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  • Updated Aug. 19, 2022 4:28 PM
    Published Aug. 19, 2022 4:17 PM

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    An L.A. sheriff’s deputy testified Friday that they believed a dead rat left outside their home was a warning from members of the Banditos gang of deputies that operates at the East L.A. station.

    The deputy testified anonymously over an internet phone to the Civilian Oversight Commission out of fear of retaliation. They said such warnings were issued when deputies cooperated with department investigations into deputy misconduct.

    “They leave dead rats in front of people’s homes or in backyards,” they told the panel. As the person testified, a photo of a dead rat that had been left on one deputy’s patio was shown on a screen inside the hearing room at Loyola Law School (see above).

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  • Updated Aug. 19, 2022 3:46 PM
    Published Aug. 19, 2022 3:40 PM

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    A tired man sits at a desk in a modern office.

    Closing your laptop at 5 p.m. Doing only your assigned tasks. Spending more time with family. These are just some of the common examples used to define the latest workplace trend of "quiet quitting."

    Some experts say it's a misnomer and should really be defined as carving out time to take care of yourself.

    "If you want people to go 'above and beyond,' compensate them for it. Give them $200. Pay them for the extra work," Ed Zitron, who runs a media consulting business for tech startups and publishes the labor-focused newsletter Where's Your Ed At. "Show them the direct path from 'I am going above and beyond' to 'I am being rewarded for doing so.'"

  • Updated Aug. 19, 2022 4:28 PM
    Published Aug. 19, 2022 3:37 PM

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    A long-exposure shows blurred lines created by car headlights beneath the arches of L.A.'s new 6th Street Bridge with the downtown skyline and evening sky in the background.
    Cars stream across the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
    (Trevor Stamp for LAist)

    We’re trying to not write about the 6th Street Bridge all the time, but here we are.

    The new viaduct connecting Boyle Heights to downtown L.A. has made a lot of headlines in recent weeks, thanks to the small minority of people driving dangerously, attempting risky climbs over fencing and up the arches, and other antics documented on social media.

    In response, the Los Angeles Police Department closed the bridge several times in the first few weeks after it opened in July. In other words, the opposite of what you want to do with a new $588-million piece of infrastructure you’d like people to use.

    More recently, you can’t miss the substantial police presence on the bridge. On a recent visit, I noticed a near-constant flow of patrol cars driving back and forth to discourage people from driving too fast or too slow (as in fully stopping in lanes to take photos).

    City leaders acknowledge that the LAPD’s focus on the bridge is draining resources. It’s also unsustainable, given the thousands of miles of other city streets for people who want to speed and burnout (or watch others do that) to use.

    Now the city wants a more concrete plan to improve safety on the bridge and keep it clean.

  • Updated Aug. 19, 2022 4:43 PM
    Published Aug. 19, 2022 3:27 PM

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    Students and staff gather at East Los Angeles College to announce the creation of their first Central American Studies program
    (Gillian Moran Peréz)

    In a historic moment for the Central American community, East Los Angeles College announced Friday the start of a new Central American Studies program, being the first community college in the nation to do so.

    Central Americans are the second largest ethnic group within the Los Angeles community colleges, right behind students who identify as Mexican or Chicano.

    Lana Leos is in her second year of college studying to be a nurse at East Los Angeles College (ELAC). Her parents are Guatemalan and Salvadoran. At the press conference, Leos said this project “brings recognition to the many cultures that tend to get lost in the background."

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    Twin Towers Correctional Facilities. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    With nearly three dozen Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department court transportation buses are out of service, some incarcerated people are missing important court dates or forced to stay in county jails longer, according to a court employee and multiple public defenders in courtrooms across the county.

    “I have never seen it so bad,” the employee said, adding that they’d worked in the court system for decades. “Everyday, you’re having multiple people missing.”

  • Updated Aug. 19, 2022 3:07 PM
    Published Aug. 19, 2022 2:51 PM

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    Two men stand in a hallway in an elementary school. A man on the left wears a white shirt and red tie and gestures in the direction of the second man on the right, who is wearing a charcoal-gray suit and back tie and is standing with his hands clasped.
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (left) speaks with L.A. Unified School District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho during a tour of Murchison Street Elementary in Boyle Heights on Aug. 19, 2022.
    (Kyle Stokes)

    The leader of the Los Angeles Unified School District on Friday praised the city’s move to block unhoused people from camping near schools or daycare centers.

    Last week, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed legislation making areas within 500 feet of those sites off-limits to homeless encampments. LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho had urged the council to take action, saying he has witnessed “individuals shouting at kids, almost undressed,” and attempting to hop school fences.

    “That’s not acceptable, so I stand with the mayor,” said Carvalho, who has been public about his own experience living unhoused during his teen years. “This is not obviously a comprehensive solution for the issue of homelessness, but we have to start somewhere.”

  • Updated Aug. 19, 2022 3:18 PM
    Published Aug. 19, 2022 2:29 PM

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    People enjoy the beach amid the coronavirus pandemic in Huntington Beach on June 14, 2020.
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    Jetties and breakwaters are causing sand erosion in some Orange County coastal towns that will cost more than $15 million dollars to fix.

    Both types of structures were put in place to protect the coastline from potentially destructive ocean movements.

    John Kriss, the president of the Surfside Storm Water Protection District, said the beaches have been eroding since the 1940s when the structures were built for projects such as the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station.

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  • Updated Aug. 19, 2022 11:56 AM
    Published Aug. 19, 2022 11:49 AM

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    A bright yellow sign reads "RUST" and has a white arrow pointed to the right with a grassy field in the background.
    A sign directs people to the road that leads to the Bonanza Creek Ranch where the movie "Rust" was being filmed on October 22, 2021 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
    (Sam Wasson)

    It’s been nearly a year since actor and producer Alec Bladwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on the set of Rust.

    As we approach that grim Oct. 21 anniversary, investigators have not yet filed any charges despite earlier findings from workplace safety investigators that the New Mexico production exhibited “plain indifference” toward gun and ammunition handling.

  • Updated Aug. 19, 2022 10:37 AM
    Published Aug. 19, 2022 10:28 AM

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    Electrical power line towers are seen in Los Angeles, California, August 19, 2020.
    (Robyn Beck)

    Wednesday’s flex alert was the first of the summer, but it likely won’t be the last.

    Imagine this scenario: It’s hot. You’re sweating. Every fan in your home is on, plus your A/C. Then you hear that a dreaded flex alert was issued. All of a sudden, you’re being asked to turn up your beloved A/C to at least 78 degrees to help conserve energy.

    But why must we all sweat for the greater good?

  • Updated Aug. 19, 2022 10:27 AM
    Published Aug. 19, 2022 10:27 AM

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    Doctor talk to patients in the clinic office. The focus is on the stethoscope and the patient consults and diagnoses, sits and talks. at the table near the window in hospital medical concept
    Doctors talk to patients in the clinic office. The focus is on the stethoscope and the patient consults and diagnoses, sits and talks. at the table near the window in hospital medical concept

    California is trying to ease the pain of vasectomies by making them free for millions of residents.

    Federal law and state law require most health insurers to cover prescription contraceptives at no cost to the patient. But those provisions apply to only 18 FDA-approved birth control options for women, so anyone with testicles is out of luck.

    California lawmakers are now considering a bill that would expand that requirement to male sterilization and non-prescription birth control, including condoms and contraceptive sponges.