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2 Injured in South Los Angeles Explosion Following Gasoline Leak
March 17, 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tanker truck leaking gasoline caught fire and caused an explosion that injured two people and sent up a huge plume visible across Los Angeles on Sunday, ... read more »
WATCH: Nate King Cole Rare Performance, Today the Legend Turns 100-March 17
March 17, 2019
Complete wold famous BBC TV special from 1963 September by Nat King Cole in HD resolution. ... read more »
Thousands Gather in Nairobi to Clean Up the Earth
March 15, 2019
Heads of state, government ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and grassroots activists are gathering in Nairobi this week for the fourth UN Environment Assembly - the world’s top body on the environment. ... read more »
Algerian President Bows to Thousands Demanding His Resignation
March 15, 2019
Weeks of mass protests across Algeria ended in victory for thousands of demonstrators who had been urging the gravely ill President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down. ... read more »
Insufficient Training for Pilots Suspected in Deadly Ethiopian Crash
March 15, 2019
53 minutes. That was the length of time approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) for pilot training on the upgraded Boeing 737 Max 8 jet that crashed Sunday in Ethiopia killing all aboard, according to a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association. ... read more »
Mayor Garcetti, WRD, and LADWP Enter into Agreement to Secure Sustainable Water Independence
March 15, 2019
The Water Replenishment District (WRD) has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to create the Joint Los Angeles Basin Replenishment and Extraction Master Plan (Master Plan).  ... read more »
Harris, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Limit Use of Solitary Confinement
March 15, 2019
U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) last week introduced legislation to reduce the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) use of solitary confinement and improve conditions for inmates separated from the general prison population.  ... read more »
HAMMER FORUM: The Growing YIMBY Movement
While NIMBY (an acronym for the phrase “Not in My Backyard”) has become a common position, rising housing costs have spurred a new grassroots YIMBY movement, whose members favor development, density, and accessibility. YIMBY activist Sonja Trauss, housing advocate and Abode Communities president Robin Hughes, and moderator Dana Cuff of UCLA cityLAB discuss the intersection of class and economic issues surrounding urban development. ... read more / view event »
Successful Meeting On LGBTQ Issues Held Feb. 21, 2019
March 15, 2019
Making the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and its nine colleges more hospitable and responsive to LGBTQ students, faculty and staff was the topic of a meeting recently chaired by LACCD Board of Trustees member David Vela.  Joining the meeting was District Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, Ph.D.; Mr. Eddie Martinez, Executive Director of the Latino Equity Alliance and representatives for the District’s employee and faculty labor groups. ... read more »
Speaker Pelosi, Reps. Roybal-Allard, Velázquez, and Clarke Introduce Dream and Promise Act to Protect Dreamers and Recipients of TPS and DED
March 15, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) and Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Nydia Velázquez (NY-07), and Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) announced the introduction of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act.  Speaker Pelosi has the power to assign the bill numbers H.R. 1 through H.R. 10 for this Congress, and the Dream and Promise Act’s designation as H.R. 6 underscores its status as a priority of the House Majority.  The bill is the 116th Congress’s version of the Dream Act, a bill which has been introduced since 2001 to allow the U.S.-raised immigrant youth known as “Dreamers” to earn lawful permanent residence and American citizenship.  However, H.R. 6 includes protections and a path to citizenship not just for Dreamers, but also for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries.  Speaker Pelosi and the bill’s three co-authors, Congresswomen Roybal-Allard, Velázquez, and Clarke, announced H.R. 6 today at a press event with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-05), Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), fellow House Democrats, and Dreamer and TPS individuals covered by the legislation.  204 House Members have signed on to H.R. 6. ... read more »
PACIFIC FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL RELEASES ALTERNATIVES FOR 2019 WEST COAST OCEAN SALMON FISHERIES
March 15, 2019
The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted three alternative season structures for 2019 ocean salmon fisheries off of Washington, Oregon and California today for public review. The Council will make a final decision on salmon seasons at its meeting in Rohnert Park, California, on April 11-15. Detailed information about season starting dates, areas open, and catch limits for all three alternatives are available on the Council’s website at www.pcouncil.org.   ... read more »
Chairwoman Roybal-Allard Statement at DHS Appropriations Hearing on Disaster Recovery
March 15, 2019
House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) led the subcommittee’s hearing today regarding an update on recovery efforts for 2017 and 2018 disasters.  The witness was Federal Emergency Management Agency Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor. ... read more »
LAX Soars in World Airport Rankings, Moves to Fourth Busiest in the World, No. 10 Busiest Cargo Operation Globally
March 15, 2019
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has regained its position as the fourth busiest commercial airport in the world, while also growing in the global rankings for its cargo operations, according to Airports Council International (ACI) World data released, which can be viewed here.  ... read more »
UNCF Celebrates 75 Years of Investing in Better Futures at National DC Gala
March 15, 2019
During an historic night—in more ways than one—UNCF (United Negro College Fund) celebrated its 75th anniversary at its national UNCF “A Mind is…” Gala in Washington, DC, March 7. The event helped the storied organization reach new fundraising heights, raising more than it ever has during a single event—$3.4 million—for UNCF’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The event, whose title echoes the group’s iconic motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,”® celebrated the founding of the organization by Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) president Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson with backing from corporate leaders led by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Coca Cola President Robert W. Woodruff. ... read more »
L.A. City Council President Calls for Expungement of Pot Convictions
March 15, 2019
City Council President Herb Wesson today expressed his support for accelerating the expungement and resentencing of cannabis- related convictions in greater Los Angeles. ... read more »
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