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Tehama County to complete strategic plan phase three – Red Bluff Daily News
RED BLUFF — The Tehama County Board of Supervisors discussed the strategic plan’s future on Tuesday. The supervisors create the strategic plan as a road map for the county. Over the last several years, the county’s attempts to get a strategic plan off the ground but stalled out with some minimal success in the spring of 2022. The county is making a new attempt in a three-phase process. Phase One was to explore the current state of the organization and environment. Carol Cameron interviewed five to seven select stakeholders to ascertain critical areas of concern, need, and opportunity within the county and the greater community. This was a completed phase to find common ground and lay the foundation of the strategic plan. [Article]
by , Red Bluff Daily News. 2023-12-06
They fought Ellis Act eviction and won. Now they're alone in the building - Los Angeles Times
Jovita Cuevas comes home every day to her 83-year-old Koreatown apartment building, greeted by the signs of abandonment. She passes overgrown rose bushes lining the driveway, boarded-up bay windows on the first floor, No Trespassing signs and a notice, dated 2017, that the complex is set to be demolished. On the second floor, she walks down a dark hallway to the door with a sliver of light through a crack in the upper right corner. This is where Cuevas, 64, and her son Leonardo, 25, live as the last remaining residents of a historic, rent-stabilized building following years of fighting against the owners’ plan to build a more lucrative residential tower in its place. One by one, the residents of Cuevas’ six-unit building reached settlements and left. But Cuevas and her son are determined to hold on to the spacious one-bedroom with wood floors where Leonardo has lived his entire life and where they pay $975 a month in rent, an amount that’s impossible to match nearby. The Cuevases won a rare victory in court earlier this year, when a jury found that the owner failed to prove that it was acting in good faith when it tried to evict them under the Ellis Act, which allows landlords to evict residents of rent-stabilized buildings if they intend to raze the building or go out of the rental business. Across Los Angeles, the Ellis Act has led to more than 29,000 rent-controlled units being taken off the market since 2001, according to the Coalition for Economic Survival which collaborates with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a group that examines data on evictions. But months after the win, Cuevas and her son are still uncertain about their future in a building that remains abandoned except for them. Cuevas vacuums the shared hallway and sprays deodorizer to cover the musty smells from the other units. On occasion she pays a gardener to trim the overgrown hedges outside. “What are they going to do with us?” Cuevas asks. “We don’t know,” her son responds. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2023-12-06
Barger expresses support for Valley animal shelters | News |
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger read-in a motion at the conclusion of the Board of Supervisors Tuesday meeting to urgently address the overcrowding crisis impacting animal shelters in the Antelope Valley. [Article]
by , . 2023-12-06
L.A. County aims to collect billions more gallons of water - Los Angeles Times
Over the next two decades, Los Angeles County will collect billions more gallons in water from local sources, especially storm and reclaimed water, shifting from its reliance on other region’s water supplies as the effects of climate change make such efforts less reliable and more expensive. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted the county’s first water plan, which outlines how America’s largest county must stop importing 60% of its water and pivot over the next two decades to sourcing 80% of its water locally by 2045. The plan calls for increasing local water supply by 580,000 acre-feet per year by 2045 through more effective stormwater capture, water recycling and conservation. The increase would be roughly equivalent to 162 billion gallons, or enough water for 5 million additional county residents, county leaders said. “We need to conserve every drop of water possible for beneficial reuse by reducing demand, by recycling our water, by capturing much more stormwater in our natural aquifers. And I know that the public is watching to make sure we do exactly that,” said Board Chair Lindsey P. Horvath. “As climate change makes our imported water resources less reliable and more expensive, I would like to see the majority of our stormwater be diverted for beneficial reuse rather than washed out to the ocean where it pollutes our coast.” The development of the county’s water plan started in 2019 when former L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl authored a motion that created the county’s sustainability plan and paved the wave for a water plan. Horvath, her successor, closed the loop Tuesday on her first day as board chair with her motion to implement the plan. At 41, Horvath is the youngest person to serve as board chair. Mark Pestrella, L.A. County Department of Public Works director, said pivoting the county from a long history of importing water “is aspirational, but it is actually achievable.” There are at least 200 independent water districts or agencies in L.A. County responsible for delivering safe, clean water, and Pestrella said the plan was aimed at fostering collaboration. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2023-12-06
35% of Americans want a housing crash, poll says – Daily News
How out of whack is the housing market? Well, an October poll by LendingTree of 2,045 US adults found 35% want the housing market to crash – highlighted by youthful Gen Z-ers (53%) and millennials (46%). [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2023-12-06
Long Beach restores utility billing, payment services following cyber attack – Press Telegram
Long Beach residents can once again make utility bill payments online, the city announced this week, about a month after its digital payment processing systems were taken offline in the aftermath of a cyber attack. [Article]
by , Long Beach Press Telegram. 2023-12-06
Children Who Survive Shootings Endure Huge Health Obstacles and Costs - KFF Health News
Oronde McClain was struck by a stray bullet on a Philadelphia street corner when he was 10. The bullet shattered the back of his skull, splintering it into 36 pieces. McClain’s heart stopped, and he was technically dead for two minutes and 17 seconds. [Article]
by , . 2023-12-06
Santa Monica mirrors county increase in hate crimes - Santa Monica Daily Press
Shocking statistics from Los Angeles County are highlighting a disturbing trend: a surge in hate crimes. This past week, the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations shared its annual analysis of hate crimes reported throughout the county in 2022, with disappointing results.  [Article]
by , . 2023-12-06
Officials want ships to anchor farther from undersea pipelines, citing 2021 oil spill - Santa Monica Daily Press
Federal officials on Tuesday recommended increasing the distance from undersea pipelines that vessels are allowed to anchor in Southern California, citing a 2021 oil spill they said was caused by ships whose anchors were dragged across a pipeline after a storm. [Article]
by , . 2023-12-06
Landslide closes popular bridge along San Clemente’s beach trail – Orange County Register
Dave and Karen Hall were out enjoying the beautiful morning at the beach on their bikes in San Clemente when their regular route was cut short. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2023-12-06
LA Times Today: Earning a master’s degree in prison now possible in ‘groundbreaking’ California program - Los Angeles Times
A groundbreaking master’s degree program in humanities and graduate writing, the study of modern Nobel laureates, and the history of American punishment and incarceration are now being offered to California inmates. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2023-12-06
Income-based utility charges a foolish idea that should be terminated – Daily News
Residential electricity rates in California have risen between 77% and 105% since 2014, according to a February report from the Public Advocates Office, an independent entity within the California Public Utilities Commission. “California’s residential electric rates are consistently among the highest in the continental United States,” the report stated. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2023-12-06
No, Opening a $2 Billion Freeway Expansion Project is Decidedly Not the End of Southland's Freeway Era - Streetsblog Los Angeles
Hey! Did you hear that Southern California's big freeway era is over? Spoiler: it isn't. [Article]
by , LA Streetsblog. 2023-12-06
Feds call for sweeping changes in SoCal shipping after huge oil spill - Los Angeles Times
A federal agency wants changes in how container ships are anchored off Southern California as well as new safety measures for vessels near offshore pipelines to help prevent or minimize ruptures like the one that spilled 25,000 gallons of crude oil off Huntington Beach. The 2021 spill caused damage to beaches and wetlands and killed scores of fish and birds. After a sweeping, two-year review, the National Transportation Safety Board released findings Tuesday that the Orange County spill was a direct result of container ships anchoring in close proximity to offshore pipelines. The board called for the U.S. Coast Guard to increase the buffer between anchored ships and pipelines. The spill also could have been avoided with improved communication and planning between those monitoring the massive container ships in Southern California’s ports and the operators of the pipelines, investigators found. The inquiry into the major oil spill off Huntington Beach confirmed initial findings that indicated a months-earlier anchor strike caused the undersea pipeline to burst, sending at least 25,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific. The investigation found no other possible cause of the damage, officials said at an almost four-hour NTSB meeting Tuesday. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2023-12-06
LA Mayor Promised To Fast-Track Affordable Housing. But Plans Near Single-Family Homes Have Stalled | LAist
To cap off her first week in office last December, L.A. Mayor Karen Bass gathered reporters at a dusty patch of dirt in Boyle Heights. From a podium, she explained that construction of affordable housing on that site had taken 16 years to break ground. [Article]
by , . 2023-12-06
Gun locks are given to Providence Holy Cross staff to keep kids from getting guns – Daily News
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center Chief Executive Bernie Klein will never forget the look on the faces of parents whose teenage daughters were transported in 2019 by a helicopter to Providence Holy Cross in Mission Hills following a devastating shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2023-12-06
Julián Castro to head the California-based Latino Community Foundation - Los Angeles Times
ulián Castro will be spending more time in California once he takes the helm as the chief executive of the San Francisco-based Latino Community Foundation, billed as the largest network of Latino philanthropists in the United States. The foundation announced Castro’s new role early Wednesday, about five months after Jacqueline Martinez Garcel announced she’d be stepping down from the CEO position she has filled since 2015. Martinez Garcel is credited with helping the foundation raise more than $100 million under her leadership. “It’s a unique organization and it’s grown tremendously over these last several years,” said Castro, the former U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development. “What intrigues me is, how can the LCF keep doing great work in California, and then expand beyond California?” Castro begins his new post Jan. 1. He’ll remain based in Texas, but he said: “I’m going to be spending a lot of time in California.” Founded in 1989, the Latino Community Foundation began as an affinity group of United Way of the Bay Area to increase workplace donations to Latino organizations. In the early 2000s it morphed into a supporting organization of the San Francisco Foundation. The LCF became an independent statewide foundation once Martinez Garcel stepped in. Since then, the foundation says it has invested more than $29 million in more than 375 nonprofits that are predominantly led by Latinos across the state. It provides branding and fundraising support to grassroots nonprofits and also mobilizes Latino voters. The foundation has also leveraged American Rescue Plan dollars toward groups such as the Center for Farmworker Families, the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Latinas Contra Cancer and Alianza Coachella Valley. The LCF has established a Giving Circle network in which each member of a circle contributes a minimum of $1,000 a year, according to its website. Members of these circles include baby boomers, millennials, CEOs, emerging professionals, first-generation college students, immigrants, Latinos and non-Latinos. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2023-12-06
Supervisor Lindsey Horvath made chair of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has a new leader. At today’s reorganization meeting, Supervisor Lindsey Horvath (District 3) was elected chair, and immediately assumed her responsibilities, opening and facilitating today’s meeting. Her term as chair will run through next December. [Article]
by , . 2023-12-06
Here’s What Progress LA's Mayor Has Made On Homelessness So Far | LAist
L.A. Mayor Karen Bass says she’s made major progress in tackling the homelessness problem at the one-year mark of her time in office. [Article]
by , . 2023-12-06
County supervisors adopt water plan | News |
LOS ANGELES — The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a “water plan” for Los Angeles County on Tuesday in an effort to bolster local water supplies and reduce reliance on more costly imported water. [Article]
by , . 2023-12-06
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