Morning Brief: Bad Cops, Bad Recycling And Minimum Wage
Good morning, L.A., and Happy New Year! It’s Jan. 3.
Well, we made it through 2021. Con…grats?
Now, going into 2022, we’re turning our attention, at least briefly, away from COVID and towards some new laws passed in California. Even if you’re the type of person to glaze over at the word “legislation,” there are a handful of bills that could affect your day-to-day life.
A couple that have our attention include stripping so-called “bad cops” of their badges, cracking down on recycling and enforcing a minimum wage for garment workers.
When it comes to law enforcement, officers who’ve engaged in serious misconduct — like sexual assault or use of excessive force – could be kicked off the force and decertified, effectively ending their law enforcement careers. California is catching up to much of the rest of the country in this regard; 46 other states have similar laws on the books already.
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Recycling efforts are becoming more realistic, and a little more stringent. First, both yard and food waste will now have to go in the green trash bins. Plus, the criteria for slapping a recycling symbol on packaging will become more strict. This is to address the fact that a lot of items that carry the sign aren’t actually recyclable — or don’t wind up in the right place. Right now, 85% of single-use plastics wind up in landfills statewide.
Finally, here’s a shocking number: Due to an existing regulation, certain garment workers have been getting paid as little as $3 an hour, with no recourse. That will change now, as they’ll be compensated hourly rather than for the number of items they produce.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A., and stay safe out there.
What Else You Need To Know Today
- Saturday’s Rose Parade represented a long-awaited return to the Pasadena New Year’s tradition.
- Dr. Ibukun Kalu, a pediatric infectious disease doctor at Duke University, answers questions about COVID safety for kids under 5.
- The CDC is considering altering its recommendations (again) for people with COVID-19 after it got pushback on its new guidelines.
- If this weekend is any indication, it’s going to be a good season for snow bunnies.
Before You Go ... 'Dear Millennials: Keep Slaying'
Here’s a controversial opinion: millennials are great. But so our Food Editor, Elina Shatkin, wrote in her 2019 essay, “Dear Millennials, Keep Slaying. A Note Of Thanks From Your Gen X Elder.” Her opinion, we believe, still holds:
You've been blamed for killing napkins, beer, breakfast cereal, tuna, Buffalo Wild Wings, Applebee's, Hooters, the De Beers diamond cartel, golf, fabric softener, marriage, divorce, middle children, mayonnaise, motorcycles, DUIs, handbags, gyms and sex — and that's not a complete list.
Most obituaries for these things take a rueful tone, lamenting their demise. Ignore that static. You are not just killing these things, you are killing it! And I love the way your murderous tendencies are reshaping our culture.
Read the whole essay here.