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County Supervisor Announces ‘Dramatic' Improvements to Sativa Water District
9/19/2019 3:42:59 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas announced Thursday that "dramatic" improvements have been made to a water system that serves 6,800 customers in Willowbrook and Compton. According to Ridley-Thomas, the county's Department of Public Works used "cutting-edge technology" to thoroughly flush the Los Angeles County Sativa Water District's system, installed new pipes to improve water circulation and established connections to emergency water sources. "When the county stepped in to operate Sativa after years of neglect by...

LA County Ushers in More Humane, Safer Transport for Mentally Distressed
9/19/2019 3:41:58 PM

The 10 brand new Ford vans will help reduce long waiting periods for the transport of individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and will mitigate the risk of trauma caused by ambulance or law enforcement transportation involving restraints. Each van will be staffed with a clinician and a peer support specialist, in addition to a 40-inch monitor with teleconferencing capabilities that can provide access to a psychiatrist while in...

Lynwood Unified Celebrates New District Athletic Field with Ribbon-cutting Ceremony
9/19/2019 3:40:01 PM

LYNWOOD—Student-athletes from Lynwood Middle School and Firebaugh High School joined Lynwood Unified Board members and community leaders on Sept. 12 to unveil a new District athletic field and track as nearly 100 guests cheered. Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite welcomed the Office of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to Lynwood Middle School, members of the Board of Education as well as Lynwood Mayor José Luis Solache and members of the District’s Citizens’ Oversight Committee for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The field will host athletic programs from...

It's Official: L.A.'s New Football Palace to Be Called SoFi Stadium
9/19/2019 3:37:23 PM

INGLEWOOD (CNS)—The digital personal finance company SoFi has won the battle for naming rights to the new football stadium that will house the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, the parties announced Sunday. L.A.'s two NFL teams will play their home games at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood beginning next year. The deal was for 20 years. Financial terms were not divulged. "We're thrilled to be introducing SoFi Stadium to the world, through our partnership with Hollywood Park," said Anthony Noto, CEO of SoFi. "This is a giant leap toward achieving our...

Two Defendants in Disneyland Fight Miss Arraignment
9/19/2019 3:34:12 PM

FULLERTON (CNS)—A Compton couple facing criminal charges stemming from a brawl at Disneyland that was captured on video that went viral failed to appear in court this week for arraignment. Andrea Nicole Robinson, 40, and her husband, Daman Petrie, 44, were scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, but they did not show up for the hearing, according to court records obtained by City News Service. It's not clear what authorities will do to compel the defendants to appear in court, but there are no more hearings scheduled so far. Robinson's 35-year-old brother and co-defendant,...

California Advances Bill to Cap Consumer Loan Interest Rates
9/19/2019 3:32:53 PM

SACRAMENTO (AP)—The California Senate has advanced legislation to cap interest rates for consumer loans. The bill caps interest rates for payday and other loans at roughly 38 percent. The cap will fluctuate slightly depending on a key interest rate set by the Federal Reserve. It affects loans between $2,500 and $9,999. Consumer advocacy groups say some loan companies charge interest rates as high as 225%. They say the proposal is aimed at stopping predatory lending practices. But opponents of the bill, including chambers of commerce representing black and Hispanic Californians,...

Five Things to Know Now About California’s New Vaccine Law
9/19/2019 3:31:46 PM

By Elizabeth Aguilera   California has a new vaccination law on the books. It cracks down on inappropriate use of medical exemptions that allow kids to skip some or all vaccines and still enter school. It gives power over the exemption process to public health officials and will create a vaccination database of all children with medical dispensation. Supporters of the law are pleased that doctors will no longer be the final authority on medical exemptions and could be investigated if they write too many. The more children who get vaccines, the safer schools will be for all kids,...

Cardi B, A$AP Rocky and More Support Rihanna's Diamond Ball
9/18/2019 8:54:03 PM

By Gary Gerard Hamilton   NEW YORK (AP)—Like many kids, Rihanna dreamed of someday growing up to be rich, but helping others was at the forefront of her vision. “It's always been important to me before any success,” she told The Associated Press Thursday at her annual Diamond Ball charity gala. “As a kid, just seeing those commercials on television with the kids in Africa where it's like, ‘it just takes 10 cent or 25 cents to help somebody,' . I used to think, ‘When I grow up, I'm a gonna be rich and I'm going to make a lot...

John Leguizamo on 'Latin History,' Emmy Nom and Donald Trump
9/18/2019 8:53:05 PM

By Mike Cidoni Lennox   LOS ANGELES (AP)—This year's Emmy Awards have a special significance for actor John Leguizamo. He will return to the Sept. 22 ceremony as a four-time nominee, this year earning a nod for his performance in the Central Park Five docudrama “When They See Us.” But the night has a bit of personal history as well. It's been exactly 20 years since Leguizamo won his first Emmy Award for his one-man show, “Freak.” Regardless of whether Leguizamo wins this year, he's skipping class to attend. The 55-year-old actor is in...

Dennis Rodman Keeps Finding New Ways to Surprise
9/18/2019 8:51:56 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Dennis Rodman keeps finding new ways to surprise. The 58-year-old former NBA star built his own personal brand of flamboyant individualism well before social media made every pro athlete accessible to fans. He says: “I was just being free.” After winning two championships with the Detroit Pistons and three with the Chicago Bulls, Rodman flamed out of the NBA in 2000. He found his way back in front of microphones and cameras in recent years by forming a relationship with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. Rodman's spectacular personal highs...