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GOP dead zones: You won't find any Republicans to vote for in big areas of L.A. County
When 818,000 voters in Los Angeles County fill out their ballots this election, they will find themselves in strange political territory: the only Republican names they’ll see will be presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence. In this GOP “dead zone” — spanning parts of five congressional districts, five state Assembly districts and one state Senate district — not a single Republican candidate made it on to the November ballot. Instead, all but three of the candidates in those races will be Democrats. In two races voters can choose Libertarian Party candidates who mounted successful write-in campaigns during the primary. And in an East Los Angeles congressional race, an Air Force medic is mounting a bare-bones campaign as an independent against Lucille Roybal-Allard. This scenario is the result of California’s relatively new, voter-approved primary system in which the two candidates who finish with the most votes in the June election go on to the general election — even if they are from the same party. [Article]
by JAVIER PANZAR, Los Angeles Times. 2016-10-26
Latinos in California have one big reason to go to the polls: Donald Trump
Galvanized to vote in the presidential race by Donald Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric, Latinos in California are expected to turn out in large numbers in November and have considerable influence on down-ballot races and statewide propositions. At nearly 39% of the population, Latinos are the largest ethnic group in the state. At the polls, however, they are typically underrepresented compared with other minority groups. But Latino voters turned out in record numbers during the 2016 primary, a good sign for general election turnout, said Mindy Romero, who runs the California Civic Engagement Project at UC Davis.  “I think we are going to see good turnout or high turnout even,” Romero said. "I think the question is just how much higher." California’s June primary saw a larger share of Latino voters — 20% of the ballots cast — than any primary since 2004, according to a study by the Civic Engagement Project. [Article]
by SOPHIA BOLLAG, Los Angeles Times. 2016-10-26
CalVet kitchen is cooking, but six years after West L.A. home opens to serve medical needs of vets, empty beds remain
You remember the CalVet Kitchen Chronicles, right? It’s hard to believe, but two years have passed since my last installment. I was reminded that it’s time for an update after reading my colleague David Cloud’s reporting on a much bigger snafu — the Pentagon’s shameless attempt to steal back enlistment bonuses paid to National Guardsman. Are they kidding? If bonuses were inappropriately doled out because of Department of Defense or National Guard incompetence, and if congressional reps knew about this and have been sitting on their hands for two years, why are the guardsmen being asked to fix a problem they didn’t create? Let’s attach the wages of the loafers who tripped up, not the guardsmen who marched off to duty, some of them in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bureaucracy. Such a beast.  [Article]
by STEVE LOPEZ / Columnist, Los Angeles Times. 2016-10-26
Hospital agrees to pay $450,000 to L.A. to settle homeless patient dumping lawsuit
Two years after it dumped a homeless woman on skid row with no identification and wearing only paper pajamas, a Hawaiian Gardens hospital has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Los Angeles, the city attorney’s office announced.  City Atty. Mike Feuer sued Gardens Regional Hospital & Medical Center last year after the woman, identified in the suit as Jane Roe to protect her privacy, was dropped off by a hospital van in 2014. She was found wandering the streets and eventually ended up in front of Union Rescue Mission. The suit accused Gardens Regional of repeatedly dumping patients, including this woman, without appropriate treatment or discharge plans. In the last three years, Feuer has filed similar lawsuits against several other hospitals and reached settlements in six of them, netting $3 million in fines and penalties. Gardens Regional did not have to admit wrongdoing as part of its settlement, Feuer said. [Article]
by JOSEPH SERNA, Los Angeles Times. 2016-10-26
In L.A. Live Community Agreement, Some See Shortcomings
A 2001 community-benefits agreement for the L.A. Live sports and entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles is held up as a model that sparked a national trend. L.A. Live owner AEG Worldwide subsequently helped pay for 120 units of affordable housing, three child-care centers, a park and a recreation center, and has worked with area groups on local-hiring requirements, University of Southern California sociologist Leland Saito... [Article]
by SCOTT CALVERT, Wall Street Journal. 2016-10-26
Vote no on Measure M, L.A. County’s permanent transit tax: Endorsement
If there is one unifying experience in Los Angeles County, it is being stuck in traffic. By now, you probably have seen your share of commercials promoting Measure M, the half-cent sales proposal, as the reprieve we’ve all been waiting for. Promising to reduce traffic by 15 percent, the measure is the third in the last eight years to be pitched to L.A. County residents as a much-needed investment in infrastructure and mobility. While there’s no disputing the need for infrastructure investments, the recent history of transit proposals gives this editorial board pause. [Article]
by EDITORIAL, Los Angeles Daily News. 2016-10-26
Protesters against new LA County jail shut down Board of Supervisors meeting
Protesters opposing the construction of a new women’s jail in Lancaster temporarily shut down the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday just before a vote was taken on moving forward with the project’s design. Shouting “This jail is disruptive!,” members of the LA No More Jails Coalition drowned out requests to be quiet and forced the board of supervisors into an early recess while Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies cleared the room. No arrests were made. The Board later reconvened to approve the certification of the final environmental impact report. That means several county departments can now move forward with design plans for a construction project for a women’s jail in Lancaster as part of a $2 billion plan to update the county’s facilities, including Men’s Central Jail. [Article]
by SUSAN ABRAM, Los Angeles Daily News. 2016-10-26
Nine in 10 Homeless Skid Row Women Have Experienced Physical or Sexual Violence, According to New Report
A report being released this morning paints a staggering picture of a quickly growing Skid Row population. Women living on the streets are increasing in number and are older compared to past years, according to the study. More than 90% of surveyed Skid Row women also have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. “The report has a range of findings, but it is clear that targeting services and dollars to specific groups of homeless people is what gets to the root of the problem rather than just churning more people through the system. This is certainly true of women,” said Anne Miskey, CEO of the Downtown Women’s Center. [Article]
by EDDIE KIM, Los Angeles Downtown News. 2016-10-26
Number of Homeless Women on Skid Row Is on the Rise, Study Finds
Homelessness is high and rising in Los Angeles, and as the population grows, women are a greater portion of it.   In January, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority put the total number of homeless people at 28,000 — an increase of 11 percent from last year. As for women, the number living on the streets, in shelters or in supportive housing in L.A. County has increased 55 percent since 2013. "Single women" (a term that refers to homeless women who are on their own, and often separated from spouses or children) make up the fastest-growing group within L.A.'s homeless population, advocates for the homeless say. [Article]
by JASON McGAHAN, LA Weekly. 2016-10-26
LA County approves plan to build ambitious Puente Hills Landfill Park
Three years after the nation’s largest landfill closed, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to approve the final environmental report for the future Puente Hills Landfill Park near the juncture of the 605 and 60 freeways north of Hacienda Heights. By a 5-0 vote, the Supervisors voted to accept the final Environmental Impact Report and the master plan for the park, which would replace the old landfill with trails and other amenities such as a giant slide, a gondola ride taking visitors to the top and back, an amphitheater, a zip line, stair climbs and a bicycle skills course. [Article]
by STEVE SCAUZILLO , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2016-10-26
Emerging threat of mosquito-borne diseases like Zika force Pasadena to ask for help
Unable to handle the increased threat posed by mosquitoes, city officials agreed Monday to try to annex Pasadena into the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. The Pasadena Public Health Department’s Vector Control program was created in the 1980s, but it does not provide many of the services offered by the regional vector control district, according to a staff report. [Article]
by JASON HENRY, Pasadena Star News. 2016-10-26
Pasadena, LA County are booming. So what has businesses worried?
Pasadena is thriving, businesses are scared of the government and companies need to create a team-oriented environment to effectively recruit and retain millennials. Those observations were all dispensed at the Pasadena Business and Economic Summit 2016, held Tuesday at the University Club of Pasadena. Co-sponsored by the city and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, the event attracted business leaders from throughout the city. [Article]
by KEVIN SMITH, Pasadena Star News. 2016-10-26
Union Station Homeless Services Officially Welcomes New CEO John Brauer
Union Station Homeless Services, a leading non-profit homeless services provider in the Los Angeles area, is excited to welcome John Brauer as the agency’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1, 2016. Brauer, who has more than 25 years of non-profit executive experience, comes to Union Station from NW Works, a Virginia-based non-profit agency that provides employment, training and support services to adults with disabilities. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, Pasadena Star News. 2016-10-26
UCLA student groups beat USC in voter registration competition
UCLA student organizations registered more than 10,000 students to vote, beating USC in a voter registration competition. UCLA student groups registered 10,109 students and USC student groups registered 411 students, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk announced Tuesday. The Los Angeles County Registrar organized the competition in September to encourage both schools to register more students to vote. [Article]
by APRIL HOANG, Daily Titan. 2016-10-26
Document: Housing is now unaffordable in many rural parts of California too
People fleeing big coastal cities like L.A. and San Francisco in search of more affordable housing inland could be in for sticker shock. A new report released Tuesday reveals that inland, rural parts of California are increasingly unaffordable too. "That came as a big surprise because historically we have thought of the housing problem as being a focus in larger cities, but we found every city has this problem," said Jonathan Woetzel, director of the McKinsey Global Institute and a co-author of the study. Woetzel found it is nearly as expensive to live in Watsonville, a small farming community in Santa Cruz county, as it is in Los Angeles. Fifty-seven percent of households in the rural area of Santa Cruz-Watsonville are unable to afford the cost of housing. [Article]
by BEN BERGMAN, KPCC Southern CA Public Radio. 2016-10-26
D.A. Tony Rackauckas won't fill oversight job urged after jailhouse snitch controversy
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas will not reinstate a top oversight position that his handpicked investigatory committee said last year could help steer the “rudderless” ship his office had become and that might have helped to prevent its ongoing jailhouse informant controversy. Patrick Dixon, a retired Los Angeles County prosecutor who served on Rackauckas’ committee last year, criticized the district attorney’s decision at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. “The D.A. really needs a chief operating officer to watch over the day-to-day operations in their office,” Dixon said. “We felt many of the problems that you have seen in the press – the jailhouse informant problem, for example – could have been corrected if there was the right kind of leadership.” [Article]
by JORDAN GRAHAM, Orange County Register. 2016-10-26
OC Public Works campus to showcase water-wise infrastructure
The office buildings under construction on North Glassell Street may not look like anything special to those driving by, but the site’s interwoven collection of hidden landscaping technologies and techniques are aimed at mapping out the future of water-wise developments. A partnership between OC Public Works, the State Water Resources Control Board and the Orange County Flood Control District, the Glassell Campus Stormwater Low-Impact Development Retrofit started in September 2015 and is set to be completed next month. The $4.6 million cost is getting help from a $3 million grant through Proposition 84 from the State Water Resources Control Board. [Article]
by JONATHAN WINSLOW, Orange County Register. 2016-10-26
A hidden epidemic
The statistics are gut-wrenching: 1 in 4 Orange County teens is in an abusive dating relationship, according to Laura’s House in Orange County, which provides shelter, counseling and legal services to victims of domestic violence. But what’s more startling is that most of the teens in these relationships don’t know they are victims of abuse. Dating violence begins slowly, with jealousy and controlling behavior. Then the aggressor isolates the teen from friends and family. These feelings and actions are red flags that can escalate to verbal and physical threats, putdowns, cyber-bullying, emotional manipulation and physical violence. [Article]
by JOELLE CASTEIX, Orange County Register. 2016-10-26
County To Spray For Mosquitoes In Chula Vista Thursday
County officials Tuesday notified residents of a South Bay neighborhood they will conduct a precautionary spraying for mosquitoes after someone in the area contracted the Zika virus while traveling. The spraying is scheduled for Thursday in Chula Vista, in an area bordered by D Street to the north, Fifth Avenue to the east, Flower Street to the south, and midway between Fifth Avenue and Broadway to the west. The schedule is weather-permitting. The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance of rain to move into the region late that day. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, KPBS - San Diego. 2016-10-26
Diane DuBois: Measure M slights southeast L.A. County
I read my Metro Board colleague, Supervisor Michael D. Antoonovich’s, article regarding MTA’s Measure M. While I respect my esteemed colleague in his support for the measure, I would like very much to clarify my position. When the time came to vote to place the measure, “the forever tax,” on the ballot, Supervisor Knabe and I voted “no.” Supervisor Antonovich is correct in portraying my support position on the development of Measure M through the “bottoms-up” process that resulted in a $273 billion comprehensive listing of transportation projects throughout Los Angeles County. [Article]
by DIANE DUBOIS / OPINION, The Signal. 2016-10-26
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