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KABC-TV
KABC-TV

500 Circle Seven Dr
Glendale, CA 91201   Directions

(818) 863-7777

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"LA Pride 50th Anniversary Celebration" on ABC7 will pay tribute to the history of the LGBTQ+ community in Los Angeles
05/29/2020 8:12am

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Pride Month events have been reimagined through the special presentation, and with digital initiatives in a new partnership with iHeartMedia Los Angeles.

Derek Chauvin history: Officer accused in George Floyd's death opened fire on 2 people, had 17 complaints
05/29/2020 8:05am

He opened fire on two people during his 19-year career and had nearly 20 complaints and two letters of reprimand filed against him.

Nine arrested at Black Lives Matter protest in Fontana as rocks and bottles thrown at cars, buildings
05/29/2020 7:52am

Rocks and bottles were thrown at a Black Lives Matter protest in Fontana.

Trump calls George Floyd death 'shocking,' calls protesters 'thugs'
05/29/2020 7:38am

President Trump called protesters thugs and said that when the looting starts, the shooting starts.

CVS opening 91 new drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in California
05/29/2020 7:19am

CVS is expanding its COVID-19 testing program by opening 91 more sites across California at select drive-thru locations.

KCBS-TV
KCBS-TV

4200 Radford Ave
Studio City, CA 91604   Directions

(818) 655-2000

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Report: Dodgers Pitcher David Price Paying $1,000 Of His Own Money To Each Minor Leaguer Not On 40-Man Roster
05/29/2020 8:12am

The newly acquired Dodgers starter is reportedly lending a helping hand to the teams minor league players.

Trump On Violence During George Floyd Protests: ‘When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts’
05/29/2020 7:54am

President Trump on Friday called protesters in Minneapolis thugs and vowed that when the looting starts, the shooting starts.

George Floyd Protests Rage Across Minneapolis, Police Precinct Set Ablaze
05/29/2020 7:14am

Minneapolis has entered the fourth day of unrest in the aftermath of George Floyds death, with rioters taking over the police departments 3rd Precinct building late Thursday night.

LAPD Chief Says Demonstrations ‘Should Be Occurring’ As Protesters Gather Downtown For Second Night
05/29/2020 1:10am

Groups of people protesting police brutality following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in the custody of Minneapolis police, took to the streets Thursday for the second night in a row.

Medical Researchers Raise Concerns Over Coronavirus Antibody Tests
05/29/2020 1:00am

Quest launched a program this week for employers, which is calls Return To Work. The program includes antibody tests as well as diagnostic tests.

KNBC-TV
KNBC-TV

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608   Directions

(818) 684-4444

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KTTV
KTTV

1999 S Bundy Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90025   Directions

(310) 584-2000

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Press-Telegram (Long Beach)
Press-Telegram (Long Beach)

727 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90844   Directions

(562) 435-1161

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The Beachcomber
The Beachcomber

5199 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90804   Directions

(562) 597-8000

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All Mine!
05/21/2020 5:58pm

Clare Flahertys 12-week-old Cocker Spaniel, Daisy Mae, recently enjoyed snuggling up to her copy of the Beachcomber.Category: News

School Board Nixes Pleas for Letter Grades
05/21/2020 4:57pm

By:Bill PearlLBUSDs School Board voted 5-0 on May 20 to support a policy announced by LBUSD staff on April 16 without a prior board vote that will give LBUSD high school students a credit/no credit mark on their record with no option to opt in to receive the letter grade they earned in the current COVID-19 impacted semester.The action came despite an online petition that garnered over 1,600 signatures, created by Millikan High sophomore Riley Cantrell, that urged letting students opt-in for a letter grade, stating that not allowing the option of a letter grade would harm their college application competitiveness.May 20 public testimony was nearly unanimous in urging an opt-in letter grade choice.Some examples: Corliss Lee: Eastside Voice, president: Students are still going to have compete for seats in university and colleges and their GPA matters. If they have done the work, they deserve the grade. Taking away a grade they worked for is an unnecessary penalty.Millikan High English teacher David Poerschke said not allowing students to receive a letter grade does many of our students a disservice I cant help but sense that in the next three years, a LBUSD high school students transcripts with credit for courses this semester and grades for all the others will not be given the same consideration in college admission decisions as the student from another district who has letter grades for all semesters on his or her transcript.Christy Brown: My child has a chance to become a National Merit Scholar based on his PSAT score in which he scored in the 99th percentile. Taking away students grades ... could harm students ability to receive merit and academic scholarship. This could harm students financially.Ann Cantrell, a retired teacher and petition-initiator Riley Cantrells grandmother, said not allowing an opt-in for a letter grade would put LBUSD students at a disadvantage especially AP students who would have received 5 GPA points for an A grade. Their cumulative grade point average will be lower than students from those districts allowing a choice.Petition-initiator Riley Cantrell said: Plenty of other districts around the country are giving their students a choice. We are the minority who cannot choose what we want. Students with letter grades will have higher GPAs than ours. They will be accepted into colleges over us. We are at a higher probability of failure. All our countless hours spent studying and completing assignments will not be accounted for.The sole public testimony against an opt-in provision came from Californians For Justice, which described itself as working for educational equity and racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low income families and the LGBTQ communities. It urged the board to not provide an opt-in option.Passing a last-minute, opt-in option will further exacerbate inequalities and the achievement gap within the district for the benefit of a privileged few. To keep expectations of grades the same when folks are worried about having stable housing, food to eat and family members who are essential workers that are putting their lives at risk is inhumane. It does not center equity or inclusion for all LBUSD students.Superintendent Chris Steinhauser told the board simply: Staff is not recommending that we change that policy for numerous reasons why we started the policy. And just for clarification there are many districts in the state as well as the nation that are doing a credit/no credit policy. Just a few in California are San Francisco, Palo Alto, Irvine, Garden Grove and Long Beach, just to mention a few.School board member Dr. Juan Benitez represents Central LB area made a motion To continue current policy regarding grades. Is it equitable for our students with limited to no opportunity, for our students with limited to no resources, for our students with varying levels and degrees or varying ability, for our students with limited to no options, to compete with some students that because of their opportunities and resources and privileges.And its not to blame one of the other, but because of these privileges and resources and capital that theyve been afforded that they would get much further ahead and would get the opportunity to get much further ahead. No matter how hard our struggling students are trying, theyre not on an equal playing field. The philosophy behind our no harm policy on no grading upholds our commitment to equality for all.ELB School board representative Diana Craighead whose district includes Millikan High seconded Dr. Benitezs motion but didnt respond to his description of privilege. She said a Press-Telegram article had indicated L.A.s school district lets its students receive in June whatever grade theyd earned by March 13 with no risk of a lower grade. I kind of take offense to comparing our policy of credit/no credit when youre being put up against this policy of giving grades when theres not a true value to those grades. She said LBUSD is doing the right thing and supports the districts policy.Boardmember Megan Kerr whose district includes North Long Beach said shed made her feelings known on her public Facebook page. On May 12, she wrote on her page in pertinent part:Allowing students an opt-in for letter grades to enable them to get ahead or to be even more competitive is fundamentally unjust. It does a grave disservice to those who do not have the opportunity, through no fault of their own, to invest additional time in their studies during this pandemic. It would exacerbate the already large opportunity gap we experience in our district.At the May 20 Board meeting, Boardmember Kerr added: Were not harming folks by not allowing them to get an advantage over their peers. What were saying is no student has control for whats happening in the world and in their home and with their employment status and so were going to relieve the burden of feeling like they have to over-perform just to stay even with their peers.Immediately before the vote, ELB Boardmember Craighead added: For those students who are high achieving, for those students who have an excellent work ethic and for those students who have goals of attending the school of their dream and everything else, stay at it, keep working, stay motivated, you will be rewarded for your efforts and just, you know, congratulations on doing so well but continue to do that.A specifically agendized vote on the opt-in issue might not have come to LBUSDs elected board if not for LBUSDs process that lets the public request the agendizing of a specific issue if the superintendent agrees, its done. Ann Cantrell was one of two parents who did so.The Long Beach City Council doesnt currently let the public agendize items for council voted action. The public lost that right over twenty years ago in a stealthful removal that LBs current Mayor and Councilmembers havent changed.By mid-1996, Mayor ONeill elected two years earlier had grown less tolerant of residents objecting to things she wanted done. Petitions and a lawsuit flew over a proposed pay-for-play sports complex in El Dorado Park.Meanwhile, across town, pre-internet faxes flew over a port-desired plan to bulldoze the LB Naval Station with ample high-rise housing, a gymnasium and swimming pool for what video-journalist Huell Howser later derided as a container yard.Mayor ONeill showed her disdain for individuals she didnt name during an August 1996 meeting of CA delegates to the Democrats National Convention. After thanking President Clintons administration for COPS grants, HUD and EDA assistance, Mayor ONeill stated: Dont listen to the CAVE people, those are Citizens Against Virtually Everything for which she was cheered and applauded.In that atmosphere, an item quietly appeared on the June 11, 1996 City Council agenda listed as changing the order of business at the council meetings that erased an item of council business communications from the public which were items put on the council agenda by members of the public.The vote was 9-0: Yes: Oropeza, Lowenthal Alan, Drummond, Clark, Robbins, Topsy-Elvord, Donelon, Kellogg, Shultz. And poof, the publics ability to agendize council items disappeared.LBs current mayor and council could move to restore the publics former right to agendize items for council action on any Tuesday, but thus far havent done so.Bill Pearl is the online publisher of LBReport.com.Category: News

Mystery of Missing Isolation Trailers Solved
05/21/2020 4:55pm

City Squanders $76500By:Stephen DowningIn a Beachcomber story originally published on April 13 entitled LBPD Brass Condemned for Neglect, it was reported that LBPD sources expressed concern about officers being deterred by department brass from going into self-isolation after having been in the presence of COVID-19 victims.Specific reference was made to public complaints made by officer Mary Katherine Covarubias that LBPD officers were generally not being protected from COVID-19 exposures.Officer Covarubias explicitly denounced LBPD brass alleging her colleague, K-9 Officer Mike Parcells, was not allowed to be tested after being exposed to a felony suspect determined to be COVID-19 infected and was subsequently denied his request for isolation in one of the many empty allotted trailers that we spent a lot of money on and made him spend his own money because he did not want to stay at home for fear of exposing his family.Following publication of that story, the Beachcomber learned after examining video footage of as many as 20 mobile homes in place at the LBPD academy parking lot that the mobile homes had been removed.As a result of that finding the Beachcomber emailed the Long Beach Joint Information Command Post JIC and asked to what use the trailers were put, why they were moved, where they were taken and to what use the city intends to put them, if any.The JIC spokesman refused to offer any details, told the Beachcomber to file a Public Records Act request and concluded the communication with the statement: We have no additional information to offer.The Beachcomber filed a public records PRA request on April 21.On May 18 the city responded to the PRA by providing 13 pages of documents that detailed acquisition and invoice records related to the rental of 20 mobile homes from a vendor in Phoenix Arizona.Examination of text messages contained within the document response ultimately lead the Beachcomber to Sandy Wedgewood, director of the Long Beach Public Health Emergency Management Division.Wedgewood acknowledged that her department approved the 20 trailers once located at the Police Academy Park for the purpose of isolating COVID-19 exposed and diagnosed individuals, which included residents, first responders and other city employees.Wedgewood said that isolation housing was a requirement of the federal government as part of a COVID-19 emergency grant program.She said that at the time the department was required to comply with the grant isolation facility requirement, city hotel and motel owners insisted on charging their full rates.Wedgewood said the rental of the 20 mobile homes at that time was less expensive and she therefore approved their acquisition on a month-to-month basis.Within a matter of a week following delivery of the mobile home trailers, the hotel and motel owners saw the COVID-19 Stay at Home orders eliminated most of their business and subsequently offered to lower their rates for the purpose of the isolation and quarantine needs approved by the Health Department.Wedgewood said that the rates offered by the hotel and motel owners was less than the cost of the mobile homes and the decision was made to end the month-to-month lease.According to invoices acquired by the Beachcomber through the PRA, the one-month mobile home package totaled $76,500, which included a delivery, setup, tear-down and pickup fee for 20 trailers totaling $15,900 sheets, pillows, kitchenware and toiletries $2,500 and a security deposit of $5,000.The monthly rental cost for the 20 one-bedroom, kitchen and living area equipped mobile homes was $53,100 or an average of $2,655 per unit per month. According to city records the mobile homes were delivered and set up March 21 and removed on April 16.Wedgewood said to her knowledge the mobile homes were never used.The contract agreement between the city and the vendor OnSite Temp Housing Inc. of Phoenix Arizona indicates that their price quote does not include the cost for utility installation if electric, sewer and water are not ready and available at the time of trailer delivery.The emergency division manager did not know if the utilities were ever installed by the city. She said, I never visited the site after they were delivered.Since contracting with motel and hotel vendors, Wedgewood said that the overall isolation approvals by the health department for COVID-19 related use of city hotel and motels has totaled 60 to 70 with as many as 20 isolations in one week all of which rotate out once the isolation period has expired.The isolation approvals include first responders and other city employees, she said, but most prefer to isolate at home.When asked about Officer Parcells experience with the LBPD denying his use of the trailers, Wedgewood said that she was never made aware of the situation or of the officers request to self-isolate at city expense.Downing is a Long Beach resident and retired LAPD deputy chief.stephen.beachcombergmail.com.Category: News

City’s ‘Safer at Home’ Order Continues
05/21/2020 4:53pm

By:Kirt RamirezAs the novel coronavirus continues to spread, Long Beachs Safer at Home order will carry on.The citys Safer at Home order was set to be lifted May 15. However, a revised order was issued May 13 indicating beaches and dog parks would reopen for non-stationary, recreational activity. And outdoor museums could open outdoor areas to the public as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.Essential businesses that were open before can continue to remain open as long as people stay at least six feet apart from each other to prevent the highly contagious COVID-19 disease from spreading.And May 8, the city allowed various retail businesses that were considered nonessential to reopen for curbside pickup and delivery services, such as home furnishings, floral, book, antique, toy, jewelry, music and sporting goods stores.Our decisions to slowly reopen our economy are based on state guidelines, health indicators and data, Mayor Robert Garcia said in a press release statement May 8. I am hopeful that with the communitys support and cooperation, we will continue to stay healthy and physical distance.The press release adds that trails and their associated parking lots will reopen, golf courses may open and car dealership showrooms may open, pending adherence to the citys recommendations and safety protocols.Regarding face masks, Face coverings are required when in close contact with other people but are not required while engaging in physically-distanced exercise, the release adds.And street sweeping tickets resumed this week after nine weeks of amnesty.Meanwhile, the Safer at Home order will remain in effect until further notice.In the 22-page order signed by City Manager Thomas Modica and available on the citys LongBeach.gov website, it indicates: Existing community transmission of COVID-19 in the city continues to present a substantial risk of harm to health of the citys residents.Evidence suggests that the restrictions and requirements imposed by the Health Officers prior orders have slowed the rate of increase of COVID-19 community transmission and related hospitalizations by severely limiting person-to-person interactions.This order is a measured step to partially move the city into Stage 2 of the Governors Roadmap to Recovery, while keeping a low incidence of person-to-person contact, ensuring continued physical distancing by the community and strict adherence to other infection control protocols.kirtbeachcomber.newsCategory: News

The Forgotten Depression
05/21/2020 4:52pm

100 Years AgoBy:Claudine Burnett What was the world like after World War I and the influenza pandemic Time, not medicine, had lessened the deaths from influenza. There was no prevention and no treatment. Isolation, quarantine, good personal hygiene and limits on public gatherings were used to control the spread. Sound familiarBut what were the effects of the disease economically Here is a look at the economic depression that struck soon after the war and the 1918 influenza pandemic ended.We all have heard of the Great Depression that encompassed the world in the 1930s. A little talked about depression brought economic collapse and massive job losses in the years following World War I and the influenza pandemic. Those were the days when there was no government aid available to businesses and individuals, no Social Security or welfare. People had to fend for themselves.According to todays economists, the depression lasted from January 1920 to July 1921, but there were signs of things to come months earlier. In November 1919, panic conditions threw Wall Street into turmoil and interfered with the operation of the whole Federal Reserve System.Restless speculation forced call money up to 25 percent overnight. This unnatural demand for cash affected not only the business world, it affected all other parts of the economy. Farmers who wished to raise money on prospective crops found it more difficult to do so small town merchants were inconvenienced in restocking their stores and builders were kept from purchasing their building supplies.Unemployment rose sharply. Automobile production declined by 60 and total industrial production by 30. Southern California, however, escaped the economic crisis because of a major discovery oil.Gas emanations, seepages of oil and asphaltum deposits had long been known throughout Southern California. Native Americans as well as mission fathers used these substances as roofing materials, natural lubricants and as liniments. The first oil boom actually occurred in 1859 when it was found that petroleum could be used to make kerosene lamp oil, an inexpensive alternative to whale and coal oil in use at the time.With California gold production diminishing, oil speculation seized the minds of many still eager to make their fortune. By 1865, 65 California oil companies had sprung into existence, though many never got further than just issuing stock certificates and pocketing investors money. Those that did get around to drilling didnt have enough capital to bore the wells very deep and only a small amount of oil was obtained. The modest quantity that was pumped was found to have little value.It wasnt the same grade as eastern oil, which was perfect for kerosene production and at the time the only valuable use for petroleum. Oil investors became discouraged and by 1884 there were only four California companies remaining that were actually producing oil.In 1892, Edward Doheny was sitting on the porch of a Los Angeles hotel when he saw a decrepit wagon hauling chunks of a greasy, brown substance. Curious as to what it was, the newly arrived miner ran after the wagon and asked the driver what he was hauling. The driver replied brea, the Spanish word for pitch. He told Doheny it came from a great hole oozing gobs of the sticky stuff in an area of the city called Westlake Park. The driver was transporting it to a nearby ice factory where it would be used for fuel in place of coal.A light bulb went off in Dohenys head as he realized this was a new fuel which could become the new energy source of the nation. The far-seeing Doheny leased a three-lot parcel of land near the great hole at Patton and State streets in Los Angeles. It was swampland, bubbling with the tarry crude. From this find, and convincing the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to substitute oil for coal in their locomotives, the oil industry we know today came to be.It took a while for the use of oil to catch on, but as World War I got underway the need for petroleum increased. In 1916, oil wells began to dot Signal Hill. First it was Union Oil Company, then in 1917 St. Helens Petroleum Company and Kern River Oil Fields, Inc .In 1920, Shell Oil Company arrived on the scene, leasing city owned land for oil drilling, but it wasnt until 1921 that the speculation that Long Beach and Signal Hill was sitting on a vast oil reserve proved true. On June 23, around 5 p.m. Shell Oil Company struck a huge deposit of oil at its well at Temple and Hill Street.Oil fever quickly spread. Sandberg Petroleum Company, with massive Signal Hill oil holdings, was swamped with people wanting to invest in their company. Within 48 hours of the Shell discovery, Sandberg sold $112,000 $1.6 million today worth of stock. Real estate promoters in the area on and surrounding Signal Hill could barely keep up with sales.The City of Long Beach owned 36 acres of land between the Shell and Sandberg holdings and envisioned itself becoming the richest city in the world a city that would end taxation.Shell well No. 2, Nesa, on the west slope of Signal Hill, struck oil at 12:45 a.m. on Sept. 2. It came in with such an explosion that everyone thought an earthquake had struck. People as far away as Los Angeles were awakened by the blast. Other wells came in on Oct. 26, Nov. 17 and Dec. 13. On Nov. 28, the city-owned municipal oil well hit pay dirt, shooting 200 barrels of fluid above the top of the derrick. For many years afterward this single well brought $360 $5,200 today a day into city coffers.Amid all this oil, Signal Hill, which had been renowned for its scenic grandeur, productive soil and magnificent homes, was transformed. Building restrictions, paved streets and walks and curbs were supplanted by oil leases, oil stocks, derricks and drills. Palm trees and rose gardens were removed to make way for boilers and tool houses.It was now dangerous living on the Hill, residents were regularly routed from their homes by blowouts from the oil wells. Families escaped through the rain of greasy crude oil, leaving behind everything but the clothes they were wearing. They would pile into their automobile, trying to drive to safety but finding it difficult to get through the oil that coated everything.On returning home they found their once white home now black, trees in their orchard destroyed, stripped of branches by the clinging oil, the contents of their homes worthless and the building, soaked with highly flammable oil, a fire trap in which no one could safely live.Because of oil, Long Beach and the rest of Southern California was able to escape the economic recession striking the rest of the United States in 1920. Signal Hill was considered the greatest oil field in the United States.A multitude of new industries associated with oil fields and interests were springing up. Gas refineries, absorption plants, casing-head gasoline plants and several hundred miles of pipelines were being built.But all was not as rosy in the rest of America. The United States was experiencing a severe, post-war recession due to industrial overproduction and elimination of defense related industries. The result was widespread wage cuts and unemployment that reached 5.7 million in August 1921.Thousands traveled west to Long Beach to take advantage of the jobs and other benefits accompanying the oil boom. On Oct. 7, 1921, Long Beach Mayor Charles Buffum spoke about the propaganda being spread through the east calling attention to the alleged employment advantages of Southern California.We can take care of the people we have here, but the continued invasion of the army of the unemployed will result most seriously for those who come, he said in an article in the Daily Telegram. Keep the idle away from the city, Long Beach can take care of its own people, but the influx must stop.But the influx did not stop. In the decade 1920-1930, over 2,000,000 people moved into California, 72 of whom settled in Southern California. The migration into Southern California in this decade was the largest internal migration in the history of the American people according to author Carey McWilliams. In 1923, oil from Signal Hill alone caused ship traffic through the Panama Canal to double.By 1924 the same year Signal Hill decided to become its own city, oil surpassed agriculture as the leading industry in California. In Southern California alone that year 230 million barrels of crude oil was pumped out of the ground.The 1920s which brought Prohibition, rum runners, jazz, gambling ships and gangsters also brought tremendous growth to the Southland. But speculation in the oil industry became rampant, with many swindlers out to make a quick buck.More about this next time when I will tell of how this uncapped speculation pauperized at least 500,000 Southern Californians.Claudine Burnett is a retired Long Beach Public Library librarian who compiled the librarys Long Beach History Index. In her research, she found many forgotten, interesting stories about Long Beach and Southern California, which she has published in 11 books as well as in monthly blogs. Read about them at www.claudineburnettbooks.com.Category: News

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