L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Assemblywoman Burke catches coronavirus

MARINA DEL REY — Assemblywoman Autumn Burke has tested positive for coronavirus after being exposed during a state Legislature budget meeting June 26.

Burke wrote on her Twitter page this week, “currently my daughter and I have no symptoms, but will be remaining in quarantine until released by a doctor.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, four people who work in the State Capitol also tested positive, and the building will be closed for a week. The state Assembly and Senate are both on recess this week.

Urban League works

for Hollywood diversity

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Urban League, veteran showrunner and edtior Ri-Karlo Handy and the Handy Foundation announced a landmark partnership July 8 to address diversity in Hollywood, and the Editors Guild (IATSE, Local 700) is stepping in to help.  

Through an existing initiative, the Backstage Careers Program, diverse young adults are prepared for practical employment opportunities in TV, film, and the recording industry with classroom training and hands-on experience.

The recent collaboration was initiated by a well-intended Facebook post by Handy to recruit black editors looking to address a lack of diversity in staffing.

Seeking to offer solutions rather than simply making demands, Handy looked for guidance from the nation’s oldest Black advocacy group focused on issues of employment, the Urban League. The result is a commitment to mentor, train, and employ Black and minority young adults to work in Hollywood. The aim of the alliance is to address Hollywood’s lack of diversity at all levels of the business, as a systemic issue requiring immediate and proven solutions to effect lasting change.

Bradford proposes

police reform bills

GARDENA — State Sen. Steven Bradford has introduced two measures, SB 731 and SB 203, aiming for police reform on June 30. California is one of five states that does not have the authority to decertify law enforcement officers who have committed serious misconduct.

SB 731 would create a statewide process to revoke the certification of a peace officer after the conviction of certain serious crimes or termination of employment due to misconduct. SB 203 would stop interrogation on youths up to age 17 from being held in custody and waiving their Miranda rights, without consulting to legal counsel.

“It doesn’t matter what race you are, we must all come together to demand a fairer criminal justice system,” Bradford said.

Testing underway

on Crenshaw rail line

LOS ANGELES — Train testing for two Crenshaw/LAX moving light rail trains traveling north bypassing downtown Inglewood is being conducted this week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists are urged to be alert and safe at railroad crossings and to look and listen for crossing arms, bells and flashing lights.

Emergency access will be maintained. The MTA will be conducting more frequent train testing activities along the entire alignment including underground, aerial, and all at-grade sections.

For more information visit, https://www.metro.net/projects/notices/clax-train-testing/.

Jenesse Center

offers legal aid

LOS ANGELES — The Jenesse Center Domestic Violence Intervention Program will host its virtual legal clinic July 14. The Unite For Families pro bono family law project is a collaboration among Jenesse Center, LevittQiunn and area law schools. The intervention clinic will address domestic violence, divorce, paternity, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, legal separation, guardianship and private adoption. With one-on-one professional legal and licensed pro bono counsels and attorneys from LevittQuinn Family Law Center to help.

For appointments, call (323) 299-9496, ext. 157.

Compiled by Kristina Dixon.

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