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Christy Smith is the only woman running in CA 25 special election



A look at their Facebook pages the week before Thanksgiving gives an insight into the candidates vying to replace former Rep. Katie Hill in California’s 25th Congressional District in the March 3 special election. The men – Democratic YouTube host Cenk Uygur, Republican former Rep. Steve Kight and former Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos all focus on themselves.

Assemblymember Christy Smith, however, focuses on the district – from the 32-plus photos of a Lancaster community Thanksgiving dinner to packaging Thanksgiving dinners for 124 families associated with the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers in Newhall to raising $1,406 at her Hart High School Class of 2009 reunion to show support for Saugus High School, still grieving after the recent mass shooting.

But Smith also has some California mamma bear snarl. Papadopoulos has lived in California for just over a year and is still on supervised release after spending two weeks in federal prison for lying to the FBI during the Mueller probe. On Oct. 29, Smith posted a Twitter video mocking the 32-year old.  “Hey, guess what, this is California,” said Smith, slapping her hand on a US map. “And as soon as you can identify my district on here, you let us know.”

Nonetheless, on Nov. 25, Papadopoulos went on “Fox & Friends” to announce he’s running to “promote the ‘America First’ agenda.” Some media outlets are speculating about a possible duel between Papadopoulos and Cenk Uygur, the hyper-masculine progressive co-founder/host of The Young Turks, who is also running.

The Los Angeles County Democratic Party, Stonewall Democratic Club, and Stonewall Young Democrats have condemned Uygur for past controversial comments, including a 2000 blog post in which Uygur called women “flawed.”

“It seems like there is a sea of tits here, and I am drinking in tiny droplets,” Uygur wrote. “Obviously, the genes of women are flawed. They are poorly designed creatures who do not want to have sex nearly as often as needed for the human race to get along peaceably and fruitfully.”

Uygur posted a Facebook video complaining about the “personal attacks.” But Uygur has a bigger problem. “I’ve never once seen Cenk at anything,” Zakia Kator, an Afghan refugee progressive activist who supports Smith, told the Daily Beast. “He’s truly a carpetbagger. Nobody knows him, other than the people like me who actually listen to his show.”

After Uygur filed to run on Nov. 13, conspiracy theory InfoWars host Mike Cernovich fantasized about a debate with the uber-progressive. Smith posted a cryptic tweet: “Here’s an idea. How about all of you man spread in your own damn districts?! #CA25 belongs to #CA25”

Endorsements poured in, including from Equality California. “Christy Smith is an outstanding ally and champion for the LGBTQ community,” Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur said in a press release. “In Sacramento, she’s fought to lower the cost of healthcare and make our schools safe and supportive for all students. We’re confident she’ll do the same in Washington and are proud to support her campaign for Congress.”

In his video, Uygur complained that his opponent didn’t want to discuss “the issues.” But a quick scroll through Smith’s Twitter feed demolishes that assertion. She highlights community events, provides important information during the terrible fires that ravaged her district and talks about her education, good governance, and pro-nurses legislation signed by Gov. Newsom.

Smith told the Los Angeles Blade that if elected, she will make education a top priority.

“Our public school system is one of the most important cornerstones of our democracy,” she said. “I plan to be a member who’s focusing on everything that’s relevant to my District, but especially working on improvements in our public education system across the country.”

Smith said she finds Uygur’s commentary “disqualifying.” But it was his lack of response to the Saugus High School shooting that really galled her.

“The night of the event I was with grieving families and really trying to work to pull our community back together,” Smith said. “I got home to find out that he had been raising money online and boasting about fundraising totals. Probably from his mansion in Newport Beach. That act alone I found singularly disqualifying for the kind of District that he hopes to represent.”

Smith said she learned about the LGBTQ community as a teenager when her mother was a home healthcare worker for people with AIDS during the 80s while living in Santa Clarita.

“She really became bonded to these individuals, sometimes to their families, sometimes to their partners,” Smith said. “[She] shared with me the injustices that these individuals were facing — not being able to leave property to a partner or a loved one;  not being able to provide for them, being on their deathbed and not having family members come to be at their side because they had been disavowed for being a part of the gay community. The fact that we talked about deep issues like this, informed me.”

That led to “some really solid friendships” with LGBTQ people, including supporting and mentoring a gay young man who ran for school board in their local community.

Smith said she appreciated “the warmth and the outpouring of support” from Equality California and Stonewall. “It just means the world to me,” she said. “I may not be the perfect ally because I haven’t shared the struggles, but I am always certainly willing to learn and to understand and to appreciate. I hope to not let the community down.”

For more, visit Christy for Congress.






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Reminder: 101 closed through DTLA until 10pm Sunday

The closure began at 10 p.m. Saturday and will be completed by 10 p.m. Sunday, the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering announced



Photo Credit: County of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – (KTLA) Motorists are being reminded that the stretch of 101 through the downtown area of Los Angeles is shut down for road restoration and reconstruction work.

KTLA reported the closure began at 10 p.m. Saturday and will be completed by 10 p.m. Sunday, the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering announced.

The 24-hour closure between State Route 60 and the 10 Freeway interchange is needed for the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project, which aims to replace the original, seismically-deficient structure built in 1932, authorities said.

During the closure, the California Department of Transportation will also be doing slab replacement work along the same stretch of the 101 Freeway.

The closure will center around the east side of the viaduct construction site in Boyle Heights. While the stretch is closed, drivers headed west on State Route 60 from the Pomona area will not be able to access the 101, officials said.

Off-ramps and on-ramps in the area will also be closed during as road work gets underway.

Drivers who reach the closure will see signs directing them to a detour.

(The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering)

The new $588 million viaduct is expected to be completed in Summer of 2022, stretching between Boyle Heights and the Arts District.

Officials say it is the largest bridge project in the history of Los Angeles.

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LA-DWP & Mayor Garcetti announce new outdoor watering restrictions

Sprinkler watering will be allowed Monday & Friday at odd-numbered addresses in the city, and even-numbered addresses on Thursday & Sunday



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LOS ANGELES – In a press conference Tuesday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced that outdoor watering in the city will be restricted to two days a week starting June 1.

The announcement comes as the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California declared an unprecedented water shortage emergency two weeks ago, imposing restrictions after MWD’s board voted to adopt the emergency measures to “reduce non-essential water use” in certain areas. Cities and smaller water suppliers that get water from MWD are required to start restricting outdoor watering to one day a week, or to find other ways to cut usage to a new monthly allocation limit.


In Tuesday’s press conference Mayor Garcetti said L.A.’s two-day limit was still more lenient than the one imposed by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which has ordered many of its member agencies to restrict outdoor watering to once a week.

Sprinkler watering will be allowed on Monday and Friday at odd-numbered addresses in the city, and even-numbered addresses on Thursday and Sunday.

For more information visit the LADWP webpage here.

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Hollywood residents angered over Sunset Blvd. homeless encampment

Many residents are frustrated over the increasing daily criminal activity that has plagued the area, including vehicle break-ins



Screenshot via KABC 7

HOLLYWOOD – For those who live in the Hollywood neighborhood that surrounds the homeless encampment on Sunset Boulevard at Martel Avenue, the last seventeen months have been aggravating.

Many residents are frustrated over the increasing daily criminal activity that has plagued the area, including vehicle break-ins which at times has resulted in multiple break-ins on the same vehicles.

“We’ve had tons of break-ins. Our garage has been broken into five times. Cars are vandalized. Mail is stolen,” local resident Lawrence S., who lives near the encampment, told KABC 7. “Our building, the building across the street, the building across the street that way — there’s just rampant crime.

“I actually had my sister in-law come to visit for the first time and she parked across the street in broad daylight and within 30 seconds, someone from the homeless encampment was down swinging a club at her. The violence is escalating and we keep asking the City Council, what is it going to take? Do we need to wait till someone’s murdered?”

The encampment is located at 7323 Sunset Blvd. and surrounds an AT&T building. It’s located in L.A. City Councilwoman Nithya Raman’s district who toured the encampment in 2021, joined by residents, including Terry S.

“She promised. She said that she would be adamantly enforcing ADA compliance. That she’s looking into setting up a safe camping location for the campers. Never happened,” Terry S. told KABC 7.

“In August, 41.18, an ordinance, passed and we were very hopeful because finally we thought that they would have some tools at their disposal,” Lawrence S. said. “But the city councilwoman is only enforcing a part of that ordinance, which is the Care Plus Cleanup program. However, she’s only doing it when she feels like enforcing it, which is three times in 17 months.”

Residents say that the city’s efforts to clean up and clear out the encampment only results in the homeless displaced for a couple of days sometimes less and then they return to reestablish the encampment. This past Thursday the city again clean and cleared the encampment.

While an KABC 7 camera and reporter Josh Haskell were working on the story homeless people were in the background reestablishing their presence across the street.

KABC 7 reached out to Councilwoman Nithya Raman whose office responded with a media statement:

“This encampment is a priority for our office, and our Homelessness Team has been consistently bringing services and working with the individuals living at this location. LAHSA outreach teams most recently identified seven people living here and together we worked to move three of them into shelter just yesterday as part of our Encampment-to-Home project, which has already moved 43 people in Hollywood indoors. Additionally, a cleanup took place at this location yesterday and we are working to move the remaining individuals into shelter as soon as beds become available. We are in continued communication with the residents in the neighborhood regarding the status of our progress as we move forward.”

Residents upset with LA City Councilwoman Nithya Raman over Sunset Boulevard homeless encampment:

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