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Kaiser Permanente SoCal named LGBTQ+ healthcare equity leader

HEI is the national benchmarking tool that evaluates health care facilities’ policies & practices related to the LGBTQ+ community

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PASADENA — Kaiser Permanente’s 15 hospitals in Southern California have all received the LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader designation from The Human Rights Campaign Foundation in its 2022 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization focused on equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation creates impact through 11 programs and initiatives, working with individuals and organizations to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people.

The HEI is the national LGBTQ+ benchmarking tool that evaluates health care facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees.

“Kaiser Permanente has an unwavering commitment to providing equitable, culturally responsive care, and achieving equitable health outcomes for our LGBTQ+ members, patients and families, ,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, president, Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Hawaii, Health Plan and Hospitals. “We will continue to ensure that everywhere we deliver care, all patients feel welcome and are treated with empathy, dignity and respect.”

Kaiser Permanente Southern California medical centers, along with all other Kaiser Permanente hospitals nationwide, received the maximum score in each section of the HEI survey. Each participating Kaiser Permanente hospital completed more than 16,000 hours of LGBTQ+ training.

More than 900 health care facilities participated in the 2022 HEI survey.

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Triple A: National gas price average races to new records

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.85, which is nine cents higher than last week

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LOS ANGELES – While gas prices throughout the U.S. continued skyrocketing at levels not seen since the start of the Ukraine war due to continued uncertainties about world gasoline supply, Southern California pump prices rose more moderately in response to one major supplier being offline for maintenance, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.85, which is nine cents higher than last week. The average national price is $4.37, which is 17 cents higher than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $5.90 per gallon, which is six cents higher than last week, five cents higher than last month, and $1.74 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.86, which is five cents higher than last week, five cents higher than last month, and $1.72 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.86, which is two cents higher than last week, one cent higher than last month and $1.73 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $5.81, which is four cents higher than last week, four cents higher than last month and $1.74 higher than last year. In Bakersfield, the $5.84 average price is five cents more than last Thursday, two cents higher than last month and $1.84 higher than a year ago today.

Local Refinery Maintenance Pushes Up SoCal Prices

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“The Phillips 66 Wilmington refinery has been undergoing planned maintenance for nearly a month, keeping upward pressure on local prices, according to Oil Price Information Service,” said Auto Club spokesman Doug Shupe. “Another phenomenon that has occurred during this latest price runup is that premium gasoline has become even more expensive compared to regular grade gasoline. The Auto Club’s Automotive Research Center has found that if your vehicle’s manual just recommends premium fuel and does not require it, the vehicle will operate safely and efficiently with the much less expensive regular gas.”

The Auto Club recommends the following tips to save money on gas:

  • Look into carpooling if you commute a significant distance. Carpooling with one other person cuts commute costs in half, and you can cut your commute costs by two-thirds by carpooling with two other people.
  • Make sure your tires are properly maintained and inflated to the correct level.
  • Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular service will ensure optimum fuel economy.
  • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
  • Slow down and drive the speed limit. Fuel economy peaks around 50 mph on most cars, then drops off as speed increases. Reducing freeway speeds by 5 to 10 mph can increase fuel economy by as much as 14%.
  • Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads because you could lose control of the vehicle.
  • Minimize your use of air conditioning.
  • Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in colder temperatures. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
  • Remove  unnecessary and heavy items from your car.
  • Minimize your use of roof racks and remove special carriers when not in use.
  • Download the AAA App to find the cheapest gas prices near you.

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on May 12, averages are:

May 12

Gas prices soar to new record highs:

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LA trans sex offender arrested for murder & robbery in Kern County

Tubbs continues to serve her Los Angeles County sentence, while being prosecuted on an unrelated robbery charge in Kern County

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Hannah Tubbs (Booking photo via the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.)

BAKERSFIELD – An individual convicted of violently sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a Palmdale Denny’s restaurant restroom in 2014, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Kern County on charges of felony murder and robbery in an unrelated case.

Hannah Tubbs, 27, who identifies as a trans female, is charged under her birth name in the most recent charges which stem from the Kern County case in 2019.

Tubbs appeared in a Kern County courtroom in Bakersfield to face charges connected to the April 21, 2019 death of Michael Clark. 

Screenshot/KGET NBC News Bakersfield

Tubbs is being held in Kern County jail on $1 million bond and is being detained in the men’s section. Kern County prosecutors are referring to her as James Edward Tubbs.

Tubbs has a long criminal history in addition to the sex offender conviction in Los Angeles. She was arrested on a 2019 battery charge in Idaho, where in that case her DNA was matched in a national database relative to the LA County case for which she was arrested in November of 2021. Tubbs in 2020 was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm in Kern County, according to Kern County court records.

Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the LA County District Attorney’s Office, said Tubb’s transfer from the juvenile facility to Kern County jail was based on a 2019 warrant that was approved by a judge.

“District Attorney George Gascón is committed to protecting the public and especially our children,” Santiago told The Post on Monday. “In this case, Hannah Tubbs continues to serve her Los Angeles County sentence, while being prosecuted on an unrelated robbery charge in Kern County. … A no bail warrant has been obtained in the Los Angeles County case so officials here will be notified if she is released from Kern County.”

She was at the center of a controversy after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mario Barrera sentenced Tubbs to a LA County youth facility for two years in isolation.

That ruling provoked widespread outrage over Gascón policies in regard to prosecution of juveniles for major felonies. When he took office in December of 2020, he announced a wide-reaching agenda of reforms for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office which included he will stop charging juveniles as adults.

In the Tubbs case, Judge Barrera stated that essentially, under current legislation, a person who commits a crime as a juvenile and is jailed in a juvenile facility once they turn 19, the court has no authority to transfer that person to an adult facility.

“This court will not disregard what the legislature has put onto it as a limitation,” he said.

Since the case remained in juvenile court, Tubbs will not be required to register as a sex offender. Tubbs could have been sentenced to almost a decade in prison if she was tried and convicted as an adult.

LA County DA George Gascón (Screenshot via FOX 11 Los Angeles)

As pressure mounted on Gascón, in an interview with LAist reporter Frank Stoltze, the LADA said, “We now have a year under our belt. We have seen the things that are not necessarily working as well as I would prefer.”

Going forward, Gascón said decisions on juvenile cases will be made on “a case-by-case basis” and “at the highest levels” of his office.

His position however, abruptly changed when it was learned by his staff that Fox News had obtained a jailhouse recording of Tubbs bragging about getting off lightly.

Fox reported that the explicit recordings of Tubbs reveal her admitting it was wrong to attack a little girl but gloating over the light punishment.

She boasted that nothing would happen to her after she pleaded guilty and then laughed that she won’t have to go back to prison or register as a sex offender. She also made explicit remarks about the victim that are unfit to print.”

“I’m gonna plead out to it, plead guilty,” Tubbs says in one recording. “They’re gonna stick me on probation, and it’s gonna be dropped, it’s gonna be done, I won’t have to register, won’t have to do nothing.”

“You won’t have to register?” her father later in the conversation. “I won’t have to do none of that,” Tubbs replies.

“So what are they going to do to you then?” He asks. “Nothing,” Tubbs says in reply, then laughs.

In an email to the Los Angeles Times, Gascón said his approach was incorrect: “The complex issues and facts of her particular case were unusual, and I should have treated them that way.”

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Triple A: Gas Prices Up Again

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.76, which is seven cents higher than last week

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LOS ANGELES – Southern California gas prices rose in response to wholesale price increases last week and earlier this week, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.76, which is seven cents higher than last week. The average national price is $4.25, which is 11 cents higher than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $5.84 per gallon, which is six cents higher than last week, 12 cents lower than last month, and $1.73 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.81, which is seven cents higher than last week, 10 cents lower than last month, and $1.72 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.84, which is five cents higher than last week, seven cents lower than last month and $1.77 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $5.77, which is five cents higher than last week, 10 cents lower than last month and $1.74 higher than last year. In Bakersfield, the $5.79 average price is four cents more than last Thursday, six cents lower than last month and $1.84 higher than a year ago today.

“Gas prices rose throughout the U.S. this past week because of continued supply concerns related to Russian oil,” said Auto Club spokesman Doug Shupe. “Continued high gas prices have many consumers thinking about buying more fuel-efficient or alternative fuel vehicles, and the new AAA Car Guide produced by the Auto Club’s Automotive Research Center is now available to help them assess their options.”

The Auto Club reminds drivers of the following tips to save money on gas:

  • Look into carpooling if you commute a significant distance. Carpooling with one other person cuts commute costs in half, and you can cut your commute costs by two-thirds by carpooling with two other people.
  • Make sure your tires are properly maintained and inflated to the correct level.
  • Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular service will ensure optimum fuel economy.
  • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
  • Slow down and drive the speed limit. Fuel economy peaks around 50 mph on most cars, then drops off as speed increases. Reducing freeway speeds by 5 to 10 mph can increase fuel economy by as much as 14%.
  • Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads because you could lose control of the vehicle.
  • Minimize your use of air conditioning.
  • Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in colder temperatures. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
  • Remove  unnecessary and heavy items from your car.
  • Minimize your use of roof racks and remove special carriers when not in use.
  • Download the AAA App to find the cheapest gas prices near you.

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on May 5, averages are:

May 5 WEGW
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