E-cigarettes and Vaping Can Kill

Update on Lung Illnesses and Deaths Associated with E-cigarettes The LA County Dept of Public Health warns residents about the use of vaping and e-cigarette devices as potentially harmful to proper lung function, and urges residents to STOP VAPING NOW! As of September 19, 2019, there have been 16 reports of serious vaping- associated pulmonary injury and one death associated with e-cigarettes in Los Angeles County. Nationally, there continue to be reports of people showing up in emergency departments with similar symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing, [...]

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LA County Settles Lead Paint Litigation

LA County Settles Lead Paint Litigation, Shares in $305 Million from Paint Companies       The Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health announced the settlement of a lawsuit that will provide significant funding for remediating lead paint hazards in residential housing throughout the County. County Counsels and City Attorneys of 10 CA jurisdictions reached a settlement that will provide hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up the lead paint that poisons tens of thousands of children each year.  Under the settlement, Sherwin-Williams paint, ConAgra, and NL [...]

Why Prop. 10 Failed in California

Door slams on rent control Why Prop. 10 failed in California by Val Carlson Gloria Cortez spoke out for Prop. 10. Her family was “evicted by rent increase” after she complained about mold. With skyrocketing rents, a disastrous housing shortage, and a blue wave cresting in the political arena, a pro-rent control measure should have been a shoo-in on California’s November 2018 ballot. But Proposition 10, which would have overturned the notoriously pro-landlord Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, went down in flames. Why did nearly 60 percent of [...]

February 2019 Community Calendar

Peace vigils: https://change-links.org/ongoing-peace-vigils-and-community-programs/   Other Calendars: https://ocprogressiveevents.info/, https://la.indymedia.org/calendar/, httpss://www.facebook.com/pg/ieprogressivealliance/events/, https://www.activistsandiego.org/event, httpss://vcpjn.org/calendar/ httpss://echoparkfilmcenter.org   On - Going & Continuing Events   Thru Mar 5 - Voting for KPFK Local Station Board listener delegates. See elections.pacifica.org   Weekends, Crenshaw Farmers Market offers farm fresh produce and artisan goods, featuring locally grown favorites. Ties into the mall’s health initiative promoting wellness in the Crenshaw community. The B Fit program includes weekly Zumba, cardio kick and yoga classes, blood pressure screens and annual health & wellness fairs. Contact Sustainable Economic Enterprises [...]

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LA Teachers’ Strike Set for January 10: First in 30 Years

LA Teachers' Strike Set for January 10 by Michael Novick, UTLA-Retired After 20 months of fruitless bargaining and lies and manipulation on the part of LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has announced a strike date of Thursday, January 10 unless there is a settlement as outlined in their contract demands. UTLA is demanding that LAUSD immediately: * use its $1.9 billion in unrestricted reserves to fund smaller class sizes; for more nurses, counselors, and librarians; and to fully fund our schools; * commit [...]

Human Rights in LA: A Long Way to Go

Human Rights in Los Angeles: Still a Long Way to Go by Pete White, LA Community Action Network Groups fighting for human rights in Los Angeles celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on Monday (12/10) by standing up for justice wherever violations occur. Now, the City of Los Angeles needs to do the same. A coalition of organizations — including Los Angeles Community Action Network, Los Angeles Catholic Worker, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Democratic Socialists of America, Black Lives Matter Long [...]

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The Passage of SB 1421: Police Transparency & Accountability

JUSTICE TEAMS NETWORK: ON THE PASSAGE OF SB 1421 by Annie Banks Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 1421, a major reform bill that will give the public access to internal police investigations for the first time in California. Impacted families, community members, and several of the Justice Teams Network anchor organizations across the state worked tirelessly to ensure the passage of the bill. We are encouraged to see California join other states that have taken a significant step towards ensuring public access to police investigative [...]

Proposition 10: Abolish Costa-Hawkins Ban on Rent Control

We Win With Proposition 10 Rent Control Ed. Note: To learn more about the Yes on 10 campaign and how you can get involved in the weeks before the election, you can contact Liz Hirsch at renters@dsa-la.org, who is with the Democratic Socialists of America-LA chapter, which has made repeal of the Costa-Hawkins prohibition on rent control by cities one of its top priorities. httpss://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Los-Angeles-County-Rent-Apartments-Housing-Cost-492959341.htm [Excerpts] Over protests from landlords and real estate brokers, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of [...]

Measure B: A Public Bank for Los Angeles?

A Public Bank for Los Angeles? httpss://www.laprogressive.com/public-bank-for-los-angeles/ [Excerpts] Voters in the city of Los Angeles will be the first in the country to weigh in on a public banking mandate, through Measure B on the November ballot that would allow the city to form its own bank. The City Charter currently prohibits the creation of industrial or commercial enterprises by the city without voter approval. The measure would allow the city to create a public bank, although state and federal law hurdles would still need to be [...]

Other Propositions on the Nov. Ballot

httpss://elections.calmatters.org/2018/california-ballot-measures/ Elections aren’t just about hiring lawmakers to write the laws that govern our state. Sometimes, you the voter, are asked to set some rules yourself. Some ballot measures will invite you to weigh in on the most consequential and controversial issues of the day. The death penalty, marriage equality, marijuana legalization, and basic questions of who should pay for the price of government have all been decided by voters in past elections. This November, affordable housing funding, the price of gas, and rent control will all [...]