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Division of Boating and Waterways Launches National Safe Boating Week (May 18 – 24)
May 24, 2019
With the official kickoff of the boating season approaching this coming Memorial Day weekend, the Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is reminding water enthusiasts to keep themselves and their loved ones safe during National Safe Boating Week and throughout the year. DBW advises boaters to always check the water conditions­­––whether it’s the California coast or inland rivers and lakes––and their safety equipment, and always wear a life jacket. ... read more »
HUD Awards $492 Million to Help California Recover From 2018 Camp, Hill and Woolsey Wildfires
May 17, 2019
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $492 million to the State of California to support recovery efforts from the 2018 Camp, Hill and Woolsey Wildfires devastating communities in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. This was part of nearly $1.5 billion awarded to support seven states in their recovery from major disasters that occurred last year, including Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Florence and flooding, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in Hawaii. ... read more »
Los Angeles County Community Collaborative Builds Partnerships to Effectively Address the Upstream Drivers of the Opioid Crisis
May 10, 2019
Barbara Ferrer PhD, MPH, MEd is Director of the LA County Department of Public Health and is a nationally known public health leader with over 30 years of professional experience as a philanthropic strategist, public health director, educational leader, researcher and community advocate. She explains that the LAC 3 will bring together organizations throughout LA County to coordinate, collaborate and innovate to deal with the root causes of this public health crisis. ... read more »
Congresswoman Barragán Hosted Town Hall Meeting on Compton Potholes
May 3, 2019
Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) hosted a community town hall regarding residents’ concerns over the growing number of potholes in Compton. During the town hall, Rep. Barragan questioned panelists from the state, county and city regarding funding sources, including Measure “P” and the progress of street repairs in Compton and Unincorporated Compton. Although street repairs are the responsibility of state and local officials, it is among the top issues reported to our office. As a result, constituents received some transparency on sources of funding and spending, and were also given the opportunity to ask questions about the status of repaving their roads. ... read more »
ALERT: Over 1,000 Quarantined in Measles Scare at LA Universities
April 26, 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 1,000 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the U.S., ... read more »
Figures Show 32 Percent Rise in LA DUI Drug Arrests in First Six Months of 2018
April 26, 2019
Los Angeles police today warned people who use now-legal recreational marijuana to designate others to drive in light of figures showing an increase in DUI-drug arrests following the drug's legalization. ... read more »
LAFD Assistant Fire Chief Retires After 38 Years of Service
April 25, 2019
Assistant Fire Chief Kwame Cooper (Courtesy Photo) When Assistant Fire Chief Kwame Cooper joined the Los Angeles City Fire Department 38 years ago, there were less than 80 Blacks out of 3,800 firefighters. ... read more »
Garcetti Nominates Susana Reyes to Join LADWP Board
April 25, 2019
Susana Reyes, who previously served as the director of LADWP's Low- Income Customer Access, would replace outgoing commissioner, Aura Vasquez. ... read more »
Councilmember Curren Price Welcomes South Park Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Officers in Effort to Reduce Crime, Build Relationships
April 18, 2019
In an effort to build a safer and healthy community, Councilmember Curren Price welcomed 10 specifically trained LAPD officers who will be working with local residents to reduce violent crime in the South Park area in Council District 9. The new Community Safety Partnership (CSP) program launched on April 15 aims to build trust between residents and law enforcement by developing sports, recreational and other community programming. ... read more »
FBI Aims to Build Relationship with Los Angeles’ Black Community
April 11, 2019
Members of the organization’s Los Angeles field office visit faith-based and community leaders for an open forum on March 26. ... read more »
L.A. County Halts Use of Popular Weed Killer on County Property
March 22, 2019
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed all departments to stop using a popular weed killer until more is known about its potential health and environmental effects. ... read more »
L.A. County Set to Expand Ban on Smoking in Unincorporated Areas
March 22, 2019
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to expand prohibitions on smoking on county property and in and around bars and restaurants in unincorporated areas, also making clear that smoking includes e-cigarettes and cannabis. ... read more »
African Americans More Likely to Be Misdiagnosed with Schizophrenia, Rutgers Study Finds
March 22, 2019
The study, which appears in a recent issue of the journal Psychiatric Services, examined the medical records of 1,657 people at a community behavioral health clinic that included screening for major depression as part of its assessment for schizophrenia in new patients.   ... read more »
Coastal Commission Approves Sweeping New Environmental Justice Policy to Increase Coastal Protections for All Californians
March 22, 2019
The commission adopted the policy on Friday, March 8 at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. Since 1999, California has passed a series bills advancing the concept of environmental justice, which emerged out of the civil rights movement. In recent years, the push to correct long-standing inequities that have disproportionately burdened lower-income communities of color has been increasing with a number of state agencies working to adopt similar policies. ... read more »
L.A. County Seeks Public Comment on Vision Zero Draft Action Plan for Traffic Safety
March 15, 2019
Zero traffic fatalities on County roadways. That’s the vision. It’s global. It’s local. It’s ambitious. And, it’s vitally important for everyone. Los Angeles County is launching its draft Vision Zero Action Plan to guide the first five years of this effort. It’s a plan with a role for everyone. ... read more »
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