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2003 - Actress & big cat rescuer Tippi Hedren of Acton inducted into Hollywood Walk of Fame [story]
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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion Tuesday to expand high-speed internet access for students and workers in need.

COVID-19 shed a light on many inequities within the county. The pandemic revealed a great disparity for internet access, which impacts children who are learning online and residents who are teleworking.

“As many have transitioned to working from home and distance learning, the need for affordable, reliable telecommunications services and resources is now more important than ever,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the county’s 5th District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley. “We hope this effort will lead to a more just and equitable future in order to equip our residents with the access they need to learn, work, and thrive.”

The American Community Survey Data for L.A. County revealed that only 65 percent of households in low-income communities had internet access and only 51 percent had a computer. In total, 238,000 households lack internet access.

According to a study by the USC Annenberg School of Communications, one in four families with school-age children in Los Angeles County do not have the resources necessary for distance learning and are likely to fall behind in their education during the pandemic.

“Bridging the digital divide is an educational justice issue,” said Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “Communities of color, those from low-income families, people with disabilities, limited English-speakers, and people experiencing homelessness lack the appropriate technology to adequately telework or participate in distance-learning. No one should be left behind, and through this motion, the County hopes to ease this divide through digital innovation and inclusion.”

The motion raised by Supervisors Barger and Solis aims to create a plan to:

– Develop best practices for streamlining the permitting of high-speed broadband internet;

– Explore both public and private options for providing access to internet, including leveraging grants;

– Develop a database and geographic information system to display existing broadband infrastructure;

– Explore revisions to the County’s General Plan to give unincorporated areas sufficient access to high-speed internet; and

– Explore new strategies to provide free, low-cost or permit based internet to disadvantaged communities.

The motion directs the Department of Public Works and the Department of Regional Planning to report back to the Board in 90 days with their plan.

The motion by Barger and Solis can be found here.

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEADLINES
Monday, Jan 30, 2023
Los Angeles County Department of Economic Opportunity has joined business and community leaders to launch the Fair Chance Hiring Program, galvanizing the county’s business community to adopt Fair Chance hiring practices with the goal of getting 200 local businesses to commit to hiring system-impacted individuals this year.
Monday, Jan 30, 2023
The Los Angeles County Health Officer is issuing a Cold Weather Alert for the Santa Clarita Valley Tuesday through Thursday due to the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures.
Monday, Jan 30, 2023
Because of the recent rainfall, Los Angeles County Health Officer, Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, is cautioning residents that bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to contaminate ocean waters at and around discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers after a rainfall.
Monday, Jan 30, 2023
The California Transportation Commission allocated over $988 million Friday to repair and improve transportation infrastructure throughout the state.
Sunday, Jan 29, 2023
Three new educational videos greet visitors to the Placerita Nature Center to help them understand what they're seeing along the trails.

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