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L.A. County Towns Clash Over Homelessness Policies

Local governments often come to different conclusions about how to address homelessness within their respective borders, but varying approaches only exacerbate the problem.

February 3, 2023 - Shelterforce Magazine

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Tragedy Strikes America's First Suburban Chinatown

Learn more about Monterey Park, a city in the San Gabriel Valley, which was devastated by a mass shooting over the weekend.

January 23, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

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Downpours Yield 33 Billion Gallons of Captured Stormwater in L.A. County

County officials hope reclamation efforts will help the region reduce its dependence on imported water supplies.

January 19, 2023 - ABC7

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The Importance of Restoring Degraded Lands in Los Angeles County

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors just approved the Parks Needs Assessment Plus (PNA+), which highlights the need for transforming degraded lands such as landfills and oil fields into parks and open spaces, particularly in underserved communities.

December 11, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

Light Rail Project Proposed Route

$1.9 Billion in State Budget Surplus Requested for L.A. Transit Projects

L.A. transit officials hope the state budget surplus can be used to fund regional transit project, including one highly anticipated light rail project that broke ground on Friday, December 2.

December 4, 2022 - Los Angeles Daily News

Black and white photo of Mount Lowe Railway train in 1893, Angeles National Forest

Mountain Shuttle Could Be Revived, a Century Later

Close to one hundred years after the last funicular trains took tourists up to dizzying heights in the Angeles National Forest, a new shuttle service could bring the wilderness closer to more Los Angeles residents.

September 21, 2022 - Mass Transit

Playground with yellow slides in Rimgrove Park, Los Angeles County

Serving Communities and Advancing Equity Through Parks

Parks are not just for fun and games. They are also centers of community, offering shelter, food, and employment for the most vulnerable.

September 19, 2022 - Fast Company

Rolling green hills in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles

New Parks Needs Assessment Standards in L.A. County

The report contains data and analyses in support of expanding land conservation and restoration, transit to parks, and other strategies to meet regional and rural needs in Los Angeles County.

September 19, 2022 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

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A New Master Plan for the Los Angeles River

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to approved a new master plan for the L.A. River—the “Reimagined River.”

June 22, 2022 - Ethnic Media Services

COVID-19 and Public Health

Let the Endemic Planning Begin

The first state in the nation to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of a novel coronavirus that humans had no immunity from became the first to release an actual endemic plan, complete with a fancy acronym, SMARTER.

February 23, 2022 - The Washington Post

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In Historic Move, L.A. County to Phase Out Oil Wells

The long history of oil extraction in the nation's most populous county is entering its final chapter.

September 17, 2021 - Gizmodo

COVID-19 Pandemic

The Vaccinated Account for 20 Percent of Covid Infections in a Few Hot Spots

All Americans, vaccinated and unvaccinated, are still in this pandemic together.

August 17, 2021 - The Washington Post

Social Distancing

Vaccinated Californians Estimated to Account for 20% of Current COVID Infections

State and national health authorities are unusually tight-lipped when it comes to so-called vaccine breakthrough infections, so one Bay Area newspaper editorial page editor did the math himself.

August 12, 2021 - The Mercury News

Los Angeles Sunset

Los Angeles County Gets a C+ on Sustainability Report Card

UCLA released a report about how land use, biodiversity, and looming environmental threats affect the health and well-being of Los Angeles County residents.

July 21, 2021 - UCLA Newsroom

Venice Beach Coronavirus

APA Recognizes Los Angeles County's Sustainability Plan

The American Planning Association (APA) has honored Los Angeles County with the Award of Excellence in Sustainability for the 2019 OurCounty Sustainability Plan.

July 9, 2021 - County of Los Angeles

A woman in a mask shops at Trader Joe's.

Los Angeles County First to Recommend Resumption of Indoor Masking

Due to the emergence of the more transmissible Delta variant, Los Angeles County's masking guidance goes beyond what the CDC and the state health department recommend for those who are fully vaccinated. St. Louis has joined them.

July 6, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

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Taking Care of the Santa Monica Mountains

Learn more about the Resource Conservation District which promotes land stewardship and resource conservation in the mountains through habitat restoration, planning, research, and education.

July 1, 2021 - Malibu Times

Antelope Valley, California

Rural Parks Planning Underway in Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is conducting a survey to better understand the park and recreation needs of rural areas.

June 24, 2021 - SCV News

Wildfire

Wildfire Recovery for the Nation's Largest Urban Park

The National Park Service is seeking public comments on the redevelopment of sites within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area that were burned in the 2018 Woolsey Fire. 

June 22, 2021 - National Park Service

Vineyard, Napa Valley, California

Lawsuit by Malibu Wineries Challenges Ban on New Vineyards

A coalition of winemakers claims that the county ignored CEQA requirements in instituting a blanket ban on new vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains.

June 18, 2021 - LAist

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