar Times. 2022-11-23
 
San Diego Unified Appeal of Vaccine Mandate Ruling Gets Struck Down in Court - Times of San Diego
A state appellate court panel ruled against the San Diego Unified School District Tuesday in its appeal of a judge’s decision striking down its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students. [Article]
by , Times of San Diego. 2022-11-23
 
Coronavirus: L.A. County reported 3,077 more cases and 10 more deaths, Nov. 23 – Daily News
Los Angeles County public health officials reported 3,077 more cases of the coronavirus since Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 3,524,896 as of Wednesday, Nov. 23. Officials reported 10 more deaths linked to the coronavirus since Monday for a total of 34,135 deaths since tracking began. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2022-11-23
 
COVID funding and endless ‘emergency’ – Orange County Register
California is facing a $24 billion budget deficit in its 2023-24 budget, according a new report by the Legislative Analyst’s Office, but it would be even worse without the national public health emergency that has been extended again by the Biden administration. Thanks to the COVID-19 emergency, states are receiving extra federal money to reimburse the costs of health care covered by Medicaid, called Medi-Cal in California. In 2020, Congress approved a 6.2 percentage point increase in the federal government’s share of the cost of most state Medicaid programs. This enhanced funding continues through the quarter in which the public health emergency declaration ends. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2022-11-23
 
Mary Urashima, Leader Of Effort To Preserve Historic Japanese American Settlement In Huntington Beach, Dies  | LAist
Mary Urashima's fight to preserve a historic Japanese American settlement in Huntington Beach started out with her as a "lonely soldier with a big flag," recalled her friend Kyoko Oda. [Article]
by , . 2022-11-23
 
Chinese Developer Sells L.A. Luxury Tower at Steep Discount - WSJ
A major Chinese developer on Tuesday disposed of the tallest rental apartment tower in downtown Los Angeles at a steep loss, the latest in a recent wave of Chinese investors unloading prized U.S. real-estate assets.  The U.S. subsidiary of China’s Greenland Holding Group sold the 59-story apartment skyscraper for $504 million, according to the buyer, privately held apartment owner Northland.  That sales amount was a record for a single rental property in Los Angeles, but it was still far less than Greenland had initially hoped to get for the building. Eighteen months ago, the asking price for the building was $695 million, which even at that price was less than what Greenland had paid in development costs, according to Northland.  After nearly two years of soaring rents and property values, the multifamily market has been cooling off. Higher interest rates and three months of falling rents nationally have weighed on the apartment market broadly, while the L.A. market has faced some specific challenges, said Matthew Gottesdiener, Northland’s chief executive.  California rent regulations and the ability of renters to move away from downtown Los Angeles because of remote work have also suppressed values, he said.  Chinese companies were some of the biggest investors in U.S. hotels, office buildings and other commercial real estate during the previous decade. But a few years ago, the Chinese government limited the outflow of investor cash from the country, part of a broader attempt to manage China’s financial risk, leading to a flurry of exits by Chinese firms.   [Article]
by , . 2022-11-23
 
Dreaming of a green Christmas? Here are environmentally friendly ways to celebrate – Orange County Register
Is it better for the environment to cut down a live Christmas tree or to buy an artificial one? What about gift ideas that are high on joy but low on carbon? Can wrapping paper be recycled? Each holiday season, some of the environmental progress made over the previous 11 months to reduce waste and carbon emissions gets wiped out during one month of excessive eating, increased traveling and swapping gifts packaged in plastic. Americans’ waste production jumps 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, for example, adding an extra 1 million tons of waste to landfills each week. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2022-11-23
 
Orange County’s Food Demand Remains High Two Years Into Pandemic
Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and cranberry sauce – staple Thanksgiving dishes that many families throughout Orange County will struggle to get this year.  [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2022-11-23
 
Editorial: State political ethics watchdog losing its bite - Los Angeles Times
California’s political ethics watchdog needs to start baring some teeth. The Fair Political Practices Commission exists to enforce state laws meant to prevent corruption. The bipartisan panel is supposed to police politicians, candidates, lobbyists and donors by making sure they follow campaign finance rules and steer clear of conflicts of interest. When it’s functioning well, the commission exposes misconduct in the political system and clears officials who have been wrongly accused. Its public process holds political players accountable when they break the rules and can deter others from even trying. But lately, the commission has been taking so long to complete investigations that it’s losing power. It’s overloaded with old, unresolved cases and is not properly prioritizing those that need urgent attention. Elections come and go without answers. The watchdog has no bite. Take the case of Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat from the Silicon Valley who leads a group of lawmakers known as the “tech caucus” because of their interest in tech policy (and, it seems, their interest in donations from tech companies). Nearly three years ago, the FPPC opened an investigation into Low’s fundraising practices that remains unresolved. The case was sparked by a CalMatters article in February 2020 that reported that Low had stopped disclosing who donated to the nonprofit organization affiliated with the Legislature’s tech caucus. It’s a relevant matter, since tech companies curry favor with lawmakers by giving money to the nonprofit, and their donations pay for lawmakers to attend an annual policy retreat with tech lobbyists — held this year at a swanky resort in the Napa Valley. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-11-23
 
San Diego Tries — Again — to Develop a Vacant Property in the Heart of North Park | Voice of San Diego
The historic Woolworth building in North Park has been sitting vacant on a prime piece of real estate along University Avenue for years, despite the city of San Diego’s attempts to renovate it. But the city is ready to try — once again — to redevelop the property. It’s still a long way from going anywhere. [Article]
by , . 2022-11-23
 
Electric vehicles aren’t a silver bullet for California’s clean energy future – Orange County Register
For California to achieve a clean energy future, we need to rethink our transportation solutions. Electric vehicles alone are not the answer. On August 25, the Golden State proposed a ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered cars and light trucks, to take action by 2035. California’s transportation sector accounts for about half the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, so in that respect, such an ambitious policy makes sense. But with few car-free alternatives available, such a ban would pose significant challenges to Californians. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2022-11-23
 
Changing family through education: Joe Mathews thanks his late great-aunt
“I thought that if we had a national character and a national genius, these people, who were beginning to be called Okies, were it.” – John Steinbeck, America and Americans We ain’t Okies anymore. My great-aunt Fern was the last member of our California family born in Oklahoma. But she never cared for John Steinbeck’s portrayals of Okies as the epitome of American working-class struggle. We Okies, she said, were ordinary people — no better than the other California migrants who sent their kids to the public schools where she taught. [Article]
by , . 2022-11-23
 
California farms face $3 billion loss from historic drought – Orange County Register
California’s worst drought has left growers in the top US agricultural state facing losses of $3 billion, just as producers brace for more widespread cuts to water supplies. The state’s driest three-year period on record resulted in crop revenue losses after growers left a total of 1.3 million acres unplanted over 2021 and 2022 as compared with 2019, according to a study commissioned by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. That’s the most idled acreage in recent memory, with effects cascading down the food industry. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2022-11-23
 
Drug Seizures at San Diego, Imperial County Ports of Entry Decreased This Year - Times of San Diego
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s San Diego field office announced this week that the total amount of narcotics seized at Southern California ports of entry this past fiscal year decreased from the previous year. [Article]
by , Times of San Diego. 2022-11-23
 
How COVID-19 struck the heart of the Latino family network - Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON —  COVID-19’s relentless death toll is robbing the Latino community of what has long been viewed as a secret weapon behind its impressive growth and rising prosperity: grandparents. Multigenerational households have played an especially important role in helping Latinos as they’ve grown into California’s largest ethnic group and the second-largest in the nation. Elder Latinos, who are more likely than average to remain in the workforce past retirement age, often provide an additional income to the shared household. And even when retired, grandparents supply much-needed childcare, carpooling, cooking and other assistance to their families, reducing expenses for the broader household and freeing other adults to work longer hours and earn more. But Latinos age 55 and older have died from COVID-19 at a disproportionately higher rate than white people, Blacks and Asians, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, after long enjoying an overall lower mortality rate than the white population, Latinos all but lost that edge in California and some other states, due largely to pandemic casualties, research shows. And it’s not just a loss of grandparents. COVID-19 took a toll on uncles, aunts, older children and others who had played vital roles in helping especially lower-income, multigenerational Latino households leverage themselves upward. While the death of seniors has been devastating to all population groups, the effect on Latinos of losing these beloved and vital contributors has caused outsized damage and could ripple through the community — both emotionally and economically — for years to come. “What we see is a domino effect,” said Maria Cadenas, executive director of Ventures, a nonprofit organization that helps Latino working-class families in California’s Central Coast. “Because its impact is not only a lack of income.” For Latino households, the premature loss of a grandparent often means “all of sudden they have to work more, have to find alternative ways of childcare, alternative ways of transportation to work,” Cadenas said. “We’re talking about economic stability and economic mobility.” Tobias Noboa, a retired taxi driver and immigrant from Ecuador, was the patriarch of a seven-person, four-generation household in Queens, N.Y., when COVID-19 entered their home in April 2020. In a matter of weeks, the white-haired Tobias — always so robust — died at age 82. Before that, “he was driving, cooking, taking care of the kids, helping his wife,” said his granddaughter Shyvonne Noboa, 41, a social worker. “He was an active person.” Tobias played an essential caretaker role in the household. He looked after his bedridden wife of 62 years, Juana, changing diapers and administering insulin shots. He also helped with the day-to-day rearing of his two great-grandchildren — Lincoln, now 9, and the youngest of the family, Shea, 7. “From the moment they got up, he would feed her breakfast. They played ball together. From sunrise to sunset, they were literally inseparable — two peas in a pod,” Shyvonne said. In addition to the emotional pain and grief, Tobias’ death hollowed the Noboa household structure. To take care of the ailing Juana, Shyvonne’s mother Janet Noboa now must step up her retirement plans from a hospital concierge job. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-11-23
 
Free public workshop will examine affordable housing solutions - Laguna Beach Local News
In most community assessments in California, affordable housing is the number one need. A free public workshop, “Affordable Housing – A Home, A Heart,” will be held on Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive.  [Article]
by , . 2022-11-23
 
California’s coastal Amtrak service still down for Thanksgiving holiday | KPBS Public Media
The threat of a bluff collapse in San Clemente in late September continues to interrupt passenger rail service between San Diego and points north. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2022-11-23
 
Protesters occupy county building over rent relief program ending
Tenants and advocates staged a sit-in protest at the San Diego County Housing and Community Development Services building on Tuesday, calling on county officials to address issues with the defunct COVID rent relief program that left thousands of renters in the region facing eviction. [Article]
by , iNewSource. 2022-11-23
 
L.A. prosecutor on leave over case sparked by election deniers - Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County deputy district attorney has been placed on administrative leave for his role in the questionable prosecution of a Michigan software executive that may have been sparked by conspiracy theorists who deny the validity of the 2020 presidential election. Deputy Dist. Atty. Eric Neff’s leave comes in the wake of Dist. Atty. George Gascón’s decision to drop charges against Eugene Yu, chief executive of Michigan-based Konnech, according to three sources with knowledge of the situation. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss a personnel matter. Yu’s firm, which has contracts with L.A. election officials, had been accused of storing data about poll workers on Chinese servers. Gascón announced Yu’s arrest Oct. 4, claiming that the 51-year-old chief executive had endangered the personal information — including Social Security numbers — of an unknown number of L.A. County poll workers by storing it on an overseas server. At the news conference, Gascón did not explain what crime Yu had committed but said the firm had violated its contract with the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office. A week later, Yu was charged with embezzlement and conspiracy, as prosecutors alleged that the contract violation was tantamount to theft of public funds. But by November, prosecutors had dropped all charges against Yu. During his initial news conference, Gascón did not mention that his office’s investigation was sparked by a conversation with one of the founders of True the Vote, a Texas-based nonprofit that has fomented conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election. While Gascón stressed that he had no evidence that any alleged misconduct by Konnech or Yu had an impact on an election or involved ballot counting, the news conference sent a shock through the conservative media ecosystem. Former President Trump praised Gascón and called on him to dig further into the 2020 election, while far-right commentator Charlie Kirk said Yu’s arrest was confirmation of “another election integrity ‘conspiracy theory.’” True the Vote was integral to the debunked documentary “2,000 Mules,” which claimed to prove that Joe Biden and the Democratic Party stole the 2020 election from Trump through ballot harvesting. True the Vote this year publicly accused Konnech of taking part in a Chinese government operation to influence U.S. elections. Konnech has since sued the group in federal court for defamation. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-11-23
 
COVID-19 | Humboldt County Public Health reports 2 new hospitalizations, 137 new cases – Times-Standard
The following is a press release from Humboldt County Public Health: Humboldt County Public Health reported today two new hospitalizations, a resident in their 60s and one in their 70s. No new deaths were reported. An additional 90 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 were announced as well as 47 new probable cases for the period between Tuesday, Nov. 15 and Tuesday, Nov. 22. The total number of confirmed cases in the county stands at 22,521. An additional 5,461 cases are reported as probable.* [Article]
by , Eureka Times-Standard. 2022-11-23
 
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