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Small numbers of protesters gather at fortified U.S. capitols

Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday as National Guard troops and police kept watch to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol. There were no immediate reports of any clashes. Security was stepped up in recent days after the FBI warned of the potential for armed protests in Washington and at all 50 state capitol buildings ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugu...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Protest, Minneapolis, Congress, Washington, Oregon, Atlanta, Georgia, Sport, Joe Biden, Ap, Fbi, Soccer, Wisconsin


Joe Biden to put $2,000 stimulus payments back in play

By Katie Lobosco | CNN A $2,000 stimulus check is expected to be included in a $2 trillion Covid relief plan that President-elect Joe Biden is set to unveil Thursday evening. An economic package passed by Congress in December provided for fresh $600 stimulus payments despite calls from politicians on both sides of the aisle for bigger checks. Congress included payments of $1,200 in its initial stimulus when shutdowns because of the coronavirus began last spring. Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie ...
Tags: Business, Politics, New York, News, Congress, Senate, California News, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Social Security, Treasury, Mitch McConnell, Lausd, Biden, Donald Trump


COVID: Lebanon imposes all-day curfew to halt spread

By Zeina Karam | Associated Press BEIRUT — It was a choice between containing a spiraling virus outbreak and resuscitating a dying economy in a country that has been in steady financial and economic meltdown over the past year. Authorities in Lebanon chose the latter. Now, virus patients struggling to breathe wait outside hospitals — hoping for a bed or even a chair to open up. Ordinary people share contact lists of oxygen suppliers on social media as the the critical gas becomes scarce, and th...
Tags: Israel, Sport, Soccer, Associated Press, Lausd, Parliament, Beirut, Lebanon, LA County, Sam s Club, LA City Council, Newsom, Halim Shebaya, ZEINA KARAM, Bilal Hussein, FADI TAWIL


Community groups join LAUSD-led campaign to speak out about Newsom’s school reopening proposal

More than a half-dozen educational and community organizations have joined in a campaign led by the Los Angeles Unified School District to apply pressure on the state to adopt a school reopening plan that would, in their opinion, better address the needs of the state’s most vulnerable students. Representatives from 28 organizations, including Partnership for LA Schools, Educators for Excellence-Los Angeles and the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, sent a joint letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Gavin Newsom, Santa Ana, LA County, Los Angeles Unified School District, Sam s Club, Austin Beutner, LA City Council, Newsom, State Budget


LA City Council urges enforcement of mask mandates – via citations, fines, other penalties

The Los Angeles City Council took steps Wednesday, Jan. 13, to step up enforcement against people who flout rules requiring people to wear masks in public. The panel voted 14-0 to request that the city attorney write an ordinance that would set fines and penalties for refusing to wear a mask in an indoor, public area when asked by the facility’s management or operators. It also called for fines and penalties for refusing to wear a mask when invading someone’s person’s space. They also instructed...
Tags: California, Sport, Soccer, Los Angeles City Council, Metro, West Hollywood, Santa Ana, LA County, Bonin, Sam s Club, Ralphs, LA City Council, Westfield Century City, Mike Bonin, Paul Koretz, Koretz


Trump pardons ex-campaign chairman Manafort, Roger Stone, son-in-law’s father

By Eric Tucker | The Associated Press President Donald Trump on Wednesday issued pardons and sentence commutations for 29 people, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, in the latest burst of clemency in his final weeks at the White House. The actions bring to nearly 50 the number of people whom Trump in the last two days has granted clemency either by pardoning them or by commuting their sentences. The pardons of Manafort and Roger St...
Tags: Politics, News, La, White House, Russia, Sport, Ukraine, Soccer, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Southern California, Trump, HARRIS, Roger Stone, Mueller, Eric Tucker


Newsom introduces history-making appointees Padilla and Weber – and their ‘American dream’ stories

“¡Muchísimas Gracias!” It was a thank you in Spanish from Alex Padilla, a Latino Californian headed to the U.S. Senate. Padilla was raised by immigrants in blue-collar Pacoima. Then came another thank you from Shirley Weber, on her way to becoming the state’s top elections official, the first Black Californian to ascend to the role. She might not have ever landed in the Golden State if her father wasn’t fleeing from an Arkansas lynch mob. The ink was still drying Wednesday on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s...
Tags: Congress, California, La, Sport, Mit, Soccer, Arkansas, DMV, San Diego, City Council, Biden, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Trump, State


Walgreens to pay L.A., other jurisdictions for waste disposal violations

Walgreens will be paying the city of Los Angeles and 44 other local jurisdictions $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit connected to improper waste disposal and mishandling of customers’ records — in violation of an injunction issued as part of an earlier settlement — prosecutors announced this week. Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens Co. was sued earlier this year over numerous alleged instances of dumping over-the-counter and prescription medications, electronic devices, batteries, aerosol product...
Tags: Business, News, California, Government, Los Angeles, Walmart, Sport, Walgreens, Soccer, Los Angeles City, Woodland Hills, Deerfield Illinois, Feds, Garcetti, LA City Council, Alameda County Superior Court


LASD announces COVID-19 death of deputy

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday announced the passing of a deputy after battling COVID-19. The Sheriff’s Department announced the death of 20-year veteran Timothy Tellez of LASD’s Parks Bureau. Today, we @LASDHQ received devastating news regarding one of our own. Deputy Timothy Tellez, a 20 year veteran, assigned to @ParksLASD succumbed to his battle with COVID-19. Please keep his family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers, he will be deeply missed. #COVID19 pic.t...
Tags: News, California, Police, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, LA County, Garcetti, Sheriff s Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department, LA City Council, Tellez, Alex Villanueva, Top Stories LADN, LA County Sheriff's Department, Katie Hill


How will L.A. County police, fire agencies get vaccinated? They’ll enlist their own, including search-and-rescue paramedics

As COVID-19 infections surge across the region, Los Angeles County’s law enforcement and fire agencies are trying to figure out how they’ll distribute tens of thousands of vaccines to their employees on the front lines responding to the pandemic. For now, they’ll have to wait until after emergency room nurses and doctors are vaccinated first — the L.A. County Department of Public Health through its guidelines is prioritizing health care workers, as well as the huge population of elderly people l...
Tags: News, La, Police, Sport, Soccer, Lapd, Los Angeles County, Moore, LA County, Garcetti, Sheriff s Department, LA City Council, LAFD, Schrader, County Sheriff s Department, Erik Scott


Trump pardons 15, including former Southern California Rep. Duncan Hunter

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned 15 people, including Republican allies, a 2016 campaign official ensnared in the Russia probe and former government contractors convicted in a 2007 massacre in Baghdad. The pardons included former Republican Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York. Hunter represented most of Temecula and part of San Diego County. Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse Trump to be president, was sentenced to two years and tw...
Tags: Politics, Crime, News, Congress, California, Washington, La, Russia, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, City Council, Republican, Donald Trump, Baghdad, Southern California


Doctors and nurses step up appeals for LA County to stay home amid record patient influx

Facing the biggest health emergency of their lifetimes, doctors and nurses throughout Los Angeles County are stepping up their pleas for people to heed public health directives to cancel holiday gatherings and stay home as much as possible this holiday season. The numbers of total patients being treated at L.A. County hospitals for the coronavirus grew to 6,155 as of Tuesday, 1,234 — or about 20% — of whom were in intensive care units, based on a state dashboard that reports numbers a day earlie...
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Doctors and nurses step up appeals to stay home amid record patient influx

Facing the biggest health emergency of their lifetimes, doctors and nurses throughout Los Angeles County are stepping up their pleas for people to heed public health directives to cancel holiday gatherings and stay home as much as possible this holiday season. The numbers of total patients being treated at L.A. County hospitals for the coronavirus grew to 6,155 as of Tuesday, 1,234 — or about 20% — of whom were in intensive care units, based on a state dashboard that reports numbers a day earlie...
Tags: News, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Britain, Soccer, Davis, Long Beach, Black, Carlisle, Ucla, Lee, Los Angeles County, South Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley


Garcetti vetoes, sends back LA City Council’s spending plan for reimagining public safety

Mayor Eric Garcetti has vetoed the Los Angeles City Council’s plan for how to reinvest funding from the Los Angeles Police Department into Black communities and other groups experiencing racial inequities, declaring that the proposals fell short of “the call of history.” The council approved a $150 million reduction to the proposed police department budget earlier this year, spurred by the protests against police brutality that swept the nation months — including Los Angeles. The cut represented...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, Elections, News, Protest, Education, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Community, City Council, Biden, Lapd


Redondo Beach to rent five units at private homeless shelter — in Wilmington

The Redondo Beach City Council this week set aside $30,000 in federal grant funds to rent five apartment units in a private transitional housing complex in Wilmington, an action that caused outrage Wednesday, Dec. 16, from the Los Angeles City Council member who represents the Harbor Area neighborhood. The units, beginning Jan. 1, will temporarily house those who are homeless in Redondo Beach until they can secure a permanent place to live with the help of an outreach coordinator. The complex is...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Homeless, CalTrans, Venice, Flowers, Local News, Los Angeles City Council, Homeless Shelters, South Bay, Wilmington, Webb, Redondo Beach, Webb City


Germany enters harder lockdown as coronavirus deaths hit new high

By DAVID RISING | Associated Press BERLIN — Germany reported a record level of coronavirus deaths as it entered a harder lockdown Wednesday, closing shops and schools to try to bring down stubbornly high new daily infections. The country recorded 179.8 virus deaths per 100,000 residents over the last seven days, a new high and significantly more than the 149 per 100,000 reported a week ago by the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s disease control center. It also blew past its previous daily de...
Tags: News, Germany, Berlin, Sport, European Union, World news, Cologne, Soccer, Associated Press, Lausd, Biden, Southern California, RTL, Saxony, Jens Spahn, European Medicines Agency


Long Beach moves forward with requiring large grocery stores to give $4/hour ‘hero pay’

Most grocery store workers in Long Beach will likely soon be entitled to an extra $4 per hour in “hero pay” to acknowledge the hazards they face in serving the public during the coronavirus pandemic. The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously at its Tuesday, Dec. 15, meeting to direct the city attorney to draft an urgency ordinance mandating the extra pay, which will come back to the panel for a vote at their next meeting. Grocery store companies with at least 300 employees nationwide would b...
Tags: California, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Lausd, City Council, Southern California, Vons, Richardson, LA County, LA City Council, Rex Richardson, Long Beach City Council, UCLA Long Beach State, Zendejas, Mary Zendejas


Long Beach moves forward with requiring large grocery stores to give $4 per hour ‘hero pay’

Most grocery store workers in Long Beach will likely soon be entitled to an extra $4 per hour in “hero pay” to acknowledge the hazards they face in serving the public during the coronavirus pandemic. The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously at its Tuesday, Dec. 15, meeting to direct the city attorney to draft an urgency ordinance mandating the extra pay, which will come back to the panel for a vote at their next meeting. Grocery store companies with at least 300 employees nationwide would b...
Tags: California, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Lausd, City Council, Southern California, Vons, Richardson, LA County, LA City Council, Rex Richardson, Long Beach City Council, UCLA Long Beach State, Zendejas, Mary Zendejas


Two council members joining the LA City Council focus their efforts on homelessness

A newcomer, Nithya Raman, and a veteran politician, Mark Ridley-Thomas, were part of a slate of seven Los Angeles City Council members sworn into a fresh term Tuesday, Dec. 15, and both trained their attention on homelessness by issuing several motions aimed at tackling the issue. Raman, who previously ran a nonprofit, attended her first Los Angeles City Council meeting on Tuesday, after beating incumbent David Ryu in a runoff race in November to represent the 4th Council District. Ridley-Thomas...
Tags: Politics, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Homeless, Council, Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, San Pedro, Los Angeles County, Assembly, Board of Supervisors, South Los Angeles, Raman


COVID-19 exposure notification app: What you need to know

So, your phone has been prompting you to install California’s new app that allows residents to be notified when they’ve come in contact with somebody infected with COVID-19 and want to learn more about it. Well, you’ve come to the right place. First of all, the app — dubbed CA Notify — went live Thursday, Dec. 10 and was created in partnership with Apple and Google. What it does The app allows users to receive notifications if they have been in close proximity with another user of the app who ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Technology, News, California, US, California News, Sport, Soccer, United States, Ellen Degeneres, California Department of Public Health, LA City Council, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


Coronavirus: Southern California’s available ICU beds drop to 7.7%

Southern California’s intensive-care unit availability dropped to 7.7%, according to a Thursday, Dec. 11, update from the California Department of Public Health — down from Wednesday’s 9% mark. The number has continued to fall consistently after the number triggered strict stay-at-home restrictions from state officials last weekend, as the resurgent outbreak worsens in Southern California’s “Region 5” footprint. Meanwhile, another California region is subject to the stay-at-home order as ICU spa...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, US, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Community, Ellen Degeneres, Bay Area, Southern California, San Joaquin Valley, California Department of Public Health


One-day US COVID deaths top 3,000, more than D-Day or 9/11

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Associated Press MISSION, Kan. — Just when the U.S. appears on the verge of rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine, the numbers have become gloomier than ever: Over 3,000 American deaths in a single day, more than on D-Day or 9/11. One million new cases in the span of five days. More than 106,000 people in the hospital. The crisis across the country is pushing medical centers to the breaking point and leaving staff members and public health officials burned out and plagued by ...
Tags: New York, News, Virginia, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Wyoming, South Dakota, New Orleans, Miami, Fda, Associated Press, Pfizer


LA City Council votes to create new families, youth department

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday, Dec. 9, to create a new department to assist families who were already vulnerable to economic uncertainty before the COVID-19 pandemic and are far more so now. Council President Nury Martinez and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez proposed establishing the Department for Families, Children and Community Investment in October. “COVID-19 has demonstrated that in the face of a crisis, problems that our families face arise not independently but are compounded...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Biden, Lapd, Los Angeles City Council, Martinez, Rodriguez, Garcetti, LA City Council, Jose Huizar


LA City Council wants Pacoima’s Whiteman Airport to close

A resolution calling for the closure of Whiteman Airport was unanimously supported by the Los Angeles City Council. Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez called the 182-acre general aviation airport a blight on the Pacoima neighborhood, where it was founded as Whitman Air Park in 1946 and purchased by Los Angeles County in 1970. “Today’s vote in council is a step toward demanding environmental and economic justice for the residents of Pacoima and the surrounding neighborhoods,” Rodriguez said on Wednesd...
Tags: Health, News, Airports, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Faa, Los Angeles City Council, Federal Aviation Administration, Southern California, Santa Monica, National Transportation Safety Board, Los Angeles County, Burbank, Cessna


David Ryu, Herb Wesson bid farewell to LA City Council

By ERIC HEINZ, City News Service Councilmen David Ryu and Herb Wesson bid farewell to the Los Angeles City Council, as Ryu was defeated in the November general election and Wesson was termed out. Wesson thanked everyone in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 9, including those who criticized or said hurtful things to him. He even thanked the children who used to beat him up in his native city of Cleveland because he said those experiences made him “tough.” “Even though this is a bittersweet moment be...
Tags: News, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, City Council, Cleveland, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Black History Month, City Hall, Don, Wesson, Raman, Hollywood Hills


Coronavirus cleaning: Is wiping down groceries still a thing?

By CANDICE CHOI | Associated Press NEW YORK — Cleaning wipes are harder to find on store shelves, and businesses are reassuring customers with stepped up sanitation measures. In New York, the subway system is shut down nightly for disinfecting. To avoid any traces of the coronavirus that might be lurking on surfaces, Americans have been wiping down groceries, wearing surgical gloves when they go out and leaving mail packages out for an extra day or two. But experts say the national fixation on s...
Tags: New York, News, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Mta, Athens, Goldman, John Brooks, Oklahoma City, Morse, Clorox Co, Dowd, Jae


LA City Council sends homeless sleeping ordinance back to committee

By ERIC HEINZ, City News Service The Los Angeles City Council discussed a proposed ordinance on Tuesday, Nov. 24, that would enforce where homeless people can sleep on public property, but members took no action on the matter and it was sent back to committee for more deliberation. “The proposed ordinance, I want to just outright say, it was never meant to be a solution to homelessness, and it certainly was not meant to make homelessness unlawful,” Council President Nury Martinez said. “I know t...
Tags: News, Kaiser Permanente, Office, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, City Council, Los Angeles City Council, Northridge, Martin, U S District Court, Valley, Boise, Martinez


Trump team says it’s suing to stop Pennsylvania vote count

HARRISBURG, Pa. — President Donald Trump’s campaign said Wednesday that it is suing to temporarily stop the vote count in Pennsylvania, claiming lack of “transparency.” Justin Clark, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, said in a statement that the campaign is “suing to stop Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing from our Republican poll observers.” He said the campaign wants “to temporarily halt counting until there is meaningful transparency and Republicans can ...
Tags: Politics, Elections, News, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Sport, Joe Biden, Fbi, Soccer, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton, House, Philadelphia


Council President Martinez eager to welcome Ridley-Thomas back to LA City Council

County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas appeared headed to victory against attorney Grace Yoo following their battle Tuesday, Nov. 3, for the 10th District seat on the Los Angeles City Council. See the latest election results   In the early hours of Wednesday, the registrar reported semi-official results showing Ridley-Thomas gathered 61.3% of the vote to Yoo’s 38.7%. These votes represent mail-in ballots submitted prior to election day, and ballots cast at vote centers during early voting days and...
Tags: News, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Council, Los Angeles City Council, Los Angeles County, Assembly, Martinez, LA County, Koreatown, LA City Council, Mark Ridley Thomas, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association


Election Day goes off without any major hitches locally

Prosecutors braced for polling place shenanigans. Election officials throughout Southern California prepared for long lines and impatient voters. Polling place workers got ready for visitors who refused to wear masks during a pandemic. But an Election Day predicted to be the most critical and tense in recent memory came and went without any major problems at the voting booths. “To be honest, it’s been remarkably smooth,” Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley said Tuesday, Nov. 3. Nationa...
Tags: Elections, News, Sport, Joe Biden, Fbi, Soccer, Orange County, Donald Trump, Southern California, San Pedro, Page, Trump, Ho, Huntington Beach, South Bay, Carson