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As Opioid Crisis Hits Home, Black Media Outlets Step Up to Get Word Out
January 3, 2020
By the late 1970s, drug traffickers were shipping so much cocaine to the United States that the street price of the powdered stimulant dealers cook to make crack – the smokable rock form of the stimulant - dropped by nearly 80 percent, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). ... read more »
Calif. Vastly Expands Digital Privacy. Will People Use It?
January 3, 2020
Californians will soon have sweeping digital-privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S., posing a significant challenge to Big Tech and the data economy it helped create. ... read more »
L.A. City Council Gathered for a Public Hearing to Discuss The Ban of Flavored Tobacco, Menthol and Hookah Across The City
December 13, 2019
Reports of illnesses and deaths caused by vaping, many states and health officials have taken a stance on products and the dangers of their consumption. Los Angeles City Council faced the rising issue during a controversial public hearing regarding a city-wide ban of flavored tobacco, menthol cigarettes and hookah. ... read more »
Methods Revealed for De-escalation Among Police at 2nd Annual Community Policing Conference
November 21, 2019
Saturday, November 16 at the St. Anne's Conference Center, gathered 250 community members, academics, and law enforcement to discuss how to re-define public safety. The objective was to share insight on community-based strategies to combat police escalations leading to the fatality of civilian life. The format of the discussion was broken up into two parts; the shared responsibility for peace and the paradigm shifts of power between community and city government. This event was hosted by the LA County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission and the Department of Public health. ... read more »
Investigation Finds California Cops With Criminal Convictions Still on the Job
November 21, 2019
A group of USA Today Network publications in California launched an investigation into how California deals with cops who commit crimes. ... read more »
On Gun Violence, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson says ‘Enough is Enough’
November 21, 2019
During the California Democratic Convention in Long Beach, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Los Angeles) led a rally to “End Gun Violence” outside the convention Center. ... read more »
Harris Introduces Comprehensive Legislation to Protect Communities from Growing Threat of Wildfires
November 15, 2019
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday announced the Wildfire Defense Act, comprehensive legislation to help communities—especially in California—implement science-based methods for mitigating wildfire damage and defending life and property. Harris’ bill would provide local communities with up to $10 million dollars to implement a Community Wildfire Defense Plan to ensure they are resilient in the face of the growing wildfire threat before disaster strikes.   ... read more »
Californians Need Mental Health Care Now More Than Ever. Now is Not the Time to Abandon Them.
November 8, 2019
As California deals with raging wildfires and unprecedented power shut-offs, residents are grappling with the roller coaster of emotions that often come with personal loss and an uncertain future. The reality is many residents who have been displaced will need mental health and other support services as they try to piece their lives back together.  ... read more »
West Basin Kicks Off Annual Winter Rain Barrel Giveaways to District Residents
November 7, 2019
West Basin Municipal Water District is hosting a series of distribution events to give away free rain barrels to qualified District residents. The 55-gallon eco-friendly rain barrels help residents collect rainwater to use for landscaping and prevent runoff to storm drains. ... read more »
Information About Fire Preparedness
November 1, 2019
It’s important that you wear a breathing mask if you smell smoke. Don’t wait until you see ash floating in the air. Check the air quality at https://airnow.gov/.  ... read more »
Council President Asks Cannabis Head to Suspend Special Retail Applications
November 1, 2019
Amid questions about the fairness of the process and potential problems with the online application system, City Council President Herb Wesson announced today he has asked the Department of Cannabis Regulation to suspend processing of requests for specialized marijuana retail licenses. ... read more »
Residents Demand Greater Restrictions from City on Oil, Gas Drilling
October 18, 2019
Members of a Los Angeles City Council committee today asked for additional information before moving ahead with a proposal requiring more buffer space between oil- and gas-drilling sites and sensitive areas and restricting new extraction sites. ... read more »
South Coast AQMD Issues Smoke Advisory Due to Four Fires in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties
October 11, 2019
This advisory is in effect through Saturday morning. South Coast AQMD will issue an update if additional information becomes available. ... read more »
Urgent Fire Weather Message – Red Flag Warning
October 9, 2019
The National Weather Service has announced that a moderate to strong Santa Ana wind event will bring widespread critical fire weather conditions to Los Angeles County beginning early Thursday morning and continuing through Friday evening, possibly into Saturday. The combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can lead to the increased possibility of a wildfire event. ... read more »
October 2019 State Scam Alerts
October 4, 2019
October is National Cyber Security Month and there are three keys to staying safe online: Own it, Secure it, and Protect it. The “it” is your digital profile –  the personal things about yourself that you put online.  Living in the digital age means putting a lot of personal information online like your home address, where you work, family members, and much more. Keeping that information safe requires a bit of work. First, you need to own itby understanding what you’re putting out there (such as what you’re posting on social media). Next, you have to secure itwith strong passwords or using a password manager and enabling two-step authentication where available. Lastly, you need to protect itby staying current with the latest security updates on your devices and using Public Wi-Fi safely. Learn more at staysafeonline.org. ... read more »
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