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New legislation allows inmate firefighters to be eligible for professional firefighting careers

A group of inmate firefighters clear a line to prevent further fire spread during the Amigo Fire in Porter Ranch, Calif. on Sept. 5, 2020.

Mayra Lopez, Reporter

September 10, 2020

The California Senate approved a bill on Aug. 31 that will allow nonviolent offenders who volunteer in fire camps as inmate firefighters to get their records expunged and become eligible to serve as firefighters once released. The bill was passed in midst of the state’s wildfire season and modified operations to slow the spread of COVID-19, as well as widespread calls for the early release of inmates...

Photos: Fire burns 20 acres in the Sepulveda Basin amid 114 degree heat

LAFD crews work to slow the spread of the fire in the Sepulveda Basin.

Logan Bik, Editor in Chief

September 6, 2020

Roughly 20 acres of dry brush caught fire in the Sepulveda Basin on Sunday, shutting down the northbound 405 Freeway entrance on Burbank Boulevard. No structures were damaged. However, the Donald C. Tillman water reclamation plant and Japanese garden on Woodley Avenue were threatened. Animals, such as...

Amigo Fire threatened homes in Porter Ranch, now contained

A LAFD firefighter sprays a chemical foam to prevent the fire from spreading further in Porter Ranch, Calif. on Saturday, Sept.4, 2020.

Logan Bik, Editor in Chief

September 6, 2020

Five houses were in immediate danger from the Amigo Fire, which caused evacuations and road closures in Porter Ranch on Saturday. The Los Angeles Fire Department contained the four-acre brush fire after 64 minutes, protecting the homes just north of Rinaldi Street. Dry heat in the San Fern...

Nationwide eviction ban enacted; Newsom signed tenant and landlord protection legislation

COVID-19 curve of cumulative cases in Los Angeles County as of Sept. 4.

Angelina Cayabyab, Contributor

September 5, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control forecasts an upward trend in the number of deaths nationwide. Los Angeles County currently holds the record for the most confirmed cases in the nation. We have compiled data and guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins ...

Local breweries frustrated with government orders: ‘If restaurants can do it, we can do it too’

Derrick Olson, left, and Bryan Olson, co-owners of 8one8 Brewing, stands in their shop in Canoga Park, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.

Mayra Lopez, Reporter

September 4, 2020

The San Fernando Brewing Company did not celebrate their five-year anniversary with their patrons last week due to Los Angeles County’s updated guidelines preventing them from reopening and offering safe outdoor service. An uptick in cases prompted L.A. County to announce on June 28 that bars, brew...

Neighborhood council resolves conflict with some constituents, approves several motions

Neighborhood council resolves conflict with some constituents, approves several motions

Ricardo Garcia, Reporter

September 4, 2020

The Northridge West Neighborhood Council meeting turned into a heated discussion of council etiquette on Monday, as tensions between constituents and board members were revived. Such incidents were factors for a discussion that would defend the council as “a place for respectful and civil discourse”...

Los Angeles City Council declares fiscal emergency, furloughs beginning in October

The Los Angeles City Council voted to declare a fiscal emergency on Wednesday, saving an estimated $80 million.

Emily Holshouser, Assistant News Editor

September 3, 2020

The Los Angeles City Council voted to declare a fiscal emergency on Wednesday. The emergency declaration said that the city’s 2020-2021 reserve fund will drop to $243 million, which is below the minimum threshold. The reserve fund is supposed to have a minimum threshold of 5% of the general budget. The...

Delayed medication, empty trucks and fear: U.S. Postal Service employees speak out on the chaos

Delayed medication, empty trucks and fear: U.S. Postal Service employees speak out on the chaos

Emily Holshouser, Assistant News Editor

September 3, 2020

After assuming the position in mid-June, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy began making operational changes and cutbacks to the United States Postal Service that have severed public trust in the service. This prompted frustration and anxiety amongst other Postal Service employees. Despite this, they...

Contention surrounding John Lee dominates neighborhood council meeting

Councilman John Lee in the Aug. 11 L.A. City Council meeting. Lee's involvement with the June 2017 Las Vegas trip with former Councilman Mitch Englander, where Englander accepted bribes from a businessman, raised some constituents' concerns of possible ethical violations.

Ricardo Garcia, Reporter

September 2, 2020

The Northridge West Neighborhood Council’s meeting on Thursday — originally to discuss and vote on three items — was dominated by a discussion on whether or not to submit an inquiry clarifying whether or not there are ethics issues concerning District 12 Councilman John Lee. The majority of...

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