LAUSD, Teachers Fail to Reach Contract Agreement
1/9/2019 5:21:18 PM

Strike Looms, Affecting Some Local Schools By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES—With the first L.A. teachers' strike in 30 years threatened starting Thursday, no negotiations took place Tuesday between the 600,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District and the union representing the district's teachers. Instead, the parties will attend separately to discrete aspects of their dispute, although they have scheduled a meeting Wednesday morning. A bargaining session meeting they held Monday failed to break the logjam in their protracted negotiations. The LAUSD said...

Next Tuesday Is Final Deadline to Sign-Up for Financial Assistance Through Covered California
1/9/2019 5:19:45 PM

By Staff Reports   These are the final days for open enrollment for Covered California, California’s health insurance marketplace. Applications must be completed by next Tuesday, January 15th for coverage to begin two weeks later on February 1st. Covered California continues to deliver on the promises of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with 11 insurers serving consumers all over the state—96 percent of whom are able to choose from two insurers or more, while 82 percent of have three or more choices. “There has been so much noise—and at...

California Water Below Normal in Season's First Snow Survey
1/9/2019 5:18:46 PM

PHILLIPS STATION, Calif.—Winter storms have blanketed California's Sierra Nevada in snow, but the drought-prone state is still off to another drier-than-normal start to the crucial wet season, state officials said last week. California water managers said the Sierra snowpack is only 67 percent of normal in this winter's first manual measurement. The amount of snow is measured monthly through the winter at more than 260 locations to help water managers plan for how much they can deliver to customers later in the year. As snow in the Sierra melts in the spring and summer, it...

Gov. Newsom Points to California Exceptionalism, Challenges
1/9/2019 5:15:29 PM

By Staff Reports   SACRAMENTO—California Gov. Gavin Newsom boldly declared his state a model for the nation Monday but said its leaders have failed to rein in the soaring cost of living and stem inequalities that are making it harder for people to achieve what he called the “California dream.” “We face serious challenges—some that have been deferred for too long,” Newsom said in his inaugural address. “We face a gulf between the rich and everyone else—and it’s not just inequality of wealth, it’s inequality of...

Wells Fargo Pays Fine, Drops Insurance License in California
1/9/2019 5:13:29 PM

SACRAMENTO—Wells Fargo has agreed to pay California $5 million to settle allegations that it opened insurance policies for its customers and charged them without their consent. The San Francisco-based company agreed to give up its insurance licenses for two years and to pay another $5 million if it ever wants to sell insurance in California again. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones accepted the settlement on Wednesday. He says company representatives issued about 1,500 insurance policies without the consent of customers. The settlement is part of a massive fake-accounts scandal...

Women's Jail Project May Not Have Votes to Move Forward
1/9/2019 5:12:26 PM

By Elizabeth Marcellino   LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles County's plan to retrofit an immigration detention center in Lancaster as a women's jail, long opposed by criminal justice advocates, seems likely to be abandoned in its current form based on Tuesday's lack of support from the Board of Supervisors. A vote to approve a $215 million budget for Mira Loma Detention Center and award a design-build construction contract to San Fernando Valley-based Bernards Bros. Inc. was postponed at the request of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. The matter is set to come back before the...

'A Personal Legacy': Quilts Seek to Honor Lynching Victims
1/9/2019 5:11:20 PM

By Andrew J. Yawn   WASHINGTON—Willie Perkins. Zachariah Graham. Cornelius Robinson and Will Thompson. Names are the only heirlooms still left from the four, who were all lynched at various times in Alabama's history, and they are four of the thousands of people lynched nationwide who Lynda Tredway hopes to memorialize with her quilting project. Since she began in 2013, Tredway has completed 24 quilts for nine states, including Alabama, and she estimates she has 41 quilts and three years left to completion. Sewn into the front of each quilt is that state's...

California's First Latino Attorney General Targets Trump
1/9/2019 5:09:41 PM

By Don Thompson   SACRAMENTO—Xavier Becerra became perhaps the nation's most influential attorney general when he was named California's top lawyer two years ago, and he has since used his post atop what some call the “Resistance State” to pummel President Donald Trump's administration with dozens of legal actions. Heading into 2019, he may turn up the heat even more, buoyed by his overwhelming endorsement from voters, a Democratic U.S. House and a more aggressive governor who takes office Monday. Becerra kicked off the new year on Thursday by...

Run Benefits Mental Health Causes
1/9/2019 5:07:10 PM

By Staff Reports   VAN NUYS—A 5-kilometer fun run to raise awareness and funds to ensure that all in need get the mental health support they seek was held Sunday in Woodley Park in Van Nuys. Participants in the "5K for the Five Signs" included Talinda Bennington, the widow of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the alt-rock band Linkin Park who committed suicide in 2017, and DJ Nash, the creator of the ABC drama "A Million Little Things." Talinda Bennington is a co-founder of 320 Changes Direction, what she described as an effort "to...

Doctors' Critical Role in Making the Diabetes Heart Connection
1/9/2019 5:06:04 PM

By Dr. Omar M. Lattouf   One in 10 Americans lives with type 2 diabetes. Among many communities, diabetes is downplayed as "having a little sugar" and, with long family histories with the disease, dismissed as an inevitability. The disease is far more dangerous than most realize. Diabetes doesn't merely put patients at risk of shock, limb amputation, and obesity. Patients with diabetes are up to four times more likely to die of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, than their non-diabetic peers. Many people who have had diabetes for...