Los Angeles School Police Chief Todd Chamberlain resigned Wednesday after the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) voted the night before to cut his department’s budget by $25 million, or 35% of the total.
Nearly a third of the 3,500 inmates incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison in California have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Monday. California is one of the states seeing new spikes in COVID-19 infections , with nearly 225,000 infections across the state and 6,000 deaths as of Monday. Total deaths in the state […]
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Monday that he refuses to enforce a directive to close beaches for July 4th weekend.
“More than four months into fighting the coronavirus in the United States,” The New York Times says , “the shared sacrifice of millions of Americans suspending their lives—with jobs lost, businesses shuttered, daily routines upended—has not been enough to beat back a virus whose staying power around the world is only still being grasped.” Most Americans, […]
During a house-shopping visit to a small industrial city in Ohio where I had taken my first newspaper job, I asked a local, “What’s that smell?” His answer: “What smell?” Residents there had become so accustomed to the industrial scents from the city’s massive chemical plant and oil refinery that they didn’t notice them anymore. […]
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is officially alarmed by the continuing rise in his state’s daily tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases, which yesterday totaled nearly 5,500, a new record. Nationwide, newly detected infections have been rising this month, but the upward trend in Texas is especially striking. Abbott warns that new restrictions may be necessary […]
California’s response to the spread of COVID-19, which included almost completely shutting down entire sectors of the economy, has devastated the state’s bottom line, requiring billions in budget cuts and potentially draining the state’s $16 billion “rainy day” fund. One might think that such a fiscal disaster would cut through the institutional inertia keeping California’s […]
Laney College, a public community college in California, has placed mathematics professor Matthew Hubbard on leave and is investigating him for sending racist messages to a student of Vietnamese descent, Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen, suggesting she change her name . “Your name in English sounds like F—k Boy,” Hubbard wrote. “If I lived in Vietnam […]
Protesters and press continue to face violent police outbursts at weekend protests. On Sunday, protests against police actions in California, Ohio, and elsewhere ended again in a barrage of rubber bullets and tear gas. In Compton yesterday, police fired at people gathered outside a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department station. The demonstrators were protesting the […]
Oakland 'Nooses' Turn Out To Be Exercise Swings; Mayor Wants To Investigate Them As a Hate Crime Anyway
Yesterday, Robby Soave critiqued a Washington Post story about a blackface costume worn by an insignificant government contractor at a 2018 Halloween party. He called it “a new and depressing low point” in the annals of “cancel culture.” If the news coming out of Oakland, California, is any indication, we’ve got a long way to […]
In 1996 voters in California approved Proposition 209, a ballot initiative that amended the California Constitution to prohibit the state from “discriminat[ing] against, or grant[ing] preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the base of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.” “Racial […]
Landlords Are Suing To Overturn State Eviction Moratoriums. State Legislators Want To Extend and Expand Them.
Eviction moratoriums were one of the first policies cities, states, and the federal government adopted in response to the coronavirus pandemic under the largely uncontroversial logic that people couldn’t shelter in place without any shelter. As the crisis has dragged on, however, these temporary protections have become the subject of intense legal and policy battles […]