It’s Arlene with Tuesday’s top news.
But first, a school named for a man who advocated separating white and Mexican students has been renamed the Dr. Manuel Lopez Academy of Arts and Sciences, after the city’s first elected Latino mayor.
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Riverside County leaders, siding with the police union, won’t revisit policies
Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez failed to find support among his colleagues to begin a review of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department policies. (Photo: Omar Ornelas / The Desert Sun)
Riverside County supervisors voted Tuesday to condemn the actions of the Minneapolis police officers that led to George Floyd’s death. But when it came to reviewing the county sheriff’s department policies … a majority gave it a hard pass. The motion, made by Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, failed to even get a second.
Perez made the motion in light of the death of Floyd, who was killed May 25 when then-Minneapolis Police Officer Derick Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin has since been fired and charged with second-degree murder.
Perez motion’s called for a review of policies regulating the use of force, mass demonstrations, consent before searches, racial profiling, gender identification, community policing and crime reduction.
“This is not about our sheriff, quite frankly, or pointing fingers at him,” Perez said at the meeting. “This is not about our deputies and them not doing their job.”
Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco took issue with not getting a heads up about the possible review and directed the public to the web site to look at the department’s policies.
“Politics is killing our country, and this is an example,” he said.
In related news:
U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, one of Congress’ most conservative members, is on the same page as many of his Democrat colleagues when it comes to getting rid of “qualified immunity,” which gives officers sweeping protections against lawsuits from work-related conduct.
Said McClintock about Chauvin: “Whatever his motive, the killer of George Floyd had 18 complaints for misconduct, and one of his accomplices had six. Why is such misconduct tolerated by big city police departments?”
A council member who brought a shotgun and joined several other armed men outside businesses and on rooftops during a June 1 protest in Yucaipa said he would “do it again in a heartbeat.” Some in the community want him to resign.
Residents of a southeastern San Diego community share experiences of growing up in a place where constant contact with police is an uneasy part of life.
A black man was sucker-punched from behind during a protest Sunday in Imperial Valley; at least two elected officials want the assault investigated as a hate crime.
Union leaders representing L.A. Unified School District say they support getting rid of the 400-member Los Angeles School Police Department.
A Simi Valley LAPD veteran and elected official apologized again for a post that called on connecting septic tanks to hoses to use on rioters but said he had no plans to resign.
Here are five concrete steps law enforcement agencies can taketo reduce use of force incidents and racial profiling, write a pair of military veterans and former federal prosecutors who are now criminal defense attorneys (Opinion).
Social D posters cause stir; group protests deportation; overwhelmed border hospitals
Some residents were upset with how the County of Ventura’s went about reaching different segments of the population for social distancing. The county apologized and changed the materials. (Photo: Camarillo Chamber of Commerce / Facebook)
The posters in English used skis as a way to show six-feet distancing. The ones in Spanish used three crates of produce. Criticism was fierce. But the former poster was designed for farmworkers, by former farmworkers.
Some 70 people gathered to protest the deportation, scheduled for Thursday, of an essential worker and Mexico native who arrived in the U.S. as a teen.
As Mexico’s border town medical clinics and hospitals get overwhelmed, Americans and green-card holders head to California for coronavirus treatment.
Unemployment questions, office life and how to help
What does cleaning an office in an era of COVID-19 entail? (Photo: Getty Images)
Why aren’t I getting the full $600 in weekly federal unemployment benefits? Also, why haven’t I gotten my stimulus check? That and related questions, answered.
Your office is reopening and bosses are promising it’ll be deep cleaned. You’re suspicious. Here’s what that process may entail.
I feel helpless and overwhelmed. What can I do to help? Senior advocate Martha Shapiro has suggestions.
Kids aren’t getting coronavirus often, but a related illness is causing concern
An illness related to the coronavirus has been popping up in children, who were largely spared from the worst effects of the virus. (Photo: Fabio Ferrari / Associated Press)
Kids have largely been spared from the worst effects of the coronavirus. But a new related illness is causing concern and hospitalizations across a growing number of children and young people.
The condition is called multisystem inflammatory syndrome, and it’s marked by inflammation throughout the body, affecting blood vessels and organs including the heart and kidneys.
Most of the children affected have tested positive for coronavirus, have the antibodies or been in close proximity to an adult who has it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fewer than 50 cases so far have been confirmed in California, but there are concerns that could grow.
“It’s one of the many things that is going to have to be taken into account,” said Angela Rothermel, director of early childhood policy at Children Now, a public policy advocacy organization focused on kids. “How do we set up policies around early care and education to keep providers safe and keep kids safe?”
What else we’re talking about
Hundreds of artists and volunteers came together over the weekend to put “Black Lives Matter” over three blocks in Oakland. (Photo: Libby Schaaf / Instagram)
400 artists and volunteers came together to paint a Black Lives Matter mural across three blocks in Oakland.
In Los Angeles, fabric woven in a 2.2-mile fence circling the Silver Lake Reservoir spells out the names of unarmed African American people killed by police.
Movie theaters can reopen so long as they limited attendance to 25% of capacity and keep it to fewer than 100 attendees.
A mountain lion was spotted near a Ventura County golf course. Here’s what to do if you run into one while you’re out and about.
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