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KABC-TV

KABC-TV

500 Circle Seven Dr
Glendale, CA 91201   Directions

(818) 863-7777

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Colton: Man who claimed to have bomb at shopping center taken into custody after hourslong standoff
02/17/2019 12:42am

A man who claimed to have a bomb was taken into custody without incident at a Colton shopping center after an hourslong standoff with police.

Jussie Smollett attack: New evidence 'shifted the trajectory' of Jussie Smollett investigation, 2 brothers cooperating
02/16/2019 11:38pm

Chicago police are eager to again speak again with Empire actor Jussie Smollett about his alleged attack after two brothers were arrested in connection with the attack agreed to cooperate with police, sources said Saturday evening.

Aurora shooting victims: What we know about those killed in Henry Pratt warehouse shooting
02/16/2019 10:43pm

Five employees were fatally shot when a gunman opened fire Friday inside a sprawling manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois.

Top stories from ABC7 on Instagram
02/16/2019 9:59pm

Here are ABC7s top stories on Instagram.

Aurora shooting: Victims identified in shooting at Henry Pratt Company; gunman was terminated employee with felony conviction
02/16/2019 9:26pm

All five of the victims of a mass shooting at an Aurora manufacturing plant were identified Saturday, and it was revealed that the gunman illegally had a gun and had just been fired before he started shooting.

KCBS-TV

KCBS-TV

4200 Radford Ave
Studio City, CA 91604   Directions

(818) 655-2000

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CNN: Police Sources Believe Smollett Paid Brothers To Stage ‘Attack’
02/17/2019 12:01am

The sources told CNN that the two brothers are now cooperating fully with law enforcement.

Younger Sister Of Jackie Kennedy — Former Princess Lee Radziwill — Dead At 85
02/16/2019 11:50pm

Radziwill was born Caroline Lee Bouvier in 1933, four years after her sister.

Riverside Bar Manager Credits Security Guards With Preventing Deadly Mass Shooting
02/16/2019 10:58pm

The incident played out Friday evening at Dukes Bar and Grill on Iowa Avenue.

Vigil Being Held Saturday Evening For Missing Moreno Valley Teen
02/16/2019 9:10pm

A vigil is being held tonight for a teenager who disappeared a month ago. Two brothers have been charged in the murder of Aranda Briones even though she has not been found.

Domestic Dispute In Highland Park Turns Violent
02/16/2019 6:11pm

As many as four people were wounded in a shooting today in Highland Park.

KNBC-TV

KNBC-TV

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608   Directions

(818) 684-4444

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Remarkable Kid Inspires Inclusive Children's Book
02/16/2019 10:12pm

Bella is one-of-a-kind.The 9-year-old bon vivant is unburdened by some of the anxieties that typically hold other kids back. Shes totally comfortable expressing herself in her own way. For instance, wearing a white tuxedo and top hat for a TV interview.When your mom says wear something nice and you have this theres no other choice, she said.Bellas attitude is so remarkable, she inspired her parents to create a childrens book to spread her free-wheeling message to other kids.Eleanor Wyatt, Princess and Pirate is the story of a young girl whose imagination allows her to be anything she wants, from a ninja to a cowgirl to everything in between.I can be anything that I want to be. Im a princess, a pirate, and Im also just me the book reads.Bellas parents are the perfect team to bring their daughters vision to life. Her mother, Rachael MacFarlane, is a voice actress, childrens show writer and the sister of Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy fame. Her father, Spencer Laudiero, has been an art director for a number of animated shows, including Family Guy.The aim of the book is to free kids from the limitations, often along gender lines, that hold them back.It was a message to my daughters and to kids everywhere to just play in a way that speaks to you, MacFarlane said. So if youre a boy and you like Barbies or dolls or if youre a girl and you like dump trucks and construction, go for it.After the story was writen, Laudiero got to work bringing MacFarlanes words to life.I just wanted to cover all the bases so that there wasnt somebody that felt left out, he said.Its a message thats clearly manifested in their home, with their remarkable daughter. Their hope is that Bella can be a model for other kids to follow their own hearts, if thats what she chooses to be, of course.

2019 Southern California Images in the News
02/15/2019 7:25am

Take a look at some of the top images in the news in Southern California.Photo Credit: AP

Old Hollywood Will Come Roaring Back to Life at the Post-Oscars Governor's Ball
02/15/2019 11:35pm

Old Hollywood inspired the theme for this years Governors Ball, the party thrown after the Academy Awards. The partys organizers chose burgundy and gold as the colors for the event, something floral designer Mark Held said reminded him of old movie theaters. Held is the owner of Marks Garden and has been doing the floral arrangements for the Governors Ball for the past 26 years.To me that relates to the movie palaces of the 20s, 30s and the 40s, Held said. And even earlier, before that, to the opera houses in Europe. Win Or Lose at the Oscars, Glenn Close Is Loving the Moment NBC 4 was given a sneak peek at the flowers, food, drinks and dcor that will be served to the stars during the event. Chef Wolfgang Puck tells us this year, hes really excited to serve a specialty ham from Spain.For me its always about the new. The new flavor, the new experiment, Puck said. So this year we have the Jmon Ibrico. Its Spanish ham and you know they are famous for their ham. Roma Actor Finally Gets US Visa in Time for the Oscars Other menu items include, Mini Taro Root Taco with Miso Glazed Eggplant and Smoked Soy Mushrooms, Crostini with New York Steak, Classic Chimichurri, Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Tartare on Tapioca Crisp, Togarashi Mini Taro Root Taco with Miso Glazed Eggplant and Smoked Soy Mushrooms, Heirloom Carrot Tartare, Pickled Mustard Seed, Horseradish, Sunchoke Bark Smoked Salmon Oscars Matzo, Miniature Miyazaki Wagyu Burger, Sharp Cheddar, Remoulade, Sunchoke and Fennel Soup, Truffle Gremolata Potato and Caviar 2.0, Black Truffle Chicken Pot Pie and Winter Truffle Baked Cavatappi with Cheese.And of course the stars need to wash down their meal with a drink. Don Julio has created a specialty beverage served in golden egg called The Eldorado thats made of 1942 tequila foam.Coppola Wines, from famed director Francis Ford Coppola, will be serving two limited edition wines from their Zoetrope collection. Each bottle features a unique, zoetrope label to keep stars entertained while sipping away. Additionally, the Sofia Ros wine, named after critically-acclaimed director Sofia Coppola will also be served to guests.Of course any celebration wouldnt be complete without Champagne. Thats being provided Piper-Heidsieck, the revered French Champagne house known worldwide for its red label. This is the fifth year Piper-Heidsieck will be the sole Champagne served during the Oscars awards season.The 91st Academy Awards will air on Feb. 24, and the Governors Ball party will be held immediately after in the Dolby Ballroom.

Pop-Up Disney! to Open in Downtown Disney
02/16/2019 7:54pm

Someone in Southern California, somewhere, at this very second, is displaying their affection and devotion to a certain boat-piloting, magic-creating, band-leading mouse.Make that a lot of someones, for Mickey Mouse has been our cheerful, can-do friend for 9/10th of a century now. Meaning that there are a lot of Mickey-sweet sweatshirts out there, and pajamas, and t-shirts, and those ever-iconic Mouse Ears. Mingle with Flamingos at LA Zoos New To-Do How, though, to further show your fandom, specifically through photographsTake heart, dear Mickey and Minnie mavens, for a freshly fantastical photo-based spot will land in the Downtown Disney District, with all of the grace of an aloft bandleader alighting upon the ground, in the spring of 2019. Hollywood Bowls Summer Schedule Is Here Pop-Up Disney A Mickey Celebration ... will transport you through a visually and whimsically immersive experience celebrating 90 years of the one and only Mickey Mouse, and his darling, Minnie Mouse.That means a number of differently imaginatively themed rooms to visit. Visit, and, of course, snap a pic in, possibly while wearing your Mickey ears or other favorite merch.Tickets arent quite on sale yet, but thats soon to happen, too, as the opening is approaching as fast as the Monorail zooms along its track.And speaking of the Monorail, thats a rather huge hint as to where you can find this brand-new, oh-so-happy happening: By the Downtown Disney District Monorail station, in the former ESPN Zone space.Photo Credit: Disney

Cruise Ship Denied Entry to Cuba on Maiden Voyage to Havana
02/16/2019 8:19pm

A cruise ship that was headed for Havana, Cuba on Friday was denied entry to the country. Now, customers are upset and travel organizers are working to figure out why they couldnt get into Cuba.We didnt pay to sit in international waters, we paid to go to Cuba, to Havana said one passenger yelling inside a theater on the ship. Baby Boy Born Aboard a JetBlue Plane Named Born to Be Blue Bahamas Paradises cruise ship, the Grand Classica, departed the Port of Palm Beach Thursday for her maiden voyage to Cuba. The ship would have arrived in Havana on 7 a.m. Friday. Some people would have gotten off the ship to explore the island, and some Cuban nationals would have been allowed to temporarily board to reunite with family and friends.Its very sad, said Lily Wynter, who flew from Los Angeles to take the cruise with her mother. Its something we planned for a couple months. I have an uncle I havent seen in 17 years. Investigators Probing Whether Jussie Smollett Orchestrated Attack: Police Source Wynters mother left Cuba in 1972. This would have been her first time back.A spokesperson for Bahamas Parade Cruises said that Viva Travels, a travel agency, chartered the Grand Classica. The spokesperson said that despite prior approval from the Cuban government, they were denied entry for unknown reasons. State Department: Nauert Out as Pick for UN Ambassador The ship left Cuba and made its way to the Bahamas. The ship is set to return to West Palm Beach on Monday.Theres no activities, theres no performances, theres really nothing to do, said Wynter.A State Department spokesperson released a statement to NBC affiliate WPTV saying, Every state has the sovereign right to regulate the entry, screening, and stay of foreign nationals in its territory, subject to its international obligations. For cases regarding into Cuba, we would refer you to Cuban immigration authorities.WPTV said that a call to the Cuban embassy in Washington DC was not returned.

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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Parkin Violates City Charter
02/14/2019 6:47pm

City Council SnubbedBy:Stephen DowningOn Oct. 8, 2017 and again on Jan. 17, 2018 the Beachcomber reported the story surrounding the jury verdict in the case of Thomas Gonzales, a former city employee assigned as a civilian investigator to the Citizen Police Complaint Commission CPCC in which the jury rejected what Gonzales attorney Kimberly Lind, described as the citys retaliatory actions against him for making allegations of police misconduct.The jury awarded Gonzales $436,000 in past economic damages and $300,000 in emotional distress damages.Gonzales believed that an end had finally arrived to the 12 years of litigation the city had put him through. But that wasnt to be the case.Beachcomber reporting revealed that on Oct. 9, 2018 City Attorney Charles Parkin requested the City Council to authorize the city manager to execute an amendment to agreement with the firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo for an additional $200,000 for a total not to exceed amount of $515,000.The request for authorization which did not limit the extent of legal work sought by Parkin attracted a large crowd from the Long Beach community to voice their support of the jury verdict and to protest extending Gonzales 12-year ordeal any further.When the Oct. 9 council meeting opened, Vice Mayor Dee Andrews announced that the controversial agenda item had been withdrawn. He did not tell the community that the matter would be re-scheduled for a council vote on Nov. 13 after the Nov. 6 election.When the Nov. 13 agenda was published, Parkins letter outlining the extent and nature of the additional legal work he asked to be authorized had undergone a re-write.The Beachcomber was unable to determine if council pressure forced the pull-back adjustments made in his second letter but the new draft excluded any reference to appellate work, in contrast to the open ended nature of the prior request, which could have been inclusive of permitting the pursuit and supporting funds of an appeal.In his second letter Parkin wrote: The amendment would authorize an additional $200,000 for litigation expenses incurred through trial and post-trial motions.The council approved the elements of the 2nd request for authorization, thus limiting Parkins future legal work to trial and post-trial motions.On Jan. 17 the Beachcomber reported that the law firm contracted by the city attorney to litigate the Gonzales case having the council-approved $200,000 to work with did in fact file a motion for a new trial.The judge subsequently ruled: Defendants motion for new trial is denied as the City of Long Beach did not meet its burden of persuasion.According to the council authorization, the legal work and related costs should have ended with the judges finding after dealing with plaintiffs motion for attorneys fees but it did not.On Feb. 4, 2019 the citys contracted law firm filed a Notice of Appeal for 1 Judgment after jury trial, 2 An order or judgment under Code of Civil Procedure, Section 904.1a 2 and 3 Judgment After Jury Trial entered 9/10/2018 CCP 904.1 a 1 and Order denying Motion for JNOV entered 1/3/2019 CCP 904.1 a 4.The City Charter states: The City Council shall have control of all litigation of the cityWhen contacted by the Beachcomber for comment, Kimberly Lind, Gonzales attorney, said, The citys relentless pursuit of this case, this man, without requisite authority, shows just how far it is willing to go to silence those who expose the misdeeds of its past and how unwilling it is to make necessary changes.The Beachcomber asked the city attorney via email for An explanation as to the source of authority from the city to appeal the case and expend additional taxpayer funds in pursuit of the appeal filed on Feb. 4, 2019.The city attorney did not respond.The Beachcomber filed a public records request to determine total taxpayer funds expended to date on the Gonzales case.UPDATEOn February 15 the City of Long Beach notified the Beachcomber that the City of Long Beach is withholding the records. The City Attorney asserted that invoices related to pending or ongoing litigation are privileged and are not subject to PRA disclosure . . . When a legal matter remains pending and active, the privilege encompasses everything in an invoice, including the amount of aggregate fees.The Beachcomber responded via email to the denial as follows:We are in receipt of your email notifying theBeachcomberthat our request for invoices related to the Gonzales V. City of Long Beach lawsuit are being withheld.The legal citations you provide to justify withholding invoices are incomplete and obviously designed to obfuscate the citys responsibility to comply with our request.Multiple legal experts inform us that the invoices requested are not privileged, but rather must be redacted to exclude attorney client communications which are privileged. The BeachcombersPRA must be construed in whichever way will further the peoples right of access.Please review the full case cited and reconsider your decision to withhold the documents:City. of Los Angeles Bd. of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 12 Cal. App. 5th 1264, 1272, 219 Cal. Rptr. 3d 674, 67879 Ct. App. 2017,review deniedOct. 11, 2017Consistent with its content-based test and conclusion that invoices are not categorically privileged,Los Angeles Countyrequires PRA disclosure of non-privileged content in an invoice regardless of whether the invoice contains other, privileged information. The court explained: As with any of the PRAs statutory exemptions, the fact that parts of a requested document fall within the terms of an exemption does not justify withholding the entire document. Citation. What the PRA appears to offer is a ready solution for records blending exempt and nonexempt information: Any reasonably segregable portion of a record shall be available for inspection by any person requesting the record after deletion of the portions that are exempted by law. 6253, subd. a. While this provision does not dictate which parts of a public record are privileged, it requires public agencies to use the equivalent of a surgical scalpel to separate those portions of a record subject to disclosure from privileged portions. At the same time, the statute places an express limit on this surgical approachpublic agencies are not required to attempt selective disclosure of records that are not reasonably segregable. 680 Citation. To the extent this standard is ambiguous, the PRA must be construed in whichever way will further the peoples right of access. Citations. Los Angeles County, supra,2 Cal.5th at p. 292, 212 Cal.Rptr.3d 107, 386 P.3d 773. Thus, the fact that parts of a requested document fall within the terms of an exemption does not justify withholding the entire document. Id.at p. 300, 212 Cal.Rptr.3d 107, 386 P.3d 773.We look forward to learning if the City changes its position or not.Stephen Downing is a resident of Long Beach and a retired LAPD deputy chief of police.stephenbeachcomber.newsRelated ArticlesCity Attorney Squanders Another $200,000:https://beachcomber.news/content/city-attorney-squanders-another-200000.Jury Decision Validates City Hall Corruption:https://beachcomber.news/content/jury-decision-validates-city-hall-corru....Category: News

Report Finds Long Beach State University has a $1.53 Billion Impact on Local Economies
02/14/2019 6:45pm

According to a newly released report, Long Beach State University is an economic powerhouse that has an annual $1.53 billion impact on the economies in its home city and in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County communities.Among the other insights gained from the analysis are:CSULBs impact on Los Angeles County, alone, is approximately $1.14 billion. The campus impact on neighboring Orange County is $388.5 million.The campus supports a total of nearly 10,600 jobs throughout the two counties, including more than 3,700 jobs in Long Beach.More than $523 million in employee compensation earnings and benefits were generated for CSULBs workers throughout the two counties, including $192 million in Long Beach.CSULBs economic impacts help generate close to $42 million in tax revenues in Orange and Los Angeles counties, including $11.5 million in Long Beach.As of 2017, CSULB alumni owned 245 local businesses in Long Beach. In Orange County, 674 establishments were owned by Long Beach State University alumni.Students who graduate from Long Beach State, their median income a few years after graduation is nearly $100,000. So, think of that in terms of contributions to the economy, said President Jane Close Conoley. I am really proud to be at such an extraordinary university where we are among the top 10 in the nation in accelerating the social mobility of our graduates.Long Beach State University is ranked the ninth best public college in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report, the fifth most applied to university in the nation and ranked high for matriculating students who graduate with the least amount of debt. Forbes ranks CSULB as one of Americas best-value colleges because of its great return on investment.Category: News

Why New Cyclone Racer at Shoreline Was Rejected
02/14/2019 6:43pm

By:Steve Propes Since 2013, Larry Osterhoudt, a Downey engineer, described by respected Long Beach historian, the late Ken Larkey, as the primary authority on the Cyclone Racer, has been waging a battle to restore the famous roller coaster to a site near the original NuPike.In 2011, a hoped-for return of the Cyclone Race began. The City Council called for a feasibility study, which was voted on in October 2013, said Osterhoudt recently. Then youve got management behind their back, saying theyre going to kill it.In particular, Osterhoudt brought up the name of Assistant City Manager Tom Modica. Hes the one behind the fix, kind of like the secret FBI. Hes going to say we did the feasibility study on it, and it came out unfeasible. He sent a memo out, Ive got the memo myself. A city employee tipped me off he was going to sabotage it. Tom made me jump over hurdles so high, nobody could scale them.When we started this, me and my partner had blueprints drawn up of the pier, its 100 percent over the water, nothing encroaching on city land. Its in a four-and-a-half acre neutral zone, meaning it will not block the flow of the Catalina Cruiser or the L.A. River. It fits nicely between the Catalina Cruiser and the Shoreline Park, parallel to it, Osterhoudt said.The Cyclone Racer is the most impressive, period. Put it against anything, new or old, and itll come out number one. When they did that, they were at the pinnacle of what you can do with a Cyclone Racer. Fred Church, the designer created literally a lost technology. Other companies could not copy the technology he had in there to make it do what it is. They dont understand how everything works in harmony.The Cyclone Racer is a complete departure from the modern way theyre doing stuff. Its the whole experience. That its on a pier is a whole experience by itself. It also helps the longevity of the ride, said Osterhoudt.Weve got private investors. The citys not going to pay a dime. The citys the beneficiary of it. Theyre the ones who are going to make all the money off it, because its going to bring so much business into the town. You need customers to ride your tramway.People will pay money to go on a good ride. Ill put it against any Disney ride, its better than any ride. If youre over here, imagine it over the water, theres nothing like this thing. Tom Modicas not a creative person, he doesnt get it.About the alleged hurdles, Osterhoudt recalled, I had to quickly draw up some prints of the pier, I created the Cyclone Racer prints. I brought this to the meeting with Modica and Amy Bodek, Tom looked at the prints, he said we need Shoreline Park in the plans. It took four months for me to get a set of Shoreline Park blueprints. He thought I was going to give up. Took me almost a year to draw that up. I get it done, contact Modica, he said to me, We cant look at those things, we need the business proforma now.It was at that point that Modica referred the project to the outside consultancy firm, Keyser Marston Associates KMA for their opinion.Modica was brief in his timely response. In October 2013 the City Council requested the city conduct a feasibility study of the Cyclone Racer. Staff completed an initial study in January 2014 outlining the process any proposed development would need to undertake, the requirements the development would be responsible for and the various agencies responsible for the approval process. Staff had periodic contact with the proponent over the next several years on his concept, and answered questions he had about how to proceed and his proforma for the project. Finally, at his request, the city used an outside expert to review the proponents proforma in May 2018, who came to the conclusion that development opportunity was not feasible.Modica supplied a copy of the April 26, 2018 KMA report, which determined the developer has provided an insufficient level of information for the city to determine the project is feasible.KMA specified, all of these projections need to be substantiated through thorough research as part of the development teams submittal to the city. The research needs to be specific for this project at this location, particularly given its waterfront location. The expenses need to be expressed on a per unit basis so as to allow comparison of the project to industry norms. Without this information and the accompanying backup data, the project is not considered feasible.On May 4, 2018, Modica wrote to Osterhoudt about the KMA findings. While the city can no longer pursue this opportunity, we are impressed by your commitment and thank you for your creativity and passion.stevebeachcomber.newsCategory: News

Trash Rates Go Up
02/14/2019 6:41pm

By:Kirt RamirezThe Long Beach City Council voted unanimously during a special half-hour meeting Feb. 5 to increase the refuse rates in a two-step, city-wide adjustment.The council made its decision after hearing from Public Works Director Craig Beck and Environmental Services Bureau Manager Diko Melkonian, who gave a presentation with facts and figures. Several members of the public spoke at the podium opposing the increase.Beck said Long Beachs trash and recycling program provides service to more than 120,000 residential and commercial customers, including special scheduled pickups of bulky items and the abatement of illegally dumped items.He added in 2018, more than 185,000 tons of waste was collected and over 23,000 large bulky items were picked up.Melkonian said Long Beach pays less for refuse services than surrounding cities and that the city has operated at a deficit for nine of the last 10 years.He said the last consumer price index increase took place in 2015 and the last cost of service-related increase was in 2002.Long Beach hired HF&H Consultants to do a cost of service study, among other tasks. The company has expertise in conducting refuse studies for municipalities and has worked for the city before.The study found Long Beachs rates have not generated sufficient revenue to cover the cost of service, solid waste collection costs have increased and state mandated diversion programs require additional funding, Melkonian noted.He said Long Beachs refuse and recycling call center saw an increase of 60 percent in the number of calls for service since 2015.We went from a little over 63,000 calls per year in 2015 to over 100,000 calls last year, he told the council.And there was an increase in requests by rate payers for bulky item removals such as couches and mattresses, he added.The number of requests for rate payers has doubled since 2014 from 11,762 to over 23,000.As a result, the city increased special pickups from two to four times per year, he said.Step one of the trash bill increase will start March 1. A typical single-family home will go up $2.41 per month and a typical apartment unit rate will increase $1.98.Then the second step goes into effect Oct. 1, 2019, where a typical single-family home will pay another $2.47 per month and an average apartment unit, $2.02.This two-step proposal was created to help smooth over the increase rather than giving one huge increase at one time, Melkonian said.A single-family home with a 100-gallon barrel currently pays $24.11 a month. An apartment unit with a 65-gallon container pays $20.47 a month. But in March the home will pay $26.52 and the apartment, $22.45. Then in October the single-family home will pay $28.99 and the apartment, $24.47.He compared Long Beachs rates to other cities.Trash fees for a house in Torrance is currently $32.47 a month, Los Angeles $36.32 and Pasadena, $40.99, according to a rate comparison chart.Burbank for example, has the same state mandate of waste diversion target as Long Beach. Our diversion rate in Long Beach is slightly better than Burbank, yet our current rates are half of what they charge $51.88, he said.Santa Monica has a recently-implemented organics collection, he added. And their rates are now over $52 per month.Then he discussed Northern California.Oakland and San Jose, both of which have recently-implemented organics, have rates of over $100 per month, Oakland being over $125 per month now, Melkonian said.He added, Not trying to scare anybody or saying were going to $100, but I just wanted to put a comparison out there to show how regionally different issues and infrastructure issues affect cost of collection and service provisions.Second District Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce asked if less trash goes out, could residents get a lower rate. Beck and Melkonian indicated yes.If residents ask for the smaller container, then the rate would drop. Theres the 100-gallon cost and the 65-gallon cost.I didnt know I could request a smaller container, Pearce said.She added, I just want to make sure that rate payers are aware of that option as we change the rate, that were also informing them, so its an incentive to waste less.kirtbeachcomber.newsCategory: News

CSU System Tackles Food Insecurity, Homelessness Among Students
02/14/2019 6:31pm

By:Francisco Padilla In the California State University system, 41 percent of students have experienced food insecurity, 21 percent of those were very low food security, and 11 percent had experienced homelessness in the last year.Its a shocking list of statistics that shed light on the harsh reality college students in California are facing today.The study which was done by Rashida Crutchfield, an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at California State University Long Beach, gives belief to the longstanding story that college students today are struggling to find stable housing and food security.Homelessness as defined by the US Department of Education is a lack of a fixed adequate and regular place to stay.Ever since her start in 2015, Crutchfield has been at task exploring new ways and opportunities to help students facing these issues.Chancellor Timothy White commissioned me to do this in 2015 and since then the CSU system has been building programs, advocating and developing policies not only within the system but in the state to support our students, said Crutchfield.California State University, Long Beach has a program called the student emergency intervention and wellness program.This program, as defined by the CSULB website, is a comprehensive initiative that identifies and immediately serves some of CSULBS most at-risk students which include our displaced students, food insecure students and students experiencing an emergency situation or crisis.And the program goals are simple, they want to provide students with immediate support during an unexpected crises or emergency and also provide them with ongoing counseling and assistance via on-campus resources and Long Beach community social services.To be eligible a student must be enrolled at CSULB, be able to demonstrate urgent financial need with proper documentation, must have tried all forms of financial assistance and have a serious living displacement.The program also offers more resources, such as job opportunities, hygiene services, assistance on the CalFresh Outreach Program, and an ASI Beach Pantry. This assistance is crucial to students who may be unsure of where their next meal may come from or those unaware of where they will be sleeping that night.However, many students at California State University, Long Beach arent aware of all the resources CSULB has.I was made aware of our school pantry only after reading an article about it in the school newspaper, said Bryan Aparicio, senior at CSULB. Our school has a problem relaying messages to the student body as a whole and it shows when students arent aware of the many resources to them.And these resources arent available only to California State University Long Beach students, but most if not all of these resources are also available to the other 22 campuses. This is due to the Basic Needs Initiative in the California State University system that takes a complete look at the students necessities both inside and outside the classroom.The Basic Needs Initiative program began after a study of the CSU campuses in 2016 led to alarming findings in student food and home insecurity, lack of school pantries and that only five campuses incorporated students need as a direct part of a students success.From the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer EBT on six campuses to a majority of campuses providing fresh fruit and vegetables to students, the CSU Basic Needs Initiative has a variety of resources available to students in the CSU System.Yet, some students are forced to find out about these resources on their own.I know of the schools food pantry because they spoke about it at orientation and thats the only time I heard the school talk about it, said Destiny Torres, Junior at California State University, Dominguez Hills. But I had to go online myself to learn more about how to access it and use it.Food insecurity is at an alarming rate in todays students, but the CSU system is finding various ways to support their students and their struggles with on-campus resources.franciscobeachcomber.newsCategory: News

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