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NBC News: LA’s DA Gascon under pressure from rising violent crimes

Violent crime is spiking in the streets of Los Angeles as robberies in broad daylight, heists on train tracks and homicides are on the rise

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LOS ANGELES – (NBC Nightly News) – Violent crime is spiking in the streets of Los Angeles as robberies in broad daylight, heists on train tracks and homicides are on the rise. Many long-time residents are more worried than ever. LA District Attorney George Gascon took office in late 2020, riding a wave of support for criminal justice reform but now, that support seems to have eroded as the crime surge continues.

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Heat Advisory issued as temps expected to be in triple digits

LA County will see hot & breezy conditions Monday. High temperatures will reach 90 degrees. Temperatures at night will fall to 64 degrees

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LOS ANGELES – The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory warning for most of Southern California on Monday. Temperatures while remaining lower in the 80s and 70s in the coastal areas are expected to exceed triple-digits for most of the inland areas in the region.

Los Angeles and Orange counties will see hot and breezy conditions Monday. High temperatures will reach 90 degrees. Temperatures at night will fall to 64 degrees.

The valleys and Inland Empire will be very hot and windy Monday as temperatures soar to 105 degrees. Evening temperatures will drop to 72 degrees.

Beaches will see temperatures rising to 78 degrees amid breezy conditions on Monday. Overnight lows will dip to 64 degrees.

Look for a 20% chance of thunderstorms in the mountain communities on Monday, with temperatures reaching a high of 89 degrees. Temperatures will fall to 55 degrees at night.

Desert conditions will be sunny and windy on Monday, with temperatures expected to rise to 104 degrees. Nighttime temperatures will drop to 69 degrees.

Detailed Forecast

Today

Sunny and hot, with a high near 106. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 69. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny and hot, with a high near 104. Southeast wind around 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with a low around 68. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with a low around 62. Breezy.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 94.

Thursday Night

Clear, with a low around 58.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 92.

Friday Night

Clear, with a low around 57.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday Night

Clear, with a low around 56.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 89.

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LA County Public Health confirms community transmission of Monkeypox 

Public Health is offering the JYNNEOS vaccine in a targeted manner to reach individuals at higher risk of monkeypox

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Monkeypox virus (Photo Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed local transmission of monkeypox in LA County, as some of the more recent of the 22 cases of monkeypox in LA County thus far have no history of international or out-of-state travel. There have been no hospitalizations or deaths.   

Anyone can get and spread monkeypox, but some of the recent cases identified have been among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men who attended large events where the exposure to monkeypox may have occurred. Public Health is working with event organizers to notify attendees of potential exposure.  

While supplies of monkeypox vaccine are limited, Public Health is offering the JYNNEOS vaccine in a targeted manner to reach individuals at higher risk of monkeypox.  This includes people who are known close contacts to someone diagnosed with monkeypox and individuals who attended an event where they may have had skin-to-skin contact with someone who later tested positive for monkeypox virus. The vaccine is being used in these cases to reduce the risk of developing monkeypox.

As vaccine supply increases, Public Health will focus on making the monkeypox vaccine available for other high-risk groups in efforts to prevent widespread community transmission.   

Monkeypox does not spread easily between people.  The spread of monkeypox from person to person can occur through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (like clothing or linens), or through prolonged exposure to respiratory droplets. Because of this, transmission may also occur during sex through skin-to-skin and other intimate contact.

LA County encourages persons who experience symptoms consistent with monkeypox (such as characteristic rashes or lesions), persons who traveled to countries where monkeypox cases have been reported or persons who have had close contact, including sexual contact, with someone who has a similar rash or received a diagnosis of suspected or confirmed monkeypox, to contact their health care provider for a risk assessment. Those who do not have a regular provider should call 2-1-1 for assistance. 

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Boys & Girls Club holds the 2nd annual San Gabriel Valley Pride March 

Boys & Girls Clubs WSGV is a trailblazing youth organization. The Club does a phenomenal job of celebrating Pride 365 days a year

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Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside

MONTEREY PARK – The Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside had hosted the 2nd annual San Gabriel Valley Pride March at the beginning of Pride Month on June 4 in Monterey Park. The march featured 400+ Boys & Girls Club youth, staff and community members supporting a positive, inclusive environment for all.

The march was co-hosted with the City of Monterey Park and Alhambra Teachers Association. After the march, Club kids participated in the LGBTQ+ Resource Fair which included music, giveaways, artwork and more.

Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside

“We know young people thrive when they feel a sense of belonging, and our Clubs provide a safe, positive environment for all. Our goal is to create a space for kids to feel comfortable and ultimately become productive citizens,” said JR Dzubak, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside. “We’re proud to support the diversity of our Club youth, families, staff and community members and work toward a more inclusive future.”

Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside

The March was first organized last year by Angel Silva, a former Club youth member and current Club employee, who as an Out gay 20-year-old has progressed from struggling over his sexual orientation as an adolescent to becoming a valued employee of Boys & Girls Club WSGV.

Angel Silva via Boys & Girls Club WSGV

Silva has created more inclusive programming such as DNA (Definitions Not Applicable), which is an alliance program that fosters conversations, resources and events in support of LGBTQ+ Club youth and their allies.

Silva created the DNA program with input from Club teens and in coordination with the Club’s Director of Wellness and Licensed marriage and family therapist, Nick Koontz. Silva and the Club are expanding DNA’s impact and reach and plan to partner with other LGBTQ+ groups.

When Silva joined Boys & Girls Clubs WSGV in 3rd grade in 2011, he never thought that he would grow up to become the Club’s leading LGBTQ+ advocate as a proud, Out gay man.

As a child, he was constantly bullied throughout school and always struggled with his identity. Boys & Girls Club WSGV was there for Angel and provided support and resources – the Club became his second family.

While he was in denial for many years about his sexuality, in 2017, Silva got the courage to come out to Club staff as gay. The Club was a safe haven to be himself and also helped him get information, guidance and tips on how to come out to his family.

In June 2020, right after graduating high school, JR Dzubak – the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of WSGV – asked Silva to be the person to raise the first Pride flag outside the Club.

In June 2021, Silva and Club staff launched the first ever Pride March in San Gabriel Valley in partnership with Alhambra Teachers Association and the City of Monterey Park (it was actually a lunch between Silva and his Alhambra elementary school teacher that sparked the idea of creating this March to show support for LGBTQ+ members in the San Gabriel Valley community, and Boys & Girls Club WSGV provided the funding and planning).

Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside

“Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley is a trailblazing youth organization. The Club does a phenomenal job of celebrating Pride 365 days a year, 24/7. That’s the honest truth,” said Silva. “Since I was a young child, the Club has been there for me and always has encouraged me to be myself. Now as an employee at the Club, I’m so excited to create more inclusive programming and help others the way the Club helped me

Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside
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