LAPD reports police shooting in the heart of Hollywood; witnesses say man wounded

Police opened fire at the busy corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue Thursday morning, officials said. Officers were responding around 11:20 a.m. to a report of a man with a gun at the bustling Hollywood intersection when at least one of them opened fire, said Officer Lizeth Lomeli, a Los Angeles police spokesperson. A witness told KTLA he heard five shots in a row, and people in the area started running. He says he then walked by the scene and saw officers trying to resuscitate a man down on the ground. Police tape could be seen surrounding a McDonald’s just east of the intersection in aerial video from Sky5. Blood was also visible on the sidewalk, smearing across stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bystander video captured during the aftermath showed police vehicles blocking the intersection, which is lined with several museums, theaters and a shopping mall popular among tourists. Police were responding to investigate, and no further details were immediately available. Check back for updates on this developing story.

Thursday forecast: Temperatures return to average with less humidity

Look for temperatures in most cities to return to about average along with a decrease in humidity Thursday. High pressure remains in control of the region, helping to keep skies mostly sunny. Air quality has improved quite a bit from earlier this week, with most areas reporting good to moderate conditions. Forecasters are calling for temperatures and humidity levels to climb again next week. Surf forecast for L.A. County Thursday Rip current risk: High                 Surf height: 3 to 5 feet Water temperature: 66 to 74 Degrees Remarks: Mixed south swell and west swell Friday Rip current risk: Moderate                 Surf height: 2 to 4 feet Remarks: Mixed south swell and west swell

California Legislature approves 1st state-funded guaranteed income program in U.S.

California lawmakers on Thursday approved the first state-funded guaranteed income plan in the U.S., $35 million for monthly cash payments to qualifying pregnant people and young adults who recently left foster care with no restrictions on how they spend it. The votes — 36-0 in the Senate and 64-0 in the Assembly — showed bipartisan support for an idea that is gaining momentum across the country. Dozens of local programs have sprung up in recent years, including some that have been privately funded, making it easier for elected officials to sell the public on the idea. California’s plan is taxpayer-funded, and could spur other states to follow its lead. “If you look at the stats for our foster youth, they are devastating,” Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk said. “We should be doing all we can to lift these young people up.” Local governments and organizations will apply for the money and run their programs. The state Department of Social Services will decide who gets funding. California lawmakers left it up to local officials to determine the size of the monthly payments, which generally range from…

Palm Springs International Airport Reports June Air Travel Record

Palm Springs International Airport recorded its highest passenger travel numbers for June last month, besting the previous record set two years ago, officials said Thursday. “We’re not just seeing a return to pre-pandemic numbers and consistent month-over-month gains in our passenger traffic; we’ve set a new passenger record,” said Ulises Aguirre, the airport’s executive director of aviation. “Additionally, the number of available flights and seats are exceeding what we saw in the summer of 2019. We originally forecasted a return to pre-pandemic numbers sometime in early 2023, but Palm Springs has already reached that and did so sooner than anticipated.” The airport reported 129,872 passengers flew in June, which is a 23% increase from the previous record of 105,350 set in June 2019. We Broke a Record June 2021 shattered our previous June passenger record set in 2019! Thank you to everyone that chose to fly PSP last month!! More details here: https://t.co/NiK0CP4wWl#flyPSP #flyPalmSprings #PalmSprings #airport pic.twitter.com/ZIlF0lRuZh — Palm Springs International Airport (@flyPSP) July 15, 2021 Initial numbers from July, and pre-booked seats for August, are shaping out to be impressive as well, the airport…

US sues Amazon for selling dangerous products

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission says Amazon is selling hazardous products to its customers. The federal safety watchdog is suing Amazon to stop. Among the products cited in the suit are carbon monoxide detectors that fail to alarm, numerous children’s pajamas that could catch fire and nearly 400,000 hair dryers that could electrocute people if dropped in water. The action is another sign of a far more aggressive stance by the CPSC this year. In the past the agency has often pulled its punches rather than push a court fight with companies it believes sell dangerous products. The products cited are not sold directly by Amazon — they’re sold by third parties using Amazon’s platform. Many of those companies that sold the dangerous products cited by CPSC are foreign, and the CPSC has limited ability to force a recall of their products if they are found to be hazardous. The CPSC said cracking down on Amazon is the only way to keep consumers safe from these products. “Today’s vote to file an administrative complaint against Amazon was a huge step forward for this small agency,” says Acting Chairman…

Officer With Health Issues Sues over Alleged Discriminatory Mask Policy

Share this article:A Los Angeles police officer has sued the city, alleging he was harassed and subjected to a backlash by the department for not wearing a face covering while working outdoors even though the department knew he had a respiratory problem. Officer Rick Knoph’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges discrimination, retaliation, failure to accommodate and failure to engage in the interactive process. He seeks unspecified damages in the suit brought Wednesday. A representative for the City Attorney’s Office could not immediately be reached. Knoph has worked at various LAPD divisions for the past 23 years, the suit states. In May 2020, the LAPD implemented a policy requiring all officers to wear a face covering when they are in contact with the public or cannot socially distance form co-workers, the suit states. “This policy did not provide exceptions for officers with disabilities,” the suit alleges. Knoph has a longtime respiratory illness of which the LAPD was aware, the suit states. His doctor advised him to avoid wearing face coverings “if he is able to be outdoors,” according to the suit. Later that month, the…

Shooting Involving Los Angeles Police Reported in Hollywood

Share this article:A shooting involving Los Angeles police was reported Thursday in Hollywood. The shooting occurred about 11:20 a.m. near Martel Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers went to the area on a report of a man with a gun, and two people may have been injured, according to broadcast reports. Shooting Involving Los Angeles Police Reported in Hollywood was last modified: July 15th, 2021 by Contributing Editor

Those who refrain from acting for the common good

Although part of this column was written nearly a week ago, there will be readers who have still not been vaccinated for protection against the COVID-19 virus or its variations, even though medical experts, and our President, tell us that those who do not get vaccinated have a  good chance of dying from said virus. Yet some people will ignore this sage advice. Why is that? It was once thought that people who differ from mainstream thought came from different backgrounds. Their formative years were spent as either scoff laws, or at least as questioners of authority, and  it might be their nature to ignore advice and instructions and to adopt deviant lifestyles. They might only make personal statements, like growing  a beard, getting a tattoo, displaying a nose ring or wearing their baseball cap backwards, but almost all will be doing so because of peer pressure and probably thinking, ”Man, that looks cool. I gotta try that one.” However, should people of deviant behavior or merely different opinion be considered stupid? Well, no, for that might be considered a politically incorrect assertion. “Stupid” is…

911 call: Richard Sherman was drunk, suicidal on night of arrest

SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE: If you or someone you know is struggling with feelings of depression or suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, round-the-clock support, information and resources for help. Reach the lifeline at 800-273-8255. Local anonymous and confidential crisis hotlines (24 hours a day): Santa Clara County (1-855-278-4204), Alameda County (1-800-309-2131), Contra Costa County (call 211 or 800-833-2900 or text ‘HOPE’ to 20121), San Mateo County (650-579-0350). Richard Sherman was drunk and threatening suicide as he got into a confrontation with family members shortly before his arrest early Wednesday in a Seattle suburb, according to a 911 call from a woman who identified herself as his wife. The woman, who said her name was Ashley Sherman, said the longtime NFL cornerback was “being aggressive,” adding in the frantic call to an operator that he had wrestled with her uncle and that he was, “threatening to kill himself. He’s sent text messages to people saying he’s going to hang himself.” The caller said Sherman, 33, had consumed two bottles of hard alcohol. She clarified that Sherman did not have a weapon on him…

COVID job market: California unemployment claims fall slightly, stay far worse than normal

California workers filed slightly fewer initial claims for unemployment last week, but the filings remain far worse than the trends before coronavirus-linked business shutdowns began 16 months ago, the government reported Thursday. In sharp contrast to the dreary state of California’s battered job market, jobless claims in the United States fell to their lowest level since the business shutdowns began, the U.S. Labor Department reported. California’s initial unemployment claims totaled about 58,400 during the week that ended on July 10, which was down 450 from the 58,850 claims that workers filed during the week ending on July 3, according to the Labor Department. The jobless claims for the most recent week are 30% higher than what they were before the business shutdowns began, this news organization’s analysis of the filings shows. During January and February 2020, the final two months before state and local government officials locked down the California economy to combat the spread of the coronavirus, unemployment claims averaged 44,800 a week. The stubbornly high current levels of unemployment claims in California suggest that workers are having more trouble than usual finding work…

COVID cases surging in California a month after reopening

By Barbara Feder Ostrov, CalMatters A month after California’s reopening lifted most pandemic restrictions, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising, worrying public health officials as they contend with the more infectious Delta variant and the lagging pace of vaccinations in some communities. Los Angeles County has drawn particular concern, with five straight days of more than 1,000 new cases, a five-fold increase from mid-June. Gov. Gavin Newsom on June 15 officially ended the state’s stay-at-home and mandatory mask orders affecting 40 million people, allowing most businesses to fully reopen. Vaccinated or not, many unmasked Californians eagerly crowded into reopened stores, restaurants, churches and sporting events.. The fallout: On Wednesday, nearly 3,100 new COVID-19 cases were reported, compared to 700 on June 15. And the state’s test positivity rate – a measure of how much virus is circulating in a community – jumped from 0.08% to 3%, according to the California Department of Public Health. The actual numbers of cases remain small, however, compared to the peak of California’s devastating winter surge, when new daily cases topped 50,000. Case counts and testing results can fluctuate because…

Gavin Newsom calls more landlords, renters to join aid program

Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday laid out enhanced efforts to speed up rental assistance to reeling landlords and tenants, urging a quicker turnaround for aid requests and encouraging more participation in the $7.2 billion program. Relief efforts launched in March by the state and large cities have been hampered by complex applications, slow processing and complicated rules and regulations. The state last month extended an eviction moratorium through Sept. 30, hoping to stem widespread displacement of tenants unable to make payments during the economic hardships of the pandemic. Newsom said at an appearance in Los Angeles Wednesday the state has improved the aid process. More than $1 billion has been requested from the state by nearly 109,000 tenant and landlord applications. But only a fraction of the total — $158 million — has been paid out, according to state data, leaving many in limbo. Newsom said the state has improved its website, Housing is Key, and added more community partners to reach poor and immigrant communities. He cautioned the risks from the virus and economic upheaval remain throughout the state. “This has been an incredibly challenging…

‘Now There Is Momentum’: Former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs Applauds California’s Guaranteed Income Plan

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — In what would be the first state-funded guaranteed income plan in the US, California lawmakers on Thursday approved $35 million for monthly cash payments to qualifying pregnant people and young adults previously in foster care. Both votes in the California Senate and Assembly were unanimous with some abstentions (36-0 and 64-0, respectively), but the plan did get some bipartisan support. “If you look at the stats for our foster youth, they are devastating,” Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk said. “We should be doing all we can to lift these young people up.” The plan could possibly spur other states to follow. “Now there is momentum, things are moving quickly,” said former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, now an advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom. The guaranteed income program that was instituted in Stockton during Tubb’s time as mayor catapulted him to national recognition. That program gave dozens of people living in lower-income neighborhoods $500 a month with no strings attached. Stockton’s plan was funded by donors, however. California’s guaranteed income plan is taxpayer funded. “The next stop is the federal government,” Tubbs said. In…

Plane Crash At Riverside Municipal Airport Injures Pilot, Passenger

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Two people have been injured after a small plane crashed in Riverside. The crash happened just before 10 a.m. at Riverside Municipal Airport, according to the FAA. The single-engine Vans RV6A crashed just short of the runway and was left on its roof. Aircraft accident update: Both the pilot and passenger have been transported to area hospitals. NTSB and FAA have been notified. pic.twitter.com/SscM9cxytn — City of Riverside Fire Department (@rivcafire) July 15, 2021 The pilot and passenger were injured in the crash and taken to area hospitals in unknown condition. Authorities say the NTSB and FAA have been notified of the crash. This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it comes in.

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