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California could get 600,000 acres of new federally protected wilderness

California could get 600,000 acres of new federally protected wilderness

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementCalifornia could get 600,000 new acres of federally protected wilderness under legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate recently. The designation would ensure the lands remain free of development, vehicles and commercial activity.In total, the package introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and co-sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) would expand protections for more than 1 million acres of public land in the state, officials said.“Our public lands and natural spaces are indeed our nation’s greatest treasures,” Padilla...

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Alex Wigglesworth
May 3
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Thousands march around Los Angeles as part of 'Stop Asian Hate' rallies across the country

Thousands march around Los Angeles as part of 'Stop Asian Hate' rallies across the country

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementHundreds of demonstrators gathered in Koreatown on Saturday for a unity rally and march down Olympic Boulevard to demand an end to , including the Atlanta-area killings earlier this month, that have stoked fear and outrage in the community.Drums and chants filled the air as demonstrators marched and lifted signs saying, “#Stop Asian Hate” and “Enough is enough.”At the rally, community leaders, local politicians and activists shared emotional stories about being bullied, scapegoated, discriminated against and treated as if they are...

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Alex Wigglesworth
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Mar 27
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California bill would ban boys' and girls' toy sections in big department stores

California bill would ban boys' and girls' toy sections in big department stores

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementA bill introduced in the California Legislature would require large department stores to stop divvying up toys and child-care items into boys’ and girls’ sections.“In the state of California, where we hope to inspire, for example, more girls to get into science and engineering and mathematics, we want to ensure that those periodic tables and dinosaurs are not in the boys’ section,” said Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell). “We just want to let kids be kids.”Low, chairman of the Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, was a coauthor on the measure with...

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Alex Wigglesworth
Mar 7
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L.A. County teachers, some essential workers eligible for vaccine starting Monday

L.A. County teachers, some essential workers eligible for vaccine starting Monday

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementTeachers and workers in child care, emergency services and food and agriculture will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in Los Angeles County starting Monday, though officials warn that the pace will be slowed by limited supply.Nearly 1.2 million people fall into these newly approved categories, according to . They will join about 2.2 million L.A. County residents who are already eligible to be vaccinated — those who work in healthcare, live in long-term care facilities or are 65 or older. “Opening eligibility to more groups...

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Feb 28
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More Santa Ana winds in Southern California are on the way

More Santa Ana winds in Southern California are on the way

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementParts of Southern California are bracing for another round of potentially damaging Santa Ana winds that could take out trees and power lines and elevate the risk of fire.Locally gusty northerly winds will shift around to the northeast Saturday night into Sunday, peaking in the morning hours before dissipating in the afternoon, said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.“That will be a Santa Ana and it will be a fairly strong one,” Sweet said.The strongest winds are expected in the mountains of Ventura...

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Alex Wigglesworth
Feb 27
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Southern California winds threaten trees and power lines

Southern California winds threaten trees and power lines

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementWinds whipped through swaths of Southern California on Saturday, prompting forecasters to warn of downed trees and power lines.In the Los Angeles area, the strongest winds were blowing in the Santa Clarita and northern San Fernando valleys, where gusts were reaching 50 mph Saturday morning, while West Los Angeles was recording gusts of 30 to 35 mph, said Mike Wofford, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. The winds were expected to pick up slightly throughout the day, with isolated gusts of 65 mph possible in some...

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Alex Wigglesworth
Feb 20
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Some California churches will reopen Sunday after Supreme Court lifts ban on indoor services

Some California churches will reopen Sunday after Supreme Court lifts ban on indoor services

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementSome California churches on Saturday said they planned to reopen their doors this weekend after the U.S. Supreme Court during the pandemic, ruling that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s strict orders appear to violate the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion.Bishop Arthur Hodges, senior pastor of South Bay United Pentecostal Church in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista, called the ruling “a major victory.” “We are thrilled and excited to go back to church without legal threat of fines or arrest,” Hodges said in broadcast on...

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Alex Wigglesworth
Feb 7
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These Southern California officials rallied in Washington. Now they face calls to resign

These Southern California officials rallied in Washington. Now they face calls to resign

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementLeandra Blades visited Washington this week for a self-described girls’ trip to spend time with friends and sightsee.It was like a slumber party with wine, said Blades, who was recently elected to the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Board of Education in Orange County, in an interview streamed online.Except that two days into the sojourn, Blades and her friends attended the rally of Trump supporters that culminated in in which five people died and the nation’s democratic foundation was shaken to its core.Blades, who denies entering the...

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Alex Wigglesworth
Jan 9
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From Costco and Target to TV sitcom sets, L.A. workplaces hit with coronavirus outbreaks

From Costco and Target to TV sitcom sets, L.A. workplaces hit with coronavirus outbreaks

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |Breaking NewsAdvertisementWith Los Angeles County now a leading hot spot of America’s coronavirus crisis, the statistics are hard to process. A person is dying every 10 minutes. And Mayor Eric Garcetti noted Sunday that a person was getting infected every six seconds.But one thing about the pandemic has not changed during the darkest phase: those who suffer most. For those with the means to stay home and the ability and determination to avoid gatherings, COVID-19 has remained a relatively low risk. For people living in crowded conditions and who...

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Jan 4
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California vaccinations could start Monday, but it won't slow COVID-19 crisis imperiling hospitals

California vaccinations could start Monday, but it won't slow COVID-19 crisis imperiling hospitals

Copyright © 2020, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementCalifornia will begin providing the COVID-19 vaccine as early as Monday, but officials warned the initial shipment of roughly 327,000 doses won’t alter the rapidly deteriorating conditions in state hospitals as the virus rages out of control.Medical workers were expected to get the first doses of vaccine through a limited number of hospitals in California that include Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA Health and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Officials expect to get more doses of the vaccine later this month and again in early...

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Dec 12
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