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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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


Abandoned newborn found in Lynwood park restroom trash can

LYNWOOD — Two women were wanted Friday morning for questioning in connection with the discovery of a newborn baby boy in a restroom at Yvonne Burke-John D. Ham Park in Lynwood. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it received a call about 8 a.m. June 11 regarding the infant. “The baby was found by a park visitor as she entered the restroom and heard what she described as a whimpering noise coming from the trash can,” said Lt. John Adams of the LASD Special Victim’s Bureau. “She check...
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These communities remain at high risk for dangerous Covid-19 variants rapidly increasing in US, expert warns

By Travis Caldwell | CNN The country continued this week on a path to reopening from the Covid-19 pandemic, with major population centers such as New York and California pulling back on restrictions following increased vaccinations and lowered infections. Yet with overall vaccination rates in the US slowing this month when compared to highs in April, health officials are raising awareness about the uneven distribution of vaccines in different parts of the country. “I’m very unconcerned for peop...
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Coronavirus: UTLA members ratify agreement on health/safety protocols for LAUSD’s new school year

Teachers in Los Angeles Unified have ratified a tentative agreement with the school district, paving the way for the nation’s second largest K-12 system to fully reopen campuses for the upcoming academic year. Ninety-four percent of the teachers, counselors, librarians, school nurses and other certificated employees who voted supported the deal, the union announced late Thursday, June 17, at the conclusion of a three-day voting period. According to United Teachers Los Angeles, 12,193 of its more...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Community, Lausd, Local News, Westbrook, CRENSHAW, LA County, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner


‘I feel whole today’: LA ceremony welcomes 26 new U.S. citizens

Weary of being treated like a second-class citizen, Mona Farhangi left her home country of Iran for the United States in 2013. On Thursday, June 17, she felt a first-class rush. Seera Doreen, 31, of Long Beach who came from Uganda five years ago, celebrates becoming a U.S. citizen during U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services World Refugee Day naturalization ceremony at the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily ...
Tags: Japan, News, Education, La, Government, Immigration, Los Angeles, Sport, Society, Iran, Uganda, Soccer, United States, Glendale, Long Beach, Ethiopia


‘Delta’ COVID-19 variant stokes growing worries in LA County as vaccine rates slide

LOS ANGELES — Young Black and Latino residents in Los Angeles County continue to lag behind the rest of the population in COVID-19 vaccination rates, a gap the public health director said on Thursday, June 17, could put the group more at risk as the state’s economy reopens, workplaces get more crowded and public gatherings increase. Creating further concern is the slow but steady rise in the local number of COVID-19 cases involving the so-called “Delta” variant of the virus. The variant is blame...
Tags: Health, Business, News, California, India, Environment, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bank Of America, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Delta, Community, Black, Ucla


Princess Cruises plans fall sailings departing from LA, SF, Ft. Lauderdale

SANTA CLARITA — Princess Cruises announced Thursday, June 17, that it intends to return to service in the United States this fall, sailing from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Fort Lauderdale. Between Sept. 25 and Nov. 28, eight Princess Medallion-class ships will once again take guests to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii and California coast, according to the Santa Clarita-based cruise line. “As we continue our return to service, it is a thrill for us to be able to bring more cruise ...
Tags: California, Cdc, Mexico, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, United States, Panama Canal, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Caribbean, Fort Lauderdale, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles San Francisco, California Coast


Tory Carlon, killed by colleague, remembered as topflight L.A. County firefighter

A Los Angeles County Fire Department engineer, slain earlier this month by another firefighter at the stationhouse where they worked, was remembered during a memorial service at the Forum in Inglewood on Thursday, June 17, as a family man and dedicated engineer who mentored others longing to join the ranks. Tory Carlon, 44, was passionate about his job as a firefighter but lived for his wife and his three girls, his family, close friends and colleagues said in front of about 500 mourners. He lov...
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UCLA finds link between poor air quality, COVID vulnerability

LOS ANGELES — Long-term exposure to poor air quality increased the risk of COVID-19 throughout the country last year, according to a UCLA-led research team. The researchers found that the use of preventative measures — like stay-at-home orders and masking — reduced the risk of COVID-19 by 8% and 15%, respectively, but did not reduce the increase of incidence in counties with historically poor air quality. “This is evidence that long-term exposure to poor air quality increased the risk of COVID-1...
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Archer School’s ‘InvenTeam’ pioneers fire-ember detection system

Students work on an exterior ember tracking device at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles on Friday, June 11, 2021. The school received a $10,000 M.I.T. grant to invent a solution that solved a real-world problem and the girls are designing the ember detection device inspired after the Getty fire shutdown their school. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Chloe Hayden, 14, tests the tracking on an exterior ember tracking device at The Archer School for Girls in Los...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Archer, Getty, Hydra, Smith College, Carter, Perry, LA County


Court says California must more quickly move mentally incompetent defendants out of jails

SAN FRANCISCO — California can’t lock up people for months in jails after they have been found mentally incompetent to stand trial, a state appeals court said. In a 3-0 ruling Tuesday, a panel of the First District Court of Appeal upheld a 2019 lower court order that gave the state a 28-day deadline for placing defendants in state mental hospitals or other treatment facilities after they were found incompetent to stand trial because of psychological or intellectual disabilities. The appellate co...
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LA County urges continued vigilance after lifting of most coronavirus rules

Los Angeles County officials urged continued vigilance on Wednesday, June 16, following the lifting of most COVID-19 health restrictions, with about one-third of the county’s eligible population still not vaccinated against the virus. “As physical distancing requirements, capacity limits, and masking mandates are now relaxed, ensuring the safety of those who are not yet vaccinated is essential,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “Workplaces need to offer sensible ...
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LA Archdiocese receives $50 million donation for Catholic schools

LOS ANGELES — The Catholic Education Foundation of Los Angeles announced on Wednesday, Junt 16, that it has received an anonymous $50 million donation to support elementary and high school students at more than 200 Catholic schools run by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “The kindness and love reflected in this gift are beyond words,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said in a statement. “This gift will change the lives of countless young men and women, for generations to come, opening up opportunities f...
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Researchers at UCLA, international team, say variants may change coronavirus treatment, vaccines

An international team of researchers, including participants from UCLA, have detailed how an increasing number of variants could cut down on the ability of vaccines and treatments to manage the coronavirus. The team published an article in the peer-reviewed journal “EMBO Molecular Medicine.” Dr. Christina Ramirez, a professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and co-author of the study, noted that the number of variants has skyrocketed since last April, jumping from 10 to 100. “The sp...
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UCLA: Research finds links between air quality and COVID-19 vulnerability

LOS ANGELES — Long-term exposure to poor air quality increased the risk of COVID-19 throughout the country last year, according to research announced on Wednesday, June 16, from a UCLA-led team. The research found that counties with higher exposures to poor air quality historically, saw higher county-level COVID-19 mortality rates in 2020, with a 7.6% increase in COVID-19 risk with a one-unit increase of 2.5 micrometers, or PM2.5. The use of preventative measures — like stay-at-home orders and m...
Tags: Health, News, Government, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Ucla, Robert Durst, LA County, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Mount Wilson Observatory, David Geffen School of Medicine, Jody Heymann, Heymann


Gov. Newsom’s coronavirus reopening tour rolls into Six Flags Magic Mountain

VALENCIA — Gov. Gavin Newsom renewed this week’s celebration inspired by the lifting of widespread pandemic measures by rolling into Six Flags Magic Mountain on Wednesday, June 16, aiming to encourage Californians to enjoy the state’s attractions to help rekindle the economy — and to roll up their sleeves if they have yet to be vaccinated. I’m at an event this morning where @GavinNewsom will be speaking. Park President Don McCoy is ramping up toward the governor’s remarks. pic.twitter.com/lZu8h...
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LA County celebrations of Mass return to indoor services with no distancing or capacity limits

As the pandemic continued to ease, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles implemented new liturgical guidelines on Tuesday, June 15, replacing the more severe restrictions implemented during the coronavirus outbreak. In response, Catholic churches in Los Angles County planned in-person indoor Masses for Saturday and Sunday. The new guidelines allow for indoor liturgical celebrations — including weekend and daily Mass celebrations as well as First Communion, confirmation, baptisms, weddings, funerals and...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Religion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Catholic, Birmingham, Robert Durst, Los Angeles County, Gomez, Westlake, LA County


Photos: After seemingly endless days of fires and pandemic, beloved Mount Wilson Observatory reopens

It’s been a long while since stargazers last got a chance to visit the historic Mount Wilson Observatory. First, the Bobcat Fire, which raged for weeks last year, came within yards of the observatory that sits on the summit of Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles. Telescope operator Darrell Dooly and Mt. Wilson Institute Board Member Camille Lombardo look at the 60-inch telescope at the Mount Wilson Observatory, Tuesday, Jun. 15, 2021. The observatory reopened o...
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Be smart, LA County officials say, and hang on to that coronavirus mask for some situations

Los Angeles County businesses whisked away many coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, June 15 and many residents shed their long-required masks for rolling around town. But officials warned amid the celebrations, they folks shouldn’t toss those masks in the garbage just yet. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said that unvaccinated people should continue to wear face coverings as statewide capacity and physical distancing restrictions are lifted, noting that many people in the county still are...
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As coronavirus fades, LA County officials pause for smiles (and words of caution) on Reopening Day

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health, center, during a press conference at the Music Center Plaza in Los Angeles to observe the reopening of L.A. County following more than 15 months of pandemic-imposed restrictions, Tuesday, Jun. 15, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health during a press conference at the Music Center Plaza in Los Angeles to observe the reop...
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