Good day, people of Los Angeles; today is Mother’s Day, which became an official US holiday in 1914! It’s me again, Sylvia, your host of the Los Angeles Daily.
Why is a business owner now staying overnight in his restaurant? Also, there’s help for women on skid-row. Finally, the controversy hydrogen hub is coming up for a vote.
First, today’s weather:
Mostly sunny. High: 69 Low: 53.
Who should be the next Los Angeles Mayor? Please share your thoughts! (As of today, Rick Caruso leads the pack with 55.1% of your votes, and Karen Bass is in second place with 31.9%. kevin de leon is coming in third with 4.3%. John Buscaino, Mike Feuer, Gina Viola, and John Jackson have 1.4% each!)
Here are the top five stories today in Los Angeles:
- On Monday, a burglar targeted the D-Town Burger Bar near the 200 block of 6th Street. “The burglar got off a bike after waiting for potential witnesses to pass the entrance and smashed through the door, apparently using a small manhole cover… He walked in and grabbed the cash register containing around $1,500 before taking off.” The business’ owner has now begun staying overnight at the location. (KTLA)
- Which came first: mental illness or homelessness? “Chronic lack of sleep, anxiety or the fear of being in large groups that come with traditional shelters make it difficult to provide a safe and stable environment, especially for women who are often victimized in homeless shelters.” We learned Friday that The Oasis, a 40-bed, women-only shelter on Skid Row, is addressing the issue by helping “women heal from the trauma of the streets while waiting for placement in permanent housing.” (KABC)
- We learned Thursday that the LA City Council will vote on the creation of a hydrogen hub. While the Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and Rivers Committee (ECCJR) is in favor of it, there is community pushback. Critics cite the “the potential for hydrogen blending, a process that mixes hydrogen with fossil pipeline gas, which increases harmful emissions when the mixture is burned at power plants or in people’s homes.” (Food and Water Watch)
- A Friday report says that six of the mayoral candidates raised a combined $9,153,619 from traditional contributors. However, 47.4% have been traced to come from outside the City. “Donors in New York have given $170,670 to LA mayoral candidates, more than from any other state beyond California; the average donation is $969. The second most prolific giving state is Illinoiswith $89,894, and an average donation of $724.” (Crosstown LA)
- It’s not enough to have street improvement programs; you also need to have the staff to implement them. “City Council member Paul Krekorian calls the current vacancy rate at LA’s Department of Transportation ‘a threat to public safety’.” The under-staffing is opposed to the “City(‘s) promising in 2015 to eliminate traffic deaths on local streets by 2025 — a safety initiative known as VisionZero.” (LAist)
Today in Los Angeles:
- Commemoration of Victory in Europe Day/World War II Memorial Day at Plummer Park (11 AM)
- National Pet Week Adoption Event at the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter (11 AM)
- Mother’s Day Celebration at the Church of Scientology (11 AM to 4 PM)
- Mother’s Day Brunch at The Barish (12 PM to 5 PM)
- cork dork Mother’s Day Dinner (4 PM)
From my notebook:
- This morning, over 50 dedicated individuals joined a family defined by courage, sacrifice, and service. A cohort of Angelenos committed to keeping our city and its people safe. Major Eric Garcetti welcomed graduating officers, to the finest police force. (instagram)
- the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department needs your help to find Reginald Thompson’s murderers. Help his mother and family find justice. $20,000 reward. (Facebook)
- Good news! LA County is summarizing free weekly food distribution events for families through the end of the year. During the pandemic, we’ve distributed ~15 million pounds of food to families in need. (instagram)
- Did you know that LACCD owns and manages a large area of the Los Angeles National Forest? You have the chance to join field trips as part of geography or geology classes. Moreover, the Ralph Bunche Program also organizes Nature Walks. (Facebook)
- the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden features a stunning Cape chestnut (Calodendrum capense) in its Africa section. It is at its peak and one of their most beautiful spring blooms. Despite its name, the Cape chestnut tree, native to South Africa, bears no chestnuts. (Facebook)
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— Sylvia Cochran
About me: Sylvia Cochran works out of sunny Southern California and has been freelance writing full-time since 2005. She loves dogs, cats, books, plays Best Fiends (don’t judge), embraces social justice, and tries to live out Micah 6:8.
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