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Made in America festival hasn't been an easy sell in Los Angeles
They made it in Philly. But can they make it in L.A.? That's one of many questions surrounding the debut of the Budweiser Made in America music festival, which will take over downtown Los Angeles' Grand Park this Labor Day weekend. The concert, the brainchild of rap mogul Shawn Carter — better known as Jay Z — will be the first paid event at the 2-year-old park that stretches between City Hall and the Music Center. Up to 50K people are expected to attend Saturday and Sunday to see acts including Kanye West, Imagine Dragons and John Mayer. If promoters draw that many people, it would be the park's biggest crowd yet and a test of all that goes with it — including parking, traffic flow amid the street closures and crowd control. There are also concerns that the availability of beer at the venue could cause problems. [Article]
by LORRAINE ALI, GERRICK D. KENNEDY, Los Angeles Times. 2014-08-29
 
Adult filming on hold as another performer tests positive for HIV
An immediate and indefinite moratorium has been placed on all adult filming after another performer may have tested positive for HIV. “There was a positive test at one of our testing centers. Confirmatory tests are not yet back, but we are taking every precaution to protect performers and to determine if there’s been any threat to the performer pool,” said Diane Duke, chief executive of the Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the adult film industry. “We take the health of our performers very seriously and felt that it was better to err on the side of caution.” This is the third such voluntary moratorium announced in the last year prompted by HIV concerns. [Article]
by CHRISTINE MAI-DUC, Los Angeles Times. 2014-08-29
 
Audit finds some L.A. County nursing home cases prematurely closed
Los Angeles County auditors have found problems with the way the public health department investigates nursing home complaints involving issues of safety, neglect and other problems that could jeopardize the well-being of residents. After reviewing a sampling of cases from 2012 to this year, they found that some were "inappropriately" closed without a full investigation, according to an audit report released this week. In others — including five that involved patient deaths — inspectors wrote up problems or issued citations, but the findings were downgraded by department supervisors, sometimes without discussing the changes with the issuing inspector. [Article]
by ABBY SEWELL, ERYN BROWN, Los Angeles Times. 2014-08-29
 
LASD to internally investigate fatal cyclist crash involving distracted deputy
A day after prosecutors declined to file charges against a distracted sheriff’s deputy who fatally struck a cyclist in Calabasas in December, an official with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said it is launching its own administrative probe into the deputy’s behavior. [Article]
by BRENDA GAZZAR, Los Angeles Daily News. 2014-08-29
 
LA County Public Works fined $256K over air pollution violations
State air regulators fined L.A. County’s Department of Public Works 256K for violating air pollution rules. The California Air Resources Board audited records for the county’s heavy-duty diesel fleet four years ago, and the fine levied now is the result of a settlement under which county public works paid over 192K to the state’s air pollution control fund. [Article]
by MOLLY PETERSON, KPCC Southern CA Public Radio. 2014-08-29
 
California's drought has dried up wells, leading one town to home deliver water
Nearly the entire state of California is in the middle of a severe drought. For most residents, the water is still flowing, even if it's just a trickle. But in the Central Valley town of East Porterville, taps have actually run dry. Tulare County officials have now stepped in to drop off drinking water to affected residents. In late January-early February, they started to get word that homes' privately-drilled wells had began to sputter out. "It started as a slow trickle, and as of about June or July it's turned into a fire hose of reports," says Andrew Lockman, manager of emergency services for Tulare County, where East Porterville is located Just recently they gave an estimated three weeks of drinking water to each person in affected homes. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, KPCC Southern CA Public Radio. 2014-08-29
 
Vaccination rates declining in L.A. County schools
At The City School, a private school in Van Nuys, just two kindergartners in a class of 17 had all their required vaccines last year. The parents of the other 15 students decided not to immunize their children, because of their personal beliefs. “This is not a school policy, this is just a preference of our parents,” said Andrew Janczak, the school’s founder. “I think many of our parents believe their children benefit from a more holistic, natural approach. I think you see that by the choices they make.” [Article]
by FERMIN LEAL, LA Observed. 2014-08-29
 
ER visits jump under Obamacare
Advocates of the Affordable Care Act have long argued that extending medical coverage to millions of people would reduce their reliance on expensive emergency room care. That would save billions of dollars in unnecessary health costs that are passed on to consumers and employers in the form of higher insurance premiums. Initial signs, however, point in the opposite direction. [Article]
by BERNARD J. WOLFSON, Orange County Register. 2014-08-29
 
Board of Supervisors seeks to untangle problems with holiday lights
If you and your neighbors plan on stringing lights across streets this holiday season or refuse to spend taxpayer money on such decorations, you’d better keep an eye on the Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 9. [Article]
by TOMOYO SHIMURA, Orange County Register. 2014-08-29
 
Orange County district attorney wants Irvine Great Park audit documents
IRVINE – Orange County’s district attorney wants copies of everything the Great Park’s auditor has and continues to collect, as well as the final audit once it’s ready, according to a letter sent from the District Attorney’s Office to the firm of Aleshire & Wynder, legal counsel for the city’s audit investigation. [Article]
by KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Orange County Register. 2014-08-29
 
Editorial: Bag ban gets through Assembly
After failing in a 38-33 vote Monday, just three short of passage, Senate Bill 270 cleared the Assembly in a 44-29 vote Thursday afternoon. The reversal was a result of at least seven previously abstaining Democratic votes joining to push the legislation through. [Article]
by EDITORIAL, Orange County Register. 2014-08-29
 
Janet Nguyen: Sacramento sells higher education short
As California weathers severe cuts to its higher education budget – over 31 percent between 2008 and 2013 – Sacramento continues to sell our future generations short by failing to adequately fund our public colleges and universities. The chancellor of the California State University system recently announced that they will have to cut planned enrollment growth for the fall semester from 20K down to 9,900 students. [Article]
by JANET NGUYEN / OPINION, Orange County Register. 2014-08-29
 
Transportation plan discussion
The first San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) board discussion of the draft revenue-constrained Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) update took place Aug. 15. The non-voting item allowed for feedback and direction to SANDAG staff. A hybrid between two staff-developed scenarios is likely. "I don’t like one versus the other. I like them both," said county Board of Supervisors member Ron Roberts. [Article]
by JOE NAIMAN, Fallbrook Village News. 2014-08-29
 
Supes okay 535K to develop ag promotion program
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors directed the county’s Chief Administrative Officer to develop an agriculture promotion program and to return to the board in 30 months with a developed ordinance to be considered for adoption. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote Aug. 6 also establishes 535K for staff and consultant time to develop the program. The county’s general fund will provide 480K of that money and a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will account for 55K. "Farming remains strong in our county, and this program will only build on our strengths," said San Diego County Farm Bureau president Julie Walker. [Article]
by JOE NAIMAN, Fallbrook Village News. 2014-08-29
 
County Supervisor Works to Implement Mental Health Law
San Diego County may soon see a big shift in the way patients with mental illness are treated as county supervisors work to implement Laura’s Law by next year. The California state law, which passed in 2002, allows courts to require people with serious mental illness to accept treatment as a condition of living in the area. San Diego has not implemented the measure. [Article]
by Megan Tevrizian and Andie Adams, KFMB-TV (CBS8) (San Diego). 2014-08-29
 
Nearly 50,000 locals still underwater
Tens of thousands of San Diego County homeowners continue to owe more on their properties than they are worth, despite the run-up in prices that has taken place over the last two years. In the second quarter of this year, there were 46,585 county homeowners underwater on their homes, real-estate tracker Zillow reported this week. Those with negative equity make up about 10 percent of property owners in the county who have a mortgage, down from 21 percent in the second quarter of last year. [Article]
by JONATHAN HORN, San Diego Union-Tribune. 2014-08-29
 
Fracking study may allow feds to resume lucrative oil leases in Kern
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management took a big step toward resuming auctions of federal property in California for oil and gas production with its release Thursday of an independent scientific review of well stimulation activities in the state. The review by the nonpartisan California Council on Science and Technology found no instances of groundwater contamination, seismic activity or other significant detrimental environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing. However, its authors offered several caveats with the review, including a shortage of independently verifiable data. [Article]
by JOHN COX, Bakersfield Californian. 2014-08-29
 
Public defender: ‘I love this office’
Lisa Bertolino’s path to the Public Defender’s Office was an unlikely one. But now that she’s there, she’s loving every minute of it. In 1989, after graduating Ventura College of Law, Bertolino was set on being a certified public accountant. She assumed she’d be working in tax law, until her husband got a call from the Tulare County Public Defender’s Office. He took the job. The couple had just had their first child, but for Bertolino the decision was to stay home or head to work. She did both. Bertolino took a part-time job with the PD’s office and started working misdemeanor cases. [Article]
by ERIC WOOMER, Visalia Times-Delta. 2014-08-29
 
County gets new mobile crime lab
A mobile crime lab unit is the county’s newest acquisition to help fight against crime. Sheriff-elect Mike Boudreaux, along with members of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab team, showed off their newest piece of equipment to the Board of Supervisors during Tuesday’s board meeting and thanked them for their support as the department continues to stay current with law enforcement technology. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, Recorder Online. 2014-08-29
 
Fresno County lakeside communities counter drought with creativity
LAKESHORE — Looking out across now-puny Edison Lake in high country Fresno County, an "eerie" feeling comes over Jim Clement. The lake's capacity is just 5% of its 125k acre-feet of water -- a troubling statistic for the 60-year-old owner of Vermilion Valley Resort. His rustic mountain lodge rests beside the lake at about 7,600 feet in elevation. For many carefree vacationers, visiting this dwindled body of water has become their first up-close-and-personal glimpse at the state's historic drought, Clement said. [Article]
by CARMEN GEORGE, Fresno Bee. 2014-08-29
 
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