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Park Life: Disneyland draws huge crowds and fireworks return in time for Fourth of July

How busy is Disneyland now that out-of-state visitors have returned? What happens next at Disneyland? Will fans be thrilled with Disneyland’s fireworks show? Find all the latest theme park news in the Park Life newsletter. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe here. Big Return Disneyland draws huge crowds with no masks as pandemic rules come to an end and out-of-state visitors jam into the Anahe...
Tags: Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Lausd, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Lapd, Valencia, Southern California, Anaheim, Orange County Register, Mickey, LA County, Los Angeles Daily News, Disney California Adventure, Anaheim CA


LAUSD board approves $13.8 billion budget, but bid to further cut school police falls short

Flush with a record amount of state and federal funding to support COVID-19 relief efforts, the Los Angeles Unified school board on Tuesday, June 22, passed a $13.8 billion operating budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1 — a 62% increase over the current year’s budget. Related links LAUSD board approves labor deal with teachers for Fall campus instruction LAUSD board approves labor deal with teachers for Fall campus instruction Hollywood celebrities to advise LAUSD film and tel...
Tags: Hollywood, Budget, News, Education, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Biden, Local News, Lapd, Goldberg, LA County, Scott Schmerelson, United Teachers Los Angeles


LAUSD board approves labor deal with teachers for Fall campus instruction

The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education approved a labor agreement on Tuesday, June 22, with its teachers union for a return to traditional in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year. The union, United Teachers Los Angeles, announced Thursday that after three days of voting, its membership overwhelming approved the proposed agreement, with 94% voting in favor. Without comment, the school board approved the pact unanimously on Tuesday. “With the approval of this agreemen...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Biden, LA County, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Beutner, UTLA, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


LA County Supervisor Barger: Mammoth Antelope Valley pot operations steal water, spread pesticides

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO | City News Service Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger warned on Tuesday, June 22, that “massive” cannabis grow operations in the east Antelope Valley are using dangerous pesticides, stealing water from fire hydrants and frightening neighbors into silence, but agreed to postpone a vote on pushing for tougher criminal penalties. Barger introduced a motion seeking to crack down on illegal cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated areas and take a long list of steps ...
Tags: News, California, Sport, Cannabis, Soccer, Mitchell, San Bernardino, Northridge, Los Angeles County, Kern, Barger, LA County, Department of Public Works, Hahn, Antelope Valley, City News Service


Five young leaders appointed to LA County’s first-ever youth commission

Five young leaders have been appointed to join Los Angeles County’s first-ever Youth Commission, charged with transforming the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, it was announced on Tuesday, June 22. The commission is set to formally launch in July with a total of 15 commissioners. Its goal is to give youth with experience in the child welfare and juvenile systems a chance to lend their voice to reforms. “We are grateful to all the youth who inspired this commission and for those who ha...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Ucla, Mitchell, Southern California, Cooper, Los Angeles County, Amanda, Board of Supervisors, Hernandez, Barger


LA County Supervisors vote 4-1 to close Men’s Central Jail

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO | City News Service The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday, June 22, to set up a team to implement the long-promised closure of Men’s Central Jail. Supervisor Hilda Solis said it was time to stop studying the issue and take action, co-authoring a motion finding that the decrepit downtown lockup must be demolished and that no replacement jail is needed. “We have long talked about why we need to close this jail. The jail has been tainted by mismana...
Tags: Health, News, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Venice, Department Of Justice, Los Angeles County, Lancaster, Barger, LA County, Solis, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, City News Service


Stop running fireworks ads in LA, city attorney tells 4 online platforms

In an effort to reduce the use of illegal fireworks in Los Angeles during the Fourth of July, City Attorney Mike Feuer said Tuesday, his office’s Consumer Protection Unit sent cease-and-desist letters to major online platforms that were hosting fireworks advertisements in the city. The online platforms — which included Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp and 5Miles — agreed to remove the advertisements targeting customers in Los Angeles, Feuer’s office said. The letters informed the corpor...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Orange County, Lapd, Public Safety, Los Angeles City Council, Southern California, San Bernardino, Feuer, LA County, Brian Rokos, OCFA


Just 50% of LAPD employees are vaccinated. Do police need a vaccine mandate?

Only around half of Los Angeles Police Department employees have received at least one vaccine dose protecting them against COVID-19, the chief of police said Tuesday. That rate lags far behind the general public — as of last week, 67% of L.A. County residents have had at least one dose, according to the most recent numbers from the Department of Public Health. At least 58% were fully vaccinated. And LAPD fell behind despite employees having priority access to vaccine appointments for months — w...
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LA County supervisors provide aid to small businesses, their landlords

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday, June 22, in support of a motion that would establish some protections for small business owners and set a $10-million fund to compensate their landlords. The motion, brought forward by Supervisors Holly Mitchell and Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, directs several Los Angeles County officials, including the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Information Officer, the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, the D...
Tags: Business, News, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Local News, Mitchell, Los Angeles County, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Raman, Solis, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hilda L Solis, Small Business Majority


LA County supervisors extend moratorium on evictions through Sept. 30

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO | City News Service The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday, June 22, to extend a local eviction moratorium through Sept. 30, while warning that such protections will begin to be phased out. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended the extension — which she said is protecting tens of thousands of residents from eviction — and also acknowledged that small landlords are struggling and need assistance. “No one should be made homeless by this crisis,”...
Tags: Health, News, Housing, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Mitchell, Los Angeles County, Barger, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Raman, Hahn, City News Service


Already had COVID-19? LA County health officials say you still need a vaccination

LOS ANGELES — Continuing to urge residents to get vaccinated, particularly as a highly infectious “Delta” variant of COVID-19 spreads, county officials stressed on Tuesday, June 22, that people who were previously infected with COVID still need to get the vaccine, because their natural immunity won’t last. County Supervisor Hilda Solis said during Tuesday’s board meeting that she asked a parent over the weekend if his children were vaccinated, and he said no because “they’ve already had COVID.” ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, La, India, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, United States, United Kingdom, Delta, Community, Secret Service


Report: Almost 900 Secret Service agents got COVID

By Josh Boak | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Roughly 900 U.S. Secret Service employees tested positive for the coronavirus, according to government records obtained by a government watchdog group. Secret Service records show that 881 people on the agency payroll were diagnosed with COVID-19 between March 1, 2020 and March 9, 2021, according to documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. More than 11% of Secret Service employees were infected. Secret Service spokes...
Tags: Politics, News, Supreme Court, Washington, La, Sport, Soccer, Secret Service, Associated Press, Venice, Donald Trump, Cdu, Trump, Whelan, LA County, National News


Will Blackstone’s $6 billion on house rentals hurt homebuyers’ chances?

By Patrick Clark | Bloomberg Blackstone Group agreed to buy single-family rental company Home Partners of America for $6 billion, betting the demand for suburban housing will stay hot even as the pandemic eases. Home Partners, which is being acquired by Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, owns more than 17,000 homes across the U.S., according to a statement on Tuesday. The company gives tenants the option of buying their rental, making it unique among its peers. Single-family rentals have been ...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Wall Street, Toronto, America, Bloomberg, Sport, Soccer, Rent, Blackstone, Blackrock, Southern California, Fed


The big dig: After 15 years of planning, wastewater tunneling begins beneath South Bay, Harbor Area

After more than a decade of meticulous planning, a massive $630 million underground tunneling project took a big step Monday June 21, 2021 as the actual tunnel boring machine was lowered by crane into the shaft. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer) After more than a decade of meticulous planning, a massive $630 million underground tunneling project took a big step Monday June 21, 2021 as the actual tunnel boring machine was lowered by crane into the shaft. (Photo by Chuck Ben...
Tags: News, Germany, Environment, Water, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, West Coast, Local News, San Pedro, Metro, Hewitt, Los Angeles County, South Bay, Carson, Wilmington


LA Care Health Plan commits $5 million to new South LA medical school program

LOS ANGELES — As part of its $155 million commitment to attract physicians to underserved areas, L.A. Care Health Plan announced Monday, June 21 that it is giving $5 million to help fund the creation of a South L.A. medical school program focused on serving under-resourced communities. The donation will support the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, an historically black private medical school in Willowbrook that trains 28 medical students each year through a partnership with UC...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Ucla, Cdu, South Los Angeles, LA County, Willowbrook


LA artistic community teams up with elected officials to boost ‘Save The Performing Arts Act’

Actor Ben Guillory speaks out in support of art during a press conference with small BIPOC theater leaders supporting SB 805 (Save The Performing Arts Act of 2021) at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, June 21, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) City Councilman Kevin De León visits with Actor Edward James Olmos as they both came out to speak in support of SB 805 (Save The Performing Arts Act of 2021) during a press conference at the ...
Tags: Business, News, Education, La, Government, Senate, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Theater, Bill, Southern California, Metro, Los Angeles County, LA County


LA County urges employers to verify workers’ vaccine status despite honor system

Saying COVID-19 is now “a pandemic of unvaccinated people,” Los Angeles County’s public health director urged employers on Monday, June 21, to verify workers’ vaccination status to determine if they should be wearing masks at work, despite the state allowing a self-attestation honor system. Although she expressed optimism that workers in the county will continue “doing what’s right” and being honest about their vaccination status, Barbara Ferrer said the threat of COVID-19 variants — such as the...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, La, Government, Environment, Sport, Soccer, Delta, Community, Disneyland, Sam, Los Angeles County, Ferrer, LA County


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, June 21-28

  A view from the San Fernando Valley: Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of  meetings in the San Fernando Valley.   Reseda Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. June 21. Join the Zoom meeting here: bit.ly/3wEMJRN. By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 84974428499. Email: [email protected]
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LA County posts 258 new coronavirus cases, 3 more deaths on Sunday

Los Angeles County reported 258 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths on Sunday, June 20, while continuing to track the proliferation of coronavirus variants. Sunday’s figures brought the county’s totals to 1,247,618 cases and 24,441 fatalities since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. According to state figures, there were 213 people hospitalized in the county due to COVID-19 as of Sunday, down from 219 on Saturday. There were 45 COVI...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, India, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Delta, Community, Black, Los Angeles County


This bill was meant to protect California workers from COVID. Some counties use it to protect employers instead.

In the thick of the pandemic, California adopted a law to tell workers of dangers their employers often kept secret: Which workplaces had suffered outbreaks of COVID-19, and how severe they were. Yet six months after the law took effect, most employees know scarcely more than before, a Bay Area News Group investigation has found. Only about one-third of the state’s 58 counties released specific information on workplace outbreaks in response to recent public records requests, and those specifics ...
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Bill would require doctors to disclose payments from drug, device manufacturers

New legislation inspired by a Studio City woman’s failed breast reconstruction surgery would force doctors in California to tell their patients annually about any money or gifts they receive from drug and medical device companies. The federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act, a law signed in 2010, already requires the companies to report such payments to a public “Open Payments” database run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. But proponents of Assembly Bill 1278 say the federal ac...
Tags: News, Congress, California, Senate, California News, Legislation, Sport, Soccer, Fda, Bill, Local News, Cma, Nazarian, U S Food and Drug Administration, Assembly, South Bay


Day of history, discussion, hope: LA County joins nation to mark first Juneteenth national holiday

Daphne Glass, 70, of Rancho Cucamonga dances during the 31st Annual Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Jazz and Arts Festival at Ganesha Park on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The event comes after Juneteenth, a day commemorating the emancipation of African American slaves, was officially recognized as a federal holiday. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer) Community members gathered to celebrate the 31st Annual Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Jazz and Arts Festival at Ganesha Park on Sa...
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LA County reports 255 new coronavirus cases, 9 deaths on Saturday

Los Angeles County reported 255 new cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths on Saturday, June 19, while continuing to track the proliferation of coronavirus variants. Saturday’s figures brought the county’s totals to 1,247,361 cases and 24,439 fatalities since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. According to state figures, there were 219 people hospitalized in the county due to COVID-19 as of Saturday, the same as Friday. There were 38 COVID ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, India, Israel, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Delta, Community, Disneyland


Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, June 19-26

  Our Lady of the Valley Roman Catholic Church on Topanga Canyon Boulevard at Gault Street in Canoga Park. (Google Street View)   Here is a sampling of indoor, outdoor and online religious services in the San Fernando Valley area.   Virtual Father’s Day Rosary presented by Catholic Cemeteries and Mortuaries: The Archdiocese of Los Angeles co-presents the special prayer of thanksgiving the day before Father’s Day, 2 p.m. June 19. Watch here: bit.ly/3xeaQ9F, or from here: www.facebook.com/lac...
Tags: Facebook, Supreme Court, Religion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Tim Clark, Community, Local News, Ventura, Mark, Andrew, Joshua, Unity, St Andrew, Craig Peterson


LA County watchdog accuses Sheriff’s Department of oversight defiance

In a blunt, sweeping letter released Friday, June 18, Inspector General Max Huntsman, the watchdog over the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, demanded the release of a litany of oversight information that he said the department has “significantly and intentionally impeded.” The demands, itemized in the 13-page letter to Sheriff Alex Villanueva dated June 15, chronicle what Huntsman alleges are more than two dozen instances over two years of the department’s defiance. They range from refus...
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LA County sheriff investigating oversight commissioner’s nonprofit, search warrants show

A previously undisclosed search warrant served at the headquarters of the L.A. Metro in March indicates sheriff’s detectives are digging into a potential felony involving a contract between Metro and Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit run by a civilian oversight commissioner critical of Sheriff Alex Villanueva in the past. The search warrant sought Peace Over Violence’s contracts; call logs from the “Off Limits” harassment hotline the nonprofit operated for Metro; surveys about sexual harassment c...
Tags: News, California, Washington, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Venice, Local News, Lapd, Denver, Eric Garcetti, OIG, Metro, Legislature, Los Angeles County, South Bay


Amid declining COVID-19 and reopening businesses, LA County urges Father’s Day, Juneteenth caution

Although most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in the state, Los Angeles County health officials urged residents today to continue exercising care as they mark Juneteenth and Father’s Day, particularly if they plan to interact with populations vulnerable to infection. “If you’re celebrating the holidays with someone elderly or with underlying health conditions, and they haven’t been vaccinated, I encourage you to celebrate safely outdoors with masks and distancing or virtually,” Los Angele...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, India, Israel, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Delta, Community, Lausd


Half of new Southern California jobs are in ‘fun’ businesses

Providing fun once again powered Southern California’s pandemic-era jobs rebound with almost half of May’s hiring coming from leisure and hospitality industries previously hammered by “stay at home” orders and a reluctance to travel. My trusty spreadsheet, filled with state job figures, found local bosses had 7.28 million employees last month in the four counties covered by the Southern California News Group. That’s up 69,700 in a month vs. 69,400 hires in April and an average 50,100 monthly hir...
Tags: Business, Jobs, News, California, Housing, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Healthcare, Local News, Orange County, Southern California, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Riverside, LA County


Catholic bishops approve steps toward possible rebuke of Biden

By David Crary | Associated Press U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights. The result of the vote — 168 in favor and 55 against — was announced Friday near the end of a three-day meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that was held virtually. The bishops had cast their votes privat...
Tags: Supreme Court, Washington, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, San Diego, Catholic, Biden, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, McElroy, USCCB, Rhoades, Kevin Rhoades


California launches new digital tool to show your COVID-19 vaccine record

Vaccinated Californians now have a new way to show they are inoculated against the coronavirus without carrying around a flimsy paper card. The state on Friday launched a new digital tool that lets residents access their COVID-19 vaccine record from the state’s immunization registry. The tool is available at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov. People will be asked to enter their name, birthdate, and an email or phone number associated with their vaccine record. They’ll create a 4-digit PIN that can be ...
Tags: California, US, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Lausd, Gavin Newsom, Russell Westbrook, CRENSHAW, LA County, Rick Klau, UTLA, California Department of Technology, Amy Tong, Erica Pan, LA Public Library System



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