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LA City Council will boost unarmed crisis response, universal basic income to reinvest LAPD dollars

In December, Mayor Eric Garcetti took the unusual step of vetoing a City Council plan for reinvesting Los Angeles police department dollars into communities of color. Garcetti said he would be happy to sign off on a revised proposal that included some changes, including the creation of an unarmed crisis response program to respond to 911 calls, especially when it involves someone experiencing a mental health episode. The mayor will get that chance on Tuesday, March 2. A revamped spending plan sh...
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Coronavirus cases, deaths continue to dip as a million more in LA County become vaccine-eligible

A whole new slate of folks who live or work in Los Angeles County are now eligible to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials announced Monday, March 1, as the county’s inoculation program continues to move forward. The county on Monday expanded those eligible for the vaccine to include people who work in education, child care, food, agriculture, emergency services and law enforcement. About 30% of the county’s vaccine allocation will be set aside specifically for educators, Los Angele...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Soccer, Food And Drug Administration, Community, Lausd, Los Angeles County, Johnson Johnson, Ferrer, LA County, SeaWorld San Diego, Barbara Ferrer


Newsom, lawmakers forge deal – with $6.6 billion in financial incentives – to get schools open

Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders are scheduled to give an update this morning on the state’s school reopening efforts, during which they are expected to announce an agreement that would offer billions of dollars in funding for schools that reopen by the end of March. Newsom and lawmakers have been negotiating for two months over bringing kids back to school, amid mounting pressure to reopen campuses closed nearly a year by the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom will be joined by Senate leader...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Cdc, Government, Senate, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Community, Atkins, Associated Press, Gavin Newsom, Capitol, Johnson Johnson


LA County, city, school-district sites gear up for Monday’s massive new wave of vaccine-seekers

With an estimated 1.2 million more people eligible for coronavirus vaccines on Monday, March 1, Los Angeles County will operate with its largest-ever infrastructure for delivering the sought-after inoculations this week. But health officials said residents will have to be patient while vaccine supplies remain thin and sporadic, and while staff are being trained to tighten up procedures to ensure only eligible people receive shots. County health officials expressed hope that conditions will impro...
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LA County reports 1,730 new COVID-19 cases, 94 deaths

Los Angeles County reported 1,730 new cases of COVID-19 and 94 additional deaths on Saturday, Feb. 27, while the number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals continued to trend downward. According to state figures — which are typically a day ahead of county numbers — there were 1,661 COVID-19 patients in L.A. County hospitals, down from 1,733 on Friday. That’s well below the peak of more than 8,000 patients in early January and the lowest level recorded since Nov. 22. Officials cautioned t...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Senate, Paul Simon, Sport, Soccer, South Africa, United Kingdom, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Pasadena


Here’s what’s next for West Covina, as it builds its own health department

The West Covina City Council made a bold statement by voting to terminate services with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health last week as the community — and other local cities, many contemplating their own such moves — looked on. The hard part, however, lies ahead: Creating a team that can deliver all the state-mandated services of an independent health department. It’s not just the roles amplified during the county’s response to COVID-19 outbreak, but also scores of other tasks i...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Government, Senate, Paul Simon, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Healthcare, Community, Lausd, City Council, Pasadena, Amy


L.A. County allocates 11% of coronavirus vaccines to teachers as LAUSD mega-clinic launches Monday

Of the nearly 270,000 coronavirus vaccine doses that Los Angeles County officials plan to administer next week, just over 31,000 — or 11% — will go to vaccinate educators, including those in the mammoth L.A. Unified School District. After second doses for those already with appointments are accounted for, the county will have about 100,000 doses for first-time recipients next week as nearly 1.8 million more people become eligible for inoculations on Monday, March 1. L.A. Unified will open one of...
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L.A. County allocates 11% of coronavirus vaccines to teachers – as new LAUSD mega-clinic launches

Of the nearly 270,000 coronavirus vaccine doses that Los Angeles County officials plan to administer next week, just over 31,000 — or 11% — will go to vaccinate educators, including those in the mammoth L.A. Unified School District. After second doses for those already with appointments are accounted for, the county will have about 100,000 doses for first-time recipients next week as nearly 1.8 million more people become eligible for inoculations on Monday, March 1. L.A. Unified will open one of...
Tags: Health, Business, Florida, News, Education, California, Government, US, Sport, Soccer, House, Food And Drug Administration, Community, Lausd, Simon, Inglewood


LA County hospitalizations for COVID-19 reach lowest levels since before winter surge

Less than 2,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles as of Thursday, Feb. 25, reaching the lowest levels since before the winter surge that began with Thanksgiving gatherings three months ago. As of Thursday, there were 1,886 people in L.A. County hospitals that tested positive for the coronavirus, based on a state database. Roughly 30% of the patients were in intensive care units. A similar number of hospitalized patients last occurred Nov. 25, when 1,893 people were recorded h...
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LA County unveils plan to vaccinate teachers, other essential workers, starting March 1

Teachers in Los Angeles County can begin receiving the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, March 1 — but just how many doses will be available for educators will depend on supply, which is still just an estimate. Among the slightly more than 200,000 vaccine doses that officials expect, 25% to 29% will go toward teachers and administrators, with 9% of those doses going to private school teachers and staff. First priority for doses goes to those with second-dose appointments. The remainder will be divi...
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LA County surpasses 20,000 coronavirus deaths

A day after the nation surpassed the jolting milestone of 500,000 lives lost to the pandemic, Los Angeles County surpassed its own grim milestone on Tuesday, Feb. 23 — 20,000 COVID-19-related deaths. The county reported another 157 deaths on Tuesday. For the family and friends of the 20,057 people claimed by the outbreak — fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and grandparents … nurses, doctors, teachers, law officers, grocery workers and so many more — that number is very real and very painful. R...
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With more federal coronavirus relief likely, LA County scrutinizes impact of CARES dollars

Gearing up for more federal coronavirus relief money, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 23, called for a detailed report on the impact of CARES Act dollars the county received last year. A key element of the 2020 CARES Act was the Coronavirus Relief Fund, through which the county received $1.057 billion. Coupled with state funding, county coronavirus aid totaled $1.22 billion, which helped pay for such efforts as virus testing, food distribution, personal protective eq...
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LA County officials have harsh words for coronavirus vaccine inequity – and line-jumping cheaters

Just one week away from expanding eligibility for the coronavirus vaccine by up to 1.8 million people, Los Angeles County officials are worried the online system required by the state to book appointments will continue to pose challenges in communities hit hardest by the pandemic. Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Hilda Solis said on Tuesday, Feb. 23, that she was “not surprised,” but nonetheless “disgusted” by certain people using any means necessary to obtain vaccine doses. “I can tell you I was...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Dhs, Soccer, Community, County, Los Angeles County, Southland, Ferrer, Board of Supervisors, LA County


Inspectors find ‘deficiencies’ at virus test lab in Valencia

By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press Inspectors found “significant deficiencies” at California’s new coronavirus testing laboratory, problems that state officials on Monday, Feb. 22, partly blamed on the rapid ramp-up they required from the lab’s private operator under terms of a $1.4 billion contract. A fraction of 1% of the more than 1.5 million tests processed at the Valencia Branch Laboratory had problems, the state said in a preliminary report, but Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. ...
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‘Partial herd immunity’ emerging, but some challenge the value of that status

It was nearly a year ago when Gov. Gavin Newsom, not long into a statewide lockdown, referenced the elephant in the COVID-19 room: herd immunity. The concept was frightening to many; with no vaccine in sight, they feared the only way it could be attained was for the virus to have infected enough people to have run out of hosts. Estimates of the looming toll at the time were chilling: as many as 840,000 Californians dead and 1.4 million seriously ill. National, state and local officials, meanwhil...
Tags: Business, News, Education, California, Government, White House, US, Paul Simon, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Columbia University, Lausd


Newsom touts new Southern California vaccine pop-ups as counties transition to Blue Shield network

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited two federally funded pop-up coronavirus vaccination sites in Southern California on Sunday, Feb. 21, part of a statewide tour of such spots aimed at immunizing the state’s hardest-hit communities. The visit coincided with the launch of the transition to a new centralized system — which will include Riverside County in its first wave — to manage the state’s thus-far bumpy rollout of the badly needed vaccine. Newsom, flanked by several local elected leaders, said the mobi...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Associated Press, Pfizer, Blue Shield, Orange County, Riverside County


Why some senior living communities are struggling to get COVID-19 vaccines for their residents

Residents at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina, Tom Rathman, left, Matthew Richardson, and Gene Trinaystich, right, wait to get their COVID-19 inoculations from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) Peggy Weickert gets her COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Healtat the Bridgecreek Hol...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Fox, Soccer, Community, John, Nancy, Woods, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


Why some independent senior communities are struggling to get COVID-19 vaccines for their residents

Residents at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina, Tom Rathman, left, Matthew Richardson, and Gene Trinaystich, right, wait to get their COVID-19 inoculations from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) Peggy Weickert gets her COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Healtat the Bridgecreek Hol...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Fox, Soccer, Community, John, Nancy, Woods, Gavin Newsom, State


New vaccine delivery system launches in parts of California

By JANIE HAR, AMY TAXIN and KATHLEEN RONAYNE |  The Associated Press California’s new system of delivering, tracking and scheduling coronavirus vaccines is being rolled out in select counties, a first step in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to smooth out what has been a confusing and disjointed rollout hampered by limited national supply. Newsom announced last month that his administration had tapped insurer Blue Shield to design and manage a centralized system to get doses out quickly and equitably. H...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Kaiser Permanente, Government, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Kaiser, Lausd, Blue Shield, Disneyland


North Hollywood High wins LADWP Science Bowl, advances to national competition

North Hollywood High won the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s 29th Annual Science Bowl Regional Competition on Saturday, Feb. 20, this year held virtually for the first time amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Each member of the North Hollywood High team will receive a $1,000 Hitachi Scholarship, according to a LADWP statement. Their school’s science department gets $3,000 from LADWP. The team will compete, along with seven other California schools, in a field of 63 regional qualifiers aiming...
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L.A. Business Council calls for significant expansion of Project Roomkey for homeless

The Los Angeles Business Council, which represents 500 L.A. businesses and civic leaders, has called on Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council to pursue obtaining 15,000 hotel rooms to house unsheltered people during the COVID-19 pandemic. LABC, which is hosting its annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit, said the city should take advantage of the federal government’s commitment to reimburse 100% of the costs of hotel and motel rooms to house homeless people through September. ...
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LAUSD teachers’ union contemplating a refusal to return to in-person work

Faced with mounting pressure by some elected officials, parents and others who want schools to reopen, the union representing Los Angeles Unified School District teachers announced Friday, Feb. 19, that its members will soon take a vote on whether they should refuse to return to campus if in-person instruction becomes mandatory. More than 900 chapter chairs voted on this question earlier this week, with 93% electing to “organize around a refusal to return for a full or hybrid physical reopening ...
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LA County’s vaccine mission keeps getting more complex

Los Angeles County’s mission to vaccinate roughly 8 million adults continues to get whole lot more complicated — and few of the solutions are worked out. Meanwhile, L.A. County could surpass 20,000 deaths over the weekend. On Friday, the county reported 150 new deaths and 2,459 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 19,662 deaths and positive cases to 1,176,772. Currently hospitalized with COVID-19 were 2,498 people, another significant decline. Bracing for the mammoth vac...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Kaiser Permanente, Government, Paul Simon, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, San Diego, Community, Blue Shield, Disneyland


Memes, Mars and memories: Congressman hosts Southern California students for Perseverance watch party

As NASA’s Perseverance rover made its final approach into the Martian atmosphere on Thursday, Feb. 18, there were just two authorized watch parties in the entire country. One was at the White House. The other was hosted by Rep. Adam Schiff, who invited hundreds of students to join him and a NASA scientist to watch the livestream from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge “It’s just us and the White House,” Schiff said. “How cool is that?” Representative Adam B. Schiff (Photo...
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LAUSD officials call for vaccines to be prioritized for school employees

Prioritizing school employees for vaccines was the theme of the day on Wednesday, Feb. 17, as Los Angeles Unified School District officials and representatives from some of their labor employee groups gathered at the Roybal Learning Center near downtown LA to mark the opening of the district’s first vaccination center. District officials also used the occasion to announce plans to run a second, much larger vaccination center at SoFi Stadium, in partnership with the Los Angeles Rams, Hollywood Pa...
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For a family devastated by COVID-19, Mariachi serenade provides a moment of hope

Patty Trejo wanted some way to let her husband, Joe Trejo, know that she’s with him even as he breathes through a ventilator. So she turned to music. Trejo hired a mariachi band to serenade him outside Providence St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton.  And on Monday, Feb. 15, inside his room in the hospital’s intensive care unit, their song “La Mano de Dios” (The Hand of God) was streamed live via a cell phone. Joe Trejo, in a medically induced coma as he struggles with COVID-19, heard the song, ...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Local News, Facetime, Chris, Joe, Joseph, Anaheim, Patty, Matt, Trejo, Fullerton


Photos: Humans welcomed back to L.A. Zoo

Meerkats watching visitors at the zoo on Tuesday morning. The Los Angeles Zoo reopened to the public today, February 16, 2021, with visitors being encouraged to stay six feet or “a zebra apart” — to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Zoo officials have modified the zoo experience to make it safer for guests and conform to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s safety protocols. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) The Los Angeles Zoo reopened to the publi...
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Coronavirus: Schools line up to reopen as LA County lays out the path

With coronavirus case rates in Los Angeles County now below a level deemed acceptable by the state to open grade schools, students at close to 300 elementary school were poised to get back to class and hundreds more schools could open in a matter of weeks. Average daily case rates in L.A. County reached 20 per 100,000 people as of Tuesday, officially falling below the state’s threshold of 25 cases per 100,000 to open schools grades Pre-Kindergarten to 6th Grade. For those schools that do reopen,...
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Cal State LA hosts first federally supported coronavirus mass vaccine site – with many more to come

A massive COVID-19 vaccination site opened at Cal State Los Angeles on Tuesday, where Gov. Gavin Newsom and a slate of military, federal and local leaders ushered in the first of what is expected to be 100 such sites across the nation — all of them federally supported and state-managed. Newsom declared the sprawling campus maxi-center a significant step toward assuring equity in delivering the vaccines, determinedly placed amid a hot zone for COVID-19 surrounded by multiple densely populated com...
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Voila! Magicians add new trick – saving lives with a Magic Castle blood drive

Magician Nick Dopuch waits after giving blood during a Red Cross blood drive and Coronavirus antibody tests by the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) Magician David Gabbay, center, shows a magic trick to blood donors during a Red Cross blood drive and Coronavirus antibody tests by the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo by Keit...
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