LA Controller urges city to use vacant land for housing

LA Controller urges city to use vacant land for housing

LOS ANGELES — Standing on a blighted and sprawling piece of vacant land owned by the city of Los Angeles, LA Controller Ron Galperin called on city leaders to use government-owned properties to house people experiencing homelessness. “We need a lot more permanent housing, but also, we need more temporary and interim housing and shelter … Read more

Los Angeles City Council to review 2022-23 budget

Los Angeles City Council to review 2022-23 budget

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Los Angeles City Council will review the 2022-23 fiscal year budget Wednesday that was proposed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and revised by the council’s Budget and Finance Committee. Garcetti proposed an $11.77 billion budget on April 20, up from the current fiscal year’s $11.2 billion. Among the most significant changes … Read more

LA-based rental furniture startup expands to East Coast

LA-based rental furniture startup expands to East Coast

GARDENA, Calif. — The coronavirus pandemic created a lot of mobility among working professionals, which was good for a Los Angeles-based furniture rental startup. Last month, Fernish, a furniture rental company, expanded its services to the East Coast, launching in New York and Washington DC What You Need To Know Fernish, a Los Angeles-based rental … Read more

1st African surf shop in US opens in California

1st African surf shop in US opens in California

LOS ANGELES — Surf shops and Southern California go together like sand and beaches. But there’s a new surf shop like no other, and it’s in Venice Beach. Mami Wata is the first African surf shop in the country. Selema Masekela is a surfer and has stepped into a wetsuit many times. What You Need … Read more

How the draft redistricting maps shake up New York politics

How the draft redistricting maps shake up New York politics

It was not long after the release of the draft maps by court special appointed master Jonathan Cervas on Monday that Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced his bid for a newly drawn House district in the Hudson Valley. The only problem? It’s likely the same district fellow Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones will run this … Read more

hundreds of officers out sick

hundreds of officers out sick

Rikers Island is potentially poised for a federal takeover pending a hearing this week on a court-ordered new plan from the city detailing how officials plan to reform the notorious jail complex. At the center of the debate is a massive staffing crisis on the island, where hundreds of correction officers are calling out sick … Read more

LA judge rules more women on boards is unconstitutional

LA judge rules more women on boards is unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A California law requiring increased membership by women on corporate boards is unconstitutional and violates the right to equal treatment, a Los Angeles judge has ruled. What You Need To Know Passed in 2018, the law applies to publicly held corporations with principal executive offices located in California and required them … Read more

Proposed legislation aims to curb anti-Asian violence

Proposed legislation aims to curb anti-Asian violence

LOS ANGELES — Native Angeleno and mother of two, Lisa Fu, says she’s never felt the need to carry a personal safety alarm until recently when she went on a trip. “What you do is if you feel like you are unsafe or in a situation where you might be harassed, you just pull it … Read more

Parents should engage kids on extremism: experts

Parents should engage kids on extremism: experts

The mass shooting at a Buffalo, NY, supermarket on Saturday is highlighting long standing concerns among experts and authorities about the violent power of racist extremism in the US to destroy the sense of peace and safety in nonwhite communities, and inflict fear across a fragile American society. The shooting, carried out in a predominantly … Read more

Court-appointed master releases New York state Senate lines

Court-appointed master releases New York state Senate lines

A court-appointed special master released New York’s new state Senate district lines Monday, releasing a draft plan for the next decade that will lean Democratic for more than half of the upper house. Jonathan Cervas, of the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carneige Mellon University, reconfigured the state’s 63 Senate seats from the Legislature’s … Read more