Video of trans women forced from LA bar prompts hate crime investigation

Women describe being physically removed by security after a couple inside the bar harassed and attacked them Security at a Los Angeles bar physically removed a group of transgender women after they were harassed and attacked by a straight couple, according to video and the womens accounts of the incident, which is being investigated as a hate crime. Las Perlas, a popular downtown LA bar, is now facing calls for a boycott after showing its security staff grabbing multiple trans women and forcefully dragging them outside. The women said they were violently thrown out Friday night after a couple inside the bar yelled slurs at them and physically attacked them. Its been so traumatizing, Jennifer Bianchi, one of the women …

After the wildfire: treating the mental health crisis triggered by climate change

In 2017, thousands of homes in Santa Rosa, California, were wiped off the map. Now the community is helping residents cope with the trauma The nightmares kept coming and David Leal knew he was in trouble. A navy veteran with a can-do attitude and a solidly middle-class IT job at a hospital in Santa Rosa, California, he didnt think of himself as mentally vulnerable. But when the Tubbs fire snatched his house off the face of the earth in the early morning hours of 9 October 2017, it hit him hard. Long story short, I went through a lot of PTSD, Leal says, as we tour his nearly rebuilt home in Santa Rosas Coffey Park neighborhood. Wildfires are not uncommon …

Why are so many people getting shot on California highways?

San Francisco Bay Area freeways have become a common venue for gun violence. Experts point to gang conflicts and displacement Demarcus Doss and his girlfriend, Joanna Oller, were stuck in rush-hour traffic on the Interstate 80 highway in Richmond, “> It was in Antioch that one of the more shocking highway gunfights had its start. According to Antioch police records, Jonathan Thomas and Dwayne Anderson were cruising the streets of the city on 15 May 2016, looking for another man, Kawan Hardy. Theyfound Hardy along with several other men playing dice in the parking lot of a Quik Stop gas station and allegedly opened fire on the group with an AK-47 rifle. Somehow, no one was hit. Hardy escaped on …

Children are being poisoned: California moms lead the way to pesticide ban

Chlorpyrifos, a chemical used to treat pest infestations, was banned from residential use in 2000 but is still used in agriculture Elisa Riveras face swelled up, her eyes watered and soon she was struggling to breathe. The 39-year-old first started to feel ill when the smell of pesticides drifted from nearby Fresno county fruit orchards on a recent afternoon: We experience this all the time People get used to it. Rivera and other activists have been it was moving to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that is brain damage in stand against the Trump administration, which has supported continued Toxic America Studies, however, increasingly raised doubts. Pregnant women who lived near farms that sprayed chlorpyrifos had increased risks of having a …

Jessica Biel denies she is an anti-vaxxer after opposing California vaccination law

The actor said she was not against vaccinations despite joining prominent anti-vaxxer Robert Kennedy Jr in opposition to a bill intended to reduce medical exemptions Jessica Biel denied suggestions she was a supporter of the anti-vaccination movement after spending the day lobbying lawmakers in the US with advocate Robert F Kennedy Jr. After news emerged of her opposition to a vaccine bill which seeks to limit medical exemptions in California and make it more difficult for parents to bypass the rules requiring children to be vaccinated before enrolling in school, Biel wrote on social media: I am not against vaccinations I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their …

California to offer healthcare to young working poor living illegally in US

State will become first to give Medicaid access to illegal residents, in defiance of Trump policies California will become the first state in the US to pay for some adults living in the country illegally to have full health benefits as the solidly liberal state continues to distance itself from President Donald Trumps administration. Democrats in the state legislature reached an agreement on Sunday afternoon as part of a broader plan to spend $213bn of state and federal tax money over the next year. The agreement means low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for Californias Medicaid program, the joint state and federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled. …

Here’s one tax that restaurant owners just might approve of | Gene Marks

Anthony Myint is promoting an optional 1% tax on dinner bills to help support California farmers tackle climate change Ask any restaurant owner today and theyll tell you that running their business is not easy. Costs are creeping up, margins are tight and the competition is tough. So the last thing a restaurateur would want is another tax, right? Maybe not. Thats what Anthony Myint is hoping. Myint is the co-owner of Mission Chinese, a popular restaurant with locations in the Bay Area and New York. Hes concerned with the environment and particularly global warming. So he has decided to do something about it. And because of his efforts, the state of California will have a new tax this fall …