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A record 3,220 people died of drug overdoses in LA County in 2022. Caltrans identifies dozens of sites under the 10 Freeway that may pose safety risks following last month's fire. Infamous “Dead Man's Curve” on PCH gets some safety upgrades. Plus, more. Support The L.A. Report by donating at LAist.com/join and by visiting https://laist.com. Support the show: https://laist.com
LA County is launching CARE Court: what you need to know. The 405 Express Lanes open today in Orange County. A new market opens in Costa Mesa, inspired by the great 'mercados' of Mexico. Support The L.A. Report by donating now at LAist.com/join and by visiting https://laist.com. Support the show: https://laist.com
During this episode of Why Change? co-hosts Karla and Jeff discuss their approach to the fall and winter of harvesting and rest. Jeff shares his discussion with Natlie Elam and Bronwyn Mauldin about their new report “Agents of Change: Young Adult Advisory Councils at Arts and Culture Nonprofits.” The discussion covers diverse topics of intergenerationality, intentionality, and our commitments to evolution. In this episode you'll learn: The findings of a new report about young adult advisory councils in arts and culture organizations; How intergenerational research can be conducted successfully; and Why evolutionary practice must be embedded throughout knowledge exchange in the arts and culture sector. Check out some of the things mentioned during this podcast, including: Agents of Change: Young Adult Advisory Councils at Arts and Culture Nonprofits Democratize Your Data zine by Bronwyn Mauldin Practicing Equitable Intergenerational Collaboration by Jeff M. Poulin https://www.lacountyarts.org/learning/research-evaluation/research-lab and http://www.bronwynmauldin.com About Natalie Elam & Bronwyn Mauldin Bronwyn Mauldin is Director of Research and Evaluation at the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture where she leads a team that utilizes data and research methods to strengthen the arts ecology and ensure all residents have equitable access to the arts. She has conducted studies on salaries, benefits, and volunteers in local arts nonprofits. She co-led creation of the Arts Ed Profile, collecting K-12 arts education data from all 80 public school districts in LA County and making it publicly available through an online interactive tool. She was a key instigator of the annual Arts Datathon, and she is adjunct faculty in the arts administration master's program at Claremont Graduate University. Ms. Mauldin has spent her career conducting applied research and evaluation for nonprofits, philanthropies, and government. She has evaluated farmworker programs, studied employment conditions for truck drivers, analyzed apprenticeship opportunities in healthcare, and researched villager organizing in rural northeast Thailand. Ms. Mauldin is a novelist, poet, and zine maker, and has been a writer in residence at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Denali National Park in Alaska, and Kulturni Centar REX in Belgrade, Serbia. Natalie Elam is a research consultant at the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture and Annual Giving Communications Manager at Santa Clara University. Natalie holds a Masters of Arts in Arts Management from the Center For Business & Management of the Arts at Claremont Graduate University, where she graduated in December 2021. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Santa Clara University in June 2019. Outside of the professional sphere, Natalie enjoys traveling, volunteering, cooking, creating art, and reading. This episode was produced by Jeff M. Poulin. The artwork is by Bridget Woodbury. The audio is edited by Katie Rainey. This podcasts' theme music is by Distant Cousins. For more information on this episode and Creative Generation please visit the episode's webpage and follow us on social media @Campaign4GenC --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/whychange/support
Today on AirTalk, LAist investigation into O.C Supervisor Andrew Do. Also on the show, LA County to Launch CARE Court tomorrow; Professor Robert Sapolsky on his new book Determined; TV-Talk: 5 Shows To Watch Including ‘Slow Horses' Season 3 ‘High on the Hog,' ‘De La Calle' and more. LAist Investigation Reveals Another Failure By OC Supervisor To Disclose Relevant Family Relationship In Official Proceeding (00:17) LA County Launches CARE Court. What Lessons Can LA Learn From Riverside and Orange County? (17:26) New Book ‘Determined' Argues That Humans Don't Have Free Will (35:17) The Problems With Long-Term Care Insurance (51:26) TV-Talk: 5 Shows To Watch Including ‘Slow Horses' Season 3 ‘High on the Hog,' ‘De La Calle' & More (1:08:15) What's Your Go-To Holiday TV Special? (1:23:33)
LA City Council puts independent redistricting on the 2024 ballot. OC Supervisor Andrew Do failed to disclose his wife is a judge during a relevant official proceeding. Hate crimes in LA County are up 18% compared to last year. Plus, more.*Correction: In an earlier version of LAR P.M., we reported Will Rogers State Historic Park and Will Rogers State Beach are among the parks in the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians' territory. Will Rogers State Park and State Beach are not within the tribe's territory listed in its partnership with California State Parks. Support The L.A. Report by donating now at LAist.com/join and by visiting https://laist.com. Support the show: https://laist.com
Siyamak sits down with Jonathan Hatami, deputy District Attorney of Los Angeles County. Today he will talk about why the zero-bail policy is making California less safe and how it's going to impact the state. "There's 88 cities in LA County, so 29 of them have already signed on to an injunction to try to stop zero bail," Mr. Hatami said. "Because zero bail doesn't make any sense to me or most people. You have these businesses that are now being impacted throughout LA County throughout California. They're getting hit on a daily basis. Many businesses are leaving." -------------------- This episode is sponsored by Yrefy. Invest with Higher Fixed Return on Yrefy. Start investing today on
Amy King joins Bill for Handel on the News. Israel, Hamas seek new deal to extend Gaza truce on final day. Murdered deputy's parents plan to sue LA County for wrongful death. Rosalynn Carter funeral: Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden, Melania Trump attend memorial service at Glann Memorial Church in Atlanta. LA Live Shooting: Man killed in shooting at Fixins Soul Kitchen restaurant in downtown. Google apologizes for sending drivers on off-road detours between L.A. and Las Vegas. Heroic teen girl, 14, saves runaway bus full of students from crashing into gas station.
LA County's gas price average hits four-month low. LA council votes today on whether to require hotel developers to replace any lost permanent housing. A rare arctic visitor shows up In South LA County. Support The L.A. Report by donating now at LAist.com/join and by visiting https://laist.com. Support the show: https://laist.com
Michelle Buteau talks about fighting patriarchal standards of beauty, uplifting audiences at her comedy shows, and navigating others' opinions around her surrogacy. Some actors, like Justine Bateman, are criticizing SAG-AFTRA's contract with studios, particularly over its AI rules. Dec. 5 is the deadline to vote on the deal. Rap star Young Thug faces eight counts in a sweeping RICO indictment that paints him as the kingpin of a violent gang called Young Slime Life. Over the course of 48 hours, The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern visited dozens of non-Tesla EV charging stations around LA County. A significant portion of them didn't work.
Lawyers heed Mayor Bass' call to offer free help in eviction cases. LA County's gas price average hits $5 even. A new food pantry for pets of unhoused people opens today. Support The L.A. Report by donating now at LAist.com/join and by visiting https://laist.com. Support the show: https://laist.com
In Episode 31 of the Divorce661 #DailyPerspektiv Day in the life of a Divorce LDA (Paralegal) we will be discussing the following topics. -Only 8 Days left to file a new divorce case in LA County and have it finalized before the end of the year -Mediator And Therapist Referrals -How to file for divorce when children are born before the marriage -How to File for divorce when you have a child living 50% with each spouse -Child support and Spousal Support Withholding orders
New information on a fatal shooting involving a California Highway Patrol officer on the 105 freeway. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote on a plan to allow incarcerated people to make free phone calls from jail. California K-12 students will soon be taught how to recognize fake news. Plus, more. Support The L.A. Report by donating now at LAist.com/join and by visiting https://laist.com.Support the show: https://laist.com
A highly anticipated — and controversial — new program, championed by Governor Gavin Newsom, will begin in LA County on December 1. CARE Court will allow family members to ask a judge to step in with a treatment plan for loved ones living with severe and untreated mental illness. Reporter: Robert Garrova, LAist A surprise inspection by a federal watchdog agency has found more than half of immigrants in border facilities in the San Diego area were detained for longer than the standard three-day limit. When the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general made unannounced visits to five San Diego locations in May, investigators found hundreds of migrants had been locked up for far longer, including a few held over a month. Reporter: Tyche Hendricks, KQED
In this Podcast, we have some important updates and insights regarding divorce filings in LA County: Announcement: There are only 9 days left to file your divorce case in LA County for it to be finalized this year. For example, if you efile a case by December 20th, it can be submitted for approval 30 days later. Typically, we're seeing same-day or next-day approvals. The final divorce date for cases filed now will still be on May 21, 2024. Consultations: We've had 4 consults recently, showing a growing need for our services. New Cases/Filings: We've filed 4 new cases in LA County, with clients living in Valencia, Encino, and Castaic. We've also taken over a rejected judgment case in Encino. All these cases are already filed, and we have received filed copies. Approvals: We've had 3 cases approved in LA County, which were efiled today, indicating a smooth process. Completed Judgment Packages/Settlement Agreements: We've successfully completed 3 judgment packages and settlement agreements. Upcoming Approvals: We've efiled 4 judgments with LA County, and we're likely to receive approval on these cases tomorrow. Training: We'll discuss why we're confident in finalizing your divorce, regardless of your current situation. We emphasize the importance of cooperation from both parties in the process. Paying Spousal Support: We'll address when and how to pay spousal support, whether it's on the 1st and 15th of the month or bi-weekly when your spouse gets paid. Asset Division: We'll talk about when and how to divide up your assets during the divorce process. Some clients have already done it, while others choose to do it at different stages, such as during the divorce proceedings or on a specific date. Stay tuned for valuable insights and updates on divorce filings in LA County!
My guest today is John Cruikshank, Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and Candidate for LA County Supervisor 4th District. He explains why he's running for Supervisor. the core issues that need addressing, and why he cares so much about Los Angeles. For more information and social media links referenced, see show notes at https://TheAndresSegovia.com. Across The Socials @TheAndresSegovia & Twitter @_AndresSegovia Buy Coffee: https://rangercandycoffeecompany.com/theandressegovia Use Promo Code THEANDRESSEGOVIA for free shipping on your order! Buy TRX: https://trxtraining.com Use Discount Code TRX15ANDRES for 15% off your order! Buy The Goat Farm Skin Care: https://thegoatfarm.idevaffiliate.com/25.html All Affiliate Links: https://t.co/WHhZe7DUZz
In this compelling episode, we are joined by John Darby, a retired LA County police officer and Gulf War veteran, to talk about his journey of holistic healing and resilience after going through a traumatic shooting on the job. We dive into the powerful connection between body and energy as John shares how he overcame years of law enforcement PTSD and healed himself through affirmations, the power of thought, and a holistic approach that transcended traditional medicine. By listening to this episode, you'll gain valuable insights into the unique challenges faced by law enforcement officers, and discover the transformative power of mindfulness in healing and building a resilient relationship with yourself. Tune in now for a conversation that explores the profound intersection of policing, trauma, and holistic well-being. Follow John: https://www.instagram.com/misterjohndarby/ Follow us here: IG: https://www.instagram.com/talkpurposetruth/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/359241148132271 Want to become a Life Coach? Get certified HERE: https://lessonsfromconfidence.com/certification/
While the smoldering 10 Freeway slowed to a stop, the blame game was full speed ahead. Gov. Gavin Newsom confirmed the fire was believed to be arson, but there were plenty of opinions flying around. "Inside the Issues: The Podcast" host Alex Cohen and guest host Kate Cagle run headfirst into the fire zone and attempt to sort out the mess. This week, the Los Angeles City Council also approved a 4% increase in rents next year for units under the city's rent stabilization ordinance. Is an eviction tsunami on the way? Then, they discuss the first LA County district attorney debate, featuring the incumbent George Gascón. Down in Santa Ana, the recall effort failed, allowing Santa Ana City Councilmember Jessie Lopez to hang on to her seat. And finally, 'tis the holiday season and the LA Police Department opens its shop for those looking for gifts.
In this video, we're diving into a busy week of legal consultations and case updates! Join us as we discuss: Five consultations with clients, addressing their unique legal needs. Filing a brand new case in Los Angeles County, exploring the intricacies of the legal process. Celebrating the approval of two divorce cases in Los Angeles County, a significant milestone for our clients. The challenges faced with three rejected judgments in LA County, including one each from Pomona and Chatsworth. The successful finalization of a Kern County Judgment Package, highlighting the importance of persistence in legal proceedings. Our work on drafting a stipulation to modify the terms of a judgment, showcasing our commitment to tailor-made legal solutions. Crafting four settlement agreements, a crucial step in resolving legal disputes amicably. A deep dive into a notable 2021 case that we recently finalized, sharing insights and lessons learned.
It's the hardest question in the world: what's your favorite book? Kids from LA County schools have some answers for host Kitty Felde. The Fashion Fairies #2: Claudia the Accessories Fairy - Daisy Meadows Rascal - Sterling North Goosebumps - R.L. Stine Dog Man - Dav Pilkey Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling Wings of Fire - Tui T. Sutherland Jedi Academy - Jeffrey Brown The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan
In episode 25 of the Divorce661 #dailyperspektiv we bring you the latest updates and insights from the world of divorce cases in Los Angeles County. With just 16 days left to file for divorce in LA County, it's crucial to stay informed about the latest developments. Here's a quick overview of what we'll cover in this video:
Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Saturday night, following a massive fire that shut down part of the 10 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles. The affected stretch of freeway is set to be closed until further notice, officials said. The blaze was first reported early Saturday around 12:30 a.m. at a pallet yard underneath the freeway near East 14th and Alameda streets. One man buys fool's gold then wants his money back. No fool. Then, an ME in LA County decided to pocket what was in the corpses' pockets. Becoming a full-time creator has emerged as one of the most popular career goals among schoolchildren in America and around the globe. Nearly 30 percent of kids ages 8 to 12 listed “YouTuber” as their top career choice in a global survey conducted in 2019 by the Harris Poll and toymaker Lego — three times more than picked “astronaut.” The same year, a Morning Consult survey of Gen Z and millennials in the United States found that more than half of 13-to-38-year-olds — 54 percent — wanted to become social media influencers. It's all live on KFIAM-640!
Wind Advisory in effect for parts of LA County until ThursdayThe tentative deal could help avert a historic strike at more than a dozen casinos on the Las Vegas strip // All Pandas in U.S. Zoos Heading Back to China, Threatening Five Decades of Panda DiplomacyBob Newhart says playing Elf's dad was his greatest role
n this week's video, we've got some crucial updates and insights to share regarding E-filing and legal services in LA County. Stay informed and up to date with the latest developments: 1️⃣ E-File Maintenance Notice: Heads up! E-filing for LA County will be temporarily unavailable starting this Thursday at 6 PM and will resume on Sunday at 6 PM. Please note that no new filings or judgment submissions can be made during this downtime. 2️⃣ Free Rejected Judgment Review: We'd love to hear your thoughts on this! We're now offering free rejected judgment review services to ensure your documents meet all the necessary criteria. 3️⃣ LA County E-Notary Services: California may not allow E-notarization, but LA County courts do! We use out-of-state notaries from Texas, Florida, and Virginia to facilitate E-notary services. 4️⃣ Lightning-Fast Approvals: Exciting news! We successfully e-filed four judgments yesterday and received all of them back approved today. LA County judgments, approved within 24 hours, with final divorce dates as early as April due to the 6-month cooling off period. 5️⃣ Settlement Agreements: We're proud to share that we've drafted four settlement agreements this week, helping clients reach fair resolutions in their legal matters. 6️⃣ Proof of Service: We've got a quick guide on how to complete proof of service for amended summons and petitions. Stay tuned for valuable tips! 7️⃣ Tim's Temper Tantrum: A lighthearted moment to keep things interesting – we'll share a humorous story from our week! 8️⃣ Consultation Requests: A gentle reminder to all potential clients – please leave your phone number when requesting a consultation. We can't wait to discuss your legal needs with you. 9️⃣ Quality Matters: Don't settle for subpar service! Two clients recently switched to us after experiencing issues with another company's paperwork. We pride ourselves on getting it right. Join us as we navigate the ever-changing legal landscape in LA County. Subscribe to our channel for weekly updates, legal insights, and more. Your trusted partner in legal matters.
The captain of the Conception dive boat that caught fire near Santa Cruz Island has been convicted. Voting is underway in the controversial recall election of a Santa Ana City councilmember. An update on efforts to house veterans in LA County. Support The L.A. Report by donating now at LAist.com/join and by visiting https://laist.com.Support the show: https://laist.com
In this podcast, we're diving into the latest updates from the legal world! We've successfully finalized a settlement agreement in San Diego, kicked off a new case in Solano County, and wrapped up an entire case in Santa Cruz County, with same-day e-filing and paperwork finalization. We've also tackled an Alameda County rejected judgment and filed a speedy case in San Luis Obispo. Plus, we'll share how we handled a rejected judgment in Contra Costa and prepared a settlement agreement, and finalized judgment packages for four LA County cases and an Orange County Settlement Agreement. Join us as we discuss crucial training tips, including the importance of not listing full account numbers to avoid court rejections, proper asset and debt listing, and the order of forms for judgment submission. And, did you know there's no requirement for spouses to live apart during divorce proceedings? We've had clients agree to live together until December 2026! Stay tuned for all the legal insights and updates."
LA County court officials fay data shows zero-bail system is “working well.” Hidden costs for work-from-home employees leaving California. 92% of US adults prefer to date people who've been the therapy. School cellphone bans are trending. Do they work? Here's what happened when this Florida school district banned cellphones.
#174: We collected more ghost stories from Angelenos to share with you this Halloween! Join host Brian De Los Santos as we hear about hundred-year-old haunts LAist listeners submitted from all over Los Angeles County, from Long Beach to K-Town to Pasadena.
Nearly 30,000 Cal State University employees authorize a strike. The United Auto Workers have tentative deals with all three big auto companies after 6 weeks of picketing. A report finds LA County's "zero-bail" system has not decreased public safety. Plus, more. Support The L.A. Report by donating now at LAist.com/join and by visiting https://laist.com. Support the show: https://laist.com
Halloween is coming up. For many people it's just one evening of trick or treating and frightening fun. But in one LA County neighborhood ,there's a two-block stretch known as “horror row.” It draws people looking to keep things spine-tingling year round. Reporter: Megan Jamerson, KCRW As Fresno Unified teachers prepare to strike next week, they have support from an unlikely source - substitute teachers who are supposed to take their place. The union representing Fresno area substitute teachers voted not to cross the picket line. Reporter: Rachel Livinal, KVPR
This is Part Two of a conversation with Leila Towry and Aimery Thomas of The Future Organization (TFO) about their recent year-long research study into Los Angeles County ARFs and RCFEs. These are commonly referred to as “board and care” homes, but the researchers make a case that the community and regulators should intentionally move away from that labelling as we attempt to forge new policy in this space. The study was supported by an Initiative, involving the participation of Brilliant Corners, the LA County Department of Mental Health, the LA County Department of Health Services, and Genesis LA, funded by the California Community Foundation and Cedars Sinai.In this interview, we discuss TFO's findings relative to the connections between this segment of the housing market in LA County and our crisis of homelessness. We will explore how licensed facilities are not seen as part of the continuum of housing options in the “homeless services” sector, and, in fact, the federal department of Housing and Urban Development does not recognize licensed facilities as housing according to federal regulations which require individual leases. As the study authors will assert, not recognizing the market of ARFs and RCFEs and the vulnerable populations they serve represents a blind spot in public policy discourse on ending structural homelessness.We will also focus on just ten of the more than 50 recommendations offered in this report, across the domains of key players affecting outcomes for this Market – municipalities, Los Angeles County, the State's Community Care Licensing Division that licenses and regulates facilities, and the facilities operators themselves. Los Angeles County owners and operators have been collectively advocating for change and improvement through a newly-formed organization, the Licensed Adult Residential Care Association, or LARCA. Resources associated with this episode:Here are some links to help you navigate this issue:Summary of study findings from Brilliant Corners website re/ this study.Full report, Serving our Vulnerable Populations: Los Angeles County Adult Residential Facilities and Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, August 2023.August 26, 2023 article in LA Times summarizing key finding of TFO report. July 12, 2022 article in LA Times about continuing closure of board & care homesBlog at Accoglienza.us
The Actors' Gang's new show, “Methusalem,” is directed by Brent Hinkley. He and fellow co-founder Tim Robbins discuss the show and the group's legacy. Measure J requires LA County to allocate funds to incarceration alternatives and community/youth programs, instead of police. Some community groups say they still haven't seen the money.
Listen to Everyday Injustices exclusive interview with Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón after he announced his reelection in front of an audience of workers at SEIU Local 2015. Gascón noted that crime was going down despite the news coverage that would lead the public to the contrary conclusion. “I would say one of the biggest challenges that we have is how can we get factual information in a way that people understand it, in a way that people see it,” he explained. He added, “There's so much misinformation concerning crime, and as you indicated, we're actually, crime nationally, but certainly LA County per capita is coming down faster than many other jurisdictions that continue to adhere to the old way of doing business.” Listen as Gascón talks about criminal justice reform, policing, and much more.
Twelve Los Angeles County cities filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to postpone the controversial new zero-bail policy that allows some nonviolent defendants charged with felonies or misdemeanors to be cited and released after being arrested.The cities of Whittier, Arcadia, Artesia, Covina, Downey, Glendora, Industry, Lakewood, La Verne, Palmdale, Santa Fe Springs and Vernon are seeking an injunction to postpone the implementation of the Los Angeles County Superior Court's zero-bail schedule, which went into effect Sunday, according to a news release from the city of Glendora.The new bail policy was imposed by court officials who argued that a defendant's ability to pay bail should not be the key factor in determining whether they stay in jail after an arrest. The so-called zero-bail schedule has been a controversial issue around the country, with criminal justice reform advocates arguing that pretrial releases should be based on an individual's criminal history not on an arbitrary dollar amount.Support the show
COVID, flu, and mpox vaccines are being offered at select libraries in Los Angeles County. An LA Metro pilot program transitions. A new exhibit at the Riverside Art Museum traces the evolution of the Inland Empire's logistics history. Support The L.A. Report by donating now at LAist.com/join and by visiting https://laist.com.Support the show: https://laist.com
Providence Hospice, Los Angeles County has launched a program to provide hospice care for homeless people. The program aims to support those experiencing homelessness and facing a terminal illnesses by providing them with the option of a safe and secure environment to receive holistic care. Homeless people face unique challenges and vulnerabilities, including an increased incidence of mental health issues, frequent distrust of healthcare providers and environments, and often issues of substance dependence. The team at Providence Hospice, LA County works closely with facility care teams to ensure that patients receive the care they need while also respecting their individual needs and preferences. Guests include Martina Meier, M.D., medical director of Providence Hospice, LA County; Nycole Snodgrass, director of operation at the hospice; and Marcella Kubalsky, who was chaplain when the program began. This episode also includes audio from an interview Marcella conducted with "Bob," a patient who had been chronically unhoused when he entered the program this past summer. Click here for more information on Providence Hospice, LA County.For an extended excerpt from Marcella's interview with Bob, follow this link.
Lauren Brown is an assistant professor at the USC Leonard Davis School. Her research uses publicly available data to uncover the unique difficulties Black Americans face in maintaining physical and psychological well-being as they age. Her lab both challenges the methods used to study older Black adults and strives to increase diversity in data science research with the goal of increasing the visibility of Black and Brown people via data and storytelling. Quotes from the episode On the role of racism in biomedical and statistical sciences and disease prediction If you think about the history of statistics and where it starts from, the earliest statisticians were actually also eugenicists. And a lot of it stemmed from the fact that Black people at the time that the census had started were property. And it was a way to count and keep up with property until we get to a point in the early 1900s when we start recording actual race in the census and colored being one of the options that you could check. And that being a way we kept track of Black populations, unfree, Black populations in particular, but also freed as well. And that transition of having Black people in the census started what was eventually used as studies that were confirming or trying to confirm biological and genetic inferiority among Black people. So once Black people were started to be included in the census and started included in medical research, clinical research, that research was usually often to compare Black people to white people with the innate goal to say Black people had more muscle mass biologically and genetically or smaller brain circumferences and justify it would a way to justify slavery by suggesting that the biological and genetic inferiority was a part of how Black people became slaves and would justify their continuation as slaves. So you fast forward to today that legacy of, of genetic and biological inferiority in medical, and statistical analyses has now manifested in things like race norming, where we're actually saying like, there are adjustments we use for Black patients in the clinic to justify whether they do or do not qualify for care strictly based on race. And a lot of it is based on false statistics that eugenicists had originally been pushing in the early 1900s. How injustice through data and storytelling affects the health and wellbeing of Black Americans When you think about like an individual, how this may affect one individual Black person, like for example, if we think about George Floyd's killing in 2020, his death originally was considered in the autopsy report performed by the medical examiners due to prior health conditions. They originally blamed his underlying health conditions and drug use as the cause of death. It was only after the family got an independent autopsy that they were able to show that the death was a homicide that then implicated Derek Chauvin and the Minneapolis Police Department, as responsible for the death and the knee on the neck. So this idea of blaming Black biology, is something that persists, I think, in larger society and that the biological inferiority is the cause and the precipice for Black death, and that it's not at all the function of society when actually now we know, you know, based on a lot of great research that the social environment is much more responsible for the fact that Black and Brown people often live shorter lives than white people or any other race and ethnic group in the US. We often live with more disease and disability at the end of life. And a lot of that we know is now it's social conditions, it's discrimination, it's racism, those are at the forefront. But the research doesn't always follow that line of thinking because of the history and the legacy that still exists that we're still combating. And this new level of science is trying to push up against this idea. On diversity in population studies It's been really obvious that a lot of the measurement and the things that people use to measure the wellbeing of Black life is really centered in white populations. And it's not innate or particular to the lived experiences of Black and Brown people. And so I think oftentimes we miss the real story that's happening up underneath a lot of Black health and aging specifically because those studies weren't designed just for Black people. They were designed for all aging populations and to monitor the aging of populations over time. The ethical considerations if you're leaving a whole group of people out or if you're not intentional about measuring their aging, is that you're not able to predict their clinical progression or able to assist their aging process in a way that's meaningful for them. We're doing everything much better for white populations than we are for minoritized populations. And so that the injustice is embedded in the structure of how these studies often come about. And the intention around what I want to do in this work is to help magnify the voices of Black people in these studies so that they more accurately represent the aging experience so that we can get better at predicting disease, preventing disease, and ensuring better aging process. On the Linked Fate Data Collective Linked Fate Data collective is a group of activists, of scholars, of students, of people who are interested in expanding their data science tools in order to promote the accurate depiction of the aging and the living process or the lived experiences of Black and Brown people. The idea being that, you know, most of the data science spaces are very white and male and often then reflect the values of people who are white and male. And I am very passionate about creating a space that looks and feels different for the people that I would love to bring into the data science realm. And you know, how we do that, I think, you know, there's a lot of argument about the pipeline issues of how we get people into data science or how we get people the skills to be able to do this on how we get Black and Brown people interested in data work. The inception of the name Linked Fate comes from a term that was originally used in African American studies. And the term was referring to block voting in Black populations where African Americans vote primarily Democratic with this idea that, you know, their fate is connected to the fate of the larger group. And so, there's an interest in finding a collective voice in order to impact change and power. And that's really what I named this space after is that we have collective voice in data and it's the power of an individual magnified by many that gets people something that's powerful with the data work. And so that's really what this Linked Fate Data Collective is trying to do, is bring underrepresented groups and people and their ideas into a space that will honor the data science that we want to see in the world. And that is not perpetuating scientific racism, that's not perpetuating a lot of the genetic determinism and the things that some of the current science and medical and clinical spaces are perpetuating. On the Black mental health paradox One of the things I like to do in my work is move away from these disadvantaged narratives that really plague the aging story of Black Americans. Most people are very interested in the weathering and accelerated aging of Black Americans, when really there's a lot of trends that suggest that's not the only way that Black Americans are aging. That it's not just weathering stress aging faster, that there are also a lot of other processes that don't act so linearly. One of them is that mental health paradox, which is this data artifact that has been found in like five nationally representative samples now that despite having higher stress burdens, despite facing discrimination, despite having lower socioeconomic status, so lower education, income and wealth and despite having worse physical health, Black Americans have lower rates of depression relative to white Americans. So this could exist for many of reasons. It could really be a data artifact and it just could be that we are not measuring either mental health and depression in Black people in the way that it manifests so that we can measure it. Or it may be that we're not measuring the stress that's most impactful for Black Americans. And so we're not really capturing the stress burden. And so, we don't understand how that translates to mental health. And a lot of the work that I'm doing on the paradox is in that exact realm, which is that the stress experience is not being fully captured for Black Americans. And it's not acknowledging the coping response that Black Americans can use in order to fight the adversity that they're facing. So, my idea here is to restore agency to Black people. That you're not just the sum of your stress exposures, you're also able to react and respond to those. And we have a lot of agency in responding to that and a lot of historical agency and a lot of lessons generationally passed down. And that's a really important way to acknowledge both the incredible hardship that Black Americans face in this country in growing old, both psychologically and physically. But it's also acknowledging our ability to fight back at the same time. And it's already happening. You know, it's not like we need an intervention for it or something else to do for it. Black people are already doing this and you can measure that. So yeah, it's a cool project. On the Fatal Encounters research project So motivated by the George Floyd murder in 2020 me and a colleague, Dr. Terrence Keel at UCLA recently got a RSF, Russell Sage Foundation grant. We're basically going to this data source called Fatal Encounters. It is a data source that crowd sources all of the police involved deaths that have happened in the United States. So, we are going to this data source and we are looking in LA County and we are finding the names of people who've been involved in police related deaths that have not involved firearms. That's because firearm deaths are very straightforward, can typically labeled the death as a homicide because you know, the act of shooting. But for non-firearm deaths like George Floyd, those are more arbitrary and harder to prove homicide and the autopsy reports can be very misleading, especially by the medical examiner and the coroners. And those autopsies are public in LA County. We're taking the names going to get all of the autopsies from the medical examiner/coroner. So, we have like 320 autopsies from 2000 to 2020, and we're trying to create a data set that represents how people are being classified in terms of cause of death and if there's any other indication of, you know, markings on the body some type of conflict that happened during the process. So, it's any interaction with the police out on the street or in LA County Jail. So, we have both of those data sources and we're able to try to say something about what's happening to a lot of these people, especially Black men whose moms are also very interested in understanding what happened to their kid. And so, the project is really motivated from that space. On the lack of diversity in genomic data In genetic sciences, you know I think 80% of our genetic and genomic data is from European ancestry populations, even though only 16% of the world is European ancestry. So, there's this huge imbalance in what we know about genetics because we only know what's happening among European populations. It's not, they're even telling people right now to not do genetic work in Black and Brown populations because we're not sure what we're finding is accurate because we don't have good training data. And the way genetic sciences work is that training data, everything is based on a reference population and a training population. It's not dissimilar from early eugenics where everything is compared to whites. You're constantly comparing Black and Brown people to white people. And if that's the way you're starting, it's going be a story that's rooted in inferiority and rooted in comparison and not necessarily rooted in the true story that should be unfolding that you can unfold when you're not trying to make those comparisons. So that's happening really horribly in the genetic sciences where you have dominant European frameworks and genetic data. You're trying to say something about other types of people and it's really not working, and scientists know that, but they're continuing to just do work on European populations.
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