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Federal infrastructure bill could support the Long Beach port, Mayor Robert Garcia says
The $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill isn’t just about fixing highways and bridges: It could also support the Port of Long Beach, Mayor Robert Garcia said in a Tuesday, Oct. 26, press conference about the Build Back Better Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. [Article]
by , Long Beach Press Telegram. 2021-10-27
Rains helped, but drought is part of ‘new normal’
Far from being rescued from drought by recent storms, the state needs to prepare for a “new normal” of restricted water supplies, California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot said Tuesday, Oct. 26. To do that, Crowfoot said California must accelerate conservation efforts to deal with current drought conditions and continue to build on long-term water-management strategies, such as the $5.2 billion Water and Drought Resilience Package announced in September by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Crowfoot made his case to the executive committee of the Metropolitan Water District, which manages Southern California’s water imports from the Colorado River and Northern California. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2021-10-27
LA County officials urge COVID-19 boosters, await approval of shots for kids
Los Angeles County health officials again urged eligible residents on Tuesday, Oct. 26, to get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, while they also prepared for anticipated federal approval of vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11. [Article]
by , Daily Breeze. 2021-10-27
LAUSD board approves $2.6B COVID-19 relief plan
The Los Angeles Unified school board on Tuesday, Oct. 26, adopted a plan for spending approximately $2.57 billion in additional COVID-19 pandemic relief funding from the federal government. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2021-10-27
Surge of international travelers coming to Disneyland and other California theme parks
International visitors will soon return to Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other California theme parks once the United States lifts a travel ban that has been in place throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2021-10-27
LA receives loan from EPA to finance San Fernando Basin water recycling project
Los Angeles sanitation officials received a $224 million loan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help finance a project to purify wastewater and replenish the San Fernando Basin amid a historic drought, officials said on Tuesday, Oct. 26. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2021-10-27
Breastfeeding may help mothers’ brains, says UCLA study
Women over age 50 who breastfed their babies performed better on cognitive tests than women who never breastfed, according to a study led by researchers at UCLA Health. “While many studies have found that breastfeeding improves a child’s long-term health and well-being, our study is one of very few that has looked at the long-term health effects for women who had breastfed their babies,” Molly Fox, lead author of the study and an assistant professor in the UCLA Department of Anthropology and the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, said in a statement. “Our findings, which show superior cognitive performance among women over 50 who had breastfed, suggest that breastfeeding may be ‘neuroprotective’ later in life.” [Article]
by , Daily Breeze. 2021-10-27
Exacerbated by pandemic, child care crisis hampers economy
After Bryan Kang’s son was born in July, the occupational therapist and his wife, a teacher, started looking for child care in the Los Angeles area. The couple called eight day care centers: Some didn’t have spots for months; others stopped taking their calls and some never answered at all. So with no viable options, Kang scrambled to find a new job that would allow him to work remotely. [Article]
by , Daily Breeze. 2021-10-27
What does the U.S. owe climate refugees?
Last fall, back-to-back major hurricanes, Eta and Iota, slammed into the Caribbean coast of Central America, creating storm surges and flooding from Belize to Panama. In parts of Honduras and Guatemala more rain fell in two weeks than typically falls in four months. Mudslides such as the one that buried the Maya community of Nuevo Quejá in Guatemala killed scores of people and rendered the landscape uninhabitable. The damage was estimated at more than $9 billion. Physical recovery will take decades, if it happens at all. [Article]
by , Long Beach Press Telegram. 2021-10-27
Unvaccinated LA City Workers Must Pay $130 A Week For Testing
A plan passed by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday makes it time consuming and expensive for city workers to refuse the coronavirus shots, but pushes the mandate deadline to Dec. 18, giving holdouts more time to decide. [Article]
by , . 2021-10-27
LA Offers $5,000 Grants To Small Businesses Hit Hard By The Pandemic
Los Angeles small business owners still feeling the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic now have a chance to receive $5,000 through a new city-sponsored program. [Article]
by , . 2021-10-27
California Has Few Protections For Working and Living In Extreme Heat Indoors
We often think extreme heat is most dangerous for people who work outside. But in many places, heat can become unsafe, and even deadly, when you're inside. [Article]
by , . 2021-10-27
California plans ambitious effort to vaccinate young children
California health officials said Wednesday that they are prepared to pull out all the stops to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 against COVID-19 as the country draws closer to authorizing eligibility for that age group. While there are still a number of federal and state hoops to jump through, officials said they are preparing to offer doses to the roughly 3.5 million children in the age group statewide as soon as the end of next week, as the critical holiday season approaches. “The more vaccinations we get into the arms of eligible Californians, the more we stop the spread and shrink the pool of people vulnerable to COVID-19. This will get us closer to ending the pandemic,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan. “Our youngest children have remained vulnerable to the highly contagious virus as older Californians have received their vaccine. Now the time is coming to protect them.” Though the early part of the vaccination rollout was marred by scarce supplies and long lines, officials said they expect to have ample doses and capacity to handle increased demand. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-10-27
COVID-19 risk in kids is small, but vaccines still important
Although the chances of serious illness and death from COVID-19 are exceedingly slim for children, experts say there’s a very good reason for parents to get their kids vaccinated. COVID-19 has become one of the leading causes of death in children nationwide. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, COVID-19 became the seventh leading cause of death in 1- to 4-year-olds in August and September. During that same time, it also was the sixth leading cause of death among children 5 to 14 and the fourth leading cause of death among teenagers and young adults age 15 to 24. The chance of children dying from COVID-19 can be small, yet the disease can still be a leading cause of pediatric death because most of the time “children don’t die” at high rates for any reason, Dr. Monica Gandhi, a UC San Francisco infectious diseases expert, said. But during the Delta variant surge, in places with low rates of adult vaccination, “kids got a lot of cases, and there were more hospitalizations in children than we have ever seen before.” Nationwide, 763 children younger than 18 have died from COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That represents about 0.1% of deaths for which the age of the person is known (children comprise 22% of the nation’s population). In California, 37 children have died from COVID-19 — 0.05% of all COVID-19 deaths — according to the state Department of Public Health. Any child’s death is tragic, particularly one that can be prevented by vaccination, health experts say. “It’s kind of like: What if you had a vaccine that was totally safe,” Gandhi said, and a child “would never get cancer?” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-10-27
In-N-Out's vaccine battle with California
In-N-Out Burger, the iconic California eatery, is increasingly at war with health officials over COVID-19 rules. Earlier this month, San Francisco’s only In-N-Out was forced to temporarily close for violating a local rule requiring proof of vaccination for indoor customers. Located on Fisherman’s Wharf, the restaurant has since reopened for outdoor dining only. This week, Contra Costa Health Services confirmed that an In-N-Out in Pleasant Hill was also forced to close after repeatedly violating county COVID-19 rules. Officials said they gave the restaurant ample opportunities to comply but that it created a public health hazard by “repeatedly violating” the county order. That order, in effect since Sept. 22, requires restaurants and some other indoor establishments to verify that all customers 12 or older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had a negative coronavirus test within the previous 72 hours. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-10-27
L.A.'s guaranteed income program set to take applications
The application window for a new $1,000-a-month cash assistance program in Los Angeles run by City Hall kicks off Friday, making L.A. the biggest city in the nation to launch such an initiative. The city’s guaranteed basic income program will give 3,200 Los Angeles households the monthly stipend for a year. The 10-day application period opens Friday, when officials say they will release details about how to apply. Recipients will be announced in early January. Recipients will be randomly selected by the city’s research partner, the Center for Guaranteed Income Research, city officials said. To qualify, applicants must live within the city of L.A., have an income at or below the federal poverty level, have at least one dependent child or be pregnant, be at least 18 years of age or older and have experienced financial and/or medical hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A web site will accept applications starting Friday. Unlike other cash assistance programs, there are no rules about how the money can be spent. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-10-27
34% of Orange County has become million-dollar neighborhoods
The pandemic era’s homebuying binge turned 34% of Orange County into million-dollar neighborhoods while nearly wiping “affordable” communities. My trusty spreadsheet, filled with September homebuying stats from DQNews/CoreLogic for 83 Orange County ZIP codes, showed how home pricing has changed in the past two years for “expensive” ZIPs (median selling prices $1 million and higher) vs. “affordable” neighborhoods (medians of $666,667 or below). [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-10-27
Housing for mentally ill homeless women draws heated Anaheim response
Grandma’s House of Hope, a nonprofit started by a woman who was once homeless to serve those currently homeless, wants to turn a large home in the historic Anaheim Colony district into a transitional living facility for more than a dozen mentally ill homeless women. It seems ideal to Grandma’s House of Hope founder Je’Net Kreitner for a program her organization operates under a contract with the Orange County Health Care Agency to help women with what is described as severe and persistent mental illness. The home in the 600 block of North West Street would serve as bridge housing where they could live safely, gain stability and transition into other more permanent housing. Except, homeowners who live near the two-story house oppose Kreitner’s plan. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-10-27
Coronavirus: Orange County reported 355 new cases and four more deaths, Oct. 27
The OC Health Care Agency reported 355 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, Oct. 27, increasing the cumulative total since tracking began in the county to 304,054. There have been 2,953 new infections reported in the last 14 days. There were 200 people with confirmed cases of the coronavirus reported in Orange County hospitals on Wednesday, 49 of whom needed to be in intensive care units. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-10-27
Schools Throughout OC Could Soon Start Vaccinating Children, Families
State public health officials say schools throughout Orange County and the state could become vaccination sites for children five years and older next month as the Food and Drug Administration is expected to grant an emergency use authorization for the shots. [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2021-10-27
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