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Republicans in California most opposed to taking COVID-19 vaccine, poll shows

Republicans in California most opposed to taking COVID-19 vaccine, poll shows

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |Breaking NewsAdvertisementSkepticism about the COVID-19 vaccine has fallen steadily in California as inoculations increase. But resistance still remains particularly high among one group: Republicans. In a poll released late Tuesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, 26% of registered Republicans said they will definitely not get vaccinated, and 13% said they probably won’t be. The 39% hesitancy rate is the highest of any group surveyed.The poll of 1,706 adult residents mirrors similar results in other recent U.S. polls and challenges...

Mar 31
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California's vaccine eligibility is expanding — if you live in the right places

California's vaccine eligibility is expanding — if you live in the right places

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementIn parts of the Bay Area, anyone who is 50 or older can get the COVID-19 vaccine right away. In San Diego, health officials are vaccinating anyone with asthma or Type 1 diabetes. And in San Francisco, the shot is available to anyone who is HIV positive or is considered obese. As COVID-19 vaccine supplies increase, a growing number of California’s 61 health departments have broken with state health guidelines and made the shots available to potentially millions of additional people, sparking joy among locals, and frustration and envy...

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Mar 24
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Sean Penn fires back at criticism over his COVID-19 vaccine site: 'Betrayal of all'

Sean Penn fires back at criticism over his COVID-19 vaccine site: 'Betrayal of all'

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementIn New Orleans, Sean Penn lifted people out of Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters, traversing the swamped city in a boat. A few years later after the earthquake in Haiti, there he was, hauling heavy bags on his own shoulders alongside locals.Now, the two-time Oscar-winning actor and disaster relief philanthropist is deploying his organization’s army of volunteers and staff at COVID-19 vaccine sites in Los Angeles and testing sites across the U.S., earning praise for taking action when the government came up short. But not everyone is so...

Feb 3
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The wealthy scramble for COVID-19 vaccines: 'If I donate $25,000 ... would that help me?'

The wealthy scramble for COVID-19 vaccines: 'If I donate $25,000 ... would that help me?'

Copyright © 2020, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementThey’re offering tens of thousands of dollars in cash, making their personal assistants pester doctors every day, and asking whether a five-figure donation to a hospital would help them jump the line. The COVID-19 vaccine is here — and so are the wealthy people who want it first. “We get hundreds of calls every single day,” said Dr. Ehsan Ali, who runs Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor. His clients, who include Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, pay between $2,000 and $10,000 a year for personalized care. “This is the first time where I...

Dec 18
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Here's how California plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in coming weeks

Here's how California plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in coming weeks

Copyright © 2020, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementWith U.S. regulators expected to clear the way this week for the first COVID-19 vaccine, California could soon begin its historic and complex rollout of millions of immunizations, a much-anticipated turning point in a state where over 20,000 people have been killed by the virus.Though it is unclear exactly when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will grant emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the move could come as soon as Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said this week.Get our free Coronavirus Today...

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Dec 10
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L.A. Metro cuts budget by $1.2 billion, locking in steep reductions to bus, rail service

L.A. Metro cuts budget by $1.2 billion, locking in steep reductions to bus, rail service

Copyright © 2020, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementPummeled by a plunge in sales tax revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday locked in steep cuts to Los Angeles County bus and rail service for nearly a year. Metro’s directors voted 12 to 1 to approve a $6-billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year, a $1.2-billion reduction from 2020. The plan extends previously temporary cuts to bus and rail service, and trims the budgets for dozens of other Metro initiatives, including new rail lines and behind-the-scenes planning work. As restaurants...

Sep 25
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California's COVID-19 positivity rate drops below 3% for the first time

California's COVID-19 positivity rate drops below 3% for the first time

Copyright © 2020, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementThe share of Californians who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week dipped below 3% for the first time, a sign that the Golden State is finally starting to beat back the spread of the coronavirus, officials said Monday. Just 3.1% of Californians who were tested over the last two weeks received a positive result, and that ratio dropped to 2.8% in the last seven days, state officials said. Hospitals in California are treating the fewest patients with the virus since April, and admissions to the state’s intensive care units have...

Sep 22
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‘Like Armageddon’: Rotting food, dead animals and chaos at postal facilities amid cutbacks

‘Like Armageddon’: Rotting food, dead animals and chaos at postal facilities amid cutbacks

Copyright © 2020, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementSix weeks ago, U.S. Postal Service workers in the high desert town of Tehachapi, Calif., began to notice crates of mail sitting in the post office in the early morning that should have been shipped out for delivery the night before. At a mail processing facility in Santa Clarita in July, workers discovered that their automated sorting machines had been disabled and padlocked.And inside a massive mail-sorting facility in South Los Angeles, workers fell so far behind processing packages that by early August, gnats and rodents were...

August 20, 2020
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As Scooters Flood Los Angeles, the Number of Tickets Written to Riders is Soaring

As Scooters Flood Los Angeles, the Number of Tickets Written to Riders is Soaring

As the number of electric scooters across Los Angeles has spiked, so has the number of tickets issued to their riders. The Los Angeles Police Department wrote 800 tickets to riders on the zippy electric vehicles between January of 2018 and mid-July, and cited them for more than 900 violations, according to city data analyzed by The Times. For the record:The ticketing rate rose sharply this summer as police officers targeted riders on the city’s narrow and sometimes crowded sidewalks, the data show. In June, officers wrote 249 citations, a 1,815% increase compared with the same time last...

August 24, 2019
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