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L.A. County’s nursing home oversight division under scrutiny 
Resident advocates have long called for reform of the Los Angeles County public health division largely in charge of regulating and overseeing local nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2021-04-16
 
Metro in LA County is hiring 800 drivers, other transit agencies increasing staff
The further reopening of stores, restaurants and other businesses in recent weeks has pushed up demand for mass transit in Southern California, leaving some transportation agencies scrambling to add bus drivers. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2021-04-16
 
Coronavirus: LA County aims to vaccinate 80% of residents by end of June
Los Angeles County is on track to attain its goal of vaccinating 80% of residents 16 and older against the coronavirus by the end of June, Paul Simon, chief science officer for the county’s public health department said Friday, April 16. Allocations of the vaccines are slowly inching upward to meet the demand. County vaccination sites administered 670,000 doses from April 4 to April 11, Simon said, reflecting a pace of 100,000 shots given each day. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2021-04-16
 
$100 million pledge aims to support Asian American, Pacific Islander groups
The California Endowment has committed $100 million over the next decade to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations across the state — including many grassroots organizations in Southern California — in an effort to help them expand their infrastructure to advance health equity, racial justice and solidarity across racial groups. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2021-04-16
 
Metrolink, L.A. County Public Health Launch Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Metrolink and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are partnering to provide free mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics beginning next Tuesday at Metrolink's Palmdale and Lancaster stations, with the ability to administer 250 inoculations at each site per day. [Article]
by , KCET - SoCal Public TV. 2021-04-16
 
From Tijuana to Temecula To LA: A Fronterizo's Struggle For A Sense Of Belonging 
I'm a proud fronterizo. I'm a Mexican immigrant from the border region. I was born and raised in Tijuana, but often spent time in San Diego, where many of my family members live. I moved to California in my junior year of high school to live with my uncle and his family in, of all places, Temecula. [Article]
by , . 2021-04-16
 
52% of California adults partially vaccinated for COVID
More than half of California adults have now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, a promising milestone that comes as the state is now inoculating as wide a swath of its residents as possible. To date, 52.2% of Californians 18 and older have been at least partially vaccinated, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That level of coverage ranks 11th among all states, federal figures show, and is higher than the proportion of adults who have received a dose in other heavily populated states — including Pennsylvania, 51.8%; New York, 51.3%; Texas, 45%; and Florida, 44.8%. Nationwide, 48.3% of adult Americans have received at least one shot. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-04-16
 
California workers laid off amid COVID-19 get rehire rights
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday requiring hotel, event center, airport hospitality and janitorial employers to first rehire workers laid off during the pandemic when jobs become available, a move that comes after the governor vetoed a more expansive labor-backed bill last year. Senate Bill 93 takes effect immediately after quickly making its way through the Legislature this week as a budget trailer bill. “As we progress toward fully reopening our economy, it is important we maintain our focus on equity,” Newsom said in a statement. “SB 93 keeps us moving in the right direction by assuring hospitality and other workers displaced by the pandemic are prioritized to return to their workplace.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-04-16
 
California unemployment dips, but joblessness persists
California’s economy is slowly picking up as businesses reopen and new unemployment claims fall, but stubborn joblessness persists as many simply stop looking for work. In March, employers added 119,600 positions, state officials reported Friday. The Golden State has yet to recover 56% of the 2.7 million jobs lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic last spring. California’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.3% in March from 8.5% a month earlier but remained far higher than the 4.5% in March 2020, before the virus took hold. And last month’s slide was mainly caused by nearly 40,000 workers quitting the labor force, economists said. The state’s economy is recovering more slowly than the nation’s as officials have been more cautious in lifting restrictions on businesses than in other states. After New York and Hawaii, California unemployment was the third-highest in the nation, tied with New Mexico. The U.S. jobless rate stood at 6% in March. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-04-16
 
Long Beach leaders answer Biden, help immigrant children
When the White House called Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia last week to ask if his city would help house unaccompanied immigrant children recently arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border, he didn’t hesitate. It was personal for Garcia, who emigrated with his family from Peru to the U.S. at 5 years old. The 43-year-old up-and-coming progressive politician empathized with the immigrant children and wanted to help the Biden administration avert a humanitarian crisis. “Absolutely,” the mayor replied. Garcia, who chairs Long Beach City Council meetings, supported the move to lease the Convention Center to the federal government and convert it into an emergency shelter for up to 1,000 immigrant children. But leasing the city-owned center requires City Council approval. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-04-16
 
L.A. County, city libraries reopening after COVID closures
Before the pandemic, Frank Haffner scheduled his routine around a daily trip to his local library in Rosemead. If he arrived early to beat the crowd, he preferred to nestle into an overstuffed chair in front of the library’s large windows. With the San Gabriel Mountains at his back, he used the natural light to illuminate his reading materials. Sometimes he sat at a table, spread out his stack of books and perused them until one piqued his interest. Haffner has since had to create his own reading nook at home. He checks out books and DVDs through the library’s online service about once a week. Then he picks them up through its sidewalk service. “Every day, something to do,” said Haffner, 70. “I liked getting out of the house. And I wouldn’t have to buy the newspaper.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-04-16
 
Are shipping containers for homeless people in L.A. humane?
It measures only 8 feet by 8 feet. But to Stephen Smith, the tiny red house in North Hollywood is the place he calls home. Until early last month, Smith had been living out of his car in locations around the San Fernando Valley, collecting cans from city parks as a way of making spare change. He ended up on the street not through a single event, but a slippery chain of them: the death of his mother last year followed by the pandemic, which left him in an emotional and economic lurch. “Me and my mom were best friends,” he says. “I took it kind of bad.” After a year on the streets, however, Smith was ready for a change. When a caseworker from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority approached him with an offer of shelter over the winter, he took it. “I said, ‘Let’s get with it,’” he recalls. “God helps those who help themselves. This is Stephen 2.0.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-04-16
 
California to use satellites to find greenhouse gas emitters
Years after former Gov. Jerry Brown pledged California would launch its “own damn satellite” to track planet-warming pollutants, the state plans to put not one, but two satellites in orbit to help it hunt for hard-to-find “super-emitters” of methane and carbon dioxide. In an announcement Thursday, a partnership of government and research organizations working under a newly formed nonprofit called Carbon Mapper said it is on track to launch the satellites in 2023 using $100 million in funding from philanthropic groups. The two satellites will be used to locate, quantify and make visible plumes of methane and carbon pollution, which remain major obstacles in the fight against climate change. Regulators and scientists say faster, more accurate monitoring is urgently needed to accelerate greenhouse gas reductions and keep global warming from reaching catastrophic levels. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2021-04-16
 
Kriz: Another Thirty-One People (One a Day) Died Without Fixed Abode in OC in March Without Much Visible Movement
Thirty-one people (one a day) without fixed abode died in OC in March 2021.  Their names are: [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2021-04-16
 
Southern California still down 753,900 workers in pandemic era
Southern California bosses added 64,500 jobs in March as pandemic-related business limitations left the region 753,900 workers short of pre-coronavirus employment. My trusty spreadsheet, filled with state job figures released Friday, found local bosses had 7.14 million employees last month in the four counties covered by the Southern California News Group. This staffing level, derived from a survey of employers, was up 0.91% in a month or 103,600 jobs. The region added an average 46,236 workers monthly since April’s economic bottom. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-04-16
 
Orange County Logs Over 2 Million Vaccine Doses
Orange County has now passed yet another milestone—it logged over two million vaccine doses, as of this post. [Article]
by , . 2021-04-16
 
Boozing, gambling, shopping boost California’s coffers during pandemic
This may not come as a shock if you spent 2020 ordering from Amazon, guzzling wine and and haunting virtual casinos, but data now confirms it: Many Californians drank and bet and shopped their way through the pandemic. An analysis of state tax collection data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that, in California: [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-04-16
 
Coronavirus: Orange County surpasses 2 million vaccinations given as of April 16
The OC Health Care Agency reported 112 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, April 16, increasing the cumulative total in the county to 252,804 cases since tracking began. There were 17 new deaths reported Friday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 4,886. The data on deaths in the county is compiled from death certificates or gathered through the course of case investigations and can take weeks to process. The most recent death recorded was on April 1. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-04-16
 
Proposed Rule 2305 must be rejected
On May 7, the Governing Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District is set to vote on a proposed rule that would cost jobs, raise consumer prices and likely do little to improve air quality. Proposed Rule 2305 is truly a bureaucratic disgrace for the ages. The SCAQMD has been trying since at least 2016, when it adopted an Air Quality Management Plan with an estimated cost of $14 billion, to find a way to raise taxes. The agency staff discussed a $20 increase in the DMV’s auto registration fee and a one-cent increase in the gas tax. They even proposed legislation to create a new four-county district that would be authorized to put a sales-tax hike on the ballot for voter approval. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-04-16
 
Proposition 65 invites abuse and needs reform
New legislation from Assembly member Ed Chau, D-Monterey Park, could provide long-needed reform to one of the most widely abused ballot initiatives in the state’s history. Assembly Bill 693 offers useful tweaks to a 1986 ballot initiative that was supposed to protect Californians from dangerous chemicals, but has done nothing of the sort. Proposition 65, which voters approved overwhelmingly on a statewide ballot in 1986, epitomizes the cynical environmental politics that often is the rage. Under its provisions, no business shall “expose individuals to chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without first giving clear and reasonable warning, nor discharge such chemicals into drinking water.” [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2021-04-16
 
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