Del Taco Hit with Sexual Harassment Lawsuit from EEOC
9/20/2018 2:22:54 PM

LAKE FOREST—The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday against the Lake Forest-based Del Taco restaurant chain alleging three male employees at a Rancho Cucamonga store sexually harassed a group of young female workers. The federal agency contends that a hostile work environment forced the female employees to quit. A Del Taco spokesman issued this statement on behalf of the company: "Del Taco takes this matter very seriously and we are currently investigating the allegations that have been brought to our attention. Based on the...

Do African-American Farmers Support Kavanaugh for Supreme Court? ... Depends on Who You Ask
9/20/2018 2:17:40 PM

By Lee Eric Smith   Black farmers are throwing their full support behind Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Supreme Court. Black farmers also believe Kavanaugh would be a disaster for Black America—including Black farmers. And if you're confused after reading those two sentences, it's because where Black farmers stand on Kavanaugh's nomination depends on who you ask—and which organization of Black farmers they represent. In mid-August, the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA) sent a glowing letter...

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Statement on Rep. Ron DeSantis’ Opposition to the Violence Against Women Act
9/20/2018 2:15:20 PM

Washington, D.C.–Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement on the 14th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act to highlight Rep. Ron DeSantis’ opposition to this landmark legislation: “Mr. DeSantis’ vote against the Violence Against Women Act in 2013 is disgraceful. Reauthorization of this landmark legislation had been passed without major opposition for nearly two decades since it was introduced. By refusing to join with an overwhelming majority of his colleagues to protect women against gendered violence and fund vital programs that...

The Test of Our Progress
9/20/2018 2:11:42 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."   These words are from President Franklin Roosevelt’s second inaugural address given January 20, 1937. The President was speaking to a nation crawling out of the Great Depression. Progress had been made but President Roosevelt knew a great nation was still capable of so much more. Below is what preceded that passage: "[H]ere is the challenge to our democracy: In...

The Miseducation of “Betsy DeVoid”
9/20/2018 2:08:35 PM

By Julianne Malveaux Even her boss, the 45th President of the United States, is derisive of Education Secretary Betsey DeVoid, the Devos woman who is devoid, absent, of good sense. She may have even been placed in her position as payback for whatever support her wealthy family provided to the certified public liar of a leader. Education Secretary Betsey DeVoid has used her position to elevate her family’s economic advantage, and she has used her position to punish students whose interests are contrary to her own. She is a prime example of miseducation, and her tenure has been an...

LA Found a Success in its First Week of Operation
9/20/2018 2:04:10 PM

September 14, 2018—Just 9 days after launching L.A. Found—a countywide program to help families find individuals with autism, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease when they wander and go missing—two individuals who wandered away have been reunited with their family using L.A. Found bracelets.   Incident #1 At 5:45 am on September 13, 2018, a 65-year old man went missing from his Altadena home. He suffers from Alzheimer’s and was given a Project Lifesaver tracking bracelet by the L.A. Found program due to his tendency to wander away from his home. A...

NIH Launches Initiative to Accelerate Genetic Therapies to Cure Sickle Cell Disease
9/20/2018 2:02:47 PM

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced the launch of a new initiative to help speed the development of a cure for sickle cell disease, a group of inherited blood disorders affecting at least 100,000 people in the United States and 20 million worldwide. The Cure Sickle Cell Initiative will take advantage of the latest genetic discoveries and technological advances to move the most promising genetic-based curative therapies safely into clinical trials within five to 10 years. “Our scientific investments have brought us to a point where we have many tools available to...

New U.S. Survey Shows Some Progress Against Opioid Crisis
9/20/2018 1:53:06 PM

By Carla K. Johnson   Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first time compared to the previous year. The number of new users of heroin decreased from 170,000 in 2016 to 81,000 in 2017, a one-year drop that would need to be sustained for years to reduce the number of fatal overdoses, experts said. Fewer Americans are misusing or addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. And more people are getting treatment for heroin and opioid...

Preparing for Emergencies in Advance Can Be a Lifesaver
9/13/2018 10:37:30 AM

By Susan Cox   When Anna Campos learned a recent extended maintenance outage would leave her and her husband without electricity for more than eight hours, she didn’t panic. The Southern California Edison customer turned to her backup plan. She filled portable oxygen tanks she keeps at home for her husband Eddie, who has hypertension and difficulty breathing at times. Next, she checked her “grab and go” bag filled with emergency essentials. Then she headed to her mother-in-law’s where the Palmdale couple kept cool until their power was...

C.O.R.E. SPEAKS OUT AGAINST GANG INJUNCTIONS
9/6/2018 10:13:43 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   OXNARD—Part 2 of the civil gang injunction conversation picks up with a presentation from C.O.R.E. (Chiques Organizing for Rights and Equality), which provided the attendees at the Aug. 20, Community Relations Commission meeting an update about how the injunctions have evolved. “C.O.R.E. will present historical and legal facts that will question and challenge the unconstitutional elements of the civil gang injunctions, and how they deprive youth of color in Oxnard their due process rights,” Commissioner Tiffany...