Monday, August 25, 2008

8.25.08 - 8 PM Update

LOS ANGELES -- Four people, including a teenager and an 11-year-old, were shot today in an apparent gang-related, drive-by attack in South Los Angeles, police said.

Full text of Michelle Obama's speech and LIVE Streaming Video of Entire Convention

Full text of Michelle Obama's speech -The full text of Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention. Click here for LIVE streaming video of entire DNC...

via Latest Video on 8/25/08
Democratic Disunity?

Enacting a state budget may affect Medi-Cal coverage for families.

via NYT > U.S. on 8/25/08
In another large-scale workplace immigration crackdown, federal officials raided a factory in Laurel, Miss., detaining at least 350 workers they said were in the country illegally.

via Bottleneck Blog on 8/25/08

Buses2 Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Thomas McKnew issued a ruling today against a lawsuit brought by the Bus Riders Union over fare increases approved last year by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board.

While Metro rail ridership has hit record highs this summer, bus ridership is still recovering from dips last summer after the MTA board raised fares. The increase last year hiked the price of a day pass from $3 to $5, effectively eliminating low-cost transfers.

A magnitude-3.5 earthquake strikes off Channel Islands Beach.

via LAist by Zach Behrens on 8/25/08

foodstampesfarmers.jpgNow that fast food is banned in South LA in order to make way for healthier options to exist in the region, what's next? In New York, it was reported today that "food stamp sales have grown to $90,000 in 2007 from $3,000 in 2002." Part of the increase comes from technological advancement with wireless or scrip debit food stamp machines at the markets. 118 markets in California use these machines with over 25 of them located in the Los Angeles area. Unfortunately, only a couple of the South LA farmers market use EBT and food stamps. Or is it that there are only a few South LA markets in the first place?

Environmental impact report will delay developer Ralph Horowitz's plan for a warehouse by at least a year, city says

The company that hopes to build a warehouse on a former 14-acre community garden has agreed to prepare an environmental impact report, delaying a decision on the project for at least a year, Los Angeles officials said Monday.

A new round of credit woes sent stocks down hard Monday, as the market continued to gyrate based on the day's headlines.