Hello and welcome to Essential California bulletin. It’s Monday, December 27. I am Justin Ray.
By now you’ve heard that Los Angeles Police killed a 14-year-old girl in a Burlington clothing store in North Hollywood last week, just days before Christmas.
The victim has been identified as Valentina Orellana-Peralta. The teenager was in a dressing room with her mother trying on dresses for a quinceaÃ±era, an LAPD source confirmed.
Officers were responding to a report of assault with a lethal weapon in the store. Upon arrival, authorities encountered a man who they said was assaulting someone and opened fire, according to the LAPD. It was not immediately clear what prompted the police to shoot.
The man was taken into custody and died at the scene, a spokesperson for the department said. When the police fired their guns, their shots penetrated a wall, killing the girl in the locker room. Authorities said they found a wire rope next to the suspect police were facing, but no weapons were found.
The case sparked an uproar, with many citing the shooting as the latest example of officers being too quick to draw and fire their guns.
How often do officers fatally shoot people? Here are some numbers and how they compare to previous years.
- LAPD agents shot dead 27 people, killing seven, in 2020, and 26 people, killing 12, in 2019, The Times reported. Officers shot dead 33 people in 2018.
- The 26 shootings in 2019 marked a 30-year low in the number of LAPD shootings in any given year, and a dramatic drop in those shootings from a high of over 100 per year in the early 1990s.
- As of Friday, LAPD officers shot dead at least 37 people in 2021, killing 17 – far more than they had shot or killed in either of the past two years. They recently killed four people, including two men killed in separate incidents on Saturday and one man on Christmas Eve.
- An LAPD estimate earlier this year, when police shot dead 30 people, said about a third of them showed signs of mental illness at the time.
LAPD chief Michel Moore has pledged to release the body camera and surveillance video from the North Hollywood incident by Monday.
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Joan Didion died Thursday morning at the age of 87. The famous prose stylist, novelist and screenwriter has chronicled American culture and consciousness with cool detachment and humor. The Times remembered the literary giant in a series of stories about his legacy.
Joan Didion, essayist, novelist and masterful screenwriter, dies at 87 years old. The author has bridged the worlds of Hollywood, journalism and literature in a career that has turned brilliantly in the fields of social criticism and memoir. Here, The Times explains all the contours of his career.
How Joan Didion’s childhood in Sacramento shaped her life and her vision of California. âShe had a complicated relationship with Sacramento. She also had a real love for it, “said Rob Turner, co-editor of Sactown magazine, who interviewed Didion in 2011.” Maybe it was compelling while she was here, she had her eyes set on bigger things. “
Photos: Joan Didion, essayist, novelist and masterful screenwriter. The Times shows many moments in his life, including the connection to his daughter, a visit to Alcatraz prison, and receiving a National Humanities Medal from President Obama.
Remembering Joan Didion: A look back at his writings, his interviews and more: Here’s a collection of past covers from The Times, including book reviews, interviews, and more on the late writer.
Will this pandemic ever end? Here’s what happened with the last ones. This is not the first time that humanity has looked down on a seemingly unstoppable disease like COVID-19. Pandemics, epidemics and epidemics have plagued us throughout history. Over the past century, we have survived a few. How did these end? And how could we get out of it? Jessica Roy breaks it down. Los Angeles Times
Why do street improvements take so long in LA? It depends a lot on who represents your neighborhood. LAist sought to understand why some neighborhoods have to wait longer for left turn arrows – which the Los Angeles Department of Transportation says lead to a significant reduction in conflict between people driving and walking – to be installed. The point of sale found that at the heart of the problem is “how projects are funded – or not – and which projects city council members prioritize.” These two factors are often linked, âwrites Ryan Fonseca. “I don’t have the impression that the department responsible for ensuring road safety, LADOT, feels that it can carry out projects without the blessing or, frankly, the urgency of the council offices which represent these areas.” said Madeline Brozen, deputy director of UCLA. Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies. LAist
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POLICY AND GOVERNMENT
Some California races to watch in 2022 that will say something about national politics. There are elections taking place next year that will speak to the national political landscape. For example, the June 7 vote on whether to recall struggling San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin echoes broader conversations about criminal justice. Californians are also very likely to vote on whether to legalize sports betting in 2022. Additionally, Orange County “will be the zero point for House of the Battlefield races this year.” SF Chronicle
CRIME, COURTS AND POLICE
2021 is the deadliest year for Oakland since 2006. Homicides have been on the rise in many major US cities since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Oakland is among the hardest hit. Police investigated 133 murders, marking the city’s deadliest year since 2006. “The youngest victim this year was Alia Musleh, who died just before her second birthday with her father, Esam Musleh, 37, in a arson at their East Oakland home, âOaklandside reports. Oaklandside
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
California hospitals are not ready for an Omicron winter. âThe healthcare system underwent a stress test with COVID last winter, and we failed,â said Dr. Jeanne Noble, director of COVID response for the emergency department at UC San Medical Center. Francisco. However, despite the strangulation of the California medical system, little has changed. âIn interviews with doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and advocacy groups, a clear picture emerges: Hospitals trying to make a profit will find a way to keep most of their beds. busy most of the time, and they will use the lowest staffing levels. possible, âwrites Mark Kreidler. Capital and principal
Increase in COVID-19 child hospitalizations in New York City seen as warning to get more children vaccinated in California and elsewhere while the Omicron variant continues to soar. The Omicron wave hit New York City before California, where cases spiked last week. California officials said they were monitoring the increase in child hospitalizations. While unvaccinated people are at the greatest risk of contracting the virus and developing serious illness, mutations in the Omicron variant allow it to increase the risk of major infections in those vaccinated. Los Angeles Times
A 31-year-old man was pronounced dead Friday morning from an offshore shark attack the Morro Bay coast in what is believed to be the first such death in San Luis Obispo County in 18 years. County officials are contacting family members before revealing the man’s identity, said Eric Endersby, director of the Morro Bay Harbor Patrol. Los Angeles Times
THE CULTURE OF CALIFORNIA
Satu, a 26-year-old male orangutan, has died after collapsing, the San Diego Zoo has announced. The zoo, which announced the orangutan’s death Thursday on Facebook, said in an emailed statement that the monkey had been treated by a veterinarian for serious illness, with initial results suggesting cancer. The zoo said he had recovered well from a recent medical examination, but later collapsed and efforts to resuscitate him failed. âSatu was known to be patient, curious, engaging and sensitive. He will be sadly missed by the wildlife care specialists, medical team, volunteers and guests, âthe zoo said. San Diego Union-Tribune
An investigative series on psychedelics. I listened to a compelling New York magazine podcast series that is worth listening to. He tells two stories: how microdosing and psychedelic therapy work, and how they can be abused. One of the first stories told in the podcast is about a Californian woman pursuing a career as a guide (i.e. someone who helps watch people on their trip). She discovers through training that veteran guides have participated in or turned a blind eye to sexual assault. NYMag
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Los Angeles: rainy 52 San Diego: rainy 57 San Francisco: rainy 48 San JosÃ©: Rain, 47 years old Fresno: Rain, 45 Sacramento: rainy 47 Would you try this?
TimothÃ©e Chalamet was born on December 27, 1995. He had many hilarious and entertaining moments with his “Dune” co-star Zendaya throughout the promotion of the film.
Denzel Washington was born on December 28, 1954. This year we talked to the star of “Little Things” on the release of a movie during the pandemic.
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