On this episode of WTF California, we talk about the recall effort of Gavin Newsom hitting 1.4 million signatures. San Francisco Mayor London Breed in tears over school closures. A Los Angeles City Councilman now plans to sue LA Schools to reopen. In Stanislaus County, 7th through 12 graders are going back to school in an unusual plan for struggling students. You can tell the world has gone stupid because Burkholder and Turnage find themselves defending Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf over idiots comments by councilmembers. Meanwhile, Burkholder accuses Antioch City Hall of putting a muzzle on the Antioch Police Department. More corruption, Maywood Mayor and 10 others charged in bribery and corruption probe. Despite failure, Project Roomkey returns to Los Angeles and Bail Reform fiasco continues. But on a high note, we close by highlighting a bill would reopen Disneyland and make fun of LeBron James comments over the All Star Game.
- Newsom Recall Campaign Announces that 1.4 Million Signatures Have Been Collected
A record of more than 100,000 signatures were collected in the last week which means more than 1.4 million signatures have been collected.
- In tears: London Breed, others urge S.F. education leaders to reopen public schools
It took a year, but San Francisco Mayor London Breed is crying over kids not in school, at least at this press conference on Thursday. This comes a day after the lawsuit by the city to the school district.
- L.A. Councilman Buscaino announces plan to sue L.A. schools to reopen
Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino announced Thursday that he will ask the city to go to court to force campuses in the Los Angeles Unified School District to reopen for in-person instruction. Buscaino says he agrees with the doctors.
- L.A. Councilman Joe Buscaino asks for options to sue LAUSD to reopen schools
“I stand with the 1,500 pediatricians in Southern California as well as the director of the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) who are calling for the safe reopening of our schools,” Buscaino said in a statement.
- Healthcare providers pen open letter calling for schools in L.A. County to reopen
About 200 healthcare professionals throughout Los Angeles County have joined a growing chorus of voices calling for schools to reopen, saying that there are ways for students and staff to return to campus safely while stressing the physical, mental and emotional harm of keeping students out of school.
- Sacramento County teachers to get COVID-19 shots this month
The long wait for teachers to get the COVID-19 vaccine could soon be over for those working in Sacramento County. County public health representatives tell KCRA 3 that teachers will be able to sign up as soon as mid-February. Meanwhile, conversations are continuing with both public and private schools to find on-campus vaccination sites.
- Stanislaus County school district to bring struggling 7th-12th graders back to campus
Starting Feb. 16, Ceres Unified School District will bring back to campuses small cohorts of those seventh- through 12th-grade students struggling most with distance learning. They’ll share classrooms with teachers, but not the ones instructing them. The students will be on Zoom calls with their teachers, while the educators in the classroom will be teaching their students who are at home. Under current guidance from health officials, there could be as many as eight students per classroom, but there probably will be fewer, district Superintendent Scott Siegel said Thursday.
- Oakland council members clash with Schaaf over cuts to police
Two Oakland city council members clashed with Mayor Libby Schaaf this week over public safety and budget cuts, criticizing the mayor for making fiscal decisions without council input and taking offense with her characterization of recent violent attacks against Asian Americans. The fighting comes amid financial turmoil as Oakland deals with a huge budget shortfall and difficult decisions about cuts.
- Former Maywood mayor, 10 others charged in widespread bribery, corruption probe
The former mayor of Maywood and 10 other people have been charged in a corruption probe alleging they solicited and received bribes, misappropriated public funds and embezzled money over a three-year period.
- San Bernardino police chief critical of COVID-related ‘catch and release’ policies
With violent crime up, San Bernardino Chief of Police Eric McBride is critical of recent changes in the criminal justice system that he believes perpetuate a cycle of “catch and release.” In a three-minute video on the department’s Facebook page, McBride expressed his concerns that the system is failing citizens by not ensuring criminals are being adequately prosecuted. In particular, he was critical of recent “decriminalization campaigns” and “early release policies.”
- New snag in effort to abolish cash bail: ‘risk assessment tools’ called racially biased
One reason California lawmakers voted in 2018 to abolish cash bail for pretrial release — an issue state voters will consider in November — is that the pay-for-release system particularly harmed racial minorities. In its place, the new law would require local courts to use “risk assessment tools” to calculate whether a defendant is likely to flee or cause violence if freed before trial.
- Mayor Garcetti Announces Return of Project Roomkey to Los Angeles
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday that Project Roomkey, a program that houses at-risk homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic, would be making a comeback in the city, with FEMA reimbursing the city 100% of the costs. This comes as at it’s peak in 2020, Project Roomkey only filled 7,000 of the 17,000 hotel rooms put aside
- California Assembly bill seeks to speed reopening of Disneyland and other theme parks
California Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) announced plans to co-sponsor a bill that would require the state to allow all theme parks reopen in the same tier of Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The bill would be co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Suzette Martinez-Valladares (R-Santa Clarita), whose district includes Six Flags Magic Mountain
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