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City of Los Angeles hosts Trans awareness month

“Liberty and justice for all has no footnote of exclusion,” said Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Mayor Eric Garcetti are partnering with the City’s Transgender Advisory Council, the Department of Civil and Human Rights, and the Los Angeles Police Department to host a virtual event in celebration of Transgender Awareness Month and observe Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The event will be held live on Facebook [link], on Wednesday, November 18, at 11am. During the event, Councilmember O’Farrell will recognize the important work being done through St. John’s Well Child and Family Center and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to improve the health of Transgender individuals across the city.

Transgender Awareness Month takes place annually each November, and is held to raise awareness of the transgender community through education and advocacy.

“To say that 2020 has been a challenging year would be a vast understatement, however out of the many unprecedented challenges we face there is untold opportunity,” said Councilmember O’Farrell.

“Tens of thousands of people rallied for racial and social justice around the ‘All Black Lives Matter’ installation, which stands as a testament to the plight of Transgender people of color and serves as a constant reminder that we are obligated to dismantle the structural inequities faced by all historically marginalized communities. They need the support and resources that organizations like St John’s and Children’s Hospital provide and I am happy to help honor them today,” he added.

During the event, a moment of silence will follow the reading of the names of the 34 Transgender and gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed in 2020. According to the Human Rights Campaign, the majority of the victims were Black and LatinxTransgender women. Oftentimes these cases go unreported or misreported.

“Every day, I engage with Transgender men and women who aren’t accepted by their families for who they are,” said Karina Samala, Chair of the City’s Transgender Advisory Council. “This event serves as a reminder that our lives matter, and we are making a difference in our communities in Los Angeles. Thank you Councilmember O’Farrell and all our City partners for being allies, and elevating the conversation about trans rights.”

“We must do our part to ensure all Angelenos are visible and heard,” said Capri Maddox, Executive Director of the City’s and Civil and Human Rights Department. “I look forward to continuing the work with the Transgender Advisory Council to address inequalities and build new partnerships so that all Angelenos thrive.”

“Liberty and justice for all has no footnote of exclusion,” said Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, of the Los Angeles Police Department. “As a community, our collective commitment must be unwavering –to protect, support, and defend the rights and safety of all transgender Angelenos. Nothing and no one thrives in the shadows. Let light, unity, and the goal of equality define our message during Transgender Awareness Month.”

During the virtual event, Councilmember O’Farrell will present official City of Los Angeles certificates of appreciation to St. John’s and Children’s Hospital, as well as announce that City Hall will be illuminated in the Trans Pride colors on Friday, November 20, in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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IATSE and film studios reach a deal, strike averted

The new contract put a halt to what would have been the first nationwide strike in the union’s 128-year history

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Graphic via IATSE

NEW YORK – Negotiators for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees reached a deal Saturday averting a major production strike that would have crippled film and television production nationwide.

The new 3 year contract between the union representing the 60,000 rank and file behind-the-camera film and TV workers and the studios put a halt to what would have been the first nationwide strike in the union’s 128-year history and the first major strike by crews since World War II.

Text of the press release announcement:

Important Update: Tentative Agreement Reached – Strike Averted
Late Saturday, President Matt Loeb and the 13 Hollywood Locals announced that the IATSE
has tentatively agreed to terms and conditions for the 2021 Basic and Videotape Agreements.
Everything achieved was because you, the members, stood up and gave us the power to
change the course of these negotiations. Our solidarity, at both the leadership and rank and
file level, was the primary reason that no local was left behind and every priority was
addressed. Because of you we realized:


• Living wage achieved
• Improved wages and working conditions for streaming
• Retroactive scale wage Increases of 3% annually
• Employer Funded Benefits for the term
• Increased meal period penalties including prevailing rate
• Daily Rest Periods of 10 hours without exclusions
• Weekend Rest Periods of 54 and 32 hours
• Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Holiday
• Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
• 13th and 14th checks for pre-August 2009 retirees
• Additional MPI Hours for On-Call Employees
• Expansion of Sick Leave Benefit to the entire country

Your local will provide more detailed information over the next few days. The Memorandum
of Agreement will be available when drafting is completed. We are currently working out the
details of the electronic ratification process.

Your strike authorization vote, your preparation for a strike and your willingness to risk
your livelihood to fight for yourselves and each other has profoundly changed our union.
We thank you for your unwavering support.

In Solidarity,
Matthew D. Loeb
International President,
IATSE
Rebecca Rhine
National Executive Director,
IATSE Local 600
Rachael Stanley
Executive Director,
IATSE Local 892
Greg Reeves
Business Representative-Secretary,
IATSE Local 728
Adam West
Business Representative,
IATSE Local 705
Patric Abaravich
Business Representative,
IATSE Local 871
Cathy Repola
National Executive Director,
IATSE Local 700
Scott Bernard
Business Representative,
IATSE Local 695
Doug Boney
Business Representative,
IATSE Local 884
Thom Davis
Business Manager,
IATSE Local 80
Randy Sayer
Business Agent,
IATSE Local 706
Tobey Bays
Business Agent,
IATSE Local 44
Robert D. Denne
Business Representative/
Secretary-Treasurer,
IATSE Local 729
Chuck Parker
National Executive D

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In time for holiday travel LAX opens new parking structure

The $294-million, 4,300 parking space structure is located a half mile away from LAX’s Central Terminal Area

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Mayor epic Garcetti and LAWA/LAX officials open new parking structure (Photo Credit: City of Los Angeles and LAX Airport)

LOS ANGELES – This week City Mayor Eric Garcetti celebrated the opening of the LAX Economy Parking, a new LAX parking faculty set to open Tuesday. The $294-million, 4,300 parking space structure is located a half mile away from LAX’s Central Terminal Area.

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports announced that there will be a dedicated shuttle bus to take travelers to the parking facility and the terminal area’s arrivals level.

Graphic courtesy of KTLA 5 and Los Angeles World Airports LAX

The four-story facility will have electric vehicle charging, automatic entry and exit, and allow drivers to pre-book parking online for a discounted rate. Initially, pre-booking discounts will give drivers up to 70% off the drive-up rate of $25 per day.

Previously, parking at LAX was only available on a first-come, first-served basis, with no reservation system available.

For those travelers who have furry canine companions or service dogs, the airport authority noted the new LAX Economy Parking facility features a pet relief area.

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Firefighters battle winds as Alisal Fire burns 26 square miles

A stretch of the101 freeway remained closed both directions Thursday due to the Alisal Fire in Santa Barbara County

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Aircraft dropping fire retardant in Santa Barbara County battling Alisal blaze (Screenshot KTLA 5)

GOLETA – A stretch of the 101 freeway remained closed both directions Thursday due to the Alisal Fire in Santa Barbara County, cutting off traffic to Los Angeles. Over 1,300 firefighters are battling the blaze assisted by aircraft dumping water and fire retardant.

Firefighting crews on Thursday were focusing on stopping the movement of the blaze to the west after winds pushed it that way late Wednesday, CAL-FIRE Santa Barbara fire spokesperson Kristen Allison told on scene media in a briefing.

According to Allison, aircraft dropped a long line of fire retardant and water along a ridgetop road to help keep the fire from moving north and a wildfire burn scar from slowed the blaze’s movement to the east.

“The further this fire moves both east and west it will move into some fire scars from previous wildfires, so those areas aren’t going to have nearly the amount of fuels for the fire to work with,” said Andrew Madson, an information officer with Los Padres National Forest.

Among the over 100 structures at risk is former President Ronald Reagan’s 688-acre ranch Rancho del Cielo, his home for nearly twenty-five years and the Western White House for eight, which sits atop a ridge threatened by the advancing fire which is only 5% contained.

Jessica Jensen, an official of the Young America’s Foundation, a conservative organization that now operates the ranch told reporters that the blaze remained about a half-mile from the ranch on Thursday.

Courtesy of the California Highway Patrol

A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol advised motorists “Hwy 101 is still closed between Hwy 1 and Winchester Canyon Road/Cathedral Oaks in both directions. Alternate routes are SR-154 and I-5. Expect heavier than normal traffic on both routes. HAZMAT or commercial vehicles over 65 feet are not permitted on SR-154 and should use I-5.”

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