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Long Beach representative joins other LA County supervisors aiming to recruit relatives, family friends to foster immigrant kids – The Signal Tribune newspaper
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to take steps to recruit the relatives and family friends of children whose parents are in ICE custody to act as foster families. Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended the outreach to potential caregivers who could step in for families held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. [Article]
by , . 2019-07-17
LA Metro's Rapid Bus Plan Is Tearing Eagle Rock Apart: LAist
Angelenos have a lot of feelings about public transit. Lately, that's been especially true of the bus — the humble workhorse of Metro Los Angeles' transportation fleet. Metro's plans to expand its transit network with bus rapid transit (BRT) has drawn a lot of attention and energy, most recently in Northeast L.A., where Metro plans to run a new bus line that would connect North Hollywood to Pasadena by way of Burbank, Glendale and Eagle Rock. [Article]
by , . 2019-07-17
Facing the Inferno: Campus Kilpatrick & the Woolsey Fire, Part 1 |
On Thursday afternoon on November 8, 2018, what came to be known as the Woolsey Fire ignited at approximately 2:24 p.m. near to the Santa Susana Field Laboratory located south of Simi Valley, in Ventura County, a property that was once the Rocketdyne/Atomics International rocket engine test and nuclear facility, but is now largely owned by Boeing. [Article]
by , . 2019-07-17
L.A. parking program seeks to provide safety to homeless people sleeping in cars |
GLASSELL PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Alberto Hernandez and his service dog Gordo have called his vehicle home for the past five months. The disabled 59-year-old was forced out of his apartment, unable to pay rent in Los Angeles. "Rent, I don't have enough. I can't afford $500," Hernandez says. He's not alone. The latest figures in L.A. County show more than 16,500 people live in their vehicles. [Article]
by , . 2019-07-17
LA County property values hit a record $1.6 trillion; most property owners will see a 2% tax hike – Daily News
A robust real estate market and new construction, including the partially completed NFL Rams/Chargers stadium in Inglewood, boosted Los Angeles County property values to a record $1.6 trillion, according to Assessor Jeff Prang. The stadium provided the biggest single addition to the 2019 tax roll with an assessed property value of $1.95 billion. The Banc of California Stadium in L.A. added another $200 million. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2019-07-17
Cities debate trapping, euthanizing coyotes as more residents recount killing of pets, stalking – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Cities across the San Gabriel Valley are considering adopting a regional coyote management plan that moves away from trapping and euthanizing coyotes, a controversial practice gaining support from frustrated residents in many communities experiencing more frequent attacks on pets — with some reports of coyotes entering homes. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2019-07-17
Women in jail endured group strip searches. L.A. County to pay $53 million to settle suit - Los Angeles Times
During her brief incarceration several years ago, Jessica Almaraz said she was ushered into a dirty bus garage with 60 or so other inmates at a women’s jail in Lynwood. The inmates, some of whom were menstruating, were told to remove their clothes and lift and spread their body parts, in full view of one another. Deputies yelled degrading comments and profanities as they made their orders. Some laughed. “They wanted to make us feel powerless,” said Almaraz, 34, who said she was strip-searched five times during the few weeks she spent in jail. “Whatever they said went, even if it meant making you feel like you’re not human. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-07-17
Women were brutally strip-searched in L.A. County jails. Now we have to pay for it - Los Angeles Times
The women were ordered to line up outdoors, strip, and toss their clothes onto the concrete in front of them. Beneath their bare feet, oil from the buses that regularly idled on the same spot mingled with blood left by previous waves of female prisoners. Guards cursed, barked commands, made crude jokes about the odor, snickered at the naked bodies. They ordered the women to stand so close that their shoulders touched. They ordered them to use their fingers to separate their gums and their lips so that their mouths could be searched and then, without offering them a chance to wash first, to use their hands to spread their buttocks and their vaginas. They ordered them to bend over and cough as the guards examined their body cavities with flashlights. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-07-17
Los Angeles is replacing coal with gas in the name of climate change - Los Angeles Times
DELTA, Utah —  The smokestack at Intermountain Power Plant looms mightily over rural Utah, belching steam and pollution across a landscape of alfalfa fields and desert shrub near the banks of the Sevier River. Five hundred miles away, Los Angeles is trying to lead the world in fighting climate change. But when Angelenos flip a light switch or charge an electric vehicle, some of the energy may come from Intermountain, where coal is burned in a raging furnace at the foot of the 710-foot smokestack. The coal plant has been L.A.’s single-largest power source for three decades, supplying between one-fifth and one-third of the city’s electricity in recent years. It’s scheduled to shut down in 2025, ending California’s reliance on the dirtiest fossil fuel. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-07-17
An ultra-violent MS-13 gang entered the U.S., then stalked L.A. with blades and bats - Los Angeles Times
One by one, the victims were lured to remote locations: an abandoned building in downtown Los Angeles, an empty rooftop in Hollywood, a quiet park in the San Fernando Valley. Each was accused of a transgression against the notorious MS-13 street gang. Each would meet their end in a manner federal investigators described as “medieval.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-07-17
L.A. child welfare takes heat for death of 4-year-old Palmdale boy - Los Angeles Times
L.A. County’s child welfare chief faced sharp questioning Tuesday over why a 4-year-old Palmdale boy, who died earlier this month under what authorities call suspicious circumstances, wasn’t removed from his parents’ home amid abuse claims — despite a recent court order. “This death happened on my watch,” Bobby Cagle, director of the county Department of Children and Family Services, told the Board of Supervisors. “I fully accept the responsibility for the work that was done. I also fully accept the responsibility for understanding what went wrong, what we can do better, and to implement that as quickly as possible.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-07-17
Despite Ruling, County Won’t Say If It Will Stop Immediately Destroying Public Records | Voice of OC
Orange County officials may have found a way to continue to immediately destroy many public records of their government communications, despite a court ruling that it’s probably illegal to do so. The proposed order to implement the ruling, which was put forward by both sides of the case, is “toothless,” said Terry Francke, an attorney and statewide expert on public records. [Article]
by , Voice of OC. 2019-07-17
Orange County Supervisors vote to settle homeless suits - Story | KTTV
SANTA ANA (CNS) - The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a settlement of two federal lawsuits stemming from attempts to clear the Santa Ana riverbed of a homeless encampment. [Article]
by , . 2019-07-17
Report calls on area cities to create more housing to ease county shortage - Los Angeles Times
Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach each is projected to produce less than 5,000 units of housing in the next few decades, according to a report by the Orange County Business Council. Cities should partner with local developers to create more housing for current and future residents; otherwise, the county’s existing shortage will get worse, said Wallace Walrod, chief economic advisor for the Business Council. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2019-07-17
OC Supervisors Vote to Settle Homeless Suits - NBC Southern California
The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a settlement of two federal lawsuits stemming from attempts to clear the Santa Ana riverbed of a homeless encampment. The agreement will allow the county to enforce nuisance laws on county property by creating two zones -- one in which transients can be arrested immediately and another that requires that law enforcement first do outreach and try to move the transients into shelters, Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do said. [Article]
by , KNBC Los Angeles. 2019-07-17
Spent nuclear waste burial halted at San Onofre until NRC can probe ‘near miss’ with canister – Orange County Register
The ongoing burial of spent nuclear fuel at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been suspended until regulators can determine why a canister loaded with waste became stuck as it was lowered into a concrete vault, producing high radioactivity readings that alerted workers something was amiss. This is the second time work has been halted at San Onofre since the spring, when a loose pin was found in one of the canisters that holds the spent fuel. In the aftermath of the latest incident on Aug. 3, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a special inspection for Sept. 10. Until then, all work has been halted at the nuclear plant that was decommissioned in early 2012. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-07-17
County supervisors approve proposed homeless lawsuit settlement that would leave some south county cities without anti-camping enforcement – Orange County Register
The Orange County Board of Supervisors agreed in a closed session Tuesday, July 16, to a proposed settlement of the 2018 homeless lawsuit that already has led to developing a system of care that includes the opening of shelters, more permanent supportive housing units, stepped-up health care outreach to people on the street, and an increase in mental health care services. A copy of the settlement proposal was not yet available. But a court date before U.S. District Judge David O. Carter to finalize the agreement could take place as soon as early next week. “This settlement is an important step in Orange County’s efforts to build our system of care and broader homeless response plan,” Supervisor Andrew Do said in a statement. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2019-07-17
Report: SD County Faces Dramatic Spike In Heat Without Climate-Change Action | KPBS
Absent significant global action to address climate change, San Diego County — and other regions across the country — will see dramatic spikes in annual extreme-heat days by the end of the century, according to a report released Tuesday by a scientific advocacy group. [Article]
by , KPBS - San Diego. 2019-07-17
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to advise on state’s homelessness crisis |
SAN DIEGO — San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is one of 13 elected officials and institutional representatives tapped to advise the state on solutions to tackle the state’s homelessness crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office announced Tuesday. [Article]
by , KSWB - Fox News San Diego. 2019-07-17
Critical issues of land use and housing in San Diego County -
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Market research expert, smart-growth housing and land use advocate JP Theberge joined Good Morning San Diego to debunk what he said are some of the industry spin on the critical issues of land use and housing in San Diego County. [Article]
by , KUSI - San Diego. 2019-07-17
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