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California shouldn’t reverse course on criminal justice reforms

Proposition 20, the Criminal Sentencing, Parole, and DNA Collection Initiative, is one of the most contentious items on the statewide ballot because it would undo significant criminal justice system reforms passed by California voters in recent years at the very moment that many other states are finally starting to make needed reforms. Although the initiative deals with topics like police power and incarceration rates, it was placed on the ballot before the national conversation on racial injust...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, United States, Lausd, Criminal Justice, John Phillips, California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Legislative Analyst 's Office, Guest Commentary, Alix Ollivier, Criminal Sentencing Parole, Supporters of Prop


Proposition 22 pits the future against its enemies

SACRAMENTO – More than two decades ago, Virginia Postrel published a prescient book with a wonderful title: “The Future and Its Enemies.” The technological revolution that has led to “greater wealth, health, opportunity and choice than at any time in history,” she argued, has resulted in “a chorus of intellectuals and politicians (that) loudly laments our condition.” Sadly, the future’s enemies use government to fight inevitable innovation and progress. These critics bemoan the economic insecuri...
Tags: Google, California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Earth, Soccer, Lausd, California Supreme Court, Gavin Newsom, John Phillips, Legislature, Uber Lyft, Xavier Becerra, Steven Greenhut, R Street Institute


Work-at-home crowd prefers to relocate to places with lower taxes, less regulation

When people can work wherever they want, where do they choose to live? And perhaps more importantly, where do they choose to leave? Traditionally, decisions about where to live have been closely tied to decisions about where to work. If you got a job in Phoenix, you head to Phoenix. COVID-19-related workplace disruptions caused many companies to move all or part of their operations temporarily online. As the pandemic has dragged on, many of these virtual workplace arrangements have become perman...
Tags: New York, California, Opinion, West Virginia, Sport, Soccer, Idaho, Maine, Lausd, North America, Illinois, Dianne Feinstein, Phoenix, John Phillips, SMU, New York California


No more money for LAUSD to waste, vote no on RR: John Phillips

This November, in addition to deciding who will be the leader of the free world, voters in Los Angeles will have to decide the fate of a $7 billion school construction bond for the Los Angeles Unified School District. According to reporting from the Los Angeles Daily News, if approved, Measure RR would authorize the district to issue an additional $7 billion in bonds to update aging facilities, retrofit buildings to withstand earthquakes and make them accessible under the Americans with Disabili...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Dianne Feinstein, John Phillips, Los Angeles County, KABC, Los Angeles Daily News, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, UTLA, Opinion columns, Los Angeles Unified School District According, United Teachers of Los Angeles


‘State of Valley’: Coronavirus-era fight will assure that businesses endure, councilmembers declare

John Lee Los Angeles City Council members gathered for a question-and-answer forum Thursday, Oct. 22, hosted by the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce, providing a COVID-era virtual version of the seventh annual “State of the Valley” address. For the most part, the six city representatives acknowledged that the past seven months have been challenging since the coronavirus wreaked havoc on businesses, property owners and residents. But they also remained optimistic that the city w...
Tags: Japan, News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Biden, Los Angeles City Council, Trump, Burns, Lee, Valley, John Lee


First Disneyland coronavirus masks now available at Downtown Disney

Expect Disneyland fans to line up fast for a new line of coronavirus face masks bearing the Anaheim theme park’s distinctive logo while they eagerly await the return of California theme parks now that state officials have issued theme park reopening guidelines. The first coronavirus masks emblazoned with the Disneyland logo are now available at the World of Disney store and the new Backlot Premiere pop-up shop at Downtown Disney. The newly released masks feature the distinctive “Disneyland D” lo...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Lausd, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Southern California, Anaheim, Minnie Mouse, Downtown Disney, Disney California Adventure, Disney Pixar Marvel


Survey shows special ed parents dissatisfied with LAUSD programs

More than six months after their children were forced into distance learning because of the coronavirus pandemic, parents in Los Angeles Unified continue to voice dissatisfaction with the special education services provided by the district. In fact, the lack of adequate support and services for students with disabilities amounts to unacceptable failure on the part of the district, members of the group Speak UP said Wednesday, Oct. 21, when they released the results of a survey of parents of spec...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Local News, Moore, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Austin Beutner, North Hollywood, Mosko, Top Stories LADN


Blighted L.A. area will become home to state’s first public boarding high school

These two city blocks on Vermont and Manchester, vacant since the LA riots in 1992, will be transformed into the state’s first public boarding high school, affordable apartments, a Metro Job and Innovation Center, and retail stores after a ground breaking on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) An artist’s rendering of the Vermont Manchester Transit Priority Project, which will transform a dirt lot the size of two city blocks that has been blighted f...
Tags: Business, News, Education, California, Washington, La, Government, Charity, Los Angeles, Sport, Development, Soccer, Manchester, Lausd, Eric Garcetti, Vermont


Special districts push for slice of California’s coronavirus relief pie

The prickly issue of financial help for state and local governments — hammered by COVID-related dips in tax revenue — has been like rocks in the dance shoes of Democrats and Republicans as they execute the latest coronavirus-relief minuet. While Democrats want $436 billion for state and local governments, Republicans refuse to “bail out” what they call “poorly run” and “mismanaged governments,” many of which happen to be in blue states. In California, sales tax collections are down nearly 5% thi...
Tags: News, Congress, California, Government, Senate, Sport, Soccer, House, Fema, Lausd, Smith, Garcia, Legislature, Los Angeles County, South Bay, U S Department of Homeland Security


California allows theme parks to reopen, but Disney and Universal won’t return for weeks or months

California has cleared theme parks to reopen after more than seven months of coronavirus closures provided they follow newly issued COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, but Disney, Universal and other large parks won’t be able to return for weeks or months. California Health and Human Services secretary Mark Ghaly announced during a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 20 that amusement parks reopening guidelines have been added to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Disne...
Tags: UK, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Seaworld, Universal, Lausd, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Legoland California, Legoland, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


UK to infect healthy volunteers in COVID vaccine research trial

By DANICA KIRKA | Associated Press LONDON — UK researchers are preparing to infect healthy young volunteers with the virus that causes COVID-19, becoming the first to announce plans to use the controversial technique to study the disease and potentially speed up development of a vaccine that could help end the pandemic. This type of research, known as a human challenge study, is used infrequently because some consider the risk involved in infecting otherwise healthy individuals to be unethical. ...
Tags: UK, London, News, California, Disney, Sport, World news, Soccer, Vaccinations, Lausd, Nih, Imperial College, Jacobs, New England Journal of Medicine, Royal Free Hospital, Dodger Stadium


Nearly 270,000 K-12 students are homeless in California, says UCLA study

LOS ANGELES — Nearly 270,000 kindergarten through 12th students in California experienced homelessness during the 2018-2019 school year, according to a report released by UCLA. The report issued Monday by the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools also found that one in five community college students, one in 10 California State University students and one in 20 University of California students experienced homelessness during the year. According to the report, “State of Crisis, Dismantli...
Tags: News, Education, California, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Homelessness, Soccer, Homeless, Lausd, University Of California, Bishop, Ucla, LA County, California State University, MVA


Sights and Sounds: Birmingham football returns to field for first time since March

Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now. LAKE BALBOA — As each Birmingham Charter football player jogged onto the field Monday afternoon, coach Jim Rose was marking them off one by one, but not before requesting their last name – sometimes twice to be sure. “I can’t recognize them with their (face) masks on,” Rose said out loud. “I’m not used to this.” More than 30 varsity football players reported to Birmingham’s first conditioning practice sinc...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Lausd, Birmingham, High School Sports, Rose, San Fernando Valley, El Camino Real, Beutner, Jim Rose, High School Football, City Section, Birmingham Charter, Jordan Patterson


LAUSD Superintendent Beutner questions L.A. County’s coronavirus priorities

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner called into question Monday, Oct. 19, the priorities of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Board of Supervisors in choosing to allow certain business sectors to reopen before the vast majority of schools. As schools largely remain closed, the department allowed a series of openings in recent weeks including at outdoor casino cardrooms, breweries and parks as well as indoor malls and nail salons in accordanc...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Disneyland, Pasadena, Ucla


Birmingham Charter High set to begin football, girls volleyball conditioning Monday

Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now. Birmingham Charter High School will begin conditioning Monday for its football and girls volleyball programs. The Patriots will be the first City Section school to start athletic activity. It’s encouraging news, although the start of the high school football and volleyball seasons (January) are still a long way off. “We did our research and simply think we’re ready,” Birmingham athletic director Rick Priza...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Lausd, Birmingham, High School Sports, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Unified School District, West Valley League, Beutner, Jim Rose, Rose Rose, High School Football, City Section


Hospitalizations tick upward as LA County posts 953 new coronavirus cases

Los Angeles County health officials reported 953 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths on Saturday, Oct. 17, bringing the county’s totals to 288,136 cases with 6,863 fatalities. Officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said the relatively low number of cases might be a result of several missing reports from Friday evening. A total of 746 people were hospitalized due to the virus as of Saturday, up from 735 on Friday, 723 on Thursday, 720 on Wednesday and 692 on ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Davis, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Burbank, LA County


LAUSD offers free flu vaccine at mobile clinics

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner got his flu shot at a mobile clinic set up at San Fernando Middle School on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. The district, through a partnership with Health Net, will provide free seasonal flu vaccinations to students, their family members and staff at rotating school sites throughout this month, in addition to the COVID-19 testing that’s been taking place for several weeks. LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner watches a student get a flu shot during a ...
Tags: Health, Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Chatsworth, Local News, San Fernando, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Daily News, Austin Beutner, Theresa Jackson, Top Stories LADN, Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News SCNG, Top Stories Breeze


Freshmen daughters of NBA’s Zach Randolph, Gilbert Arenas ones to watch at Sierra Canyon

Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now. The Sierra Canyon basketball program is known for having sons of NBA players on its roster. The bloodline includes Scotty Pippen Jr., son of NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, KJ Martin, son of former No. 1 overall pick Kenyon Martin, and current sophomore Bronny James, the son of none other than 4-time NBA champion LeBron James. More NBA children have checked into Sierra Canyon to play basketball – but not...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Ncaa, Lausd, High School Sports, Zach Randolph, San Fernando Valley, Randolph, Gilbert Arenas, Beutner, NBA Hall, Kenyon Martin, Sierra Canyon


L.A. County reports 971 new coronavirus cases and 3 more deaths

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County on Sunday reported 971 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths, bringing the county’s totals to 282,135 cases and 6,771 fatalities. The number of new cases snapped a four-day streak in which the county had reported more than 1,200 new coronavirus cases, potentially jeopardizing efforts to reopen more sectors of the local economy. The effect of Sunday’s numbers was unclear, since figures are typically lower on weekends due to reporting lags. Hospitalizat...
Tags: Health, News, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Nba, Lausd, Lakers, Trump, Greg Laurie, Dodgers, Los Angeles Los Angeles County, LA County, Barbara Ferrer, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB


LA County’s new coronavirus cases top 1,200 for 4th straight day

For the fourth day in a row, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported more than 1,200 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, in an unexpected spike officials last week vowed to keep close watch on as more business sectors reopened amid the enduring pandemic. County health officials on Saturday, Oct. 10, posted 28 new deaths and 1,285 new cases. Health officials said last week they would be closely monitoring the case numbers, but said the elevated numbers should be a re...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Pasadena, County, Trump, Los Angeles County, Greg Laurie, Los Angeles Superior Court


Harvest Christian Pastor Greg Laurie, recovering from COVID-19, will resume duties Oct. 18

Pastor Greg Laurie, who is recovering from COVID-19, plans to return to the pulpit at Riverside-based megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship in about a week. In a video message posted to Facebook late Friday, Laurie, 67, said he has completed 10 days of quarantine and expects to deliver a sermon at the church on Oct. 18. “I’m happy to report that I’m doing great and feel great,” he said in the message that lasted a little more than a minute.” I attribute that to so many people praying. Let’s re...
Tags: Facebook, Chris Christie, News, Washington, White House, Church, Religion, Sport, Soccer, New Jersey, Lausd, Disneyland, Local News, Donald Trump, Mall, Christie


L.A. County coronavirus cases top 1,200 for third straight day

For the second day in a row, Los Angeles County reported more than 1,200 new coronavirus cases today, continuing a three-day string of elevated numbers that could further stall efforts to reopen more sectors of the local economy. The county announced 1,256 new cases Friday, down slightly from the 1,280 announced on Thursday. The county on Wednesday reported 1,645 new cases, the highest numbers seen since Aug. 22. Health officials said this week they would be closely monitoring the case numbers, ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, White House, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Disneyland, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Ferrer, Pelosi


LAUSD students to get in-person tutoring, assessments

Students who have been struggling with distance learning may soon be able to receive in-person tutoring or assessments, now that the Los Angeles Unified School District has reached agreements with the teachers union to provide the services. Exactly how students will be selected for the services, or how many will benefit from them, is unclear. A district spokeswoman said Friday, Oct. 9, that details have been delegated to administrators overseeing the district’s 42 Communities of Schools, which a...
Tags: Education, New York City, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, County, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, UTLA, Katie Braude, Cecily Myart Cruz, County Department of Public Health, Coronavirus, COVID


Trump takes to radio and TV to get campaign back on track

By ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump set out to get his campaign back on track Friday, a week after he was sidelined by the coronavirus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans. As questions linger about his health, Trump began speaking directly to voters on the radio less than four weeks from Election Day, and he eyed a return to travel as soon as Monday. The president has not been seen in public — other than in White House-produced videos...
Tags: Politics, News, Supreme Court, Navy, Cdc, Washington, White House, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Hillary Clinton, House, Fox News, Associated Press, Lausd, Nancy Pelosi


LAUSD removes eugenicist from name of L.A.’s Jordan High

David Starr Jordan High School in Watts has been renamed Jordan High School to reflect the community’s desires that the school sever ties with its namesake, who was a prominent eugenicist, on Thursday, October 8, 2020. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) David Starr Jordan High School in Watts has been renamed Jordan High School to reflect the community’s desires that the school sever ties with its namesake, who was a prominent eugenicist, on Thursday, October 8, 2020. (Photo b...
Tags: News, Education, Stanford, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Michelle Obama, Community, Jordan, Lausd, Stanford University, Wilson, Trump, Ponce


LAUSD presents ‘tentative timeline’ for athletics to return; includes testing all athletes, coaches

Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now. Trent Cornelius, the Director of Athletics for the Los Angeles Unified School District, presented a “tentative timeline” to more than 150 City Section athletic directors Thursday afternoon via Zoom. The timeline begins with a COVID-19 testing protocol window from Oct. 19-30. The plan will attempt to have all sports teams eligible to begin tryouts and conditioning on Nov. 2. “Our district is going to do som...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, High School Sports, San Fernando Valley, Cornelius, Beutner, High School Football, High School News, City Section, Jordan Patterson, High School All Sports, Trent Cornelius, Athletics Trent Cornelius


Palmdale brewery sues LA County over one-day reservation rule

A Palmdale brewery is challenging Los Angeles County’s recently enacted health order that requires customers to make reservations one day in advance before visiting a brewery or winery without an in-house kitchen. Attorneys for Transplants Brewing contend the one-day advance reservation requirement isn’t imposed on breweries that have in-house kitchens. The requirement “places breweries and wineries which lack onsite kitchens in a competitive disadvantage vis-a-vis restaurants, breweries and win...
Tags: Health, Business, News, California, Government, Sport, Beer, Soccer, Davis, Community, Lausd, County, Trump, Don, Los Angeles County, South Bay


2020 elections: Rafferty, Watson challenge for seat on Saugus Union School District Board of Education

Saugus Union School District Board of Education, Trustee Area No. 4 The race: Five-member board with seats available for Area No. 3 and 4. The Saugus Unified School District has 15 kindergarten through sixth-grade schools, three of which are in the No. 4 area: Emblem Academy, Plum Canyon and Rosedell Elementary. Challengers Sage Rafferty is an Army veteran who was deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan. After leaving the Army, he moved with his wife Meghan and child to Sant...
Tags: Elections, News, Education, California, Sacramento, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, Army, Watson, Lausd, Lapd, Trump, Santa Clarita, Meghan, Rafferty


Trump’s path to 270 narrows as Midwestern states threaten to slip away

By THOMAS BEAUMONT | Associated Press MEDFORD, Wis. — President Donald Trump’s once-comfortable advantage in the pivotal region of Wisconsin around the blue-collar hub of Green Bay has dwindled. In suburban Milwaukee, long a Republican-dominated area, it has thinned as well. And his supporters are far from confident he can find thousands of new voters in the state’s sparsely populated rural areas to make up for the setbacks. Trump’s path to victory in Wisconsin, a state he won narrowly in 2016, ...
Tags: Politics, News, Supreme Court, Senate, Milwaukee, Georgia, Sport, Soccer, Pennsylvania, Gop, Wisconsin, Ohio, Lausd, Biden, Donald Trump, Presidential Election


LAUSD becomes latest to refuse to include Trump letter in food boxes

The nation’s second-largest school district is the latest agency to refuse to include a letter signed by President Donald Trump in food boxes provided by the federal government to aid families hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Austin Beutner, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, penned an open letter to Trump on Wednesday, Oct. 7, stating that the president’s letter would politicize relief efforts. “I am writing to inform you Los Angeles Unified will not be including yo...
Tags: News, Education, Government, Charity, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Associated Press, Lausd, Donald Trump, Food Bank, Baker, Flores, Trump, U S Department of Agriculture, Rutgers University