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A history-making LA County LGBTQ+ Commission meets for the first time – Daily News
In what officials called a history-making debut, the Los Angeles County LGBTQ+ Commission met for the first time on Tuesday, June 11, with a ceremony led by County Supervisor Hilda Solis marking the occasion. The meeting culminated an effort that began in June 2023, when Solis and Supervisor Janice Hahn co-authored a motion to create the commission, with a mandate to make recommendations on policies that impact LGBTQ+ communities. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2024-06-11
 
9th Circuit says California ban on gun sales on state property is constitutional - Los Angeles Times
California laws barring the sale of firearms and ammunition at fairgrounds and other state property are constitutional, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. Judge Richard R. Clifton, writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, rejected claims by a group of firearm sellers and gun advocacy groups that the laws violated both their 1st Amendment right to free speech and their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. Clifton wrote that the laws don’t violate the 1st Amendment because they “solely restrict nonexpressive conduct — contracting for the sale of firearms” and don’t violate the 2nd Amendment because they do not “meaningfully constrain” anyone’s “ability to keep and bear arms.” Tiffany D. Cheuvront — an attorney for the gun sellers and advocacy groups, including B&L Productions Inc., which holds gun shows in California under the name Crossroads of the West, and the California Rifle & Pistol Assn. — called the decision “extremely disappointing.” She said they would appeal. In a statement to The Times, Cheuvront said the judges “clearly did not understand the connection between 1st Amendment and 2nd Amendment rights when the state is looking to limit foundational rights and discriminate against certain groups of people on state property.” Gov. Gavin Newsom, in a statement, called the ruling “commonsense” and a victory for gun safety. “If other states followed our policies, thousands of lives would be saved,” Newsom said, adding that California “won’t stop defending our laws from the right’s radical lawsuits.” California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta, whose office defends state laws in court, praised his staff for “another victory in the battle against gun violence in our state and country.” “Guns should not be sold on property owned by the state, it is that simple,” Bonta said in a statement. “Sales of illegal firearms and ammunition, and sales of firearms and ammunition to prohibited persons, have happened on state property and these laws will further help to prevent that going forward.” Clifton, an appointee of President George W. Bush, was joined in the decision by circuit judges Holly A. Thomas and Roopali H. Desai, both appointees of President Biden. The decision resolves two cases in which lower courts had split on the issue. It lifts an injunction one of those lower courts had issued last year blocking state enforcement of the laws. The decision lands amid a larger legal debate over where states can ban firearms, following a 2022 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that laws infringing on the 2nd Amendment are legitimate only if they are deeply rooted in American history and tradition. Tuesday’s decision upholds a series of state laws that barred gun sales at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the Orange County Fairgrounds and all state-owned property. It sidesteps such historical analysis by finding that the state bans have no substantial bearing on 2nd Amendment rights. “The plain text of the Second Amendment directly protects one thing — the right to ‘keep and bear’ firearms,” Clifton wrote. “On its face, that language says nothing about commerce, let alone firearm sales on state property.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-06-11
 
Amid budget deficit, Humboldt County supervisors discuss staffing and operations
Amid a budgetary crisis, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved several expense-reducing measures on Monday, though they also voted to hire new personnel. The final budget adoption for fiscal year 2024-25 is slated for June 25, but Monday’s discussion saw the board approve a voluntary separation incentive program, a hiring freeze – with exceptions for several departments, including the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office – and denied funds for several programs. However, the board also approved $181,341 for the Humboldt County Office of Elections, which includes hiring a new elections specialist, contrary to a staff recommendation denying the requests that cited the need to save money. “I’ve been losing sleep over this request, but I don’t know how I can go about administering this next election, given the burnout and turnover I’ve had in my office,” Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Juan Pablo Cervantes said. “I’m currently one of two people in my office that worked through a general election. That’s the kind of turnover my office has had. It’s the kind of turnover we see across the state. The job’s changed. No longer is it a clerical job where you just fill out forms and count pieces of paper and that’s it. We’re facing additional scrutiny, additional state mandates. It’s a tougher gig and the staffing we have at this point, it’s not enough.” [Article]
by , Eureka Times-Standard. 2024-06-11
 
Proposition 47's fate uncertain in California's criminal justice reform
It would be to Riverside District Attorney Mike Hestrin ’s and Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco’s great joy –to eliminate, limit or otherwise degrade, provisions of California’s 2014 landmark criminal justice reform initiative, Proposition 47.  [Article]
by , . 2024-06-11
 
Environmentalists push bond amid California budget shortfall - Los Angeles Times
Dozens of environmental groups, renewable energy companies, labor unions, water agencies and social justice advocates are lobbying state lawmakers to place a multibillion dollar climate bond on the November ballot. Sacramento lawmakers have been bombarded with ads and pitches in support of a ballot proposal that would have the state borrow as much as $10 billion to fund projects related to the environment and climate change. “Time to GO ALL IN on a Climate Bond,” says the ad from WateReuse California, a trade association advocating for projects that would recycle treated sewage and storm runoff into drinking water. “Invest in California’s Ports to Advance Offshore Wind,” says an ad by the companies that want to build giant wind turbines off the coast. The jockeying by the lobbyists to get their priorities into the proposed climate bond measure intensified after Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed spending $54 billion on climate in 2022 but then cut that funding to close recent massive budget deficits. If approved by lawmakers, voters would decide in November if they want the state to borrow the money and pay it back over the decades with interest. “The science and the economics clearly show that prompt climate investments will save Californians money and maximize the effectiveness of adaptation options intended to benefit people and nature,” said Jos Hill at the Pew Charitable Trusts. The nonprofit is part of a coalition of 170 groups, including those advocating for environmental justice and sustainable farming, that is lobbying for the bond. Negotiations are ongoing in closed-door meetings, but details emerged recently when two spreadsheets of the proposed spending, one for an Assembly bill known as AB 1567 and the other for the Senate’s SB 867, were obtained by the news organization Politico. The two plans, which would be combined into a single ballot measure, include money for wildlife and land protection, safe drinking water, shoring up the coast from erosion and wildfire prevention. They also include hundreds of millions of dollars for projects that would benefit private industry, including some green energy companies that are already benefiting from the gush of federal money aimed at mitigating global warming coming from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. A final decision of whether to include a climate bond on the ballot must be made by June 27. The proposal is competing with plans to borrow money for other issues, including school construction. And lawmakers have said they don’t want to overwhelm voters with too many pleas to take on more debt. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-06-11
 
Will a diet that's good for the planet help you live longer?
Willett said he was “surprised by the strength of some of these findings,” adding that the relationship goes both ways. For instance, when fewer acres are farmed, there’s less particulate matter in the air, and when fewer animals are raised in close quarters, the risk of antibiotic resistance declines. “There are lots of very important indirect effects on health that are mediated by a better environment,” he said. The results were published Monday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This isn’t the first study to link planetary health diets to a reduced risk of premature death — researchers have seen the connection in the United Kingdom and in Sweden. But the new work is the first to apply a more precise diet index to a large sample of Americans and use it to assess their risk of death. That is an “important” advance, said Zach Conrad, a professor at William & Mary who specializes in nutritional epidemiology and food systems. However, he said more work is needed to show that planetary health diets are as good for the Earth as they are for Earthlings. “It has yet to be demonstrated that healthy diets are also more environmentally sustainable,” said Conrad, who was not involved in the new study. “It is important that we move away from inferring a link between diet quality and sustainability, and instead move toward measuring it.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-06-11
 
With Land Moving 1 Foot Each Week, Rancho Palos Verdes Takes Big Step To Try To Slow Dangerous Landslide | LAist
Workers for the city of Rancho Palos Verdes have taken a big initial step in their efforts to manage a massive landslide that is now moving at rate of 1 foot a week and threatening a number of neighborhoods. [Article]
by , . 2024-06-11
 
Why Hollywood's jobs picture remains bleak - Los Angeles Times
The iron fist of history seems finally to be coming for Tinseltown. Beyond the financial blows inflicted by the pandemic and the actors’ and writers’ strikes, the vast Los Angeles-based entertainment industry known as Hollywood is facing the far greater forces of economic disruption that have already struck the rest of the United States. Much like manufacturing, agriculture and other major segments of the U.S. economy before it, the result for Hollywood appears to be mixed: a possible return to prosperity and good times for some, ever tighter times for others. “There is something of an existential question mark over large swaths of the traditional Hollywood economy,” said Stuart Ford, chairman and chief executive of Los Angeles-based AGC Studios, which develops, produces, finances and licenses films and television series. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-06-11
 
Could a ballot measure gut California's film/TV tax credit? - Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO —  Eager to negotiate off the 2024 ballot a measure that would make it harder to raise taxes, unions are alleging that the initiative would end a California program that awards hundreds of millions of dollars annually in tax credits to television and film studios. The claims are part of an effort by unions to increase pressure on business interests backing the measure to strike a deal to remove it from the November ballot, which remains possible amid an intense negotiation period at the state Capitol. If the concerns about the tax credits catch on, movie studio executives could be a powerful addition to the opposition campaign. Losing film and television tax credits would be particularly damaging as the motion picture industry struggles to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, two major strikes and an ongoing industry contraction. “This thing has the potential to devastate our industry and the jobs that support it, as well as those that are touched by this industry,” said Thom Davis, president of the California IATSE Council, part of the Hollywood crew members union International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-06-11
 
Federal appeals court upholds California’s gun show ban on state property – Daily News
California’s ban on gun shows on state property is constitutional, a federal appeals court said on Tuesday, June 11. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2024-06-11
 
Los Angeles Moves To End COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement For Workers | LAist
Los Angeles has joined other cities like Long Beach and Pasadena in ending a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for city employees. [Article]
by , . 2024-06-11
 
Boiling Point: Hillary Clinton wants more climate stories on Netflix
Turns out I’m not the only one itching for more movies and TV shows dealing with global warming. Hillary Clinton feels the same way. The former U.S. secretary of State — who received 2.8 million more votes than Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election but lost to Trump because of an electoral college system that was written into the U.S. Constitution in part to persuade slave states to approve the governing document — spoke last week at an Environmental Media Assn. event in West Hollywood. Clinton talked about one of her family foundation’s latest initiatives, a guide for Hollywood screenwriters and producers looking to include climate themes in their films and shows. The guide is focused on stories about children, who are especially vulnerable to higher temperatures, bigger fires, stronger storms and other fossil fueled harms because their brains, lungs and other organs are still developing — and because disruptions to their mental and emotional development can have long-lasting effects. “Extreme heat has very serious consequences on pregnant women, on infants, on babies, on toddlers,” Clinton said Wednesday. “We know that the pollution from wildfires, something that you’re all too familiar with here, has respiratory consequences — and most severely on children. [We know] what that means for the development of asthma and other respiratory conditions.” There’s science backing up those assertions. The day after Clinton’s remarks, my L.A. Times colleague Hayley Smith wrote about new research finding a significant increase in the odds of preterm birth — which can lead to health complications — during heat waves, and an increase in the odds of preterm birth as Earth heats up overall. More air pollution also resulted in more preterm births and more congenital anomalies. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-06-11
 
Why is LAX such a nightmare to get through, and will it be fixed? - Los Angeles Times
Alexa Woodward arrived in California for the first time and was immediately lost. Outside Los Angeles International Airport, she and a friend tried unsuccessfully to order an Uber. The hum of jackhammers added to the anxiety, and except for the smell of weed in the air, this wasn’t the introduction she had expected. “It’s not super clean, there’s lots of construction, and we don’t know where to go,” the North Carolinian said, before a Times reporter led her to the shuttle for the designated taxi and ride-share lot. For decades, the trip in and out of LAX has been one of the most challenging parts of a journey. The serenity of the Pacific Ocean is only two miles away, but that can be difficult to remember as travelers spend an hour on the nightmarish horseshoe loop known as 1 World Way. A $30-billion overhaul promises to make the experience better before the 2028 Olympics and the airport’s centennial. A glimpse of the elevated tracks of the long-awaited Automated People Mover soaring above the airport teases at the future. But until the system is complete, the chaos that many have endured before takeoff and after landing remains all but inevitable without extensive trip planning, extra time to allow for delays or travel at non-peak hours — especially for first-timers trying to navigate the airport. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-06-11
 
Hotel in downtown Long Beach welcomes 1st residents after becoming interim shelter site
A new interim housing shelter at a 60-room hotel in downtown Long Beach began welcoming residents this week, several days after the City Council OK’d a lease agreement with the propery owners despite some concerns from residents in the area. The City Council recently approved the $2.4 million lease agreement for the three-story Vagabond Inn, 150 Alamitos Ave.; state grant funds will cover that amount and the lease runs through May 31. Residents began moving into the shelter on Monday, June 10. There are currently 10 different hotel and motel sites in Long Beach – jointly operated by the city and Los Angeles County – that are being used as supportive housing across the city, Homeless Services Bureau Manager Paul Duncan said during a council meeting earlier this month. [Article]
by , Long Beach Press Telegram. 2024-06-11
 
Editorial: Rising insurance rates worsen California housing crisis - Los Angeles Times
California has spent billions of dollars in recent years to build desperately needed housing for homeless and low-income tenants. Now a growing problem for the state’s homeowners has hit affordable housing providers especially hard: skyrocketing property insurance rates. In the last couple of years, organizations that build and maintain affordable housing report their premiums for property, liability and builders’ risk insurance have soared, with some Los Angeles-area providers seeing 400% to 600% premium increases in one year, according to the Southern California Assn. of Nonprofit Housing. While most market-rate landlords can raise rents to cover the cost of higher insurance rates, affordable housing providers cannot. Their rents are set by the government, based on regional incomes. So many providers, most of them nonprofits, have had to dip into their reserves or cut costs to cover the increased insurance payments. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-06-11
 
Should clean air and water be the right of every Californian? - Los Angeles Times
A contentious proposal to amend California’s Constitution to enshrine environmental rights for all citizens has been delayed for at least another year after it failed to gain traction ahead of a looming deadline. ACA 16, also known as the green amendment, sought to add a line to the state Constitution’s Declaration of Rights affirming that all people “shall have a right to clean air and water and a healthy environment.” The single sentence sounds straightforward enough, but by the start of this week, the proposal had not yet made it through the state Assembly or moved into the state Senate. Both houses would need to pass the proposal by June 27 in order to get it on voter ballots this fall. Assemblymember Isaac G. Bryan (D-Los Angeles), who authored the bill, said he decided to hold it until next year so he could strengthen its language and improve its chances of success. That means it wouldn’t actually go into effect until 2026, if it passes. “We simply don’t have enough time this election cycle to craft the comprehensive and inspired amendment language California deserves,” Bryan said in a post on the social media site X. “We will keep working and building for the climate justice our communities need.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-06-11
 
Early support tilting toward $47 million raised bike path along PCH
Pacific Coast Highway is about to get a slew of improvements including upgrades to crosswalks, sidewalks and ADA curb ramps but the biggest change — the bike lanes along the northern stretch of PCH in Long Beach — could depend on community participation. [Article]
by , . 2024-06-11
 
Can California control its boom-and-bust budget? - Los Angeles Times
California has until Saturday to balance a budget that is billions of dollars out of whack, and not in a good way. Ambitious, worthy programs put into place in 2022, when Gov. Gavin Newsom was projecting a record surplus, are being paused or rolled back, and state reserves are being drawn down. California is awash in red ink. We asked Chris Hoene, the executive director of the progressive California Budget and Policy Center, and Joshua Rauh, a Stanford economist and scholar at the conservative Hoover Institution, how the state could avoid the whiplash of budget surpluses and shortfalls in the future. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2024-06-11
 
Supreme Court asks Justice Department to weigh in on climate change suits in California, other states - The Press Democrat
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Justice Department to weigh in on whether the climate change lawsuits filed by California and two dozen other cities and states should be blocked. At issue is whether greenhouse gas emissions are a matter controlled only by federal law, or if states can play a role. The oil and gas industries had urged the high court to take up the issue now and to rule that federal law preempts or overrides state claims seeking damages for the impact of a hotter climate. Monday's brief order asks Solicitor Gen. Elizabeth Prelogar to file a brief "expressing the views of the United States" in the two pending appeals, Sunoco vs. Honolulu and Shell vs. Honolulu. [Article]
by , Santa Rosa Press Democrat. 2024-06-11
 
Mexico's tactic to cut immigration to the US: Wear out migrants | KPBS Public Media
“Here, again.” Yeneska García’s face crumbled as she said it, and she pressed her head into her hands. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2024-06-11
 
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