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A new method of voting in elections
LANCASTER — A handful of residents got an opportunity to learn about changes in the way elections will be conducted in Los Angeles County starting with the March 3 presidential primary at an informational meeting Wednesday night at Lancaster Library. “We call it a new voter experience,” said Jeff Klein, Civic Engagement, Community Relations And Legislation official with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office, during a presentation Wednesday night at the Lancaster Library. [Article]
by , . 2020-01-17
 
Public has opportunity to see high-tech flight development | News | avpress.com
EDWARDS AFB —Some might say that every day is an air show at Edwards Air Force Base, home to a wide variety of cutting-edge aircraft and aerospace development as the nation’s premier flight test center. But for the first time in more than a decade, the general public will have the opportunity to witness some of that high-tech development themselves in October as the base hosts an open house and air show. [Article]
by , . 2020-01-17
 
Co-Owning Property With Strangers Can Make Homes In LA Cheaper — But It's Also Displacing Renters: LAist
There's a new way to buy a home in Los Angeles, one of the country's most unaffordable real estate markets. But you must be willing to co-own property with strangers. And rent-controlled tenants may have been forced out of the building you're moving into. It's called "Tenancy in common," or TIC for short. [Article]
by , . 2020-01-17
 
Disgraced Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca Ordered To Report To Prison : LAist
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has been ordered to report to prison to begin serving his three-year sentence for obstruction of justice, conspiracy and lying. [Article]
by , . 2020-01-17
 
L.A. County Sheriff's Department Unveils New Body Camera Policy : LAist
When L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted last year to buy body cameras for the sheriff's department, the vote came with a caveat: First, they needed to know when and how they'd be used. [Article]
by , . 2020-01-17
 
City Preparing for Homeless Count
The city’s homeless count will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 21-22. The count is a snapshot of those living in temporary shelters and unsheltered locations in Pasadena. The 2019 count recorded 542 people experiencing homelessness in Pasadena, down from 677 in 2018. Only 2016 had a lower count, when 530 homeless people were counted. [Article]
by , . 2020-01-17
 
L.A. job program gets $10 million for formerly incarcerated people – Daily News
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday that the city received a three-year, $10 million grant from the California Department of Transportation to extend its New Roads to Second Chances program that gives formerly incarcerated Angelenos employment opportunities in street maintenance and cleaning. “Los Angeles is a place where everybody belongs, and we’ll keep working to create opportunities for anyone ready to give back to our communities,” Garcetti said. “No one needs a second chance more urgently than our formerly incarcerated sisters and brothers, and New Roads to Second Chances gives people a chance to rebuild their lives through the dignity of work.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2020-01-17
 
Pasadena worries about Metro Gold Line crime despite reassurances – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Crime on the Gold Line as it travels through Pasadena has fallen by 23.63% over the past five years, but that hasn’t helped quell concerns about safety, cleanliness and homelessness on the transit line. At officials’ request, Aston Greene, interim chief of system security and law enforcement for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, delivered an hourlong presentation to the City Council on Monday, divulging the agency’s strategies and fielding questions from Pasadena’s leaders. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2020-01-17
 
When America Fell in Love With Light Rail - CityLab
When San Diego opened its light rail system in 1981, Mayor Pete Wilson declared it “a good idea whose time has come again.’” The bright red train cars, known as “the Trolley,” harked back to the urban railway that spanned 165 miles across metropolitan San Diego until 1949. As in so many North American cities, that streetcar system was ripped out as the automobile era dawned. [Article]
by , City Lab. 2020-01-17
 
What it’s like for RV dwellers during a city-sanctioned cleanup - Curbed LA
Margarita Moreno sat surrounded by boxes of cooking supplies, bags of blankets, and a lamp, belongings she had kept in the RV she called home, but that was now being towed away because its registration had expired. Until Wednesday, Moreno had lived in the RV, which she parked on Gage Avenue in South Central, for three months. She landed there, she says, after losing her job as an in-home caretaker. [Article]
by , . 2020-01-17
 
This flu season is hitting young people particularly hard - Los Angeles Times
The emergence of an unlikely strain of influenza has sickened and killed an unusually high number of young people this flu season, according to doctors and public health experts. Most people hospitalized with the flu in Los Angeles County this season have been under 45, said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the county public health department’s chief medical officer. That age group has also made up an unexpectedly large portion of the county’s flu deaths, he said. “I don’t really understand this,” Gunzenhauser said in an interview. “It’s very unusual.” Influenza B, the most common strain of flu this season, tends to make more young people sick than Influenza A, which is typically circulating during flu season, experts say. In the United States, it has been nearly 30 years since Influenza B was the most common flu virus infecting people. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-01-17
 
L.A.'s office market strikes a healthy note - Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County office rental market has been on the upswing since 2013 and finished last year in positive territory for landlords as rents rose and the vacancy rate held steady in spite of new office construction. Although technology and media giants such as Google and Netflix made dramatic moves earlier in the year by committing to big blocks of space, office leasing in the fourth quarter was dominated by small firms moving and expanding, a sign of health for the local business community. “People are building new businesses,” real estate broker Jeff Pion of CBRE said. Often these small businesses trade with fast-growing entertainment-related firms including Amazon and Apple as well as show-biz stalwarts such as Walt Disney Co. and NBCUniversal that are riding the peak entertainment wave now streaming on a wide range of electronic devices. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-01-17
 
L.A. homicides are down again. Police credit thousands of extra patrol hours - Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department had extra boots on the street last year — more than 300,000 patrol hours of them. It’s a strategy that city officials say has helped continue to drive down Los Angeles’ violent crime. Homicides dropped from 260 in 2018 to 253 in 2019 — the 10th consecutive year the city saw fewer than 300 homicides. “We needed to increase the instances that officers and the community could work together,” Chief Michel Moore said Wednesday at a news conference at the agency’s downtown headquarters. “The prioritization of field work was critical.” Los Angeles is much safer than in previous decades. In 1992, almost 90,000 violent crimes were reported. Homicides rose to almost 1,100 that year before dropping sharply in the 1990s and continuing to do so in the 2000s. The number of homicides began to grow in 2014, with 2017 marking the first decrease. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-01-17
 
How body cameras exposed LAPD officers falsifying gang affiliations - Los Angeles Times
Few issues have generated more controversy in California law enforcement circles than how police determine whether someone is a gang member. Such a designation can carry harsh repercussions. Critics have long argued that police unfairly target African Americans and Latinos as gang members with the use of field interviews in which officers ask those they pull over whether they have a gang affiliation. Proving those allegations of police bias has sometimes been difficult. But police leaders now have millions of recordings to review from more than 7,000 body cameras as a scandal widens over allegations that officers with the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Metro unit falsely portrayed people as gang members. The technology has become pivotal in helping the LAPD’s internal investigators determine whether at least 20 officers committed crimes by falsifying department reports. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-01-17
 
Beverly Hills seeks to tear down log cabin used by sobriety groups - Los Angeles Times
On a posh stretch of Robertson Boulevard, one of these really stands out: A Kundalini yoga studio. A restaurant owned by former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump. The headquarters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. A log cabin. Yes, a log cabin. Far from the forest, the shabby little cabin with peeling paint and battered wooden doors has become the center of a property dispute between West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, two tony cities where land is both scarce and expensive. The log cabin — the site of some two dozen addiction recovery group meetings every week — is in West Hollywood. But it sits on a lot owned by Beverly Hills, which wants it gone. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-01-17
 
Newsom sends trailers to help house the homeless in California - Los Angeles Times
Gov. Gavin Newsom repeatedly promoted a temporary solution to California’s most visible problem this week during a tour on homelessness that began at a shelter in the Sierra foothills and ended in a vacant city-owned lot in the shadow of the Oakland Coliseum: The state would dispatch 100 travel trailers to provide immediate shelter. Newsom and his aides publicized their plan again Thursday, posting a video on social media showcasing a caravan of 15 trailers traveling down the highway toward the Bay Area, where the shelters were on display for a news conference. “We need to tackle the issue of homelessness head on,” the governor tweeted. “Eight days ago, I issued an executive order to rapidly increase housing and shelter options across CA. Just a few days later, we’re deploying trailers to communities in need to provide services & shelter.” “California is responding to a crisis,” tweeted Jason Elliott, Newsom’s senior counselor for housing and homelessness. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-01-17
 
UC proposes annual tuition increases over five years to boost predictability, financial aid - Los Angeles Times
The University of California is proposing annual tuition increases over five years under a sweeping plan to raise more money for financial aid and campus needs while providing a predictable roadmap of future cost hikes for students and parents. The proposed tuition increase, which UC regents will consider next Wednesday, would be the second in nine years and the amount would vary depending on two plans presented. One plan — to raise tuition and fees for all students annually by the cost of inflation — would amount to a projected 2.8% increase of $348 over last year, to $12,918 for fall 2020. The second plan would raise tuition and fees once for each incoming class, called cohorts, but keep those costs flat for six years. Under that plan, the costs for the entering class of 2020-21 would increase over last year by 4.8%, or $606, to $13,176 for California undergraduates. The tuition of existing students would be frozen at their current levels. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-01-17
 
California is going to court to stop Trump fracking plans - Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO —  California took legal action Friday to block the Trump administration’s plans to open federal lands in California to oil and gas drilling, including the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing. The federal lawsuit announced by state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra comes after President Trump’s administration announced details of its plan to open more than a million acres of public and private land in California to fracking, ending a five-year moratorium on leasing federal land in California to oil and gas developers. “We are suing the Trump administration, once again, for acting as if they are above the law,” Becerra said during a news conference at his Sacramento office Friday morning. “Much of the federal oil and gas activity in the state happens near some of our most vulnerable communities, communities [that] are already disproportionately exposed to pollution and its health effects. Adding more fracking to the equation would only make things worse.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-01-17
 
California bill targets companies with highly paid executives - Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO —  California lawmakers will consider raising taxes on some of the nation’s largest companies, with the size of the tax increase depending on how much each company’s highest-paid executive makes compared to its employees. The bigger the gap, the bigger the tax increase. The bill by state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) passed out of its first committee hearing Wednesday, keeping it alive ahead of a Jan. 31 deadline to pass the Senate. The proposal would apply only to companies that post at least $10 million of taxable income from business conducted in California. That would apply to about 2,000 companies nationwide, including Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. Heiress Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Roy Disney — the brother of Walt Disney and one of the company’s co-founders — supports the bill. She has no formal role at the company, and she has been advocating for higher wages for the company’s workers. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2020-01-17
 
‘Forever chemicals’ in Orange County drinking water to force widespread well closures – Orange County Register
The Orange County Water District, which serves 2.5 million county residents, expects to see nearly a third of the 200 groundwater wells in its service area shut down by year’s end because of the presence of toxic PFAS, a chemical family linked to cancer, liver and kidney damage, low birth weight and other health problems. Nine of those wells have already been closed and 32 more are expected to be closed in coming weeks as state regulators continue to lower acceptable thresholds for the toxins, according to district officials. As many as 31 additional wells could be shut down after testing is expanded later this year. [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2020-01-17
 
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