Articles from the March 16, 2023 edition


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  • State Treasurer Fiona Ma Issues Statement on Vote to Support Divestment Legislation at CalPERS Board Meeting

    Mar 16, 2023

    California State Treasurer Fiona Ma today issued the following statement after the CalPERS board voted to take a position on Senate Bill 252: "It's time to take the next step in climate action. Divestment sends a message to companies that have shown little interest in seriously addressing a problem that places human existence in peril for the sake of profits: time's up. The next generation is already making clear that they won't accept climate inaction and we should put our money where our...

  • LA Sanitation & Environment Hosts Community Celebration Inaugurating Venice Dual Force Main Sewer

    Mar 16, 2023

    LOS ANGELES, CA (March 16TH)- Councilwoman Traci Park and other City Officials gathered with the community on Thursday, March 16 to celebrate the inauguration of the Venice Dual Force Main Sewer Project. The Venice Dual Force Main Sewer Project is a new two-mile long 54-inch force sewer main that will operate as a parallel system in conjunction with the existing 48-inch force main. This pipeline provides system redundancy, increases capacity, and allows for inspection and repair of both...

  • Venice Fest Bring Local Crafts For Sale, Food, Vintage Cars, Entertainment And More Saturday

    Mar 16, 2023

    This Saturday, March 18th between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. near 12257 Venice Boulevard in downtown Mar Vista, this one-day event promises to be bigger and better than last year. The previous Venice Fest had over 50,000 attendees Organizers are projecting to have over 100,000 attendees at the Venice Love Fest this year. The event will be a complete takeover of Venice Boulevard with an assortment of LA's most curated brands and over 400 artists. Attendees can expect some of LA's best food trucks,...

  • CPUC Must Reject Proposed SoCalGas Rate Hike Out of Hand

    Mar 16, 2023

    Today the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will be holding a public forum to hear from ratepayers on the gas rate increase request from SoCalGas. If approved, this rate increase would take effect in January 2024 and impact monthly ratepayer bills by an estimated 13.2% per month. Activists and community members are urging the CPUC to deny SoCalGas’s request for a rate hike and to instead transition California away from fossil fuels. Regarding the public forum, Food & Water Watch’s California Director Chirag Bhakta issued the followi...

  • THREE YEARS AFTER COVID LOCKDOWN, UNITED WAY OF GREATER LOS ANGELES SHOWS HOW THE NEXT CRISIS CAN HURT LESS

    Mar 16, 2023

    Los Angeles, CA— As the end of the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency in Los Angeles County approaches, and we remember back to the beginning of the global pandemic, United Way of Greater Los Angeles is excited to share a Community Conversations Report, which reflects the urgent needs of our communities that have not recovered from the pandemic and need increased and significant support to prepare for the next destabilizing event, like a massive earthquake similar to the recent one in Turkey and Syria. The Community Conversations Report was d...

  • CA Court of Appeals Upholds Lower Court Ruling Calling OptumRx's Forced Arbitration Contract Clause "Unconscionable"

    Mar 16, 2023

    Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency (PUTT) applauds the decision by the California Court of Appeals to uphold a lower court’s ruling that the forced arbitration clause included in OptumRx’s pharmacy network contract is unconscionable. Owned by UnitedHealth Group, OptumRx is one of the “Big 3” pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) that together process more than 80% of the patient pharmacy claims submitted through insurance. “We are encouraged by the Court’s decision and congratulate Mark Cuker and Jacobs Law Group for their efforts to...

  • The Pros and Cons of a Vegetarian Diet: What You Need to Know Before You Go Meat-Free

    Mar 16, 2023

    A vegetarian diet is a type of diet that excludes meat, fish, and poultry. Instead, it focuses on plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Vegetarian diets can vary in terms of what they include and exclude. For example, some vegetarians may eat dairy products while others may not; some may eat eggs while others abstain from them; and some may even avoid all animal products. There are also different variations of vegetarianism such as lacto-ovo vegetarians (who...

  • SoCal Roofing & Solar Company Solves Dilemma for Homeowners Facing Expiring NEM 2 Rates with Innovative Program

    Mar 16, 2023

    Roof King Roofing & Solar, a leading provider of roofing and solar solutions, is proud to announce the launch of its Solar Letter of Intent Program (SLIP). With the SLIP program, homeowners can protect their Net Energy Metering (NEM) 2 rates and make informed solar decisions without the pressure of a rushed installation. NEM 2 is a significant incentive program that allows homeowners to save money by selling excess energy generated by their solar panels back to the utility grid. However, NEM 2...

  • Ukraine Focus Delivers First Shipment of Ambulances to Frontlines of War in Ukraine

    Mar 16, 2023

    The American humanitarian relief organization Ukraine Focus delivered its first shipment of ambulances to Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces (TDF), with American volunteers driving the ambulances from Slovakia into Ukraine today. The three ambulances were donated by the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, the Western Henrico (Va.) Rotary Club, and HUMAN Security, a global cybersecurity company. The delivery also included 2,000 winter coats donated by John JD Liu and Frank FY Liu, Chinese-American businessmen. The mission was led by former U.S....

  • The NASCAR Foundation and Speedway Children's Charities to Host NASCAR Day Giveathon

    Mar 16, 2023

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR, The NASCAR Foundation, Speedway Motorsports and Speedway Children's Charities are teaming up to host a 75-hour event to raise funds for nonprofits across the country, as part of the sport's 75th Anniversary celebrations. The Giveathon begins Tuesday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m. ET and goes until 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 19, officially known as "the NASCAR Day Giveathon." The 75-hour giving period will feature a multitude of bonus grants and matching gift donations for no...

  • 49ers Announce Signing of Isaiah Oliver

    Mar 16, 2023

    The San Francisco Forty-Niners have signed cornerback Isaiah Oliver to a two-year contract. The former second round pick out of Colorado, appeared in 12 games last year and held opponents to a passer rating of 72.4 per ProFootballFocus. However, it appears that while he is very good in coverage, his real strength may be against the run. "PFF ranked Oliver 6th against the run out of all cornerbacks in the NFL last year," explains Eric Kaasa. "I know most analysts are saying Oliver is coming in...

  • The Clippers appear to be putting the pieces to the puzzle together

    Mykell Mathieu|Mar 16, 2023

    The Clippers struggled after the All-Star break losing five straight games, but they have looked to be bounce back to their winning ways. Los Angeles has now won four consecutive games with victories against the Memphis Grizzles, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors. " It feels good to be on a winning streak and play well," coach Tyronn Lue said last week. "I knew when we made some changes (near last month's trade deadline) and it was going to take time. We have played...

  • U.S. Attorney's Office Charges 9 Defendants With Child Exploitation Offenses In

    Mar 16, 2023

    LOS ANGELES – Federal authorities today announced a series of child sexual exploitation cases alleging the victimization of minors – sometimes by convicted sex offenders – and charging a range of crimes that include sex trafficking, enticing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and producing child pornography. United States Attorney Martin Estrada, FBI Assistant Director in Charge Donald Alway, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Acting Special Agent in Charge Eddy Wang made the announcement. In eight new cases filed in recen...

  • Silverado Senior Living Management

    Mar 16, 2023

    Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has announced that Silverado Senior Living Management, Inc., and three managers have been charged in connection with 14 COVID-related deaths at its residential care facility in 2020. “The investigation revealed that the Silverado management team was aware of the risks associated with admitting a new resident from a high-risk area and failed to follow the appropriate procedures to protect their employees and the vulnerable people in their care,” District Attorney Gascón said. “These careles...

  • Newsom's Climate Budget Would Slash Funds That Protect California Coast

    Mar 16, 2023

    Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed budget would cut funding for coastal resilience projects almost in half, eliminating more than half a billion dollars of state funds this year that would help protect the coast against rising seas and climate change. The cuts are part of Newsom's proposed $6 billion in reductions to California's climate change programs in response to a projected $22.5 billion statewide deficit. California's coastal resilience programs provide funding for local governments to prepare coastal plans and pay for some projects that...

  • Federal Authorities Seize Internet Domain Selling Malware

    Mar 16, 2023

    As part of an international law enforcement effort, federal authorities in Los Angeles this week seized an internet domain that was used to sell computer malware used by cybercriminals to take control of infected computers and steal a wide array of information. A seizure warrant approved by a United States Magistrate Judge on March 3 and executed on Tuesday led to the seizure of www.worldwiredlabs.com, which offered the NetWire remote access trojan (RAT), a sophisticated program capable of targeting and infecting every major computer operating...

  • Center Theatre Group's College & Career Fair For The Arts

    Mar 16, 2023

    This annual free event designed to help arts-interested students look ahead to college and beyond provides high school students and parents with information about higher education and careers in the creative workforce. High school students as well as parents and high school educators are invited to register and attend Center Theatre Group's College & Career Fair for the Arts. This free event will be at The Music Center Annex in Downtown Los Angeles from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. This annual event hosted by Center Theatre Group,...

  • Award-Winning Student Short Film "Reflections" Released Online

    Mar 16, 2023

    Culver City High School's Academy of Visual & Performing Arts program (AVPA) had to GOT more creative than it's ever been before (and that's saying a lot). CCHS Theatre Creative Director Lee Margaret Hanson and CCMS/CCHS Film Teacher Holly Gable directed a short film called "Reflections", featuring a physically-distanced cast and crew of 28 CCHS female students. The powerful piece of poetry that underscores the film was written by an amazing young woman, Ginger Anderson-Willis, when she was in eighth grade. Now a senior about to graduate from...

  • Arrest on alleged Multimillion-Dollar Frauds Targeting Members of Orthodox Jewish Community

    Mar 16, 2023

    Friday, March 10th, A former resident of the Fairfax District of Los Angeles has been arrested on a criminal complaint alleging he defrauded investors, primarily members of the Orthodox Jewish community, by inducing them into investing millions of dollars in his security camera business and his purported real estate ventures in Israel, the Justice Department announced today. Yossi Engel, 35, who moved to Israel in March 2021 but temporarily returned to the Los Angeles area last month, is charged with one count of wire fraud. Engel was arrested...

  • Applications Opened for multi-billion-dollar program to fund electric vehicle (EV) charging Stations

    Mar 16, 2023

    The administration today opened applications for a new multi-billion-dollar program to fund electric vehicle (EV) charging and alternative-fueling infrastructure in communities across the country and along designated highways, interstates, and major roadways. This is a key step towards the President’s goals of building a national network of 500,000 public EV charging stations and reducing national greenhouse gas emissions by 50%–52% by 2030. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s new Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discr...

  • SBA Disaster News Release – SBA to Open Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Danville

    Mar 16, 2023

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today announced the opening of its Disaster Loan Outreach Center to meet the needs of businesses and individuals who were affected by severe winter storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred Dec. 27, 2022 - Jan. 31, 2023. The center will be located in the Old Town Office beginning Friday, March 17 in Danville. “SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the following center to answer quest...

  • Mayor Karen Bass announces appointment of Councilwoman Katy Yaroslavsky to Metro Board of Directors

    Mar 16, 2023

    LOS ANGELES – Mayor Karen Bass announced today her appointment of Councilwoman Katy Yaroslavsky to the Metro Board of Directors: “Councilwoman Yaroslavsky shares my urgency around confronting Metro’s crises of safety and homelessness head on to save lives and bring people back to LA’s transit system. As Metro expands its network, we will work together to increase equity, sustainability and congestion relief across the County. Councilwoman Yaroslavsky’s experience in County government will ensure that her work will have an impact across Metro, a...

  • UCLA men's basketball earns a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament

    Bill Seals|Mar 16, 2023

    The UCLA men's basketball team, despite a tough loss in the Pac-12 Tournament final, has earned a No. 2 seed in the West Region of the 68-team NCAA Men's basketball tournament. The Bruins, winners of eleven national championships, are in pursuit of a 12th title. No school in the country has won more NCAA men's basketball championships than the storied Bruin basketball program. The Bruins won the regular season title in the Pac-12, but injuries to defensive stars Jaylen Clark and Adem Bona left...

  • What can CCHS boys' basketball team do for an encore?

    Steve Finley|Mar 16, 2023

    The Culver City High School boys' basketball team has reached a new level. They put the school on the Southern California basketball map as one of the best teams in the area after they made it all the way to the State Division III Regional final a few weeks ago. One more victory they would made the trip to Sacramento to play in the State Final. This team went further in the playoffs than any basketball team in Culver City High School Now they have a target on their backs. "It feels great...

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    Mar 16, 2023

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