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Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, April 12-19

  Encino Neighborhood Council has 49 candidates running for 18 board seats and they will present their platforms on April 12 during a Zoom meeting. A view of a shopping area on Ventura Boulevard in Encino. (Google Street View)    Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of online meetings in the San Fernando Valley.   Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and their supporters meet online on Zoom. Meet and greet, 8:30 a.m., followed by meeting, 9:30 a.m. every Monday of the month. Guest speakers scheduled for every meeting. Contact Ed Reynolds for the Zoom link, ID and password. 818-884-4013. Email: wingsoverwendys@outlook.com How to Help Your Child Succeed with the Transitioning Back-to-School: Local District

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California ‘job killer’ list reignites old conflict

Annually, the California Chamber of Commerce chooses a relative handful of the hundreds of bills pending in the Legislature and labels them “job killers” that would impose new regulatory or taxation burdens. The publication of the chamber’s list of measures it considers most onerous has become an important ritual because it defines the current parameters of a perpetual Capitol conflict, pitting business and employer interests against a quartet of rival groups — unions, environmentalists, consumer advocates and personal injury lawyers. The targeted bills tend to be the highest priorities of the four and the annual jousting is a rough test of the Capitol’s ideological orientation. The “job killer” exercise has been underway for more than two decades and the chamber and its allies have racked

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Red lights may turn green more often as COVID-19 eases: Roadshow

Q: Sitting at a red light, watching the full cycle of signals for traffic go through is especially aggravating when there is no cross traffic and there are no pedestrians. Would you agree with this? David Russel, Mountain View A: I would agree that a lot of folks share your sentiments. Q: The intersection of Grant Avenue with Eunice/North Drive in Mountain View does this. The walk signals are programmed to come on automatically on every cycle so pedestrians don’t need to risk picking up COVID-19 when pushing the button or getting dirty from dog poop if someone pushed the button with their foot. Given the return of traffic on Grant, especially around El Camino Hospital and the YMCA, and fewer pedestrians, it would be wonderful to have the signals returned to their previous normal cycles. C...

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Senior Living: How to prevent falls by maintaining your balance

Every second of every day in the United States, someone at least 65 years old has a fall, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and one out of five causes serious injury — such as broken bones and head trauma. And after just one fall, the risk of it happening again doubles. As a result, falls are the leading cause of injury and injury-related death among elders. Jason Koh, D.O., Medical Director (Courtesy of Long Beach Medical Center)Adults are at higher risk for falls because, over time, they tend to experience problems with balance. When older adults start to lose their balance, ordinary daily activities may become more difficult. There are several reasons this happens: Age-related muscle loss  One of the most common effects of age is involuntary loss of mus

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What Biden’s plan to tackle housing prices is missing

US President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House. | Doug Mills/Getty ImagesFed up with skyrocketing housing prices, voters support strong federal action. Voters, frustrated by astronomical rents and home prices, might be ready to force local governments to do something about the state of the housing market. Whether President Joe Biden feels the same is another question. According to a new poll by Vox and Data for Progress, a majority of likely voters say they’d support withholding federal money from cities and states that prevent more affordable types of housing from being built. More specifically, 54 percent back withholding infrastructure dollars from local governments unless they “stop making it illegal to build multifamily housing,” while just 32 percent wou

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Central California police department fires officer for alleged involvement with Proud Boys

By Alexandra Meeks | CNN A Fresno, California, police officer was fired Friday after online images and videos surfaced showing his alleged involvement with the far-right group the Proud Boys, Fresno police said. Rick Fitzgerald had been placed on paid administrative leave last month and an internal investigation was launched, the department said. It is unclear what level of involvement the former officer had with the group, but videos posted to social media showed he participated in at least one protest alongside some of their members, according to the department. “The Fresno Police Department has separated itself from Rick Fitzgerald, and he is no longer employed with the City of Fresno as a police officer,” the police department said in a statement Friday. Fitzgerald told CNN affiliate K

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Lockdown: England’s next steps to freedom as lockdown rules are eased

Shoppers have flocked to the high street following the reopening of non-essential stores (Picture: Glyn KIRK / AFP via Getty)From Monday, April 12, people in England can finally hit the shops, trim their locks, treat their talons, and enjoy a pint outdoors with friends. The relaxation of Covid rules marks another welcome step towards normality – but people are already wondering when the next raft of freedoms will be announced. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly said he wants rule changes to be ‘cautious but irreversible’ and has emphasised that the country’s timeline is conditional and based on infection rates continuing to fall, the vaccine programme going at the planned pace, and variants of concern being kept under control. As of April 12, England has entered step two

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Biden’s dog Major is reportedly getting ‘additional training’ to help him adjust to the White House after 2 biting incidents

Summary List PlacementBiden's dog Major is reportedly getting "additional training" to help him adjust to the White House after two  biting incidents. CNN White House correspondent Kate Bennett said that the first lady's press secretary told her Major, a three-year-old rescue dog, will be getting "some additional training to help him adjust to life in the White House." She said he said that "The off-site, private training will take place in the Washington, DC, area, and it is expected to last a few weeks." On March 8, Major caused a "minor injury" to an unnamed member of the Secret Service at the White House after being "surprised by an unfamiliar person," press secretary Jen Psaki said. And on March 29, Major bit a National Park Service employee while out on a walk. Join the conversat...

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Second wave ‘unlikely to hit in summer but cases could surge in autumn’

All restrictions are set to be fully lifted no earlier than June 21 (Picture: Getty Images)The UK is more likely to have a third wave of Covid in the autumn than the summer, a government scientist has claimed. Last week modelling from the government’s Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M) said cases would surge significantly soon after fully lifting restrictions. Under Boris Johnson’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, all remaining curbs are set to be lifted no earlier than June 21, depending on the state of the country’s outbreak. Some of the SPI-M’s models predict a huge surge in cases which could be as big as January’s peak, when daily deaths regularly exceeded 1,000. But critics say the predictions haven’t taken into account that the spread of most respirator

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Graduate of private Marin school sues over alleged sexual abuse by soccer coach

A graduate of the Branson School in Ross has filed a negligence lawsuit against the school over alleged sexual misconduct by a coach in the 1970s. Daphne Greene, a 59-year-old Marin resident, alleges the private school failed to protect her from harm by Rothwell Taylor, a soccer coach at the school from 1972 to 1979. “Branson holds itself out as a pillar of the community and as a safe place for children,” the 72-page complaint says. “But the truth is, Branson has a long sordid history of enabling child predators, and, at every turn, seeking to protect itself rather than the children in its care.” Greene filed the lawsuit in Marin County Superior Court. Head of school Chris Mazzola, who sent a letter Thursday about the suit to the school community, declined to comment on the negligence alle

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Stranahan’s Original Single Malt Colorado Whiskey Is Back

Following Stranahan's continued success with coveted bottles like Snowflake and Mountain Angel 10 Year in 2020, the pioneering purveyor of American single malts is permanently bringing back the whiskey that started it all.  The Denver-based distillery is rotating Original back into its core lineup in honor of the expression that launched Stranahan's 15 years ago. Featuring a blend of four-, five-, six- and seven-year aged whiskies, the younger barrels provide a malt-forward character, while the older barrels add spice and oak to create a complex flavor profile.  Stranahan's Original will be available nationwide at liquor stores that carry the brand, but two distillery-exclusive spirits have also been announced at the 15-year milestone. Kicking off the aptly named Distillery Exclusives ser...

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Mental health evaluation of California mother was requested before 3 children were stabbed to death, records show

A woman taken into custody after her three young children were stabbed to death at a Reseda apartment was in a custody dispute with the father, who requested her mental health be evaluated, court records show. The three children were discovered by their grandmother on Saturday morning, Los Angeles police said, and the mother, 30-year-old Liliana Carrillo, was apprehended hours later in Tulare County. Court records from March identify the children as Joanna, 3, Terry, 2, and Sierra, nearly 6 months old. The father, Erik Denton lives in Porterville, Calif., near where Carrillo was taken into custody on Saturday. On March 1, Denton filed for custody of the children and, later that week, filed for a temporary emergency visitation order with the Tulare County courts. This incident has rattled

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Police clash with protesters in Minneapolis suburb after officer fatally shoots man during traffic stop

Looters ransacked businesses and protesters clashed with police Sunday night in Brooklyn Center after an officer shot and killed a man in the Minneapolis suburb during a traffic stop. The shooting occurred shortly before 2 p.m. in the 6300 block of Orchard Avenue, where officers pulled a vehicle over for a traffic violation and attempted to take the driver into custody, according to a news release issued by Brooklyn Center police. Relatives near the scene identified the motorist who was killed as 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who is Black. Demonstrators who gathered outside the city’s police station after dark to protest the shooting were met by officers in riot gear, who began firing tear gas and less-lethal projectiles at the crowd after giving a dispersal order shortly before 10 p.m. More

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1 killed in Dan Ryan crash at 83rd Street

A person died in a crash April 11, 2021, on Interstate 94. | Sun-Times file photoMultiple vehicles were involved in the crash, state police said. A person was killed in a multi-vehicle crash Sunday on the Dan Ryan Expressway near 83rd Street. The crash happened about 3:20 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 94, according to Illinois State Police. Multiple vehicles were involved, and at least one person died, state police said. Further information was not immediately released. They were identified as Briana Fizer, 19, the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Illinois State Police are investigating. ...read more Source:: Chicago Sun Times...

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