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Catch Up: The State of Illegal Car Washes
Earlier this month, SoCal Connected on KCET aired this feature on car washes that underpay employees, among other inhumane violations. It's a good reminder about a long standing problem at a frequented service by thousands of Angelenos a day.
It's also a good time to look back at 2009 and what happened in the car wash movement. Here are some key successes:
- Attorney General Jerry Brown sues the former owners of a car wash in Echo Park
- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs AB 236 into law, which renews the state’s “Carwash Worker Law,” extending it to 2014. It helps the state keep an eye on car washes.
- Former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo files criminal charges against a family that owns the Hollywood Car Wash, Vermont Hand Wash, Celebrity Car Wash and Five Star Car Wash in Northridge. The 176-count filing alleges conspiracy, grand theft and brandishing a deadly weapon, among other offenses. A settlement was reached with workers at the Vermont Hand Wash in a different case that was filed.
The CLEAN Carwash Campaign is the major organizing force behind protecting workers.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.