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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...
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LA County’s legal costs jump, fueled by settlements and fees

Los Angeles County’s legal bills ticked upward last fiscal year, jumping from $148.5 million to $151.9 million, fueled by an increase in the amount paid out to settle lawsuits. Costs and fees to outside law firms working on the county’s litigation helped drive up the number, officials said on Tuesday, Feb. 23. All told, attorneys fees and costs totaled $64.3 million, while the county paid out $87.6 million in judgments and settlements, according to County Counsel Rodrigo A. Castrol-Silva’s repor...
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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...
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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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Chargers fan declines Super Bowl invitation to help COVID-19 patients

Edwin Mejia received a message last month from fellow Chargers fan Josh Albrektson, but the talking point wasn’t about quarterback Justin Herbert nor new head coach Brandon Staley. Mejia was the subject of this Twitter conversation involving the team he’s loved since Doug Flutie started 16 games for them and threw passes to Curtis Conway and Tim Dwight nearly 20 years ago. Albrektson told Mejia he needed to answer the phone call he was about to get because it was coming from the Chargers. “I can...
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Not all of the I-5 will get widened, at least for now

Q. Hi Honk: Thank you for the recent update on the I-5 Freeway! Do you know if there is a plan to widen the I-5 from the I-605 to the East L.A. Interchange? Once the section from the Orange County line to the I-605 is done, the section north of it will be the pinch point with only three lanes. – Rich Schaefer, North Tustin A. Well, Rich, for years and years Honk has dreamed of a hot tub for his back yard, and he even has a nifty spot picked out for it. Yet, no such paradise exists. Likewise, the...
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Coronavirus death toll overwhelms ‘last responders’ in funeral home industry

For weeks now, Los Angeles County has been overwhelmed by the onslaught of death. COVID-19 patients are dying at such an alarming rate — 1,500 over the past week alone, close to 2,000 the week prior — that hospitals, morgues and funeral homes are buckling under the volume of bodies. The pandemic has doubled the number of decedents they normally handle, and COVID-19 now accounts for more deaths than all other causes combined. Vidal Herrera, founder of 1-800-Autopsy, poses for a photo inside his...
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Garcetti’s plea to U.S. leaders: Coronavirus-rocked L.A. needs more resources

Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday, Jan. 7, urged U.S. leaders to throw a lifeline to coronavirus-rocked Los Angeles in the form of additional vaccines, more trained medical professionals and other resources. Just after the mayor’s plea, L.A. County public health officials announced more grim statistics: 218 new deaths — the third straight day over 200 — and 19,719 more cases, lifting the county’s totals to 11,545 and 871,404, respectively, since the outbreak began. Brooke Barker, 22, a mental ...
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As 258 more COVID deaths are posted, LA County urges people to wait their turns for vaccines

As Los Angeles County lost another 258 lives to coronavirus — one of the highest single-day totals of the pandemic — health officials pleaded on Wednesday, Jan. 6, with residents not to sign up for a vaccine appointment meant for healthcare workers. “Please do not sign up for an appointment if you’re not an eligible frontline healthcare worker,” said Barbara Ferrer, the public health director, acknowledging that some people have been inoculated inappropriately because they were not asked for ver...
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4 new COVID-19 vaccination sites for health-care workers open in San Fernando Valley and LA’s Eastside

LOS ANGELES — Four additional vaccination sites for health-care workers opened Wednesday in the San Fernando Valley and Eastside of Los Angeles, bringing city sites’ collective capacity up to about 2,000 vaccinations per day. The new locations — at the Ritchie Valens Recreation Center in Pacoima, the Balboa Sports Complex in Encino, the Hazard Recreation Center in Boyle Heights and the El Sereno Recreation Center — will be able to provide 300 vaccinations per day, Garcetti said. On Dec. 30, the ...
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As coronavirus claims another 91 LA County lives, a ‘wicked’ surge hits Skid Row

The New Year’s weekend coronavirus toll in Los Angeles County wound down ominously on Sunday, Jan. 3, as the scope of the latest and most deadly surge claimed another 91 lives. And with 12,488 new cases, not only were hospitals buckling, but the region’s unhoused began the year amid the worst conditions yet, particularly in L.A.’s Skid Row. The latest death toll brings the county’s total lives lost to 10,773, and total cases to 818,639, according to the county’s Sunday update. All this while hos...
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No more ICU beds at LAC+USC Medical Center, staff seeks ways to expand to meet coronavirus crisis

A nurse in the intensive care unit waits inside a patient’s room for medicine to be brought to her to avoid having to remove her personal protective gear. (Heidi de Marco/California Healthline) Registered nurse Yvonne Yaory puts on her personal protective gear before entering a coronavirus patient’s room. (Heidi de Marco/California Healthline) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center is a 600-bed hospital located in the Boyle Heights neighbo...
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Los Angeles County mourns more than 1,500 unclaimed dead in annual ceremony

Los Angeles County officials and interfaith leaders honored and buried the county’s unclaimed dead this year despite the coronavirus pandemic, prohibiting in-person attendance but allowing people to view the ceremony on a live broadcast. Unlike overcast or wet weather the past two years, the sun was out as the remains of 1,547 people who died in Los Angeles County in 2017 were honored Thursday, Dec. 3 during the annual ceremony at the Los Angeles County Crematory and Cemetery in Boyle Heights. F...
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Ex-L.A. deputy mayor among 5 new defendants in former Councilman Jose Huizar’s corruption case

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan and four others have been added to the criminal case alleging a widespread corruption scheme led by former City Councilman Jose Huizar, bringing to nine the number of defendants charged as a result of the federal investigation, according to the updated indictment unsealed Monday. The racketeering case lodged in Los Angeles federal court accuses Huizar and close associates of illegally obtaining financial benefits from developers who, in ...
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2-year-old killed in crash east of Lake Los Angeles, and a suspect is arrested after Barstow search

LAKE LOS ANGELES — A 2-year-old boy was killed in a crash at an intersection east of Lake Los Angeles, and a suspect was arrested early Monday after a search in the Barstow area. The crash was reported at 9:11 p.m. Sunday at 240th Street East and East Avenue P, according to the California Highway Patrol. People were trapped inside a vehicle, and a child was not breathing when firefighters and paramedics arrived, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Michael Pittman. The chi...
Tags: News, California, Sport, Crash, Soccer, CHP, Barstow, Civil Air Patrol, Boyle Heights, Pacoima, PITTMAN, West Hills, Michael Pittman, East Avenue, Whiteman Airport, Top Stories LADN


1 gravely injured, 4 seriously hurt in Pacoima crash

A two-car crash in Pacoima late Saturday left one person with life-threatening injuries and four others seriously hurt, Los Angeles firefighters said. The crash occurred at Van Nuys and Glenoaks boulevards, a busy intersection that often sees violent crashes; the Los Angeles Police Department installed a traffic camera there a few years ago due to the frequency of crashes. At around 9 p.m. a white, older model SUV and a black sedan collided at the intersection. The crash aftermath showed the SUV...
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Pilot dies in plane crash near Whiteman Airport in Pacoima

A small airplane crashed into a neighborhood just short of Whiteman Airport in Pacoima on Thursday, Nov. 12, killing the pilot with the aircraft bursting into flames and setting several cars ablaze. Few recognizable plane parts were visible. The unidentified crashed on approach to the airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. #PlaneCrash @LAFD on scene of small plane crash right off the runway in Pacoima, unknown how many souls on board. Fire engulfed several parked ca...
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SUV crashes into West Hills martial arts studio

WEST HILLS — A man driving an SUV escaped injury along with nearby bystanders when his vehicle crashed into the front of a martial arts studio Wednesday in West Hills, officials said. The crash took place about 1:30 p.m. on the 22800 block of Roscoe Boulevard at Fallbrook Avenue, according to spokesman Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. One person was treated at the scene, but there was no word on the person’s condition. The crash was being investigated by Los Angeles police. R...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Crash, Soccer, Local News, Boyle Heights, West Hills, LAFD, Top Stories LADN, Brian Humphrey, Roscoe Boulevard, Fallbrook Avenue, Crime and Public Safety


LAPD officer arrested for allegedly stealing vehicle in Orange

A Los Angeles Police Department officer was arrested Monday evening, Nov. 9, for allegedly stealing a vehicle from a used car lot in Orange more than a year ago, authorities said. Officer Matthew Calleros, 45, was booked on suspicion of auto theft and possession of a stolen vehicle, Orange Lt. Jennifer Amat said. The vehicle was reported stolen on Oct. 25, 2019, from a dealership in the 1100 block of West Chapman Avenue, Amat said. “Detectives from the Orange Police Department developed an inves...
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One person injured on 101 Freeway in Boyle Heights crash, SigAlert issued

One person was taken to a hospital with an apparent head injury and two lanes of the southbound 101 Freeway in Boyle Heights were shut down this morning when a big rig and vehicle collided. The crash was reported just before 5 a.m. near the Seventh Street off-ramp, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP issued a SigAlert at 5:16 a.m. for lanes 2 and 3 of the southbound Hollywood Freeway to remove the vehicle from underneath the big rig. Related Articles Traff...
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Doctors successfully transplant heart despite helicopter crash - and organ dropping on floor

A donated human heart that was involved in a helicopter crash on Friday while being carried for transplant surgery was also dropped on the floor by a medic during the chaos, it has now emerged. The heart was being carried from San Diego to Keck hospital in East Los Angeles by helicopter when the aircraft crashed onto the roof of the hospital. A dramatic video capturing the rooftop crash showed the helicopter ambulance losing control for a few seconds as the pilot tried to land the 8-seater cra...
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Photos: ‘Rose River’ memorializes lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic

The Rose River Memorial is installed at Self Help Graphics and Art in Los Angeles. The growing art installation features a felt rose for each victim of the coronavirus. Artist Marcos Lutyens is behind the project, with the help of people from across the nation who are making red felt roses using a simple design and mail them to the Rose River Memorial team. For information on how to make roses for the project, log on to www.roseriver.memorial. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)...
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Helicopter transporting organ crashes on Keck Hospital helipad

LOS ANGELES — A helicopter that was transporting a donated organ crashed this afternoon on the Keck Hospital of USC helipad, and the pilot had minor injuries, authorities said. Emergency personnel were dispatched about 3:20 p.m. to the hospital in the 1500 block of North San Pablo Street in Boyle Heights, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The private air ambulance was stable on its side near the helipad’s edge by 3:40 p.m., with no fire, and it did not appear to h...
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12 places to see classic Southern California roadside architecture

Buildings shaped like unusual objects are part of the Southern California experience. What could be more L.A. than eating a doughnut underneath the giant replica of one at Randy’s Donuts. That kind of building is called programmatic architecture, although it has other names. Some people call it novelty architecture. And some people call it weird. It began with the car culture of the early 20th century, said Adrian Scott Fine, director of advocacy for the Los Angeles Conservancy, a non-profit org...
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DNA leads to Texas arrest in 1996 cold-case killing of girl found in Topanga Canyon ravine

LOS ANGELES — A Texas man who allegedly killed a 17-year-old Boyle Heights girl in 1996 was in custody Wednesday after DNA evidence connected him to the crime, authorities said. Jose Luis Garcia, 42, of Dallas, was arrested in September in the death of Gladys Arellano, whose partially clothed body was discovered at the bottom of a ravine in the Topanga Canyon area of Malibu on Jan. 30, 1996, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Alex Villanueva planned a news conferen...
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Arcadia subsidiary of Chinese company to pay $1 million fine in LA City Hall bribery scandal

LOS ANGELES — A Chinese company’s Arcadia subsidiary has agreed to pay more than $1 million to resolve allegations that it bribed city officials, including former Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, with campaign contributions, foreign travel and Katy Perry concert tickets to ensure support for its downtown building projects, it was announced Wednesday. The non-prosecution agreement with Jia Yuan USA Co. Inc. is the latest development in the ongoing investigation into a wide-ranging pay-to-...
Tags: Politics, News, China, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Katy Perry, Los Angeles City Council, Arcadia, Los Angeles City, NPA, Boyle Heights, Chiang, Huizar


Travel: Ready to return to Vegas? Here’s what’s new

If what happens in Vegas really stays in Vegas, then there’d be no worry of bringing COVID-19 back home after your southern Nevada getaway. Alas, the famous slogan doesn’t apply to contagious diseases. That’s why the novel coronavirus pandemic is no joke even in a city crawling in comedy clubs, not that anyone can take in a show just yet. But after months of being uncharacteristically lifeless, the vast majority of casinos, hotels, restaurants and stores are back in business downtown and along t...
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Joe Biden's performance with Hispanic voters will make-or-break his chances in these 3 battleground states

Latinos vote at a polling station in El Gallo Restaurant on November 8, 2016 in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, California. In addition to choosing between Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton for President of the United States, Californians are deciding on 17 ballot propositions. David McNew/Getty Images/AP Latino voters are expected to make up the largest minority voting bloc in the country for the first time this presidential election.  That political influence ...
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New trial date set for José Huizar, additional defendants possible

By FRED SHUSTER, City News Service A federal judge on Wednesday, Aug. 19, set a June 22 trial date for suspended Los Angeles City Councilman José Huizar on corruption charges, and prosecutors indicated that additional defendants and charges are possible in the City Hall development scandal. Lawyers for both sides recommended the continuance from the tentative Sept. 29 trial date due to the voluminous amount of evidence and the fact that the government anticipates the grand jury will “consider ad...
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LA Councilman Jose Huizar’s trial to begin in September; he could get more than 100 years in prison

LOS ANGELES — A Sept. 29 trial date was set Wednesday for suspended Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, who faces federal charges alleging he ran a $1.5 million pay-to-play scheme in which developers were shaken down for cash bribes and campaign donations in exchange for his support of downtown-area development projects. Prosecutors told U.S. District Judge John Walter that they expect the trial to last about 20 days and that it will involve between 40 and 45 witnesses. Walter questioned wh...
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