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Police Response and Ventura’s Handling of Homeless Issue Questioned After Fatal Stabbing

Some tragic news from Ventura, a man was randomly stabbed to death while dining at a beachside restaurant with his 5-year-old daughter on his lap. Last month, Anthony Mele Jr., 35, was having dinner with his wife and their daughter at the Aloha Steakhouse on the city’s promenade at night when a homeless man walked up and stabbed Mele in the neck. Mele was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. Rebecca Mele, the victim’s mother, told the Los Angeles Times in an interview, This guy was being watched the whole time; he was being monitored by...

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Start-Up Helps Deportees and Returnees Learn to Code in Mexico City

A start up called Holacode is on a mission to give deportees and returnees coding skills to help them land good-paying jobs as engineers. Holacode is five month long coding bootcamp located in Mexico City and funded by Mexican angel investors. Holacode is modeled after Hack Reactor, which is a San Francisco coding school. The students also learn soft skills, like job interviewing. Scott Yoon, taught at Hack Reactor before joining Holacode, stated, Here we have to really provide them with support and make sure they don’t fall behind, because if they fall behind, they go out on the...

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State Audit Finds that Compton Mismanaged and Overspent Taxpayer Funds

According to a state audit, Compton officials overpaid themselves, charged questionable trips on city-issued credit cards and failed to safeguard taxpayer money, which resulted in a staffer stealing millions of dollars over several years. Due to the city of Compton’s weak financial oversight and overspending, the city’s general fund surplus of $22.4 million a decade ago turned into a deficit of $42.7 million just three years later. In 2014, officials adopted a plan to repay the debt, but the deficit still increased by $6.4 million the following year. Compton received failing marks in 71 out of the 79 measures...

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Malibu’s Battle Versus Plastic Continues

In late February, the City Council of Malibu decided to ban its roughly 65 restaurants and food vendors from offering or selling plastic straws, stirrers, and utensils to customers. Businesses in Malibu have until June 1 to swap out the plastic items for ones made of paper, wood or bamboo. Diners are also being encouraged to use reusable straws and cutlery made of metal or glass. Craig George, the city’s environmental sustainability director, stated, This is a community based on its ocean and beaches and we want to protect those. Individual cities have to decide how they’re going to...

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Stanford professor finds that there is a higher risk of disastrous heat, floods, and fires due to warming

A study from Stanford University shows that the extreme weather that brought record floods and damaging wildfires to the United States in the past year is just the beginning of what’s to come. According to the study, global warming has led to increasingly harsh spells of heat and drought as well as rain and snow being up to five times as likely to occur globally in the future. The study can offer a chance for cities and nations to prepare for the climatic turmoil. Noah Diffenbaugh, Professor of Earth System Science at Stanford University, stated, These extremes are really...

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