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Government Plans to Ban Flavors Used in E-Cigarettes
September 13, 2019
The federal government will act to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, responding to a recent surge in underage vaping that has alarmed parents, politicians and health authorities nationwide. ... read more »
South Coast AQMD finds justice for Blacks, Latinos and underserved communities
September 12, 2019
Three underserved communities will soon see improvements in air quality following action taken by the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Governing Board. The Governing Board today adopted emissions reduction plans that will cut exposure to toxic air pollution in the communities of: Wilmington/West Long Beach/Carson; San Bernardino/Muscoy; and Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles/West Commerce. ... read more »
L.A. City Council Votes to Allow Police to Remove People from Fire Zones
September 6, 2019
Los Angeles police will have the authority to order homeless people out of encampments in high-risk fire-danger areas during heightened wildfire conditions under an ordinance approved by the City Council.  ... read more »
LAHSA Ad Hoc Committee Holds A Follow-Up Hearing to Discuss Black People Experiencing Homelessness and Ways to End the Epidemic
September 5, 2019
The panel discussion was open to the public and moderated by Mary Lee, committee chair Jacqueline Waggoner, and vice-chair Kelli Bernard. Committee members included were, Va Lecia Adams, Chancela Al-Mansour, Edward Anderson, Jack Barbour, Wendell Blassingame, Rachel Brashier, Oliver Buie, Chela Demuir-Cartier, Brian Ford, Robin Hughes, Janet Kelly, Monique King-Viehland, Veronica Lewis, Juataun Mark, Nova Mirari, Anita Nelson, Alisa Orduna, Molly Rysman, Suzette Shaw, Brenda Shockley, Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, Sean Spear, Reba Stevens and Pete White, Dhakshike Wickrema.   ... read more »
Mysterious Vaping Lung Injuries May Have Flown Under Regulatory Radar
August 30, 2019
Then she saw three more patients at her Utah telehealth clinic with similar symptoms. They did not have infections, but all had been vaping. When Harris heard several teenagers in Wisconsin had been hospitalized in similar cases, she quickly alerted her state health department. ... read more »
College Dormitory Safety: A Lesson in Preventable Hazards
August 26, 2019
Awareness and education are key to electrical safety on and off campus It might not be up there with calculus, algebra and economics for students, but  ...   ... read more »
Recall Release: OLYMPIA MEATS RECALLS READY-TO-EAT PORK SAUSAGE PRODUCTS DUE TO MISBRANDING AND UNDECLARED ALLERGENS
August 26, 2019
Olympia Meats, a Portland, Ore., establishment is recalling approximately 198 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) pork sausage products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains pistachios (tree nuts), a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.  ... read more »
California Fire Safe Council Announces Over $2 Million in Grants to Support Wildfire Reduction Projects in 17 At-Risk Counties Across California
August 23, 2019
California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) is pleased to announce it has awarded over $2 million in federal grant funds to 21 at-risk California communities in 17 counties to conduct wildfire risk reduction projects. ... read more »
Aerial Inspections of Electrical Equipment Help Reduce Risk
August 19, 2019
Southern California Edison has a comprehensive Wildfire Mitigation Plan intended to protect against and mitigate fire ignitions that may be associated with utility infrastructure. Residents in Baldwin Hills and Ladera Heights may see SCE aircraft on a regular basis over the next few months inspecting poles and equipment on poles. ... read more »
50 years after the 911 system was launched, L.A. County Fire Department struggles to keep up with soaring call rate
August 16, 2019
On August 1, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) held a press briefing at Station No. 31 in Paramount to discuss its most pressing challenges in the face of a growing call volume and intensifying wildfires. Fire Chief Daryl Osby and Assistant Fire Chief Eleni Pappas sat on a large panel of firefighters and paramedics, who shared their stories from the frontlines. Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn also spoke on the panel, urging the media to inform the public of their role in improving the fourth-busiest fire department in the country. ... read more »
Were You Affected by The Equifax Hack? Here’s How to File a Claim for Compensation
August 8, 2019
It has been nearly two years since Equifax announced that a historically massive data breach left the personal information over 147 million people (almost half of all Americans) vulnerable to theft. The consumer credit reporting giant agreed last month to a $700 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and 50 states and territories, $425 million of which has been set aside to compensate victims of the breach. ... read more »
Terrazas and LAFD Blaze Trails Towards a Safer City
August 8, 2019
Excelling in a variety of incidents has helped LAFD chalk-up impressive statistics in preserving life and property and promoting public safety.  Last year, the department answered to 382,128 emergency medical calls, 4,024 structural fires and 66,674 additional incidents.  Response times to all calls occurred in less than seven minutes, which many consider a significant feat in light of L.A.’s congested streets. ... read more »
Southland’s Third Summer Heat Wave Begins
August 2, 2019
The heat wave results from high pressure aloft spreading into Southern California, combined with a weakening in the onshore flow, said National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan. Temperatures will begin declining Monday. ... read more »
Lime and LAPD Partner for ‘First Ride’ Safety Academy
July 18, 2019
Continuing its commitment to safety, today Lime, partnering with the LAPD, kicked off its inaugural LA “First Ride Academy.”  First time Lime riders joined Lime representatives to learn how to safely operate and ride scooters. The event is the start of First Ride Academies that will be held over the next several weeks. These training courses will improve familiarity with scooters so riders know the basics of safe scooter riding and responsible parking. ... read more »
Advocacy Groups Call L.A. County Mental Health Jails ‘Potential Death Traps’
July 18, 2019
Black Lives Matter co founder Patrisse Cullors along with advocacy group Reform L.A. Jails, launched the #CancelMcCarthyContract campaign this month, in an effort to stave off Los Angeles County’s proposed Mental Health Jail to be built downtown. ... read more »
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