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Apply for LA Parks & Rec 2021 Competitive Grant Programs

LA County Parks & Rec offers workshops

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation department is hosting Virtual Workshops on May 12 and June 9 to help County residents apply for the 2021 Competitive Grant Programs.

Those programs include $33.4 million for park development across Los Angeles County. Funded by Measure A, the programs are open for online applications by eligible park development entities from April 30 to October 28 at 10:00 a.m.

LA Parks & Rec encourages you to attend the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District’s FREE virtual workshops to learn more about applying for grants for park projects in your community.

REGISTER TODAY FOR A VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

Application Workshops are offered on:

May 12, 2021 at 2:00 P.M.
June 9, 2021 at 10:00 A.M.

For more information, visit the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District’s Competitive Grant Programs Webpage. You can also download and share the Fact Sheet.

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Heat Alert; High Temperatures forecast for parts of LA County & SoCal

It is important that we check on others, in particular those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of high temperatures

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Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service

OXNARD – The National Weather Service has issued a heat watch and warning for interior segments of Sothern California including the Mojave Desert areas, Kern County, parts of Ventura and Los Angeles County, Palm Springs and the Inland Empire to the border, as well San Gabriel, San Bernardino, Riverside and the Coachella Valley.

The average daytime temperatures are expected to exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a Heat Alert as high temperatures have been forecast for the following areas:

  • East San Gabriel Valley – through Friday, June 18
  • Santa Clarita Valley – through Saturday, June 19
  • Antelope Valley – through Sunday, June 20

Public Health reminds everyone to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness, especially older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes, and people with a chronic medical condition who are especially sensitive to negative health impacts from extreme heat. Public Health offers the following recommendations during high temperature days:

  • Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated throughout the day.
  • If you must go out, plan your day to avoid going out during the hottest hours, and wear sunscreen. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes, and wear a hat or use an umbrella.
  • Cars get very hot. Never leave children or pets in cars and call 911 if you see a child or pet in a car alone.
  • Beware of heat-related illness, like heat stroke and call 911 if you see these symptoms: high body temperature, vomiting, and pale and clammy skin.
  • Check on those at risk, like those who are sick, older adults, pregnant women, and children, and those who live alone.
  • If you are wearing a mask, avoid strenuous workouts wearing face coverings or masks not intended for athletic purposes.
  • Visit your power company’s website or contact them by phone to determine if you are scheduled for a rolling power outage.

“While it is very important that everyone take special care of themselves, it is equally important that we reach out and check on others, in particular those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of high temperatures, including children, the elderly, and their pets,” said Muntu Davis, MD, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “High temperatures are not just an inconvenience, they can be dangerous and even deadly. But we can protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated. It is critically important to never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in homes with no air conditioning and particularly in vehicles, even if the windows are ‘cracked’ or open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels. If you have an elderly or infirm neighbor who is without air conditioning, check on them throughout the day.”

County and City partners have planned ways to safely operate cooling centers during times of high heat. Residents who do not have access to air conditioning are encouraged to take advantage of these free cooling centers.

To find a location near you, visit https://ready.lacounty.gov/heat/ or call 211.

The health and safety of staff and visitors at cooling centers is priority. Public Health notes the following for cooling centers:

  • Staff and visitors are instructed to stay home if they do not feel well. Any person reporting or exhibiting signs of illness is advised to seek appropriate medical care.
  • Staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering at all times, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
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Extreme Heat Warning: High temperatures forecast for Southern California

“If you have an elderly or infirm neighbor who is without air conditioning, check on them throughout the day.”

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Graphic courtesy of NOAA/The National Weather Service

LOS ANGELES – The National Weather Service has issued a warning that a dangerous heat wave is expected to be in full effect Tuesday through the remainder of the week with peak high temperatures expected Tuesday through Thursday in the triple digit range in some parts of Southern California.

The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued an Extreme Heat Warning Monday advising everyone to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness, especially older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes, and people with a chronic medical condition who are especially sensitive to negative health impacts from extreme heat.

County and City partners have planned ways to safely operate cooling centers during times of high heat. Residents who do not have access to air conditioning are encouraged to take advantage of these free cooling centers. To find a location near you, visit https://ready.lacounty.gov/heat/ or call 211.

The health and safety of staff and visitors at cooling centers is priority. Public Health notes the following for cooling centers:

  • Staff and visitors are instructed to stay home if they do not feel well. Any person reporting or exhibiting signs of illness is advised to seek appropriate medical care.
  • Staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering at all times, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

“High temperatures are not just an inconvenience, they can be dangerous and even deadly. But we can protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated. It is critically important to never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in homes with no air conditioning and particularly in vehicles, even if the windows are ‘cracked’ or open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels,” said Muntu Davis, MD, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “If you have an elderly or infirm neighbor who is without air conditioning, check on them throughout the day.”

The Los Angeles County Health Officer reminds everyone to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness, especially older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes, and people with a chronic medical condition who are especially sensitive to negative health impacts from extreme heat. Public Health offers the following recommendations during high temperature days:

  • Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated throughout the day.
  • If you must go out, plan your day to avoid going out during the hottest hours, and wear sunscreen. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes, and wear a hat or use an umbrella.
  • Cars get very hot. Never leave children or pets in cars and call 911 if you see a child or pet in a car alone.
  • Beware of heat-related illness, like heat stroke and call 911 if you see these symptoms: high body temperature, vomiting, and pale and clammy skin.
  • Check on those at risk, like those who are sick, older adults, pregnant women, and children, and those who live alone.
  • If you are wearing a mask, avoid strenuous workouts wearing face coverings or masks not intended for athletic purposes.
  • Visit your power company’s website or contact them by phone to determine if you are scheduled for a rolling power outage.
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Twitterchat supporting trans and nonbinary youth Monday

The Twitterchat encourages support for LGBTQ young people finding and defining their own freedom of self-expression.

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Graphic courtesy of Equal Rights Advocates

SAN FRANCISCO – It’s Pride Month and Rainbow Flags are visible everywhere. But 2021 is officially the worst year in recent history for anti-LGBTQ legislative attacks with more than 250 bills introduced or passed in statehouses around the country, according to the Human Rights Campaign

In the ongoing backlash against marriage equality, many of the bills target transgender and nonbinary youth from participating in sports or receiving gender-affirming medical care. The San Francisco-based Equal Rights Advocates – which fights for gender justice for all – has organized a Twitter- oriented Pride Week of Action from June 14-18 @equalrightsadv. [ To sign up, go to: bit.ly/prideweekofaction ]

The week kicks off with a Twitterchat on Monday afternoon to support trans and nonbinary youth. ERA has also invited Public Justice – a national legal advocacy organization (@Public_Justice) – as well as Center for American Progress LGBTQ (@LGBTQprogress), Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement & Research (CLEAR – @lgbtq_economics), the LGBTQ Movement Advancement Project (@lgbtmap) and The New York Women’s Foundation (@NYWomensFdn), among others, to participate. 

The Twitterchat starts at 12 PT / 3 ET on ERA’s Twitter page (@equalrightsad). After introductions, the ERA moderator will pose questions every 5 minutes, to which the participating organizations and the public are urged to respond with the tags:@equalrightsadv (for retweets) and hashtags #LetKidsPlay #ProtectTransKids.

“Public Justice is pleased to participate as a coalition member in this Twitterchat organized by Equal Rights Advocates supporting trans and nonbinary students,” says Adele Kimmel, Director of the Students’ Civil Rights Project at Public Justice. The Twitterchat hopes to educate, as well as be fun, progressive networking. 

For instance, last week, on June 9, Kimmel gave testimony before a hearing organized by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights which has launched a comprehensive review of Title IX regulations after changes made by former Education Sec. Betsy DeVos

“The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is responsible for and fully committed to enforcing Title IX’s protections to ensure equal access to education for all students regardless of sex. This includes making certain that students who have experienced discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity have their legal rights fully met,” said Suzanne B. Goldberg, acting assistant secretary for civil rights and former Lambda Legal attorney in the DOE’s press release.

Kimmel concurred, testifying that, among the actions the DOE should take is to explain that “sex-based harassment” includes harassment based on “sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.”

The ERA-organized coalition hopes the Twitterchat encourages the LGBTQ community and allies to take action to support young people finding and defining their own freedom of self-expression.

“All young people — trans, cis, nonbinary, queer, survivor — have an equal claim to their own self-knowledge, Public Justice civil rights lawyer Adrienne Spiegel wrote in a commentary for The Advocate last April.  “We believe them. We support them. We will continue to fight for them.”

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