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Coronavirus takes a toll on Latino and Asian workers in the United States

As well as demanding a lot from the country’s health system, the coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on workers across the United States. The lockdown in many states has led to massive business closures and a spike in jobless claims, which hit 6.6 million last week.

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This is particularly concerning for Latino and Asian American populations, which are more vulnerable to the economic uncertainties brought by the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a new report, which looked at Latino and Asian neighborhoods in Los Angeles County.

“Entire communities are in a precarious financial situation, weakening the economic base in areas that already have a history of underinvestment and limited opportunities,” said Paul Ong, lead author and director of the and Center for Neighborhood Knowledge (CNK).

Los Angeles has taken dramatic action to limit person-to-person interactions by restricting group gatherings, encouraging “social distancing,” and ordering “sheltering in place.” Declining consumer demand and new temporary mandates have led to massive business closures, putting workers at risk.

According to the report, Asian and Latino neighborhoods are particularly vulnerable during this pandemic given their outsized share of the County’s retail and service sector workers. From this perspective, 57% of the Latino-majority neighborhoods and 40% of Asian-majority neighborhoods are at high-risk.

The report also found that neighborhoods with the highest rate of low-income individuals are also home to the County’s greatest share of at-risk service and retail workers (34%). This is in line with the finding that the wages of workers in these clusters are less than half of those in other sectors.

Communities that will see the greatest impacts include neighborhoods in northeast Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley, Inglewood, and the northeast San Fernando Valley, the report found. The affected neighborhoods also have a high concentration of foreign-born residents.

“The economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic places an enormous strain on families and communities that are already in a precarious financial situation, and greatly weakens the economic base in many neighborhoods that historically suffer from under investment,” the report reads

A disproportionate number of the at-risk workers are likely excluded from the federal COVID-19 economic stimulus package, the report argued, given the low levels of unemployment insurance enrollment and the high number of foreign-born workers who may not possess a social security number.This means state and local officials should implement measures to support low-wage workers in Los Angeles County.

“Latinos and Asian Americans are critical to the continued success of Los Angeles County’s economy, and the impact that they will see in this crisis requires urgent action,” said Sonja Diaz, co-author of the report, in a statement.

Two litters of mountain lion kittens found in local mountains of Southern California

The discovery of two new litters of mountain lion kittens in Southern California’s Santa Susana Mountains has scientists hopeful that they will grow into healthy adults and help sustain the population as a whole.

Image credits National Park Service/Flickr

Image credits National Park Service/Flickr

Southern California is riddled with highways and suburban development, relegating mountain lions to small regions of habitat. Given these small areas that they call home, the survival of newborn mountain lions into adulthood is very important for sustaining the health of the population at large. It addition, it is important for scientists to monitor these animals as they continue to move from each pocket of habitat to another.

“Monitoring these kittens, especially as they grow to [young adults], is especially valuable because it will help us understand how they disperse throughout the area,” said Jeffrey Sikich, a biologist with the National Park Service’s Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Understanding their dispersal will help scientists develop and implement conservation measures, but finding and monitoring these mountain lions isn’t as easy as it sounds. Given the fact that they typically make their homes in dense brush far from human activity, biologists such as Sikich must rigorously monitor GPS coordinates in order to keep track of their locations.

It was just four months after he noticed a male mountain lion spending time with female lions that Sikich found five blue-eyed babies – three female and two males – huddled together.

“Mountain lions are solitary animals,” Sikich said. “Males are usually only with females for breeding.”

The discovery provides scientists with new mountain lions to track and learn from as they age, relocate and end up reproducing on their own. In time, the team hopes that males from the Santa Susanas will make their way into other populations – such as the Santa Monica Mountains – and increase the diversity of their genetic pools.

“Our lions in the Santa Monica Mountains have some of the lowest genetic diversity ever recorded outside the Florida panther, which nearly went extinct,” Sikich said.

Although the mountain lion kittens appear healthy, Sikich remains as realistic as he does optimistic about the many dangers that they will face growing up.

“The real challenge comes as these kittens grow older and disperse, especially the males, and have to deal with threats from other mountain lions and also road mortality and the possibility of poisoning from anticoagulant rodenticide,” he said.

Leaf - Great Organic Vegan Food

Eco-Friendly Choices in Los Angeles

For those looking for an eco-friendly meal in the Los Angeles area may be interested in these 3 vegan restaurants:

Leaf

Leaf - Great Organic Vegan Food

Leaf – Great Organic Vegan Food

Open daily from 9 am to 10 pm, Leaf (11938 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, California) offers reasonably-priced vegan and raw foods from the finest and freshest ingredients available. This community-conscious eatery, food coop, and raw-food academy is also a leader in the green restaurant movement, using organic ingredients and environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies, To-Go materials, and paint and furniture. The expansive and health-conscious menu includes appetizers, salads, soups, raw wraps, burgers, raw entries, juices, smoothies, and desserts that are all 100 percent vegan.

Cru

Cru - Pure Vegan Food - And "Scrummy"

Cru – Pure Vegan Food – And “Scrummy”

On the east side of Los Angeles, vegan and raw food enthusiasts are flocking to Cru (1521 Griffith Park Avenue, Silverlake, California) in the heart of the arts community. Offering a one-page menu of 100 percent vegan and gluten-free options created from the freshest, locally-grown produce, Cru specializes in appetizers, soup, salad, light entrees, and decadent desserts, as well as daily specials. Although a bit more expensive than Leaf, Cru offers an elegant atmosphere for gourmands. If you are considering an evening at Cru, pick up your favorite bottle of wine since this restaurant is BYOB. They do offer free corkage. Cru is open from noon to 10 pm daily.

RFD

RFD

RFD – Fantastic Organic Leafy Pizza !!

Real Food Daily is as close as one can get to an organic vegan chain restaurant. With 3 locations in West Hollywood (414 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California), Santa Monica, and Pasadena, RFD offers a wide variety on its nutritionally-balanced, plant-based menu designed for optimal health using the principles of macrobiotics. Ninety percent of the food at RFD locations is grown organically by local farmers. One of the primary focuses at RFD is the purity of the food, so the handling and the preparation of all food ensures that any meal from RFD fits the strictest of ethical, health, and religious guidelines.

Each of the Real Food Daily locations has a distinct personality, but the design and the furnishings are carefully chosen with an eye to sustainability and environmentally-friendly materials. All 3 restaurants are open from 11:30 am to 10 pm daily and offer a Sunday brunch menu from 10 am to 3 pm. Each RFD restaurant also offers convenient online ordering and delivery.

Whatever your budget or your tastes, Los Angeles has a green vegan offering to make your mouth water. You can get fantastic flights to Los Angeles see what fantastic deals you can get here and you will be enjoying fantastic Organic Vegan food in no time.

Before and after: Current and projected temperature extremes in the L.A. area. (c) UCLA

Most precise climate change predictions have L.A. area heating up by 4-5 degrees by mid-century

Before and after: Current and projected temperature extremes in the L.A. area. (c) UCLA

Before and after: Current and projected temperature extremes in the L.A. area. (c) UCLA

A groundbreaking climate change study,  which contains data 2,500 times more detailed than previous studies, predicts weather patterns from 2041 to 2060 in the Los Angeles region. Findings show that the region is expected to heat by an average of 4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit by the middle of this century.

This implies tripling the number of extremely hot days (temperatures above 95 degrees Fahrenheit) in the downtown area and quadrupling the number in the valleys and at high elevations.

“The changes our region will face are significant, and we will have to adapt,” said  Alex Hall, an associate professor in UCLA’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences who lead the study and who is also a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, which, among other things, assess global climate-change simulations for the United Nations.
“Every season of the year in every part of the county will be warmer,” Hall said. “This study lays a foundation for the region to confront climate change. Now that we have real numbers, we can talk about adaptation.”
The study is the most sophisticated climate science ever done for a city, being the first study to provide specific climate-change predictions for the greater Los Angeles area, with unique predictions down to the neighborhood level. Typically, climate change models divide their studied region into grids of squares, for which  temperature predictions are made for each square. Blobal climate models normally use grids 60 to 120 miles across; Hall’s study uses grids of squares only 1.2 miles, offering the most precise temperature predictions at the moment.

“UCLA’s model projects climate changes down to the neighborhood level, allowing us to apply the rigor of science to long-term planning for our city and our region,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in a statement. “With good data driving good policies, we can craft innovative solutions that will preserve our environment and quality of life for the next generation of Angelenos.”

Global warming is local warming

“I think for many people, climate change still feels like a nebulous, abstract, potential future change, and this makes it more real,” Hall said. “It’s eye-opening to see how much it will warm where you live. This data lays a foundation for really confronting this issue, and I’m very optimistic that we can confront and adapt to a changing climate.”
The complete study, “Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region,” along with interactive maps and ways to get involved, can be accessed online at c-change.la.
source: UCLA

Los Angeles way overdue for major earthquake

Image courtesy of University of Oregon

It’s time we face it, a big one is coming – and soon ! All the predictions point towards a major earthquake near the San Andreas fault in a short time, and Los Angeles will suffer the most of it. A recent study published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America confirmed that the Los Angeles basin is way overdue for a major earthquake, and by more than a century; they came to this conclusion after setting an earthquake chronology of the San Andreas fault.

Their results showed seven major earthquake events: 905-961 AD, 959-1015 (possible), 1090-1152, 1275-1347, 1320-1489 (possible), 1588-1662 and 1657-1713, based on radiocarbon dates and analysis of the seismic structures preserved in the sediment.

The fact that a major earthquake is threatening California isn’t what you would call breaking news, but considering the fact that earthquakes took place ever 100-150 years, and the last one was 300 years ago shows just how long overdue this earthquake is. Ray Weldon, professor and head of the department of geological sciences at the University of Oregon, documents that the south end of the San Andreas fault has gone perhaps 140 years longer without a significant seismic event than expected.

“We have dated the last five to seven prehistoric earthquakes of the southernmost 100 kilometers (about 60 miles) of the San Andreas Fault, which is the only piece of the fault that hasn’t ruptured in historical times,” Weldon said. “If you were there in about 1690, when the last earthquake occurred, the odds of getting to 2010 without an earthquake would have been 20 percent or less.”

Sadly, the scientific community seems more concerned about this than the people from Los Angeles who should be getting prepared for the unevitable earthquake that will come – and soon.