East L.A. shows its upport for the President with a giant sign over the 60 Fwy. East L.A. GOP strikes again...way to go A.D. 51st and 53rd!!!
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Some tragic news from Ventura, a man was randomly stabbed to death while dining at a beachside restaurant with his 5-year-old daughter on his lap. Last month, Anthony Mele Jr., 35, was having dinner with his wife and their daughter at the Aloha Steakhouse on the city’s promenade at night when a homeless man walked up and stabbed Mele in the neck. Mele was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.
Rebecca Mele, the victim's mother, said her family is upset the police didn’t do more and that city officials are going to hear from the community about her son’s death and about the continuing homeless problem in the area.
Police Response and Ventura’s Handling of Homeless Issue Questioned After Fatal Stabbing Posted by Editor | May 3, 2018 | Controversy, Crime, Homelessness | 0 | Some tragic news from Ventura, a man was randomly stabbed to death while dining at a beachside restaurant with his 5-year-old daughter on...
A start up called Holacode is on a mission to give deportees and returnees coding skills to help them land good-paying jobs as engineers.
Holacode is five month long coding bootcamp located in Mexico City and funded by Mexican angel investors.
Holacode is modeled after Hack Reactor, which is a San Francisco coding school. The students also learn soft skills, like job interviewing.
Start-Up Helps Deportees and Returnees Learn to Code in Mexico City Posted by Editor | May 1, 2018 | Education, Employment, Immigration, Technology, World News | 0 | A start up called Holacode is on a mission to give deportees and returnees coding skills to help them land good-paying jobs as enginee...
According to a state audit, Compton officials overpaid themselves, charged questionable trips on city-issued credit cards and failed to safeguard taxpayer money, which resulted in a staffer stealing millions of dollars over several years. Due to the city of Compton’s weak financial oversight and overspending, the city’s general fund surplus of $22.4 million a decade ago turned into a deficit of $42.7 million just three years later. In 2014, officials adopted a plan to repay the debt, but the deficit still increased by $6.4 million the following year. Compton received failing marks in 71 out of the 79 measures assessing internal accounting and administrative controls.
State Audit Finds that Compton Mismanaged and Overspent Taxpayer Funds Posted by Editor | Apr 26, 2018 | Controversy, Los Angeles County, Taxes | 0 | According to a state audit, Compton officials overpaid themselves, charged questionable trips on city-issued credit cards and failed to safeguard taxp...
In late February, the City Council of Malibu decided to ban its roughly 65 restaurants and food vendors from offering or selling plastic straws, stirrers, and utensils to customers. Businesses in Malibu have until June 1 to swap out the plastic items for ones made of paper, wood or bamboo. Diners are also being encouraged to use reusable straws and cutlery made of metal or glass.Malibu’s next ban may be on plastic lids.
Malibu’s Battle Versus Plastic Continues Posted by Editor | Apr 24, 2018 | Los Angeles County | 0 | In late February, the City Council of Malibu decided to ban its roughly 65 restaurants and food vendors from offering or selling plastic straws, stirrers, and utensils to customers. Businesses in Ma...
A study from Stanford University shows that the extreme weather that brought record floods and damaging wildfires to the United States in the past year is just the beginning of what’s to come. According to the study, global warming has led to increasingly harsh spells of heat and drought as well as rain and snow being up to five times as likely to occur globally in the future. The study can offer a chance for cities and nations to prepare for the climatic turmoil.
Stanford professor finds that there is a higher risk of disastrous heat, floods, and fires due to warming Posted by Editor | Apr 20, 2018 | Global Warming | 0 | A study from Stanford University shows that the extreme weather that brought record floods and damaging wildfires to the United States in t...
In January, the Los Angeles Police Department released the results of a new demographic analysis that reveals which groups of Los Angeles residents are most likely to end up the victims of a violent death in the city. According to the results, young men from minority, low-income neighborhoods suffer disproportionately from the impacts of deadly violence, which homicide detectives have known all too well. Over 90 percent of homicide victims in Los Angeles were black or Latino last year. Most of those homicide victims were poor and lacked college degrees.
LAPD Demographic Analysis Reveals who Homicide Victims are Likely to be Posted by Editor | Apr 17, 2018 | Controversy, Crime, Los Angeles County | 0 | In January, the Los Angeles Police Department released the results of a new demographic analysis that reveals which groups of Los Angeles residents a...
The Califonria State Legislature will be taking up come key legislative measures in the coming days: Should California farmworkers have the right to vote on their ownlabor contract?
Additionally, if the farmworkers are abandoned by a union, do farmworkers deserve the right to vote for new representation?
If an election is deemed tainted, do farmworkers have a right to a new vote?
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In February, state water regulators met to consider making the water wasting rules that were in effect during the last drought, such as carrying fines of up to $500 per violation, permanent. Members of the State Water Resources Control Board and representatives of several cities and water agencies indicated general support for the proposal when they met in February, but no final vote was made. Gov. Brown has endorsed making the rules a permanent part of California law, even when the state is not in a drought.
State Officials Considering $500 Fines for Wasting Water Posted by Editor | Apr 13, 2018 | Controversy, Drought, Policy, Water | 0 | In February, state water regulators met to consider making the water wasting rules that were in effect during the last drought, such as carrying fines of up to $500 pe...
Interesting fact - Not only does each banana store a variety of vitamins and minerals, but also water.
Vitamin B6 - 0.5 mg
Manganese - 0.3 mg
Vitamin C - 9 mg
Potassium - 450 mg
Dietary Fiber - 3g
Protein - 1 g
Magnesium - 34 mg
Folate - 25.0 mcg
Riboflavin - 0.1 mg
Niacin - 0.8 mg
Vitamin A - 81 IU
Iron - 0.3 mg
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Near the old Long Beach City Hall there is a new City Hall being constructed that is part of a nearly $900 million makeover of the area. The old city hall high rise building was built in 1976 and is the centerpiece of an obsolete civic center that the city is trying to invigorate. The makeover of the area will introduce apartments, stores, restaurants and possibly a hotel. The project also happens to be the largest public-private development of its kind on the West Coast, which is expected to serve as a model for other cities in the nation.
Long Beach Civic Center is Getting a $900 Million Makeover Posted by Editor | Apr 10, 2018 | Economy, Housing, Los Angeles County | 0 | Near the old Long Beach City Hall there is a new City Hall being constructed that is part of a nearly $900 million makeover of the area. The old city hall high rise...
Some possible good news for the city of Hawthorne, UPS has ordered more Boeing 747s and Hawthorne happens to be the site of Boeing’s fuselage plant. This order also means that Boeing Co.’s famed 747 airplanes will get a slightly longer lease on life in the cargo transport industry. In February, UPS ordered 14 Boeing 747-8 cargo jets to handle the “accelerating demand” for its air transport services.
UPS ordered more Boeing 747s which might benefit Hawthorne fuselage plant Posted by Editor | Apr 5, 2018 | Economy, Employment, Los Angeles County | 0 | Some possible good news for the city of Hawthorne, UPS has ordered more Boeing 747s and Hawthorne happens to be the site of Boeing’s fuselage pla...
In February, a bright orange machine that looks like a parking meter was installed in Grand Park to help collect donations for homeless outreach. The homeless population has been increasing dramatically in Los Angeles and the donation meter in Grand Park is one of six meters installed across downtown Los Angeles. The meters will collect donations that will support the City County Community program, which brings outreach workers into the streets to help homeless people.
The donation meters were donated by the IPS Group and the machines accept spare change as well as credit card donations. The six meters will also generate money through sponsorships that cost $3,500 annually.
Los Angeles’ Grand Park got a new Meter to fund Homeless Outreach Posted by Editor | Apr 3, 2018 | Homelessness, Los Angeles County | 0 | In February, a bright orange machine that looks like a parking meter was installed in Grand Park to help collect donations for homeless outreach. The homeless p...
Last month, the Los Angeles International Airport began a three-week test to see if facial recognition technology could help speed up the check in process. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) installed two new gates at the Tom Bradley International Terminal that required passengers to run their passports and their boarding passes over a scanner before they could proceed. The technology used at the new gates confirms that the names on the passports match the names on the boarding passes. A camera installed in the gates snaps a photo of the traveler and uses “facial matching algorithms” to compare it to the image that is pulled from the microchip embedded in newer passports.
LAX Testing Facial Recognition Technology to help Improve Check in Process Posted by Editor | Mar 29, 2018 | Technology | 0 | Last month, the Los Angeles International Airport began a three-week test to see if facial recognition technology could help speed up the check in process. The Transportation...
Los Angeles has been faced with several lawsuits over bicycle crashes due to damaged streets. The city paid out over $19 million last year to cyclists and their families for injuries and deaths on local streets. According to a Los Angeles Times analysis of city records, the amount is nearly four times higher than any other year during the last decade. Apparently, fixing the most damaged streets is so costly that the city has instead focused on preventing salvageable roads from sliding into disrepair.
The crash that led to the largest payout of the past year, a $7.5-million settlement with the 62-year-old cyclist who became a quadriplegic, happened in a bike lane that was installed on a broken roadway that was left in poor shape despite repeated complaints. According to a consultant who studied the city’s street infrastructure programs for the city, Los Angeles suffers from a “lack of coordination” and “undoing and redoing of work” as a result.
Los Angeles has been facing increasing costs for lawsuits involving bike crashes Posted by Editor | Mar 27, 2018 | Controversy, Los Angeles County, Roads | 0 | Los Angeles has been faced with several lawsuits over bicycle crashes due to damaged streets. The city paid out over $19 million last year t...
A year ago, Governor Jerry Brown lifted California’s drought emergency status after a wet winter that ended a historic 2013-2017 drought, and the state eventually ended his 25 percent mandatory conservation order. Now, as the state plunges back into a drought, the overall water use has been climbing in Southern California, which has state and regional water managers considering permanently reinstating some watering bans and conservation programs. Water use in Southern California increased 3 percent in December, compared to the same month in 2013 before mandatory conservation.
Apparently, many of the greatest offenders that are using too much water are from well-off communities that are more worried about keeping their lawns alive than conserving water. According to the state water board, the average residential user in one Malibu water district used 255 gallons a day, which is three times the U.S. average of 83 gallons per person per day. Residents of lower-income communities, who usually have less lawn, contribute a lot when it comes to water conservation. For example, residents of East Los Angeles used an average of 42 gallons a day and people in Huntington Park used just 34 gallons a day, according to water officials.
Californian’s water use is climbing as drought returns Posted by Editor | Mar 22, 2018 | Controversy, Drought, Water | 0 | A year ago, Governor Jerry Brown lifted California’s drought emergency status after a wet winter that ended a historic 2013-2017 drought, and the state eventually ended his ...
In late January, Senate Bill 923 was introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Marin County) to set new statewide standards for officers conducting live and photo lineups for eyewitnesses. According to Sen. Wiener and Assemblyman Levine, misidentification in cases leads to wrongful convictions and allows the guilty to walk free. Under the proposed bill, police and sheriff’s departments would have to follow new procedures based on methods that national researchers have found improve accuracy, and that have been adopted by federal law enforcement agencies.
Proposed California bill aims to change eyewitness lineup standards to prevent wrongful convictions Posted by Editor | Mar 20, 2018 | California State Legislature, Crime | 0 | In late January, Senate Bill 923 was introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-...
Last month, Santa Ana began looking at whether to become the first city in Orange County to implement rent control on apartments and houses. The city council had its first discussion in early February that included presentations from experts on the issue.
There is currently no city in Orange County that has rent control for apartments and houses. In fact, the only city with rent control in the county is San Juan Capistrano, which limits rent hikes on mobile homes.
Santa Ana looking to implement rent control Posted by Editor | Mar 15, 2018 | Housing | 0 | Last month, Santa Ana began looking at whether to become the first city in Orange County to implement rent control on apartments and houses. The city council had its first discussion in early February that in...
Last year, the number of riders on Los Angeles County’s bus and rail network fell to the lowest level in over a decade. Last year, riders on Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses and trains took 397.5 million trips, which is a decline of 15 percent over the last five years. Specifically, Metro’s bus system, which carries about three-quarters of the system’s passengers, has seen a decline of almost 21 percent. According to the Los Angeles Times, experts and officials don’t know why the ridership has been declining, but have attributed the decline to a combination of the following factors: changes to immigration policy, competition from Uber and Lyft, more people buying cars, and the perceived problems with existing transit service and security.
Ridership on Metro down last year Posted by Editor | Mar 13, 2018 | Los Angeles County | 0 | Last year, the number of riders on Los Angeles County’s bus and rail network fell to the lowest level in over a decade. Last year, riders on Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses and trains took 397....
According to a report received by the Board of Supervisors last month, Los Angeles County spent more than $145 million fighting and paying for lawsuits during fiscal year 2016-2017.
According to the report, almost half of the $145 million total was spent on attorneys’ fees and expenses, with the bulk of it going to outside counsel.
Those fees and costs were up about 9 percent compared to the fiscal year 2015-2016. From that increase, $70.2 million was spent to settle 242 cases and $9.1 million was spent to satisfy nine judgments.
Report claims that L.A. County spends $145M on settling and fighting legal claims Posted by Editor | Mar 6, 2018 | Controversy, Los Angeles County | 0 | According to a report received by the Board of Supervisors last month, Los Angeles County spent more than $145 million fighting and paying for laws...
It turns out that L.A.’s street and sidewalk repairs may not be completed in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics. Earlier this month, Council members Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino introduced a motion to speed up the city’s ongoing efforts to fix its roadways and buckled sidewalks. They pointed out that 38 percent of the city’s 8,700 lane miles of city streets still have failing grades of D or F.
The council members believe they can potentially get funding from the countywide Measure M, a sales tax hike approved by voters in 2016, as well as a state senate bill that increased the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon to fund highway and street repairs.
L.A.’s streets and sidewalks may not be ready for 2028 Olympics Posted by Editor | Mar 1, 2018 | Los Angeles County, Roads | 0 | It turns out that L.A.’s street and sidewalk repairs may not be completed in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics. Earlier this month, Council members Mitchell Englander ...
The Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights, which opened 15 years ago, is in danger of closing because it can no longer afford to pay the rent, which has gone up in small increments each year. The theater has held over 100 plays, countless art shows and free to low-cost classes on acting to filmmaking.
The theater’s team hopes to resolve the theater’s financial dilemma with an emergency fundraising campaign. Their goal is to get 350 people to become $25-monthly donors by June.
To become a recurring donor, visit www.casa0101.org/support-us.
Boyle Heights Theater Fighting to keep its doors open Posted by Editor | Feb 27, 2018 | Boyle Heights, Entertainment, Los Angeles County | 0 | The Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights, which opened 15 years ago, is in danger of closing. The theater has announced that it’s in danger of closing becaus...
Last month, the American Transportation Research Institute released a report that found that Los Angeles County is home to two of the nation’s top 15 truck bottlenecks.
It turns out that seven of the nation’s 65 worst truck bottlenecks are in California. According to the report, the 60 Freeway interchange with the 57 Freeway in Diamond Bar ranked fifth on the list and the 710 Freeway at the 105 in the Paramount/Lynwood area ranked 13th on the list.
The rankings are based on GPS data collected from over 800,000 heavy-duty trucks and include an assessment of truck congestion at 300 locations across the nation.
Report finds that trucks are a major cause of bottleneck on freeways Posted by Editor | Feb 22, 2018 | Roads | 0 | Last month, the American Transportation Research Institute released a report that found that Los Angeles County is home to two of the nation’s top 15 truck bottlenecks. It turns out t...
In 2010, a nonprofit called Education and Research on Toxics filed a lawsuit that demanded coffee sellers, including Starbucks, BP, and 7-Eleven to warn customers about the dangers of ingesting acrylamide, which is potentially a cancer-causing chemical that’s produced when coffee beans are roasted.
The coffee industry has acknowledged the presence of the chemical, but asserts it is at harmless levels and the benefits of drinking coffee outweighed the presence of the chemical.
Under Proposition 65, known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, passed by voters in 1986, private citizens, advocacy groups and attorneys can sue on behalf of the state and collect a portion of civil penalties. The lawsuit claims that since coffee sellers do not post carcinogen warnings, they are in violation of this policy.
California may soon require coffee to be labeled with cancer warning Posted by Editor | Feb 20, 2018 | Controversy, Health | 0 | In 2010, a nonprofit called Education and Research on Toxics filed a lawsuit that demanded coffee sellers, including Starbucks, BP, and 7-Eleven to warn customers about th...
California's Tony "Quagmire" Mendoza's sexual harassment investigation is now complete. Tony MendozaChristopher Cadelago The Sacramento Bee Los Angeles Times California State Assembly California California Democratic Party California Republican Party (CRP)
The Senate Rules Committee on Feb. 20 will finalize its disciplinary recommendation for Sen. Tony Mendoza, the Democrat from Artesia who is accused of sexual harassment by three former employees.
Last month, Elon Musk’s Boring Co. tunnel business sold 50,000 hats with the company’s name on it for $20 each. Then the Hawthorne based tunneling business followed that up by selling 10,000 flamethrowers for $500 each, which brought in $5 million.
However, California Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) is worried the flamethrowers could be a public health hazard given the fires that devastated parts of California.
Elon Musk’s Boring Company sold 10,000 Flamethrowers in two days Posted by Editor | Feb 15, 2018 | Economy, Los Angeles County | 0 | Last month, Elon Musk’s Boring Co. tunnel business sold 50,000 hats with the company’s name on it for $20 each. Then the Hawthorne based tunneling business follo...
Last month, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the official beginning of a $270 million renovation project of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was also announced that United Airlines purchased the naming rights for the venue that will begin in August 2019. The stadium will be known as United Airlines Memorial Coliseum under the 16-year naming-rights deal. The stadium is home to the USC football team and it is also the temporary home to the Rams until the team moves to its new stadium in Inglewood in 2020.
United Airlines inks deal to Rename the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Posted by Editor | Feb 13, 2018 | Los Angeles County, Sports | 0 | Last month, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the official beginning of a $270 million renovation project of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was als...
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